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Tony Paris has been covering Atlanta music, news, and culture since 1975. After establishing his career at the Atlanta Gazette, Paris became Creative Loafing's music editor in 1980, a position he held until being named managing editor, 1994 - 1998. Leaving the paper in in 1998, Paris worked in Jerusalem, Tokyo, and New York, before returning to Creative Loafing as a music columnist in 2017. In 2018 Paris again assumed the duties of managing editor. Check out Tony Paris' regular column here

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“We appreciate so much everyone’s love and concern for Tony Levitas. Unfortunately, he is confirmed with COVID-19 and is literally fighting for his life. This will go on for several days, potentially without significant improvement. On a happy note, after a decline last night, he is somewhat better this morning, but by no means out of the woods. If and when he gets to that point, we will certainly let everyone know. Otherwise, you should assume that the battle continues and could go either way.

“He is in the hands of very talented medical professionals and is not in any pain or discomfort, but there is nothing that any of us can do at this point except hope for the best and pray if you are so inclined.

“And please follow all public health advice regarding extreme caution to prevent the further spread of this horrible disease. Please feel free to share this message with people who care about Tony. Thanks to everyone. Much love. Donate to those who cannot feed themselves (via the Atlanta Community Food Bank). Cherish your loved ones always, even extra now.”

Having tested positive for COVID-19, Levitas was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of an Atlanta hospital as of that writing.

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Levitas, along with Andrew Cylar and Alan Gamble, co-founded the band Arms Akimbo in the early ’80s. Mainstays of Atlanta’s early alternative (“new wave”) scene, they garnered a respectable  following and critical praise for their live shows and recordings, including This Is Not the Late Show, a full-length album on 688 Records.

Although Levitas took time off from music to establish a psychology practice and start a family, in recent years he returned to songwriting and recording, forming a new band, Tony Levitas and the Levitations, with his son Graham and former Arms Akimbo bassist Bob Glick, posting performance videos on social media.

Levitas took time to share with Creative Loafing some of what it was like to contract the virus that has changed the way we live in the 21st century.

 “I am a COVID-19 survivor. I can say with 100 percent certainty it is no hoax. After a month-long stay at Northside Hospital in March and 17 days on a ventilator in a medically induced coma, today marks six weeks since I’ve been home. When I was first discharged, I could hardly walk, had lost over 20 pounds, and was quite weak.

“Now I can go for nice long walks, cook, play guitar, sing some (my voice is still not fully back yet because of the ventilator), and even hit some golf balls. Sleep was poor and anxiety had been high, like PTSD, coming so close to death. But those are better now.

“I’m starting back to work next week, part-time, doing tele sessions.

“As a psychologist, my mindset has always been pretty positive, but now my daily gratitude has reached new heights. They tell me I’m quite lucky to be alive and that I came real close to not making it. I even had a doctor stop by my ICU room the day I came off the ventilator, and he said, ‘So glad to see you made it, I didn’t expect you to.’

“My training as a psychologist also helped me get through the long hours of solitude alone in my hospital room, no visitors allowed because of the coronavirus lockdown. When you have that much time to just lie in bed and think, it’s easy for your thoughts to go dark. But I kept reeling them back in and focused on the three P’s: to stay positive, present, and patient.

“The outpouring of love and prayers has been incredibly moving and healing. People from all over the world, (and) from many different faiths, have prayed for me and sent me their love. I can’t begin to share what this has meant to me and how it’s helped me recover. My son Graham organized ‘Tunes for Tones,’ where a number of musicians play and record songs I had written, so very touching! They can be found on YouTube.

“We hear about the heroes during this virus. I can tell you from firsthand experience that the doctors, nurses, and medical staff put their lives on the line everyday and are under extreme stress. They deserve our appreciation and thanks. I will be forever grateful to them, and to my family, loved ones, and friends.

“As far as how I contracted the coronavirus, I saw a couple for therapy in my office on March 6. The husband contacted me a few days later and said he’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus. I got sick on March 11 with a high fever and cough. My girlfriend Renee saved my life by getting me to the E.R. when she made me go a few days later. After administering a CAT scan of my lungs, the doctor told me my lungs looked like they had shattered glass in them. That’s how they knew I had contracted the virus. I believe I was one of the earlier cases in Georgia. The treatment was somewhat experimental, with (massive doses of) various medications and my being flipped on my stomach to reduce the pressure on my lungs while I was on the ventilator.

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“I’m determined to make something positive come from my illness, whether it’s being able to help others, maintaining daily gratitude, or writing new music. I started a new song while in the hospital and finished it when I got home. It’s called, ‘Not My Time To Die.’” —CL—"
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Levitas, along with Andrew Cylar and Alan Gamble, co-founded the band Arms Akimbo in the early ’80s. Mainstays of Atlanta’s early alternative (“new wave”) scene, they garnered a respectable  following and critical praise for their [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TrEKnMqbV8|live shows] and [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpyahc4UXxg|recordings], including ''This Is Not the Late Show'', a full-length album on 688 Records.

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Levitas took time to share with ''Creative Loafing'' some of what it was like to contract the virus that has changed the way we live in the 21st century.

 “I am a COVID-19 survivor. I can say with 100 percent certainty it is no hoax. After a month-long stay at Northside Hospital in March and 17 days on a ventilator in a medically induced coma, today marks six weeks since I’ve been home. When I was first discharged, I could hardly walk, had lost over 20 pounds, and was quite weak.

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“The outpouring of love and prayers has been incredibly moving and healing. People from all over the world, (and) from many different faiths, have prayed for me and sent me their love. I can’t begin to share what this has meant to me and how it’s helped me recover. My son Graham organized ‘Tunes for Tones,’ where a number of musicians play and record songs I had written, so very touching! They can be found on YouTube.

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“As far as how I contracted the coronavirus, I saw a couple for therapy in my office on March 6. The husband contacted me a few days later and said he’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus. I got sick on March 11 with a high fever and cough. My girlfriend Renee saved my life by getting me to the E.R. when she made me go a few days later. After administering a CAT scan of my lungs, the doctor told me my lungs looked like they had shattered glass in them. That’s how they knew I had contracted the virus. I believe I was one of the earlier cases in Georgia. The treatment was somewhat experimental, with (massive doses of) various medications and my being flipped on my stomach to reduce the pressure on my lungs while I was on the ventilator.

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“We appreciate so much everyone’s love and concern for Tony Levitas. Unfortunately, he is confirmed with COVID-19 and is literally fighting for his life. This will go on for several days, potentially without significant improvement. On a happy note, after a decline last night, he is somewhat better this morning, but by no means out of the woods. If and when he gets to that point, we will certainly let everyone know. Otherwise, you should assume that the battle continues and could go either way.

“He is in the hands of very talented medical professionals and is not in any pain or discomfort, but there is nothing that any of us can do at this point except hope for the best and pray if you are so inclined.

“And please follow all public health advice regarding extreme caution to prevent the further spread of this horrible disease. Please feel free to share this message with people who care about Tony. Thanks to everyone. Much love. Donate to those who cannot feed themselves (via the Atlanta Community Food Bank). Cherish your loved ones always, even extra now.”

Having tested positive for COVID-19, Levitas was on a ventilator in the intensive care unit of an Atlanta hospital as of that writing.

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Levitas, along with Andrew Cylar and Alan Gamble, co-founded the band Arms Akimbo in the early ’80s. Mainstays of Atlanta’s early alternative (“new wave”) scene, they garnered a respectable  following and critical praise for their live shows and recordings, including This Is Not the Late Show, a full-length album on 688 Records.

Although Levitas took time off from music to establish a psychology practice and start a family, in recent years he returned to songwriting and recording, forming a new band, Tony Levitas and the Levitations, with his son Graham and former Arms Akimbo bassist Bob Glick, posting performance videos on social media.

Levitas took time to share with Creative Loafing some of what it was like to contract the virus that has changed the way we live in the 21st century.

 “I am a COVID-19 survivor. I can say with 100 percent certainty it is no hoax. After a month-long stay at Northside Hospital in March and 17 days on a ventilator in a medically induced coma, today marks six weeks since I’ve been home. When I was first discharged, I could hardly walk, had lost over 20 pounds, and was quite weak.

“Now I can go for nice long walks, cook, play guitar, sing some (my voice is still not fully back yet because of the ventilator), and even hit some golf balls. Sleep was poor and anxiety had been high, like PTSD, coming so close to death. But those are better now.

“I’m starting back to work next week, part-time, doing tele sessions.

“As a psychologist, my mindset has always been pretty positive, but now my daily gratitude has reached new heights. They tell me I’m quite lucky to be alive and that I came real close to not making it. I even had a doctor stop by my ICU room the day I came off the ventilator, and he said, ‘So glad to see you made it, I didn’t expect you to.’

“My training as a psychologist also helped me get through the long hours of solitude alone in my hospital room, no visitors allowed because of the coronavirus lockdown. When you have that much time to just lie in bed and think, it’s easy for your thoughts to go dark. But I kept reeling them back in and focused on the three P’s: to stay positive, present, and patient.

“The outpouring of love and prayers has been incredibly moving and healing. People from all over the world, (and) from many different faiths, have prayed for me and sent me their love. I can’t begin to share what this has meant to me and how it’s helped me recover. My son Graham organized ‘Tunes for Tones,’ where a number of musicians play and record songs I had written, so very touching! They can be found on YouTube.

“We hear about the heroes during this virus. I can tell you from firsthand experience that the doctors, nurses, and medical staff put their lives on the line everyday and are under extreme stress. They deserve our appreciation and thanks. I will be forever grateful to them, and to my family, loved ones, and friends.

“As far as how I contracted the coronavirus, I saw a couple for therapy in my office on March 6. The husband contacted me a few days later and said he’d been diagnosed with the coronavirus. I got sick on March 11 with a high fever and cough. My girlfriend Renee saved my life by getting me to the E.R. when she made me go a few days later. After administering a CAT scan of my lungs, the doctor told me my lungs looked like they had shattered glass in them. That’s how they knew I had contracted the virus. I believe I was one of the earlier cases in Georgia. The treatment was somewhat experimental, with (massive doses of) various medications and my being flipped on my stomach to reduce the pressure on my lungs while I was on the ventilator.

“This helped save my life.

“One of my doctors, Howard Silverboard, a pulmonologist, was instrumental in saving me. He said he doesn’t really worry about contracting the virus. He wears protective gear and washes his hands often. I fear that people not taking the pandemic seriously could be at grave risk. My hope is that people will stay safe and practice social distancing and wear a mask when indoors near others.

“I’m determined to make something positive come from my illness, whether it’s being able to help others, maintaining daily gratitude, or writing new music. I started a new song while in the hospital and finished it when I got home. It’s called, ‘Not My Time To Die.’” —CL—    Renee O’Hearn BACK AT IT: Tony Levitas.  0,0,10                                 Surviving COVID-19 "
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At Wax N Facts the other day, Danny Beard took me upstairs. He wanted me to hear something. He put on the new Ambulette E.P., of which he’d just received a handful of copies of the vinyl 12-inch. The work of Matt Brown (Uncle Green, 3 Lb. Thrill) and Halley O’Malley (Nothing, No One), aided and abetted by guitarist Jonny Daly, bassist Lee Kennedy, and drummer Lee Wiggins, Too Bad About All Your Problems recalls what was best about late ’70s and early ’80s alternative music, if Wire, Television, and the Clash were your call to arms. I could understand Beard’s enthusiasm, the record rocks! Produced by the band and David Barbe and recorded at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, the recording is a balancing act of musical experience and naiveté that is a refreshing antidote to the many ills in the world today. Definitely worth checking out, Ambulette performs this Saturday, March 7, at 529 with Five Eight, Big Fish Ensemble and Loud Humans.

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Opening Friday night’s show is Darling Machine, on the heels of releasing The Beautiful EP, also produced and engineered by Pleasure Club’s Curry. The three originals show a maturation in the band’s songwriting process, while keeping in line with its hard-rocking, Goth-inspired eponymous-titled debut. The fourth song on the E.P., a cover of David Bowie’s 1980 offering, “Scary Monsters & Super Creeps,” shows just how far ahead of his time Bowie was — and how much Darling Machines owes to the past while building its future.

Sunday, March 15, UKBOB celebrates his birthday — and 20 years on the air at WRFG, 89.3 FM Atlanta — at the Vista Room with the Blues Beatles. A six-piece band from Brazil, they offer roots-music takes on the music of the Fab Four, linking the British Invasion to the Delta Blues as UKBOB has been doing for two decades on his show “London to Louisiana.” As he says in a recent email, it’s “worth putting on shoes and leaving your zip code!”
 

Don’t forget: Re-igniting their "No Filter" tour, tickets for the Rolling Stones, July 9 at Mercedes Benz Stadium, are on sale now. … Tickets for the September 23 Bauhaus show at the Coca-Cola Roxy are also on sale. With Atlanta being one of only a handful of cities in which the reformed Goth Rock progenitors are performing, expect tickets to sell out fast, as people will certainly be traveling from out of state for this one. … Graham Nash, who will forever be associated with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (though he had already cemented a place for himself in the pop music echelon as a member of The Hollies), returns to Atlanta Tuesday, March 17, at Variety Playhouse. … Oh yeah, as if March 7 isn’t busy enough already, Wire plays the Variety this Saturday. … And though Sinead O’Connor’s two nights at City Winery, March 22 and 23, are sold out, the club does have a waiting list."
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It was a smart move for the festival’s founder, Kayne Lanahan, to take advantage of Savannah’s proximity to interstates 95 and 10 (routes many bands travel on their way to Austin) and offer a mini version of SXSW that would give musicians a chance to book another gig, maybe make some gas money, and garner new fans — and that offered music lovers unable to attend SXSW the chance to see up-and-coming bands.

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It’s the kind of move that can only happen in a smaller town where people unite together to put their city “on the map,” rather than larger metropolises dominated by infighting, jealousy, and greed.

I remember being in Austin in 1985 having lunch with Louis Black, one of the co-founders of SXSW. He was telling me how he, along with Roland Swenson, Nick Barbaro, and the late Louis Jay Meyers had been meeting with city officials to organize a weekend-long music festival in the then-sleepy college town to feature young bands, panels made up of music business professionals, and guest speakers — and to host record company A&R people, the rock press, slackers, and other music hangers-on looking for the “next big thing.” Thirty-five years later, SXSW pumps over $350  million annually into the city’s economy.

In Savannah, the Stopover Music Festival hasn’t grown to quite such proportions, but it has brought much-needed attention to Georgia’s oldest city, and offers those venturing to it a chance to see new bands without the crowds — and headaches — of SXSW.  For the 10th-anniversary celebration this year, over 60 bands perform at eight venues throughout  the city. Attendees can take in more music than they usually get to see in a weekend — and also experience some low-country hospitality.

At Wax N Facts the other day, Danny Beard took me upstairs. He wanted me to hear something. He put on the new Ambulette E.P., of which he’d just received a handful of copies of the vinyl 12-inch. The work of Matt Brown (Uncle Green, 3 Lb. Thrill) and Halley O’Malley (Nothing, No One), aided and abetted by guitarist Jonny Daly, bassist Lee Kennedy, and drummer Lee Wiggins, Too Bad About All Your Problems recalls what was best about late ’70s and early ’80s alternative music, if Wire, Television, and the Clash were your call to arms. I could understand Beard’s enthusiasm, the record rocks! Produced by the band and David Barbe and recorded at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, the recording is a balancing act of musical experience and naiveté that is a refreshing antidote to the many ills in the world today. Definitely worth checking out, Ambulette performs this Saturday, March 7, at 529 with Five Eight, Big Fish Ensemble and Loud Humans.

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Opening Friday night’s show is Darling Machine, on the heels of releasing The Beautiful EP, also produced and engineered by Pleasure Club’s Curry. The three originals show a maturation in the band’s songwriting process, while keeping in line with its hard-rocking, Goth-inspired eponymous-titled debut. The fourth song on the E.P., a cover of David Bowie’s 1980 offering, “Scary Monsters & Super Creeps,” shows just how far ahead of his time Bowie was — and how much Darling Machines owes to the past while building its future.

Sunday, March 15, UKBOB celebrates his birthday — and 20 years on the air at WRFG, 89.3 FM Atlanta — at the Vista Room with the Blues Beatles. A six-piece band from Brazil, they offer roots-music takes on the music of the Fab Four, linking the British Invasion to the Delta Blues as UKBOB has been doing for two decades on his show “London to Louisiana.” As he says in a recent email, it’s “worth putting on shoes and leaving your zip code!”
 

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This segment of Atlanta’s population needs help. There are many organizations seeking to help the less fortunate members of this city. There are many ways you, our readers, can help, too.

!!Organizations and Shelters:

Atlanta Union Mission:
Atlanta Union Mission

Atlanta Union Mission, The Shepherd’s Inn, Homeless Shelter for Men website

Atlanta Union Mission Fuqua Hall (located inside The Shepherd’s Inn)
144 Mills Street Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 350-1300

Atlanta Union Mission Day Shelter for Women
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Atlanta Union Mission: My Sister’s House
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The Mad Housers
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!!Atlanta Shelters for Couples and Families:

Zaban Paradies Center:
website

Nicholas House:
website

!!Other Organizations:

Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency
website

Atlanta Children’s Shelter
website

City of Refuge
website

Gateway Center
website

Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
website

Our House
website

SafeHouse Outreach
website

StandUp for Kids
website

!!News reports on homelessness in Atlanta:

How Atlanta Is Streamlining Funding And Targeting The Most Vulnerable To Reduce Homelessness — WBUR Boston

City Announces New $50M Housing Program to Get Homeless into Apartments — WSB-TV

A Strategy to Fight Homelessness in Our City — Reddit

Atlanta Makes Progress in Reducing Homelessness, but Safety Concerns Worsen Downtown — The Saporta Report

Torpy at Large: The Homeless Census, or Numbers You Can't Count On — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Shifts Strategy On Homelessness After Shelter Closure — WABE-FM

Atlanta Refused to Give up on Homelessness. It’s Working — The Christian Science Monitor"
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This segment of Atlanta’s population needs help. There are many organizations seeking to help the less fortunate members of this city. There are many ways you, our readers, can help, too.

!!Organizations and Shelters:

Atlanta Union Mission:
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The Mad Housers
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!!Atlanta Shelters for Couples and Families:

Zaban Paradies Center:
[https://www.zabanparadiescenter.org|website]

Nicholas House:
[https://nicholashouse.org|website]

!!Other Organizations:

Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency
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Atlanta Children’s Shelter
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City of Refuge
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Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
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Our House
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SafeHouse Outreach
[https://www.safehouseoutreach.org|website]

StandUp for Kids
[https://www.standupforkids.org|website]

!!News reports on homelessness in Atlanta:

How Atlanta Is Streamlining Funding And Targeting The Most Vulnerable To Reduce Homelessness — [https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2019/02/22/atlanta-reduce-homelessness|WBUR Boston]

City Announces New $50M Housing Program to Get Homeless into Apartments — [https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/city-announces-new-50m-housing-program-to-get-homeless-into-apartments/978181429|WSB-TV]

A Strategy to Fight Homelessness in Our City — [https://www.reddit.com/r/Atlanta/comments/ac63gm/a_strategy_to_fight_homelessness_in_our_city/|Reddit]

Atlanta Makes Progress in Reducing Homelessness, but Safety Concerns Worsen Downtown — [https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2019/08/09/atlanta-makes-progress-in-reducing-homelessness.html|The Saporta Report]

Torpy at Large: The Homeless Census, or Numbers You Can't Count On — [https://www.ajc.com/news/local/torpy-large-the-homeless-census-like-putting-your-thumb-jello/nySD4kG1Fq1L8REukH8gBN/|The Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

Atlanta Shifts Strategy On Homelessness After Shelter Closure — [https://www.wabe.org/atlanta-shifts-strategy-homelessness-shelter-closure/|WABE-FM]

Atlanta Refused to Give up on Homelessness. It’s Working — [https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2019/0823/Atlanta-refused-to-give-up-on-homelessness.-It-s-working|The Christian Science Monitor]"
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This segment of Atlanta’s population needs help. There are many organizations seeking to help the less fortunate members of this city. There are many ways you, our readers, can help, too.

!!Organizations and Shelters:

Atlanta Union Mission:
Atlanta Union Mission

Atlanta Union Mission, The Shepherd’s Inn, Homeless Shelter for Men website

Atlanta Union Mission Fuqua Hall (located inside The Shepherd’s Inn)
144 Mills Street Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 350-1300

Atlanta Union Mission Day Shelter for Women
website

Atlanta Union Mission: My Sister’s House
website

The Mad Housers
website

!!Atlanta Shelters for Couples and Families:

Zaban Paradies Center:
website

Nicholas House:
website

!!Other Organizations:

Atlanta Center for Self-Sufficiency
website

Atlanta Children’s Shelter
website

City of Refuge
website

Gateway Center
website

Georgia Alliance to End Homelessness
website

Our House
website

SafeHouse Outreach
website

StandUp for Kids
website

!!News reports on homelessness in Atlanta:

How Atlanta Is Streamlining Funding And Targeting The Most Vulnerable To Reduce Homelessness — WBUR Boston

City Announces New $50M Housing Program to Get Homeless into Apartments — WSB-TV

A Strategy to Fight Homelessness in Our City — Reddit

Atlanta Makes Progress in Reducing Homelessness, but Safety Concerns Worsen Downtown — The Saporta Report

Torpy at Large: The Homeless Census, or Numbers You Can't Count On — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Shifts Strategy On Homelessness After Shelter Closure — WABE-FM

Atlanta Refused to Give up on Homelessness. It’s Working — The Christian Science Monitor    Joeff Davis/CL File IN THE HEART OF THE CITY: Homeless across the street from Atlanta's City Hall and one block from the Governor's Office, 2012.  0,0,10    homeless homelessness                             Homelessness in Atlanta "
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“We’re so happy to be able to present this show to Southern monster fans for another year,” says Taylor. “We hope to see a lot of new faces as well as old friends for the weekend!”

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“She fought for her life, for her country, for her community,” he tells a packed house at Upstairs Atlanta for a “La Chingona” party introducing the tequila brand to Atlanta.

“She paved the way so that tonight you can drink Riazul Tequila,” Orozco explains. “Almost 200 years ago, in the Mexican highlands of Jalisco, she fought with the rebels. Because of her valiant effort, and her courage, she was awarded 10,000 acres of land which she divided up with the insurgents after the war. Bless her, she kept 250 acres. Today, it’s now the home of the agave we use to make this tequila.”

When Orozco first saw the acreage, which had remained virtually untouched since first coming into his great grandmother’s possession, he believed it might be the perfect place to cultivate the blue agave plant. Years later, the fruits of his labor — Riazul Tequila Plata, Riazul Tequila Reposado, and Riazul Tequila Añejo — have proved his instincts were correct.

“This land is extremely high up,” he explains, “which fosters the complexity and offers a lot of minerals in the soil bed,” all of which, along “with the high content of fructose from the elevation,” enables Riazul to create “such a unique tequila.”

“La chingona” loosely translates to badass. In Atlanta, Orozco and his business partner, Adora Galas, chose to celebrate local Atlanta women who, in their opinion, are “trendsetters, showing resolve in the face of adversity,” and able “to break through barriers facing women and shape their city’s cultural landscape.”

You probably remember the first time you drank tequila. You licked some salt off your fist. Knocked back a shot of the pale, clear liquid. Grimaced. And quickly bit into a slice of lime. Such were the measures to which you would go to mask the bitterness of cheap tequila in exchange for the intoxicating effects of the agave plant. For years, cheap tequila was all you could find at your local package store. Even the top-shelf brands of only a few decades ago weren’t that good.

Like the role of women in society, things have changed.

Tequila is on the upswing, riding high in taste tests once reserved for the finer scotch, bourbon, and dark whiskies. Celebrities as diverse as George Clooney, The Rock, E-40, Justin Timberlake, and Carlos Santana have invested in Mexican distilleries or started their own. Now more of a sipping drink rather than a quick high — indeed, it’s only in the United States where the salt and lime ritual is adhered to — today’s tequila is smooth and refined. Taste is controlled as much by altitude as it is by the fermentation process, the type of cask in which it is stored, the length of maturation, and many other variables along the way.

Today, that is exactly what connoisseurs take into account when considering which brand of tequila to buy. Price might be a factor — conventional wisdom dictates the more expensive, the better, right? — but it comes down to taste. And the taste garnered from the agave plants cultivated on the land bestowed to Orozco’s great-grandmother, is why he chooses to recognize her legacy — indeed, her spirit — in promoting Riazul Tequila by celebrating local chingonas.

In Atlanta, they include:

Shannon S. Evans: The co-host for the event, Evans, who was responsible for the cocktails served at Upstairs Atlanta, opened the hip restaurant and bar Studio No. 7, which burned down opening night  2012. Undeterred, Evans rebuilt the nightspot, which she ran until closing it in June 2018. Evans now operates Holy Sip, a cocktail experience and beverage consulting company where she plans intimate international dinner parties and works with the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, the A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and The Soho House.


