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Suburban Metal Dad: Week III Reruns

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Just coming back to work after a week off? You missed Week III of Suburban Metal Dad, Addicted To Vinyl's new regular webcomic?! D'oh! It was a good one. At the truck stop, Bubba was thoroughly moved by the holiday spirit. At the airport, TSA agents gave their blue gloves a real workout. And so much more.

You're sorry now, aren't ya? Have no fear. Warm up that coffee, come back, and catch all o' SMD: Week III after the jump. Then come back every Friday and Monday for more original Suburban Metal Dad, the world's angriest webcomic.

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Suburban Metal Dad: The Spirit Of Getting

Two months of bullshit. I hate it all.

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Suburban Metal Dad: Holiday Spirit In Action

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Suburban Metal Dad: Alternate Lyrics. Or, Christmas Crap

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Suburban Metal Dad: A Very Special Xmas Pageant

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Suburban Metal Dad: We Simply Must Get Together

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Suburban Metal Dad: [Heck] Is for Families

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DXMas….a different kinda holiday mix tape for your listening pleasure

Another Oingo Boingo Xmas

Assuming that you're not drunkenly passed out from too much of that "special" eggnog, here's some more special holiday musical cheer for your ears.

A few years back, I received a suspiciously labeled package in the mail with my address scratched semi-illegibly on the face of the package. While I would normally mark "return to sender" and send it back, I opened this particular package and a new holiday tradition began.

Cleveland Scene writer dude and friend D.X. Ferris puts together a yearly holiday-themed CD mix that finds its way to my mailbox each year at some point in Nov/Dec, inevitably packed with an additional bonus random musical inclusion that could only come from the mind of Ferris.

Last year's musical bonus was a disc of Donnie Iris oddities. And this year? A CD with a printed Itunes playlist labeled "Danzig Slow Jams."

Is Ferris screwing with me, or did he REALLY send me a Danzig mix just in time for the holidays?

Just to be clear, I'm not talking about a little known member of the Rat Pack, I'm talking about the one and only Glenn Danzig, the OTHER short metal dude.

I put the CD into the computer, and discovered that it was indeed as advertised, a disc of "Danzig Slow Jams:" One hour, 16 minutes, and 51 seconds worth. 22 tracks, including three 6 second vinyl "crackle" tracks in a row - "666," get it?


I know you're expecting me to post the Danzig mix here, and don't get me wrong, I totally would. Because as we all learned a few years back, even I could take Danzig in a fight.

But since we're gleefully buried in the midst of the Xmas/Hannukah season right now, I think it's probably best for me to post the holiday mix now, and save the Danzig mix for a more appropriate holiday like Valentine's Day, or maybe even Grandparent's Day.

Does Grandma like Danzig?

Anyway, I'm getting distracted.

Welcome to DXmas VII: The Lost Xmas! This year's holiday disc is rated PG-13, not quite "E for Everyone," and came labeled with a Post-It note labeled "Listen first, Read later - Seasonal Greetings, DXF."

Ferris comments on the holiday mix, and also talks a bit o' Danzig as well:

The DXmas mix, I keep swearing I'm gonna stop, but I just can't. It's my annual goal to make my list of people who get them smaller, not bigger. But it never seems to work. Covers are one of my out-of-control enthusiasms; Xmas tunes run a close second.

Danzig is a goddamned genius. Covered by Metallica, wrote songs recorded by Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash. Who else can say that?

Uh, good point, I think.

Feast your ears on holiday stuff from R.E.M., The New Pornographers, Dokken, and many, many, more. I'll throw up a few individual tracks, and you'll find the complete mix (with special celebrity holiday guests) in the zip file.

P.S. - I think this year's mix was personalized for me, because it also includes my favorite Thompson Twins tune. That should be all you need to know to want to download it, right there!

P.S.S. - Enjoy, and happy holidays!

P.S.S.S. - D.X. wrote a killer Slayer book. It makes a great late stocking stuffer.

complete zipped download (tagged, numbered, and ready to rock!)

R.E.M. - Merry Christmas Everybody

Frank Sinatra and Cyndi Lauper - Santa Claus is Coming To Town


Good Listening: Special Aimee Mann Holiday Edition

If you're still searching around a bit for that Xmas spirit, boy do I have something that's going to help out a lot!

