Friday, June 27, 2008

More Christmas and a Half goodies...

Falalalala is going the Xmas&1/2 route as well and offering a seasonal share for the season that's still half a year away.

Ernie (not Bert)'s Christmas and a Half 2008

Bank Americard detail a 1973 (by senses working overtime)

I was looking forward to a sprinkling of Christmas in July style goodies this summer but Ernie's gone and unwrapped out some serious holiday cheer in June. Here's the first Christmas compilation of the 2008 season...

"Here we are, halfway between last Christmas and next Christmas. That makes it Christmas and a half, or, as it's less commonly known, Ernie's birthday! But it's you who's going to get the present. I had a very productive trip to the fancy record store up in St. Pete the other day, and I got a handful of great Christmas singles, many of which I'd never seen or heard before. Of course, some of the them are the type of novelty record that you'll wish you'd never seen or heard, but I think it makes for a nice change from the usual old Christmas records I typically share out around here..."

Visit Ernie for a nifty 30 track compilation and make sure you check out his track by track annotations...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

TV: Lifetime's Christmas in July

Here's the merry press release...

Lifetime Networks Celebrates Christmas in July All Month Long

Melissa Peterman ('Reba') Hosts Lifetime's 'Fa La La La Fourth'

NEW YORK, June 19 -- With sizzling ratings already pouring in for Army Wives' second season and building anticipation over the return of How to Look Good Naked on July 22, how could summer get any hotter? Well, roll out the grill, set off the fireworks -- and start decorating the tree -- as Lifetime Networks celebrates Christmas in July, all month long.

The festive programming on the two most popular women's networks begins with "Fa La La La Fourth" -- Lifetime Television's Independence Day lineup of Christmas-only movies airing Friday, July 4, from 9AM-11PM (ET/PT).

Hosted by Melissa Peterman ("Reba"), "Fa La La La Fourth" features talent including Dylan Walsh, Rob Lowe, Valerie Bertinelli, Jami Gertz, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Cynthia Gibb, and Jennifer Grey.

The holiday theme continues virtually non-stop throughout the holiday weekend when Lifetime Movie Network launches its second annual "Christmas in July" stunt, airing holiday flicks from 6AM(ET) on Saturday, July 5 to 5:30AM on Sunday, July 6.

"Christmas in July" continues on Monday, July 7, running through Thursday, July 31. Viewers can catch Neil Patrick Harris, Vanessa Williams, Eric Mabius, Whoopi Goldberg, LeAnn Rimes, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Ana Ortiz, and Kelly Rowan, among other Hollywood stars, in their favorite Christmas films each Monday through Friday at 8PM (ET).

Friday, June 6, 2008

First Christmas Single of the Year?

While browsing around Rhapsody I found an apparently new holiday single from independent artist Brian Benedict "The Singing Fireman".

Ring-a-ling / Under the Tree (Merry Christmas Two You) is a pleasantly mellow effort and can be sampled/purchased (at Rhapsody) here. I checked iTunes but came up empty.

Have you come across any early holiday releases this year? Let us know in the comments!