Program #645

NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA . . . . . Route 66 Theme (opening theme) . . . . . Route 66 and Other Great TV Themes/More Hit TV Themes
MARAH W/ THE SHALITAS . . . . . Christmas With The Snow . . . . . A Christmas Kind of Town
THE RONETTES . . . . . Sleigh Ride . . . . . A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND . . . . . Santa Claus Is Coming To Town . . . . . Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Single Version)
OTIS REDDING . . . . . Merry Christmas Baby . . . . . Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS . . . . . Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects . . . . . Free Digital Single
ALBERT KING . . . . . Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ . . . . . It's Christmas Time Again
EARTHA KITT . . . . . Santa Baby . . . . . Elf: Music From The Major Motion Picture
AUGUST DARNELL . . . . . Christmas On Riverside Drive . . . . . ZE Christmas Record
THE POGUES . . . . . Fairytale Of New York . . . . . If I Should Fall from Grace with God
BOB DYLAN . . . . . Must Be Santa . . . . . Christmas In the Heart
LOUIS ARMSTRONG . . . . . Cool Yule . . . . . The Best of Louis Armstrong - The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters
LOS STRAITJACKETS . . . . . Jingle Bell Rock . . . . . 'Tis the Season for Los Straitjackets
ROY WOOD . . . . . I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day . . . . . The Wizzard!: Greatest Hits & More - The EMI Years
MARTIN NEWELL . . . . . Christmas In Suburbia . . . . . The Greatest Living Englishman
XTC . . . . . Thanks For Christmas . . . . . Rag 'N' Bone Buffet
THE BEATLES . . . . . Beatles 1967 Christmas Message . . . . . The Beatles Christmas Album

JOHN & YOKO . . . . . Happy Xmas (War Is Over) . . . . . Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
DAVID BOWIE AND BING CROSBY . . . . . Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy . . . . . Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (With Dialogue) (Medley) (1999 Digital Remaster)
TOM MCRAE . . . . . Wonderful Christmastime . . . . . Maybe This Christmas Tree
JOHN FAHEY . . . . . In The Bleak Midwinter . . . . . Christmas Guitar, Vol. 1
MARTINA SORBARA . . . . . It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year . . . . . A Winter's Night: Best of Christmas
THE MAGNETIC FIELDS . . . . . Mr. Mistletoe . . . . . Distortion
JONI MITCHELL . . . . . River . . . . . Blue
ELVIS PRESLEY . . . . . Blue Christmas . . . . . Elvis Christmas
CHARLES BROWN . . . . . Please Come Home For Christmas . . . . . Merry Christmas Baby/Please Come Home For Christmas
CAMERA OBSCURA . . . . . The Blizzard . . . . . The Blizzard

KITES WITH LIGHTS . . . . . I Wish Every Other Day Was Christmas . . . . . I Wish Every Other Day Was Christmas - Single
THE HUSH NOW . . . . . Wishing You A Happy Christmas . . . . . Free Digital Download
THE FREE DESIGN . . . . . Close Your Mouth (it's Christmas) . . . . . You Could Be Born Again
THE SWIMMERS . . . . . The Christmas Sound . . . . . Digital Single
YO LA TENGO . . . . . It’s Christmas Time . . . . . Merry Christmas From Yo La Tengo
LOW . . . . . Just Like Christmas . . . . . Christmas
DRESSY BESSY . . . . . All The Right Reasons . . . . . Kindercore Records Christmas 2
THE BEACH BOYS . . . . . Little Saint Nick . . . . . Christmas with the Beach Boys
KEITH RICHARDS . . . . . Run Rudolph Run . . . . . Run Rudolph Run
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE . . . . . The Man In The Santa Suit . . . . . The Man In The Santa Suit
EELS . . . . . Christmas Is Going To The Dogs . . . . . Useless Trinkets: B Sides, Soundtracks, Rarities and Unreleased 1996-2006 (2CD+DVD)
SHONEN KNIFE . . . . . Space Christmas . . . . . Shonen Knife Space Christmas
SUFJAN STEVENS . . . . . Come On! Let’s Boogey To The Elf Dance . . . . . Songs for Christmas

Another year-ending Holiday Extravaganza come and gone. The core of each one of these programs has pretty much stayed the same over the years, especially recently, as I don't mind hearing some old favorites for the season. At the same time there's a boatload of new tracks that come out every year, and I managed to sift through enough of them to find a nice selection that became part of this year's mix. In particular they include tunes from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bob Dylan, Kites With Lights and the Hush Now. We'll see if any of them make it into next year's show. For now, it's on to this year's final edition of LDR, which takes a look back at 2009 and also completes our look back at the decade in music. Enjoy your New Year's celebrations, stay safe and I'll catch you next year.

Here's Bowie and Bing, still blowing my mind more than three decades on