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A pennant-winning battery of songland. Ongoing feature: Single File, a half-hour of randomly selected small records with big holes.

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
Nazir Ali feat. Nahid Akhtar and Mehna  Happy Chrismas   Options Life Is Dance! Plugged in Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House  B-Music  2011  CD    *   0:00:00 ()
The Martinis  Holiday Cheer   Options Charles "Packy" Axton — Late Late Party 1965-67  Light in the Attic  2011  CD    *   0:06:16 ()
Jimmy Jules and the Nuclear Soul System  Xmas Done Got Funky   Options Santa's Funk and Soul Christmas Party  Tramp  2011  LP  From 1974  *   0:08:16 ()
Larry Norman  Christmas Time   Options So Long Ago the Garden  Phydeaux  1974  LP  From 1973    0:11:44 ()
The Black Arts  Christmas Number One   Options   Fantastic Plastic  2007  45      0:15:45 ()
The Rockfield Chorale  Jingle Jangle   Options The Best of BOMP! Volume One  BOMP!  1978  LP      0:20:04 ()
Margo Guryan  I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You   Options 25 Demos  Franklin Castle  2001  CD  From 1967    0:23:15 ()
The Hep Stars  Christmas on My Mind   Options Hep Stars Jul  EMI  2001  CD  From 1967    0:31:20 ()
Shonen Knife  Sweet Christmas (Acoustic Version)   Options   No Label  2011  MP3  digital only release this year  *   0:32:49 ()
Lisa Miller  The Loneliest Christmas Tree   Options Within Myself  Sundazed  2010  CD  From 1967    0:36:03 ()
Charles Bevel  Black Santa Claus   Options Meet "Mississippi Charles" Bevel  A&M  1973  LP      0:38:35 ()
Felix del Rosario  Cascabel   Options Feliz Navidad - No. 1 Hits de Navidad (Vol. 2)  WKAQ  1975?  LP      0:41:22 ()
Raulin Rodriguez  Navidad, Navidad   Options Corazon Corazon  Platano  1998  CD      0:44:00 ()
I Am the World Trade Center  Rockefeller Tree   Options Kindercore Christmas Two  Kindercore  1999  CD      0:47:47 ()
63 Monroe  White Christmas   Options   Savvy  1984  45      0:50:50 ()
Hybrid Kids  We Three Kings   Options Claws  Cherry Red  2008  CD  From 1980    0:53:15 ()
John Prine  Christmas In Prison   Options A John Prine Christmas  Oh Boy!  1993  CD  live version    1:04:08 ()
Dee Mullins  Remember Bethlehem   Options The Continuing Story  Omni Recording Corporation  2009  CD  From 1970    1:07:04 ()
Loretta Lynn  Shadrack, The Black Reindeer   Options   MCA  1974  45      1:10:19 ()
Eddie Bond  Christmas in Heaven   Options Eddie Bond Sings the Legend of Buford Pusser  Enterprise  1973  LP      1:14:23 ()
Cranford and Thompson  The Murder of the Lawson Family   Options I'm Going Down to North Carolina: The Complete Recordings of the Red Fox Chasers (1928-1931)  Tompkins Square  2010  CD  From 1931    1:17:23 ()
Narvel Felts  It's Not the Presents Under My Tree (It's Your Presence Right Here Next to Me)   Options   Renegade  1991  45      1:19:53 ()
John Gardner  Christmas Time Is Jesus Time   Options   WRC  1978  45  at 33 1/3rd, for us slow folk    1:22:41 ()
  Single Christmas File: a bunch of holiday 45s all in a row
Harvey Averne  Let's Get It Together This Christmas   Options   Fania  1970  45      1:32:36 ()
Hasa (Hazy) Ortego  Christmas Eve on the Big Bayou   Options   Swallow  1974  45      1:34:33 ()
Bobby Charles  Lonesome Christmas   Options   Rice N'Gravy  1986  45  R.I.P. this year    1:38:44 ()
Freddy King  Christmas Tears   Options   Federal  1961  45      1:42:30 ()
Jim Backus  Why Don't You Go Home for Xmas   Options   Jubilee  1958  45      1:45:20 ()
Randy Brown  At Christmas Time   Options   Sound Town  1975  45      1:47:27 ()
Gnags  Gnags' Julesang   Options   Genlyd  1982  45      1:51:58 ()
Fudge Lips  Please Come Home for Christmas   Options   Osiris  1975  45      1:55:36 ()
Rev. C.L. Franklin  The Challenge of Christmas (excerpt)   Options The Challenge of Christmas  Chess  1965  LP      2:08:00 ()
Rev. M. Larry Franklin  Little Baby of Bethlehem   Options Can I Get A Witness? Sinner's Crossroads' 2011 WFMU Marathon Premium  WFMU  2011  CD-R      2:14:11 ()
Reverend A.W. Nix  Death May Be Your Christmas Present   Options Blues Images Presents 18 Classic Blues Songs from the 1920s Vol. 6  Blues Images  2008  CD  From 1927    2:19:58 ()
Solomon Burke  Silent Night   Options   Savoy  1982  12"      2:23:04 ()
Mogwai  Christmas Steps   Options Come On Die Young  Matador  1999  CD      2:28:05 ()
Tom Robinson  Truce   Options Cabaret '79  Panic  1982  LP      2:38:36 ()
Nilsson  Remember (Christmas)   Options Son of Schmilsson  RCA  1972  LP      2:42:07 ()
Edward Bear  Coming Home Christmas   Options   Capitol  1973  45      2:46:03 ()
Alex Chilton  The Christmas Song   Options Clichés  Ardent  1994  CD      2:49:59 ()

