Episode 266: Oh No Saferide

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For this week’s HARK, we return to a request that we split up earlier in the year. Listener Tim requested Yogi Yorgesson and paired it with “Reindeer” by Swedish band The Knife, for a tenuous Sweden theme. This week, we’re honoring the spirit of that request by pairing “Reindeer” with a song by another Swedish artist: “Correspondence: Silent Night” by Annika Norlin.

This week’s ranking music is “iPod X-Mas” by one of Norlin’s other projects, Hello Saferide.

Thanks again to Tim for the request!

Episode 265: I Would Submit That This Is What Is Called Christmas

It’s that time of year again! Time for BIRTHDAY BOY’S CHOICE! As per tradition, Ian is given license to choose whatever songs he wants to listen to this week, and also as per tradition, he chooses some weird bullshit. Revisit some earworms from his youth with us: “Tennessee Christmas” as performed by Lee Greenwood and “Our Love Is Like a Holiday” by Michael Bolton.

Our ranking music this episode is “Christmas in L.A. (Yippee Ki Yay)” by Marian Call.

Episode 264: Come Home, Don’t Come Home, See What I Care

This episode of HARK is here just in time for Canada Day (in our time zone, anyway), and we’re listening to some Canadian content by request! “First Christmas” by Stan Rogers is up first, and we find ourselves unprepared. But we quickly get back into our groove by dissing Michael BublĂ©’s rendition of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”.

Our ranking music this week is “Exiles Among You” by The Weakerthans.

Thank you to Joe, Carl, and Dave for these requests!

Episode 263: Winter, Wonder, Land

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The solstice fast approaches, and we’re marking it with two seasonal songs! Er, sort of. The real theme of this episode is “Not Winter Wonderland” – “Winter Wonder Land” by Animal Collective is just a boldly named original, while “Summer Wonderland” by Ronan Keating is a southern hemisphere re-write of the classic.

Our ranking music this week is “White Wine In the Sun” by Tim Minchin.

Here are the mentioned lists of mutual aid funds and bail funds you can support!

Episode 262: It’s Cowboy Time in the City

This week, we cover a listener request that may be a ploy to get us to talk about musical theatre again – just in time for the Tony Awards (if, you know, those were happening)! “Holly Jolly Christmas” as performed by Idina Menzel is a pretty good rendition of a pretty bland Christmas song, while “Silver Bells” as performed by Kristin Chenoweth offers an unexpected new flavor.

Thank you Philip (and Olaf) for these requests!

Our ranking music this week is “Christmas Bells” by the cast of RENT.

If you can, please take a moment to donate to one of these bail funds. You will not only be supporting protesters standing up against racist state violence, but potentially saving lives by keeping people out of US prison facilities where COVID-19 has been allowed to flourish.

Episode 261: Red is the Color of Your Energy

In this episode, we’re talking about two holiday songs themed around the color red! …sort of! …for Pentecost, I guess! “Wrapped In Red” by Kelly Clarkson gives us an excuse to talk about Love Actually, again, so it’s hard to fault it for that. Whereas “Red-Suited Superman” by Rod Stewart gives us an excuse to talk about Rod Stewart, for the very first time!

The ranking music in this episode is “Christmas Is All Around” by Billy Mack.

Episode 260: You Don’t Have to Spend the Holidays with Wisecracking Robots

It’s time once again for some listener requests! In this episode we dig into two tracks from Christian alt-rock label Tooth & Nail’s Happy Christmas compilation series. First, we interpret the meaning of the mumbled chorus of Starflyer 59’s “A Holiday Song” and then make a pro/con list on Lost Dogs’ robot-heavy rendition of “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”.

Thank you to Jay for these requests!

Episode 259: Twas the Night Before Weed Day

This episode may come out a few days after April 20th, but good news! It’s still April 2020, so it’s 4/20 for another week and a half! Stay safe, smoke responsibly, and enjoy our takes on these two reefer-fueled holiday tunes – “Do You Wanna Hit My Vape Pen?” by MC Flow and “Twas the Night” by Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg.

This week’s ranking music is “Pot in the Latkes” by MC Flow.

Episode 258: Shiny Happy Mi Yimalel

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In honor of Easter and Passover, we’re covering Christmas and Hanukkah songs that are on the more traditional, religious side. “Joy to the World” performed by Nat King Cole bring nostalgic joy, while “Mi Yimalel Too!” by Julie Silver may sound like a sequel, but is more akin to a retelling.

Our ranking music this week is “Chad Gadya” performed by Jack Black.

Episode 257: Yelly Belly

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April Fools’ Day is on the horizon – not that anyone should be celebrating it, in this of all years. For what may be the worst of holidays, we listen to two jokes of songs – some old-fashioned parody songs, by listener request. “The 12 Gifts of Christmas” by Allan Sherman may be a so-so version of an overdone song, but it does deliver one very welcome holiday music innovation. “I Yust Go Nuts at Christmas” by Yogi Yorgesson, however, is yust a mess.

Our ranking music this episode is “A Christmas Carol” by Tom Lehrer.

Thank you to Matt and Tim for these requests!