With Christmas fast approaching, RJ & Ian return to some requests. First up is “Taking Care of Christmas” by Randy Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, which is exactly what you’d expect, followed by the infuriatingly enduring “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” by Elmo and Patsy, which nearly kills RJ’s indomitable Christmas spirit. Thank you to Jeri & Corey for the requests!
Happy Hanukkah! This week we grow the number of Hanukkah songs on our list with two artists who – while better known for their humorous work – have produced sincere and meaningful songs about Hanukkah: “Hanukkah Blessings” by the Barenaked Ladies and “Relics of Love and Light” by Erran Baron Cohen.
Hanukkah is upon us – it’s time to celebrate with two weeks of all Hanukkah music! Now, we’re no experts on this Festival of Lights, so for this week we turn to two (somewhat) educational songs: “How Do You Spell Chanukah?” by The Leevees and “Wikipedia Chanukah” by Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick.
Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Dragon Tuesday. It’s that time of year: Christmas is coming. We cover “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” as performed by Johnny Mathis, as well as another update of a classic, “White Christmas” by The Drifters.
Whether or not blue snowflakes have started to fall in your part of the world, signs of the holiday season have begun to appear. If you’re already sick of eggnog and Christmas music, this episode – in which we cover two songs about what a bummer Xmas really is – is for you.
This week’s episode comes out on Diwali, the festival of lights celebrated in India and around the world! In honor of this bright and joyful holiday, RJ and Ian listen to two upbeat winter holiday songs about light – “Candlelight”, a light-hearted Hanukkah parody by The Maccabeats, and “Light of Christmas”, an odd and uneven Veggie Tales anthem by Owl City and tobyMac. Thanks again to Emma for requesting “Candlelight”!
This episode features HARK’s first guest – Ian’s sister, Emma stops by to help celebrate RJ’s birthday, review two glam rock Christmas songs, and make a live request – stay tuned ’til the end if you want to find out what we’re listening to next week! Thanks again to Emma for joining us and being such wonderful company.
Hello herald angels… and hellish an-ghouls! This week’s episode is spooooky! Maybe not as spooky as a ghost, but like, as spooky as Tim Burton. Happy Halloween, and don’t forget to turn your clocks back on November 1st! Need some holiday reading? RJ highly recommends Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/496802.Hershel_and_the_Hanukkah_Goblins
Meedley meedley meedley meedley! This week we explore some hot licks in our first-ever foray into holiday metal. By Dave’s request, we cover the poorly named “Heavy Metal Christmas” by Twisted Sister. Then we heal those wounds with the soothing/awesome vocals of the late Christopher Lee. Check out our snazzy redesign at harkpodcast.tumblr.com! Also, we neglect to mention in this episode that RJ started a new twitter account related to the podcast: nihilist_abba.
New Year’s Day – a time to reflect on our failings, to drink away our regrets, and to make promises we do not intend to keep. Nothing matters. Enjoy ABBA. Also, Snoop Dogg and some other guy do a thing. (In case you’ve never seen it, here’s Nihilist Arby’s: http://twitter.com/nihilist_arbys)