First, a quick flashback to last year's holidays: Last year's holiday cheer was provided in my household with the debut of a Christmas album from The Smithereens. You all remember how much I love The Smithereens, right?

Christmas With The Smithereens was the best Xmas release of 2007 that everyone SHOULD have heard, crafted from the same musical thought process that brought us holiday gold like the Beach Boys Xmas album back in the day.

It was that good.

I had heard the hype from plenty by the time I finally brought my own copy home to listen to, and wouldn't you know it, the 'Reens Xmas joint blew my Christmas stockings right off. The neighbors were very unhappy about that last part...something about indecent exposure, or something like that.

The Smithereens - Christmas with The Smithereens (purchase)
The Beach Boys - The Ultimate Holiday Collection (purchase)

Holiday music had laid pretty low this year in my world, with the exception of a version of "Winter Wonderland" by Jason Mraz that found its way into my ears. I've been planning at long last to make my own rock and roll xmas mix from all of my holiday tunes, but haven't gotten around to it yet. And then all of the sudden, THIS came along.

Perhaps "Christmas cheer" isn't the first two words that come to mind when you think of Aimee Mann, which is something that Mann herself pokes fun at in today's listening material. Aimee released her own Xmas platter One More Drifter in the Snow a couple of years ago, and just completed her third annual holiday tour with a tantalizing list of guests joining her at each of the tour stops. I would have LOVED to have seen Juliana Hatfield and Aimee on the same stage at the Boston date!

Aimee's PA gig at the Keswick Theatre was broadcast by Philly's WXPN-FM and after hearing only a few tracks, I immediately began making mental plans to drive anywhere I have to in 2009 to catch (hopefully) a tour date on the next holiday tour. For the PA date, Aimee was joined by singer-songwriter Nellie McKay, longtime friend and comedian Paul F. Tompkins, Grant-Lee Phillips, and Philly native Amos Lee.

This isn't just friends singing Christmas songs to make a buck - this is a wonderfully produced and comedically dark Christmas SHOW. They're singing some really cool Xmas tunes ("Snow Miser, Heat Miser!") mixed with the staples, and original material.

In costumes (Kinda.)

With a STORY!

And video!

I know you're probably talking to the computer right now to let me know "hey Matt, this is a radio broadcast - that costume and video stuff doesn't translate too well on the radio." And that's what makes this one a magical must hear. Like the old radio broadcasts of the 40s and 50s, the WXPN broadcast of this visual holiday performance translates brilliantly to the airwaves. Hopefully they'll post the videos from this year's show on Youtube. Last year's videos can be found right here. There are a couple of naughty words that make this one a little bit unsafe for airing around the Xmas-loving bambinos, but you'll love this one to pieces, and I guarantee that you'll be sharing it with a few friends!

I was smiling the entire day while listening to this, especially hearing "Willie Nelson's" version of "Voices Carry," which dammit, "Willie" totally nails it!

When I do get around to making my holiday mix, there will be a few tunes from this that will be included without question. And like the Smithereens and Beach Boys holiday discs, I will be pulling this one out for future holiday airings in the Vinyl household.

Happy holidays!

Aimee Mann - Calling on Mary (live in Keswick, PA)

Aimee Mann's 3rd Annual Christmas Show
The Keswick Theatre
Glenside, PA

Broadcast by WXPN-FM

Download full-resolution files of this broadcast from Dimeadozen (free membership required)


complete zipped download

01 - WXPN intro
02 - show intro (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies)
03 - Calling On Mary [AM]
04 - Paul F. Tompkins intro & banter
05 - Sleigh Ride [AM & PFT]
06 - Nelly McKay (wearing a big red corset) intro & banter
07 - Sleigh Ride (cont'd) [NMK-sung in high voice]
08 - Grant-Lee Phillips (in snowman costume) intro & banter
09 - Sleigh Ride (cont'd) [GLP]
10 - Aimee banter & film introduction
11 - ~ Film pt.1 (The Ghost of Christmas Past) [GLP, Michael Penn, PFT]
12 - Paul F. Tompkins comedy routine #1
13 - Snow Miser, Heat Miser [AM, PFT, GLP, NMK]
14 - Paul F. Tompkins comedy routine #2
15 - I'll Be Home For Christmas [AM]
16 - Christmastime [AM & NMK]
17 - Take Me Away [NMK]
18 - Nelly with Rudolph toy
19 - A Christmas Dirge [NMK]
20 - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) [AM]...interrupted by...
21 - ~ Film pt.2 (The Ghost of Christmas Present)

