Episode 298: Not An Improvement

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As we rapidly accelerate towards the winter holiday season, we’ve got a Hanukkah song and a Christmas song that go together like music and lyrics! Uh, you know, fine. “Hot Rod Hanukkah” by Meshugga Beach Party is a lukewarm track off of an otherwise great surf rock album, while “Christmas Nights in Blue” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in carolization.

Our ranking music in this episode is “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberia Orchestra.

Thank you to CJ for requesting “Christmas Nights in Blue”!

Episode 297: Snowman Lore

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It’s RJ’s birthday week! And we didn’t forget about birthday boy’s choice this year! To celebrate, RJ lets Ian choose one of the songs (just like he did for them on his birthday in Episode 289), and he opts to finally add “Frosty the Snowman” (the original version by Gene Autry) to the list after all these years. For their choice, RJ selects the much more modern “Merry Merry” by The Bird and The Bee.

RJ would like you all to know that Frosty’s wife’s name was Crystal, and the snow parson was animated using the magic of The Bible.

This week’s ranking music is the excellent synth solo from the aforementioned “Merry Merry.”

Episode 296: A Bat, A Plan, A Canal, Aurora Borealis

It’s time for our annual Halloween episode, with no less than twenty-two ghouls! Listen, I made up that number of ghouls. I’m not sure how many ghouls we have. We listened to “13 Nights of Halloween” by Elvira, who rules, even if her novelty song is a bit too “spooky sounds for Halloween ambiance cassette tape”. We also listened to “Aurora Borealis” by Lemon Demon, an unsettling but upbeat track that will surely appeal to a couple of you freaks!

Our ranking music this week is “Bustin” by Neil Cicierega. Our seasonal theme music is “Night On Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky.

Episode 295: I Dunno Kid, Maybe He’s At The Player’s Ball

While we bide our time between the first and second phases of Eggnog Watch 2021, we’re covering a request that’s been languishing for years! And it offers plenty more blasts from the past – “Donde Esta Santa Claus” by Augie Rios is a 1958 novelty hit, and uh, you know how those are. Thankfully, “Player’s Ball” by Outkast is a refreshing (so fresh) palate cleanser (so clean).

Thank you to Dave for these requests!

Our ranking music in this episode is “So Fresh, So Clean” by Outkast.

Episode 294: Quirky Aunt Energy

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This week: listener requests! First, we unpack the time capsule of the mid-sixties that is “7 O’Clock News/Silent Night” by Simon & Garfunkel, and then interrupt that program to do some PSAs about the dangers of ornament consumption as we discuss “Tinsel in the Tea Leaves” by Kathy Lowe.

The ranking music this week is “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon.

Thank you to Eben for these requests!

The resources mentioned for Indigenous folks who need culturally safe support are the KUU-US 24 Hour Crisis Line and the Indian Residential School Survivors Society. These are also great orgs for settlers to support with donations.

Episode 293: Earth, Wind, Fire, Trainor, Water, Heart

Do you remember? That’s right, it’s almost September the 21st, and to celebrate, we’ve got two Christmas songs by Earth, Wind, and Fire! The first is “December” by Earth, Wind, and Fire, and if you’re wondering – yes, that’s it, what you’re imagining, it’s that exactly! Then we discuss “Holidays” by Meghan Trainor featuring Earth, Wind, and Fire – and manage to say a lot about a song that wasn’t giving us much to work with.

This week’s ranking music is Demi Adejuyigbe’s remix of “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire circa 2017.

Episode 292: Pre-Ironic

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With Rosh Hashanah approaching, we endeavor to add more Hanukkah music to our long list of winter holiday songs! Join us as we travel back in time, revisiting early childhood memories and discussing two nostalgia-inducing tunes, “Dreidel Rap ’89” by Abraham and “The Rockin’ Dreidel Song” by Sha Na Na. Also: Ian debuts his new catchphrase!

Here’s the Chicago Reader article about Dreidel Rap ’89!

The ranking music used in this episode is “Latkes” by Meshugga Beach Party.

Episode 291: Jingle Horse 5: Ballad of the Horsey Folk

The Gold Cup Parade (???) is approaching, which means (???), but anyway, we’re doing a jingle horse episode. Maybe Dan Brown ghost-wrote this one because we go deep down some meaningless rabbit holes – beginning with “New Jingle Horse”, a revisit to the oeuvre of the Geeta Brothers Duet Group, and ending with cracking the case of “Jingle Horse” by Jerry Riggins (et al).

Episode 290: Jason Frost and Annie Rythmics

It’s a real Choose Your Own Theme-venture this week. Summer? Sure, it’s hot out, so we cooled off with two versions of wintery classic “Winter Wonderland”. Olympics? Yeah, let’s get back into the Very Special Christmas catalogue that benefits the Special Olympics, regardless of the fact that those games aren’t happening until next year. Jason Mraz’s last name means “frost” in Czech and Annie Lenox of the Eurythmics was born on Christmas day. Is that anything?

This episode’s ranking music is “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter. Not Jason Mraz, not The Fray, not Five for Fighting: just Canada’s own Daniel Powter.

Episode 289: The Most Exciting Holliday

It’s Ian’s birthday this week, so you know what that means – he’s selflessly gifting half of his Birthday Boy’s Choice to RJ!! What a sweetie. Ian and RJ exchange the gift of music – or in the case of “All I Want For Christmas” by Lil Jon featuring The Kool-Aid Man, the gift of post-ironic brand partnerships. Then we cleanse our palates with the new wave taste of “It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas” by the Pet Shop Boys. Bing Crosby!!!

The ranking music for this episode is “Always On My Mind” as performed by the Pet Shop Boys.