Author Archives: Bob Lee

Musical Advent Calendar Day 24: The Christmas Song

This is what happens when you have a novelty record collector in a hippie blues band, signed to the same label as a famous novelty act, in the sixties. Canned Heat and the Chipmunks. Both acts are right on point, … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 23: Christmas With The Snow

From the Philadelphia band Marah, here’s the perfect soundtrack your holiday snowball fight, should you find yourself in a place where such things are possible.  

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 22: Rocketship Santa

Local rock & soul heroes the Bellrays have one of the most full-on Christmas albums of recent memory. This track shows Santa making an investment in the future of interplanetary rock and roll, bringing sacks full of electric guitars to … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 20: Soulful Christmas

Funkiest Christmas record of all time? A strong contender, for sure, and my favorite from JB’s awesome set of Christmas albums, three in total, recorded between 1966 and 1970. The Godfather opens and closes this dynamite track with a heartfelt … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 19: Christ Is Born As Child Of Man

It’s a busy day. Take a moment to breathe, shut your eyes and cozy up to this one. This gorgeous rendition of the French carol “Il Est Ne” finds guitar master John Fahey in conversation with a flautist and a … Continue reading

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Beat Recommends: Judith Owen And Harry Shearer’s Christmas Without Tears This Weekend

Welsh singer Judith Owen seems to be one of those people who can’t help overdoing it a little over the holidays. The annual Christmas party she throws with husband Harry Shearer has turned from a handful of friends gathered around … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 18: Feliz Navi-nada

For Friday night, here’s one to get your Christmas party started. Who would have thought PiL and Jose Feliciano would make for such a natural pairing, besides El Vez, the Mexican Elvis. El Vez has two Christmas albums, Merry MeXmas … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 17: Super Sunny Christmas

Not everyone gets to live in a Marshmallow World. Redd Kross (who have recently been popping up here in So Cal clubs with their original lineup under the name the Tourists) capture the ecstatic joy of waking up on Christmas … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 16: Someday At Christmas

Stevie Wonder has some of the most affecting songs in the seasonal canon on his 1967 Someday At Christmas album, none lovelier than the title track. It hardly needs to be said – we STILL wish for a Christmas like … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 15: Happy Holiday

Chicago’s Enuff Z’nuff always had a superior grasp of power-pop basics to most of the LA hair metal bands that were their competition in the late 80s, and were infinitely more qualified to write lyrics about a “wonderland of snow.” … Continue reading

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