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Something Like #26: A Very Merry Holiday JAMboree w/ Bitsy Knox & Special Guests

17 December 2020

This year, in lieu of getting sloppy in velvet at Christmas parties, howling at the Solstice moon, shooting arrows and shooting back Thor’s Hammer at the Schloss Britz Weihnachtsmarkt, wrapping white elephant gifts for the Christmas Pyjama Jamboree, and basically living in the reflection of a Christmas tree ornament, I made a special holiday episode of Something Like, and invited some of my favourite people in the world to send over their holiday greetings. 

Each message feels like the best little sonic xmas gift I could ever ask for, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thanks to Julien Meert, Elif Saydam, Michele di Menna & Max Brand & Mina, Camila McHugh, Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Tim Koh, Alex Turgeon, Viviana Abelson, Céline Gillain, Joseph Kusendila, Leon Eisermann, Rosa Aiello, Anna Łuczak, Emma LaMorte, Louise O’Kelly & Paulo Andres Gonzalez, Nooa Avo, and Margie & Tony Knox for sending over your messages; you’ve warmed my heart more than you can know! Also sending love to all those who couldn’t send something along, I’m sharing this episode with you in particular. 

Happy holidays, Merry (Happy) Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, everybody! This lonely year is almost over. Almost time for another.

  • Check out Artist Charity Aid Network (A.C.A.N.) on Instagram and support the charities participating artists have chosen! Plenty of last minute xmas gifts for great causes!
  • Check out this list posted by A.C.A.N. telling Berliners where they can donate clothing, food, money, and supplies over the holiday season and all year round.
  • Another idea: Tim Koh’s new album “In Your Dreams”, out now on Bandcamp and the holiday episode of Kokonut Trip on NTS.

Playlist

Roger 3000, Jingle Bells, 2020



Marvin Gaye, Purple Snowflakes, 1964



Home Alone “I’ll Give it a Whirl”, 1990



Vince Guaraldi Trio, Christmas Time is Here, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965



It’s Christmas Time, The Qualities, 1960



Eurythmics, Winter Wonderland, A Very Special Christmas, 1987



Jun Togawa, 降誕節 (The Nativity), Wish With You A Merry Christmas, 1983



Elif Saydam’s Top 5 of 2020



The Patti Smith Group (Radio Ethiopia Field Marshall), White Christmas, 1978



Eddie Daniels, Sleigh Ride, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988



YTV Santa Calls, 1997



Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for First Choir, Jingle Bells Part 1, 1971



Michele di Menna, Max Brand, Mina



Cocteau Twins, Frosty the Snowman, Snow (EP), 1993



Kate Bush, December Will Be Magic Again, 1980



Vince Guaraldi Trio, O Tannenbaum, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965



A Message from Camila McHugh



Coil, Christmas is Now Drawing Near, Winter Solstice (North), 1999



Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Deck The Halls, 2020



Karina Skye, We Three Witches, Pagan Yule Carols (Wiccan Holiday Music), 2012



Viviana Abelson, 2020



Celine Gillain, I’M SORRY IF I HAVEN’T ALWAYS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND, 2020



Beverly Glenn Copeland, Winter Astral, Keyboard Fantasies, 1986



Joseph Kusendila, Le Frêne (The Ash Tree), read by William Gallab



The Choir of Chester Cathedral, Song of the Nuns of Chester (1425), Glory to the New-Born King - Christmas Music Sung by the Choir of Chester Cathedral, 2012



Betty Arden, Funny Bells, 2020 (Stroom)



YTV Santa Calls 1997



Suicide, Hey Lord (1981), ZE A Christmas Record, 1981



Alex Turgeon, 2020



Special EFX, Silent Night, 1988



Tim Koh, Little Drummer Boy, 2020



Haruomi Hosono, 25 December 1983, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984



Louise & Paulo in London, 2020



Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Ding Dong Merrily on High, 2010



Little Women, Ding Dong Merrily on High,1994



A message from Emma LaMorte, 2020



J.S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, BMW 248 Part Two: For the Second Day of Christmas, No. 10, 1734 (performed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, 1987)



A message from Anna Łuczak, 2020



Nina Simone, I am Blessed, Broadway Blues Ballads, 1964



Stevie Wonder, Someday at Christmas, Someday at Christmas, 1967



Dave Grusin, Some Children See Him, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988



An interview with Leon Eisermann from A.C.A.N.



A message from Rosa Aiello, 2020



Prince, Another Lonely Christmas, Purple Rain, 1993 (first as a B-Side on I Would Die For U, 1984)



Tom Recchion, A Christmas Filled with Tears, Where Were You on Christmas, 2006



Taeko Ohnuki, Inori (To Nobody), We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984



A message from Nooa Avo, 2020



Joni Mitchell, River, Blue, 1971



A message from Margie and Tony Knox, 2020



Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Patrick Hadley, I Sing a Maiden, 2012



Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Once in a Royal Davids City (Desc. Stephen Cleobury), 2017

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