Monday, December 24, 2007

Wrapping Up Christmas

We made it! It's Christmas Eve (or Shane Macgowan Eve, since we've never met a joke we couldn't drive into the ground...but hey, the man's birthday is on December 25th)! We're not done yet, of course, as we'll finish out the year with our Top Ten lists and sumsuch, starting the day after Christmas.

Below you'll find our final Christmas Mix of the year. It's a greatest hits collection of the songs we posted this year, with nifty soundbites.

But first, the greatest Christmas song ever written. I do this every damn year, so it's no surprise. But in these increasingly cynical times, full of fear, manufactured or real, and isolation, where we retreat into our digital facades, and stake our lives on a sound bite, this song seems to take on more relevance to us here at the Mountain with each passing year. The song hopes to hope, and dreams to dream. Between the ragged voice from hell and angelic voice of heaven, the song becomes something human. And in the end, I guess, all we have is each other. I built my dreams around you, indeed.

The Pogues: Fairytale of New York (mp3)

Thanks to all who stopped by for the sleigh ride. Here's wishing you a better day, and days ahead, now matter how you choose to celebrate.

Link to mp3 follows track listing.

A Big Rock Juke'n'Jive Xmas

1.Christmas In The Congo (The Marquees)
2.Xmas Twist (Twistin' Kings)
3.Santa Claus (The Sonics)
4.Christmas Tree's On Fire (Holly Golightly)
5.Rockabilly Santa Claus (Wanda Jackson)
6.Christmas Boogie (The Barnstompers)
7.Bring That Cadillac Back (The Doc Bagby Orchestra)
8.Here Comes The Fattest Man In Town (Bob Chester)
9.Santa and My Semi (Dale Watson)
10.The Christmas Cannonball (Hank Thompson)
11.Cowboy Santa Claus (Prairie Ramblers)
12.On A Christmas Day (C.W. Stoneking)
13.Santa's Secret (Johnny Guarnieri)
14.Christmas In Jail (Leroy Carr)
15.Christmas Lights (Wild Billy Childish)
16.Blue Grey Christmas (King Coleman)
17.Hey Santa Claus (The Moonglows)
18.God Rest You Merry Gentlemen (Rev. Frost)
19.Will Hell Be Your Santa (Rev. J.M. Gates)
20.Santa Claus Boogie (Hasil Adkins)
21.Christmas Boogie (The Davis Sisters)
22.Christmas By The Bar B Que (Lynn August)
23.Christmas In The Mountains (Faron Young)
24.Gone Home For Christmas (Red Simpson)
25.Santa To The Moon (Sonny Cole)
26.Jingle Jangle Jump (Dexter Gordon)
27.Christmas Rush (Dead Moon)
28.Let Me Hang Your Stockings In Your Christmas Tree (Roosevelt Sykes)
29.Santa's Messin' With The Kid (Eddie C. Campbell)
30.Zydeco Christmas (C.J. Chenier)
31.What Will Santa Say (When He Finds Everybody Swinging) (Louis Prima)
32.Christmas Time Blues (Roy Milton and His Solid Senders)
33.If We Make It Through December (Merle Haggard)

A Big Rock Juke'n'Jive Xmas (mp3)



Anonymous said...

Thanx for the great xmas toons. Made the season one of anticipation. When all the tinsel is put back in the closet the toons will go with them. And when all the baubles are brought back out over the next years the toons will come with them. True sign of a good gift. Thanx again. Cheers for the season. Now let's get drunk.

In a Van Down By the St. Vrain River said...

Nice! Should that be Hank Snow for "Christmas Cannonball"?

Anonymous said...

These look like awesome holiday comps, shame they're not still available.