Maybe Next Year

1. Meiko - This Year Can Kiss My Ass
2. Michael M - Humans Are Not Worth Saving (Merry Christmas)
3. Edwin Mathew - Zoom Zoom Christmas
4. Dirty Nice - It’s All Gunna Go Wrong This Christmas
5. Crocodiles - Christmas in Hell
6. Happy Clarinetty - I Remember Xmas
7. Yorick van Norden - Winter
8. Felice Taylor - It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart It's Spring)
9. Carol Ford - Christmas Letters
10. Phil Awful and the Experiments - Merry Christmas?
11. Rope Store - A Winter’s Tale
12. Bradford Trojan - Sweet Gingerbread Man
13. The Sisterhood Band - Christmas Treat, Peppermint
14. The Free Design - Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)
15. Cherry Ghost - Blue Christmas
16. they is they is they is - Your Kind of White Christmas Sucks
17. Jackson Browne - The Rebel Jesus
18. Ratigan - The Rights to Christmas
19. Shy Boys - Christmas Clown
20. Randolph’s Leap - Stay Away This Christmas
21. The Beach Boys - Alone on Christmas Day
22. Slow Club - All Alone on Christmas
23. Gary U.S. Bonds - Call Me for Christmas
24. The Raveonettes - Snowstorm
25. Creature Comfort - Christmas in Quarantine
26. Thom Stone - Merry Christmas (What a Hell of a Year)
27. Great Lake Swimmers - Gonna Make it Through This Year
28. Jenny Owen Youngs - Maybe Next Year

I usually start working on these mixes about two months before they come out. For the past few years, that period has grown increasingly reflective as I consider which songs fit the tone and tenor of the year we have experienced together. I think that's often evident in the songs that make the cut and this year you'll find it more so than in any of our previous installments.

It's been an incredibly difficult and demoralizing year where America has essentially failed a test of basic human empathy and placed our entire existence in jeopardy. So many of us will be separated from loved ones this holiday season. But hey, we made it through. The Electoral College just voted and a vaccine is on its way, so maybe 2021 won't be as bad. Here's hoping.

I'd love for you to share these mixes with people who may enjoy them. If you find any songs you love and can't live without, please send some money to those artists or buy one of their records (pay them directly, don't just listen on Spotify plz).

Thanks for listening and happy holidays.

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Santa Goofed

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.

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Merry Christmas, the President is Terrible

1. Quiet Company - Merry Christmas, the President is Terrible
2. Housebat - Holiday Hallelujah
3. Barcelona - Fire
4. Michael Christmas - Pleasant Winter
5. The Marshall Brothers - Mr. Santa’s Boogie
6. Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva - I Wish You a Merry Christmas
7. Barbra Streisand - Jingle Bells?
8. bill wurtz - christmas isn’t real
9. Mari Wilson - Just What I Always Wanted
10. Warm Soda - Without You By My Side
11. Tacocat - Snowday
12. Dave Lawson - Coal Man
13. Burkini Beach - #xmas2017
14. The Staves - Home Alone, Too
15. Charlotte Cornfield and Matthew Bailey - Clip Clop
16. The Miracles - Christmas Everyday
17. The Dip - Santa’s Got a Sweet Tooth
18. Charlie’s Hand Movements - Baubles
19. St. Vincent - Happy Birthday, Johnny
20. Phoebe Bridgers - Christmas Song
21. Vyvienne Long - Please Santa, Let’s Go
22. Orange Juice - Holiday Hymn
23. Suburban Kids with Biblica Names - Jullåten 2004
24. The Magnetic Fields - Everything is One Big Christmas Tree
25. Elizabeth Morris - The Season
26. Owl John - It Gets Cold
27. Melanie - Merry Christmas

I make these mixes available for free, but if you like a song, please send some money to those artists. Buy the song you love, or buy another one of their records. Thank you.


