Tuesday, December 9, 2014

In-Boxing Day (ii): The Reindeer Tribe, PC Muñoz, The McDades, Tom Dyer, Ewa Angeli, ROXY ROCA, Swear & Shke

A Great Light - The Reindeer Tribe @ Bandcamp 

PC Muñoz - The Angel Gabriel feat. Dave Worm @ Bandcamp 

Terry McDade & The McDades - Winter Rose / Midwinter / Noel @ Free Radio Records 

Tom Dyer - Xmas​-​30 Years In The Making @ Bandcamp 

Ewa Angeli 


ROXY ROCA - Christmas Without You

Swear and Shake

New Releases: The Oh Hellos, Tangarine, Bad Religion, Los Campesinos!

The Oh Hellos' Family Christmas Album


 Christmas Should Never Be Spent Alone - Tangarine


 Father Christmas - Bad Religion


 A Los Campesinos! Christmas


New Releases: Sam Smith, Tim Angsten, Two Way Light, The Lampshades, J Heinzen

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Sam Smith

 Christmas Kisses (Feat. Nicholle Rae) - Tim Angsten


 You and I This Christmas - Two Way Light


 Holiday Season - The Lampshades

Into Winter Taylor -  J Heinzen

New Releases: A Christmas Collective, Louis Edward Thorne, Hollis and Kris Orlowski, Christopher Lee. We Cut Corners

O Come Let Us Adore: A Christmas Collective


 Acoustic Christmas - Louis Edward Thorne


 Is This Christmas - Hollis and Kris Orlowski

 Darkest Carols, Faithful Sing - Christopher Lee

 Stop the Cavalry - We Cut Corners


Monday, December 8, 2014

New Releases: Annie Haslam, Marillion, The Agency, Jason Manns, Alles ist Liebe (OST)

Snowball -  Annie Haslam


 Carol of the Bells - Marillion


 We All Want Santa  - The Agency


 Christmas With Friends -  Jason Manns


Alles ist Liebe (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) 

Friday, December 5, 2014

In-Boxing Day (i): Sara Stevens. Shayna Leigh, Michelle Lewis, Saint John and Farmer Jesse

Finally got around to checking my email and found a few folk hawking their holiday wares. Here's the first in a series of posts featuring these artists...

Sara Stevens

Shayna Leigh


Michelle Lewis


 Saint John and Farmer Jesse

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Holiday Releases: Committed, Smalltown Poets, Jamie M Cooper, Andreas Weise

New Holiday Releases: Spencer Day, Silver Trees, The Sudden Passion, Anne-Stine

New Holiday Releases: Hunter Hayes, Rich O'Toole, Diane Arkenstone, The Crookes

New Holiday Releases: Shane Alexander, Bernt Smestad, Military Voices, Skillmates

New Holiday Releases: Christmas From Harlem (compilation), Walk off the Earth, Brett Eldredge, All-4-One

New Holiday Releases: I'll Be Home For Christmas (Compilation), Trevor Henderson, Baha Men, Time For Three

New Holiday Releases: Cheeky Monkeys, Rebecca Roubion, Jeremy Messersmith, Cimorelli

Monday, November 24, 2014

New Holiday Music: Heart & Friends, 7eventh Time Down, The Lonely Wild

Heart & Friends - Home for the Holidays


 A Christmas Wish List  - 7eventh Time Down


 Holidays - The Lonely Wild


New Holiday Music: Cloverton, Blue Rodeo, Paolo Fresu Quintet

We Sing Joy - Cloverton


A Merrie Christmas To You -  Blue Rodeo


 Jazzy Christmas (feat. Daniele di Bonaventura) - Paolo Fresu Quintet


New Holiday Music: Over The Rhine, Mark Kozelek, Proxy

Blood Oranges In The Snow - Over The Rhine

Sings Christmas Carols - Mark Kozelek


 Christmas - Proxy


New Holiday Music:Midnight Clear Compilation, Home Free, 100 Festive Christmas Concertos

Midnight Clear - A Solid State Compilation 

Full of Cheer - Home Free

100 Festive Christmas Concertos

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday Afternoon Update

TV & Film

“Christmas in Rockefeller Center” on Wednesday, Dec. 3 (press release @ TV by the Numbers)

