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November 25, 2008


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The greater problem with Christmas music than even it's quality is the degree to which we have to hear the same damn songs all the time, everywhere. That would be trying enough, even if they were OK.

My most horrible X-mas music story was when I was living in Inwood. There was a pizza place on the opposite corner of my apt. which invested in a life-size Santa that said HO HO HO, sang Jingle Bells, and wiggled its ass. They put it outside the store to attract business I suppose, but they stayed open Late--till 12 or 1 or so. So it would be bitterly cold out, no one would be around, atypically quiet, except for the clear piercing sound of Ass-Shaking Santa, wishing my a merry christmas while taking away the possibility of actually falling asleep...

Joshua James

Totally agree about Charlie Brown . . . I believe, and I could be mistaken, but I believe Elvis (the King) did an album of Christmas standards at one point, and that my mother used to listen to it every year up until my teens . . . my memory of it was that it was pretty dang awesome, much better than the usual Xmas stuff . . .

Seth Christenfeld

I would heartily recommend Barenaked Ladies' album "Barenaked for the Holidays."


There are no atheists under the mistletoe.


Christmas With The Rat Pack is mostly pretty great, especially the Dean Martin numbers.


2 Xmas albums I can't live without (because I grew up with them):

Frank Sinatra (which I believe they now call "A Jolly Christmas")

Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song"

But my favorite xmas album of all time is "Bells of Dublin" by the Chieftains. If Irish music does anything for you, this'll send you round the moon.


Check out "In the Christmas Spirit" by Booker T and the MGs for funky instrumental versions of holiday classics.

Also, "Christmas" by the Clancy Brothers, for great Irish holiday ballads.

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