After a small hiatus from the bi-weekly radio show to get the new website ready, 'Mix Tape Radio On Folk Radio UK' returns this Sunday with a 90 minute Christmas Special.
Now, if you're like me, you have a complicated love some things / hate a lot of other things relationship with this time of year. Well, this episode is a mix tape-us for the rest of of us. Yes, it features Christmas music, but none of that Michael Buble/Josh Groban, sugar cookie sweet garbage that is being constantly played in every department store your girlfriend drags you through. These tunes capture the more realistic feelings that yuletide season brings out.
Some of the tracks aren't even really Christmas songs. They just evoke familiar feelings that are unique to this time of year (like Harlem Shakes 'Strictly Game', which is my go to anthem for getting ready to take on a new year). Some of them are Christmas songs, but they are really good ones. Modern classics one might even say.
So get out the eggnog, put on an ugly sweater and tune in to the show.
EPISODE 009 (XMAS SPECIAL) - TRACK LISTING
It's Christmas Time (for Gods sake!) - Benjamin Shaw | Silent Nite - Mutual Benefit w/ The Sprawl | Strictly Game - Harlem Shakes | My Favourite Sweater - Mountains & The Trees | Holiday? - Thrupence | Winnipeg - French Films About Trains | Snow Bank (ft. Jessica Jalbert) - Doug Hoyer | Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Bright Eyes | Fantasy (for christmas time) - Pequena Fiera! | Driving Home For Christmas - Me And The Horse I Rode In On | Until The World Lets Me Go - Jessica Jalbert | As It Fell, - Alex Kozobolis | Silent Night (humming and singing) - Keeper Of The Bees | Grateful For Christmas - Hayes Carll | Green Chartreuse - Ben Corno | The Snowman - Cory Branan | Christmas Must Be Tonight (The Band cover) - Bahamas | While I Shovel The Snow - The Walkmen | Go In The Snow - Smokey | Santa Clause, Al I Want Is Rock n' Roll - Evan P. Donahue | Cold Coffee In A Bible Study - Gobloots | The 25th - Tamarack | The Tree You Lit - A Singer Of Songs | To Cyril At Crunkmas - Noah And The Whale | New Year's Eve - Tom Waits
Besides searching for whatever tracks / artists tickle your fancy on whichever music site you prefer to use / is available in your country, I've included links to exfm for each track, where possible (as it is not only one of my favourite sites, but also available across all borders). On the tracks I couldn't find on exfm, I linked up to the next best possible place to listen.
On top of that, I will also be posting more about the music included in this episode throughout the week, and you can filter all those posts by clicking on the Episode 009 tag (and you can click on any of the artist tags below to see any other posts that may feature said artist).