Aquarium Drunkard: Sidecar/December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas Eve, and welcome to Aquarium Drunkard's bi-monthly dispatch of audio esoterica, interviews, mixtapes, and cultural ephemera. As always, we're presented by Gold Diggers boutique hotel, bar, and recording studios in East Hollywood, Calif. Let's begin. Press play on the latest episodes of our Transmissions podcast.
Transmissions Podcast: December 2018
Our latest broadcast. Not only do you get a rundown of our year in review, but also, a look back on that enduring seasonal classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.
A Reflection: Vince Guaraldi Trio-A Charlie Brown Christmas
Speak of which, here's that Joe Crosby feature we discussed in the podcast, a warm reflection on that 1965 animated classic. "...maybe Christmas isn’t so depressing, so damn lonely after all. Somehow, magically, Vince Guaraldi captures all of this with three instruments and a children’s choir, and my own personal Christmas is all the better for it."
Christmas Jambree: A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape
Yuletide sails into Jamaica each year on what the locals call the Christmas Breeze, a slightly crisper air that tends to waft through the island come December. There’s another seasonal harbinger, one that is more common around the world, and that’s the sound of Christmas songs on the radio. But Christmas music in Jamaica is, well, uniquely Jamaican.
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Merry T.Rexmas: Marc Bolan's Christmas Boogie
T.Rexmas! is mainly built around the stomping woulda-been hit “Christmas Bop,” recorded in 1975 for an aborted single that would have been paired with “Telegram Sam” and “Metal Guru.” It’s glammy, with a strong whiff of the disco and soul influence he was picking up from girlfriend Gloria Jones. The rest of the collection is devoted to Bolan esoterica, including a folksy 16-second track from 1971 (recalling the acoustic Tyrannosaurus Rex sound), and a 1972 message produced by Tony Visconti for the Bolan Fan Club (released on flexi-disc), which alternates between good tidings from the band and loose jamming before wrapping up with a blast of “Solid Gold Easy Action,” featuring Jeff Lyne of ELO on guitar.
Loren Connors: Christmas Day
A stunning, meditative solo guitar classic. For bonus nostalgic effect, check out the original VHS transfer courtesy the fine folks at Flannelgraph Records.
A Christmas Gift For You: From Phil Spector
With his trademark Wall of Sound, Spector’s curated mix of holiday tunes pushes the limits of Christmas music—whether it’s tweaking the lyrics of “White Christmas” or writing his own in “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”. Spector, a Jew born on Christmas day, did what few were, or are, capable of doing. He made the largesse—both genuine and contrived—of Christmas even bigger.
Lit Up Like a Christmas Tree: Volumes 1&2
Ah yes, go ahead and inhale the fecund ether of the season. Lit Up Like A Christmas celebrates the, er, other side of seasonal tidings – holiday esoterica from the far corners of vintage jazz, twang, fuzz, scuzz, r&b, blues, country, garage, lounge and beyond. And by beyond, I mean Sun Ra doing a Christmas song.
Christmas Is Now Drawing Near
An essential mix of English folk-rock, featuring the Watersons, John Kirkpatrick, Sue Harris, Tim Van Eyken, John Tams, and many more.
Go ahead and dip heavily into that Charles Mingus eggnog. It’s the holidays, you’ll need it.
SIRIUS 548: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane ++ Sun Ra – It’s Christmas Time ++ The Black On White Affair – Auld Lang Syne ++ Binky Griptite – Stone Soul Christmas ++ Sonny Bradshaw – Peace And Love (Little Drummer Boy) ++ Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – 8 Days (of Hanukkah) ++ The Soul Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul ++ Donny Hathaway – This Christmas ++ Jack Scott – There’s Trouble Brewing ++ The Wailers – Christmas Spirit ++ The Sonics – Don’t Believe In Christmas ++ Billy Childish – Christmas Lights ++ Thee Headcoatees – Santa Clause ++ Chuck Berry – Merry Christmas Baby ++ The Ethiopians — Ding Dong Bell ++ Alton Ellis — Christmas Coming ++ The Kingstonians — Merry Merry Christmas ++ Rupie Edwards — Christmas Parade ++ Doreen Shaffer — Wishing You a Merry Christmas ++ Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound — Rock It For Christmas ++ Owen Gray — Collins Greetings ++ Byron Lee & The Dragonaires — Winter Wonderland Reggay ++ Little John — Save a Little For Christmas ++ Heptones — Christmas Is Here ++ Palemina & Faith D’Aguilar — Santa Ketch Up Eena Mango Tree ++ Alton Ellis & The Lipsticks — Merry Merry Christmas ++ The Cimarons — Holy Christmas ++ Don Cornel (aka Cornel Campbell) & The Eternals — Christmas Joy ++ Sugar Minott — Christmas Jambree ++ Jackie Mittoo — Joy Joy ++ Mikey Dread — JBC Radio broadcast, Christmas Eve 1978 ++ Half Pint — Christmas Vibes ++ The Maytals — Happy Christmas (The Christmas Song) ++ Al & The Vibrators — Merry Christmas ++ Premo & Joe — Peace on Earth ++ Silvertones — Bling Bling Christmas ++ The Wailers — White Christmas ++ The Cables — Christmas Is Not Just a Holiday ++ Joe Gibbs Family (feat/ Beres Hammond) — Winter Wonderland ++ Lee Scratch Perry & Sandra Robinson — Merry Christmas Happy New Year ++ Alton Ellis — Praise Jah, It’s Christmas ++ Gaylads — Christmas
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