Christmas Special

In the Christmas season, it’s easy to get lost in all the hubbub of shopping and presents; and it’s hard to focus on what really matters: the music. It’s time to bust out the family vinyl, queue up Handel’s complete Messiah, and explain to your little brother that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is actually a clever marketing ploy trying to pass off a synthesized action movie soundtrack as christmas music. It’s sad but true: musicians want to capitalize on the spirit of the season and end up releasing crappy music to fill our never-ending demand. And then we, as true music fans, have to filter out all that trash and find the real gems.

Being the christmas DJ is a demanding job, but here’s some odd songs and safe bets your family is sure to enjoy.

lounge remixed // funky nu-jazz // funk

Bing Crosby – Happy Holidays (Beef Wellington Remix)


contemporary jazz

Zooey Deschanel & Leon Redbone – Baby, It’s Cold Outside (from fluxblog)


pre-war blues // folk country blues

Leadbelly – Christmas is A’Coming


lounge // 1940’s vocal jazz

Frank Sinatra – Jingle Bells


1940’s west coast blues // piano blues

Charles Brown – Merry Christmas Baby

5 Responses to “Christmas Special”

  1. Paul Irish :

    Additionally…
    Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is so horribly annoying that I love it to absolute death.
    And, of course, Bing Crosby & David Bowie’s “Little Drummer Boy” is classic. Nothing does it better.

  2. Dom :

    I know what you mean with regards to that Mariah track – there must be some subliminal messaging going on.

    A great selection of festive tracks today, my favourite being the Charles Brown track.

    Happy Christmas

  3. Scott :

    excellent picks, and a [late] merry xmas for ya!

  4. travelgirl :

    have these files been moved? older files are coming up with Apple Mac File Not Found 404 errors… could someone with access check these older links, please?

    thanks…

  5. Paul Irish :

    Yeah… unfortunately old stuff like this doesnt have the mp3s online anymore.
    sorry!

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