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Options December 14, 2015: Christmas Heat

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Artist Track Album Label Approx. start time
The Beach Boys  Christmas Is Here Again   Options 7"  Capitol  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Moon Duo  Silver Bells   Options 7"  Holy Mountain  0:02:19 (Pop‑up)
Weehawkwind  Christmas Heat   Options WFMU's War on Christmas (V/A)  WFMU  0:06:14 (Pop‑up)
Charlelie Couture  Christmas Fever   Options B-Side, Christmas Wrapping 7"  Ze Records   0:12:16 (Pop‑up)
Matt Pond PA  Holiday Road   Options Winter Songs  Altitude  0:17:14 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

I'll Be Home for Christmas   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 


0:20:57 (Pop‑up)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings  Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects   Options It's a Holiday Soul Party  Daptone  0:27:14 (Pop‑up)
Patti Labelle  Jingle Bells   Options The Soul of Christmas Volume 1  Malaco  0:30:01 (Pop‑up)
Carla Thomas  Gee Whiz, It's Christmas   Options 7"  Gusto  0:31:46 (Pop‑up)
Otis Redding  Merry Christmas Baby   Options 7"  Atco/Atlantic  0:33:50 (Pop‑up)
New Birth Brass Band  Santa's Second Line   Options New Orleans Christmas  Putumayo World Music  0:36:47 (Pop‑up)
Jimmy McGriff  Yuletide a Ring-Ding!! (Let 'er Rip!!)   Options Christmas with McGriff  Holiday Records  0:41:00 (Pop‑up)
James Brown  Go Power at Christmas Time   Options Santa's Got a Brand New Bag  Rhino  0:46:02 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

I'll Be Home for Christmas   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 


0:49:20 (Pop‑up)
Servotron  Christmas Day of the Robot   Options 7"  Amphetamine Reptile Records  1:05:03 (Pop‑up)
Mark Mothersbaugh  I Don't Have a Christmas Tree (Soylent Night) (High Tolerance Edit)   Options Joyeux Mutato  Mutato Muzika/Rhino  1:07:52 (Pop‑up)
The Buzz of Delight (feat. Matthew Sweet)  Christmas   Options New Wave Xmas: Just Can't Get Enough (V/A)  Rhino  1:12:51 (Pop‑up)
Big Star  Jesus Christ   Options 3rd  Omnivore Recordings  1:16:21 (Pop‑up)
The Jingleberries  I Am Santa Claus   Options Single  No Label  1:18:58 (Pop‑up)
Osaka Popstar  O Holy Night   Options Single  Misfits Records  1:21:46 (Pop‑up)
Chris Stamey Group (and the DBs)  Christmas Time   Options Christmas Time  Coyote  1:25:40 (Pop‑up)
The 5, 6, 7, 8's  Rock & Roll Santa   Options 7"  Norton  1:29:18 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

I'll Be Home for Christmas   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 


1:32:06 (Pop‑up)
Wreckless Eric  Hawaiian Christmas/Dennis Meagan's Christmas Message   Options The Wreckless Eric Yuletide Forty-Five  Kelt  1:41:25 (Pop‑up)
The Emotions  What Do the Lonely Do on Christmas   Options Jingle, Jangle & Joe: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Christmas Music for 2006  No Label  1:46:56 (Pop‑up)
The Royal Guardsmen  It Kinda Looks Like Christmas   Options 7"  Laurie  1:49:11 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

I'll Be Home for Christmas   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 


1:51:51 (Pop‑up)
Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band  Listen the Snow Is Falling   Options 7"  Capitol  1:58:34 (Pop‑up)
Lyn Cornell  Xmas Stocking   Options Saint Etienne Presents Songs for a London Winter  Croydon Municipal  2:01:24 (Pop‑up)
Esquivel  Snowfall   Options Merry Xmas from the Space-Age Bachelor Pad  Bar/None Records  2:04:12 (Pop‑up)
Silkworm  Merry Christmas   Options The My Pal God Holiday Record [V/A]  My Pal God Records  2:07:11 (Pop‑up)
Loretta Lynn  To Heck with Ole Santa Claus   Options Country Christmas  MCA  2:09:54 (Pop‑up)
Martin Mull  Santa Doesn't Cop Out on Dope   Options 7"  Casablanca  2:11:56 (Pop‑up)
The Cowsills  Christmastime (Song for Marissa)   Options Merry X-Mas From the Cowsills 7"  Rockville  2:14:29 (Pop‑up)
The Kinks  Father Christmas   Options 7"  Flashback Records  2:17:11 (Pop‑up)
The Styrenes  Cold Christmas Eve   Options And Every Year, Christmas  Atta Disc  2:20:52 (Pop‑up)
Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns  Rock & Roll Santa Claus   Options The Merry Christmas Box of Music  Fantastic Voyage  2:23:20 (Pop‑up)
The Qualities  It's Christmas Time   Options Sun Ra Presents the Qualities 7"  Norton Records  2:26:46 (Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
Johnny Largo at the Optigan 

