Saturday, December 25, 2021

Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas from Self Help Radio!  Thanks for listening, thanks for reading, thanks for everything!  I hope you have a lovely day, whether with friends & family, or alone if you prefer. I tend toward the latter myself.

Merry holidaze!

Friday, December 24, 2021

Christmas Movies?

(The fabled Stockwell Stocking Stuffer.*)

For this week's Very Self Help Radio Christmas, I challenged our resident cinephile Chuck to tell me  movies he considered Christmas movies but others didn't, & he had to defend his choices.  He remembered a Christmas television offer from the early 2000s featuring a set of Dean Stockwell films: "Stuff Your Stocking With Stacks Of Stockwell: The Stockwell Stocking Stuffer."  Chuck wasn't sure if he dreamed it, but I found the actual set on the internets - pictured above.  It was selling on eBay for seven hundred thousand dollars!  So I don't know if they made many of them!

Follow Chuck on Twitter, where he talks about the movies he's watching.

See his YouTube playlist of possible Christmas films.

Read his Letterboxd reviews of the films he watched for the Christmas show.

Here's a list of films available to be streamed for free in places other than YouTube.

& for the completist, Chuck made a list of films with the keyword Christmas for you to peruse.

Do you want to see his playlist from last year?  It's here!

Get away from the family & watch movies on Christmas courtesy of Chuck!

Have a happy holiday!

*I found most of the VHS box images on eBay.  The original box set image is from here.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Self Help Radio 122121: A Very Self Help Radio Christmas 2021

& here it is!  This year's Christmas show!  It was fun to make but kinda hard - I had six interviews! But since this is really the only thing I do for Christmas, it's nice it was so involving.

You can listen now & anytime at both the Self Help Radio KBOO page & also at the Self Help Radio website.  If you go to you'll need a username & password to access the show - that's SHR & selfhelp.  Everything that happens on the show is detailed below.

Happy Christmas!

A Very Self Help Radio Christmas 2021
"It's Christmas Time (Blizzard Version)" The Happy Somethings _It's Christmas Time (We're As Miserable As Sin) E.P._
"Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!" The High Plains Drifters _Santa! Bring My Girlfriend Back!_
"Sentimental Christmastime" The Birthday Kiss _Festivus_


"Señor Santa" Y La Bamba _Holidays Rule_
"I've Heard They Called Off Christmas" The Catherines _I've Heard They Called Off Christmas_
"Merry Xmas Everybody" Manitoba Rock n Rolla _Come On Christmas_
"Christmas Will Really Be Christmas" Black Pumas _Christmas Will Really Be Christmas_
"Christmas Time Is Here" Hiatus Kaiyote _Christmas Time Is Here_

our resident cinephile Chuck stops by to talk about Christmas movies

"Merry Christmas Darling" Sugar World _A Sugar Christmas_
"Sally Sweet Tooth" Bad Bad Hats _Sally Sweet Tooth_
"I Hope There's No Snow" The BV's _I Hope There's No Snow_
"The Christmas Game" The Popcorn Rebellion _The Christmas Game_
"The Night After Christmas" Homer & Jethro _Volume 3_

interview with Hollywood movie producer Denver Smith

"Gone For Christmas (feat. The McCrary Sisters)" Amanda Shires _For Christmas_
"Surviving Christmas" Kool Moe Dee _Hip-Hop R&B Christmas Gold_
"Xmas Wrapping" The Aquadolls _Xmas Wrapping_
"We Won't Come Home At Christmas Time" The Reds, Pinks, & Purples _We Won't Come Home At Christmas Time_
"Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus" Laura Cantrell & Michael Shelley _Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus_

interview with Christmas entertainment mogul Paul Disney

"Under The Tree" Corvair _Under The Tree_
"Everyday's A Holiday" Office Romance _Holiday Of Love_
"Holiday" Confidence Man _Holiday_
"Coldcut's Christmas Break" Coldcut _Coldcut's Christmas Break_
"Twelve Switched-On Days Of Christmas" Kenneth Williams _In Season_

interview with live elf on a shelf Dom Shakespeare

"Happy Christmas To Me" Swansea Sound _Happy Christmas To Me_
"Frozen Santa" Death Hags _Frozen Santa_
"Feliz Navidad" Alice Bag _Feliz Navidad_
"I'll Be Home For Xmas" Modesty Blaise _I'll Be Home For Xmas_
"Skiing In The Snow" The Beach Girls _She Rides With Me: Warner Surfin' & Hot Rod Nuggets_

our favorite librarian Carole drops by to talk about Christmas books

"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" Swell Tides _Another Helluva Holiday Compilation_
"Is It Too Soon For Christmas?" Jane & John _Is It Too Soon For Christmas?_
"It Must Be Christmas" Math & Physics Club _The Matinee Holiday Soiree_
"This Christmas" Cliff Beach _Merry Christmas, Happy New Year_
"You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" Art Of Time Ensemble _You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch_

interview with Portland Christmas specialist Ronald Sawyer
+ goodbye!

"Winter Tragedy" David Newton & Thee Mighty Angels _Winter Tragedy_
"Under The Mistletoe" Cinéma Lumière featuring Megumi Acorda _Comfort & Joy: A Shiny Happy Christmas Compilation_
"The First Noel" Deep Sea Diver _It's Christmas Time EP_
"Christmas Day" Babitha _Christmas Day_

Monday, December 20, 2021

Whither A Very Self Help Radio Christmas 2021?

Tonight! On 90.7fm KBOO! Online at! From midnight to 3am!

Self Help Radio has tons of Christmas & holiday music including lots of new stuff!  Plus!  Lots of guests!  Like, too many guests!  It's going to be a big show.  A BIG SHOW!

Tune in!  & help KBOO out as well!

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Preface To A Very Self Help Radio Christmas 2021: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like

Well, it snowed this morning in Portland, anyway.

Working on the show!  Lots of guests!  Lots of new music!  Can't talk right now!