Post Tagged with: "Holiday Cheer"

Various artists – Power Chords, Harmonies and Mistletoe (2011)

Christmas is inching closer and closer, and that means we’ll be soon be spinning the sounds of the season.

Halloween Special: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops DVD (2008)

What better way to spend Halloween than with (as it’s lovingly referred to in the liner notes) this thing?

One Track Mind: Timbuk 3, "National Holiday" (1989)

by S. Victor Aaron So you’re thinking, “Timbuk 3, weren’t they the ones who had that cool song back in the 1980s …?” Yes, yes, we’re talking about that husband and wife tandem of Pat and Barbara K. McDonald

Father’s Day special: Mike + the Mechanics, "The Living Years" (1988)

If there’s one song I am drawn to by the message alone, it’s this one. The cheesy late-eighties production and the plain melody does not bother me one bit.

Father's Day special: Bruce Springsteen, "You're Missing" (2002)

This song, issued in the wake of the devastating attacks on New York City in 2001, nearly overwhelmed me with grief the first time I heard it. I thought of my father.

One Track Mind: Aloe Blacc, "Mama Hold My Hand" (2010)

Just as Mike and the Mechanics’ “The Living Years” reminds me of my father, there’s now a song that brings fond thoughts of my dear mother, to whom I dedicate this song. During this time of year, a lot of us reflect a lot on what our mother means to us. A mother doesn’t nurture her child by breast milkRead More

Corinne Bailey Rae – The Love EP (2011)

Corinne Bailey Rae – The Love EP (2011)

by Nick DeRiso Corinne Bailey Rae isn’t the same singer, maybe isn’t even the same person, that she was at the time of her celebrated 2007 debut. Three Grammy nominations, including one for best new artist, couldn’t shield her from this world’s knifing truths: Her husband, 31-year-old saxophonist Jason Rae, would be dead of an overdose just a year later.Read More

The Friday Morning Listen: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

The Friday Morning Listen: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

by Mark Saleski Last year, after a couple of trips to the hardware store, it appeared that we had enough hooks to decorate our Christmas tree. True to form, shortly after stocking up we managed to find the “lost” hooks and now have enough to hang stuff on a tree suitable for Rockefeller Center. Also last year, I said thatRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Pink Martini – Joy To The World (2010)

The Friday Morning Listen: Pink Martini – Joy To The World (2010)

Photo by Autumn de Wilde by Mark Saleski It’s that time of year again. The time when you’re afraid to go into that store, afraid to watch the television, afraid to turn on the radio — for fear of hearing “Jingle Bell Rock.” Or “The Christmas Song.” Or “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Take your pick, because everybodyRead More

Erwilian – Midwinter's Night (2010)

Erwilian – Midwinter's Night (2010)

By Nick DeRiso At once neo-renaissance, new age and something akin to blissed-out bluegrass, Erwilian’s holiday-themed concert recording Midwinter’s Night neatly sidesteps the pre-conceived notion of sickly sweet Yuletide fare. Midwinter’s Night, instead, is a concert souvenir from warm night of remembrance, affection and camaraderie – sparked by these friendly-as-family band members, who frequently interact. This cozy framework, coupled withRead More

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