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This Mistletoe Belt's For You: Christmas Rapping with the Yule Logs!

Posted by Kells, December 10, 2010 10:00am | Post a Comment

yule logs band christmas hannukah holiday rock chico california reindeer

You don't have to love the holidays to love the Yule Logs, but for me it was love at first listen! Seeing them headline the annual "Christmas is the Best!" bonanza last year was an absolute blast and just thinking about their show coming up this Sunday at Amnesia in San Francisco (festivities begin with holiday crafting and shitty gift giving at 7pm, show at 9) has got me all worked up like a little insomniac on the night before Christmas --- baby, I can't wait! Making spirits bright since 2005, vocalist Marty Parker, bassist Kirt Lind, guitarist Maurice Spencer and drummer Jake Specher dole out hit after original hit of Christmas and Hannukah jams and spruced up traditional holiday classics with such contagious enthusiasm and flawless four-part harmonies that one cannot help but drink their kool-aid. With a good-time party sound that recalls British Invasion class, California surf-rock sass, pop savvy hooks and non-stop borscht belt humor the Yule Logs'll have your shoes off and your socks twistin' under your feet dancing their "Hannukah Mambo," fist-pumping to their "Runaround Rudolph" (featuring guest appearances by presidents William Howard Taft and Richard Nixon, along with Elvis "the King" Presley) and swooning for their rendition of Wham's "Last Christmas." Recently I rapped with the boys from Chico, California about their music, their muses and their state of holiday affairs, and their status as a "the world's premier Christmas and Hannukah rock 'n roll band;" here's what they had to say:

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(In which we reunite, even as we bid a fond adieu.)

Posted by Job O Brother, January 3, 2010 01:12pm | Post a Comment
Well, it’s the middle of September and there’s nothing novel or interesting about this week.

No, no – of course we’re standing at the precipice of a new decade as a fresh millennium dawns and everything’s fraught with poignancy. I get it. But just for a second, wasn’t it nice to hear otherwise?

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, which is a sure-fire way to get people to forget about me. By now my regular readers have probably been reduced to the Amoeblog staff, my Mom, and myself (and I’m just barely skimming them).

Chalk it up to an action-packed holiday season, kiddies. Since last we met, I shot the footage for an upcoming webisode series with the fantastically rad Elizabeth Keener. Once it’s up and running I’ll let y’all know about it.

Also freelance articles, while hardly pouring in these days, are vying for my time. I just finished writing an article for Gourmet Magazine for their “traditional dishes of Indonesia” series. My piece focused on the Åland crisis and its impact on the League of Nations in the wake of the First World War, and how the Islands’ current Finnish loyalties but Swedish-speaking majority stand as a metaphor for modern Scandinavian policy. What does that have to do with Indonesian food? Nothing. But it’s all in how you spin the article.
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Välsmakande mat som du kan äta med din jävla mun!

Also, the boyfriend’s parents were here for a week to celebrate Jesus’ birthday with us. They’re from Texas, so in cooking for them I had to make sure to restrain myself from culinary flourishes. Example: Spaghetti & meatballs are fine, but in lieu of Italian herbs, why not use fresh-roasted cumin seed and Walla Walla sweet onions caramelized in aged balsamic vinegar?

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 25, 2009 01:10pm | Post a Comment
christmas with the christies new christy minstrelsarthur firdler christmas festivalharry belafonte i wish you a merry christmas

A second helping of Xmas covers. Included in this batch is the Aroma Disc Christmas album, meant to accompany your pine cone scent disc or something or another. I tried to track down an Aroma Disc ad or two but had no luck...

dan crow's i'm an elf!cantos de la posadas lpwilson high school long beach choir lp
ray conniff's christmas albumchristmas harmonies lpkid creole & the coconuts christmas on riverside drive
frank luther christmas for children
a singer christmas for the familyAroma Disc
hermanos zavala christmas in mexicochristmas with the stars lpronald colman charles laughton

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Christmas Gangs and Santa's Village

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 22, 2009 12:05pm | Post a Comment
a christmas festival eugene ormandylawrence welk jingle bells

This Lawrence Welk record inspired me to dig up a little classic LW for your viewing pleasure. It's listed as a "gang" number, a term not usually associated with these kinds of groups. I have a Bing Crosby LP that is a collection of gang songs as well. Below we have Mitch Miller, who was perhaps the most popular of said gang leaders.

ella fitzgerald's christmasholiday sing along with mitch
Christmas in Germany LPgreat songs of christmaschristmas in brazil lp
johnny apollo's christmasheaven sings x-mas
holiday in song lppercy faith music of christmasmerry christmas with the mom and dads
perry como christmas albumorgan plays music for a merry christmas

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Travel Time

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 19, 2009 07:00pm | Post a Comment
Morris Day Daydreaming Joe Bushkin I Get A Kick Out Of PorterWhitney Family Airways

I feel for any of you out there who might get stuck at the airport this coming week; lucky for me, a family visit just requires dealing with the 5 Freeway. 

Joe Bushkin Blue AngelsHIGH-FLYING TRUMPET OF AL HIRTTheodore Bikel On Tour
Migiani Dimanche A OrlyLiving Strings Airport Love ThemeGregory Isaacs Reserved For Gregory
Ames Brothers Hello Amigosthe Barry Sisters ShalomHarry Marshard & His Orchestra Resort Favorites For Dancing
Frank Chacksfield Glamorous HolidayJohnny Osbourne and the Sensations Come Back DarlingMas Exitos De Julio Jaramillo
Quinteto Salinas Viaje Musical A Israel Donald Byrd Places and Spacesfela anikulapo kuti mr. follow follow

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