Episode 334: James Bluntmas

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Listen. When the universe gives us two songs titled “Feeling Like a Right James Blunt at Christmas” (by Death of Guitar Pop featuring James Buckley) and “Merry Christmas James Blunt” (by Wash Your Dirty Money With My Art featuring Martin Meincke), what are we supposed to do, NOT theme an episode around it?

The ranking music in this episode is, I mean, exactly what you’d expect.

Episode 333: Joy to the Weed

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It’s that time of year again, baby! Blaze it up with us (figuratively) as we discuss two weed-related Christmas songs, “Green Christmas” by Snoop Dogg featuring Jenn Em, and “Merry Christmas Mary Jane” by Katie Pruitt.

The ranking music in this episode is “Roll Me Up” by Willie Nelson featuring Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, and of course, Snoop Dogg.

Episode 332: Sting, Stang, Stung

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Easter and Passover are fast approaching, so as is HARK tradition, we listen to two more traditional, religious songs – one for Christmas, and one for Hanukkah. Except this year, we kind of blew it? You could call these songs religious, and they’re both of a tradition, but we’re going more folk festival than liturgical this year. “I Saw Three Ships” as performed by Sting offers us some whimsy from his weird phase (~1990-Present). Then, marking the second recontextualized Leonard Cohen song on our list (and thankfully, this time for Hanukkah), HAIM delivers a beautiful, haunting rendition of “If It Be Your Will”.

The ranking music in this episode is “Sad Trombone” by Sting and Shaggy.

Episode 331: A Large Pile of Spaghetti

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By request, we’re taking our first look at the Christmas tunes of music legend Neil Diamond! “You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is nothing if not very, very Neil, while his rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” is a dozen other things he was apparently trying out.

The ranking music in this episode is (what else) “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.

Thank you to Nearly Nearly Neil for these requests!

Episode 329: The Squeakquel

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By listener request, we’ve got two covers of cartoon-related Christmas classics! “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” as performed by JP Maurice says a polite no-thank-you to skits, while Khruangbin’s version of “Christmastime is Here” is a whole vibe.

The ranking music in this episode is “Skating” by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Thank you to Dave and Dan for these requests!

Episode 328: Brand Synergy

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Valentine’s Day is approaching, and we’re celebrating with two tracks from one of our favorite (bad) holiday romcoms, Christmas in the City (2013). “You’re My Christmas” by Juliet Lyons may have been stuck in our heads for years now, but there’s still something a little off about it. After revisiting it, “Christmas Love” by Ashanti feels like a breath of fresh air.

The ranking music in this episode is “White Wedding” as performed by Juliet Lyons.

If you want to hear Jam experience more (bad) holiday romance, check out Book Club For Masochists new episode on February 7th!

Episode 327: Noodly Communion

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New year, new requester! As suggested by a first-time requester, we listen to two songs off of an intriguing album by a new-to-us artist. “Listen the Snow is Falling” makes its third apperance on the show, this time as hauntingly performed by Thea Gilmore. Then we shoot the shit with Gilmore’s “That’ll Be Christmas”, which is, you know, pretty good!

The ranking music in this episode is “Christmas Unicorn” by Sufjan Stevens.

Thank you to Dusty for these requests!

Episode 326: Just Wild

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For our first episode of 2023, we’re reflecting on the Christmas songs we heard in the wild during the recent holiday season! First up is the best of Kelly Clarkson’s several attempts to craft an heir to the All I Want For Christmas Is You crown, “Underneath the Tree”. Then – and you are going to have to trust us on the fact that we heard this song at a major retail chain – “Date With Santa” by Andreas Weise, which doesn’t pose a question as much as provide the answer to a question no one was asking. That question being, “What if Michael Buble wrote a song about Santa being a hot lady?”

The ranking music in this episode is “Stay a Little Longer Santa” by Shamekia Copeland.

Episode 325: Ten O’Clock and All is Hell

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We’re finally here, at that year-end vortex of holiday delights, and as always, we’ve got a new milestone episode to celebrate it! Ian is charged with finding the best song, and submits a mysterious tune that rides on vibes. Jam is in charge of finding the worst and, after whittling away some very terrible runners-up, presents a slurry mix of cynical shock-comedy and manipulative parasocial-relationship-baiting internet celebrity. Content warning: there is a prominent line in the second song about CSA.

The ranking music this week is “Maybe This Christmas” by Ron Sexsmith!