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The Appetizer Christmas Special 2014 Playlist

TA-Christmas It’s that time of year again, when honestly I’ve tried to hide under something very dense to be shielded from the barrage of the same dull 20 Christmas songs played ad nauseum on every TV, radio, shopping store, etc channel out there. It started just before Thanksgiving. And now the holiday is nearly here.
Thankfully, we have a Mary Poppins-like medicine for this predicament. I actually do enjoy non-traditional and unconventional holiday music this time of year. More originally crafted songs about the season, what it means, and creatively cultivated tunes from new and emerging artists are what this year’s Christmas Special is all about.
Yes, you will notice a few songs that are making a return this year that we’ve featured in the past (most notably from The Killers), but there are quite a few new songs as well. I do hope you enjoy!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Song / Length / Artist / Album / Label / Year released / Purchase Link

Hour 1 Playlist

Siberian Sleigh Ride / 3:11 / Trans-Siberian Orchestra / The Lost Christmas Eve / Lava Records / 2004 /
iTunes

Joy to the World / 2:56 / PawnShop Kings / Snow Globe: A Christmas Collection / Elevation Worship / 2013 / Unavailable

Don’t Shoot Me Santa / 4:04 / The Killers / (RED) Christmas – EP / The Island Def Jam Music Group / 2011 /
iTunes

Mistletoe is for Quitters / 3:19 / Forever the Sickest Kids / Mistletoe is for Quitters – Single / Forever the Sickest Kids / 2011 /
iTunes

Everybody Deserves A Merry Christmas / 4:58 / Ronnie Fauss / An Americana Christmas / New West Records / 2014 / iTunes

FaLaLaLaLove Ya / 3:26 / Nikki Lane / An Americana Christmas / New West Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Last Train to Bethlehem / 5:06 / Johnny Coull / Screw the Holidays Vol 1 / Manta Ray Records / 2014 /
iTunes

It’s Christmas Again / 3:55 / CrossTie / Screw the Holidays Vol 1 / Manta Ray Records / 2014 /
iTunes

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day / 4:42 / Pedro the Lion / Maybe This Christmas Tree / Nettwerk Productions / 2004 / iTunes

(Ho Ho Hey) A Way For Santa’s Sleigh / 3:15 / Emery / Happy Christmas: A Tooth and Nail Christmas / Capitol Christian Music Group / 2006 /
iTunes

Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / 3:03 / Death Cab for Cutie / Maybe This Christmas Tree / Nettwerk Productions / 2004 /
iTunes

Christmas / 3:43 / Leona Naess / Leona Naess / Geffen Records / 2003 /
iTunes

Someday At Christmas / 2:11 / Jack Johnson / This Warm December: Brushfire Holiday’s, Vol. 1 / Brushfire Records / 2008 / iTunes

Carol Of The Bells / 3:53 / Mae / Happy Christmas: A Tooth and Nail Christmas / Capitol Christian Music Group / 2006 / iTunes

Happy Christmas (War Is Over) / 4:33 / The Rocketboys / Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – Single / The Rocketboys / 2009 / Unavailable

Tracks in the Snow / 3:51 / The Civil Wars / Tracks in the Snow – Single / sensibility recordings / 2010 /
iTunes

Hour 2 Playlist

A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss) / 4:22 / Glasvegas / A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like a Kiss) – EP / Sony Music Entertainment / 2009 /
iTunes

River (Joni Mitchell Cover) / 3:53 / Travis / Christmas Calling / Sony Music Entertainment / 2003 /
Amazon

Real Old Fashioned Christmas / 2:56 / Sage Melcher and the Laura Dubin Trio / Real Old Fashioned Christmas – Single / delplato music industries / 2014 /
iTunes

Till The End Of The Year (By Buy By) / 4:24 / Anna Nalick / All Is Bright / Various Labels / 2014 /
Amazon Prime Music

Under Any Limb / 3:11 / Ruby The Rabbitfoot / All Is Bright / Various Labels / 2014 /
Amazon Prime Music

Do You Hear What I Hear / 3:32 / Copeland / Maybe This Christmas Tree / Nettwerk Productions / 2004 /
iTunes

Why Can’t It Be Christmas Time All Year / 4:25 / Rosie Thomas / A Very Rosie Christmas / Sing-A-Long Records / 2013 / iTunes

This Year / 3:39 / The Young International / Give Hope This Christmas / Blood:Water Mission / 2013 /
Noisetrade

Here Comes Christmas / 3:38 / To Tell / A Very Indie Christmas / Various Labels / 2008 /
Indie Vision Music

Christmas Time / 3:32 / Esterlyn / A Very Indie Christmas / Various Labels / 2008 /
Indie Vision Music

Let it Snow ft. For Summer Hopes / 3:24 / Coolfield / A Very Indie Christmas / Various Labels / 2008 /
Indie Vision Music

Darlin’ (Christmas is Coming) / 3:36 / Over The Rhine / Snow Angels / Beat Management / 2008 /
iTunes

Carol of the Bells / 2:04 / The Bird And The Bee / Carol Of The Bells – Single / The Blue Note Label Group / 2007 / iTunes

Silver Bells / 2:51 / Alice Smith / The Hotel Cafe Presents Winter Songs / Sony Music Entertainment / 2008 /
iTunes

Maybe Next Christmas / 3:22 / Matthew Mayfield / 72 Songs | Every Release / Matthew Mayfield / 2013 / Unavailable

Santa Please ’10 / 4:39 / SloFunkPump / SloFunkPump / M.C.D. Music Publishing / 2013 /
iTunes

Merry Christmas, Here’s To Many More / 3:51 / Relient K / Let It Snow Baby… Let It Reindeer / Gotee Records / 2007 / iTunes

Preview Taste Of Eli & The Strawman

EliStrawman Perhaps in the movie realm or something similar, we are used to hearing the phrase “Sneak Peak.” This preview taste is just that, an outstanding new folk-rock act out of Ontario, Canada set to release a new album, Eli & the Strawman. I should rephrase the category as Indie Roots Rock (according to their site).