Monica Campana: The co-founder of “Living Walls, The City Speaks,” a nonprofit organization which seeks to promote, educate, and change perspectives towards public spaces through street art, Campana aims to bring together artists working in the public space (street artists, graffiti writers, etc.) with those who develop public spaces (urban planners, urban farmers, professors). Her efforts have proven highly successful, with the nonprofit operating at the intersection between economic development, art, and human service.

Lisa R. Hurd: The vice president of Capital Markets at RADCO, a real estate investment company, Hurd began her career in 2012 as an asset manager. Today, she oversees debt and equity capital markets and management strategies. In addition to her role at RADCO, she is the co-founder and current co-president of RENEW — Real Estate Network Empowering Women — whose mission is to inspire, empower, and advance women in commercial real estate finance. To date, RENEW has raised more than $200,000 to fund educational programing, networking opportunities, and scholarships for women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees relating to commercial real estate finance.

Karen Anderson: After spending a year living, working, and volunteering in Atlanta, Anderson decided she wanted to create a public art project — and Tiny Doors ATL, a series of small doors used as art installations around the city, was born. Bringing together some friends and her colleague (and mental health counselor and master crafter), Sarah Meng, they installed the first door together. Today, Karen does public speaking, corporate and private sculpture installations, and was the volunteer applied arts director for Girls Rock Camp ATL.

Dianna Settles: A Vietnamese-American artist and musician, Settles’ artwork has its roots in a 2014 trip to Vietnam, where, exploring her family’s heritage, she discovered artwork in which, for the first time, she could see herself. Drawn to a blend of traditional Vietnamese painting with classical influences of European colonization that mirrored her own mixed-race identity, Settles found that the “in-between-ness” of this work resonated, inspiring her to evoke a similar feeling in her own work as a way to reach others who also feel unseen. A believer in the presence of non-white bodies in works of art as a radical and historically important act, Settles hopes that through sharing her paintings and prints others will be able to follow her journey and, in doing so, feel encouraged to follow themselves.

Chef Jiyeon Lee: Known affectionately by fellow chefs as Jiji, Lee is a rock star in the kitchen, as anyone who has dined at her Heirloom Market BBQ — or feasted on the Heirloom Market tacos with spicy Korean pork and kimchee served at the Upstairs Atlanta party — can attest. A music superstar in her home country of South Korea, Lee traded the microphone for a carving knife to focus on her culinary talents. Fortunately, South Korea’s loss is Atlanta’s gain.


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“She fought for her life, for her country, for her community,” he tells a packed house at Upstairs Atlanta for a “La Chingona” party introducing the tequila brand to Atlanta.

“She paved the way so that tonight you can drink Riazul Tequila,” Orozco explains. “Almost 200 years ago, in the Mexican highlands of Jalisco, she fought with the rebels. Because of her valiant effort, and her courage, she was awarded 10,000 acres of land which she divided up with the insurgents after the war. Bless her, she kept 250 acres. Today, it’s now the home of the agave we use to make this tequila.”

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Like the role of women in society, things have changed.

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When Orozco first saw the acreage, which had remained virtually untouched since first coming into his great grandmother’s possession, he believed it might be the perfect place to cultivate the blue agave plant. Years later, the fruits of his labor — Riazul Tequila Plata, Riazul Tequila Reposado, and Riazul Tequila Añejo — have proved his instincts were correct.

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“La chingona” loosely translates to badass. In Atlanta, Orozco and his business partner, Adora Galas, chose to celebrate local Atlanta women who, in their opinion, are “trendsetters, showing resolve in the face of adversity,” and able “to break through barriers facing women and shape their city’s cultural landscape.”

You probably remember the first time you drank tequila. You licked some salt off your fist. Knocked back a shot of the pale, clear liquid. Grimaced. And quickly bit into a slice of lime. Such were the measures to which you would go to mask the bitterness of cheap tequila in exchange for the intoxicating effects of the agave plant. For years, cheap tequila was all you could find at your local package store. Even the top-shelf brands of only a few decades ago weren’t that good.

Like the role of women in society, things have changed.

Tequila is on the upswing, riding high in taste tests once reserved for the finer scotch, bourbon, and dark whiskies. Celebrities as diverse as George Clooney, The Rock, E-40, Justin Timberlake, and Carlos Santana have invested in Mexican distilleries or started their own. Now more of a sipping drink rather than a quick high — indeed, it’s only in the United States where the salt and lime ritual is adhered to — today’s tequila is smooth and refined. Taste is controlled as much by altitude as it is by the fermentation process, the type of cask in which it is stored, the length of maturation, and many other variables along the way.

Today, that is exactly what connoisseurs take into account when considering which brand of tequila to buy. Price might be a factor — conventional wisdom dictates the more expensive, the better, right? — but it comes down to taste. And the taste garnered from the agave plants cultivated on the land bestowed to Orozco’s great-grandmother, is why he chooses to recognize her legacy — indeed, her spirit — in promoting Riazul Tequila by celebrating local chingonas.

In Atlanta, they include:

Shannon S. Evans: The co-host for the event, Evans, who was responsible for the cocktails served at Upstairs Atlanta, opened the hip restaurant and bar Studio No. 7, which burned down opening night  2012. Undeterred, Evans rebuilt the nightspot, which she ran until closing it in June 2018. Evans now operates Holy Sip, a cocktail experience and beverage consulting company where she plans intimate international dinner parties and works with the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival, the A3C Hip Hop Festival, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and The Soho House.


Monica Campana: The co-founder of “Living Walls, The City Speaks,” a nonprofit organization which seeks to promote, educate, and change perspectives towards public spaces through street art, Campana aims to bring together artists working in the public space (street artists, graffiti writers, etc.) with those who develop public spaces (urban planners, urban farmers, professors). Her efforts have proven highly successful, with the nonprofit operating at the intersection between economic development, art, and human service.

Lisa R. Hurd: The vice president of Capital Markets at RADCO, a real estate investment company, Hurd began her career in 2012 as an asset manager. Today, she oversees debt and equity capital markets and management strategies. In addition to her role at RADCO, she is the co-founder and current co-president of RENEW — Real Estate Network Empowering Women — whose mission is to inspire, empower, and advance women in commercial real estate finance. To date, RENEW has raised more than $200,000 to fund educational programing, networking opportunities, and scholarships for women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees relating to commercial real estate finance.

Karen Anderson: After spending a year living, working, and volunteering in Atlanta, Anderson decided she wanted to create a public art project — and Tiny Doors ATL, a series of small doors used as art installations around the city, was born. Bringing together some friends and her colleague (and mental health counselor and master crafter), Sarah Meng, they installed the first door together. Today, Karen does public speaking, corporate and private sculpture installations, and was the volunteer applied arts director for Girls Rock Camp ATL.

Dianna Settles: A Vietnamese-American artist and musician, Settles’ artwork has its roots in a 2014 trip to Vietnam, where, exploring her family’s heritage, she discovered artwork in which, for the first time, she could see herself. Drawn to a blend of traditional Vietnamese painting with classical influences of European colonization that mirrored her own mixed-race identity, Settles found that the “in-between-ness” of this work resonated, inspiring her to evoke a similar feeling in her own work as a way to reach others who also feel unseen. A believer in the presence of non-white bodies in works of art as a radical and historically important act, Settles hopes that through sharing her paintings and prints others will be able to follow her journey and, in doing so, feel encouraged to follow themselves.

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I was struck by the sacrifices many local musicians make when first starting out, in order to create their art on their own terms, and thought about how Walls had done the same when he, Murray Attaway, Rhett Crowe, and John Poe first formed Guadalcanal Diary. They made the same sacrifices every musician wanting to be in a rock ’n’ roll band makes.

There are the obvious. Playing Tuesday nights at an empty club for no money, at least, not enough to cover the gas it took to get to the gig. Being late with rent (again). Choosing between creating music that expresses your inner feelings and playing songs that will get you booked into clubs that might pay you a decent wage, but never what you’re worth. Traveling long hours and too many miles to an out-of-town gig only to find out the promoter cancelled the show because of lack of ticket sales — and everyone in the van is hungry and tired. Getting the van stolen — with or without your gear in it.

Then there’s the not-so-obvious. Loss of benefits from what some would deem a “real” job: No taxes withheld on a regular basis. No health insurance. No retirement fund. All things of seemingly no consequence when you’re young, invincible, and ready to take on the world. But, if you’re lucky enough and determined enough to play music well past your 20s, into middle age and later, those things begin to add up. If you encounter a health crisis, you’re fucked.

But you keep on. You persist.

Walls not only learned how to live with the shortfalls of being a musician, he was able to overcome them, as well, leading a full, fruitful life, married, with children and grandchildren, family that was with him the afternoon he died at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Diagnosed with  “an extremely rare form of pulmonary hypertension know as PVOD: Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease, one so rare that it only affects one to two people out of ten million. It is caused by progressive blockages of the small capillaries in the lungs. This causes the heart to have to work harder, until eventual heart failure. There is no known cure or treatment,” other than possibly a double lung transplant, for which Walls was waiting.

With friends rallying to support him through a GoFundMe page, a series of benefit concerts, and other fundraising activities, I thought the Music Issue would be a good time to publish the unique perspective the Marietta native offered on what he learned being in bands, staying the course, and continuing to play long after others might have chosen to hang up the guitar and spend more time at home.

Though sage advice, what he learned in three decades of playing music was not included in the original article focused on the release of At your Birthday Party. His answer was forthright.

“The biggest lesson I learned was to follow my own muse and not take any bullshit off anybody,” the musician/producer told me. “I’ve never had any luck trying to second-guess public taste. The best work I’ve ever done, the only stuff that ever made much of an impression on anybody was the result of me trying to impress myself and no one else.

“I wouldn’t recognize a ‘hit’ if it walked up and bit me on the ass,” he continued, “But the music biz is full of self-appointed experts who think they have the magical ability to hear a hit 100 percent of the time. But because they aren’t creative visionaries, they can only relate to what sounds vaguely like a hit that they have already heard. If they could spot a hit every time, wouldn’t it stand to reason that everything they released would be a hit? It is important to remember that for every hit song, there was always some big-wig in charge who wanted to quash it. And for every horrible song that you can name, there was some idiot up the chain who was convinced it was a sure-fire hit. One should never underestimate the short-sighted fallacy of human thinking, especially when it comes down from people in high positions.

“The Woggles had an extremely strong work ethic when I joined the band as a card-carrying Woggle in 2003 (I had produced the bulk of The Woggles’ recordings beginning with their first single in 1990). But before I joined, they carried forth around the world in a ragtag operation, sleeping on floors, traveling in vans with no AC, and frequently resorting to using substitutes when a member’s personal commitments kept them from being able to make the gig.

“After eight years of touring worldwide with Guadalcanal Diary on a bigger level than The Woggles have ever done, Guadalcanal eventually arrived at a fairly civilized way of coping with the hardships of touring. I would like to think that my experience with touring has helped make life on the road a less stressful experience for The Woggles. I think that my influence has contributed to Woggles’ tours becoming more focused, streamlined operations. At the very least, since I joined, the audience could count on seeing the same four Woggles perform at every show.

“I also learned how important is to keep the label politics and music biz at arm’s distance. The Woggles are in the enviable position of being able to do exactly what we want to do. We are lucky to have very little outside interference, which allows us to focus on what we like about playing music for people. There is no pressure, no sense of being on a treadmill that is constantly in danger of spinning out of control. No one has any expectations of ever ‘making it big’; no one entertains any delusions of stardom. We do what we do only because we love it.”

Perhaps it’s the love Walls — also known as “Flesh Hammer,” his stage name in The Woggles — exuded onstage no matter who he played with that has caused such an outpouring of kindness from the friends, fans, and complete strangers who’ve pledged money on his GoFundMe page since his hospitalization over a month ago. According to Murray Attaway, Walls’ former Guadalcanal Diary bandmate and longtime friend, the response has been “overwhelming.”

Along with proceeds from the two “See My Friends” benefit concerts, now memorial concerts for the late guitarist, scheduled for June 7 at the Foundry in Athens and June 23 at the Earl, and the selling of “Flesh Hammer Strong” stickers, Attaway hopes a respectable dent will be made in the medical bills Walls incurred. Other benefits already planned, such as the “Night of Cocktails & Comedy” June 26 at the Old Fourth Ward Distillery, will continue to take place.

Once Attaway posted on his Facebook page Walls had passed, tributes from those the Athens musician knew or who he touched through his music began to fill the social media site. Those of us at Creative Loafing join them in extending our condolences to his wife Phyllis, his family, those he shared a stage with and those he guided in the studio. Everyone has a story about Jeff Walls. And they all have  something good to say about him. He was kind, considerate, funny, erudite. Everything you could ask for in a husband, father, friend and bandmate.

Who could ask for anything more?"
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I was struck by the sacrifices many local musicians make when first starting out, in order to create their art on their own terms, and thought about how Walls had done the same when he, Murray Attaway, Rhett Crowe, and John Poe first formed Guadalcanal Diary. They made the same sacrifices every musician wanting to be in a rock ’n’ roll band makes.

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With friends rallying to support him through a GoFundMe page, a series of benefit concerts, and other fundraising activities, I thought the Music Issue would be a good time to publish the unique perspective the Marietta native offered on what he learned being in bands, staying the course, and continuing to play long after others might have chosen to hang up the guitar and spend more time at home.

Though sage advice, what he learned in three decades of playing music was not included in the original article focused on the release of ''At your Birthday Party''. His answer was forthright.

“The biggest lesson I learned was to follow my own muse and not take any bullshit off anybody,” the musician/producer told me. “I’ve never had any luck trying to second-guess public taste. The best work I’ve ever done, the only stuff that ever made much of an impression on anybody was the result of me trying to impress myself and no one else.

“I wouldn’t recognize a ‘hit’ if it walked up and bit me on the ass,” he continued, “But the music biz is full of self-appointed experts who think they have the magical ability to hear a hit 100 percent of the time. But because they aren’t creative visionaries, they can only relate to what sounds vaguely like a hit that they have already heard. If they could spot a hit every time, wouldn’t it stand to reason that everything they released would be a hit? It is important to remember that for every hit song, there was always some big-wig in charge who wanted to quash it. And for every horrible song that you can name, there was some idiot up the chain who was convinced it was a sure-fire hit. One should never underestimate the short-sighted fallacy of human thinking, especially when it comes down from people in high positions.

“The Woggles had an extremely strong work ethic when I joined the band as a card-carrying Woggle in 2003 (I had produced the bulk of The Woggles’ recordings beginning with their first single in 1990). But before I joined, they carried forth around the world in a ragtag operation, sleeping on floors, traveling in vans with no AC, and frequently resorting to using substitutes when a member’s personal commitments kept them from being able to make the gig.

“After eight years of touring worldwide with Guadalcanal Diary on a bigger level than The Woggles have ever done, Guadalcanal eventually arrived at a fairly civilized way of coping with the hardships of touring. I would like to think that my experience with touring has helped make life on the road a less stressful experience for The Woggles. I think that my influence has contributed to Woggles’ tours becoming more focused, streamlined operations. At the very least, since I joined, the audience could count on seeing the same four Woggles perform at every show.

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having never heard any of their music before.  I bought 2 albums the next day.  They had a fill-in bass player at that show  
They said Rhett was away having a baby.  The irony is this show was at Duke Univ. outside on the quad.  The fact that Jeff 
died 30 years later just steps away from that spot where he blew my mind is a little emotional for me.  RIP guitar man. jeff walls guadalcanal diary the woggles The late guitarist had ‘the right stuff’ 18207  2019-05-30T20:25:47+00:00 Jeff Walls, 1956-2019 tony.paris@creativeloafing.com Tony Paris Tony Paris Tony Paris 2019-05-30T20:25:47+00:00  Jeff Walls passed away about the same time this piece was first being written. Working on the upcoming edition of Creative Loafing’s Music Issue, I remembered what the guitarist for Guadalcanal Diary, Hillbilly Frankenstein, Blasting Cap, and The Woggles told me last year when we were discussing a then-just released Guadalcanal Diary live album. I thought his words rang true then and now, as good advice for any musician reading the issue, whether just starting out, or still playing the road that goes on forever.

I was struck by the sacrifices many local musicians make when first starting out, in order to create their art on their own terms, and thought about how Walls had done the same when he, Murray Attaway, Rhett Crowe, and John Poe first formed Guadalcanal Diary. They made the same sacrifices every musician wanting to be in a rock ’n’ roll band makes.

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But you keep on. You persist.

Walls not only learned how to live with the shortfalls of being a musician, he was able to overcome them, as well, leading a full, fruitful life, married, with children and grandchildren, family that was with him the afternoon he died at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina. Diagnosed with  “an extremely rare form of pulmonary hypertension know as PVOD: Pulmonary Veno-Occlusive Disease, one so rare that it only affects one to two people out of ten million. It is caused by progressive blockages of the small capillaries in the lungs. This causes the heart to have to work harder, until eventual heart failure. There is no known cure or treatment,” other than possibly a double lung transplant, for which Walls was waiting.

With friends rallying to support him through a GoFundMe page, a series of benefit concerts, and other fundraising activities, I thought the Music Issue would be a good time to publish the unique perspective the Marietta native offered on what he learned being in bands, staying the course, and continuing to play long after others might have chosen to hang up the guitar and spend more time at home.

Though sage advice, what he learned in three decades of playing music was not included in the original article focused on the release of At your Birthday Party. His answer was forthright.

“The biggest lesson I learned was to follow my own muse and not take any bullshit off anybody,” the musician/producer told me. “I’ve never had any luck trying to second-guess public taste. The best work I’ve ever done, the only stuff that ever made much of an impression on anybody was the result of me trying to impress myself and no one else.

“I wouldn’t recognize a ‘hit’ if it walked up and bit me on the ass,” he continued, “But the music biz is full of self-appointed experts who think they have the magical ability to hear a hit 100 percent of the time. But because they aren’t creative visionaries, they can only relate to what sounds vaguely like a hit that they have already heard. If they could spot a hit every time, wouldn’t it stand to reason that everything they released would be a hit? It is important to remember that for every hit song, there was always some big-wig in charge who wanted to quash it. And for every horrible song that you can name, there was some idiot up the chain who was convinced it was a sure-fire hit. One should never underestimate the short-sighted fallacy of human thinking, especially when it comes down from people in high positions.

“The Woggles had an extremely strong work ethic when I joined the band as a card-carrying Woggle in 2003 (I had produced the bulk of The Woggles’ recordings beginning with their first single in 1990). But before I joined, they carried forth around the world in a ragtag operation, sleeping on floors, traveling in vans with no AC, and frequently resorting to using substitutes when a member’s personal commitments kept them from being able to make the gig.

“After eight years of touring worldwide with Guadalcanal Diary on a bigger level than The Woggles have ever done, Guadalcanal eventually arrived at a fairly civilized way of coping with the hardships of touring. I would like to think that my experience with touring has helped make life on the road a less stressful experience for The Woggles. I think that my influence has contributed to Woggles’ tours becoming more focused, streamlined operations. At the very least, since I joined, the audience could count on seeing the same four Woggles perform at every show.

“I also learned how important is to keep the label politics and music biz at arm’s distance. The Woggles are in the enviable position of being able to do exactly what we want to do. We are lucky to have very little outside interference, which allows us to focus on what we like about playing music for people. There is no pressure, no sense of being on a treadmill that is constantly in danger of spinning out of control. No one has any expectations of ever ‘making it big’; no one entertains any delusions of stardom. We do what we do only because we love it.”

Perhaps it’s the love Walls — also known as “Flesh Hammer,” his stage name in The Woggles — exuded onstage no matter who he played with that has caused such an outpouring of kindness from the friends, fans, and complete strangers who’ve pledged money on his GoFundMe page since his hospitalization over a month ago. According to Murray Attaway, Walls’ former Guadalcanal Diary bandmate and longtime friend, the response has been “overwhelming.”

Along with proceeds from the two “See My Friends” benefit concerts, now memorial concerts for the late guitarist, scheduled for June 7 at the Foundry in Athens and June 23 at the Earl, and the selling of “Flesh Hammer Strong” stickers, Attaway hopes a respectable dent will be made in the medical bills Walls incurred. Other benefits already planned, such as the “Night of Cocktails & Comedy” June 26 at the Old Fourth Ward Distillery, will continue to take place.

Once Attaway posted on his Facebook page Walls had passed, tributes from those the Athens musician knew or who he touched through his music began to fill the social media site. Those of us at Creative Loafing join them in extending our condolences to his wife Phyllis, his family, those he shared a stage with and those he guided in the studio. Everyone has a story about Jeff Walls. And they all have  something good to say about him. He was kind, considerate, funny, erudite. Everything you could ask for in a husband, father, friend and bandmate.

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The graphics, somewhat surrealist interpretations of the familiar juxtaposed with a red flower, were the work of therealfranktee, an otherwise unknown Atlanta artist, whose work is as comforting as it can be jarring.

Therealfranktee has come a long way since those Tuesday nights twelve months ago when Harper was previewing songs from his then about to be released album, Bleak Beauty. Indeed, Harper’s return to the stage proved to be a springboard for the prolific artist, who creates about five new works a week, launching his popularity into the stratosphere usually inhabited by the space-suited astronaut so often a cornerstone of his artwork.

The artist has taken his fifteen minutes and run with them. Tonight, May 2, he opens 378, a new art gallery on Clifton Road, around the corner from the Fellini's Pizza on McLendon Avenue in Candler Park.

Tonight’s opening will feature works by Tee, along with those of two other Atlanta-based artists, Anna Jensen and Ruth Franklin. Pieces from a series of postcard exchanges between artists Jack Logan and Kosmo Vinyl will also be on display.

The gallery will work as a pop-up space whenever the artists open the doors, with notices posted on Instagram and Facebook: @therealfranktee. Tonight’s opening promises to be something more than just an art exhibit. Music for the evening will be provided by Kevn Kinney and Friends. Kinney’s performance is not without reason. One of therealfranktee’s astronauts, holding a red flower, appears on the cover of Live The Love Beautiful, Drivin N Cryin’s new album, to be released June 21. It was through Harper that Kinney decided DNC should use Tee’s art for the album, the various components he provided incorporated in the package by art director Susan Archie at the World of AnArchie. Archie, a three-time Grammy winner, also designed Harper’s Bleak Beauty, the album that prompted him to organize last year’s successful Tuesday nights in May.

If such artistic incestuous isn’t enough for you, it was Harper who urged therealfranktee to open 378, reason enough for Harper to also be performing tonight.

Tee says the purpose of the gallery is “evolving,” but that his main hope is to provide a place for “local artists and musicians who need a space for a week or two, and to provide it to them if they are able to cover the operating expenses only while they are there.”

The artist/gallery operator says his art “will most likely always be represented, unless someone wants to take it down for their show.” Tee “encourages artists to reach out to book space to make sure the it gets used. The main goal of 378 is to help lift and build artists and musicians of all kinds,” he says. “I don’t have a plan. It’s just seeing where and how it evolves."

Tonight, he explains, “the artists will keep all proceeds from their sales. If money is donated for refreshments or at the door, after operating expenses are covered, those proceeds will be donated to a charity.”

Tee says that hopefully, once 378 is hosting pop-ups on a regular basis, more  I have a few ideas for  we have a few ideas as to what charity or school we will give the proceeds to after expenses.

The artists exhibiting at the opening were chosen because “they are who are in my life at the moment.” Tee moves in impressive circles. Ruth Franklin was voted “Best Established Visual Artist” by readers of Creative Loafing in 2014. Anna Jensen’s work has been commissioned by the Plaza Hotel in New York. Both artists have exhibited on the two sides of the Atlantic.

Kosmo Vinyl, one-time manager of The Clash, has been exhibiting the world over, including at Shawn Vinson’s Different Trains Gallery in Decatur. Vinyl has also been co-conspirator with Harper on a number of projects. He produced Drivin N Cryin’s 1997 self-titled album, released on Harper’s Casino Music label, recently remastered, retitled and re-released as Too Late to Turn Back Now. Perhaps it is Vinyl’s collaboration with Athens musician and artist Jack Logan that brings this party full-circle. Logan created the comic book that accompanied Doug, the second album by Harper’s first band, The Coolies. It was Logan’s clay figure Frank, from his album Bulk, which first inspired therealfranktee.

He explains. “He Logan made these little yellow clay figurines for his album Bulk. I have one. After collecting all types of art for 30 years or more, I started taking photos of Frank. Then I made stencils of him. Then drawings. After that, I started making the posters for Clay’s shows at Avondale Towne Cinema. Since then, I have become obsessed.

“The main reason I did Drivin N Cryin’s new album cover is because Clay has a lot of my stuff hanging in his house and Kevn saw it. It seems Kevn and I rode on the same spaceship at some point in 1985.

Tee describes his work as “fun. Really, it’s whatever makes me happy. I’m not sure if it fits in or not but it’s colorful, fun and open.” That attitude is why the flower has become so much a part of his paintings. “I thought it just made everything happy.

“One more thing about the flower,” he adds. “My ant was Japanese and barely spoke English. She adopted me as a child when i was getting off drugs. Before she died, she painted a water color for me. It was a red poppy so that’s the flower I paint. She was a saint. If we could all have grace and mercy like her, traffic wouldn’t be so bad in this town.”

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Tee says the purpose of the gallery is “evolving,” but that his main hope is to provide a place for “local artists and musicians who need a space for a week or two, and to provide it to them if they are able to cover the operating expenses only while they are there.”

