Episode 314: Hanukkah in July

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Here we are, more than half way through 2022… and we haven’t managed to add one dang Hanukkah song to the list! Ian and Jam remedy this with some seasonally appropriate warm weather Hanukkah tunes – “Hanukkah Hawaiian” by Regina Smoler and “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” (uh, no, not that one, a different one) by Mike Barnett and Allie Feder Kramer.

Our ranking music in this episode is, indeed, “Hanukkah in Santa Monica” by Tom Lehrer.

Also, one of the hosts is soft-launching a new name. Can you guess which one???

Episode 313: Milestone-esque

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We’re half-way through the year and we’re marking it the old-fashioned way – by discussing two songs of absolutely divergent quality! By request, we listen to the heavenly “Angels Blush” by Basia, and then drag ourselves to hell with “Honorable Congratulations” by the McGuire Sisters.

Our ranking music in this episode is “Coco Jamboo (Christmas Version)” by Mr. President.

Thank you to Jim for these requests!

Episode 312: Rudolph B. Goode

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This week, we’re finally covering our oldest request on record – a song whose original (but non-thematic) pair was discussed on the show way back in February 2019. It’s “Run Rudolph Run” as performed by Lemmy, Billy Gibbons, and Dave Grohl for the We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year compilation album. And what better way to welcome “Run Rudolph Run” to the list than to also cover the original by Chuck Berry?

Our ranking music in this episode is “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry.

Thanks again to Thomas for the request!

Episode 311: Santa is the Color of Your Energy

I mean, what else were we going to do for this episode? 311 didn’t leave us a LOT of options, so we had to go with “Mele Kalikimaka” performed by Nick Hexum. Then, for reasons, we listened to The Offspring’s cover of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”.

This episode’s ranking music is “Amber” by 311! Of course!

Episode 310: Christmas Wrapping Sandwich

Inspired by the upcoming World Goth Day, we find a dark jewel in “Things Fall Apart” by Cristina. And then we kinda wander away from World Goth Day, with Ian instead leading RJ down a seemingly circuitous but actually quite straightforward route to arrive at “Christmas Time in the Motor City” by Was (Not Was).

This week’s ranking music is “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses!

Episode 309: Literally Metaphorical Jesus

We said we were going to do it, and we did it. It’s an Arbor Day episode. But, you know, minus the dang trees. Maybe it’s a belated Earth Day episode? Anyway, we discuss “The Holly and the Ivy” by Los Campesinos! and “Christmas Cactus” by Juliana Hatfield, and argue about the merits of medieval Jesus metaphors and extremely literal plant care tips.

The ranking music in this episode is “Palmcorder Yajna” by the Mountain Goats.

Episode 308: Weed On Earth

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Easter and Passover are all well and good, but this week we’re celebrating the more traditional HARK holiday: 4/20, baby. We take another look at Snoop Dogg Presents Christmas in the Dogghouse and discover “Christmas in the Hood” by Daz Dillinger featuring Deacon and “Xmas Trees” by Kurupt. Weed on earth and good weed to men, y’all.

Our ranking music in this episode is “When Was Jesus Born” by Lil Gee.

Episode 307: War and Peace

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There’s a diversity of springtime holidays on the horizon, and we’re covering some songs about holiday inclusivity (and lack thereof)! By request, we take a listen to “The Christians and the Pagans”, a 1990s Christmas/Solstice classic by Dar Williams, followed by “The War on Christmas”, a YouTube-era satire by Hot Dad.

Our ranking music in this episode is “The Ocean” by Dar Williams featuring John Prine.

Thank you to Peter for these requests!

Episode 305: Sidebottom and Bear Culture

This week we’re looking at a request from many moons ago and revisiting one of RJ’s favorite topics – muppets! Or at least, Jim Henson Company critters. “There’s a Promise” from the Fraggle Rock holiday special and “Legend of the Winter Berry” from Bear in the Big Blue House both give us those warm, fuzzy feelings.

This episode’s ranking song is “Goodbye Song” from Bear in the Big Blue House.

Thank you to paulsebert for suggesting “There’s a Promise!” Thank you to Muppet Mindset for highlighting “Legend of the Winter Berry”!