Thursday, December 13, 2012

Zombie Christmas - The 2012 Christmas Compilation

And here we are again, at the end of another year, where the operative word seems to have been lost--as in friends, loves, youth (hello, 60), elections (nyah nyah) and houses ("Thanks for nothing, Sandy. No Love Ever, Maddy."). Loss and endings. Like for instance the fact that the days are ending sooner is really killing me this year. I can't tell you how many times since we turned the clocks back that my body has said it's midnight and the clock has said 7:30. (Actually I can tell you exactly how many times, because I've been keeping track of it: 37.)

Yeah--a big year for endings: lives, friendships, more lives, maybe even tax cuts for the rich--and we even have the end of the world to look forward to in a week and a half. According to a long-extinct race that was so notoriously smart they could track the movements of Venus for centuries in advance, and so notoriously dumb they never invented the wheel. Which is, like many notorious things, not quite true--little Mayan children played with wheeled toys, if I remember right; it’s just that, when your cities and towns are all connected by cliff-based pathways, a wheel is more of a danger than a convenience.  People who live on a perpetual incline invent cleats, not the wheel.

And the way my, uh, (Maya?) year has inclined to go? Well, it's no surprise that my year-end version of those cleats is a playlist of holiday songs.  This year’s compilation was born even more quickly than last year’s, over a rain-soaked spring-like weekend where I flogged my dying Microsoft laptop for hours trying to get it to load up an internet connection, and trolled through four years worth of discards and downloads for tunes that struck my fancy--or, given that I’m more withdrawn than Bob Cratchit's bank account these days, struck me at all.

The result is below, split up into two downloadable zip files.  As with previous years, please let me know offline if you want these in CD format, or if you want any individual songs rather than the whole kit and kaboodle.  (Note to self: add “Kit and Kaboodle” to your list of Imaginary Rock Bands.)   

Merry Happy, everybody.

Zombie Christmas
The 2012 Christmas Compilation

1.      Zombie Christmas - Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler
2.      Monsters Holiday - Bobby Boris Pickett and the Crypt Kickers
3.      It’s Christmastime (and I am still alive) - Deep Sea Diver
4.      It’s Christmas, Baby - Ms. Jody
5.      I Ate Too Much Over The Holidays - Lee “Shot” Williams
6.      Santa Bring My Baby Back - O.B. Buchana
7.      I Need A Lover For Christmas - Sheba Potts-Wright
8.      I Need A Man Down My Chimney - Barbara Carr
9.      Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects - Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
10. New Year’s Resolution - Otis Redding & Carla Thomas
11. Our New Year - Tori Amos
12. All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue - Over The Rhine
13. Home For The Holiday - Sugar & The Hi Lows
14. Snowfall Kind Of Love - Ingrid Michaelson
15. Deeper Than You Know - Marc Scibilia & Leigh Nash
16. Christmas In Paradise - Mary Gauthier
17. It’s A Wonderful Life - Henry Travers
18. Wonderful Life (Live) - Kylie Minogue
19. Christmas For Cowboys - Jars of Clay
20. Christmas Time In The City - Mary Chapin Carpenter
21. Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy - Brad Paisley
22. Don’t the Girls All Get Prettier Around Christmastime - Mickey Gilley
23. The Little Hooters Girl - Bob Rivers
24. Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (Q-burns Abstract Message Remix) - Johnny Mercer with the Pied Pipers
25. Christmas Alphabet - The McGuire Sisters
26. Django Bells - Gypsy Hombres
27. Linus And Lucy - Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
28. Santa’s Midnight Run - The Untamed Youth
29. Santa Is Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho) - The Woggles
30. Santa’s Too Drunk To Drive - The Hot Rods
31. Driving Home For Christmas (Extended Remix) - Benny Royal vs. Chris Rea
32. All Alone On Christmas - Parker Lewis & Matilda Berggren
33. Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing) - Emmy The Great & Tim Wheeler
34. Christmas In the Sand - Colbe Caillat
35. Oh Holiday - Jules Larson
36. Bonus Track - Hers
37. Bonus Track - His