One of my marks for finding great new talent is when after the first listen, I want to go back and listen again before moving on to the next song. This criteria was met time and again through all three songs on the Demos release, making me very intrigued and interested in the rest of the music that will come from the debut Eli & the Strawman album.

Folk with elemental textures throughout provide for a remarkable listening experience. Figured Out leads with a gentle acoustic foundation before incorporating elements of bluegrass, blues, and 70s singer-songwriter Simon & Garfunkel presence. Figured out is more than a musical joyride through stages of folk genre, it’s a journey through well-crafted lyricism.

You’re picking your part
Professors, lawyers, astronauts
But all the graphs and charts
Can’t tell you how to be yourself

The demos showcase three excellent examples of an emerging songwriter set to capture minds, hearts, and fans in 2015. No One, the second song from the Demo release takes something simple and expands one chorus line into a beautiful build with horns, guitars, drums, and a poetic ending. Tiger gives the feeling of old school Counting Crows with a frontman style similar to fellow Canadian Simon Ward (The Strumbellas).

Head down trying to make it a living
This could be the one but it seems not for me
Oh I used to know a girl who made her own order
Yeah I used to know the words to the song I once sang

When I go about looking for new music to feature on The Appetizer Radio Show, I’m looking for music like this. Finding it all in one artist is a real treat. Like you, I’m eagerly looking forward to the release of this album. Get more info by signing up for their newsletter at the Eli & The Strawman website.

Sequences Playlist

There’s a sequence date this week that isn’t going to happen for another thousand years. 12-13-14. We’re pumped about the uniqueness of this day we’ve set up a program built on musical sequences. Enjoy!

Hour 1 Playlist

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free [Studio Rio Version] / 4:53 / Nina Simone & Studio Rio / Studio Rio Presents: The Brazil Connection / Sony Music Entertainment / 2014 /
iTunes

Hotter Than Our Souls / 3:59 / Robert Francis & The Night Tide / Heaven / Aeronaut Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Elevators & Freight Trains / 4:50 / Jamie Lono & Noble Heart / Jamie Lono & Noble Heart EP / Jamie Lono LLC / 2014 / iTunes

Song Bird / 4:55 / Greye / Providence / Shooting Star Entertainment / 2014 /
iTunes

From Dust to Dust / 3:57 / Bradford Loomis & Beth Whitney / The Banner Days / None / 2014 /
iTunes

Mother’s Scorn / 3:38 / Shovels and Rope / Swimmin’ Time / Dualtone Music Group / 2014 /
iTunes

Wary Bones / 3:33 / Old Hours / Even In The Sun / Old Hours / 2014 /
iTunes

White Sands / 2:57 / Mount Moriah / Miracle Temple / Merge Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Interrogation / 5:57 / James / La Petite Mort / BMG Rights Management UK / 2014 /
iTunes

Try Again / 4:47 / Miranda Dodson / Love Is Real Try Again – Single / Miranda Dodson / 2014 /
iTunes

The Ocean / 4:22 / Manchester Orchestra / Hope / Seven Four Entertainment / 2014 /
iTunes

Looking Too Closely (Radio Edit) / 3:21 / Fink / Hard Believer / R’COUP’D / 2014 /
iTunes

Loneliness & Art / 3:18 / Winter York / Winter York – Single / Winter York / 2013 /
iTunes

Shiloh / 3:31 / Little Chief / Lion’s Den / Little Chief / 2014 /
iTunes

Hour 2 Playlist

Adam Raised A Cain / 4:34 / Bruce Springsteen / Darkness On The Edge of Town / Bruce Springsteen / 2014 /
iTunes

Spirit In The Night / 5:00 / Bruce Springsteen / Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. / Sony Music Entertainment / 2014 / iTunes

Vessel / 5:14 / Dry The River / Alarms In The Heart / Transgressive Records / 2014 /
iTunes

It Was Love That Laid Us Low / 3:40 / Dry The River / Alarms In The Heart / Transgressive Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Held On Too Long / 3:06 / Dick LeMasters / One Bird, Two Stones / Claude R Lematers / 2014 /
iTunes

Smoke Rings / 3:31 / Royal Tusk / Mountain – EP / Hidden Pony Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Johannesburg / 3:48 / The GOASTT (The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger) / Midnight Sun / Chimera Music / 2014 /
iTunes

I Live in LA / 4:23 / Camper Van Beethoven / El Camino Real / SLG / 2014 /
iTunes

Who’s Holding Your Heart / 4:13 / Samsel And The Skirt / Shoebox / Samsel And The Skirt / 2014 /
iTunes

Nobody Knew His Name / 4:25 / John Hiatt / Terms Of My Surrender / New West Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Unchain My Heart / 3:15 / Johnny Winter Feat. Blues Brothers Horns / Step Back / Megaforce Records / 2014 /
iTunes

Long Cold Grave / 4:19 / The Jason Spooner Band / Chemical / The Jason Spooner Band / 2014 /
iTunes

When Will I Learn Master / 4:36 / Ayron Jones and the Way / Dream / Ayron Jones Project / 2013 /
iTunes

Pony Ride / 4:45 / Neil Finn / Dizzy Heights / Lester Records / 2014 /
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