I'll Be Home for Christmas   Options

The Joyous Sounds of Christmas: Johnny Largo at the Optigan 


2:28:42 (Pop‑up)
Wooden Shjips  O Tannenbaum   Options Holiday Cassingle  Self Released  2:35:16 (Pop‑up)
John Denver & the Muppets  Little Saint Nick   Options A Christmas Together  RCA  2:43:29 (Pop‑up)
Lord Beginner  Christmas Morning the Rum Had Me Yawning   Options Where Will You Be Christmas Day? 24 Recordings from 1917-1959  Dust to Digital  2:46:11 (Pop‑up)
Harvey Averne Band  Let's Get It Together This Christmas   Options In the Christmas Groove  Strut  2:49:27 (Pop‑up)

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:10am Matt from Springfield:

LOVE this BB Xmas song!!
I love that about Brian Wilson production anyway, what I call the "sleigh bells on the beach" vibe.

HI Therese! Hi listeners! Happy holiday season to everyone!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:11am Matt from Springfield:

Are we going to get the scratchy "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" organ bed music tonight? I look forward to that every December now! :)
Avatar 12:14am Hoboken Jack:

Hello Therese. Hello all. Good tidings.
  12:14am JakeGould:

Maybe we’ll hear that song about Paul McCartney simply having a wonderful Christmas time?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:15am Matt from Springfield:

Love the simplicity of that song. And that's enough.
  12:18am cheri:

seasons greetings to therese and all! I just love the holidays!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:25am Matt from Springfield:

+10 for this interp of "Holiday Road"!
  12:27am cheri:

my all time favorite Christmas tune is " do they know it's Christmas" by band aid
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:29am Matt from Springfield:

Johnny Largo on the Optigon! That's it!
As long as it's this artist, and really scratchy, I'm DIGGIN it!
  12:32am sugarplum fairywolf:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:32am Matt from Springfield:

Funky Fresh Fine Fellows, all.

Heya sugarplum fairywolf!
  12:34am MONEYBAG$:

I heard a cover of Wonderful Christmastime in Wegmans earlier that made me appreciate the original more
  12:44am cheri:

well therese, I'm out of here, merry Christmas to one and all!
  12:46am Jeff in HI:

Happy Holidays everybody, Happy Holidays Therese. Me and my girl listen every Sunday evening together as a tradition. Always great.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:47am Ken From Hyde Park:

I'm excited to hear if Devon E. Levins will have some music from the Krampus movie on Morricone Island.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:54am Matt from Springfield:

Dick Van Dyke is still alive - and just turned 90!
They even had a "Step In Time" flash mob in L.A. as a present:
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:55am Matt from Springfield:

Hey, spoken Jamesbrownese.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:57am Matt from Springfield:

Go Drummer Doug!
  12:59am JakeGould:

Dick Van Dyke is currently dicking the dyke of a lady who is 46 years younger than him. Talk about Chutzpah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:00am Matt from Springfield:

Jake, that was...necessary, actually.
In two years she'll be half his age!
  1:06am JakeGould:

Not too sure about the time parallax between Dick Van Dyke and his lady friends but I trust your judgement on this.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:13am Matt from Springfield:

"Amphetamine Reptile Records" - perfect label name for this B-52ish band.
  1:15am JakeGould:

@Therese: I see what you did there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:16am Matt from Springfield:

Mothersbaugh! The man.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:24am Matt from Springfield:

BIG STAR!! Such a nice one for Christmas here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:27am Matt from Springfield:

Is this Jingleberries a Bob Rivers project??..
  1:33am Bob in DC and/or Virginia:

This show has been unspeakably brilliant. You've outdone yourself, Therese.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:34am Matt from Springfield:

I agree Bob!
Especially like this Power Pop Xmas block now!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:35am Therese:

Pshaw! I am a conduit of holiday joy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:39am Matt from Springfield:

The conduit's going full-blast! Thanks Therese!!
  1:40am victorwooten:

Woooooo Therese wooooo
  1:40am JakeGould:

I hope everyone had a very warm and oddly comfortable Eight night of Hanukkah tonight!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:43am Matt from Springfield:

I was unaware of that, though I was comfortable tonight (oddly).
  1:44am JakeGould:

I ran out tonight to get a midnight snack from the corner store and I could have worn just a t-shirt instead of just a light sweater.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46am Matt from Springfield:

I know! It's crazy warm down here as well! Possibly a record warm.