The artist/gallery operator says his art “will most likely always be represented, unless someone wants to take it down for their show.” Tee “encourages artists to reach out to book space to make sure the it gets used. The main goal of 378 is to help lift and build artists and musicians of all kinds,” he says. “I don’t have a plan. It’s just seeing where and how it evolves."

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Tee says that hopefully, once 378 is hosting pop-ups on a regular basis, more  I have a few ideas for  we have a few ideas as to what charity or school we will give the proceeds to after expenses.

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[https://games.lol/|PC Games Download]  The new gallery in Candler Park is a ‘pop-up shop’ for local artists; Kevn Kinney and Clay Harper provide the soundtrack for tonight's opening 17056  2019-05-02T13:58:42+00:00 HIGH FREQUENCIES: 378 — Art for art’s sake tony.paris@creativeloafing.com Tony Paris Tony Paris Tony Paris 2019-05-02T13:58:42+00:00  If you were taking in the sensory overload that was Clay Harper hosting his Tuesday nights in May residency at the Avondale Town Cinema last year, you will recall each night had it’s own series of art work promoting the music, art and social discourse.

The graphics, somewhat surrealist interpretations of the familiar juxtaposed with a red flower, were the work of therealfranktee, an otherwise unknown Atlanta artist, whose work is as comforting as it can be jarring.

Therealfranktee has come a long way since those Tuesday nights twelve months ago when Harper was previewing songs from his then about to be released album, Bleak Beauty. Indeed, Harper’s return to the stage proved to be a springboard for the prolific artist, who creates about five new works a week, launching his popularity into the stratosphere usually inhabited by the space-suited astronaut so often a cornerstone of his artwork.

The artist has taken his fifteen minutes and run with them. Tonight, May 2, he opens 378, a new art gallery on Clifton Road, around the corner from the Fellini's Pizza on McLendon Avenue in Candler Park.

Tonight’s opening will feature works by Tee, along with those of two other Atlanta-based artists, Anna Jensen and Ruth Franklin. Pieces from a series of postcard exchanges between artists Jack Logan and Kosmo Vinyl will also be on display.

The gallery will work as a pop-up space whenever the artists open the doors, with notices posted on Instagram and Facebook: @therealfranktee. Tonight’s opening promises to be something more than just an art exhibit. Music for the evening will be provided by Kevn Kinney and Friends. Kinney’s performance is not without reason. One of therealfranktee’s astronauts, holding a red flower, appears on the cover of Live The Love Beautiful, Drivin N Cryin’s new album, to be released June 21. It was through Harper that Kinney decided DNC should use Tee’s art for the album, the various components he provided incorporated in the package by art director Susan Archie at the World of AnArchie. Archie, a three-time Grammy winner, also designed Harper’s Bleak Beauty, the album that prompted him to organize last year’s successful Tuesday nights in May.

If such artistic incestuous isn’t enough for you, it was Harper who urged therealfranktee to open 378, reason enough for Harper to also be performing tonight.

Tee says the purpose of the gallery is “evolving,” but that his main hope is to provide a place for “local artists and musicians who need a space for a week or two, and to provide it to them if they are able to cover the operating expenses only while they are there.”

The artist/gallery operator says his art “will most likely always be represented, unless someone wants to take it down for their show.” Tee “encourages artists to reach out to book space to make sure the it gets used. The main goal of 378 is to help lift and build artists and musicians of all kinds,” he says. “I don’t have a plan. It’s just seeing where and how it evolves."

Tonight, he explains, “the artists will keep all proceeds from their sales. If money is donated for refreshments or at the door, after operating expenses are covered, those proceeds will be donated to a charity.”

Tee says that hopefully, once 378 is hosting pop-ups on a regular basis, more  I have a few ideas for  we have a few ideas as to what charity or school we will give the proceeds to after expenses.

The artists exhibiting at the opening were chosen because “they are who are in my life at the moment.” Tee moves in impressive circles. Ruth Franklin was voted “Best Established Visual Artist” by readers of Creative Loafing in 2014. Anna Jensen’s work has been commissioned by the Plaza Hotel in New York. Both artists have exhibited on the two sides of the Atlantic.

Kosmo Vinyl, one-time manager of The Clash, has been exhibiting the world over, including at Shawn Vinson’s Different Trains Gallery in Decatur. Vinyl has also been co-conspirator with Harper on a number of projects. He produced Drivin N Cryin’s 1997 self-titled album, released on Harper’s Casino Music label, recently remastered, retitled and re-released as Too Late to Turn Back Now. Perhaps it is Vinyl’s collaboration with Athens musician and artist Jack Logan that brings this party full-circle. Logan created the comic book that accompanied Doug, the second album by Harper’s first band, The Coolies. It was Logan’s clay figure Frank, from his album Bulk, which first inspired therealfranktee.

He explains. “He Logan made these little yellow clay figurines for his album Bulk. I have one. After collecting all types of art for 30 years or more, I started taking photos of Frank. Then I made stencils of him. Then drawings. After that, I started making the posters for Clay’s shows at Avondale Towne Cinema. Since then, I have become obsessed.

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Tee describes his work as “fun. Really, it’s whatever makes me happy. I’m not sure if it fits in or not but it’s colorful, fun and open.” That attitude is why the flower has become so much a part of his paintings. “I thought it just made everything happy.

“One more thing about the flower,” he adds. “My ant was Japanese and barely spoke English. She adopted me as a child when i was getting off drugs. Before she died, she painted a water color for me. It was a red poppy so that’s the flower I paint. She was a saint. If we could all have grace and mercy like her, traffic wouldn’t be so bad in this town.”

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The Breeze Kings were happy to announce on their Facebook page that old friend Coy Bowles of the Zac Brown Band stopped in the Northside Tavern Thursday, Jan. 31, bringing with him a couple of friends, Laur Joamets (Little Joe) of Drivin N Cryin and Dave Grohl, who some of you may know from the Foo Fighters, the band in the ATL for a Super Saturday performance at a makeshift venue built at Atlantic Station. You never know who is going to show up at the Northside’s Thursday night blues parties.

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A powerful image, alright. Iconic. I remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck as I watched the two men raise their black-gloved fists, the event being broadcast into my family’s living room from over 1,300 miles away.
Today, nowhere do sports and justice come together more than here in the birthplace of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the home of the civil rights moment. With Atlanta’s hosting of Super Bowl LIII at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium only weeks away, the themes weave themselves into the fabric of our city, from the High Museum of Art to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and into the streets with the WonderRoot murals project.
The High Museum of Art exhibit, “With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith,” presents a years-long collaboration between the Los Angeles-based conceptual artist and the U.S. gold medal Olympic winner who captured our attention with his silent gesture in 1968.
Smith, a California transplant now living in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is an affable and erudite man who sometimes refers to himself in the third person. Indeed, with the passage of time, it’s easy to understand how the 74-year-old retired college professor might look back and see a different person in the 24-year-old who first broke the 200-meter sprint record in 19.83 seconds, but once Smith starts talking, it’s evident they are one and the same.
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“Growth, personal growth, is the magical idea of moving forward,” Smith says. “In terms of our youth of today, yes, 50 years is a long time, but given our history, it’s short, really. Taking a knee, taking a stand of any kind is a beginning. It’s not an end. I took a stand, and I’m proud of the young athletes now.
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What Smith is saying is something the ancient Greeks also believed to be important, that the greatest athletes were of sound body and mind.
He continues, “Too much of anything, I believe, is not good, and too little of the same, I also believe, is just as bad. We’re living in a sphere, a rolling ball. You roll too far, you’re going to go roll off into the water, you don’t roll enough you’re going to be in the desert. So where would you rather be? I would rather be someplace on that sphere where I can survive, but that survival should be of my own intentions. Of doing something good.


“I believe that moving forward takes so much effort and sacrifice, so much effort and thought, that a lot of us don’t want to deal with things that are good. Good takes time. It is a construction phase, such as the exhibit down at the High. That’s my inner feeling. No one has ever asked me about my feeling on the inside, only why I did what I did. And I don’t come up with the right answer, most of the time, why Tommie did what he did on the victory podium. It was a feeling of sacrifice. A feeling of need. And I think that’s the very thing that we sometimes forget. 
“For every action, there is a reaction, and if you’re not prepared for that reaction, then there is a problem. The attack phase is very, very weak. I think 1968 was a start, a start of athletes taking a stand. The athletes doing something good. Of course we are going to be questioned [[his  emphasis]. If we were not questioned, then I would think society to be just as weak as we are strong. As I say, too much of anything is not good, too little of the same is bad. We must be strong enough to deal with the reality of right and wrong. I’m happy that we started in ’68 — the recorded start in ‘68 — because everyone one remembers that stand. But there were a lot of athletes before me who took a stand, but had no way to expound upon it. They had no platform to do so.”
It’s obvious that it took a lot of courage for Smith to raise his fist and bow his head in 1968. But to take off his running shoes and take his place on the podium in black socks, wearing beads around his neck (shoeless to acknowledge the poverty of African Americans at the time; the beads symbolic of the lynchings of America’s Jim Crow past, he explained shortly after the ceremony), also took a lot of introspection. What was going through his mind at the time?
“It’s my time to speak,” Smith explains. “I did very little talking, and no speaking, really, during my college days, especially on the field. I let my feelings be known through my actions on the field. I still believe that the picture is much stronger than the words that can be used to explain it.
“It is the responsibility of those who are in power (to speak out). And I was in power at that time, that power was on the field of play, and my soul needed some type of ending, some type of connection to that power I had on that field of play. And that was with people. I’m a people person — and I had to think about people when I had a platform. And I’m still doing it. I became a school teacher because I wanted to teach. And that’s what I taught in my classrooms from fifth grade to Oberlin College, to Santa Monica College. Off the field, for me now, is at the High Museum. That exhibit is Tommie’s insides.”
Of course, he’s referring to the High Museum of Art exhibit that has been open since September and will continue through February 3. It’s an impressive collaboration of sculpture and documentary, including items from Smith’s personal archives. Highlighted by Kaino’s “Bridge” (2014), a 100-foot-long floating sculpture comprised of gold-painted casts of Smith’s arm and extended fist, the exhibit offers a rare glimpse into Smith and the moment in time which still resonates with us today.
I wondered if Smith believes athletes today enter professional sports to excel, to prove themselves to be the best, or if perhaps the lure of celebrity and financial gain, thanks to corporate sponsorships, has taken their eyes off the prize. 
“Again, we are talking about collaboration,” Smith says. “It’s both, money and position. Of course, a lot of it’s fanfare, but you have to sift through things to find out if it has a soul. Or if it has a heart. This movement of man certainly has a heart, but is that heart pure? Is that heart sound enough for the youth to follow? It takes us all to work through this thing, to make a sacrificial effort of G-O-O-D. Good. And which would you rather do? I don’t want to run with the bad. I’m fighting against that. Bad has a lot of different tentacles. I fight as hard as I can to make that difference.”
And what does Smith think of Atlanta being chosen as the site of Super Bowl LIII, especially after a tumultuous year that has pitted players against owners, the person occupying the White House against the football league, and fans against each other?
“The place of play of Super Bowls, wherever it’s played, is always on  people’s minds — why there? I think the Super Bowl being here is really important, Atlanta being the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the historical background as a place of the civil rights movement. It gives a credence to the Super Bowl, not that it was picked for that reason, but it is important because an historical portion of American power comes from Atlanta. One is not dependent on the other, but there is a lot here to see. A lot to learn from.” -CL-

!!Outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium – What to do
!!!With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith.
 High Museum of Art, Opening times: 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, 12 p.m., Sunday.Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m. January 10 through February 3. 

!!!Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a traveling exhibition that pays homage to athletes who have inspired civil and human rights reform and brought change in the world of sports and beyond. Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, Venus Williams, and Jesse Owens are among the legendary athletes featured, but contemporary athletes facing obstacles such as racism, disabilities, gender discrimination, and sexual orientation will also be recognized. Januray 23 through March 29.

!!!Off the Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey. 
Local arts and culture organization WonderRoot has partnered with the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee to create Off the Wall, a citywide art initiative that aims to generate and elevate conversations about the history and continuing journey of the progression of civil rights in Atlanta. By using murals and community conversation, Off the Wall draws focus to Atlanta’s storied history of progress and social justice, illuminating the crucial role Atlanta plays in the past, present, and future regarding the advancement of civil and human rights. The murals have been slated for installation in the neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue, Ashview Heights, and Castleberry Hill that surround Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Sweet Auburn corridor, and the downtown district, between June 2018 and February 2019. Concepts and basis for the murals were formed at “community conversations,” where Off the Wall discussed and conferred with over 1,000 Atlantans in order to guarantee proper tribute to the city and its people. These ideas were refined at several feedback sessions to ensure maximum community satisfaction. January 10 – ongoing.

Eleven artists have been hand selected to carry out the artwork: Brandan “Bmike” Odums- New Orleans, Yehimi A. Cambrón-  Morelia, Mexico/Atlanta, Sheila Pree Bright- Atlanta, Gilbert Young- Atlanta, Ernest Shaw- Baltimore, Charmaine Minniefield- Atlanta, Muhammad Yungai- Atlanta, Gaia- Baltimore, Reginald “L.E.O.” O’Neal- Miami, Shanequa Gay- Atlanta, The Loss Prevention Arts Collective- Atlanta.


 


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The silence gave way to shouts of outrage and prayers of reverence, the actions of the two athletes sparking a dialog that continues today. Fifty years later, the United States is still one nation, seeking liberty and justice for all, and while a lot has changed, much has not. NFL football players, borrowing a gesture from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., still find the need to take a knee when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is performed before American football games, provoking outrage from some while gaining the respect of others.
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A powerful image, alright. Iconic. I remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck as I watched the two men raise their black-gloved fists, the event being broadcast into my family’s living room from over 1,300 miles away.
Today, nowhere do sports and justice come together more than here in the birthplace of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the home of the civil rights moment. With Atlanta’s hosting of Super Bowl LIII at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium only weeks away, the themes weave themselves into the fabric of our city, from the High Museum of Art to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and into the streets with the WonderRoot murals project.
The High Museum of Art exhibit, “With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith,” presents a years-long collaboration between the Los Angeles-based conceptual artist and the U.S. gold medal Olympic winner who captured our attention with his silent gesture in 1968.
Smith, a California transplant now living in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is an affable and erudite man who sometimes refers to himself in the third person. Indeed, with the passage of time, it’s easy to understand how the 74-year-old retired college professor might look back and see a different person in the 24-year-old who first broke the 200-meter sprint record in 19.83 seconds, but once Smith starts talking, it’s evident they are one and the same.
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“Growth, personal growth, is the magical idea of moving forward,” Smith says. “In terms of our youth of today, yes, 50 years is a long time, but given our history, it’s short, really. Taking a knee, taking a stand of any kind is a beginning. It’s not an end. I took a stand, and I’m proud of the young athletes now.
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What Smith is saying is something the ancient Greeks also believed to be important, that the greatest athletes were of sound body and mind.
He continues, “Too much of anything, I believe, is not good, and too little of the same, I also believe, is just as bad. We’re living in a sphere, a rolling ball. You roll too far, you’re going to go roll off into the water, you don’t roll enough you’re going to be in the desert. So where would you rather be? I would rather be someplace on that sphere where I can survive, but that survival should be of my own intentions. Of doing something good.

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It’s obvious that it took a lot of courage for Smith to raise his fist and bow his head in 1968. But to take off his running shoes and take his place on the podium in black socks, wearing beads around his neck (shoeless to acknowledge the poverty of African Americans at the time; the beads symbolic of the lynchings of America’s Jim Crow past, he explained shortly after the ceremony), also took a lot of introspection. What was going through his mind at the time?
“It’s my time to speak,” Smith explains. “I did very little talking, and no speaking, really, during my college days, especially on the field. I let my feelings be known through my actions on the field. I still believe that the picture is much stronger than the words that can be used to explain it.
“It is the responsibility of those who are in power (to speak out). And I was in power at that time, that power was on the field of play, and my soul needed some type of ending, some type of connection to that power I had on that field of play. And that was with people. I’m a people person — and I had to think about people when I had a platform. And I’m still doing it. I became a school teacher because I wanted to teach. And that’s what I taught in my classrooms from fifth grade to Oberlin College, to Santa Monica College. Off the field, for me now, is at the High Museum. That exhibit is Tommie’s insides.”
Of course, he’s referring to the High Museum of Art exhibit that has been open since September and will continue through February 3. It’s an impressive collaboration of sculpture and documentary, including items from Smith’s personal archives. Highlighted by Kaino’s “Bridge” (2014), a 100-foot-long floating sculpture comprised of gold-painted casts of Smith’s arm and extended fist, the exhibit offers a rare glimpse into Smith and the moment in time which still resonates with us today.
I wondered if Smith believes athletes today enter professional sports to excel, to prove themselves to be the best, or if perhaps the lure of celebrity and financial gain, thanks to corporate sponsorships, has taken their eyes off the prize. 
“Again, we are talking about collaboration,” Smith says. “It’s both, money and position. Of course, a lot of it’s fanfare, but you have to sift through things to find out if it has a soul. Or if it has a heart. This movement of man certainly has a heart, but is that heart pure? Is that heart sound enough for the youth to follow? It takes us all to work through this thing, to make a sacrificial effort of G-O-O-D. Good. And which would you rather do? I don’t want to run with the bad. I’m fighting against that. Bad has a lot of different tentacles. I fight as hard as I can to make that difference.”
And what does Smith think of Atlanta being chosen as the site of Super Bowl LIII, especially after a tumultuous year that has pitted players against owners, the person occupying the White House against the football league, and fans against each other?
“The place of play of Super Bowls, wherever it’s played, is always on  people’s minds — why there? I think the Super Bowl being here is really important, Atlanta being the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the historical background as a place of the civil rights movement. It gives a credence to the Super Bowl, not that it was picked for that reason, but it is important because an historical portion of American power comes from Atlanta. One is not dependent on the other, but there is a lot here to see. A lot to learn from.” __-CL-__

!!__Outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium – What to do__
!!!__With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith.__
 High Museum of Art, Opening times: 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, 12 p.m., Sunday.Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m. January 10 through February 3. 

!!!__Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.__
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a traveling exhibition that pays homage to athletes who have inspired civil and human rights reform and brought change in the world of sports and beyond. Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, Venus Williams, and Jesse Owens are among the legendary athletes featured, but contemporary athletes facing obstacles such as racism, disabilities, gender discrimination, and sexual orientation will also be recognized. Januray 23 through March 29.

!!!__Off the Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey. __
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Eleven artists have been hand selected to carry out the artwork: Brandan “Bmike” Odums- New Orleans, Yehimi A. Cambrón-  Morelia, Mexico/Atlanta, Sheila Pree Bright- Atlanta, Gilbert Young- Atlanta, Ernest Shaw- Baltimore, Charmaine Minniefield- Atlanta, Muhammad Yungai- Atlanta, Gaia- Baltimore, Reginald “L.E.O.” O’Neal- Miami, Shanequa Gay- Atlanta, The Loss Prevention Arts Collective- Atlanta.

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Super Bowl Experience, $40-$55, Georgia World Congress Center, 10 a.m. 
Off The Field Players’ Wives Association FASHION SHOW 2019, TBA, Shops of Buckhead, Atlanta, 12 p.m.
Super Bowl Live Presented by Verizon, Free, Centennial Hall, 2 p.m.  
First and Goal Comedy Bowl, Free, College Football Hall of Fame, 8 p.m. 
Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest: Aerosmith with Post Malone, $100-$950, State Farm Arena, 9 p.m. 
Shaq’s Fun House with interactive circus. Tickets start at $299.99, Battery, Atlanta, 9 p.m.
Game Love and Hennessy, Free to $109.00, Atrium Event Center, 9 p.m. 
__Saturday, February 2:__ 
Super Bowl Breakfast, $200-$2500, Atlanta Marriott Marquis. 8 a.m.
Super Bowl Experience, $40-$55, Georgia World Congress Center, 10 a.m.  
World’s Largest Tailgate: A Tailgate with a Mission, Free with registration, Georgia International Convention Center, 10 a.m.
Super Bowl Live Presented by Verizon, Free, Centennial Hall, 11 a.m. 
Atlanta Big Game Day Party, $10-$160, 5 Seasons Brewing Company, Westside Atlanta, 4 p.m.
Taste of the NFL, $700.00, Cobb Galleria Centre, 7 p.m. 
2019 Maxim Super Bowl Party, TBD, The Fairmont, 9 p.m.
The Big Game Weekend, the ATL’s all-inclusive party, $150-$1200, Ambient + Studio, 9 p.m.
Super Saturday featuring Foo Fighters and Run The Jewels, sold-out, Atlantic Station, 9 p.m.
Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest: Bruno Mars and Cardi B., $150-$1,550, State Farm Arena, 9 p.m.
ESP 101 [[Learn to Believe], Big Game Party, $50 - $100, IRIS (aka Rush Lounge), 9 p.m.
__Sunday, February 3:__
The Big Game Party, $5-$20, Genesis, The Chamber, 11 a.m.-11 p.m..
Cheer and Beers: The Big Game, $89, Dantanna’s, Buckhead, 12 p.m. 
Super Bowl Experience , $40-$55, Georgia World Congress Center, 2 p.m. 
Salvatore Ferragamo Big Day Party, $400, Antica Posta Restaurant, 5 p.m. 
The Big Game Watch Party, No Cover, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, Highland Ave, 6:30 p.m.
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Raising a fits for justice
 It is a moment those who witnessed firsthand, whether live at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, or on television, will never forget. Tommie Smith and John Carlos, winners of the gold and bronze medals respectively in the 200-meter sprint, bowed their heads and raised their fists to God during the awards ceremony. Fifty thousand people at Estadio Olímpico Universitario went silent as the two U.S. athletes stood on the podium, protesting the disparity between whites and African Americans in this country. 
The silence gave way to shouts of outrage and prayers of reverence, the actions of the two athletes sparking a dialog that continues today. Fifty years later, the United States is still one nation, seeking liberty and justice for all, and while a lot has changed, much has not. NFL football players, borrowing a gesture from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., still find the need to take a knee when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is performed before American football games, provoking outrage from some while gaining the respect of others.
Smith and Carlos were not the first athletes to speak out about civil rights, about human rights. Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali immediately come to mind. But Smith and Carlos were the first to do so with the whole world watching. At the Olympics. Without saying a word.
A powerful image, alright. Iconic. I remember the hair standing up on the back of my neck as I watched the two men raise their black-gloved fists, the event being broadcast into my family’s living room from over 1,300 miles away.
Today, nowhere do sports and justice come together more than here in the birthplace of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the home of the civil rights moment. With Atlanta’s hosting of Super Bowl LIII at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium only weeks away, the themes weave themselves into the fabric of our city, from the High Museum of Art to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and into the streets with the WonderRoot murals project.
The High Museum of Art exhibit, “With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino & Tommie Smith,” presents a years-long collaboration between the Los Angeles-based conceptual artist and the U.S. gold medal Olympic winner who captured our attention with his silent gesture in 1968.
Smith, a California transplant now living in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is an affable and erudite man who sometimes refers to himself in the third person. Indeed, with the passage of time, it’s easy to understand how the 74-year-old retired college professor might look back and see a different person in the 24-year-old who first broke the 200-meter sprint record in 19.83 seconds, but once Smith starts talking, it’s evident they are one and the same.
When asked if he thinks there are similarities in his actions of 1968 and those of football players today, Smith offers a unique observation, answering in a roundabout way that those who know him expect, but may catch someone just meeting him off guard.
“Growth, personal growth, is the magical idea of moving forward,” Smith says. “In terms of our youth of today, yes, 50 years is a long time, but given our history, it’s short, really. Taking a knee, taking a stand of any kind is a beginning. It’s not an end. I took a stand, and I’m proud of the young athletes now.
“But you know, Tony, when we take a stand, when we take a knee, it must start in the mind, the mind and body growing in the same direction. ‘Why am I doing this? Am I for real doing this? Let me take a check on my feelings.’ There’s more than just taking a stand. There’s why I should take a stand. That’s where I see the growth has really bloomed since 50 years ago.”
What Smith is saying is something the ancient Greeks also believed to be important, that the greatest athletes were of sound body and mind.
He continues, “Too much of anything, I believe, is not good, and too little of the same, I also believe, is just as bad. We’re living in a sphere, a rolling ball. You roll too far, you’re going to go roll off into the water, you don’t roll enough you’re going to be in the desert. So where would you rather be? I would rather be someplace on that sphere where I can survive, but that survival should be of my own intentions. Of doing something good.


