Monthly Archives: December 2013

And There Was Much More Rejoicing In The Land…

Thursday, 22 Conclusion 2013

… for, lo, another holiday tradition is celebrated, as Your Humble Narrator has assembled a wonderful collection of awesome music for the season once more. Go on over to the link, right-click it, and save the mp3 – you’ll be glad you did!

Perhaps you might have have checked out our previous two offerings already, but this is going to be an ongoing project for as long as I can keep on finding more new holiday tuneage to put together.

So, here’s the gory details from this year’s Xmas Mega Mixx:

Xmas Mega Mixx 2013

New Found Glory-Nothing For Christmas
Matt Wertz-Snow Globe
Brighten ft the Maine-Merry Christmas Baby
Clapton Crow All Stars-Merry Christmas Baby
Donny Hathaway-This Christmas
Sugarcult-Freezing
NOFX-Xmas Has Been X’ed
Train-Shake Up Christmas
Thorso All Stars-The Final Christmas Song
The Ramones-Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Anymore)
Weird Al Yankovic-Christmas At Ground Zero
Relient K-The 12 Days of Christmas
The Wombats-Is This Christmas?
Sufjan Stevens-Christmas In The Room
Kenny Vance and the Planotones-Mr. Santa
Dorothy Collins-Mr. Santa
JD McPherson-Twinkle
Trey Songz and Flo Rida-Jingle Bells
Mayer Hawthorne-Christmas Time Is Here
Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick-Uncle John
You, Me, and Everyone We Know-We’ve Got Diggin’ Out To Do
The Rescues-Everything’s Gonna Be Better Next Year
Kristin Chenoweth-The Christmas Waltz

So now that’s over three hours of holiday music from the Funny Farm Ancient Recording Trove that I can almost guarantee that you won’t hear much of anywhere else.

There are a number of interesting quirks about this year’s selections. I found the original songs with the same names as the long time christmas classics first, and then back filled with one original (Mr. Santa) and one cover (Merry Christmas Baby). I find it quite buzzy that Riko and I both grabbed something from Sufjan Stevens – from completely different sources, I’m guessing – completely independently, this year. I also find it really funky that a lot of the artists in this year’s collection are from right around here in southeastern Michigan. And I really wanted to use the Zooey Deschanel / M. Ward (She and Him) version of The Christmas Waltz, but I really don’t like the ending on any recording of their version of the song that I can find on YouTube, and the Kristin Chenoweth version was one of the least lushly orchestrated versions I can find other than the She and Him one. I was actually hoping to find something from Nora Jones this year as well. But Zooey and F. have a whole album of christmas music to choose from and I’m sure I’ll run into something from Nora one of these years…

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Happy Holidays!

And There Was Much Rejoicing In The Land…

Saturday, 18 Conclusion 2013

… for, lo, a holiday tradition is celebrated, as DJ Riko has assembled a wonderful collection of awesome music for the season once more. Go on over to the link, right-click it, and save the mp3 – you’ll be glad you did!

During the Great Internets Website Wipeout of 2013, a lot of archival content from the Funny Farm’s old host site was not brought forward to the new one; as a result much of the archival content you might be able to find at the wayback Machine for the Funny Farm may be hosed eventually, depending on the requirements and generosity of a lot of people out there* – but for now you can still see most of the bloggy goodness that was there for so long. If you had saved some of the content (pics, video links, etc.) you would still be able to access it today.

One of the things that you haven’t been able to find, until now, has been the Xmas Mega Mixxes that were put together by Your Humble Narrator in years gone by. But, now, I’m going to put them back into general consumption once more:

Xmas Mega Mixx 2011

Ella Fitzgerald – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Weezer – We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Perry Como – It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
Devo – Merry Something To You
Barenaked Ladies – Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah
Liz Phair – Winter Wonderland
Jane Siberry – Hockey (censored version)
Mary J. Blige – Christmas In The City
Tom Robinson – Truce
Honky Tonk Confidential – Christmas Prison
Billy Paul Williams Orchestra – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
No Doubt – Oi To The World
Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag (intro) – Gary Walker
Linus & Lucy – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Louis Armstrong – Christmas In New Orleans
Shelly Adams – Snow, Snow, and Mistletoe
Louis Prima – What Will Santa Claus Say?
Blue Mountain Boys – Santabilly Boogie
Billy Ray – Christmas Mambo
Stompin Tom Connors – Merry Christmas Everybody
Lenny & Squiggy – The Jolliest Fat Man
Xmas Jug Band – S A N T A
Lionel Hampton – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Surrogate – Rockin Around The Christmas Tree
Dance Hall Crashers – I Did It For The Toys
Swingle Sisters – Xmas Medley

Xmas Mega Mixx 2010
Xmas Mega Mixx 2010

Snoop Dogg-Xmas Into
Robert Earl Keen-Merry Christmas From the Family
Cyndi Lauper-Feels Like Christmas
Eels-Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
Grandaddy-Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland
Kooky Barnes-Yulesville
Paul Simon-Getting Ready For Christmas Day
Dread Zeppelin-All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
The Kinks -Father Christmas
Guster-Donde Esta Santa Claus
The Fall-Jingle Bell Rock
Bob Dylan-Must Be Santa
XTC-Thanks For Christmas
Kate Bush-December Will Be Magic Again
Yellowman-We Wish You A Reggae Christmas
Ingo Star Cruiser-Just Like Christmas
Jet-Back Door Santa
Louis Cate-Mistlestoin’
Waitresses-Christmas Rapping danse mixx
Bob & Doug McKenzie-The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Les Paul featuring Kathy Parrott-Santa Baby
Electric Jungle-Funky Funky Christmas
Hawk Nelson-The Chipmunk Song

So now that’s over three hours of holiday music that I can almost guarantee that you won’t hear much of anywhere else. And the elves have taken over the Funny Farm Utility Muffin Research Kitchen and there should soon be another Mega Mixx coming out soon.

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* – thanks for wanting to archive things and having the capabilities to do it, thanks to all the web hosts who keep things out there for the archives to find, and thanks for putting in the slog work to make it all continue to function on an ongoing basis.