Whether you’re one to rope garland like ‘whoa’ while making it rain tinsel or bah-humbugging your way through the end of the year, it’s an undeniable fact that Christmas is upon us. The Mitten’s first snow has fallen, presents have been purchased, hidden, and stockpiled, and most of us have already packed on half or more of the holiday weight we’ll resolve to get rid of come New Year’s Eve. Excited? We certainly are!
To celebrate the season and to give our ears a break from the same old stale Yule time tunes in seemingly constant (and often painful) rotation, Hell’s Half Mile has partnered with Bay City’s lone independent record store and festival sponsor Electric Kitsch to create a Christmas playlist sure to please. Built using selections suggested by Kitsch owners Jordan and Jessica as well as committee members and friends of the festival, this compilation was mixed by M.M. Knapps over a few quarts of eggnog and one half of a one cheese log.
Some of these groovin’ tracks were even transferred directly from vinyl obtained fresh via the Kitsch bins, while others could only be resurrected using the magic of the internet (legally, of course). This eclectic glob of audible goodness is available for free download using the link provided. Time to put this baby on the deck and hang some mistletoe, hellions…when you serenade your Christmas crush with these delicious tracks you’re all but guaranteed to snag a kiss. Happy Holidays from HHM and Electric Kitsch!
HHM presents…It’s a Very Kitschy X-Mas Mix Tape Volume I
1. Soul Santa – Funk Machine featuring Kurtis Blow
2. Dinner Party over Fantasia – Ralph Vauhan Williamson
3. Stone Soul Christmas – Binky Griptite
4. White Christmas – Otis Redding
5. Cool Yule (interlude) – Tony Rodelle Larson
6. Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis – Neko Case
7. Little Toy Trains – Roger Miller
8. Back Door Santa Medley – Clarence Carter, RUN DMC, Cut Masta D.C. , Eazy E.
9. Santa Baby (Knapps Remix) – Eeartha Kitt
10. I’m Gonna Lasso Santa Claus – Brenda Lee
11. Christmas Eve Will Kill You – The Everly Brothers
12. Goodbye New England Covered in Snow (I Speak because I Can) – Laura Marling
13. Every Day is Christmas – Charles Bradley
14. Fairy Tale of New York – The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl
15. Truckin’ Trees for Christmas – Buck Owens
16. Mull of Kintyre – Wings
17. Be-Bop Santa – Babs Gonzoles
18. Secret of Christmas – Ella Fitzgerald
19. We Free Kings – Roland Kirk
20. Lil’ Drummer Boy – Lennox Avenue
21. Christmas Song – Mogwai
22. Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas – John Denver
23. Let Me Sleep – Pearl jam
24. Roma Devonne – Victor Oratorio Chorus
25. O, Holy Night – Josh T. Pearson
26. What Race is Santa? – Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable
Download or stream full mix tape on Soundcloud 🙂