“I believe that moving forward takes so much effort and sacrifice, so much effort and thought, that a lot of us don’t want to deal with things that are good. Good takes time. It is a construction phase, such as the exhibit down at the High. That’s my inner feeling. No one has ever asked me about my feeling on the inside, only why I did what I did. And I don’t come up with the right answer, most of the time, why Tommie did what he did on the victory podium. It was a feeling of sacrifice. A feeling of need. And I think that’s the very thing that we sometimes forget. 
“For every action, there is a reaction, and if you’re not prepared for that reaction, then there is a problem. The attack phase is very, very weak. I think 1968 was a start, a start of athletes taking a stand. The athletes doing something good. Of course we are going to be questioned [[his  emphasis]. If we were not questioned, then I would think society to be just as weak as we are strong. As I say, too much of anything is not good, too little of the same is bad. We must be strong enough to deal with the reality of right and wrong. I’m happy that we started in ’68 — the recorded start in ‘68 — because everyone one remembers that stand. But there were a lot of athletes before me who took a stand, but had no way to expound upon it. They had no platform to do so.”
It’s obvious that it took a lot of courage for Smith to raise his fist and bow his head in 1968. But to take off his running shoes and take his place on the podium in black socks, wearing beads around his neck (shoeless to acknowledge the poverty of African Americans at the time; the beads symbolic of the lynchings of America’s Jim Crow past, he explained shortly after the ceremony), also took a lot of introspection. What was going through his mind at the time?
“It’s my time to speak,” Smith explains. “I did very little talking, and no speaking, really, during my college days, especially on the field. I let my feelings be known through my actions on the field. I still believe that the picture is much stronger than the words that can be used to explain it.
“It is the responsibility of those who are in power (to speak out). And I was in power at that time, that power was on the field of play, and my soul needed some type of ending, some type of connection to that power I had on that field of play. And that was with people. I’m a people person — and I had to think about people when I had a platform. And I’m still doing it. I became a school teacher because I wanted to teach. And that’s what I taught in my classrooms from fifth grade to Oberlin College, to Santa Monica College. Off the field, for me now, is at the High Museum. That exhibit is Tommie’s insides.”
Of course, he’s referring to the High Museum of Art exhibit that has been open since September and will continue through February 3. It’s an impressive collaboration of sculpture and documentary, including items from Smith’s personal archives. Highlighted by Kaino’s “Bridge” (2014), a 100-foot-long floating sculpture comprised of gold-painted casts of Smith’s arm and extended fist, the exhibit offers a rare glimpse into Smith and the moment in time which still resonates with us today.
I wondered if Smith believes athletes today enter professional sports to excel, to prove themselves to be the best, or if perhaps the lure of celebrity and financial gain, thanks to corporate sponsorships, has taken their eyes off the prize. 
“Again, we are talking about collaboration,” Smith says. “It’s both, money and position. Of course, a lot of it’s fanfare, but you have to sift through things to find out if it has a soul. Or if it has a heart. This movement of man certainly has a heart, but is that heart pure? Is that heart sound enough for the youth to follow? It takes us all to work through this thing, to make a sacrificial effort of G-O-O-D. Good. And which would you rather do? I don’t want to run with the bad. I’m fighting against that. Bad has a lot of different tentacles. I fight as hard as I can to make that difference.”
And what does Smith think of Atlanta being chosen as the site of Super Bowl LIII, especially after a tumultuous year that has pitted players against owners, the person occupying the White House against the football league, and fans against each other?
“The place of play of Super Bowls, wherever it’s played, is always on  people’s minds — why there? I think the Super Bowl being here is really important, Atlanta being the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the historical background as a place of the civil rights movement. It gives a credence to the Super Bowl, not that it was picked for that reason, but it is important because an historical portion of American power comes from Atlanta. One is not dependent on the other, but there is a lot here to see. A lot to learn from.” -CL-

!!Outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium – What to do
!!!With Drawn Arms: Glenn Kaino and Tommie Smith.
 High Museum of Art, Opening times: 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, 12 p.m., Sunday.Mon.-Fri., 12 p.m. January 10 through February 3. 

!!!Breaking Barriers: Sports for Change, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
National Center for Civil and Human Rights, a traveling exhibition that pays homage to athletes who have inspired civil and human rights reform and brought change in the world of sports and beyond. Muhammad Ali, Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King, Venus Williams, and Jesse Owens are among the legendary athletes featured, but contemporary athletes facing obstacles such as racism, disabilities, gender discrimination, and sexual orientation will also be recognized. Januray 23 through March 29.

!!!Off the Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights and Social Justice Journey. 
Local arts and culture organization WonderRoot has partnered with the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee to create Off the Wall, a citywide art initiative that aims to generate and elevate conversations about the history and continuing journey of the progression of civil rights in Atlanta. By using murals and community conversation, Off the Wall draws focus to Atlanta’s storied history of progress and social justice, illuminating the crucial role Atlanta plays in the past, present, and future regarding the advancement of civil and human rights. The murals have been slated for installation in the neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue, Ashview Heights, and Castleberry Hill that surround Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Sweet Auburn corridor, and the downtown district, between June 2018 and February 2019. Concepts and basis for the murals were formed at “community conversations,” where Off the Wall discussed and conferred with over 1,000 Atlantans in order to guarantee proper tribute to the city and its people. These ideas were refined at several feedback sessions to ensure maximum community satisfaction. January 10 – ongoing.

Eleven artists have been hand selected to carry out the artwork: Brandan “Bmike” Odums- New Orleans, Yehimi A. Cambrón-  Morelia, Mexico/Atlanta, Sheila Pree Bright- Atlanta, Gilbert Young- Atlanta, Ernest Shaw- Baltimore, Charmaine Minniefield- Atlanta, Muhammad Yungai- Atlanta, Gaia- Baltimore, Reginald “L.E.O.” O’Neal- Miami, Shanequa Gay- Atlanta, The Loss Prevention Arts Collective- Atlanta.


 


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  string(7928) "It’s time to say good-bye to 2018. For those who choose to do so, celebrating with live music, there’s a lot to choose from in Atlanta this year. Below is a list for those not content staying at home, switching from obnoxious New Year’s Eve celebration hosts to the aggravating ones.

!!!!Aisle 5: Funk You with Universal Sigh, 9 PM.
!!!!The Bakery: New Year, Who Dis? — a Southern Fried and Morph New Year’s Eve Party with DJ sets, live performances and a Countdown Drag Show.
!!!!The Buckhead Theatre: Drivin N Cryin with Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, 9 PM.
!!!!Coca-Cola Roxy: The Roots with Victory Boyd, 9 PM.
!!!!The EARL: The Coathangers with Vincas and Paralyzer, 9 PM.
!!!!Eddie’s Attic: Michelle Malone Band with Eliot Bronson, 10 PM. There will also be a 7:30 PM show with no opener.
!!!!529: Breathers with Shepherds, Likes, Shouldies and Salsa Chest, 9 PM.
!!!!Fox Theatre: Widespread Panic, 9 PM.
!!!!Masquerade (Heaven): Sevendust with Cane Hill, Madame Mayhem and Shallow Side, 7 PM.
!!!!Northside Tavern: Lola Gulley Band & Atlanta Horns, with Albert White, Eddie Tigner and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, 10 PM.
!!!!Park Tavern: Yacht Rock Revue, opening band, 9 PM.
!!!!Red Clay Music Foundry: Esoebo, 7 PM.
!!!!Red Light Cafe: The Gilded Age Gala New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8 PM.
!!!!Smith’s Olde Bar (The Music Room): Rumours — A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 8 PM.
!!!!Smith’s Olde Bar (The Atlanta Room): Led Zeppelified with Young Again, 8 PM.
!!!!The Star Bar: Gringo Star, with Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, Mammabear, Chrome Castle and more, 8 PM.
!!!!The Tabernacle: Umphrey’s McGee, 8 PM.
!!!!Terminal West: Larkin Poe with Andrea & Mud, 8 PM.
!!!!Underground Atlanta: Peach Drop, 5 PM on.
!!!!Variety Playhouse: Family and Friends, with Neighbor Lady, and Dot.s, 8 PM.
!!!!Vista Room: Electric Avenue, 9 PM.

Two immediately recognizable and hometown favorites and their bands take over the Buckhead Theatre this New Year’s Eve, Kevn Kinney with Drivin N Cryin and Dan Baird with Homemade Sin. As different as their onstage performances are, so are the answers they gave when I asked them both for words people can take with them into 2019.

Baird was succinct, “Same New Years resolution as always, ‘don’t bullshit yourself.’”

Kinney was a little more illustrious.

!!!!New Years
!!!!Resolution
!!!!Restitution
!!!!Revolution
!!!!  What’s so funny about peace and love and understanding?
!!!!  Good question Nick Lowe
!!!!I think my goal this year is to count to ten
!!!!New Year’s Eve
!!!!Ten
!!!!Nine
!!!!Eight
!!!!Seven
!!!!Six
!!!!Five
!!!!Four
!!!!Three
!!!!Two
!!!!One!!
!!!!Celebration!
!!!!  Try to cross the River Ponce
!!!!Count to ten
!!!!Barista explains to you that a macchiato is espresso with foam not carmelattofrorthingmilkshake?
!!!!Count to ten
!!!!Does the person in front of you at Publix wait until they have got the total to pull their wallet out ,as if the total was different they’d pay some other way ?
!!!!Count to ten
!!!!Etc.
!!!!Etc.
!!!!Etc.
!!!!Resolution
!!!!Find some peace within
!!!!Restitution
!!!!Make peace with those around you
!!!!Revolution
!!!!Turn off the 24 minute news cycle
!!!!Delete one social media app
!!!!Think for yourself
!!!!Be yourself
!!!!Choose yourself
!!!!Love yourself
!!!!Say Good Morning
!!!!In the mirror
!!!!Teach yourself
!!!!Encourage others
!!!!Get out of the house
!!!!Buy local art
!!!!Support local music
!!!!Remember the young people serving in the military and their husbands wives and children who also sacrifice their hearts and time . . .
!!!!that’s not a political statement
!!!!That’s a people statement
!!!!The peaceful evolution starts now
!!!!  And that’s just the first day!!
!!!!364 more to go
!!!!10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
!!!!Ahhhh!
!!!!  God Bless.
!!!!  Kevn Kinney
!!!!Atlanta Georgia
!!!!Dec. 27. 2018
!!!!1:15 A.M
!!!!!! 
Ghost echoes dept. … I didn’t need Lonnie Holley to tell me he “woke up in a fucked up America” this year. I wake up in a fucked up America everyday. I also didn’t need Childish Gambino to lay out “this is America” for me this year. I see the problems in this country in my every waking moment. But I’m glad both of them did. I’m glad they both chose to say something. There is too much wrong with this country to keep quiet. That said, popular music shouldn’t just mirror society’s ills, but also offer some form of escape. Artists do that in a way that reaches into our subconscious, taking us away, while reminding us of the struggles to be faced, yet to be won.

And the best? The best is a rest stop somewhere along Hwy 61. You stop in for another cup of coffee, the jukebox is playing some unheard tune, you pay the cashier, head out, and wrack your brain the rest of the journey trying to figure out what — and who — you heard all those miles ago. I’ve heard countless songs on Spotify I’ll never hear again. At the time, they were the best things I ever heard, and, though I may never hear them again, I’ll remember the song, that moment, in hopes of experiencing them again.

People are obsessed with the “best.” Being the best. Knowing what’s best. Doing your best is what you should look to. There are a lot of musicians who do their best. You can hear it in their music. It’s not the calculated attempt at success, but the commitment to vinyl, to tape, to hard drive of what they feel at that moment. What’s important to them. It’s why Childish Gambino’s release of “This Is America” can be considered one of the major events of 2018. It’s why so many people hear the best in Lonnie Holley’s MITH (Jagjaguwar). We all may wake up in a fucked up America, but not every one of us can tell the story of having “snuck off the slave ship” like Holley does. His portrayal of such a past is the best thing I’ve heard heard in a long time. There’s no “winning” in that song. There’s only grief, heartache and the shackles of history attempting to keep people down. Clearly, “winning” is for losers. The 2016 presidential election was won by someone who based his campaign on “winning,” of “making America great again.” Look where that got us in 2018.

But albums released in 2018 that did take us somewhere also rocked our senses and sensibilities. Many of them released locally made an impact globally — Holley, Gambino — while there were others that, while they may not have made such an impression, gave us just the escape needed to keep our sanity intact: The Royal Krunk Jazz Orchestra: Get It How You Live (Ropeadope); Clay Harper: Bleak Beauty (no label); Subsonics: Flesh-Colored Paint (Slovenly); Rock*A*Teens: Sixth House (Merge); Tiger! Tiger!: Backing the Wrong Horse (Chicken Ranch); Michelle Malone: Slings and Arrows (SBS); Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator); Angie Aparo: Life is a Flower; Life is a Gun (Schoolkids Records); and Darling Machine: Darling Machine (Walk The Earth).

Such want for the superlative has become a part of many people’s everyday lives. Many want the best place to eat. The best movie to see. The best band to hear. They forget about what’s best for themselves.

As a writer, a music journalist, a critic, a monkey with a typewriter, readers sometimes think we hold all the answers. We don’t, though some of us may have a more educated view, a broader perspective, or a deeper historical frame of reference than most. Those who think they know all are only fooling themselves — and their readers. “You’ve got to be serious about what you do, but you can’t take what you do too seriously,” paraphrasing something guitarist Robert Fripp once told me. “It takes two feet to walk: one with a sense of purpose and the other with a sense of humor.”"
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Baird was succinct, “Same New Years resolution as always, ‘don’t bullshit yourself.’”

Kinney was a little more illustrious.

!!!!''New Years''
!!!!''Resolution''
!!!!''Restitution''
!!!!''Revolution''
!!!! %%% ''What’s so funny about peace and love and understanding?''
!!!! %%% ''Good question Nick Lowe''
!!!!''I think my goal this year is to count to ten''
!!!!''New Year’s Eve''
!!!!''Ten''
!!!!''Nine''
!!!!''Eight''
!!!!''Seven''
!!!!''Six''
!!!!''Five''
!!!!''Four''
!!!!''Three''
!!!!''Two''
!!!!''One!!''
!!!!''Celebration!''
!!!! %%% ''Try to cross the River Ponce''
!!!!''Count to ten''
!!!!''Barista explains to you that a macchiato is espresso with foam not carmelattofrorthingmilkshake?''
!!!!''Count to ten''
!!!!''Does the person in front of you at Publix wait until they have got the total to pull their wallet out ,as if the total was different they’d pay some other way ?''
!!!!''Count to ten''
!!!!''Etc.''
!!!!''Etc.''
!!!!''Etc.''
!!!!''Resolution''
!!!!''Find some peace within''
!!!!''Restitution''
!!!!''Make peace with those around you''
!!!!''Revolution''
!!!!''Turn off the 24 minute news cycle''
!!!!''Delete one social media app''
!!!!''Think for yourself''
!!!!''Be yourself''
!!!!''Choose yourself''
!!!!''Love yourself''
!!!!''Say Good Morning''
!!!!''In the mirror''
!!!!''Teach yourself''
!!!!''Encourage others''
!!!!''Get out of the house''
!!!!''Buy local art''
!!!!''Support local music''
!!!!''Remember the young people serving in the military and their husbands wives and children who also sacrifice their hearts and time . . .''
!!!!''that’s not a political statement''
!!!!''That’s a people statement''
!!!!''The peaceful evolution starts now''
!!!! %%% ''And that’s just the first day!!''
!!!!''364 more to go''
!!!!''10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1''
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!!!!Atlanta Georgia
!!!!Dec. 27. 2018
!!!!1:15 A.M
!!!!!! 
__Ghost echoes dept.__ … I didn’t need Lonnie Holley to tell me he [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss3cz9FgGnA|“woke up in a fucked up America”] this year. I wake up in a fucked up America everyday. I also didn’t need Childish Gambino to lay out “this is America” for me this year. I see the problems in this country in my every waking moment. But I’m glad both of them did. I’m glad they both chose to say something. There is too much wrong with this country to keep quiet. That said, popular music shouldn’t just mirror society’s ills, but also offer some form of escape. Artists do that in a way that reaches into our subconscious, taking us away, while reminding us of the struggles to be faced, yet to be won.

And the best? The best is a rest stop somewhere along Hwy 61. You stop in for another cup of coffee, the jukebox is playing some unheard tune, you pay the cashier, head out, and wrack your brain the rest of the journey trying to figure out what — and who — you heard all those miles ago. I’ve heard countless songs on Spotify I’ll never hear again. At the time, they were the best things I ever heard, and, though I may never hear them again, I’ll remember the song, that moment, in hopes of experiencing them again.

People are obsessed with the “best.” Being the best. Knowing what’s best. Doing your best is what you should look to. There are a lot of musicians who do their best. You can hear it in their music. It’s not the calculated attempt at success, but the commitment to vinyl, to tape, to hard drive of what they feel at that moment. What’s important to them. It’s why __Childish Gambino__’s release of [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYOjWnS4cMY|“This Is America”] can be considered one of the major events of 2018. It’s why so many people hear the best in __Lonnie Holley__’s ''MITH (''Jagjaguwar). We all may wake up in a fucked up America, but not every one of us can tell the story of having [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feB4GoGwn7o|“snuck off the slave ship”] like Holley does. His portrayal of such a past is the best thing I’ve heard heard in a long time. There’s no “winning” in that song. There’s only grief, heartache and the shackles of history attempting to keep people down. Clearly, “winning” is for losers. The 2016 presidential election was won by someone who based his campaign on “winning,” of “making America great again.” Look where that got us in 2018.

But albums released in 2018 that did take us somewhere also rocked our senses and sensibilities. Many of them released locally made an impact globally — Holley, Gambino — while there were others that, while they may not have made such an impression, gave us just the escape needed to keep our sanity intact: __The Royal Krunk Jazz Orchestra:__ ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOzTNV85e2o&list=PL0jKx5TjvJSt33fcgW17SmF5MvjV9m2Xt|Get It How You Live]'' (Ropeadope); __Clay Harper:__ ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1WMBK0hIO8&list=PLI_C5jMT4w2p6uKIhyScaXFutrquCdH0j|Bleak Beauty]'' (no label); __Subsonics:__ ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFQmSJ1oXD0&list=PLXq5HQTvlYXMaP_Fad9Pc_tSCPOHcEt_f|Flesh-Colored Paint]'' (Slovenly); __Rock*A*Teens__: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw1GOXDBjow&list=OLAK5uy_k_bjkj6df1XTn-TtpI35uD6PVgafF5yv0|Sixth House]'' (Merge); __Tiger! Tiger!:__ ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7zDm6vg6kI&list=PL-ROqfyAQJa1yLTmxvPUuqzL1lSV51-bP|Backing the Wrong Horse]'' (Chicken Ranch); __Michelle Malone:__ ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udPoTzfgZl8&list=OLAK5uy_kTZnWjEsB-Vmz9D4cemsYjDZTNSypJ2CY|Slings and Arrows] ''(SBS); Tinsley Ellis: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cS0sSyEHrM|Winning Hand] ''(Alligator); __Angie Aparo:__ ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Jp3nwfekPI|Life is a Flower; Life is a Gun]'' (Schoolkids Records); and __Darling Machine:__ ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PumoyO-x4-M|Darling Machine]'' (Walk The Earth).

Such want for the superlative has become a part of many people’s everyday lives. Many want the best place to eat. The best movie to see. The best band to hear. They forget about what’s best for themselves.

As a writer, a music journalist, a critic, a monkey with a typewriter, readers sometimes think we hold all the answers. We don’t, though some of us may have a more educated view, a broader perspective, or a deeper historical frame of reference than most. Those who think they know all are only fooling themselves — and their readers. “You’ve got to be serious about what you do, but you can’t take what you do too seriously,” paraphrasing something guitarist Robert Fripp once told me. “It takes two feet to walk: one with a sense of purpose and the other with a sense of humor.”"
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!!!!Aisle 5: Funk You with Universal Sigh, 9 PM.
!!!!The Bakery: New Year, Who Dis? — a Southern Fried and Morph New Year’s Eve Party with DJ sets, live performances and a Countdown Drag Show.
!!!!The Buckhead Theatre: Drivin N Cryin with Dan Baird and Homemade Sin, 9 PM.
!!!!Coca-Cola Roxy: The Roots with Victory Boyd, 9 PM.
!!!!The EARL: The Coathangers with Vincas and Paralyzer, 9 PM.
!!!!Eddie’s Attic: Michelle Malone Band with Eliot Bronson, 10 PM. There will also be a 7:30 PM show with no opener.
!!!!529: Breathers with Shepherds, Likes, Shouldies and Salsa Chest, 9 PM.
!!!!Fox Theatre: Widespread Panic, 9 PM.
!!!!Masquerade (Heaven): Sevendust with Cane Hill, Madame Mayhem and Shallow Side, 7 PM.
!!!!Northside Tavern: Lola Gulley Band & Atlanta Horns, with Albert White, Eddie Tigner and Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, 10 PM.
!!!!Park Tavern: Yacht Rock Revue, opening band, 9 PM.
!!!!Red Clay Music Foundry: Esoebo, 7 PM.
!!!!Red Light Cafe: The Gilded Age Gala New Year’s Eve Celebration, 8 PM.
!!!!Smith’s Olde Bar (The Music Room): Rumours — A Fleetwood Mac Tribute, 8 PM.
!!!!Smith’s Olde Bar (The Atlanta Room): Led Zeppelified with Young Again, 8 PM.
!!!!The Star Bar: Gringo Star, with Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, Mammabear, Chrome Castle and more, 8 PM.
!!!!The Tabernacle: Umphrey’s McGee, 8 PM.
!!!!Terminal West: Larkin Poe with Andrea & Mud, 8 PM.
!!!!Underground Atlanta: Peach Drop, 5 PM on.
!!!!Variety Playhouse: Family and Friends, with Neighbor Lady, and Dot.s, 8 PM.
!!!!Vista Room: Electric Avenue, 9 PM.

Two immediately recognizable and hometown favorites and their bands take over the Buckhead Theatre this New Year’s Eve, Kevn Kinney with Drivin N Cryin and Dan Baird with Homemade Sin. As different as their onstage performances are, so are the answers they gave when I asked them both for words people can take with them into 2019.

Baird was succinct, “Same New Years resolution as always, ‘don’t bullshit yourself.’”

Kinney was a little more illustrious.

!!!!New Years
!!!!Resolution
!!!!Restitution
!!!!Revolution
!!!!  What’s so funny about peace and love and understanding?
!!!!  Good question Nick Lowe
!!!!I think my goal this year is to count to ten
!!!!New Year’s Eve
!!!!Ten
!!!!Nine
!!!!Eight
!!!!Seven
!!!!Six
!!!!Five
!!!!Four
!!!!Three
!!!!Two
!!!!One!!
!!!!Celebration!
!!!!  Try to cross the River Ponce
!!!!Count to ten
!!!!Barista explains to you that a macchiato is espresso with foam not carmelattofrorthingmilkshake?
!!!!Count to ten
!!!!Does the person in front of you at Publix wait until they have got the total to pull their wallet out ,as if the total was different they’d pay some other way ?
!!!!Count to ten
!!!!Etc.
!!!!Etc.
!!!!Etc.
!!!!Resolution
!!!!Find some peace within
!!!!Restitution
!!!!Make peace with those around you
!!!!Revolution
!!!!Turn off the 24 minute news cycle
!!!!Delete one social media app
!!!!Think for yourself
!!!!Be yourself
!!!!Choose yourself
!!!!Love yourself
!!!!Say Good Morning
!!!!In the mirror
!!!!Teach yourself
!!!!Encourage others
!!!!Get out of the house
!!!!Buy local art
!!!!Support local music
!!!!Remember the young people serving in the military and their husbands wives and children who also sacrifice their hearts and time . . .
!!!!that’s not a political statement
!!!!That’s a people statement
!!!!The peaceful evolution starts now
!!!!  And that’s just the first day!!
!!!!364 more to go
!!!!10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
!!!!Ahhhh!
!!!!  God Bless.
!!!!  Kevn Kinney
!!!!Atlanta Georgia
!!!!Dec. 27. 2018
!!!!1:15 A.M
!!!!!! 
Ghost echoes dept. … I didn’t need Lonnie Holley to tell me he “woke up in a fucked up America” this year. I wake up in a fucked up America everyday. I also didn’t need Childish Gambino to lay out “this is America” for me this year. I see the problems in this country in my every waking moment. But I’m glad both of them did. I’m glad they both chose to say something. There is too much wrong with this country to keep quiet. That said, popular music shouldn’t just mirror society’s ills, but also offer some form of escape. Artists do that in a way that reaches into our subconscious, taking us away, while reminding us of the struggles to be faced, yet to be won.

And the best? The best is a rest stop somewhere along Hwy 61. You stop in for another cup of coffee, the jukebox is playing some unheard tune, you pay the cashier, head out, and wrack your brain the rest of the journey trying to figure out what — and who — you heard all those miles ago. I’ve heard countless songs on Spotify I’ll never hear again. At the time, they were the best things I ever heard, and, though I may never hear them again, I’ll remember the song, that moment, in hopes of experiencing them again.

People are obsessed with the “best.” Being the best. Knowing what’s best. Doing your best is what you should look to. There are a lot of musicians who do their best. You can hear it in their music. It’s not the calculated attempt at success, but the commitment to vinyl, to tape, to hard drive of what they feel at that moment. What’s important to them. It’s why Childish Gambino’s release of “This Is America” can be considered one of the major events of 2018. It’s why so many people hear the best in Lonnie Holley’s MITH (Jagjaguwar). We all may wake up in a fucked up America, but not every one of us can tell the story of having “snuck off the slave ship” like Holley does. His portrayal of such a past is the best thing I’ve heard heard in a long time. There’s no “winning” in that song. There’s only grief, heartache and the shackles of history attempting to keep people down. Clearly, “winning” is for losers. The 2016 presidential election was won by someone who based his campaign on “winning,” of “making America great again.” Look where that got us in 2018.