I drank from a newly-opened bottle of Bowmore 12 year old Scotch tonight, so I'll toast L'chaim!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47am Matt from Springfield:

I prob would've stuck with the end of The Philadelphia Story (1940), that's a long time fave.
  1:47am JakeGould:

@Matt: It’s a Mitzvah!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:50am Matt from Springfield:

Na zdrovje, Jake!
  1:50am JakeGould:

@Therese: I am looking forward to seeing if Chewbacca (1) wears a jacket or (2) rips somebody’s arm off in the new “Star Wars.”
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:52am Matt from Springfield:

A vest-jacket, right? Open front, with the arms exposed?
And yes, single-gesture arm-rips would definitely seal the deal.
  1:54am JakeGould:

@MattfromSpringfield: I don’t know what kind of jacket Chewbacca might wear, but I want him in a jacket. And I here the way he rips an arm off is Rey (the girl) gets her gun taken away from her by some alien, and Chewbacca rips off the alien’s arm and gives her the arm with the gun back. If that happens… I’m screaming!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:54am Therese:

I thought that Wookiies only ripped arms off if they lose at space chess?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:55am Matt from Springfield:

Oooh! Is this from a Joe McG "Joe" premium?
  1:57am JakeGould:

@Therese: Yeah, they said that in the first movie but maybe it’s space chess related. Like Rey is playing space chess, she wins, an alien gets pissed and takes her gun and Chewbacca growls and rips the arm off. It’s completely conceivable.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:57am Therese:

It is! Joe McGasko makes awesome Christmas compilations.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:59am Matt from Springfield:

Woohoo! Joe McG has great taste anyhow, glad he included a good soul cut for his comp!

I look forward to such Chewy justice.
  2:01am JakeGould:

@Matt: In one scene in the trailers, Chewbacca clearly has a new messenger bag and in one scene a bandage on his right arm. So hey.
Avatar 2:02am slowbear:

just watched the "Anti-Cheese Edit" for phantom menace. still a boring ass movie.
  2:03am JakeGould:

@Therese: You are going to deny your nephew that extended Sy Snootles blues bar yacht rock sequence in the revamped “Return of the Jedi.”
  2:03am JakeGould:

@slowbear: Yup. The whole premises of those prequels are just wretched. None can stand on their own.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:04am Matt from Springfield:

GARBAGE prequels!! Step AWAY from the set and the editor booth, George!!
Avatar 2:04am slowbear:

People pleaded with George Lucas to make them less stupid, but he wouldn't listen. He's like, "kids love this shit," but they're like, "no you are the only one that loves this shit."
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:05am Matt from Springfield:

Yes-----this is closest FMU has to a sentimental annual Christmas tradition!
Avatar 2:06am slowbear:

Oh damn this song is getting me SO DOWN for the holly-daze
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06am Therese:

He's seen the re-vamped version PLENTY of times, @JakeGould
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:06am pacific standard simon:

What's up, pup? I've been playing Christmas music at work for two weeks already. The boss threatened my life.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:07am Matt from Springfield:

The "Happy Xmas" single b/w this is prob the greatest John/Yoko single pairing ever. In terms of context it's as good as any John/Paul Beatles 45.
"Happy Xmas" b/w "Snow is Falling"
"War Is Over" b/w "Peace Is Here"
War Is Over (If You Want It) b/w Peace Is Here (If You Want It)
It's *beautiful*, i tell ya! :D
  2:09am JakeGould:

I actually sat down this past summer to write down some childhood memories and wrote down my memories of seeing all of the original “Star Wars” films in a movie theater. My memories of “Return of the Jedi” were basically… “What is this crap?” The second that guy with the head tentacles (Bib Fortuna) met R2-D2 and C3P0 in Jabba’s palace and said, “De wanga wanga” I couldn’t take the film seriously anymore. youtu.be...
  2:10am JakeGould:

@Therese: Good work deprogramming him! Remember to tell him the Ewoks celebrated by singing, “Yub Nub.” www.youtube.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:11am pacific standard simon:

If I should die before I wake
Santa, I pray, my soul don't take!
Avatar 2:12am (Eyepatch) Fox:

