Friday, December 27, 2013

Whither Indiepop A To Z # 42?

Eek! It's late! I'm on in less than hour!

I continue indiepop alphabetical nonsense from ten to midnight on 88.1 fm WRFL in Lexington & online at!  Listen if you appreciate the fine art of indiepop or doing things in a dictionary-type style!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Christmas From Self Help Radio!

Though I don't celebrate Christmas - I often tell people who ask me why that I am not a Christian, & I don't have children, so there's not a lot of participating for me in the holiday - I do remember how wonderful it was when I was a child (a childhood, by the way, in which Santa seemed a hell of a lot more important than Jesus ever did) & I understand that it's a good idea to have a time that you can spend with your family, because that's important for most of us.

This year I made my wife go to California to spend Christmas with her mother, & I think I even convinced her to visit her father.  It's after five pm on Christmas Day & my own mother hasn't even called yet.  That would bother her if she were in my place, but I liked spending three hours on the radio this morning, & I liked sleeping through most of the day (although I did catch a cold this week - my first one this year, I believe - & I caught it from being in a house with small children, who are sickness incubators).  The wife is getting on a plane & will be home in time for boxing day when, I hope, we get a chance to go at it again in the ring - she luckily ko'd me in the third round last time.  She distracted me with flirting.

I do love Christmas carols.  Like television theme songs & advertising jingles & Saturday morning "educational" songs, they figure prominently in my childhood.  I do a radio show about them every year!  So I enjoy some aspects of the season.  Though I don't buy anything, or give gifts, or spend time with family, or believe any of the myths & superstitions associated with the holiday, there is something nice about it, & I hope you are having fun doing whatever you are doing on Christmas Day!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Self Help Radio 122013: A Very Self Help Radio Christmas 2013

Hey!  It's Christmastime!  I should do a Christmas show.  Like I do every year!  I did!  I did it!  Another Christmas show!  In the can!  Wrapped under your tree!  Sneaky in your stocking!  Ho ho ho!

Radio show here --->

Or here in two parts ---> part I | part II

What songs did I play ---> listed below.

Happy holidays all!

(part one)

"Rod Serling Explains The First Christmas" National Lampoon _Buy This Box Or We'll Shoot This Dog: The Best Of The National Lampoon Radio Hour_
"The Twelve Days Of Christmas" The Master Chorale Of Tampa Bay & The Florida Orchestra _A Musicological Journey Through The Twelve Days Of Christmas_

"¿Dònde Està Santa Claus? (Where Is Santa Claus?)" Augie Rios _Christmas Songs_
"Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy" Chocolate Snow _Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace_
"L'il Elfy" Ray Bolger _L'il Elfy_
"I Can't Wait" Richard X Heyman _I Can't Wait_

"The Ho Ho Chorus" The Queen Bees _The Queen Bees Buzz Christmas_
"A Very Very Merry Christmas" The Singing Grandmothers _A Very Very Merry Christmas_
"Christmas Caroling" Louis C.K. _Live In Houston_
"Christmas Shopping" Buck Owens & His Buckeroos _Christmas Shopping_
"Christmas" Clinic _Come Into Our Room_
"Little Stars" Holly Golightly _Little Stars_

"The Mistletoe & Me" Isaac Hayes _The Complete Stax-Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971_
"God Rest Ye Funky Bhangra" James Whetzel _Holiday: Sarod & Beats_

(part two)

"Green Chri$tma$" Stan Freberg _The Tip Of The Freberg: The Stan Freberg Collection 1951-1998_
"Twinkle" JD McPherson _Twinkle_

"The Little Drummer Boy" Kool & The Gang _Kool For The Holidays_
"You Are My" Big Tree _Decembet EP_
"The Smallest Christmas Tree" Ashtray Boy _Candypants Beach_
"The Snow Doesn't Fall" The Aislers Set _A Christmas Gift From Fortuna Pop, Volume One_
"Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree" The Magnetic Fields _Realism_

"When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter" Anne Lloyd & The Sandpipers _When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter_
"Santa Couldn't Fit You Under My Tree" Summer Hymns _Kindercore Fifty_
"Christmas At The Airport" Nick Lowe _Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family_
"The Night Before Christmas (In Texas, That Is)" Gene Autry _Merry Texas Christmas, You All!_

"Back To The Beat (Jingle Bells Version)" Astonomar _A Very Decent Christmas_
"The Snowdog" MomusMcClymont _MomusMcClymont_
"Kiss You In The Snow" The School _Yo, También (Me, Too) OST_
"Am I Too Old For Christmas?" The Ashes _Mint 400 Records: A Very Merry Christmas Compilation_