Listener comments!

  Sun. 12/25/11 12:09am chris m:

off to a great start! merry xmas
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:11am Joe McG:

Hey, Chris! Looking forward to your "Chris"mas special later on tonight!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:11am Chop Scott:


Ho Ho Ho---best wishes to you my Friend!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:13am Joe McG:

Hey, Chop Scott! Thank you, my friend! I hope this is a season of VERY good cheer for you!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:16am Santa Claus:

I'm just about to touch down in Jersey City. Did anyone leave cookies out for me at WFMU or will I just find cigarette butts and a refrigerator fill with putrid old Chinese food again this year?
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:17am Joe McG:

Hey, Santa! Funny you should mention it, but there are some cookies and a half a bottle of wine upstairs for you if you drop by...
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:18am Mike Sin:

Yeah -- Larry Norman! Happy Xmas to JoeMcG and his listeners!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:18am Chop Scott:

All good wishes and cheers to you!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:19am Joe McG:

Happy Xmas, Mike Sin!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:32am Josh:

Digging the show so far!!!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:37am Joe McG:

Thanks, Josh! Happy happy!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:41am kevin:

wait did Shonen Knife write that Christmas song, or is it a cover?
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:43am Josh:

Hands down best wfmu Xmas show of 2011 so far!!!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:43am Joe McG:

Hey, Kevin--As far as I know, they wrote it. It has all of their usual topics in the lyrics. @Josh: Thanks, man!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:45am Sue:

I agree with Josh. Awesome xmas show, Joe!! Merry merry :P
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:45am kevin:

yeah I didn't hear all the words, but it sounded really familiar to me. great song! great show!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:46am Joe McG:

Thanks, Sue! :) Thanks, Kevin!
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:50am Joe McG:

So, how's everybody spending the holiday?
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:52am T-Zero:

Merry Christmas, Joe Mc. Nice of you to come in and not get a fill in.

