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Musical Advent Calendar Day 21: I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas

This my favorite bizarre Christmas novelty song. Gayla Peevey recorded it in 1953 when she was only 10 years too. Like Broadway kids, she has that weird mix of grown-up maturity and childish cutesiness that has always made me nervous. … Continue reading

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Interview With James D. Cooper – Lambert and Stamp

I recently discussed the making of Lambert and Stamp with first-time Director James Cooper.  More than just your usual music-related documentary, this stark film hits home on both an artistic and an informative standpoint.  There are many brilliant insights into … Continue reading

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Gift Guide: Creature Features for Weirdos

For the movie lover in your life whose cinematic tastes hew toward the obscure, offbeat and arcane, the following vintage horror/science fiction/cult DVD titles – all available from your better retailers and streaming services – will expand and enhance their … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 12: Christmas With The Devil

This sordid tale of holiday debauchery comes from the Gulcher Records compilation Xmas Snertz, one of the finest such releases in recent memory. It’s an irreverent but totally boss collection from some of the biggest badasses in Midwestern weirdo-rock history, … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 9 – Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas)

This inspired piece of early 70s harmony first came to my attention on Peanut Butter Wolf’s fantastic Badd Santa compilation. Free Design were playing on the same field as the Beach Boys at the time, sophisticated arrangements and tight vocal … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar: Day 6 – Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Unfortunately there was no live video available. The tempo is much faster in the CBS-TV Rankin/Bass holiday special, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” so I chose not to use that video. Burl Ives re-recorded the song in 1965 and released it as a single, with … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar: Day 4 – 2000 Miles

A tender and beautiful song about missing someone you love during the holidays. There have been many songs on the topic, but I find this one particularly touching. There is a very surreal video for it with fake penguins and … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar Day 3 – Wild Billy Childish

The earnest and prolific leader of The Milkshakes/ Mighty Caesars/ Headcoats contributes a totally worthwhile offering to the garage-rock Christmas catalog. Thoroughly naughty, but with its heart in the right place.

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“Let There be Gwar” Book Signing Saturday at La Luz

Although GWAR was not the first comedic, costumed rock band with unpredictable over-the-top theatrics, they did it funnier and louder, with bigger costumes and crazier theatrics than any band before or since. The band/artistic collective portrays the band members as grotesque and violent … Continue reading

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Musical Advent Calendar: Day 2 – Darlene Love

The charms of freezing cold weather have rarely been so beautifully articulated as on this, the most overwhelmingly joyous song from the most popular rock and roll Christmas album ever. This entire album is one of Darlene Love’s greatest moments … Continue reading

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