Episode 58: Weird and Interesting

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By request this week, we add funny songs to the list by two comedy-music masters. But are they funny-ha-ha, funny-sad, or just funny-interesting? Ponder with us as we analyze “Christmas Is Interesting” by Jonathan Coulton and “The Night Santa Went Crazy” by Weird Al Yankovic. Thank you again to firehawk32 for this request!

Episode 57: A Romantic R&B Chrismukkahboxingday

As Valentine’s Day approaches once again, we break out two original holiday songs for the lovers. The always-sensual Boyz II Men offer comfort (and rebound sex) to the brokenhearted, while Destiny’s Child sing the praises of their boyfriends’ gift-giving game, which is, uh, all over the place.

Episode 56: Wizard & Chill

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In honor of Chinese New Year on February 8th, we’re reviewing holiday songs created in just the past year. Our selections are a bit preposterous – but are they dream, fantasy, or something in between? Ariana Grande’s “Wit It This Christmas” and The Wizards of Winter’s “Spirit of Christmas” are perhaps none of the above.

Episode 54: Moon Christmas Thunder Shock!

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Last week was a tough week, and this episode starts out pretty heavy. To take our minds off of the real world, we listen to some Christmas music from two animated worlds – “Sailor Moon Christmas” and “I’m Giving Santa a Pikachu This Christmas”. We loved these characters as kids – do the Christmas albums hold up? Results are mixed.

Episode 53: A Card from Minneapolis to the Drunk Tank in New York

While we readjust after the holidays to life back at our home in Vancouver, this week’s songs have us looking other cities. By request, we cover “Fairytale of New York” by The Pogues and “Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis” by Tom Waits, two songs of urban strife that aren’t so holly or jolly, but range from bittersweet to anxiety-inducing. Thanks again to Andy for the request! You can check out Andy’s blog, The Stopping Point, at wahwriter.wordpress.com.

Episode 52: Hola A Todos Ustedes Ángeles Heraldos!

This episode – marking the first full year of HARK! – arrives on Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day. While not a big deal in much of North America, it’s celebrated to much fanfare in many places in the world, including Spain and Latin America – giving us a good excuse to add the first two Spanish-language holiday songs to our list, “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and “Ocho Kandelikas” as performed by Pink Martini. Gracias por escuchar!

Episode 51: Indie Rock New Year 2005

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As the first year of HARK draws to a close, Ian and RJ take a moment to reflect on 2015, New Year’s resolutions, and years past – and the bands behind this week’s songs provide a perfect soundtrack for such navel-gazing. “New Year” by Death Cab for Cutie and “This Year” by The Mountain Goats are not exactly NYE party fare, but a lovely way to wrap up our last episode of the year.

Episode 50: A Christmas Secret and Twelve Winters of Grief

After a year of listening to winter holiday music and 49 episodes of elation and despair, we’ve finally reached Christmas – and our 50th episode spectacular, in which we add the 99th and 100th songs to our list! For this special occasion, Ian and RJ have been planning surprise picks for each other – with RJ shooting for the top of the list, and Ian aiming to find the worst of the worst.