All My Friends Are Snowmen

1. John Windle - A Wonderful Christmas Time
2. Hank Ballard and the Midnighters - Santa Claus is Coming
3. Gentleman Auction House - Don’t Want Another Christmas (Like Last Christmas)
4. Transmitters - Merry Christmas From the Bottom of a Well
5. Sad13 - Make Christmas Great Again
6. Sinclair - This Christmas
7. Prints Jackson - Reindeer Reindeer
8. Los Campesinos! - When Christmas Comes
9. dj BC - Jingle Pressure
10. Outercourse - Santa Baby
11. Big Love Hospital - All My Friends Are Snowmen
12. The Grapes & Friends - Christmas Crush
13. The Shells - Happy Holiday
14. Macy Gray - All I Want For Christmas
15. Fun Deficit - What I Ain’t Gonna Get You For Christmas
16. Sleeping At Last - Christmas is All Around
17. Allison Weiss - Sounds Like Snow
18. Vibeke Saugstad - A Christmas Carol (for the Losers in Love)
19. Elemeno Pea - Light Up for Hanukkah
20. Sweet Tee - Let the Jingle Bells Rock
21. Ingo Star Cruiser - Just Like Christmas
22. The Boy Least Likely To - Blue Spruce Needles
23. Chris Farren - Like a Gift From God or Whatever (ft. Jenny Owens Youngs)
24. Bandrew - Wiggly Christmas
25. Mac McCaughan - Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)


Christmas Resistance

1. Paddy Roberts - Merry Christmas You Suckers
2. Gruff Rhys - Post Apocalypse Christmas
3. Deep Sea Diver - It’s Christmas Time (and I am still alive)
4. The Primitives - You Trashed My Christmas
5. The Aux - Christmas Day
6. Niagara Balls - Casual Racism at the Dinner Table
7. Magnet - Let It Snow
8. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone - Cold White Christmas
9. The New Mendicants - A Very Sorry Christmas
10. The Classic Brown - Wintervention
11. Warrender Chase - Christmas Calendar
12. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects
13. The Harlem Children’s Chorus - Black Christmas
14. The Soul Duo - Just a Sad Xmas
15. Joni Mitchell - River
16. Chris T-T - Tonight Thank God It’s Them Instead Of You
17. Benjamin Shaw & Fighting Knights - This Christmas (I Just Want To Be Left Alone)
18. Bad Folk - Christ, It’s Cold
19. Edgar McRae - No Coal
20. Freelove Fenner - The Snow Miser Song
21. Pondertone - Christmas Just Ain’t Christmas (demo)
22. Blood Feathers - Christmas Will Help You Feel O.K.
23. Herb Eimerman - Treat Yourself Well
24. Graham Parker - New Year’s Revolution (demo)
25. Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas From The Family
26. Prince & the Revolution - Another Lonely Christmas
27. Steve Altman - Purple Reindeer
28. Blinky Griptite & the Dee-Kays - World of Love
29. Ambulances - The True Meaning of Christmas (featuring the lovely young ladies of Denbeth Parish Church Choir)

Here’s a holiday mix to cap an absolutely brutal year. Next year isn’t shaping up to be any better, so take a breather for the holidays, seek out and relish the love and kindness that exists in this world, and get ready to fight like hell in 2017.

Cover notes: the cover image is Richard Nixon’s 1970 White House Christmas card overlaid with the Sharp Sans font. Both the gilded White House and the Nixon association felt appropriate right now. Sharp Sans was the base font for Unity, the custom font created for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.


