Episode 213: Sally the Mailroom Reindeer

This week it’s all elves, all the time! By request, we cover two songs about elf OCs. “An Elf Named Moe” by Carl Stuck is an earnest ode to a North Pole middle-manager, while “Barry the Elf” by Bucko & Champs cheerfully tells the tale of a rude, lewd, and crude layabout.

Thank you Rachele for the requests!

Episode 211: Italy Unstuck in Time

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We’re celebrating St. Joseph’s Day with two Italian Christmas songs! Well, Christmas songs in Italian, at least. Weeell… Christmas songs in Italian, or about Italy, or at least, sort of Italy-adjacent. We did our best. “Bianco Natale” by legendary Italian musician Mina transports us to the Italy of the 1960s, while “Buon Natale” by Nat King Cole transports us to, I dunno, some kind of weird fantasy Italy where phones never got invented?

Episode 210: Have a Holly Jolly Crime Spree

This week, one of the calendar’s most somber holidays befalls us again. No, not Ash Wednesday – we’re talking about the return of Daylight Savings Time and the loss of that precious, precious hour. If you’re like us and you need every second you can get, maybe you’ll appreciate the short songs we chose for this week – “Holly Jolly Christmas” as performed by Michael Bublé is consistently Bublé, while “Good to Be Bad” by Pentatonix delivers an unexpected twist that has us contemplating a life of crime. Or at least, movies about a life of crime featuring Pentatonix.

Episode 209: Vous pourriez être un redneck

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This week, we celebrate Mardi Gras en français with a pair of songs hailing from the province of Quebec. “Fa la la” by Bündock is strange but charming, while “Le temps d’une dinde” by Roland Hi! Ha! Tremblay is … stranger and less charming? If you’re from Quebec and/or a French speaker who would like to explain the context we’re surely missing in this episode, please email us.

Episode 208: Bring me a Ghost this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, and this year we’re tackling some holiday songs about love and romance that also turned out to be kind of spooky? By request, we listen to “Dear Santa (Bring me a Man this Christmas)” by The Weather Girls, which is weird but mostly charming. We pair it with “Christmas Eve” by Justin Bieber, which somehow manages to be even weirder, and also charmless.

Thank you to Thomas for the request!

Episode 206: Grumpy Groundhog Day

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For Groundhog Day, we’re celebrating the 90s way, with a little déjà vu! We cover requests from some of our repeat-requesters, digging into “Home Once a Year” by Marshall Burns and “Christmas C’mon” by Lindsey Stirling and Becky G.

Thanks to Listener Jenny and Captain McGloo for these requests!

Episode 205: Cranky Australia Day

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This week we listen to two more Christmas songs from the southern hemisphere – “Aussie Jingle Bells” by Bucko & Champs, which is exactly what you would expect, and “Santa Never Made It Into Darwin” by Bill & Boyd, which is maybe more of a bummer than you would expect. FYI, this one is Ian’s fault.

Episode 204: Cavalclade (sic)

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It’s our first requests of 2019 (submitted in 2018)! We cover two songs destined for the “mushy middle” of the list, but each one brings us some joy along the way. “Santa Says Relax” by Joe Innes and the Cavalcade is a post-ironic indie tune that makes us wish it was Christmas, while “Christmas in New Orleans” by Rickie Lee Jones is a sad, complex song that merits a second listen.

Thanks to Jenny for the requests!