Who don’t love Christmas? Most of us, but as Wonderlick said, it’s nice to pretend. Here’s another hypothetical mix CD, and it’s all Christmas Songs, since it’s getting to be that time of year again (unless you’re reading this later, like, in January. In which case, well, I guess it’s still getting to be that time of year again, just much, much more slowly.), and there’s a lot of awful Christmas records out, so perhaps there will be some on here that people can actually enjoy, huh? (Also: I think there should be a moratorium on Xmas Mix CDs with the Pogues‘ “Fairytale Of New York”, just because it’s basically the One Good Song Everyone Knows About Already. Though it is basically my favorite Xmas song ever.)
The title comes from a piece not actually on here: “Yulenet (Christmas Dragnet)” by Stan Freberg. Honestly that and his single “Green Chri$tma$” are both must-hear records, so you should seek them out right away. They’re both wonderful.
Here’s yet another hypothetical Mix CD! Feel free to track these cuts down and burn your own copy! The theme here is “It’s Raining Again”/Fall-Winter/a “Less Light” mix. Some of the tracks I chose were pretty obvious, and others were more based around the sound; part of the fun is the wide-range of interpretations the theme has, so…
The blurb from Rolling Stone that appears in the front of my copy of Things The Grandchildren Should Know calls Mark Oliver Everett (a/k/a E, of EELS) “the Kurt Vonnegut of the rock world” — and that’s not the first time I’ve seen the comparison. Truthfully — I don’t quite see it — but then, it seems that just about anyone who writes lyrics that are literary gets saddled with that, so why should E be any different?
Here’s another hypothetical mix CD, this one called “Jeff Bridges… I Don’t Need No Jeff Bridges To Put Music To My Poem!” The title’s taken from one of my favorite Tom Goes To The Mayor episodes (though, really, they’re all pretty dang great), and the main idea of this mix is to expose people to bands or songs they might not know otherwise. None of the songs were chosen for ironic value; I tend to find all these songs very listenable, and hope others do as well. The songs worked themselves out into “sides” like an LP, although, length-wise, each “side” here would probably be about 2 sides of a real record, but since this is hypothetical, no one will mind.