1. A Mild Peril - I Hear the First Strains (of Christmas Music)
2. Whyte Horses - Next Year Will Be Mine
3. Syng McGowan and the Fanettes - Dear Santa
4. Horace Williams with Choker Campbell And His Magic City Orchestra - Santa Goofed (and fell off the roof)
5. Samantha Crain - Breaking the Ice
6. Sleepwalkers - Wish List
7. Pedro the Lion - Yellow Bike
8. Malcolm Holcombe - Merry Christmas (feat. Iris DeMent)
9. Marcia Miranda - Bring Out De Ham
10. Adam Green - Dreidels of Fire
11. Duover - Mrs. Claus Lament
12. Randolph’s Leap - Warm Outside
13. Charlotte Carpenter - Cheer
14. The Thyme Machine - Driving Home for Christmas (Presents)
15. Said the Whale - Wanting Like Veruca
16. Tangarine - Don't Turn off the Lights (It's Christmas)
17. Kashka - In the Snow
18. American Spring - Snowflakes
19. The Invitations - Skiing in the Snow
20. Connie Francis - I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter
21. Lord Kitchener - Drink a Rum
22. Eddie Floyd - Christmas Party
23. Free Energy - FUNKY XMAS
24. 김태춘 Kim Tae Chun - 산타할배요 나에게 Santa Grandfa To Me
25. A Million Creatures - Christmas Time’s About The Trees
26. Still a Great Night - Still a Great Future (Merry Christmas 2019)
I know some of you hear about these mixes through Facebook or some other social media platform. Who knows if I’ll be on Facebook next year? It’s great to post these there and hear from folks who enjoy them. But I remain conflicted about having something I’ve created extend any sort of cultural capital to such an amoral company. If we’re staring down a second term next December, I’m gone. So just in case that happens before the next mix comes out, I’m trying to create contingency plans.
If you’re interested in my holiday mixes, I’ve made a very simple mailing list that will be used exclusively for communicating news about said mixes in the future. I’ll email you once or twice a year. That’s it.
Please feel encouraged to share these mixes (on Facebook or wherever you do such sharing). I spend tons of time digging and listening and sequencing. They’re a gigantic labor of love and I want them to be heard far and wide.
Also, if you find a song you love, send some money to those artists or pick up one of their records. More than anything, it may simply let them know that – against steep odds – their work has found an appreciative audience in this age of algorithmic curation.
Thanks for listening and happy holidays.