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wonders never cease Wednesday, December 9, 2009

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9th, 2009 play list of the week: xmas alternatives

Fishbone[caption id="attachment_2399" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="click to listen"]Time worn and classic? Hardly. We love Sir Paul McCartney, but how many times do you want to hear him tell you how wonderful his Christmas is? Here are some lesser-known holiday tunes - all on rotation in our shops this festive season. Don't worry, the classics will be featured in their own play list before the arrival of the man with the bag.

1. "Darlin' (Christmas Is Coming)" - Over The Rhine
Drawing their band name from the historic neighborhood in their native Cincinnati, this is one of many charming holiday songs from their 2006 release Snow Angels.

2. "Sound the Trumpets" - Bob Marley
The reggae messiah heralds the arrival of the advent in classic roots rock style, replete with a trumpet solo lifted from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

3. "Every Day Should Be a Holiday" - Dandy Warhols
The Dandys remind us with beats and grooves to carry over our seasonal good cheer to the rest of the year.

4. "Xmas Time (It Sure Doesn't Feel Like...)" - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Boston boys scatter freezing rain on Christmas spirit ska-style, with gloomy lyrics like "It's the holiday season and it's freezing cold. No one will have me. I'll have no one to hold."

5. "Rudy" - The Be Good Tanyas
Another tearjerker reminds us about the less fortunate, and this one hits close to home. It's the story of Rudolph the red-nosed wino, set right here in DC. "It's wintertime now in Georgetown and the streets come alive with the Christmas lights. And Rudy sleeps on the warm air grate with a newspaper blanket on December nights."

6. "Jingle Bell Jamboree" - Keb' Mo'
Kevin Moore applies his magic touch to a holiday tune that is would be enjoyable year-round, reflecting on the comfort and generosity of spirit found in a holiday spent with family and friends.

7. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - Death Cab For Cutie
Back to the sad songs, this is a testament to loneliness and pining from Ben Gibbard and his pals.

8. "Christmas in Hollis" - Run DMC
Joey "Run" Simmons is obviously on the nice list since he finds Santa's wallet and then gets a note under the tree that tells him to keep the cash. Maybe that was the seed money for big brother Russell's Def Jam Records.

9. "Elf's Lament" - Barenaked Ladies
An expose of the exploitation inherent in the operation at the North Pole. Santa's workshop is non-union and the elves are getting fed up. "We're used to repetition, so we drew up a petition: We, the undersigned, feel undermined! Let's redefine "employment." Cesar Chavez would be proud.

10. "Christmas Day" - Dido
A strangely beautiful story of love, hope, anticipation and expectation and the unpredictable path that these things sometimes take.

11. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)" - The Ramones
Queens denizens aren't asking for the moon for Christmas, just a little peace, love and harmony. Hearing Joey Ramone ask "Where is Rudolph? Where is Blitzen, baby?" is a Christmas present for us every year.

12. "Santa Claus Is Smoking Reefer" - Squirrel Nut Zippers
This seems like a poor prescription for a guy who has to visit every house in the world in one night, but it would explain how he eats all those cookies.

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