But albums released in 2018 that did take us somewhere also rocked our senses and sensibilities. Many of them released locally made an impact globally — Holley, Gambino — while there were others that, while they may not have made such an impression, gave us just the escape needed to keep our sanity intact: The Royal Krunk Jazz Orchestra: Get It How You Live (Ropeadope); Clay Harper: Bleak Beauty (no label); Subsonics: Flesh-Colored Paint (Slovenly); Rock*A*Teens: Sixth House (Merge); Tiger! Tiger!: Backing the Wrong Horse (Chicken Ranch); Michelle Malone: Slings and Arrows (SBS); Tinsley Ellis: Winning Hand (Alligator); Angie Aparo: Life is a Flower; Life is a Gun (Schoolkids Records); and Darling Machine: Darling Machine (Walk The Earth).

Such want for the superlative has become a part of many people’s everyday lives. Many want the best place to eat. The best movie to see. The best band to hear. They forget about what’s best for themselves.

As a writer, a music journalist, a critic, a monkey with a typewriter, readers sometimes think we hold all the answers. We don’t, though some of us may have a more educated view, a broader perspective, or a deeper historical frame of reference than most. Those who think they know all are only fooling themselves — and their readers. “You’ve got to be serious about what you do, but you can’t take what you do too seriously,” paraphrasing something guitarist Robert Fripp once told me. “It takes two feet to walk: one with a sense of purpose and the other with a sense of humor.”    Photo treatment by the Real Frank Tee. Original photos provide by the respective bands. ROCK IN THE NEW YEAR: Drivin N Cryin (bottom) and Dan Baird and Homemade Sin (top) play the Buckhead Theatre New Year's Eve.                                   HIGH FREQUENCIES: 2018 in the rear-view mirror "
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At the beginning of the album, Young welcomes the audience by telling a story of seeing Judy Garland in the Fox’s pit — "the abyss," he jokes, that separates him from the audience. Young says that he saw the actress, who  portrayed Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, down there carrying a music folio of “Somewhere, Over the Rainbow.”

The first show that Wednesday night was sold-out. You can hear the Atlanta crowd’s enthusiasm during the “Songs for Judy Intro” at the beginning of this album, and during “Old Laughing Lady” and “The Needle and the Damage Done.” Young was incredible, solo and with Crazy Horse, performing write-home-about versions of “Like a Hurricane” and “Cortez the Killer” (both with Crazy Horse and neither included here). When the early concert was over, it was worth playing cat ’n’ mouse with ushers and security, running low, undercover, around the Fox, hiding from their flashlights as they cleared the house for the late show. When the doors for the second show finally opened, two people crouching behind the wall of “Black Heaven” at the top of the balcony surfaced and merged with the ticket-holders to find their seats. The second concert did not disappoint, as “The Losing End,” “Here We Are in the Years,” “Pocahontas” and “Sugar Mountain” here attest.

It was during that last song that Young again referenced Garland’s presence, urging her to, “come on up, Judy” when he began “Sugar Mountain,” his ode to lost youth. But Garland didn’t. She wasn't there. She was never there, staring up at Young from the abyss, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” sheet music in hand. No, the only ones there were those in the audience facing their own future, preparing to grow up and having to leave Sugar Mountain behind, whether they wanted to or not. It was time to experience life, learn its lessons, and to treasure the experiences one encounters on the journey. Outside the Fox Theatre, the temperature dipped into the mid-30s. People bundled up as they left the concert and headed out into the cold, crisp night. The future looked bright, as bright as the stars shining in that clear November sky. The wind began to blow. 

Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks (Exile/Caroline) — Indeed he does!. The prophet speaks through the fourteen song here, eight covers of R&B classics and six new Morrison compositions, the latter showing he still has a lot to say, even forty studio albums into his career. Morrison hits a groove on the opening track, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson’s “Gonna Send You Back to Where I Got You From,” and doesn’t let up, his vocals conjuring times and places from long ago, while Morrison remains in the present, a vocalist at the top of his game. Mere words do not capture the feel, the depth he captures here. Jazz? R&B? Soul? It’s Van losing himself in the genres — and in doing so, transcending what we’ve come to know, channeling them with a purity and an understanding very few vocalists these days capture, much less convey. A beautiful album that finds Morrison rediscovering his roots while expressing much of what he’s learned along a decades-long spiritual journey, whether of faith or of being, that’s he’s allowed us to join him on.

Big Brother & the Holding Co.: Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills (Columbia Legacy) — Fifty years after its initial release, a version of Cheap Thrills, the landmark psychedelic album that introduced Janis Joplin to the world (the band’s previous album, Big Brother & the Holding Company, on Mainstream, was but an starter for the meal that was to come) has been released with the original title intact, twenty-five studio songs presented for the first time, a live track and four songs from the original sessions previously-available elsewhere. It’s easy to forget that Big Brother started as a psychedelic band, Joplin’s husky, blues-drenched vocals, her dynamic stage presence and her bawdy stage presence quickly eclipsed the sound the band was laying down behind her, but in these tracks, you discover what an incredible band Big Brother & the Holding Company was , and how  instrumental (pun intended) they were, guitarists Sam Andrew and James Gurley in particular, in forging the psychedelic San Francisco sound that established the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Jefferson Airplane. What’s most striking about these recordings today is how “out there” they still sound, five decades later. They stand as a look into a world of psychedelic possibilities that will never be explored again. That any of of the tracks ever got released to begin with is a testament to the foresight and risk-taking associated with music visionaries like John Hammond and Clive Davis, people who discerned the artistry of musicians rather than just their commercial potential. This collection shows there was nothing commercial about Janis Joplin and Big Brother & the Holding Co. in 1968, but their artistry allowed them to break through — and change music for the better."
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Van Morrison: The Prophet Speaks (Exile/Caroline) — Indeed he does!. The prophet speaks through the fourteen song here, eight covers of R&B classics and six new Morrison compositions, the latter showing he still has a lot to say, even forty studio albums into his career. Morrison hits a groove on the opening track, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson’s “Gonna Send You Back to Where I Got You From,” and doesn’t let up, his vocals conjuring times and places from long ago, while Morrison remains in the present, a vocalist at the top of his game. Mere words do not capture the feel, the depth he captures here. Jazz? R&B? Soul? It’s Van losing himself in the genres — and in doing so, transcending what we’ve come to know, channeling them with a purity and an understanding very few vocalists these days capture, much less convey. A beautiful album that finds Morrison rediscovering his roots while expressing much of what he’s learned along a decades-long spiritual journey, whether of faith or of being, that’s he’s allowed us to join him on.

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While such recordings may be a way to cash in — I mean, Neil Diamond and Barbra “Four Christmas Albums For Chrissake” Streisand — I’ve always enjoyed listening to Christmas music this time of the year, maybe even more than Christmas itself. Okay, maybe not being hammered over the head everywhere I go with Christmas songs, but having the option and a reason for playing the music in December sure beats the hell out of playing Christmas songs in May. Or July. Twenty years ago was the last Christmas and holiday music recap I published, but, just like you dragging decorations out of the basement  and down from the attic, I couldn’t resist bringing the list out another time.

And there’s so much more from which to choose! Forget the old standards from when I was a kid, the voices of Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza filling the house, the former singing the holiday carols and the latter delivering the more traditional hymns, leading up to Christmas day. It always struck me a little funny: All year long contemporary rock and pop would be played on the family stereo — a (now) vintage in-wall RCA BK2 with a pair of three-foot by one-and-a-half foot three-way speakers with crossovers — but between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this other music, by these other singers, would come out of the closet for a few weeks, then the records would be put away until the next year.

It was pretty standard seasonal sounds, alright, until the mid-‘60s. Then A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector was released. And things changed. Darlene Love, The Ronettes, and The Crystals hit us with that Wall Of Sound. In mono! The next year, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album followed, then the Supremes released Merry Christmas The Beatles started releasing their fan club Christmas singles, and before you know it, it’s 2009 and Bob fucking Dylan is releasing Christmas In The Heart! Not only is it good, it’s incredible, embodying all that’s right about Christmas music: hymns, carols and popular songs that are spirited, upbeat, fun and sincere. Almost a decade after its release, many still scoff at it, some don’t even know it exists, but Dylan really captures the spirit and warmth of the holidays in this unexpected gem that few others can match.

That’s not to diminish others who have tossed their wreath in the snow. Walk into any good record store or search online and you'll find holiday music available in every genre — rock, pop, soul, rap, new age, jazz, classical, punk, post-industrial, Goth — more artists than ever are releasing Christmas music, and they’re doing so in interesting ways. While many take the old, familiar carols that many of us grew up on and reinterpret them in their own style, others have written their own Christmas songs, taking the time to pen original compositions that either retell the traditional tales or comment on society during a time that, for many, is one of reflection, as some look back, others forward, with everyone looking for a better day. Aimee Mann does a great job with One More Drifter in the Snow. Annie Lennox is rockin’ around the right Christmas tree on A Christmas Cornucopia. Others who hit the mark with their seasonal offerings are Tracey Thorn with Tinsel And Lights; Sarah McLachlan, Wintersong; Kim Wilde, Wilde Winter Songbook; M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel with A She & Him Christmas; Pink Martini brings it with Joy To The World; Sufjan Stevens, whose five-CD box set, Songs For Christmas Sing-A-Long (In Stereo Hi-Fi) should not be missed, and the Jesus of Cool himself, Nick Lowe, knocks it outta the park with Quality Street — A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. These are just some of the newer releases.

This year, Eric Clapton, who recently released Merry Xmas, gives Christmas songs their props with this formidable reinterpretation of the classics — and an original or two, with his latter day blues riffs spicing up the holidays just fine. JD McPherson, whose “Socks” is also welcome Christmas fare, plays it just right with his roots Americana approach. The same holds true for Bloodshot Records’ release from last year, The 13 Days of Xmas, the various artists compilation with tracks from Murder By Death, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, one-time Atlantan Kelly Hogan and the man who refuses to quit when he quits, Dexter Romweber. And John Legend sings the standards straight on his new album, A Legendary Christmas.

There are plenty of old standards worth seeking out — and I’m still not talking Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole or Frank Sinatra. Arthur Lyman’s With A Christmas Vibe is a bachelor pad staple; Jerry Jeff Walker’s Christmas Gonzo Style rides high; Martin Atkins and the Chicago Industrial League pound a white noise Christmas with The Industrial Christmas Carol; Morgan Fisher presents the perfect hybrid of styles with Claws; and you can’t do wrong with James Brown when he proclaims, Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag.

Want to go the more traditional route, without the syrupy-sweet hangover? Get back with Ethan James, The Ancient Music; Marta Sebestyen, Apocrypha; Les Voix Bulgares, Chants de Noel; and for those not wanting to go too far back in time, there’s the beautiful contemporary take on the past, Manzanera and MacKay present Christmas by The Players to make your spirits bright.

Locally, Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies have a new holiday EP, Toddie Time out this week, sure to compliment her 1992 offering, A Swingin’ Christmas in the Attic. Indigo Girls give a beautiful holiday offering with Holly Happy Days. You can hear The Black Lips perform “Christmas in Baghdad” on a split single b/w “Plump Righteous” from King Khan and BBQ Show. Not too (too) long ago, The Woggles released a fine Christmas single, the original “Santa’s Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho)” b/w “Back Door Santa.” If you look in the right places, and you’re lucky, you can find “Red Lights (Merry Christmas)” by Dreams So Real. The same holds true for those willing to search for If your luck holds up, and your willing to dig, you’ll also strike gold with the “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 45 by Face of Concern.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of local Christmas recordings, nor is it but a sampling of those by national and international artists. But, it’s a start. A good start.

!!!The 45 List
Many of the best Yuletide rock songs have been released only as singles. It's rare that an artist will include a Christmas song on an album, but it has been done. The Pretenders' "2000 Years" is on Learning To Crawl and the Payola$' "Christmas Is Coming" is on Hammer On A Drum, just as the Bongos released "Tree Wise Men" on Drums Along The Hudson and "Weird" Al Yankovic included "Christmas At Ground Zero" on Polka Party!. But that's the exception rather than the rule.

When the songs do appear on 45s, they are usually "B"-sides, unless its a special seasonal release, in which case usually both sides have a holiday theme. A number of seven and twelve-inch singles have been released, many of which are still available. Some are worth shopping for. You decide. Here are a few of them:

*Adams, Bryan: "Christmas Time" b/w "Reggae Christmas" (A&M)
*Blondie/Fab Five Freddy/Snuky Tate: “Christmas Rapture” (Flexi)
*Billy Jackson and the Citizen's Band: "Have A Happy Christmas ('Twas The Night Before Christmas)" (London)
*The Black Lips: "Christmas in Baghdad" b/w The King Khan & BBQ Show: "Plump Righteous" (Norton)
*The Blacktop Rockets: "Yuletide Blues" b/w Thee Kustom Kings"El Rudolfo"(Straight8)
*Bowie, Davis and Bing Crosby: "Peace On Earth"/"Little Drummer Boy" b/w "Fantastic Voyage" (RCA)
*The Buzz of Delight: "Christmas" (DB Recs)
*Can: "Silent Night" b/w "Cascade Waltz" (EMI)
*Cannibals: "Christmas Rock 'N' Roll" b/w "New Year's Eve Song" (Hit)
*Captain Kangaroo: "When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter" b/w "Sleigh Ride" (Golden)
*Captain Sensible: "One Christmas Catalogue" b/w "Relax" (A&M)
*Cocteau Twins: “Winter Wonderland” and “Frosty The Snowman” (Capitol)
*Damned: "There Ain't No Sanity Clause" b/w "Looking At You" (Big Beat)
*Dreams So Real: "Red Lights (Merry Christmas)" b/w "Bearing Witness" (Arista)
*Dumbells (Roxy Music): "Giddy-Up (inc. 'Sleigh Rides')" b/w "A Christmas Dream" (EG)
*Eagles: "Please Come Home For Christmas" b/w "Funky New Year" (Elektra)
*Elmo & Patsy: "Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer" original (Stiff)
*Elton John: "Step Into Christmas" b/w "Ho Ho Ho (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas)" (MCA)
*Enya: "Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)" (Reprise)
*Face Of Concern: "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" (Press)
*Face Of Concern: "Peace By Tomorrow" (Dragon Path)
*Father Guido Sarducci: "I Won't Be Twisting This Christmas" b/w "Santa's Lament"(Warner Bros.)
*Fear: "Fuck Christmas" b/w "(Beep) Christmas" (Slash)
*Foghat: "Goin' Home For Christmas" b/w "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" (Merry Christmas 1986)
*Freddy King: "I Hear Jingle Bells" b/w " Christmas Tears" (Federal)
*George Thorogood and the Destroyers: "Rock 'N' Roll Christmas" b/w "New Year's Eve Party" (EMI)
*Greg Lake: "I Believe in Father Christmas" (Manticore)
*Greedies: "A Merry Jingle" b/w "A Merry Jangle" (Vertigo)
*Headroom, Max: "Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You're A Lovely Guy)" b/w "Gimme Shades" (Chrysalis)
*Jethro Tull: ""Ring Out, Solstice Bells" b/w " Christmas Song" (Chyrsalis)
*Jimi Hendrix: "Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne" (Reprise)
*Jimmy: "White Christmas" b/w "Spin The Bottle" (Fatima)
*John Lennon & Yoko Ono: "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" b/w "Listen (The Snow Is Falling)" (Apple/Capitol)
*Karen Mantler: "I Love Christmas" (Watt)
*Kate Bush: "December Will Be Magic Again" (EMI)
*Keith Richards: "Run Rudolph Run" (Rolling Stones)
*King Diamond: "No Presents For Christmas" (Roadrunner)
*Kinks: "Father Christmas" b/w "Wish I Could Fly Like Superman" (Arista)
*Korgis: "Wish You A Merry Christmas" b/w "Dumb Waiters" (WEA)
*Kurtis Blow: "Christmas Rappin'" (Mercury)
*McCartney, Paul: "Wonderful Christmastime" b/w "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae" (Columbia)
*Mike Lorenz: "The Rap Before Christmas" b/w "Auld Lang Syne (Go Go)" (Hottrax)
*Miracle Legion: "Little Drummer Boy" b/w "Blue Christmas" (Incas)
*Patti Smith Group: "White Christmas" (Jason)
*Payola$: "Christmas Is Coming"
*Prince and the Revolution: "I Would Die 4 U" b/w "Another Lonely Christmas" (Warner Bros.)
*Ramones: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)" (WEA)
*Residents: "Santa Dog 1978" b/w "Santa Dog 1972" (Ralph)
*Richards, Keith: "Run Rudolph Run" b/w "The Harder They Come" (Rolling Stones)
*Robert Fripp: “Silent Night” (EG flexi)
*Roy Wood's Wizzard: "I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday" (UA)
*Russell, Leon: "Slipping Into Christmas" b/w "Christmas In Chicago" (Shelter)
*Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" (Polydor)
*Spinal Tap: "Christmas With The Devil" b/w "Scratch Mix" (Enigma)
*Springsteen, Bruce: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (Columbia)
*Springsteen, Bruce: "Merry Christmas, Baby" (Columbia)
*Squeeze: "Christmas Day" (A&M)
*Squier, Billy: "Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You'" b/w "White Christmas" (Capitol)
*Tapper Zukie: "Archie, The Rednose Reindeer" (Mer)
*Thick Pigeon: "Jingle Bell Rock" b/w The French Impressionists: "Santa Baby" (Operation Twilight)
*Three Wise Men (XTC): "Thanks For Christmas" b/w "Countdown To Christmas Partytime" (Virgin)
*Timbuk 3: "All I Want For Christmas" b/w "Blue Christmas"/"I Love You X 3" (I.R.S.)
*U.K. Subs: "Hey Santa" b/w "Thunderbird" (Fallout)
*Wham!: "Last Christmas" b/w "Everything She Wants" (CBS)
*Wilde, Kim & Mel Smith: "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" b/w "Deck The Blooming Halls" (10 Records)
*Wilson, Ann & Nancy: "Here Is Christmas" b/w "Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella" (Capitol)
*The Woggles: "Santa's Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho)" b/w "Back Door Santa" (Wicked Cool)
*Yobs: "Stille Nacht" b/w ""Silent Nite" (Yob)
!!!ROCK & POP:
*Aimee Mann: One More Drifter In The Snow
*Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia
*Arthur Lyman: With A Christmas Vibe
*Bob Dylan: Christmas In The Heart
*Brian Wilson: What I Really Want For Christmas
*Canned Heat: Christmas Album
*Carly Simon: Christmas Is Almost Here
*Carole King: A Holiday Carole
*Chris Stamey Group: Christmas Time
*Christina Aguilera: My Kind Of Christmas
*Chuck Leavell: What's In The Bag?
*Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks: Crazy For Christmas
*Darlene Love: It's Christmas, of Course
*Dwight Twilley: Have A Twilley Christmas EP
*Dwight Yoakam: Come On Christmas
*Eric Clapton: Merry Xmas
*Esquivel: Merry Xmas From The Space-Age Bachelor Pad
*JD McPherson: "Socks"
*Indio Girls: Holly Happy Days
*Jorma Kaukonen: Christmas
*League Of Decency: A Swingin' Christmas
*Los Straitjackets: 'Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets!
*Low: Christmas
*Martin Atkins and the Chicago Industrial League: The Industrial Christmas Carol
*Michelle Malone: A Swinging Christmas In The Attic
*Michelle Malone: A Very SOTA Christmas
*Michelle Malone & the Hot Toddies: Toddie Time (SBS)
*Morgan Fisher: Hybrid Kids 2:Claws
*Nick Lowe: Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family
*Pink Martini: Joy To The World
*The Players: Manzanera and MacKay present Christmas (Ryko)
*The Raveonettes: Wishing You A Rave Christmas (Vice)
*Ringo Starr: I Wanna Be Santa Claus
*The Roches: We Three Kings
*Rotary Connection: Peace
*RuPaul: Ho Ho Ho
*Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong
*Shawn Colvin: Holiday Songs And Lullabies
*She & Him: A Very She & Him Christmas
*Sufjan Stevens: Songs For Christmas Box Set:
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. I: Noel
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. II: Hark!
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. III: Ding! Dong!
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. IV: Joy!
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. V: Peace!
*Tracey Thorn: Tinsel And Lights
!!!Various Artists:
*The Christmas Album (Sony)
*Christmas in Stereo and Christmas 2 (Kindercore)
*A Christmas Record (Ze)
*Christmas Present 1992 (Sister Ruby)
*Christmas Present Vol. 2 (Sister Ruby)
*Christmas Present, Vol. 3 (Sister Ruby)
*Christmas Vols. 1, 1987 — 7, 1993 (Perimeter)
*Flagpole 1990: A Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1991: Son of the Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1992: The Daughter of the Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1992: The Mother of All Flagpole Christmas Albums
*Flagpole 1993: The Red-Headed Stepchild of the Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1994: The Soft-Spoken Beatnik Cousin of the Flagpole Christmas Album (Long Play)
*Flagpole 1995: Chilly, the Flagpole Christmas Album That Could Not Love
*Flagpole 1996: The Flagpole Christmas Album: The "white" album.
*The Mother Of All Flagpole Christmas Albums (Ortone)
*Ghosts Of Christmas Past (Les Disques Du Crepuscule)
*Ghosts Of Christmas Past (LTM 2-CD)
*Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus, Vols. 1 and 2 (Sympathy For The Record Industry)
*Hardcore Holiday (Essential Noise)
*A Lump Of Coal (First Warning)
*A Midnight Christmas Mess (Midnight)
*Riot Grrrl Christmas (Cleopatra)
*A Very Special Christmas
*A Very Special Christmas 2
*A Very Special Christmas — Jazz To The World
*A Very Special Christmas — World Christmas
*A Very Special Christmas 3
*A Very Special Christmas 4 — Live From Washington, D.C.
*A Very Special Christmas 5
*A Very Special Christmas 6 — Acoustic Christmas
*A Very Special Christmas 7
*A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World
*A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth
*VH1: The Big 80's Christmas (Rhino)
*The World Shines Brightly, Parts One, Two, Three & Four — Trattoria Calendar O.S.T.
!!!RAP:
*MC M: Xmaz N The Hood (Priority)
*Fishbone: It's A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time) (Columbia)
*Various Artists: Christmas Rap (Profile).
!!!SOUL and R&B:
*Blind Boys of Alabama: Go Tell it on the Mountain (RealWorld)
*Booker T. & the MG's: In The Christmas Spirit (Atlantic)
*James Brown: Santa's Got A Brand New Bag (Rhino)
*Jackie Wilson: Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson (Rhino)
*John Legend: A Legendary Christmas
*New Edition: Christmas All Over The World (MCA)
*Ray Charles: The Spirit Of Christmas (Columbia/Rhino)
*The Sounds Of Blackness: The Night Before Christmas — A Musical Fantasy (Perspective)
!!!OLDIES:
*The Beach Boys: Christmas Album (Capitol)
*Bobby Darin: The 25th Day Of December (Atco)
*Elvis Presley: Elvis' Christmas Album (RCA)
*The Four Seasons: Christmas Album (Rhino)
*The Partridge Family: A Christmas Card (Razor & Tie)
*Phil Spector & Various Artists: A Christmas Gift For You (Rhino)
!!!FOLK & BLUES:
*Boys of the Lough: Midwinter Night's Dream (Blix Street)
*Brave Combo: "It's Christmas, Man!" (Rounder)
*Joan Baez: Noel (Vanguard)
*John Wesley Harding: God Made Me Do It (Sire/Reprise)
*Johnny Winter: Please Come Home for Christmas (Pointblank/Charisma)
*Jorma Kaukonen: Christmas (Relix)
*Marta Sebestyen: Apochrya (Hannibal)
*John Fahey: The New Possibility and Christmas, Vol. 2 (Takoma)
*Leon Redbone: Christmas Island (August)
*Various Artists: Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (Columbia)
*Various Artists: Even Santa Gets The Blues (Pointblank)
!!!WORLD:
*Bulgarian Voices: Christmas Sacrament (Fremeaux)
*Les Voix Bulgares, Chants de Noel (Fremeaux)
*Various Artists: Mas! A Caribbean Christmas Party (Ryko)
*Various Artists: Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat)
!!!JAZZ:
*Chet Baker: Silent Nights (DineMec)
*Cyrus Chestnut: Blessed Quietness: A Collection Of Hymns, Spirituals And Carols
*Ella Fitzgerald: Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve)
*Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas
*Various Artists: Hipster's Holiday — Vocal Jazz and R&B Classics (Rhino)
*Various Artists: Hot Jazz for a Cool Night (MusicMasters)
*Various Artists: God Rest Ye Merry, Jazzmen (Columbia)
!!!NEW AGE:
*John Boswell: Festival Of The Heart (Hearts Of Space)
*Kitaro: Peace on Earth (Domo)
*Susan Mazer & Dallas Smith: Carol For The Planet (Intersound)
*David Lanz/Michael Jones: Solstice (Narada)
*Eric Tingstad/Nancy Rumble: The Gift (Sona Gaia)
*George Winston: December (Windham Hill)
*The Joy Circuit: Crystal Clear Christmas (A&M)
*Shane Keister: The Sounds Of Christmas (RCA)
!!!COUNTRY:
*Ben Keith: Christmas — Seven Gates (Reprise)
*Emmylou Harris: Light Of The Stable (Warner Bros.) —
*Jerry Jeff Walker: Christmas Gonzo Style (Rykodisc)
*Travis Tritt: Loving Time Of The Year (Warner Bros.)
*Various Artists: Christmas On The Range (Capitol)
*Various Artists: Hillbilly Holiday (Rhino)
!!!NOVELTY & COMEDY:
*Bob Rivers Comedy Corp: Twisted Christmas (Atco)
*Elmo & Patsy: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (Epic)
*Spike Jones: It's A Spike Jones Christmas (Rhino)
*The Scrooge Brothers: Commercial Christmasland (Rhino)
*The Three Stooges: Christmas Time With (Rhino)
*Various Artists: Dr. Demento — The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time (Rhino)
!!!VOCALISTS:
*Amy Grant: Home For Christmas (A&M)
*Dean Martin: The Christmas Album (Reprise)
*Dean Martin: Christmas With Dino (Capitol)
*Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas (Capitol)
*Frank Sinatra: Christmas Dreaming (Columbia)
*Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Christmas (Capitol)
*The Manhattan Transfer: The Christmas Album (Columbia)
!!!EASY LISTENING:
*Ferrante & Teicher: Snowbound/We Wish You A Merry Christmas (United Artists/EMI)
*Lawrence Welk, His Orchestra and Chorus: 22 Merry Christmas Favorites (Ranwwood)
*Mantovani And His Orchestra: Christmas Favourites and The Great Songs Of Christmas (London and Bainbridge).
!!!CLASSICAL:
*A Christmas Tree (Columbia)
*Brian Slawson: A Yule Log (CBS)
*The Hampton String Quartet: What If MOZART Wrote "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas?” (RCA Red Seal)
*Mannhein Steamroller: Christmas and A Fresh Aire Christmas by Chip Davis (American Gramophone)
*Sarah Brightman: A Winter Symphony (Angel)
 

A shortened version of this column appears in the December, 2018, print edition of Creative Loafing."
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  string(33050) "At some point, marketing teams realized that Christmas time is big business, not only for general retail sales, but for music sales — and the best way to exploit the fact during the holiday season is for recording artists to release Christmas albums. Forget that since the advent of the phonograph record there have been Christmas records; the last two decades have seen the market flooded with them.