Hallmark Channel Kicks-Off ‘Countdown to Christmas’ Digital and Social Media Strategy (TV Media Insights)

Christmas shopping in 1986? Try the Bangor Mall (The Retroist)

TCM and Macy’s Offer Annual Screening of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’  (TV Media Insights)

‘Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas’ Intervenes  (NYT)


Sabrina Carpenter - Silver Nights (My Festive Fizzy Pop)

Harriet - December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas) (My Festive Fizzy Pop)

Check Out Christmas A Go Go's Spotify Playlist

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

New Country Christmas Albums from Darius Rucker, Leann Rimes & TV's Nashville

Home For The Holidays
Darius Rucker

One Christmas: Chapter One
Leann Rimes

Christmas With Nashville
Nashville Cast

Wednesday Afternoon Holiday Linkage

New Holiday Music

Chris August

It's Christmas on Mack Avenue

Holiday Music Links

My Festive Fizzy Pop on  Jon McLaughlin's Christmas EP

Karen O covers “Marshmallow World”@ CoS

The UPDATED Secret History Of Band Aid @ Freaky Trigger


The Grumpy Cat movie is so ironic, Aubrey Plaza can't handle it @ Mashable

Holiday - Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire
Dinsdale Kringle Says
"Exceeded my expectations, most legacy acts either phone in their late career holiday efforts or have seemingly lost their chops. Not so for Earth Wind & Fire's new release "Holiday". Fans will not be disappointed"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Rock By The Sea Christmas - Volume Five

A Rock By The Sea Christmas :: Volume Five

Dinsdale Kringle says
"Fifth in a series of charity compilations supporting the fight against pediatric cancer. Plenty of great new additions for your rockin' Christmas playlists. Artists include Carbon Leaf, Tony Lucca, Dexter Freebish, The Georgia Flood and Red Wanting Blue. "

Tuesday Evening Holiday Links

New Holiday Music

The Lonely Wild

(listen on Spotify)

Kate Wallace

(listen on Spotify)

The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal

(listen on Spotify)

The Most Promising Christmas Albums of the Year (MusicMic)

Holiday TV 

I Love Lucy Christmas Special to air on CBS (TV by the Numbers)

Holiday Cheer on Food Network & Cooking Channel (The Futon Critic)

Original Holiday Movies Make Hallmark Channel the Weekend's Most-Watched Cable Network Among Women 25-54 (TV by the Numbers)


Christmas Tree shaped Doritos in Japan (Brand Eating h/t Food Network)

15 Epic Christmas light displays to inspire you this season (SheKnows)

How to get through Christmas without losing your mind (The Glamorous Housewife)

Holiday Links / Tuesday Afternoon

New Holiday Music

The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo)
(or listen on Spotify)

(or listen on Spotify)

House of Heroes
@ Bandcamp
(or listen on Spotify)

Holiday Music Links

Band Aid 30: One Direction among celebrity line-up (Telegraph)

Free Album Stream: ‘Christmas At Downton Abbey’ Album Premiere: Elizabeth McGovern Talks Holiday Collection (Billboard)

iHeartRadio has 25 Holiday Stations streaming now

Holiday Film & TV

RiffTrax Live: SANTA CLAUS (Official Trailer)

TCM brings A Christmas Carol & Christmas in Connecticut to theaters (Broadway World)

Best Christmas Ads on TV for 2014 (Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive 365)

Jem, Stretch Armstrong, Skeletor Among Toys In New 'Happy Honda Days' Ad Campaign (Rediscovering the '80s)


Did you not get the Electric Train you wanted for Christmas in 1980? @ The Retroist

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monday Holiday Link Catch-up (Nov. 10)

Links you may have missed the last few days...