Christmas Day of the Robot is totally my new favorite Christmas song!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12am Matt from Springfield:

Esquivel's Bachelor Pad! Razz-matazz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:12am pacific standard simon:

The Three Suns are pretty awesome on Xmas, too.
Avatar 2:13am (Eyepatch) Fox:

(I'd have written that earlier, but I was putting up Christmas decorations!)
  2:16am muwf:

ya if you can't goggle on your 10yr old worldview return the popcorn. Each and every StarWars flicker - including that Chewbacca Christmas TV Special Miracle — is bigger than Jesus
  2:18am JakeGould:

I’m also looking forward to the Winter solstice on the 22nd. Sick of these 4:30pm sunsets.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:18am Matt from Springfield:

OMG YES! Never heard of this Loretta song!
Lay into that fat man!
Avatar 2:19am slowbear:

omg don't move closer
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:19am pacific standard simon:

Santa got a DWI.
  2:21am JakeGould:

Santa got a hummer from a reindeer.
Avatar 2:22am slowbear:

everyone who has ever told me not to do drugs has been a total creep
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:22am pacific standard simon:

Walking home from our house Christmas Eve.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:23am Matt from Springfield:

You played this one last year. So to bring up my research again from last year:

"For all-important Cowsills family info, this page is pretty up-to-date and comprehensive:

Evidently, Marissa is Bob Cowsill's daughter, Susan's niece..."
As opposed to her own daughter named "Miranda".
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:24am Matt from Springfield:

FATHER CHRISTMAS!!!! Wooooooohoooooooooo!!! :D
  2:24am JakeGould:

@slowbear: It took me years to realize that doing drugs itself wasn’t a bad thing mainly because 100% everyone I knew growing up who even smoked pot really grew into full blown addicts are just plain old losers. Now I know you can be a speed freak and own a Wall Street firm!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:26am pacific standard simon:

It'd be fum to see Ray sing this live, methinks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:28am pacific standard simon:

Thank heaven you're not following up with the Jethro Tull Christmas song.
Avatar 2:38am Kurt Gottschalk:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:38am Ken From Hyde Park:

My lucky good news for Christmas is that on Sunday afternoon, I found the 24V transformer that powers the fiber-optic tabletop decoration. No need to go off to Radio Shack to try to find a new one.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:41am pacific standard simon:

It's warmer on the East Coast than it is on the West Coast. Weird.
  2:46am JakeGould:

@Ken: Do you mean 24 Volts? Or 24 Watts? Because as far as tons of consumer computer tech goods go, it seems tons of AC adapters are 12 Volts at 2 Amps… Aka… 24 Watts. You could probably go to any thrift store and rifle through the cable and transformer bin to find at least one 12 Volt/2 Amp AC adapter.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:47am pacific standard simon:

Have yourself a Daws Butler Christmas.
Avatar 2:51am BadGuyZero:

Hiya from Philadelphia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51am Ken From Hyde Park:

@Jake - It's 24VAC at 2 Amps. The part that puzzles me is how the tree part of decoration was in its box up in the attic and the transformer was in a pile of random electronics down in the basement. At least they're reunited now and I can make sure they stay together for next year.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:51am Matt from Springfield:

It's in every one of us!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:52am pacific standard simon:

Love that bit where the Cookie Monster asks Santa for cookies for Christmas, then has to deal with the fact that people traditionally leave cookies for Santa.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:56am pacific standard simon:

Hail Krampus!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57am Matt from Springfield:

Hey Philly Boy Zero!
If you haven't listened to all this show, check the Archive! Therese always does Xmas shows GREAT!
  2:57am JakeGould:

@KenFromHydePark: Well, maybe 48 Watts makes sense for a lamp, but still.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:57am Ken From Hyde Park:

NOAA map of the lower 48 showing the historically normal chances of a white Christmas. gizmodo.com... See you in a couple weeks, Therese. Wishing you a Merry Christmas!
Avatar 2:58am BadGuyZero:

@Matt: I'm planning on listening to the archive later today. I can't wait to hear what I missed.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:58am Matt from Springfield:

Thanks so much Therese! I always enjoy these shows!
Have a happy (and not stressful) holiday season!

Same goes to all youse in the WFMUniverse! Merry Happy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59am pacific standard simon:

Haven't had snow in over a year. Unusual.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:59am Matt from Springfield:

@BGZ: Excellent, you'll enjoy it too!

@Ken HP: Spatial statistics, nice find, thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 3:00am pacific standard simon:

Hell no -- it's midnight!
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