Have some holiday cheer.

From my respectable-but-not-excessive 18-hour collection of Christmas music, I’ve put together three short mixes for you. (I realize it’s a little late in the season.) They’re not the greatest hits, although there are some of those. They’re not organized by theme exactly, although they are sequenced with some attention; the first and third are on the melancholy and quiet side of things, and the middle one is more festive. If you’ve downloaded my previous mixes, you’ll be doubling up on some tracks. Which is all to say that this is a somewhat haphazard project, but if you’re having people over and want something seasonal and sweet-to-bittersweet, you’ll do all right here.


Vol 1: the old man’s hat

Angels We Have Heard on High – Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet
Christmas In The Room – Sufjan Stevens
Skating – Vince Guaraldi Trio
Christmas Carols By The Old Corral – Tex Ritter
Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas – The Staple Singers
Fairytale of New York – Kirsty Maccoll/The Pogues
Sleigh Ride – Sam Bush
Maybe This Christmas – Ron Sexsmith
Christmas Without You – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Arms Of Mary / Looking At A Baby – The New Pornographers
Christmas Eve Can Kill You – The Everly Brothers
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Hem

Vol 2: the goose is getting fat

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Dean Martin
Calling on Mary (Christmas) – Aimee Mann
X-mas Spirit Catcher – Sufjan Stevens
Ain’t No Chimneys – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
We Three Kings – Pink Martini
Christmas Past – Mike Ireland & Holler
Just Like Christmas – Low
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
iPod Xmas – Hello Saferide
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
Christmas On Riverside Drive – August Darnell
The Christmas Massacre of Charlie Brown – DJ John
Santa Stole My Lady – Fitz and the Tantrums
Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas – E

Vol 3: a haypenny will do

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bill Evans
Happy Christmas, War Is Over – George and Antony
Christmastime – Aimee Mann
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto
Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Neko Case
Someday At Christmas – Stevie Wonder
All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue – Over the Rhine
Winter Song – Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen – Edmund Welles: the bass clarinet quartet
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Diana Krall

On the off chance that you’re still looking for stocking stuffers, please consider purchasing an album by your favorite artists here. I’m a particular fan of the Christmas albums by Low, Diana Krall, Over The Rhine, and especially Edmund Welles. (The Raveonettes, overlooked here, have a great one too.)

And lastly, please enjoy my own contribution to the literature:

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