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The Incomparable Mothership #173 December 14, 2013
Best and worst of Christmas music.

Santa-Based Christmas

‘Tis the season for holiday music! Unfortunately, while we unabashedly love the holidays, only some holiday music strikes our fancy. Join us as we talk about what makes a good holiday song and then stick around (if you dare) as we complain about some of the worst the season has to offer. Happy holidays, folks!

(This is a remastered version of the edited episode. Cut material that was originally part of an After Dark/Bonus Track is now appended at the end of the regular episode.)

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Show Notes

Holiday playlists: Have a geeky Christmas | Macworld

“Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid

“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Comedy Death Ray

“Do They Know It’s Snoopy’s Christmas?” by Kustard Kings

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

“A Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives

“The Chimpunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”

“Jingle Bells” by The Singing Dogs

“Silent Night” by Dinah Washington

“Silent Night” by Mahalia Jackson

“Christmas Songs” by Diana Krall

“Go Tell It On the Mountain” by Blind Boys of Alabama

P. D. Q. Bach:  A Consort of Choral Christmas Carols

MST3K - Patrick Swayze Christmas - YouTube

“The Christians and the Pagans” by Dar Williams

“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues

Amazon Advent Calendar : Andy Ihnatko’s Celestial Waste of Bandwidth (BETA)

“Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues (Advent Calendar day 26) : Andy Ihnatko’s Celestial Waste of Bandwidth (BETA)

“Under African Skies” by Paul Simon

“Sweet Secret Peace” by Neil Finn

? What A Year For A New Year! Dan Wilson - YouTube

“Calling All Angels” by Jane Siberry with k.d. lang

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Nancy Wilson

This Is Christmas | Curt Smith

“The Sounding Joy” by Elizabeth Mitchell

Hall & Oates - Jingle Bell Rock 1983 - YouTube

Cats And The Fiddle-01-06 : Cats And The Fiddle : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Charles Brown - Please Come Home For Christmas - YouTube

“You’re All I Want for Christmas” by The Persuasions

“Bring My Cadillac Back”

“Mele Kalikimaka” by Chris Isaak

“Barenaked for the Holidays” by Barenaked Ladies

“Father Christmas” by The Kinks

“I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” by Blink-182

“How I Hate to See Christmas Come Around” by Jimmy Witherspoon

Amazon.com: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra: Music

Amazon.com: The Christmas Song [+digital booklet]: Nat King Cole: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: The Man In The Santa Suit: Fountains Of Wayne: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: Carol Of The Meows (Non-Album Track): Guster: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: Christmas With The Devil: Spinal Tap: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: I Hear the Bells: Mike Doughty: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: The Bells Are Ringing: They Might Be Giants: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: One Christmas At a Time: Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: A Christmas Together - John Denver & The Muppets: John Denver: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: Christmas Eve: Gorky’S Zygotic Mynci: MP3 Downloads

Feliz-Navi-Nada ~ El Vez - YouTube

Three Wise Men Aka XTC - Thanks For Christmas - YouTube

Amazon.com: The Twelve Days Of Christmas: Bob & Doug McKenzie: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: Three Suites: Duke Ellington: MP3 Downloads

Amazon.com: Too Many Santas: Music

“Feliz Navidad”

Key & Peele: Just Stay For the Night - YouTube

Amazon.com: This Christmas: Music

The Cat Carol

The Christmas Shoes (song) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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