Episode 19: The Baffling Wilburys

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How do we follow an episode of two fun, charming, wonderful songs by legendary musicians? By reviewing and ranking two weird, dull, mystifying songs by legendary musicians, of course! RJ and Ian try to decipher the how and why of Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over Again” and struggle to understand anything at all about Bob Dylan’s “Must Be Santa”. Many thanks to our friend Andy for requesting “Must Be Santa”! You can check out Andy’s work at wahwriter.wordpress.com, or follow him on twitter @ DeputyMasterWAH! For links to all the stuff we talked about in this episode, check our tumblr: harkpodcast.tumblr.com!

Episode 18: Welcome to my Christmas Podcast

In honor of the uniquely Canadian upcoming holiday, Victoria Day, RJ & Ian review and rank two holiday songs fit for a queen. And thank God, they’re the best songs we’ve heard in weeks! These two under-appreciated Christmas tunes by truly legendary artists have us in high spirits – won’t you join us? The admission is free!

Episode 17: Cuckolded by Santa Claus

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Of the vast multitude of things one could choose to write a holiday song about, a surprising (i.e. non-zero) number are about women cheating on their significant others with jolly old Saint Nick. We tackle two songs on this theme – one a charming but baffling classic, and the other a somewhat explicit song about Santadultery from the short-lived swing craze of the 1990s. It is… really something. Uh, this kind of started out as a Mother’s Day episode? We’re sorry.

Episode 14: Spooky Feminine Power

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Ian and RJ get back to their list of requests in this episode and review two idiosyncratic Christmas songs by masters of the keys, “Star of Wonder” by Tori Amos and “December Will Be Magic Again” by Kate Bush. While trying to interpret these haunting seasonal tunes, the conversation turns to vampires, ghosts, sexism in the music industry, and RJ’s personal Tori Amos Moment. Thanks so much to Sarah for requesting “Star of Wonder”! You can check out Sarah’s creations on soundcloud (https://soundcloud.com/jatfa) and youtube (https://www.youtube.com/user/excepttheweasels)!

Episode 13: Bing, Bowie, Bieber, Busta

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Our list of the best and worst holiday music is rapidly expanding, but mostly from the middle. In this episode, we aim high… and low. Two artistic collaborations covering the semi-classic “Little Drummer Boy” provide a roller coaster of quality that bring RJ and Ian to edge of euphoria and despair. Also, Justin Bieber raps about Jesus.

Episode 11.5: SOCK, The Holiday Footwear Podcast

Due to technical difficulties, Ian and RJ are unable to bring you the totally great, insightful, hilarious, avant-garde, award-worthy episode that they recorded this week. Instead, please enjoy this minisode, in which we explain the situation and review a pair of RJ’s Christmas socks. We also introduce a very special new intro and outro for minisodes! Thanks for listening, and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week.

Episode 11: Marcus the Christmas Moose

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Mount your noble Christmas steed and join us on this long, winding journey through two bizarre Christmas songs about festive animal companions. We review and rank the unfortunate earworm “Dominic the Donkey” and the inexplicable but eminently enjoyable “Christmas Unicorn”. Mentioned in this week’s episode: Sufjan Stevens’ 100 Christmas Songs Ranked from Best to Worst: http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/9/7333319/sufjan-stevens-christmas-songs-ranked and Gunnarolla, creator of YouTube gems such as Canadian Please: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWQf13B8epw.