Addicted to Christmas

1. The Edison Proposal - Holiday Punch, Spelled the Same
2. Metro Jets - Jingle Jangle Christmas
3. Sugar & Tiger - Noël Christmas
4. J Hines & the Boys - A Funky Christmas to You
5. Hil and Hale and their Merry Friends - Christmastime
6. Eli “Santa” Reed - Party Hard Xmas
7. Niagara Balls - Don’t Be a Dick at Christmas
8. On Dancer and the Baby Jesus Family Fun Times Band - Addicted to Christmas
9. The Carny - This Christmas (If You Come Back) [Pt. 2]
10. The Riptides - I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas
11. Desmond Dekker & the Aces - Christmas Day
12. Young Wrists - Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
13. Ingrid Michelson - Snowfall
14. The Zolas - Snow
15. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Big Bulbs
16. Mud - Lonely This Christmas
17. The Not Fur Longs - Make It Home Alone
18. Landlady ft. Amelia Meath - Please Come Home For Christmas
19. The Tuts - Christmas is in the Air
20. Nat Brower - Coal
21. Machu Picchu - All I Want For Christmas Is A Hoverboard
22. mojochronic - Lou Christmas (edit)
23. Bill Lacey - Cowboy Santa Claus
24. Duover - Coyote Christmas
25. Withered Hand - It’s a Wonderful Lie
26. The Love Language - Gsus


Let the Fat Guy In

1. Les Letrasets - Navidad

2. Climber - Holiday Hoopla

3. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings - White Christmas

4. Chandler Travis Philharmonic - If We Can Just Make It Through Christmas

5. Billy Idol - Yellin’ at the Xmas Tree

6. King Stitt - Christmas Tree

7. Sleepwalkers - Only Sántikläas Forgives (Ridealong) (St. Bowie Remix)

8. The Elwins - Baby Rudolph

9. Twice As Much - The Coldest Night Of The Year (Ft. Vashti)

10. Jens Leckman - Run Away With Me

11. T. Rex - Christmas Bop

12. Fitz and the Tantrums - Santa Stole My Lady

13. Lou Barlow - Mary

14. Young Noah - This Christmas

15. Mark Martucci - Hot Stuff

16. Jason Anderson - Our Winter

17. Letters to Cleo - (WTFAMP) The Christmas Song

18. By Divine Right - Mall Santa

19. The Wailers - Christmas is Here

20. Bad Manners - Christmas Time Again
21. Donny Hathaway - This Christmas

22. Sam Baker - Angel Hair

23. Bear Cat - This Christmas, All I Really Want is to Love Somebody

24. Pledge Drive - Christmas Rhapsody


Fa La La La La Blah Blah Blah Blah

Side A

1. The Kickstand Band - Hooray For Santy Claus
2. The Kicks - Santa Claus is Coming to the USA
3. Bob Seger - Sock It To Me Santa
4. Lord Nelson - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
5. Brine Webb - The Good List
6. Caleb and the Caroling Caravan - Christmas is the Best!
7. The Lovely Eggs - Tyrannosaurus Rex For Christmas
8. The Not Fur Longs - Fa La La La La Blah Blah Blah Blah
9. Reuben Anderson - Christmas Time Again
10. Nick Lowe - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
11. Allo Darlin’ - Space Christmas
12. Huey “Piano” Smith & The Clowns - Silent Night
13. William Bell - Every Day Will Be a Holiday
14. Piney Gir - Every Day’s a Holiday
15. Fountains of Wayne - I Want An Alien for Xmas

Side B

16. Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler - Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)
17. Office Romance - I Love the Holidays
18. The Classic Brown - Christmas Sweaters
19. The Black Arts - Christmas Number One
20. The Foremen - Christmas is Pain
21. Titus Turner - Christmas Morning Blues
22. The Marcels - Merry Twist-Mas
23. The Pogues with Kirsty Maccoll - Fairytale of New York
24. The Long Winters - Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas (Sometimes)
25. By Surprise - Worst Christmas Ever
26. Crocodiles & Dum Dum Girls - Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die)
27. John Prine - Christmas in Prison
28. Hawksley Workman - Merry Christmas (I Love You)
29. Pilgrim Travelers - I’ll Be Home for Christmas


