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 :

    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?


  5. Paul Irish :

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