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October 27, 2003

Holiday Tunes

The holidays are creeping up on us. I know this because the oracle that is Wal-Mart moved out their gardening supplies and moved wrapping paper, gaudy lawn ornaments and artificial trees in their place. To me, the holidays mean one thing: Christmas mix CD's for our friends and family in place of seasonal greeting cards. Last year spawned two mixes, one for our more traditional friends and my wife's clients, Christmas At The Largehearted Lounge. The other mix, I'm Getting Coal (Because I Burned This CD) was sent to our irreverent and more tolerant friends.

I have to admit a fetish for Xmas music, I have too many holiday CD's, from Mannheim Steamroller to Punk Rock Xmas, Ol' Blue Eyes to Bright Eyes, The Smurfs to the Osmonds, and I honestly love them all. Putting our audio seasonal missives together is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.

So in the spirit of the season, the mp3 downloads of the week are Christmas songs of the variety my mother-in-law would call "strange and wonderful." First up is "White Christmas" by Japanese noise-rock band Melt Banana... just listen, it's a match made in heaven, my favorite holiday piece for headphones.

The second holiday treat is from Bright Eyes Christmas Album, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." This was my favorite holiday release last year, enjoy!

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