While such recordings may be a way to cash in — I mean, Neil Diamond and Barbra “''Four Christmas Albums For Chrissake''” Streisand — I’ve always enjoyed listening to Christmas music this time of the year, maybe even more than Christmas itself. Okay, maybe not being hammered over the head everywhere I go with Christmas songs, but having the option and a reason for playing the music in December sure beats the hell out of playing Christmas songs in May. Or July. Twenty years ago was the last Christmas and holiday music recap I published, but, just like you dragging decorations out of the basement  and down from the attic, I couldn’t resist bringing the list out another time.

And there’s so much more from which to choose! Forget the old standards from when I was a kid, the voices of Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza filling the house, the former singing the holiday carols and the latter delivering the more traditional hymns, leading up to Christmas day. It always struck me a little funny: All year long contemporary rock and pop would be played on the family stereo — a (now) vintage in-wall RCA BK2 with a pair of three-foot by one-and-a-half foot three-way speakers with crossovers — but between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this other music, by these other singers, would come out of the closet for a few weeks, then the records would be put away until the next year.

It was pretty standard seasonal sounds, alright, until the mid-‘60s. Then ''A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector'' was released. And things changed. Darlene Love, The Ronettes, and The Crystals hit us with that Wall Of Sound. In mono! The next year, ''The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album'' followed, then the Supremes released ''Merry Christmas'' The Beatles started releasing their fan club Christmas singles, and before you know it, it’s 2009 and Bob f''ucking'' Dylan is releasing ''Christmas In The Heart''! Not only is it good, it’s incredible, embodying all that’s right about Christmas music: hymns, carols and popular songs that are spirited, upbeat, fun and sincere. Almost a decade after its release, many still scoff at it, some don’t even know it exists, but Dylan really captures the spirit and warmth of the holidays in this unexpected gem that few others can match.

That’s not to diminish others who have tossed their wreath in the snow. Walk into any good record store or search online and you'll find holiday music available in every genre — rock, pop, soul, rap, new age, jazz, classical, punk, post-industrial, Goth — more artists than ever are releasing Christmas music, and they’re doing so in interesting ways. While many take the old, familiar carols that many of us grew up on and reinterpret them in their own style, others have written their own Christmas songs, taking the time to pen original compositions that either retell the traditional tales or comment on society during a time that, for many, is one of reflection, as some look back, others forward, with everyone looking for a better day. __Aimee Mann__ does a great job with ''One More Drifter in the Snow''. __Annie Lennox__ is rockin’ around the right Christmas tree on ''A Christmas Cornucopia''. Others who hit the mark with their seasonal offerings are __Tracey Thorn__ with ''Tinsel And Lights''; __Sarah McLachlan__, ''Wintersong''; __Kim Wilde__, ''Wilde Winter Songbook''; __M. Ward__ and __Zooey Deschanel__ with ''A She & Him Christmas''; __Pink Martini__ brings it with ''Joy To The World''; __Sufjan Stevens__, whose five-CD box set, ''Songs For Christmas Sing-A-Long (In Stereo Hi-Fi)'' should not be missed, and the Jesus of Cool himself, __Nick Lowe__, knocks it outta the park with ''Quality Street — A Seasonal Selection For All The Family''. These are just some of the ''newer'' releases.

This year, __Eric Clapton__, who recently released ''Merry Xmas'', gives Christmas songs their props with this formidable reinterpretation of the classics — and an original or two, with his latter day blues riffs spicing up the holidays just fine. __JD McPherson__, whose ''“Socks”'' is also welcome Christmas fare, plays it just right with his roots Americana approach. The same holds true for Bloodshot Records’ release from last year, ''The 13 Days of Xmas'', the various artists compilation with tracks from __Murder By Death__, ''Barrence Whitfield & the Savages'', one-time Atlantan __Kelly Hogan__ and the man who refuses to quit when he quits, __Dexter Romweber__. And __John Legend__ sings the standards straight on his new album, ''A Legendary Christmas''.

There are plenty of old standards worth seeking out — and I’m still not talking __Dean Martin__, __Nat “King” Cole__ or __Frank Sinatra__. __Arthur Lyman__’s ''With A Christmas Vibe'' is a bachelor pad staple; __Jerry Jeff Walker__’s ''Christmas Gonzo Style'' rides high; __Martin Atkins and the Chicago Industrial League__ pound a white noise Christmas with ''The Industrial Christmas Carol''; __Morgan Fisher__ presents the perfect hybrid of styles with ''Claws''; and you can’t do wrong with __James Brown__ when he proclaims, ''Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag''.

Want to go the more traditional route, without the syrupy-sweet hangover? Get back with __Ethan James__, ''The Ancient Music''; __Marta Sebestyen__, ''Apocrypha''; __Les Voix Bulgares__, ''Chants de Noel''; and for those not wanting to go too far back in time, there’s the beautiful contemporary take on the past, ''Manzanera and MacKay present Christmas'' by __The Players__ to make your spirits bright.

Locally, __Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies__ have a new holiday EP, ''Toddie Time'' out this week, sure to compliment her 1992 offering, ''A Swingin’ Christmas in the Attic''. __Indigo Girls__ give a beautiful holiday offering with ''Holly Happy Days''. You can hear __The Black Lips__ perform “Christmas in Baghdad” on a split single b/w “Plump Righteous” from __King Khan and BBQ Show__. Not too (too) long ago, __The Woggles__ released a fine Christmas single, the original “Santa’s Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho)” b/w “Back Door Santa.” If you look in the right places, and you’re lucky, you can find “Red Lights (Merry Christmas)” by __Dreams So Real__. The same holds true for those willing to search for If your luck holds up, and your willing to dig, you’ll also strike gold with the “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 45 by __Face of Concern__.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of local Christmas recordings, nor is it but a sampling of those by national and international artists. But, it’s a start. A good start.

!!!__The 45 List__
Many of the best Yuletide rock songs have been released only as singles. It's rare that an artist will include a Christmas song on an album, but it has been done. __The Pretenders__' "2000 Years" is on ''Learning To Crawl'' and the __Payola$__' "Christmas Is Coming" is on ''Hammer On A Drum'', just as the __Bongos__ released "Tree Wise Men" on ''Drums Along The Hudson'' and __"Weird" Al Yankovic__ included "Christmas At Ground Zero" on ''Polka Party!''. But that's the exception rather than the rule.

When the songs do appear on 45s, they are usually "B"-sides, unless its a special seasonal release, in which case usually both sides have a holiday theme. A number of seven and twelve-inch singles have been released, many of which are still available. Some are worth shopping for. You decide. Here are a few of them:

*Adams, Bryan: "Christmas Time" b/w "Reggae Christmas" (A&M)
*Blondie/Fab Five Freddy/Snuky Tate: “[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJpVE_Wvcyk|Christmas Rapture]” (Flexi)
*Billy Jackson and the Citizen's Band: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVk0j5VyXwk|Have A Happy Christmas ('Twas The Night Before Christmas)]" (London)
*The Black Lips: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epWdUosmYwc|Christmas in Baghdad]" b/w The King Khan & BBQ Show: "Plump Righteous" (Norton)
*The Blacktop Rockets: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPfBJOrHp5w|Yuletide Blues]" b/w Thee Kustom Kings"El Rudolfo"(Straight8)
*Bowie, Davis and Bing Crosby: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADbJLo4x-tk|Peace On Earth"/"Little Drummer Boy]" b/w "Fantastic Voyage" (RCA)
*The Buzz of Delight: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGY1XWSOxHA|Christmas]" (DB Recs)
*Can: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iInAuoio-pQ|Silent Night]" b/w "Cascade Waltz" (EMI)
*Cannibals: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfyBhHAgmpY|Christmas Rock 'N' Roll]" b/w "New Year's Eve Song" (Hit)
*Captain Kangaroo: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEAVczc2YH0|When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter]" b/w "Sleigh Ride" (Golden)
*Captain Sensible: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZM9k5PRF3Oc&t=64s|One Christmas Catalogue]" b/w "Relax" (A&M)
*Cocteau Twins: “[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Vm9_mXmtKo|Winter Wonderland]” and “[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e874vKfYfuU|Frosty The Snowman]” (Capitol)
*Damned: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN8n99BUO-A|There Ain't No Sanity Clause]" b/w "Looking At You" (Big Beat)
*Dreams So Real: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDsP2vv1KaQ|Red Lights (Merry Christmas)]" b/w "Bearing Witness" (Arista)
*Dumbells (Roxy Music): "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpU6ydV32Co|Giddy-Up (inc. 'Sleigh Rides')]" b/w "A Christmas Dream" (EG)
*Eagles: "Please Come Home For Christmas" b/w "Funky New Year" (Elektra)
*Elmo & Patsy: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LMMRXyr00c|Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer]" [[original] (Stiff)
*Elton John: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN-Yka-73PE|Step Into Christmas]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzoBDSQAb-c|Ho Ho Ho (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas)]" (MCA)
*Enya: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odihck81MZA|Oiche Chiun] (Silent Night)" (Reprise)
*Face Of Concern: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGN4mjmfB28|Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)]" (Press)
*Face Of Concern: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RkOleh4R9M|Peace By Tomorrow]" (Dragon Path)
*Father Guido Sarducci: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW_5lXPAk_8|I Won't Be Twisting This Christmas]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2p0b4UruXM|Santa's Lament]"(Warner Bros.)
*Fear: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Zgol2NQhlM|Fuck Christmas]" b/w "(Beep) Christmas" (Slash)
*Foghat: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMnRKaqUxyU|Goin' Home For Christmas]" b/w "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" (Merry Christmas 1986)
*Freddy King: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NfOoIRFOug|I Hear Jingle Bells" b/w " Christmas Tears]" (Federal)
*George Thorogood and the Destroyers: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGnyYrBR8-M|Rock 'N' Roll Christmas]" b/w "New Year's Eve Party" (EMI)
*Greg Lake: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMtteocAA80|I Believe in Father Christmas]" (Manticore)
*Greedies: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEU_m2fH7TM|A Merry Jingle]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAveSu_Yip4|A Merry Jangle]" (Vertigo)
*Headroom, Max: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OE4vvAxepz4|Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You're A Lovely Guy)]" b/w "Gimme Shades" (Chrysalis)
*Jethro Tull: ""[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJS9TjjHxx8&list=RDXJS9TjjHxx8&start_radio=1|Ring Out, Solstice Bells]" b/w " Christmas Song" (Chyrsalis)
*Jimi Hendrix: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFMzCpQ6VlQ&t=27s|Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne]" (Reprise)
*Jimmy: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWc_CkYmc2s|White Christmas]" b/w "Spin The Bottle" (Fatima)
*John Lennon & Yoko Ono: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkfJe5awin0|Happy Christmas (War Is Over)]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQG46cHgZ4E|Listen (The Snow Is Falling)]" (Apple/Capitol)
*Karen Mantler: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hagCmTJej7M|I Love Christmas]" (Watt)
*Kate Bush: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SldDENZ_jU|December Will Be Magic Again]" (EMI)
*Keith Richards: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDMDMLF2j1A|Run Rudolph Run]" (Rolling Stones)
*King Diamond: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK9auBEWS1I|No Presents For Christmas]" (Roadrunner)
*Kinks: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPPCPqDINEk|Father Christmas]" b/w "Wish I Could Fly Like Superman" (Arista)
*Korgis: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJYnr6NfQlM|Wish You A Merry Christmas]" b/w "Dumb Waiters" (WEA)
*Kurtis Blow: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xUFnGWWtoQ|Christmas Rappin']" (Mercury)
*McCartney, Paul: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9BZDpni56Y|Wonderful Christmastime]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQaeknSw80k|Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae]" (Columbia)
*Mike Lorenz: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkcV-Nmo4R0|The Rap Before Christmas]" b/w "Auld Lang Syne (Go Go)" (Hottrax)
*Miracle Legion: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTPzBvXanqc|Little Drummer Boy]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msJdt0Cu6SA|Blue Christmas]" (Incas)
*Patti Smith Group: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysFCXYYWWHs|White Christmas]" (Jason)
*Payola$: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEuMPAP3sdU|Christmas Is Coming]"
*Prince and the Revolution: "I Would Die 4 U" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1yFp9P-5Wg|Another Lonely Christmas]" (Warner Bros.)
*Ramones: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTgaD3pwRTc|Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)]" (WEA)
*Residents: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF19pIjgYRI|Santa Dog] 1978" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6UoYi1EADs|Santa Dog] 1972" (Ralph)
*Richards, Keith: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDMDMLF2j1A|Run Rudolph Run]" b/w "The Harder They Come" (Rolling Stones)
*Robert Fripp: “[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFAENQ2uVzs|Silent Night]” (EG flexi)
*Roy Wood's Wizzard: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJPc7esgvsA|I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday]" (UA)
*Russell, Leon: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yg8CxbcHq0|Slipping Into Christmas]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1VsWgR0cfU|Christmas In Chicago]" (Shelter)
*Siouxsie & The Banshees: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_2QaNWQs3s|Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant]" (Polydor)
*Spinal Tap: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWKN-EYFxbs|Christmas With The Devil]" b/w "Scratch Mix" (Enigma)
*Springsteen, Bruce: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76WFkKp8Tjs|Santa Claus Is Coming To Town]" (Columbia)
*Springsteen, Bruce: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeMY6R72XKE|Merry Christmas, Baby]" (Columbia)
*Squeeze: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB6BIYjPeHM|Christmas Day]" (A&M)
*Squier, Billy: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUN0xXBJF1k|Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You']" b/w "White Christmas" (Capitol)
*Tapper Zukie: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux9C6TD7rDQ|Archie, The Rednose Reindeer]" (Mer)
*Thick Pigeon: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVfhmAa7_Zg|Jingle Bell Rock]" b/w The French Impressionists: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdrLAzpbIvc|Santa Baby]" (Operation Twilight)
*Three Wise Men (XTC): "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtvp1u0lgGw|Thanks For Christmas]" b/w "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwocnJQ3Lr0|Countdown To Christmas Partytime]" (Virgin)
*Timbuk 3: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SsvqDUTZqc|All I Want For Christmas]" b/w "Blue Christmas"/"I Love You X 3" (I.R.S.)
*U.K. Subs: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8FSXXeDAUI|Hey Santa]" b/w "Thunderbird" (Fallout)
*Wham!: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmARGvPlI|Last Christmas]" b/w "Everything She Wants" (CBS)
*Wilde, Kim & Mel Smith: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq0WR0I4Rkc|Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree]" b/w "Deck The Blooming Halls" (10 Records)
*Wilson, Ann & Nancy: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WxNyFUY4No|Here Is Christmas]" b/w "Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella" (Capitol)
*The Woggles: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGXXeuX2ZE4|Santa's Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho)]" b/w "Back Door Santa" (Wicked Cool)
*Yobs: "[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4FBJ6yaJKg|Stille Nacht]" b/w ""Silent Nite" (Yob)
!!!__ROCK & POP:__
*Aimee Mann: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG-BjRSwz-w|One More Drifter In The Snow]''
*Annie Lennox: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw_JTkhDLvs|A Christmas Cornucopia]''
*Arthur Lyman: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8sXBBOGsoEw&list=PLtUS14-iG6NsIVL3zXV8FvNfavGaWxPxA|With A Christmas Vibe]''
*Bob Dylan: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8qE6WQmNus&list=PLGbb9KO9XC_Mbx6Az9MVdNn9o_uDzONRw|Christmas In The Heart]''
*Brian Wilson: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEgLe6x8j64&index=1&list=RDEEgLe6x8j64|What I Really Want For Christmas]''
*Canned Heat: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KrzyOQZ48I|Christmas Album]''
*Carly Simon: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZcyeQvEW8M&list=PL-UAvgJ-qe5-xG2h6ZyWc6WfbpPjM2nCd|Christmas Is Almost Here]''
*Carole King: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp4TMxB8hRE&list=PL8Z7cWD-PWoCrVpmoIlPQgjxUibiQaIx9|A Holiday Carole]''
*Chris Stamey Group: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MhEhoDaRDg|Christmas Time]''
*Christina Aguilera: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMMsoB1oe-s|My Kind Of Christmas]''
*Chuck Leavell: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GIYfnTxZSQ&list=PLVPt81KEhhs9qXH4fmjtlXRy6Q6Gous1x|What's In The Bag]?''
*Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcgdgpGBIOM&list=PLNf_NkEwN77pppJ65ozhiyYh9KhplRMm7|Crazy For Christmas]''
*Darlene Love: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwBPeZOLSU8&list=PLk2b6Hnz-CbCPOROUJz6uOu7ftMP1cuHV|It's Christmas, of Course]''
*Dwight Twilley: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_VcpMIzip4|Have A Twilley Christmas]'' EP
*Dwight Yoakam: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRDU3BDQATo&list=PLwuxvfSoK1RmCrgD5Y6c3aBxcbujW3oUD|Come On Christmas]''
*Eric Clapton: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUpDAbP2d_Y&list=PLEcMA7bon66lQ8-4WZOd5mIgtPKdna5Ym|Merry Xmas]''
*Esquivel: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTLmTyVwtu4&list=PLqAuMFNQKW2TFuyPaMXsfDVnC_Qpo3vKt|Merry Xmas From The Space-Age Bachelor Pad]''
*JD McPherson: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opktLUqP2Ek&list=PLe-WQQHddpPP1A7lng3Md1K06UrXkOw29|"Socks"]''
*Indio Girls:'' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWK6djHizfk&list=PL1q6sskV1AjizK4lnIgg0QY9Q5j92USvG|Holly Happy Days]''
*Jorma Kaukonen:'' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbigWwHY0Do|Christmas]''
*League Of Decency: ''A Swingin' Christmas''
*Los Straitjackets: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6o4HIh5AFI|'Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets!]''
*Low: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IippcraBPKA&list=PLPaztBWnatcifcyPsq5cymXi4V8kYhXab|Christmas]''
*Martin Atkins and the Chicago Industrial League: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3KopkjZQFo&list=OLAK5uy_nfkEGg9XZ43GnLW0MU-eI9xeVm4YaO16M|The Industrial Christmas Carol]''
*Michelle Malone: ''A Swinging Christmas In The Attic''
*Michelle Malone: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GAGfWhRWHQ&list=RD4GAGfWhRWHQ&start_radio=1&t=18|A Very SOTA Christmas]''
*Michelle Malone & the Hot Toddies:'' Toddie Time ''[https://michellemalone.com/store|(SBS)]
*Morgan Fisher: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3lftvsgnzw|Hybrid Kids] 2:''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA7fw3UzfTQ|Claws]''
*Nick Lowe: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhnZMTi8mDs&list=PL2VJOk2t-ON0YUlBvjHCfEWLMrd4qdLeI|Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family]''
*Pink Martini: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apRprBTv_WE&list=PLSJ7HQJnuqc4LP2tpQoKyIGJw3cYiSGK2|Joy To The World]''
*The Players:'' [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JFlIMq_PhM|Manzanera and MacKay present Christmas]'' (Ryko)
*The Raveonettes: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvsZFO2j_dY|Wishing You A Rave Christmas]'' (Vice)
*Ringo Starr: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaguXYTXYoA&list=PLNEwXhuF1SE01McNHI7P8uGGTDqKe3Wqd|I Wanna Be Santa Claus]''
*The Roches: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ostlplqrwXc&list=PLoXPzHGCzJbNDt8t7grkX8cuE3PxWEzsj|We Three Kings]''
*Rotary Connection: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDhq9QlLT0M&list=PLIiAjR80kJrOzBxyRAv6GB94aCS4wJwo3|Peace]''
*RuPaul: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ5dTb_NhJg&list=PLX80ClrhgquBI2qkFw1gD2AgDeQN3O99d|Ho Ho Ho]''
*Sarah McLachlan: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZi4zxBVYv4|Wintersong]''
*Shawn Colvin: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5i1QzXdezU&list=PLB0xGdhVdMlb4yRyOHlLaSkbgi9DKpax2|Holiday Songs And Lullabies]''
*She & Him: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rz4oG4eh5J0&list=PLEC2FCC95451E0F6E|A Very She & Him Christmas]''
*Sufjan Stevens: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooxEOjkM1V8&list=PLX68ZEYlh74t81rRCh2-oMSYUENChlpHr|Songs For Christmas] ''Box Set:
*  Sufjan Stevens: ''Vol. I: Noel''
*  Sufjan Stevens: ''Vol. II: Hark!''
*  Sufjan Stevens: ''Vol. III: Ding! Dong!''
*  Sufjan Stevens: ''Vol. IV: Joy!''
*  Sufjan Stevens: ''Vol. V: Peace!''
*Tracey Thorn: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maRckqODJnA&list=PLAMBqesEcu2KIszD7RH6I0tA35oTtqcW0|Tinsel And Lights]''
!!!__Various Artists:__
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-04y9DqYSA4|The Christmas Album]'' (Sony)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Su5xXfUROPA|Christmas in Stereo]'' and ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruguvrJEAXE&list=PLUk2XTg6BUUrnznMQ5fddJQEyqdkEKVyr|Christmas 2]'' (Kindercore)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuhvjgKa2xY&list=OLAK5uy_m9rYYybSI5wJEvDEDpBqlota4hG5S_icw|A Christmas Record]'' (Ze)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGJDEzmp7YY|Christmas Present 1992]'' (Sister Ruby)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMIWwAcPJ-w|Christmas Present Vol. 2] ''(Sister Ruby)
*''Christmas Present, Vol. 3'' (Sister Ruby)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNfo14L4I00&list=PLB4vWt6ylsDeT2sCFqooO-tlPKl8GEZ4l|Christmas Vols. 1, 1987 — 7, 1993]'' (Perimeter)
*''Flagpole 1990: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTnEy6J3iQw|A Flagpole Christmas Album]''
*''Flagpole 1991: Son of the Flagpole Christmas Album''
*''Flagpole 1992: The Daughter of the Flagpole Christmas Album''
*''Flagpole 1992: The Mother of All Flagpole Christmas Albums''
*''Flagpole 1993: The Red-Headed Stepchild of the Flagpole Christmas Album''
*''Flagpole 1994: The Soft-Spoken Beatnik Cousin of the Flagpole Christmas Album'' (Long Play)
*''Flagpole 1995: Chilly, the Flagpole Christmas Album That Could Not Love''
*''Flagpole 1996: The Flagpole Christmas Album: The "white" album.''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owDsmEtBGRw|The Mother Of All Flagpole Christmas Albums]'' (Ortone)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9rQZHQYh5g|Ghosts Of Christmas Past]'' (Les Disques Du Crepuscule)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD3kWv_nGHg|Ghosts Of Christmas Past]'' (LTM 2-CD)
*''Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus, [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OteCvloIlzQ|Vols. 1] and [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBf-cFJ4fYU|2]'' (Sympathy For The Record Industry)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwxI7YehpCE|Hardcore Holiday]'' (Essential Noise)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bNmZlBSfY8|A Lump Of Coal] ''(First Warning)
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hceuc7Ri3_w|A Midnight Christmas Mess] (Midnight)''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEndUghf4e0&list=PLsGtetDZxMkd0wyO4TB7cCcCy_BULGiiq|Riot Grrrl Christmas] (Cleopatra)''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa5Vorr_2TQ|A Very Special Christmas]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKScb-iKRZA|A Very Special Christmas 2]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E365JZzlJHU|A Very Special Christmas — Jazz To The World]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLxm0ztpfr8|A Very Special Christmas — World Christmas]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MN8ZVQ2fYEE|A Very Special Christmas 3]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stdQzb3exTE|A Very Special Christmas 4 — Live From Washington, D.C.]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xb6J7N8UncE|A Very Special Christmas 5]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXo16s5RYrE|A Very Special Christmas 6 — Acoustic Christmas]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3JETFQHeEI|A Very Special Christmas 7]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EbJEK7DG_k&list=PLp4WAZupv4cxjaqvmtvVgI9fhodXggNgI|A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HplQLTVMe5w&list=PLTeYHB0ZYiiEWb6DU63i3qYKxjOyGEnop|A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth]''
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmnMarFEg6Q&list=PLPihO8lCpef68T86GelN86KR81ZMcVGWX|VH1: The Big 80's Christmas]'' (Rhino)
*''The World Shines Brightly, Parts [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XynizvjqpUs|One], [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDyUpXkVTf8|Two,] [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gko_jQkpTqk|Three] & [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvkOe4Euk8M|Four]'' — Trattoria Calendar O.S.T.
!!!__RAP:__
*MC M: ''Xmaz N The Hood'' (Priority)
*Fishbone: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFXxTzFriTk|It's A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time)]'' (Columbia)
*Various Artists: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR07r0ZMFb8&list=PL775379B495167545|Christmas Rap] (Profile).
!!!__SOUL and R&B:__
*Blind Boys of Alabama: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBnZNFum7lA&list=PLbvfZq25KkgT3yST3xMYM9stENPWJRNvo|Go Tell it on the Mountain]'' (RealWorld)
*Booker T. & the MG's: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t6nYXsJj4Y&list=PLsgrzvnJh6uYiyCPKjUxZwHgfEcHU21qJ|In The Christmas Spirit]'' (Atlantic)
*James Brown: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz48PR__uSo|Santa's Got A Brand New Bag]'' (Rhino)
*Jackie Wilson: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXatM0bmEBc&list=PLby01Twvr2sNq-Sm8hZJfy1DrIARVqjFR|Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson]'' (Rhino)
*John Legend: ''A Legendary Christmas''
*New Edition: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBct5LFvqMo&list=PLoVy35FDnV3Zm5ZMDVER9Ie4TPI0XoTm1|Christmas All Over The World]'' (MCA)
*Ray Charles: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pn9oq0Piupg&list=PLmxGDTmqIb1_cN02BXtHcEGC0RBSVNhy6|The Spirit Of Christmas]'' (Columbia/Rhino)
*The Sounds Of Blackness: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhRpbQx-cWc&list=PLT4Leya58_OquvKI9CvO9m2NuZCyOfvUq|The Night Before Christmas — A Musical Fantasy]'' (Perspective)
!!!__OLDIES:__
*The Beach Boys: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbgxDgVmMF0&list=PLEx1wRI-Ly4ybCjpvZuP56_iZocbmUXFJ|Christmas Album]'' (Capitol)
*Bobby Darin: ''The 25th Day Of December'' (Atco)
*Elvis Presley: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZDcbfWzap8|Elvis' Christmas Album]'' (RCA)
*The Four Seasons: ''Christmas Album'' (Rhino)
*The Partridge Family: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm3ZOMDS8Gw&list=PL4rT3Z_mEM3VvjAclrAtIhHNcKXRTykuB|A Christmas Card]'' (Razor & Tie)
*Phil Spector & Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pVon5xDARc|A Christmas Gift For You]'' (Rhino)
!!!__FOLK & BLUES:__
*Boys of the Lough: ''Midwinter Night's Dream'' (Blix Street)
*Brave Combo: ''"It's Christmas, Man!"'' (Rounder)
*Joan Baez: ''Noel'' (Vanguard)
*John Wesley Harding: ''God Made Me Do It'' (Sire/Reprise)
*Johnny Winter: ''Please Come Home for Christmas'' (Pointblank/Charisma)
*Jorma Kaukonen: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbigWwHY0Do|Christmas]'' (Relix)
*Marta Sebestyen: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6SP-WbDDag|Apochrya] (Hannibal)
*John Fahey: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fw5WXJh01c&list=PLKiEBsOXrNf4Gk_puDBafCP0RvmU06WeZ|The New Possibility]'' and ''Christmas, Vol. 2'' (Takoma)
*Leon Redbone: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_Ooam_DePw&list=PLRDZXQMN5aW3erpnWOzU16a4Fkgximnbq|Christmas Island]'' (August)
*Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2U77wC1dpM&list=OLAK5uy_kfKA3EjafADWkh14zbSxhplMANt-veCKI|Death Might Be Your Santa Claus]'' (Columbia)
*Various Artists: ''Even Santa Gets The Blues'' (Pointblank)
!!!__WORLD:__
*Bulgarian Voices: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcAq_aQLzf4|Christmas Sacrament]'' (Fremeaux)
*Les Voix Bulgares, ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4e6GeWCQhg|Chants de Noel] (Fremeaux)''
*Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppS5mQMkqXM&list=PLEE_NFEZXSc7r2SIT-kblncS6R8OmWHzM|Mas! A Caribbean Christmas Party]'' (Ryko)
*Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75nm7Wuktnk|Reggae Christmas From Studio One]'' (Heartbeat)
!!!__JAZZ:__
*Chet Baker: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIGcnviSuqM|Silent Nights]'' (DineMec)
*Cyrus Chestnut: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zADeSsdh8V8&list=PLot-PV0i6toLuLDhcv4TxwOGeT5t3njdk|Blessed Quietness: A Collection Of Hymns, Spirituals And Carols]''
*Ella Fitzgerald: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59xvZhJFQRQ&list=PL5A20A6534F2F8200|Wishes You A Swinging Christmas] (Verve)
*Vince Guaraldi Trio: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fh133ZO1AE&list=PLEpZan9S2GOFesp-gJqsdD80a7zoaflHa|A Charlie Brown Christmas]''
*Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UJiN8DQWsE&list=PL0KF_S_yJp7Fu9uqqKKwNUjksq27XmIFo|Hipster's Holiday — Vocal Jazz and R&B Classics]'' (Rhino)
*Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os7aC70vQ9A|Hot Jazz for a Cool Night]'' (MusicMasters)
*Various Artists: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5U5HpTqOTDQ|God Rest Ye Merry, Jazzmen] (Columbia)
!!!__NEW AGE:__
*John Boswell: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7os1eIDmWQ&list=PLMMI15nH5ZnSTK-PHTfKWaU0cauiuM61U|Festival Of The Heart]'' (Hearts Of Space)
*Kitaro: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UivXFfMYvQk&list=PLYrSaDwJaL0_zMt9fi-nzscQBWMmrahtr|Peace on Earth]'' (Domo)
*Susan Mazer & Dallas Smith: ''Carol For The Planet'' (Intersound)
*David Lanz/Michael Jones: ''Solstice'' (Narada)
*Eric Tingstad/Nancy Rumble: ''The Gift'' (Sona Gaia)
*George Winston: ''December'' (Windham Hill)
*The Joy Circuit: ''Crystal Clear Christmas'' (A&M)
*Shane Keister: ''The Sounds Of Christmas'' (RCA)
!!!__COUNTRY:__
*Ben Keith: ''Christmas — Seven Gates'' (Reprise)
*Emmylou Harris: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yem_U7lcW3U&list=PLUX_40RI2machxwTUnAiMJjhxcmYh7-KW|Light Of The Stable]'' (Warner Bros.) —
*Jerry Jeff Walker: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrX1Qf5uXbQ&list=PLn7WpZNe80SfDKDbUQngdPxCCh6i_ti5v|Christmas Gonzo Style]'' (Rykodisc)
*Travis Tritt: ''Loving Time Of The Year'' (Warner Bros.)
*Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhkUySpBIEU&list=PLJlf561shgDiQc05pzn6f6ohGefRCqiY8|Christmas On The Range]'' (Capitol)
*Various Artists: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plT2sgkU-Ck&list=PL3U_qZxitgIUEPOE3nWpWHt6YCaGTFRGK|Hillbilly Holiday]'' (Rhino)
!!!__NOVELTY & COMEDY:__
*Bob Rivers Comedy Corp: ''Twisted Christmas'' (Atco)
*Elmo & Patsy: ''Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer'' (Epic)
*Spike Jones: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y--AclYidTM&list=PLWKQHRrrhxmYkxKewRGmSyDebYZi6Lf_0|It's A Spike Jones Christmas]'' (Rhino)
*The Scrooge Brothers: ''Commercial Christmasland'' (Rhino)
*The Three Stooges: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-PcG0XjCBc&list=PL9NX9KVRUrr_MMmJsQcVzeq2BHycKg2bk|Christmas Time With]'' (Rhino)
*Various Artists: Dr. Demento — ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBpLEtkXC4U|The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time]'' (Rhino)
!!!__VOCALISTS:__
*Amy Grant: ''Home For Christmas'' (A&M)
*Dean Martin: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pmhgOaTbC0&list=PL9pRcaYn5Sdyq5XwfNmCCQ4PK69WqxnMP|The Christmas Album ]''(Reprise)
*Dean Martin: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crFQpOCDfEc&list=PL8atuXZmD6_s-8T49U5d1FdbYr1hK4crb|Christmas With Dino] ''(Capitol)
*Frank Sinatra: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgbORtSeCpo&list=PLh_3sIP0AdUmJRAvkHNe4kPNJLPzey25J|A Jolly Christmas]'' (Capitol)
*Frank Sinatra: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ohZDizbYKk&list=PLo183F6Kf9SQYue7suN20Pf1OdoQEsQO7|Christmas Dreaming] ''(Columbia)
*Frank Sinatra: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc_ycgzYd0c&list=PLfqC7HSvKOoDtne9bS2FP3PeeWVtRLyac|Ultimate Christmas] ''(Capitol)
*The Manhattan Transfer: ''The Christmas Album'' (Columbia)
!!!__EASY LISTENING:__
*Ferrante & Teicher: ''Snowbound/We Wish You A Merry Christmas'' (United Artists/EMI)
*Lawrence Welk, His Orchestra and Chorus: ''22 Merry Christmas Favorites'' (Ranwwood)
*Mantovani And His Orchestra: ''Christmas Favourites'' and ''The Great Songs Of Christmas'' (London and Bainbridge).
!!!__CLASSICAL:__
*''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT-qcDHQt5A|A Christmas Tree]'' (Columbia)
*Brian Slawson: ''A Yule Log'' (CBS)
*The Hampton String Quartet: ''What If MOZART Wrote "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas?”'' (RCA Red Seal)
*Mannhein Steamroller: ''Christmas'' and ''A Fresh Aire Christmas by Chip Davis'' (American Gramophone)
*Sarah Brightman: ''[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vrnzKA7ok0&list=PLDbl53HrCo6cmgXRhw_sd9_0Ln2VmSXyg|A Winter Symphony] (Angel)''
 