I'll be spending the day listening to WFMU of course (Family is out of state so they'll gather locally, my mom came here last week.).
  Sun. 12/25/11 12:54am Joe McG:

Hey, T-Zero! Yeah, I'd never done a holiday show on the day, so I wanted to try it out. Having fun so far! Glad you're tuned in. Merry merry!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:04am Yule Brynner:

Loved that Hybrid Kids track. Very cool. I'll have to check out the DVD. Thank you, Joe. Merry Xmas to all!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:11am Joe McG:

Merry Xmas, Yule! (Love the name.)
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:15am DJKurtG:

Merry Christmas, King Joe!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:15am cavafany:

sublime (dee mullins)
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:17am Joe McG:

@cavany: "Fish that twitch"--lovely! @Kurt: Amazing Xmas show yesterday, Kurt!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:19am samuel henry:

ol' shadrack. merry christmas.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:20am Joe McG:

Hey, Samuel! I have mixed feelings about that song. Happy merry!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:21am yoman:

Shadrack - didn't know that one, thanks and happy holidays to all.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:22am Joe McG:

Yo, yo man!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:22am DJKurtG:

thanks, joe! enjoying your cuts very much.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:23am Julie:

holy cow I forgot it was saturday! Merry Christmas Joe & Kurt!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:25am Joe McG:

Merry Christmas, Julie! I can't believe you didn't play the Kinks on your Xmas show.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:25am Julie:

@Joe I played Father Christmas last year. Tried not to repeat myself.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:25am Julie:

I DID bring the 45 with me in case I felt the need, but somehow never got to it.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:26am david:

I do remember Joe saying he'd be here Xmas, and man is that paying dividends
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:28am T-Zero:

Just realized Blumin will be ringing out the year and you'll be ringing in the new.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:28am Julie:

yeah you guys won't have a normal night for a while, xmas, new year's then party!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:29am Joe McG:

Thanks, david! @T-Zero: Yeah, Blumin and I are going to have a New Year's blowout. I don't know who gets to say "Happy New Year."
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:29am Julie:

Will there be a New year's kiss?
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:31am maybe...:

there'll be a commitment ceremony at midnight
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:33am david:

now I want to hear that john gardner at 16 2/3
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:35am Julie:

the reindeer is on meth
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:39am Josh:

Picture this if you will: I'm in bed with my wife. She's watching the trump roast. I have my iPhone and earbuds and am totally digging your show!!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:41am maybe:

that's what she said
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:43am Joe McG:

I like the picture, Josh! Better off not to tell her what you're up to. It is Christmas, after all....
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:45am DJKurtG:

hey julie!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:52am Julie:

Can't sleep, Yule cat will eat me
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:54am Yule Cat:

Nom Nom
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:55am Brian in UK:

Merry Xmas Joe & friends. Still dark here, what am I doing typing this? I know cats woke me up for food.
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:55am Julie:

hey there kurt!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:56am Julie:

Do you suppose Joe is wearing one of those hideous Christmas sweaters? With a cup of nog in his hand? @Brian oh no!
  Sun. 12/25/11 1:59am Joe McG:

Hey, Brian in the UK! Happy Christmas! Enjoy Boxing Day tomorrow!
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:00am Julie:

okay I had to go look up 'julesang,' funny how I'd never seen it before
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:01am Brian in UK:

Can I just say Joe, Thanks for all your hard work this year. Priceless. Still at it with these sounds!!!
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:02am Julie:

Fudge lips? There's a band called fudge lips?
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:06am Julie:

Julesang is Danish for carol
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:07am yancy grady:

you killin it tonight, Joe!
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:11am Santa:

I needed the regular DJs to help me pack up the sleigh and then clean up the workshop
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:13am Joe McG:

Thanks, yancy! Doin' my best to vary the menu. No Sonics on this show, much as we love them.
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:15am Brian in UK:

Elmer Gantry come on.
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:22am david:

aha I felt Kevin Nutt in the air
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:23am Joe McG:

I'm not going to make a joke about Kevin's chestnuts.
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:24am Julie:

too late
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:47am T-Zero:

Must go off to sleep now... Have a great holiday day y'all!
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:47am Joe McG:

G'night, T-Zero. Merry holidays!
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:48am T-Zero:

Thanks.... off right after Nilsson... love this song. :)
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:56am Joe McG:

Have a great holiday, everyone! See you next week.
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:57am yancy grady:

merry/happy xmas :D
  Sun. 12/25/11 2:59am osvi:

Feliz Navidad, Joe! Partying in the Best Coast to your beats. It is about to be over...
  Tue. 12/27/11 6:45pm Joe McG:

If you can stand it, here's more Xmas music: http://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/34063
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