Friday, 19 December 2014

Songs for Christmas 4

The Flaming Lips have had a bit of 'thing' for Christmas down the years. As well their full-length sci-fi b-movie homage, Christmas On Mars, they have recorded a number of songs that refer to Yule.

Here are the lads with Yoko Ono doing up John and Yoko's own Christmas biggie.

Happy Christmas (War Is Over)

A few years ago they released a very fine EP titled Ego Tripping At The Gates of Hell (2003) which is where you'll find the tune below.

A Change At Christmas (Say It Isn't So)

Then, going all the way back to the great Clouds Taste Metallic album in 1995, we celebrate...

Christmas At The Zoo

Hope you've enjoyed these few alternative seasonal song choices the past few days. Keep singing.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Culture Clash On The Front Line - documentary

Fascinating documentary about St, Paul's, Bristol.

Songs for Christmas 3

The Fall

Old Mark E. Smith  has examined the X-mas season throughout his long career.
First two are from a John Peel session in '94.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing (1994)

Jingle Bell Rock (1994)

From the EP of the same name:

(We Wish You) A Protein Christmas (2003)

The Fall do Elvis in Cheshire:

Blue Christmas (live in Chester, 2011)

Going right back to Live At The Witch Trials (1979).

No X-mas for John Quays (1979)

Songs for Christmas 2

Singing siblings from New Jersey, The Roches, made a great Christmas album called We Three Kings, released back in 1990. The Roches are perfect for a slightly off-kilter celebration of the geeky kind.

We Three Kings

They mixed up the secular and sacred perfectly.

Sleigh Ride

So we can all join in.

Here We Come A-Caroling

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Songs for Christmas 1

Might as well jump on the festive bandwagon and present a few of the best Christmas choons, old and new. First we have a lovely little gem from Mark Kozelek's recent album of seasonal songs, Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols. The idea in itself is pretty astounding when you consider the tone of much of Mr. Kozelek's output as Sun Kil Moon and in Red House Painters but this is quite touching.

Mark Kozelek
Away In A Manger (2014)

He even covers The Pretenders and improves upon the original greatly.

2000 Miles (2014)

Have some more. At the bottom he covers my all time festive favourite.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

St. Paul's, Bristol

1980 film made by BBC about the St. Paul's area of Bristol.
My childhood home.

Bob In Fine RT Cover Shock

Picked this up from Expecting Rain

Well, blow me down! This was actually really good.
14th July 2013 in Clarkston, Michigan. Dylan and Richard Thompson played at the same show and Bob tipped his hat in honour. Shame RT went home before Bob's performance.

1952 Vincent Black Lightning