Music For Listeners 2006 12 23
Can You Say Christmas Three?
1) The Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme" From the CD 'Anthology'.
2) Ginny Wright-"Gonna Get Me A Real Doll For Christmas" Found
the web-only compilation 'Andy Cirzan Presents Séance with Santa...Further
Adventures in Holiday Obscura'.
3) Dawn of the Replicants-"Simple Having A Wonderful Christmas
Time" From the CD compilation 'A Very Cherry Christmas 2'.
4) Oppenheimer-"Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" From the
CD 'The Best Kids Christmas Album in the World Ever Ever Ever!!!'.
5) Hello Saferide-"iPod X-Mas" From the CD compilation 'Oh
6) Hyperbubble-"Away In A Manger" From the Filthy Angel web
compilation 'Hark! the Filthy Angels Sing'.
7) Saloon-"Snow" From the CD 'A Christmas Gift from Fortuna
8) Steveless/Syd Howells-"It Never Usually Snows In December"
From the CD compilation 'A Very Cherry Christmas 2'.
9) Darlene Love-"White Christmas" From the CD compilation
'A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector'.
10) Sufjan Stevens-"Get Behind Me, Santa" From the brand new
CD box set 'Sufjan Stevens Presents Songs for Christmas'.
11) Irene-"Christmas On A Beach" Exclusive download from the
12) Mogul-"(Lonely) This Christmas" From the CD 'A Christmas
Gift from Fortuna Pop!
13) Nourallah Brothers -"Christmastime" From the CD 'Nourallah
14) My Morning Jacket-"X Mas Curtain" From the CD E.P. 'We
Wish You A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year'.
15) South Ambulance-"Hangin' On A Tie" From the CD compilation
'Oh No...It's Christmas'.
16) Fishboy with Carleen Jean Death Machine-"That's What You're
Getting For Christmas". From their hand made Christmas E.P.
17) The Knife-"Reindeer" From the CD 'The Knife'.
18) Paul Hawkins-"Getting A Divorce for Christmas" From the
CD compilation 'A Very Cherry Christmas 2'.
19) Louis Prima-"What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody
Swingin')" From the CD 'Christmas in New Orleans'.
20) Findlay Brown-"Last Christmas" From the CD 'The Best Kids
Christmas Album in the World Ever Ever Ever!!!'.
21) Envelopes-"Pink Christmas" From the UK CD single for "Free
22) The Three Wise Men (XTC)-"Thanks for Christmas" From the
CD compilation 'Rag Bone and Buffet - Rare Cuts and Leftovers'.
23) Lavender Diamond-"Song of Impossible Occurrences" From
the Christmas split vinyl 7" single featuring 'The Queen of Sheeba/Lavender
24) The Aislers Set-"The Snow Doesn't Fall" From the CD 'A
Christmas Gift from Fortuna Pop!'.
25) Benny Bell-"Ain't No Santy Claus" Found the web-only compilation
'Andy Cirzan Presents Séance with Santa...Further Adventures
in Holiday Obscura'.
26) Zoltan Kodaly School for Girls-"Stop the Cavalry" From
the CD compilation 'A Very Cherry Christmas 2'.
27) The Pogues featuring Kirsty Maccoll-"Fairytale of New York"
From the CD 'If I Should Fall from Grace With God'.
28) Discordia-"Boxing Day Blues" From the CD 'A Christmas
Gift from Fortuna Pop! Volume 2'.
29) Binky Griptite-"World of Love" From the vinyl 7"
single for "World of Love"
30) James Brown-"Let's Make This Christmas Mean Something"
From the CD 'James Brown Funky Christmas'.
31) "The Mid-Morning Recording" Muse-'Black Holes and Revelations'
Before we played this album on the show, Orly said
it best, "It's a great science-fiction journey". Everyone
who listens to the show, knows how much we loved Muse's last record,
'Absolution'. Orlando liked the newest album a whole lot more than their
predecessor, but I have to say that I still think 'Absolution' is a
little bit better. That said, this is another album full of noisy and
atmospheric sounds, and this one may have more atmosphere than any other
Muse recording. It has a concept record appeal without being over the
top on the concept. Of course it really helps to have Storm Thorgerson
design a great album cover to throw those otherworldly sounds over the
proverbial top. This is Orlando's favorite album of 2006, and at his
suggestion we played the album one song at a time right after its release.
During this show, we played it all at once, in it's entirety. If you've
never heard Muse before and you already love the spacey sounds of Pink
Floyd and Radiohead, but also you love to seriously rock out, then buy
any Muse recording. Some of their best work is on this album, and it
rocks just as hard as any previous release. I'm sure the next album
by them will be just as good, if not even better than this masterpiece.
If Muse is coming anywhere near you, then you should really try not
to miss their set. They are certainly one of the best live shows in
the world. Bring your sunglasses though, because you should expect a
blinding light show. Bring some earplugs as well, as they can be a tad
bit on the loud side. You could see them in the summer of 2007. They
are going one of the first bands playing in the newly built Wembley
Stadium in London. (The largest "football" stadium in Europe)
They have sold out two dates already. Over the two nights, they will
play to over 180,000 screaming fans. (Boy the U.S. is always behind
the musical times aren't they?) If you do happen to live in America,
then try to find the limited edition U.S. release of tonight's "Mid-Morning
Recording". It comes with the UK released DVD 'Absolution Tour',
which is worthy of purchase on its own.
Michael - MFL
32) James-"Sayonara" From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.