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Music For Listeners 2007/12/22
Can You Say Christmas? - IV

1) The Beastie Boys-"Country Mike's Theme"  From the CD 'Anthology'.
2) Tex Ritter-"Christmas Carols By the Old Corral"  From the CD 'I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus'.
3) Asobi Seksu-"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)"  From the UK CD single for "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)"/"New Years".
4) Frightened Rabbit-"It's Xmas So We'll Stop"  From the brand new UK CD single for "It's Xmas So We'll Stop".
5) Hot Club De Paris-"Will You Still Be In Love With Me Next Year?"  From the forthcoming UK 7" single for "Will You Still Be In Love With Me Next Year?" Limited to 300 copies worldwide and released on December 24, 2007.
6) Scissors for Lefty-"Christmas Intentions"  Free download from the myspace page
7) Super Furry Animals-"The Gift That Keeps Giving"  From the CD 'Hey Venus!'.
8) The Black Arts-"Christmas Number One"  From the limited UK 7" single for "Christmas Number One"/"Glam Casual".
9) Bears-"Merry Christmas To Me"  From the limited CD single for "Merry Christmas To Me"  sold by the band during December 2006 at their live shows
10) Saint Etienne-"21st Century Christmas"  From the UK limited editon CD single for "21st Century Christmas".
11) Wild Billy Childish and the Musicians of The British Empire-"Christmas Lights"  From the CD 'Christmas 1979'.
12) Manic Street Preachers-"Ghost of Christmas"  Free download from the band's website:
13) Daniel Johnston-"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"  From the CD single for "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree".
14) Robbers on High Street-"Seasons Greetings"  Free download from the bands myspace page:
15) The New Pornographers-"Joseph, Who Understood"  From the brand new CD Single/E.P. "Spirit of Giving".
16) The Wave Pictures-''We Dress Up Like Snowmen"  From the UK 7" single for "We Dress Up Like Snowmen".
17) Tiger Baby-"This Christmas"  From the CD single for "This Christmas".
18) Holly GoLightly-"Chirstmas Tree's On Fire"  From the UK 7" single for "Christmas Tree's On Fire".
19) Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass-"Las Mananitas"  From the CD 'Christmas Album'.
20) North Sea Radio Orchestra-"O Come O Come Emmanuel"  From the CD 'Arctic Circle presents...That Fuzzy Feeling'.
21) Maps-"Stay Another Day"  Free download from
22) The Pogues-"Fairytale of New York"  From the CD 'If I Should Fall from Grace With God'.
23) Klima-"Sing To Me (Rainy Christmas)"  From the CD 'Arctic Circle Presents...That Fuzzy Feeling'.
24) Ween-"Silent Night"  From the CD 'Demos, Outtakes, and B-Sides'.
25) The Kittens-"Happy Christmas"  From the CD 'The Tiny Motions E.P.'.
26) The Beatles-"Christmas Time is Here Again! (1967)"  From the vinyl LP 'The Beatles Christmas Album'.
27) Binky Griptite and the Dee-Kay's-"Stone Cold Chirstmas"  From the 7" single for "World of Love"/"Stone Cold Christmas".
28) LeRoy Carr-"Christmas In Jail, Ain't That A Shame"  From the CD 'Banged Up: American Jailhouse Songs'.
29) Johnny Guarnieri with Slam Stewart-"Santa's Secret"  From the CD 'Papa Ain't No Santa Claus, Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree'.
30) James Brown-"Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year"  From the CD 'Funky Christmas'.
31) "The Mid-Morning Recording"        The Shins-'Wincing the Night Away'
The story of this album for me starts with The Shins taping their appearance on the PBS program Austin City Limits. After the band played, I walked up to James Mercer and asked him if his love of Pink Floyd would show up more on the next album. "Are you going for more atmospheres?" He looked at me as if I was a little odd for asking, and then he replied with a stern, "Yes, that is the plan; more space". After this ACL appearance was aired, I found out why he looked at me so strangely. It turns out that during the interview portion of the show, the band was asked, "What is next for the Shins?". They replied, "Space". When the album was finally released in January of 2007, I put the CD in, and during the first blips and bleeps of "Sleeping Lessons", I was not let down. "Sleeping Lessons"
really sends you to another place, and is certainly one of the best songs Mr. Mercer has ever penned. That is saying a lot, as he could be my favorite songwriter still writing today. He's not Brian Wilson, or Nick Drake, or the Davies brothers, or even Harry Nilsson, but he is definitely up there in that league. He's helped to write another great album full of amazing songs, and one can only hope that their next album will be even more of a space journey. This album has staying power as well. I've been listening to it all year long. It was also the first recording by the band to chart, but being a fan since 'Oh, Inverted World' was new, I wasn't going to snub my nose at the possibilities of this album.
I knew it would be full of quality work. They may be more popular now, but that is what happens when a band writes songs as good as these guys do. For me, it has to be the best album of 2007. It seems my father even found this to be the case. It's spacey, atmospheric, wintery, and full of twilight. "So give me your hand and let's jump out the window".
Michael - MFL

32) James-"Sayonara"  From the CD 'Wah-Wah'.

33) Poster Children-"What's Inside the Box?"  From the CD E.P. 'Just Like You'.
34) Poster Children-"21st Century"  From the CD 'RTFM'.

Merry Christmas - Happy Holidays and the like,
Michael and Orly

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