2009 Christmas Song Of The Day 5

December 5, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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I was hoping for snowshoes or maybe a bike, but when I asked them for fun they bought me aim and ignite…

The Format’s Dog Problems disc is easily one of my favorites of the past few years, a true power pop gem. Sadly, The Format has since disbanded, but now lead singer Nate Ruess has moved onto his new project called fun. and released an album called Aim and Ignite.  Special for the holidays they’ve put together this Beach Boys flavored Christmas single that’ll have you bopping along having holiday fun,fun,fun ’til daddy takes your ipod away.

fun. – Believe In Me
More fun.


2009 Christmas Song Of The Day 4

December 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Home for the holidays is someplace most everyone desires to be around this time of year. Gentleman Auction House put the feeling into song on one of my favorite Christmas releases from last year, Christmas In Love. They also released the excellent Alphabet Graveyard album as well. Looking forward to hearing more new music from them soon. In the meantime those of you in the midwest you can catch them live at a few shows coming up in the next couple weeks.

Gentleman Auction House – Home For The Holidays
Buy Christmas In Love

Upcoming Shows
Dec 17 2009 10:00P Schubas Tavern  Chicago, IL
Dec 18 2009 8:00P Mike ’N Molly’s Champaign, IL
Dec 19 2009 8:00P Off Broadway  St. Louis, MO


2009 Christmas Song Of The Day 3

December 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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A couple of brand new, folky takes on an old classic for you today each with their own distinctive flair. First up Denver Coloroado’s Oh, Starling with a quiet lullaby like take from their just released Joy EP, and a shuffling, banjo laced, upbeat version, by Boise, Idaho’s own The Very Most from their recent Winter EP, the final installment in a series of seasonal EPs they released this year on Indiecater Records.

Oh, Starling – Away In A Manger
Buy Joy EP

The Very Most – Away In A Manger
Buy Winter EP

Catch Oh, Starling live next week
Dec 12 2009 6:00P Gothic Theater – Homevibe for the Holidays” Englewood, CO

Catch The Very Most live
Dec 9 2009 8:30P Spirit Store in Dundalk, Louth, Ireland
Dec 12 2009 7:00P Whelan’s Upstairs in Dublin, Ireland
Jan 22 2010 8:30P CD Release Party at Linen Building w/Finn Riggins, Spondee, and Floomdorm Boise, ID

Oh, Starling [MYSPACE]

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Christmas Song Of The Day 2

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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If you thought Bob Dylan singing Christmas songs was a little off kilter, today’s special Christmas blend of the Velvet Underground combined with a Christmas classic from Michael Jackson created by the mashup master Divide And Kreate will definitely have you doing a double take.  It’s from the holiday mashup compilation Santastic III in 3-D.

Divide And Kreate – Velvet Santa
More Santastic II in 3-D

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Christmas Song Of The Day 1

December 1, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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I wasn’t sure if I was going to have the time do this again this year, but after numerous emails from readers telling me how much they enjoyed it and requesting I do it again, here goes. I only hope I can make it as fun and entertaining as the previous years. So welcome to the third annual Bag Of Songs Christmas Song of The Day, for the next 25 Days right up until Christmas. Enjoy and Happy Holidays !

There was only one way to kick it off this year and that’s with what’s easily become the most talked about new Christmas album this year, the Christmas In The Heart collection from the one and only Mr. Bob Dylan.  Buying a copy will help feed the hungry, as all of the proceeds go to the charities listed below. Check out a great interview by Bill Flanagan with Bob about the record here

Bob Dylan – Must Be Santa
Buy Christmas In The Heart

via BobDylan.com

During this holiday season, Bob Dylan’s immediate donations from the Christmas In The Heart proceeds will provide 500,000 meals to school children in the developing world through the World Food Programme, 15,000 meals to homeless people in the United Kingdom through Crisis and more than 4 million meals to 1.4 million families in America through Feeding America.

Get further involved and take action in the fight against hunger by visiting any of the charities listed below.

US Fans – Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks supports 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms.

For more information on how to donate further visit http://www.feedingamerica.org

UK Fans – Crisis
Crisis is the United Kingdom’s national charity for single homeless people, dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering life-changing services and campaigning for change.

For more information on how to donate further visit

World Wide – WFP
The WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, aiming to feed 108 million people in 74 countries in 2009.

For more information on how to donate further please visit http://wfp.org

Christmas Song Of The Day 25

December 25, 2008 by · 2 Comments
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Wrapping it all up today with one last song for you, Teenage Fanclub covering Big Star.
Have a great day wherever you may be.

Teenage Fanclub – Jesus Christ
Buy Big Star Small World

Christmas Song Of The Day 24

December 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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With only one more day to go we’re winding down to the end of this year’s Christmas song extravaganza, thanks to everyone who left comments or sent emails along the way and I hope everyone is having a great holiday season.

A few versions of a dark and gritty Tom Waits number for you on this cold and icy Christmas Eve.

Tom Waits – Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis
Buy Used Songs
Neko Case – Christmas Card Form A Hooker In Minneapolis
Buy New Coat of Paint: Songs of Tom Waits

Christmas Song Of The Day 23

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A Christmas cover song today from Trenton, New Jersey’s power pop band extraordinaire Luzer, whose Reset album is an overlooked classic. Sadly, Luzer disbanded in 2007 but the key members reformed as the equally excellent  The Celebrities.  Check them out.

Luzer – Christmas Time Is Here Again
Buy The Yule Rock EP

Christmas Song Of The Day 22

December 22, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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You may only know him as the actor playing an ex junkie on the HBO series The Wire but he’s also an amazing songwriter.  A couple versions of Steve Earle‘s Christmas in Washington for you today, the original version from the El Corazon album, and a version he performed live with Joan Baez.

Steve Earle – Christmas In Washington
Buy El Corazon

Christmas Song Of The Day 21

December 21, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
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Digging into the now classic A Christmas Gift For You album produced by Phil Spector for my favorite version of this song. Here’s a trivia fact for you, this album was originally released on the same day that JFK was assasinated in November 1963 and was pretty much ignored by a public with much larger issues to deal with. It has since gone on to be heralded as one of the great Christmas albums of all time, even inspiring Bruce Springsteen’s cover of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town along the way.

The Ronettes- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
Buy A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector

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