The Christmas Sandwich

Side A

1. Rotundo Sealeg - Wake Up, It's Christmas
2. Parlovr - I'm Santa
3. Emmy the Great and Tim Wheeler - Jesus the Reindeer
4. The Sunnies - A Damn Fine Christmas Tree
5. Zach Gill - Party Hard
6. Charles Bradley - Every Day is Christmas (When I'm Lovin' You)
7. Little Isidor and the Inquisitors - Christmas of Love
8. Guster - Tiny Tree Christmas
9. Yo La Tengo - Rock N Roll Santa
10. The Bumpers - I Need My Baby By My Side (On Xmas Night)
11. The Youngsters - Christmas in Jail
12. Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa
13. Kris Kaczor and Friends - Skin on Body: Part 2
14. The Amoeba People - Christmas Ferret
15. Natalie Hemby - Perfect Gift
16. The Boy Least Likely To - George and Andrew
17. Mixylodian - Inappropriate Christmas Song

Side B

18. Whoa Boats - Gimme That Tree
19. By Surprise - Battle of Snowmeng Mountain Part 2
20. Christopher Dennis - The Christmas Sandwich
21. The Futureheads - Christmas Was Better in the 80s
22. Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns - White Christmas Blues
23. Martin Newell - Christmas in Suburbia
24. The Mole - Jesse's Wish List
25. Harvey Averne Band - Let's Get It Together This Christmas
26. Hot Club De Paris - Will You Still Be In Love With Me Next Year
27. The Everly Brothers - Christmas Eve Can Kill You
28. Caitlin Rose with Keegan DeWitt - You Never Come Home For Christmas
29. The Whoville - A Quick Pun While In a Sleigh
30. Diamond Rugs - Christmas In A Chinese Restaurant


The War on Christmas

Side A

1. Allan James - Beliefs
2. A House - Here Come the Good Times
3. the Moonglows - Hey Santa Claus
4. Reigning Sound - If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home
5. Solomon Burke - Presents for Christmas
6. Lindsey Buckingham - Holiday Road
7. Slow Club - Christmas TV
8. Pavlovr - Spike the Eggnog
9. The Cuban Mistletoe Crisis - It’s Christmas at the Airport Bar
10. Milt Patrick - Merry Twistmas
11. Eux Autres - Teenage Christmas
12. Johnny Staton and the Feathers - Ride on Santa
13. Frightened Rabbit - It’s Xmas So We’ll Stop
14. the Killers - A Great Big Sled

Side B

15. Andrew W.K. - Silent Night
16. Jenny O. - Get Down for the Holidays
17. Love Axe - War on Christmas
18. Sidewalk Driver - Christmas in Fallujah
19. Shannon and the Clams - Fat Daddy
20. The Young Dudes - I Got Nothing Cool
21. The Polyphonic Spree - It’s Christmas
22. Karl Malone - Sing Along with Santa Karl
23. The Lonely Island - Dick in a Box
24. Andry Snowmans - I Love Christmas in the City
25. Rancid - Xmas Eve (She Got Up and Left Me)
26. Fishbone - Slick Nick, You Devil You
27. Ren & Stimpy - Decorate Yourself
28. Fur Department - Song for Tim Wieland


Shut Down December Radio

Side A

1. The Boy Least Likely To - A Happy Christmas Baby
2. Little Isidore - Party Hard
3. Shock and Awe - XMS PRTY
4. Cheap Trick - Come on Christmas
5. Coconut Records - It's Christmas
6. the Mynabirds - All I Want is Truth (for Christmas)
7. Bobby Baby - Santa Claus is Coming to Town
8. The Sonics - Santa Clause
9. The Wave Pictures - I Love You Like a Madman
10. Debbie and the Darnells - Santa, Teach Me to Dance
11. Elton John - Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)
12. Hefner - The Little Baby Hefner's Xmas Song for Holland
13. Aunt Beru & the Juicers - Santa Brings It
14. Bryan Adams - Reggae Christmas
15. Bears - Merry Christmas Have a Happy New Year

