Episode 47: (C)Hanuk(k)ah [Citation Needed]

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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.

Episode 46: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Dragon Tuesday

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.

Episode 44: Grab a Grandma, Flip a Latke

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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”!

Episode 42: Merry Halloween To All, and To All a Spooky Night

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

Episode 41: And a Tattoo of Christopher Lee

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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.

Episode 39: Erotic Christmas Space Rodeo

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For World Space Week, RJ and Ian take on a request for “Christmas Tree”, a sexy beep-boop song by Lady Gaga and Space Cowboy. We then cleanse our ear-palates with the infectiously upbeat “Space Christmas” by Shonen Knife. Thank you to Dylan for requesting “Christmas Tree”. I guess. (We love you Dylan.) The War Rocket Ajax episode that we mention can be found here: http://www.warrocketajax.com/2013/12/23/episode-187-the-2013-yuletide-solstice-podmass-podcast-podbash-blast-bash-cast-jax-fmatt-fraction-and-maggie-serota/ As we’ve mentioned before, the WRA dudes have been a big inspiration to HARK, so definitely go give them a listen!

Episode 38: O Hanukkah Tree

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For “Maple Leaf Day”, an obscure Canadian cousin of Arbor Day, we’re celebrating trees. But expect the unexpected – sorry, no Tannenbaums. Instead, we review “Hanukkah Tree” by The Klezmatics, a Klezmer tune with lyrics penned by a famous goy, and a version of “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” with a poorly-executed plot twist performed by Canadian sensations Michael BublĂ© and Carly Rae Jepsen.