Aimee Mann and "Willie Nelson" - Voices Carry (live in Los Angeles)


complete zipped download

01 - Wise Up [AM]
02 - Save Me [AM]
03 - Aimee introduces Amos Lee
04 - Winter Wonderland [AM & AL]
05 - Christmas In Prison [AL]
06 - Baby I Want You [AL]
07 - Paul F. Tompkins introduces "Willie Nelson" (Grant-Lee Phillips)
08 - Voices Carry [as sung by "Willie Nelson" and AM]
09 - ~ Film pt.3 (The Making Of The Christmas Movie) w/Michael Cera
10 - Aimee introduces Grant Lee Phillips
11 - You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch [GLP & AM]
12 - An Old Fashioned Christmas [GLP w/AM]
13 - Winter Glow [GLP]
14 - banter
15 - "The Hanukkah Fairy" (Morgan Murphy) appears
16 - The Immaculate Conception of the Hanukkah Fairy [MM]
17 - ~ Film pt.4 (The Ghost of Christmas Future) w/John C. Reilly & Michael Cera
18 - Freeway [AM]
19 - Dear John [AM]
20 - Long Shot [AM]
21 - ENCORE BREAK & Station IDs
22 - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) [ALL, including GLP in a Rudolph costume]
23 - station outro

Relevant Links:

Purchase Aimee Mann's One More Drifter in the Snow from Amazon - CD or MP3

Aimee Mann's official website

WXPN official website

Aimee Mann with John Krasinski - Winter Wonderland (live in Los Angeles)

Aimee Mann and Amos Lee - Winter Wonderland (live in Keswick, PA)


Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

Too soon?

Kristen was looking for suggestions for a holiday mix, which sent me digging into my collection to throw a few tunes her way. Around that same time, Joan Jett's Blackheart Records drops their new holiday release A Blackheart Christmas into my lap.

A Blackheart Christmas

And on A Blackheart Christmas is a cover of one of my most favoritest holiday songs ever, Billy Squier's "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" as covered by Seattle punkers The Cute Lepers.

The Cute Lepers - Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

BTW - I know that favoritest is not a word, but with your help, if we use it enough, we can get it in there, just like meh.

"Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You" has been covered at least once before, by SR-71 (remember them?) and the new version by The Cute Lepers is good campy fun that doesn't veer too far away from the original version by Squier.

Believe it or not, I never saw the original video for Squier's version, and actually I didn't even know there was such an animal.

Now that I actually know where most of my holiday CDs are, I'm contemplating my first holiday mix in years to get all of my favorites whittled down to a disc or two. If I actually get around to it, I'll share the rundown with you all.

What are some of your rock and roll holiday favorites?

Billy Squier - Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You

Stream the A Blackheart Christmas album here.

Purchase A Blackheart Christmas via Itunes.

Here's the full press release:

Joan Jett's Blackheart Records Holiday Album Available Now on iTunes

Features Newly Recorded Holiday Standards, Original Tunes and a Joan Jett Classic

The holidays are right around the corner and Blackheart Records, Joan Jett's record label, will be celebrating with a holiday album available on iTunes. The album features newly recorded holiday standards from Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots and original tunes from Seattle punks The Cute Lepers and veteran Blackheart band The Vacancies. A modern take on "Silent Night" closes out the 11-track offering. Recently recorded with Joan Jett on vocals and guitar, the track includes excerpts from Barack Obama's victory speech in Chicago earlier this month.

Girl in a Coma, The Dollyrots, The Vacancies and The Cute Lepers are all featured artists on Jett's Blackheart Records, a company she started over 25 years ago, making her the first woman to start her own rock label.

Track Listing:
1. Blue Christmas - Girl in a Coma
2. The Elf Song - The Vacancies (original)
3. Santa Baby - The Dollyrots
4. Little Drummer Boy - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
5. Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You - The Cute Lepers
6. Father Christmas - The Vacancies
7. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Girl in a Coma
8. Winter Wonderland - Thommy Price featuring Nefertiti Bones
9. Home For Christmas - Kenny Laguna
10. All I Ever Want (Under The Christmas Tree) - The Cute Lepers (original)
11. Silent Night - The Blackhearts and special guests