Side B

16. Bruce Springsteen - Pilgrim in the Temple of Love (Brixton 4.26.96)
17. John Legend and Steven Colbert - Nutmeg
18. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - All I Want for Christmas
19. Audiotransparent - December Radio
20. Bicentennial Bear - All I Want for Christmas (is an Afghan Whigs Reunion)
21. Low - Santa's Coming Over
22. The Raveonettes - Come On Santa
23. The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End)
24. The Fake Swears - We Didn't Start the Yule Log
25. Featuring Santatron 3000 - "I Accidentally Slept Through Christmas"
26. Hands and Knees - James Brown Died on Christmas Day
27. James Brown - Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year
28. Space Ghost - We Wish You a Merry Christmas


More Sleigh Bell

1. Scott Allen – Winters Wonderland
2. Blasé Splee – Christmas Vacation
3. Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today
4. Colin Clary – Meow Meow
5. Laarks – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
6. The Flirtations – Christmas Time is Here Again
7. Brett Dennen – The Holidays Are Here (and we’re still at war)
8. The Hives & Cyndi Lauper – A Christmas Duel
9. The Paincakes – Christmasfits / Presents Dude
10. Jackson 5 – Up on the House Top
11. Hello Saferide – Ipod Xmas
12. Detroit Junior – Christmas Day
13. Sufjan Steves – Come On! Let’s Boogey to the Elf Dance
14. Jason Anderson – Is There Any Way
15 Nellie McKay – A Christmas Dirge
16. From the Future – 8 Days of Christmas
17. My Morning Jacket – Santa Claus is Back in Town
18. The Ebonys – Christmas Ain’t Christmas
19. Bing Crosby – Mele Kalikimaka
20. Eat Sleep – Large Christmas
21. Twisted Sister – Oh Come All Ye Faithful
22. Jason Anderson – Christmas


Countdown to Christmas

1. the Jackson 5 – Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
2. Run DMC – Christmas Is
3. Jason Anderson – I Love Christmas
4. Fishboy and Carleen Jean Death Machine – That’s What You’re Getting for Christmas
5. the National Splits – Let’s Wrap Each Other
6. Ike & Tine Turner – Merry Christmas Baby
7. Darlene Love – All Alone on Christmas
8. the Raveonettes – the Christmas Song
9. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin – Don’t Wrap the Puppy
10. Casper & the Cookies – Kiss Me Beneath the Christmas Tree
11. Glam Chops – Countdown to Christmas
12. David Carswell and Megan Barnes – I Wanna Kiss You This Christmas
13. Princess Superstar – I Hope I Sell A Lot of Records at Christmastime
14. the Emotron – Santa Clause (I Still Believe in You)
15. Six Cents and Natalie – Secret Santa (You Could Be the One)
16. Jason Collett – A Beguiled Christmas Sales
17. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means to Me
18. the Blind Boys of Alabama w/Solmon Burke – I Pray on Christmas
19. Oxford Collapse – Hester Xmas
20. the Long Blondes – Christmas is Cancelled
21. Heike Has the Giggles – All I Want for Christmas is You
22. Twisted Sister w/Lita Ford – I’ll Be Home for Christmas
23. Badly Drawn Boy – Donna and Blitzen
24. Mavis Staples – Christmas Vacation
25. Jason Anderson – Christmas and Pizza 2


Ultimate Last Christmas MegaMix3000

Side A

Crash Tokio
Benjamin B
Riff Raff
Das Palast Orchester & Max Raabe
Frank Tellina
George Michael’s 8” Stocking

Side B

Guiseppe Ruisi
The Hairy Bottlers
Giuseppe Bovo Orchestra
Return of the Ice Cube Trays
Richard Cheese
The Boss Hogs
Corporate Solace
Evil Beaver
Tomas Trulsson

This was assembled in December 2011 after auditioning over 500 different versions of Last Christmas. Read more here