Wednesday, 23 December 2009

LIST 29 - 23/12/09 (Christmas)

Oh go on, then – let’s finish off 2009 with a Christmas special... Something for everyone inamongst this lot, unless you were after Cliff. I'm after Cliff myself, you know - with an axe.

"Just Like Christmas" is the finest festive song ever, and that fact is not open for debate. Most of the other tracks on here run it close, though, including the extraodinary ShiSho, which I managed to miss completely up until now

That Music List will return in 2010 - same URL, same format, different tracks. Best wishes of the season to you all until then.

THE RAMONES – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) (1987)

BELLE AND SEBASTIAN – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (2000)

SUFJAN STEVENS – That Was The Worst Christmas Ever! (2003)

THE FLAMING LIPS – Christmas at the Zoo (1995)

THE WEDDING PRESENT – No Christmas (1992)

SHISHO – Merry Christmas, Now Leave! (2005)

THE SCHOOL – Let Me Be The Fairy on Christmas Tree Tonight (2009)

THE KNIFE – Reindeer (2001)

COCTEAU TWINS – Frosty the Snowman (1993)

RUN DMC – Christmas in Hollis (1987)

SHONEN KNIFE – Space Christmas (1991)

BB KING – Merry Christmas Baby (1993)

HYPERBUBBLE – Away in a Manger (2007)

LOU BARLOW – Mary (2004)

MJ HIBBETT AND THE VALIDATORS – The Advent Calendar of Fact (2008)

KURTIS BLOW – Christmas Rappin’ (1979)

HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT – All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit (1985)

LOW – Just Like Christmas (1999)

PET SHOP BOYS – It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas (2009)

LIST 28 - 27/11/09 (Warp Records 20th anniversary special, part two)

As promised, here is the second half of my look back over the Sheffield label's first two decades, with tracks old and new once more in evidence. Always a pleasure to give the Aphex Twin, LFO and Autechre oldies in question a dusting off, and some of the new tracks are especially beguiling. Would it be too glib to call Tim Exile a one-man laptronica Cardiacs? Absolutely thrilled to discover him whilst compiling this list.

There is just the one That Music List list left for 2009 after this, and inevitably it's a wee bit festive. Keep 'em peeled.

APHEX TWIN – On (1993)

BEANS – Down by Law (2004)

DREXCIYA – Black Sea (1995)

MAXIMO PARK – Wraithlike (2009)

SQUAREPUSHER – Hello Meow (2006)


LFO – Ta n Ta Ra (1991)




SABRES OF PARADISE – Wilmot (1994)

THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS – Dressed in Dresden (2009)

SEEFEEL – Fracture (1994)

HARMONIC 313 – Battlestar (2009)

TIM EXILE – Family Galaxy (2009)

AUTECHRE – 444 (1993)