Christmas Underground on local Portland compilation Pdxmas 2014

Also on the Underground Faye & the Scooges latest holiday bauble

Stubby previews The Smoke Fairies upcoming seasonal offering

Los Campesino's Christmas E.P. also previewed at Stubby's House of Christmas

Elves' Bells! has The Disappointment Choir's new video for A Pretty Good Christmas

My Festive Fizzy Pop on the Downton Abbey Christmas album

Check out Never Mind The Baubles - Small Bear's 2014 Christmas Album (via Christmas a Go Go)

Variety pans Robin William's final holiday flick

Printmakers supreme Dark Hall Mansion's newest holiday offering: The Year Without a Santa Claus

New Christmas adverts out from U.K. retail giants John Lewis | Boots | Waitrose | Tesco | Aldi | Argos 

For more links throughout the day check out our twitter feed @SantasWorkingOT

Friday, November 7, 2014

That's Christmas To Me - Pentatonix

That's Christmas To Me
Dinsdale Kringle says
"Ya like a capella pop? Ya like Christmas Music? Well then, you'll really like That's Christmas To Me. Good stuff."

A Michael Feinstein Christmas

A Michael Feinstein Christmas

Dinsdale Kringle says
" 'S Wonderful collection of holiday standards presented in elegantly simple arrangements by Great American Songbook master Feinstein."

Great American Christmas Songbook: Heavy Rotation

Thursday, November 6, 2014

An Americana Christmas

An Americana Christmas
(Compilation - New West )

Dinsdale Kringle says
"Nice collection of country & folk tracks including more than a few worthy of any down home holiday playlist"

Holiday tunes from Vic Goddard, Lucy Hale, Mark Schultz and Laura van Kaam

Four new tracks plus a bonus from the vaults...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree - Rough Shop

Lit Up Like A Christmas Tree
Rough Shop

Dinsdale Kringle says.. "Highly Recommended!" 

Rock/Folk Rock: Heavy Rotation 

Check it out...

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Christmas Album - Human Nature

The Christmas Album
Human Nature

Dinsdale Kringle says
"2013 Aussie hit from grown up boy band Human Nature getting its official stateside release. R&B tinged A/C has its moments but nothing essential."

Holiday Wishes - Idina Menzel

Holiday Wishes
Idina Menzel

Dinsdale Kringle says
"Unsurprisingly polished set of holiday standards old and new-ish. Good stuff!"

Great American Christmas Songbook: Heavy Rotation

Holiday For Swing - Seth MacFarlane

Holiday For Swing
Seth MacFarlane

Dinsdale Kringle says
 "Wonderfully evocative old school arrangements and first rate production. Seth MacFarlane clearly loves this stuff and it shows"

Great American Christmas Songbook: Heavy Rotation

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Release - An Ukulele Christmas 2

I wasn't quite ready to start hunting for new holiday music releases, until I popped by Stubby's for a quick shufti at the indispensable THE LIST 2014 and found this laid back little gem.

An Ukulele Christmas 2 at Amazon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Remember the Night (1940)

Remember the Night (1940)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Remember the Night is a 1940 American romantic comedy/drama Christmas film directed by Mitchell Leisen, and starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. The film was written by Preston Sturges—his last as a writer before he became a writer-director with The Great McGinty.

Remember the Night Info:

Rotten Tomatoes
All Movie Guide
TV Guide

Remember the Night Reviews:

Another Old Movie Blog
DVD Savant
Jim Lane’s Cinedrome
Movies Unlimited
Pretty Clever Films
Self-Styled Siren

Radio Version

Lux Radio Theater (1940) (Scroll down to show #256)
Screen Director's Playhouse (1951)
Lux Radio Theater Script (Generic Radio Workshop)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Christmas TV History 's Christmas TV Party!

Just a quick off season post to give my fellow festives a quick heads up about Christmas TV History's nifty Christmas in July gift to the interweb. Sled on over to Christmas TV History, yuletide telly expert Joanna Wilson's indispensable blog (and handy spot to learn about her amazing series of Christmas TV books), for a month long celebration of holiday boob-tubery.

Earlier this summer a call went out for the web's most Christmassy TV buffs to fill out a brief  holiday viewing themed questionnaire and now each and every day throughout the month of July you'll find a cool new submission from some of the merriest yuletide aficionados anywhere. Check it out now and discover a treasure trove of holiday memories, viewing recommendations and web resources.

Go now! - Christmas TV Party