''A shortened version of this column appears in the December, 2018, print edition of ''Creative Loafing''.''"
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  string(21034) " HIFREQS Print  2018-12-08T17:16:57+00:00 HIFREQS print.jpg    christmasmusic christmassongs holidaytunes Do you hear what I hear? 11750  2018-12-23T19:22:00+00:00 HIGH FREQUENCIES: Sounds Like Christmas tony.paris@creativeloafing.com Tony Paris Tony Paris Tony Paris 2018-12-23T19:22:00+00:00  At some point, marketing teams realized that Christmas time is big business, not only for general retail sales, but for music sales — and the best way to exploit the fact during the holiday season is for recording artists to release Christmas albums. Forget that since the advent of the phonograph record there have been Christmas records; the last two decades have seen the market flooded with them.

While such recordings may be a way to cash in — I mean, Neil Diamond and Barbra “Four Christmas Albums For Chrissake” Streisand — I’ve always enjoyed listening to Christmas music this time of the year, maybe even more than Christmas itself. Okay, maybe not being hammered over the head everywhere I go with Christmas songs, but having the option and a reason for playing the music in December sure beats the hell out of playing Christmas songs in May. Or July. Twenty years ago was the last Christmas and holiday music recap I published, but, just like you dragging decorations out of the basement  and down from the attic, I couldn’t resist bringing the list out another time.

And there’s so much more from which to choose! Forget the old standards from when I was a kid, the voices of Bing Crosby and Mario Lanza filling the house, the former singing the holiday carols and the latter delivering the more traditional hymns, leading up to Christmas day. It always struck me a little funny: All year long contemporary rock and pop would be played on the family stereo — a (now) vintage in-wall RCA BK2 with a pair of three-foot by one-and-a-half foot three-way speakers with crossovers — but between Thanksgiving and Christmas, this other music, by these other singers, would come out of the closet for a few weeks, then the records would be put away until the next year.

It was pretty standard seasonal sounds, alright, until the mid-‘60s. Then A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector was released. And things changed. Darlene Love, The Ronettes, and The Crystals hit us with that Wall Of Sound. In mono! The next year, The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album followed, then the Supremes released Merry Christmas The Beatles started releasing their fan club Christmas singles, and before you know it, it’s 2009 and Bob fucking Dylan is releasing Christmas In The Heart! Not only is it good, it’s incredible, embodying all that’s right about Christmas music: hymns, carols and popular songs that are spirited, upbeat, fun and sincere. Almost a decade after its release, many still scoff at it, some don’t even know it exists, but Dylan really captures the spirit and warmth of the holidays in this unexpected gem that few others can match.

That’s not to diminish others who have tossed their wreath in the snow. Walk into any good record store or search online and you'll find holiday music available in every genre — rock, pop, soul, rap, new age, jazz, classical, punk, post-industrial, Goth — more artists than ever are releasing Christmas music, and they’re doing so in interesting ways. While many take the old, familiar carols that many of us grew up on and reinterpret them in their own style, others have written their own Christmas songs, taking the time to pen original compositions that either retell the traditional tales or comment on society during a time that, for many, is one of reflection, as some look back, others forward, with everyone looking for a better day. Aimee Mann does a great job with One More Drifter in the Snow. Annie Lennox is rockin’ around the right Christmas tree on A Christmas Cornucopia. Others who hit the mark with their seasonal offerings are Tracey Thorn with Tinsel And Lights; Sarah McLachlan, Wintersong; Kim Wilde, Wilde Winter Songbook; M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel with A She & Him Christmas; Pink Martini brings it with Joy To The World; Sufjan Stevens, whose five-CD box set, Songs For Christmas Sing-A-Long (In Stereo Hi-Fi) should not be missed, and the Jesus of Cool himself, Nick Lowe, knocks it outta the park with Quality Street — A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. These are just some of the newer releases.

This year, Eric Clapton, who recently released Merry Xmas, gives Christmas songs their props with this formidable reinterpretation of the classics — and an original or two, with his latter day blues riffs spicing up the holidays just fine. JD McPherson, whose “Socks” is also welcome Christmas fare, plays it just right with his roots Americana approach. The same holds true for Bloodshot Records’ release from last year, The 13 Days of Xmas, the various artists compilation with tracks from Murder By Death, Barrence Whitfield & the Savages, one-time Atlantan Kelly Hogan and the man who refuses to quit when he quits, Dexter Romweber. And John Legend sings the standards straight on his new album, A Legendary Christmas.

There are plenty of old standards worth seeking out — and I’m still not talking Dean Martin, Nat “King” Cole or Frank Sinatra. Arthur Lyman’s With A Christmas Vibe is a bachelor pad staple; Jerry Jeff Walker’s Christmas Gonzo Style rides high; Martin Atkins and the Chicago Industrial League pound a white noise Christmas with The Industrial Christmas Carol; Morgan Fisher presents the perfect hybrid of styles with Claws; and you can’t do wrong with James Brown when he proclaims, Santa’s Got A Brand New Bag.

Want to go the more traditional route, without the syrupy-sweet hangover? Get back with Ethan James, The Ancient Music; Marta Sebestyen, Apocrypha; Les Voix Bulgares, Chants de Noel; and for those not wanting to go too far back in time, there’s the beautiful contemporary take on the past, Manzanera and MacKay present Christmas by The Players to make your spirits bright.

Locally, Michelle Malone and the Hot Toddies have a new holiday EP, Toddie Time out this week, sure to compliment her 1992 offering, A Swingin’ Christmas in the Attic. Indigo Girls give a beautiful holiday offering with Holly Happy Days. You can hear The Black Lips perform “Christmas in Baghdad” on a split single b/w “Plump Righteous” from King Khan and BBQ Show. Not too (too) long ago, The Woggles released a fine Christmas single, the original “Santa’s Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho)” b/w “Back Door Santa.” If you look in the right places, and you’re lucky, you can find “Red Lights (Merry Christmas)” by Dreams So Real. The same holds true for those willing to search for If your luck holds up, and your willing to dig, you’ll also strike gold with the “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) 45 by Face of Concern.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of local Christmas recordings, nor is it but a sampling of those by national and international artists. But, it’s a start. A good start.

!!!The 45 List
Many of the best Yuletide rock songs have been released only as singles. It's rare that an artist will include a Christmas song on an album, but it has been done. The Pretenders' "2000 Years" is on Learning To Crawl and the Payola$' "Christmas Is Coming" is on Hammer On A Drum, just as the Bongos released "Tree Wise Men" on Drums Along The Hudson and "Weird" Al Yankovic included "Christmas At Ground Zero" on Polka Party!. But that's the exception rather than the rule.

When the songs do appear on 45s, they are usually "B"-sides, unless its a special seasonal release, in which case usually both sides have a holiday theme. A number of seven and twelve-inch singles have been released, many of which are still available. Some are worth shopping for. You decide. Here are a few of them:

*Adams, Bryan: "Christmas Time" b/w "Reggae Christmas" (A&M)
*Blondie/Fab Five Freddy/Snuky Tate: “Christmas Rapture” (Flexi)
*Billy Jackson and the Citizen's Band: "Have A Happy Christmas ('Twas The Night Before Christmas)" (London)
*The Black Lips: "Christmas in Baghdad" b/w The King Khan & BBQ Show: "Plump Righteous" (Norton)
*The Blacktop Rockets: "Yuletide Blues" b/w Thee Kustom Kings"El Rudolfo"(Straight8)
*Bowie, Davis and Bing Crosby: "Peace On Earth"/"Little Drummer Boy" b/w "Fantastic Voyage" (RCA)
*The Buzz of Delight: "Christmas" (DB Recs)
*Can: "Silent Night" b/w "Cascade Waltz" (EMI)
*Cannibals: "Christmas Rock 'N' Roll" b/w "New Year's Eve Song" (Hit)
*Captain Kangaroo: "When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter" b/w "Sleigh Ride" (Golden)
*Captain Sensible: "One Christmas Catalogue" b/w "Relax" (A&M)
*Cocteau Twins: “Winter Wonderland” and “Frosty The Snowman” (Capitol)
*Damned: "There Ain't No Sanity Clause" b/w "Looking At You" (Big Beat)
*Dreams So Real: "Red Lights (Merry Christmas)" b/w "Bearing Witness" (Arista)
*Dumbells (Roxy Music): "Giddy-Up (inc. 'Sleigh Rides')" b/w "A Christmas Dream" (EG)
*Eagles: "Please Come Home For Christmas" b/w "Funky New Year" (Elektra)
*Elmo & Patsy: "Grandma got Run Over by a Reindeer" original (Stiff)
*Elton John: "Step Into Christmas" b/w "Ho Ho Ho (Who'd Be A Turkey At Christmas)" (MCA)
*Enya: "Oiche Chiun (Silent Night)" (Reprise)
*Face Of Concern: "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" (Press)
*Face Of Concern: "Peace By Tomorrow" (Dragon Path)
*Father Guido Sarducci: "I Won't Be Twisting This Christmas" b/w "Santa's Lament"(Warner Bros.)
*Fear: "Fuck Christmas" b/w "(Beep) Christmas" (Slash)
*Foghat: "Goin' Home For Christmas" b/w "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" (Merry Christmas 1986)
*Freddy King: "I Hear Jingle Bells" b/w " Christmas Tears" (Federal)
*George Thorogood and the Destroyers: "Rock 'N' Roll Christmas" b/w "New Year's Eve Party" (EMI)
*Greg Lake: "I Believe in Father Christmas" (Manticore)
*Greedies: "A Merry Jingle" b/w "A Merry Jangle" (Vertigo)
*Headroom, Max: "Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You're A Lovely Guy)" b/w "Gimme Shades" (Chrysalis)
*Jethro Tull: ""Ring Out, Solstice Bells" b/w " Christmas Song" (Chyrsalis)
*Jimi Hendrix: "Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne" (Reprise)
*Jimmy: "White Christmas" b/w "Spin The Bottle" (Fatima)
*John Lennon & Yoko Ono: "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" b/w "Listen (The Snow Is Falling)" (Apple/Capitol)
*Karen Mantler: "I Love Christmas" (Watt)
*Kate Bush: "December Will Be Magic Again" (EMI)
*Keith Richards: "Run Rudolph Run" (Rolling Stones)
*King Diamond: "No Presents For Christmas" (Roadrunner)
*Kinks: "Father Christmas" b/w "Wish I Could Fly Like Superman" (Arista)
*Korgis: "Wish You A Merry Christmas" b/w "Dumb Waiters" (WEA)
*Kurtis Blow: "Christmas Rappin'" (Mercury)
*McCartney, Paul: "Wonderful Christmastime" b/w "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae" (Columbia)
*Mike Lorenz: "The Rap Before Christmas" b/w "Auld Lang Syne (Go Go)" (Hottrax)
*Miracle Legion: "Little Drummer Boy" b/w "Blue Christmas" (Incas)
*Patti Smith Group: "White Christmas" (Jason)
*Payola$: "Christmas Is Coming"
*Prince and the Revolution: "I Would Die 4 U" b/w "Another Lonely Christmas" (Warner Bros.)
*Ramones: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight)" (WEA)
*Residents: "Santa Dog 1978" b/w "Santa Dog 1972" (Ralph)
*Richards, Keith: "Run Rudolph Run" b/w "The Harder They Come" (Rolling Stones)
*Robert Fripp: “Silent Night” (EG flexi)
*Roy Wood's Wizzard: "I Wish it Could be Christmas Everyday" (UA)
*Russell, Leon: "Slipping Into Christmas" b/w "Christmas In Chicago" (Shelter)
*Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant" (Polydor)
*Spinal Tap: "Christmas With The Devil" b/w "Scratch Mix" (Enigma)
*Springsteen, Bruce: "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (Columbia)
*Springsteen, Bruce: "Merry Christmas, Baby" (Columbia)
*Squeeze: "Christmas Day" (A&M)
*Squier, Billy: "Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You'" b/w "White Christmas" (Capitol)
*Tapper Zukie: "Archie, The Rednose Reindeer" (Mer)
*Thick Pigeon: "Jingle Bell Rock" b/w The French Impressionists: "Santa Baby" (Operation Twilight)
*Three Wise Men (XTC): "Thanks For Christmas" b/w "Countdown To Christmas Partytime" (Virgin)
*Timbuk 3: "All I Want For Christmas" b/w "Blue Christmas"/"I Love You X 3" (I.R.S.)
*U.K. Subs: "Hey Santa" b/w "Thunderbird" (Fallout)
*Wham!: "Last Christmas" b/w "Everything She Wants" (CBS)
*Wilde, Kim & Mel Smith: "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" b/w "Deck The Blooming Halls" (10 Records)
*Wilson, Ann & Nancy: "Here Is Christmas" b/w "Bring A Torch Jeanette Isabella" (Capitol)
*The Woggles: "Santa's Coming (Ho, Ho, Ho)" b/w "Back Door Santa" (Wicked Cool)
*Yobs: "Stille Nacht" b/w ""Silent Nite" (Yob)
!!!ROCK & POP:
*Aimee Mann: One More Drifter In The Snow
*Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia
*Arthur Lyman: With A Christmas Vibe
*Bob Dylan: Christmas In The Heart
*Brian Wilson: What I Really Want For Christmas
*Canned Heat: Christmas Album
*Carly Simon: Christmas Is Almost Here
*Carole King: A Holiday Carole
*Chris Stamey Group: Christmas Time
*Christina Aguilera: My Kind Of Christmas
*Chuck Leavell: What's In The Bag?
*Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks: Crazy For Christmas
*Darlene Love: It's Christmas, of Course
*Dwight Twilley: Have A Twilley Christmas EP
*Dwight Yoakam: Come On Christmas
*Eric Clapton: Merry Xmas
*Esquivel: Merry Xmas From The Space-Age Bachelor Pad
*JD McPherson: "Socks"
*Indio Girls: Holly Happy Days
*Jorma Kaukonen: Christmas
*League Of Decency: A Swingin' Christmas
*Los Straitjackets: 'Tis The Season For Los Straitjackets!
*Low: Christmas
*Martin Atkins and the Chicago Industrial League: The Industrial Christmas Carol
*Michelle Malone: A Swinging Christmas In The Attic
*Michelle Malone: A Very SOTA Christmas
*Michelle Malone & the Hot Toddies: Toddie Time (SBS)
*Morgan Fisher: Hybrid Kids 2:Claws
*Nick Lowe: Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family
*Pink Martini: Joy To The World
*The Players: Manzanera and MacKay present Christmas (Ryko)
*The Raveonettes: Wishing You A Rave Christmas (Vice)
*Ringo Starr: I Wanna Be Santa Claus
*The Roches: We Three Kings
*Rotary Connection: Peace
*RuPaul: Ho Ho Ho
*Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong
*Shawn Colvin: Holiday Songs And Lullabies
*She & Him: A Very She & Him Christmas
*Sufjan Stevens: Songs For Christmas Box Set:
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. I: Noel
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. II: Hark!
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. III: Ding! Dong!
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. IV: Joy!
*  Sufjan Stevens: Vol. V: Peace!
*Tracey Thorn: Tinsel And Lights
!!!Various Artists:
*The Christmas Album (Sony)
*Christmas in Stereo and Christmas 2 (Kindercore)
*A Christmas Record (Ze)
*Christmas Present 1992 (Sister Ruby)
*Christmas Present Vol. 2 (Sister Ruby)
*Christmas Present, Vol. 3 (Sister Ruby)
*Christmas Vols. 1, 1987 — 7, 1993 (Perimeter)
*Flagpole 1990: A Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1991: Son of the Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1992: The Daughter of the Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1992: The Mother of All Flagpole Christmas Albums
*Flagpole 1993: The Red-Headed Stepchild of the Flagpole Christmas Album
*Flagpole 1994: The Soft-Spoken Beatnik Cousin of the Flagpole Christmas Album (Long Play)
*Flagpole 1995: Chilly, the Flagpole Christmas Album That Could Not Love
*Flagpole 1996: The Flagpole Christmas Album: The "white" album.
*The Mother Of All Flagpole Christmas Albums (Ortone)
*Ghosts Of Christmas Past (Les Disques Du Crepuscule)
*Ghosts Of Christmas Past (LTM 2-CD)
*Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus, Vols. 1 and 2 (Sympathy For The Record Industry)
*Hardcore Holiday (Essential Noise)
*A Lump Of Coal (First Warning)
*A Midnight Christmas Mess (Midnight)
*Riot Grrrl Christmas (Cleopatra)
*A Very Special Christmas
*A Very Special Christmas 2
*A Very Special Christmas — Jazz To The World
*A Very Special Christmas — World Christmas
*A Very Special Christmas 3
*A Very Special Christmas 4 — Live From Washington, D.C.
*A Very Special Christmas 5
*A Very Special Christmas 6 — Acoustic Christmas
*A Very Special Christmas 7
*A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World
*A Very Special Christmas: Bringing Peace on Earth
*VH1: The Big 80's Christmas (Rhino)
*The World Shines Brightly, Parts One, Two, Three & Four — Trattoria Calendar O.S.T.
!!!RAP:
*MC M: Xmaz N The Hood (Priority)
*Fishbone: It's A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time) (Columbia)
*Various Artists: Christmas Rap (Profile).
!!!SOUL and R&B:
*Blind Boys of Alabama: Go Tell it on the Mountain (RealWorld)
*Booker T. & the MG's: In The Christmas Spirit (Atlantic)
*James Brown: Santa's Got A Brand New Bag (Rhino)
*Jackie Wilson: Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson (Rhino)
*John Legend: A Legendary Christmas
*New Edition: Christmas All Over The World (MCA)
*Ray Charles: The Spirit Of Christmas (Columbia/Rhino)
*The Sounds Of Blackness: The Night Before Christmas — A Musical Fantasy (Perspective)
!!!OLDIES:
*The Beach Boys: Christmas Album (Capitol)
*Bobby Darin: The 25th Day Of December (Atco)
*Elvis Presley: Elvis' Christmas Album (RCA)
*The Four Seasons: Christmas Album (Rhino)
*The Partridge Family: A Christmas Card (Razor & Tie)
*Phil Spector & Various Artists: A Christmas Gift For You (Rhino)
!!!FOLK & BLUES:
*Boys of the Lough: Midwinter Night's Dream (Blix Street)
*Brave Combo: "It's Christmas, Man!" (Rounder)
*Joan Baez: Noel (Vanguard)
*John Wesley Harding: God Made Me Do It (Sire/Reprise)
*Johnny Winter: Please Come Home for Christmas (Pointblank/Charisma)
*Jorma Kaukonen: Christmas (Relix)
*Marta Sebestyen: Apochrya (Hannibal)
*John Fahey: The New Possibility and Christmas, Vol. 2 (Takoma)
*Leon Redbone: Christmas Island (August)
*Various Artists: Death Might Be Your Santa Claus (Columbia)
*Various Artists: Even Santa Gets The Blues (Pointblank)
!!!WORLD:
*Bulgarian Voices: Christmas Sacrament (Fremeaux)
*Les Voix Bulgares, Chants de Noel (Fremeaux)
*Various Artists: Mas! A Caribbean Christmas Party (Ryko)
*Various Artists: Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat)
!!!JAZZ:
*Chet Baker: Silent Nights (DineMec)
*Cyrus Chestnut: Blessed Quietness: A Collection Of Hymns, Spirituals And Carols
*Ella Fitzgerald: Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve)
*Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas
*Various Artists: Hipster's Holiday — Vocal Jazz and R&B Classics (Rhino)
*Various Artists: Hot Jazz for a Cool Night (MusicMasters)
*Various Artists: God Rest Ye Merry, Jazzmen (Columbia)
!!!NEW AGE:
*John Boswell: Festival Of The Heart (Hearts Of Space)
*Kitaro: Peace on Earth (Domo)
*Susan Mazer & Dallas Smith: Carol For The Planet (Intersound)
*David Lanz/Michael Jones: Solstice (Narada)
*Eric Tingstad/Nancy Rumble: The Gift (Sona Gaia)
*George Winston: December (Windham Hill)
*The Joy Circuit: Crystal Clear Christmas (A&M)
*Shane Keister: The Sounds Of Christmas (RCA)
!!!COUNTRY:
*Ben Keith: Christmas — Seven Gates (Reprise)
*Emmylou Harris: Light Of The Stable (Warner Bros.) —
*Jerry Jeff Walker: Christmas Gonzo Style (Rykodisc)
*Travis Tritt: Loving Time Of The Year (Warner Bros.)
*Various Artists: Christmas On The Range (Capitol)
*Various Artists: Hillbilly Holiday (Rhino)
!!!NOVELTY & COMEDY:
*Bob Rivers Comedy Corp: Twisted Christmas (Atco)
*Elmo & Patsy: Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (Epic)
*Spike Jones: It's A Spike Jones Christmas (Rhino)
*The Scrooge Brothers: Commercial Christmasland (Rhino)
*The Three Stooges: Christmas Time With (Rhino)
*Various Artists: Dr. Demento — The Greatest Christmas Novelty CD Of All Time (Rhino)
!!!VOCALISTS:
*Amy Grant: Home For Christmas (A&M)
*Dean Martin: The Christmas Album (Reprise)
*Dean Martin: Christmas With Dino (Capitol)
*Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas (Capitol)
*Frank Sinatra: Christmas Dreaming (Columbia)
*Frank Sinatra: Ultimate Christmas (Capitol)
*The Manhattan Transfer: The Christmas Album (Columbia)
!!!EASY LISTENING:
*Ferrante & Teicher: Snowbound/We Wish You A Merry Christmas (United Artists/EMI)
*Lawrence Welk, His Orchestra and Chorus: 22 Merry Christmas Favorites (Ranwwood)
*Mantovani And His Orchestra: Christmas Favourites and The Great Songs Of Christmas (London and Bainbridge).
!!!CLASSICAL:
*A Christmas Tree (Columbia)
*Brian Slawson: A Yule Log (CBS)
*The Hampton String Quartet: What If MOZART Wrote "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas?” (RCA Red Seal)
*Mannhein Steamroller: Christmas and A Fresh Aire Christmas by Chip Davis (American Gramophone)
*Sarah Brightman: A Winter Symphony (Angel)
 

A shortened version of this column appears in the December, 2018, print edition of Creative Loafing.    Tony Paris Archives AND SO THIS IS CHRISTMAS: A joyful noise.      christmasmusic christmassongs holidaytunes                             HIGH FREQUENCIES: Sounds Like Christmas "
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  string(6162) "Fun for the whole family? Sure it is. It’s Christmas! How could an evening with Puddles Pity Party, Krampus, and Really Big Santa be anything but?

Puddles Pity Party, hosted and performed by a seven-foot clown who doesn’t speak, but can sing until your heart melts, has long been an ITP secret treasured by those who like pathos with a bit of humor. But with YouTube videos gaining views, and an appearance last year on “America’s Got Talent,” where harsh judge Simon Cowell was brought to tears by Puddles Pity Party’s basso profundo, the cat was out of the bag.

And rightly so. Puddles Pity Party, more a theatrical experience than just a concert, deserves a larger audience than the one he would attract in Little Five Points. Presenting his “Holiday Jubilee” onstage at the Fox Theatre Tuesday, December 18, gives him a larger stage on which to present his magical wonderland, while allowing him to invite friends and other creatures.

Joining Puddles Pity Party will be Krampus and Really Big Santa, among other mythical beings and surprise guests. As Puddles can’t speak, and communicates only through song, CL was able to get Krampus to take a few minutes out of his (its?) busy holiday schedule to tell us about what’s in store at the Fox.

Creative Loafing: Krampus, do you have a long history with Puddles, or have the two of you only recently met?

Nein! Poodles und I have known each other for a very long time. Ve are both mystical and mythical creatures. Vhere Poodles is around hoomans year 'round, like Santa Claus, I can only be seen during ze holidays!

Will the two of you be singing a duet together?

Ve vill. Along with Herr Lucky Yates und Matthew Kaminski, ze organist for Ze Atlunta Braves on Ze Mighty Mo Organ!

Is it hard for the two of you to collaborate on projects, Puddles not speaking and you only appearing this time of year … how do you two communicate?

As ve are both magical creatures, ve only speak a language magical creatures unterstand. Human speech isn’t musical, while our communication is musical, tangible, und luminous.

Really Big Santa is appearing at this show. I’m not familiar with him. Is he your antithesis or your nemesis?

He is Santa. He und I are ze same side of ze coin. He is a dear friend. My techniques of dealing with naughty kinder are somewhat more antique. There are naughty kinder that Santa is made for und naughty kinder that requires Krampus!

Is this fun for the entire family? I mean, clowns frighten kids, Santa frightens kids, you frighten kids … .

Ja! Ja! Ja! This is to be for EVERYONE! Ve are happy when everyone is joyful. I can see ze wonder in a child that is frightened of us. That means ze imagination is working in that child the vay it should!

Clowns und Santas und Krampus! Ve are dreams und wishes und parties made true! That is sometimes scary! Children know this, adults are ze ones that forget!

What to you, is the spirit of Christmas?

A nest of fresh balsam boughs, a good brushing, und the little Krampuses nestled in stolen shoes by ze fire — dreaming of terribly behaved kinder, their little hooves pawing ze air!

Ahhhhh …

Simply horrible!

(Thanks to Jas. M. Stacy, who was instrumental in connecting  CL with Krampus.)

Making spirits bright dept. ... No matter how many Christmas songs you listen to, if you’re not into it, this time of year can really suck. The build-up. The expectations. The family gatherings. The holiday cheer — whether real or forced. Maybe that’s it. Feigning happiness when there is so much wrong in the world. Wars. Starvation. Disease. Senseless attacks on others. Hatred. Prejudice. These are a few of my (not) favorite things that don’t take a holiday at Christmas. At Chanukah. During Kwanzaa or any Eid.

The songs tell you, “Christmas is the time to say, ‘I love you.’” Your heart says, “Bah, humbug.” But you try to put on a smile anyway. You load up your credit card with purchases you won’t pay off for another 12 months — and then the bad dream repeats itself.

The depression may not always be about you. It could have to do with the useless gifts you receive, or the large amounts of money being spent on gifts given to others that are accepted with indifference rather than appreciation. Maybe Christmas is the time to say, “Screw you!” People are starving in shelters. Others homeless and cold. Instead of bestowing gifts on the fortunate, lend a helping hand to those in need. Those suffering from abuse. Those unable to celebrate the gift of another day, much less the holiday, on their own.

Street song serenade dept. ... Buteco is a Brazilian-inspired coffee house and bar located in the new Beacon shopping district in Grant Park at the end of Grant Street. Though Buteco is not that wide, the space stretches long, with a bar that spans from end to end. Brazilian street foods are served, along with similarly-inspired cachaça-based cocktails (and, yes, they do a helluva job with Brazil's national drink, the Caipirinha).

Having added a new area behind the building proper, Buteco has begun offering live music in what amounts to an outdoor patio with more tables and chairs than inside the restaurant. Right now, sheets of plastic hang from the rafters to protect patrons from the elements — and powerful gas heaters are used to warm the place — but don’t let the fact you have to “rough it” stop you from dropping by. Thursday, December 6, Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause warmed the place with a rockin’ and raucous set of country-inspired tunes that made it easy to understand why they were chosen to close out this year’s Bubbapalooza. A power trio of the honky-tonk kind, for sure. The following Thursday, FLAP appeared, with more bands scheduled for upcoming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Booking bands on a regular basis is apparently something the owners of Buteco are just getting used to, and as of press time, no one was booked for this week. During a quick call to the place, I was told to check their social media for who would be playing. You should do the same."
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Puddles Pity Party, hosted and performed by a seven-foot clown who doesn’t speak, but can sing until your heart melts, has long been an ITP secret treasured by those who like pathos with a bit of humor. But with YouTube videos gaining views, and an appearance last year on “[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzW_VPgJ53E|America’s Got Talent],” where harsh judge Simon Cowell was brought to tears by Puddles Pity Party’s basso profundo, the cat was out of the bag.

And rightly so. Puddles Pity Party, more a theatrical experience than just a concert, deserves a larger audience than the one he would attract in Little Five Points. Presenting his “[https://www.foxtheatre.org/events/detail/puddles-pity-party|Holiday Jubilee]” onstage at the Fox Theatre Tuesday, December 18, gives him a larger stage on which to present his magical wonderland, while allowing him to invite friends and other creatures.

Joining Puddles Pity Party will be Krampus and Really Big Santa, among other mythical beings and surprise guests. As Puddles can’t speak, and communicates only through song, ''CL'' was able to get Krampus to take a few minutes out of his (its?) busy holiday schedule to tell us about what’s in store at the Fox.

__''Creative Loafing'': Krampus, do you have a long history with Puddles, or have the two of you only recently met?__

Nein! Poodles und I have known each other for a very long time. Ve are both mystical and mythical creatures. Vhere Poodles is around hoomans year 'round, like Santa Claus, I can only be seen during ze holidays!

__Will the two of you be singing a duet together?__

Ve vill. Along with Herr Lucky Yates und [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B59pFr4l85c|Matthew Kaminski], ze organist for Ze Atlunta Braves on Ze Mighty Mo Organ!

__Is it hard for the two of you to collaborate on projects, Puddles not speaking and you only appearing this time of year … how do you two communicate?__

As ve are both magical creatures, ve only speak a language magical creatures unterstand. Human speech isn’t musical, while our communication is musical, tangible, und luminous.

__Really Big Santa is appearing at this show. I’m not familiar with him. Is he your antithesis or your nemesis?__

He is Santa. He und I are ze same side of ze coin. He is a dear friend. My techniques of dealing with naughty kinder are somewhat more antique. There are naughty kinder that Santa is made for und naughty kinder that requires Krampus!

__Is this fun for the entire family? I mean, clowns frighten kids, Santa frightens kids, you frighten kids … .__

Ja! Ja! Ja! This is to be for EVERYONE! Ve are happy when everyone is joyful. I can see ze wonder in a child that is frightened of us. That means ze imagination is working in that child the vay it should!

Clowns und Santas und Krampus! Ve are dreams und wishes und parties made true! That is sometimes scary! Children know this, adults are ze ones that forget!

__What to you, is the spirit of Christmas?__

A nest of fresh balsam boughs, a good brushing, und the little Krampuses nestled in stolen shoes by ze fire — dreaming of terribly behaved kinder, their little hooves pawing ze air!

Ahhhhh …

Simply horrible!

''(Thanks to [https://www.facebook.com/bigjimstacy/|Jas. M. Stacy], who was instrumental in connecting''  CL ''with Krampus.)''

__Making spirits bright dept. ...__ No matter how many Christmas songs you listen to, if you’re not into it, this time of year can [https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/therese-borchard-sanity-break/ways-ease-holiday-depression/|really suck]. The build-up. The expectations. The family gatherings. The holiday cheer — whether real or forced. Maybe that’s it. Feigning happiness when there is so much wrong in the world. Wars. Starvation. Disease. Senseless attacks on others. Hatred. Prejudice. These are a few of my (not) favorite things that don’t take a holiday at Christmas. At Chanukah. During Kwanzaa or any Eid.

The songs tell you, “Christmas is the time to say, ‘I love you.’” Your heart says, “[https://www.mentalhelp.net/articles/mental-health-hotline/|Bah, humbug].” But you try to put on a smile anyway. You load up your credit card with purchases you won’t pay off for another 12 months — and then the bad dream repeats itself.

The depression may not always be about you. It could have to do with the useless gifts you receive, or the large amounts of money being spent on [https://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20550695,00.html|gifts] given to others that are accepted with indifference rather than appreciation. Maybe Christmas is the time to say, “Screw you!” People are starving in shelters. Others homeless and cold. Instead of bestowing gifts on the fortunate, lend a helping hand to those in need. Those suffering from abuse. Those unable to celebrate the gift of another day, much less the holiday, on their own.

__Street song serenade dept. ... [https://www.butecoatlanta.com|Buteco]__ is a Brazilian-inspired coffee house and bar located in the new Beacon shopping district in Grant Park at the end of Grant Street. Though Buteco is not that wide, the space stretches long, with a bar that spans from end to end. Brazilian street foods are served, along with similarly-inspired cachaça-based cocktails (and, yes, they do a helluva job with Brazil's national drink, the Caipirinha).

Having added a new area behind the building proper, Buteco has begun offering live music in what amounts to an outdoor patio with more tables and chairs than inside the restaurant. Right now, sheets of plastic hang from the rafters to protect patrons from the elements — and powerful gas heaters are used to warm the place — but don’t let the fact you have to “rough it” stop you from dropping by. Thursday, December 6, __[https://www.facebook.com/annakramerandthelostcause/|Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause]__ warmed the place with a rockin’ and raucous set of country-inspired tunes that made it easy to understand why they were chosen to close out this year’s Bubbapalooza. A power trio of the honky-tonk kind, for sure. The following Thursday, __[https://flapmusic.bandcamp.com|FLAP]__ appeared, with more bands scheduled for upcoming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Booking bands on a regular basis is apparently something the owners of Buteco are just getting used to, and as of press time, no one was booked for this week. During a quick call to the place, I was told to check their social media for who would be playing. You should do the same."
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  string(6730) " FOX 9417 Edit  2018-12-18T13:46:30+00:00 FOX 9417-Edit.jpg    puddlespityparty krampus The giant clown gets a little holiday help from his friends 11992  2018-12-18T12:58:35+00:00 HIGH FREQUENCIES: Puddles Pity Party goes big tony.paris@creativeloafing.com Tony Paris Tony Paris Tony Paris 2018-12-18T12:58:35+00:00  Fun for the whole family? Sure it is. It’s Christmas! How could an evening with Puddles Pity Party, Krampus, and Really Big Santa be anything but?

Puddles Pity Party, hosted and performed by a seven-foot clown who doesn’t speak, but can sing until your heart melts, has long been an ITP secret treasured by those who like pathos with a bit of humor. But with YouTube videos gaining views, and an appearance last year on “America’s Got Talent,” where harsh judge Simon Cowell was brought to tears by Puddles Pity Party’s basso profundo, the cat was out of the bag.

And rightly so. Puddles Pity Party, more a theatrical experience than just a concert, deserves a larger audience than the one he would attract in Little Five Points. Presenting his “Holiday Jubilee” onstage at the Fox Theatre Tuesday, December 18, gives him a larger stage on which to present his magical wonderland, while allowing him to invite friends and other creatures.

Joining Puddles Pity Party will be Krampus and Really Big Santa, among other mythical beings and surprise guests. As Puddles can’t speak, and communicates only through song, CL was able to get Krampus to take a few minutes out of his (its?) busy holiday schedule to tell us about what’s in store at the Fox.

Creative Loafing: Krampus, do you have a long history with Puddles, or have the two of you only recently met?

Nein! Poodles und I have known each other for a very long time. Ve are both mystical and mythical creatures. Vhere Poodles is around hoomans year 'round, like Santa Claus, I can only be seen during ze holidays!

Will the two of you be singing a duet together?

Ve vill. Along with Herr Lucky Yates und Matthew Kaminski, ze organist for Ze Atlunta Braves on Ze Mighty Mo Organ!

Is it hard for the two of you to collaborate on projects, Puddles not speaking and you only appearing this time of year … how do you two communicate?

As ve are both magical creatures, ve only speak a language magical creatures unterstand. Human speech isn’t musical, while our communication is musical, tangible, und luminous.

Really Big Santa is appearing at this show. I’m not familiar with him. Is he your antithesis or your nemesis?

He is Santa. He und I are ze same side of ze coin. He is a dear friend. My techniques of dealing with naughty kinder are somewhat more antique. There are naughty kinder that Santa is made for und naughty kinder that requires Krampus!

Is this fun for the entire family? I mean, clowns frighten kids, Santa frightens kids, you frighten kids … .

Ja! Ja! Ja! This is to be for EVERYONE! Ve are happy when everyone is joyful. I can see ze wonder in a child that is frightened of us. That means ze imagination is working in that child the vay it should!

Clowns und Santas und Krampus! Ve are dreams und wishes und parties made true! That is sometimes scary! Children know this, adults are ze ones that forget!

What to you, is the spirit of Christmas?

A nest of fresh balsam boughs, a good brushing, und the little Krampuses nestled in stolen shoes by ze fire — dreaming of terribly behaved kinder, their little hooves pawing ze air!

Ahhhhh …

Simply horrible!

(Thanks to Jas. M. Stacy, who was instrumental in connecting  CL with Krampus.)

Making spirits bright dept. ... No matter how many Christmas songs you listen to, if you’re not into it, this time of year can really suck. The build-up. The expectations. The family gatherings. The holiday cheer — whether real or forced. Maybe that’s it. Feigning happiness when there is so much wrong in the world. Wars. Starvation. Disease. Senseless attacks on others. Hatred. Prejudice. These are a few of my (not) favorite things that don’t take a holiday at Christmas. At Chanukah. During Kwanzaa or any Eid.

The songs tell you, “Christmas is the time to say, ‘I love you.’” Your heart says, “Bah, humbug.” But you try to put on a smile anyway. You load up your credit card with purchases you won’t pay off for another 12 months — and then the bad dream repeats itself.

The depression may not always be about you. It could have to do with the useless gifts you receive, or the large amounts of money being spent on gifts given to others that are accepted with indifference rather than appreciation. Maybe Christmas is the time to say, “Screw you!” People are starving in shelters. Others homeless and cold. Instead of bestowing gifts on the fortunate, lend a helping hand to those in need. Those suffering from abuse. Those unable to celebrate the gift of another day, much less the holiday, on their own.

Street song serenade dept. ... Buteco is a Brazilian-inspired coffee house and bar located in the new Beacon shopping district in Grant Park at the end of Grant Street. Though Buteco is not that wide, the space stretches long, with a bar that spans from end to end. Brazilian street foods are served, along with similarly-inspired cachaça-based cocktails (and, yes, they do a helluva job with Brazil's national drink, the Caipirinha).

Having added a new area behind the building proper, Buteco has begun offering live music in what amounts to an outdoor patio with more tables and chairs than inside the restaurant. Right now, sheets of plastic hang from the rafters to protect patrons from the elements — and powerful gas heaters are used to warm the place — but don’t let the fact you have to “rough it” stop you from dropping by. Thursday, December 6, Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause warmed the place with a rockin’ and raucous set of country-inspired tunes that made it easy to understand why they were chosen to close out this year’s Bubbapalooza. A power trio of the honky-tonk kind, for sure. The following Thursday, FLAP appeared, with more bands scheduled for upcoming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Booking bands on a regular basis is apparently something the owners of Buteco are just getting used to, and as of press time, no one was booked for this week. During a quick call to the place, I was told to check their social media for who would be playing. You should do the same.    Fox Marketing GOOD TIDINGS: Krampus, Matthew Kaminski at the Mighty "Mo" Moller organ, and Puddles Pity Party join forces at the Fox Theatre.      PuddlesPityParty Krampus                             HIGH FREQUENCIES: Puddles Pity Party goes big "
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