Music Mix Christmas Blowout, December 17, 2016

Playlist from the "Christmas Blowout" edition of the Saturday Night Music Mix, December 17, 2016.

I was going to wait. I really was. But when planning tonight's show all I could think of was cool holiday music. I know not everyone cares for it, but I'm stuck on the idea that it's only because they keep hearing the same songs over and over and over. I try to find unique renditions of classics and new stuff to make up a Christmas show that those people won't hate. I hope it works, at least a little.

I framed the show by starting and ending with tracks from Esquivel's "Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad". In the first track he welcomes guests to his party, pointing out the bar, the band, and the mistletoe (which seems to be occupied). At the finish he thanks his guests for coming and then excuses himself to find a space shuttle to give his more intoxicated guests a ride home. This was the last album Esquivel recorded, in the mid-1990s.

Some other highlights:

  • The Billy May Orchestra's "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Mambo" is easily the best version of that song ever recorded. Close your eyes real nice and tight, Santa comes tonight.
  • Ren and Stimpy's (mosty Ren's) "I Hate Christmas", for people who wish I'd get back to mmy more usual show.
  • Clarence Carter's "Back Door Santa" (ooh) followed by Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis", which samples Carter.
  • Louis Prima doing "What Will Santa Claus Say (When he Finds Everybody Swingin')". Join in, I assume.
  • Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors doing an unexpected and amazing cover of "Mr. Grinch".
Time Artwork Artist Track Album iTunes
2016-12-17 22:06:00 Esquivel Jingle Bells (Greetings from Esquivel!) Jingle Bells (Greetings from Esquivel!) - Single iTunes
2016-12-17 22:08:21 Louis Armstrong & The Commanders 'Zat You, Santa Claus? Yule Be Miserable iTunes
2016-12-17 22:11:08 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Mr. Heatmiser Everything You Want For Christmas iTunes
2016-12-17 22:15:30 Donny Hathaway This Christmas (Single Edit) Never My Love: The Anthology iTunes
2016-12-17 22:19:02 James Brown Soulful Christmas James Brown's Funky Christmas iTunes
2016-12-17 22:22:10 Brave Combo Must Be Santa It's Christmas, Man! iTunes
2016-12-17 22:25:45 Dread Zeppelin All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth The First No-Elvis iTunes
2016-12-17 22:28:42 Billy May and His Orchestra Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo Christmas Eve (Jazz Christmas) iTunes
2016-12-17 22:31:18 Leon Redbone Christmas Island Christmas Island iTunes
2016-12-17 22:34:52 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects It's a Holiday Soul Party iTunes
2016-12-17 22:37:13 Timbuk 3 All I Want Fot Christmas (Is World Peace) Lost Christmas 3 - Holiday Rarities iTunes
2016-12-17 22:42:53 Bob & Doug McKenzie The Twelve Days of Christmas Great White North iTunes
2016-12-17 22:47:38 Shonen Knife Space Christmas iTunes
2016-12-17 22:50:37 Ren and Stimpy I Hate Christmas Crock O' Christmas iTunes
2016-12-17 22:55:00 The Polyphonic Spree Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Two Thousand Places - Single iTunes
2016-12-17 22:59:14 Vince Guaraldi Trio Skating A Charlie Brown Christmas (Expanded Edition) iTunes
2016-12-17 23:06:22 Ohio Players Happy Holidays, Pt. 1 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Ohio Players iTunes
2016-12-17 23:10:17 Mojo Nixon & The Toadliquors Mr. Grinch Horny Holidays! iTunes
2016-12-17 23:12:51 Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers Dig That, Crazy Santa Claus Merry Christmas! Songs & Holiday Music iTunes
2016-12-17 23:15:26 Kurtis Blow Christmas Rappin 20th Century Master - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Kurtis Blow iTunes
2016-12-17 23:20:22 Clarence Carter Back Door Santa Soul Christmas iTunes
2016-12-17 23:22:31 Run-DMC Christmas In Hollis A Very Special Christmas: Live from Washington, D.C. iTunes
2016-12-17 23:25:28 Elton John Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd Be a Turkey At Christmas) Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary Celebration) [Super Deluxe Edition] iTunes
2016-12-17 23:29:33 Vince Guaraldi Trio O Tannenbaum A Charlie Brown Christmas (Expanded Edition) iTunes
2016-12-17 23:34:42 Leon Redbone That Old Christmas Moon Christmas Island iTunes
2016-12-17 23:37:39 Harvey Averne Band Let’s Get It Together This Christmas In the Christmas Groove iTunes
2016-12-17 23:42:10 Mabel Scott Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (Remastered) Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (Remastered) - Single iTunes
2016-12-17 23:44:27 James Brown Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto James Brown's Funky Christmas iTunes
2016-12-17 23:47:28 Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang What Will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin') Jingle Bell Swing iTunes
2016-12-17 23:50:36 Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Funky Little Drummer Boy It's a Holiday Soul Party iTunes
2016-12-17 23:53:54 Auld Lang Syne (Adios from Esquivel) Esquivel Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad iTunes
2016-12-17 23:54:44 Snowfall Esquivel Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad iTunes