Thursday, December 15, 2011

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 123: Merry Xmix

It's mid-December, and that means it's time for my own little holiday episode of RFH.

I imagine many of you – particularly those in the States who've been forced to listen to it in department stores for a month already – don't care much for Christmas music, and newcomers might be eyeing this show suspiciously. Let me just assure you that I'm already sick of goddamn holiday-themed radio rabble, and this regular feature is my antidote.

I find the weirdest, wildest, dorkiest songs, and I wrap 'em up just for you.

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Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
Well, in Whoville they say that Beefy's heart grew three sizes that day.

Z's 1st interlude: "My annual holiday show."
It's my own little Christmas tradition.

Track 1: Illbotz - "Cold Chillin' Wit Jesus (Feat. Sequoya)"
Stevie D is the reason for the season.

Track 2: Troy and Abed - "Christmas Infiltration"
"I am Jehovah's most secret witness!"

Track 3: the great Luke Ski - "Black Friday"
The first of three FuMpers to make the cut in this year's ep.

Track 4: Community dialog / Square Wail - "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"
From Square Wail's new freebie A Merry Christmas.

Track 5: Andrew W.K. - "Silent Night"
Thanks to Dave the Knave for the request.

Track 6: Devo Spice - "Lean Christmas"
Okay, admittedly things get a tad bit depressing here.

Track 7: Doctor Octoroc - "Icarus! the Angels Sing"
Probably my current favorite from Doc's 8 Bit Jesus.

Track 8: Random (Mega Ran) - "Snow Business"
Be sure to cop Random's new Christmas-themed project as well.

Track 9: DJNoNo - "BlacKmasDub"
There are actually a couple of DJNoNo's. This one's my internet homeboy Tim of Radio Clash fame.

Z's 2nd interlude: "Our journey into the twisted heart of the holiday season."
Which probably would have made a much better episode title.

Track 10: Jonathan Coulton - "Christmas is Interesting"
I never realized how many damn Christmas songs JoCo has!

Track 11: 8 Bit Weapon & ComputeHer - "Greensleeves (What Child Is This)"
It's a Chiptune Holiday is currently a buck at Bandcamp.

Track 12: Big D & the Kids Table - "Christmas in Allston"
I actually found this one a while back thanks to a holiday mash-up comp, and I thought we could do with a Run DMC homage this time around.

Track 13: Abed - "Sad Quick Christmas Song"
From "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas."

Track 14: Smashy Claw - "Chuck Norris is Coming to Town"
An unexpected seasonal delight.

Track 15: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Soundtrack - "Winter Wrap Up (The Living Tombstone's Remix)"
I think we all know who asked for this one. ;)

Z's final interlude: "I reckon family is what it's all about anyway."
Perhaps my most profound seasonal musing of ever.

Track 16: Helen Arney - "Traditional Family Christmas Argument"
Helen's It's Going to Be an Awkward Christmas, Darling is required yuletide listening.

I am presently torn between doing my usual end-of-the-year shit-I-missed wrap-up or a dedicated Illbotz show using the audio from my interview with Stevie D from earlier this month. Not sure which way the wind will ultimately blow, but whichever doesn't hit at the end of this year will surely kick off the next.

In the event that I lead with the former as opposed to the latter, feel free to hit me up with your tops tracks of the year. Particularly if they're songs I haven't yet featured.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Old Familiar Carols Play

It never fails; I sit down to edit my holiday podcast, and somebody choses that exact moment to drop a dope-ass new Christmas song. Curse you, Kyle Stevens!

In other news, my good pal Kyle Stevens (of Kirby Krackle fame) released a dope-ass new Christmas song that you probably oughta check out. Even though his timing fills me with eye-bloodying rage.

It's a solo acoustic arrangement of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," a traditional carol that I only recently came to realize is based on a poem by Longfellow. The Carpenters' version was a staple of my own childhood – my mom's a vocalist, and Karen Carpenter has long been one of her favorite singers – and it seems as though the song has particular significance for Kyle as well.

It's a free download, so cop that sucker and put it into your holiday rotation.