Monday, September 29, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

festive flickr: I-308 (by Liisa's Postcard Collection)

I-308 (by Liisa's Postcard Collection)

bongobells Reader's Compilation

bongobells is looking for submissions for a very cool holiday project...

"bongobells reader's compilation"!!

What I want is for you to send me a Christmas recording.
It can be your favorite rendition of a song,
the most unusual rendition of a song,
your own mash up, novelty tune, etc...

In other words, just about anything "Christmas".


Visit bongobells for complete info!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Christmas Carol Banner Unfurls

I've been so busy posting spooky movie news over at Monster Rally that I feel like I'm neglecting things over here. The fact is not much is happening yet on the yuletide scene but here's something to keep the anoraks among us happy...

(via animated news)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

festive flickr:Christmas Sweater (by aliciagriffin)

Christmas on 45 part 4!

Twelve Months of Christmas wraps up it's pre-season compilation Christmas on 45 with part 4!

Review: Alvin and The Chipmunks: Classic Holiday Gift Set

DVD Talk have posted a review of the Alvin and The Chipmunks: Classic Holiday Gift Set. The set contains Trick or Treason, Alvin's Thanksgiving Celebration, and A Chipmunk Christmas.

festive flickr: Shelly's Diner (by Dept. 56) (by Areopagus)

Shelly's Diner (by Dept. 56) (by Areopagus)
Shelly's Diner (by Dept. 56) (by Areopagus)

Santa Surfs (the web)

A Christmas Yuleblog looks back at the holiday sounds of Ferrante and Teicher (plus, on a related note, have a browse through Lee's F&T posts at MY(P)WHAE)

Speaking (typing?) of MY(P)WHAE, there's another fantastic collection of vintage Halloween goodness just waiting for you there: Halloween at MY(P)WHAE, Part 2--Halloween Humour

The King of Jingaling has the good news that The Hollyridge Strings "Christmas Favorites" is finally coming to CD!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

festive flickr: Christmas Decoration (by Michael-N)

Christmas with the Nelsons @ DVD Talk

DVD Talk has a review of the new DVD The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet: Christmas with the Nelsons

Halloween at MY(P)WHAE, Part 1!!

Regular readers will be very familar with the amazing holiday sharity supplied each season by Lee Hartsfeld at his blog Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else. Well, Christmas isn't the only holiday he's got a stash of cool records for that he's ready and willing to share...

From our Halloween/Horror companion blog Monster Rally...
Lee at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else has posted the first sharity of the Halloween season!

Lee says...
"...And, now, we have twelve terrific Halloween tracks to get spooked out over (if the stock market horrors of the past two days aren't enough). Half are repeats, and half are new to the blog. A few really odd ones, including Cliff (Delta Rhythm Boys) Holland's Tops label cover of The Thing (which, like many early Tops sides, sounds really bad), the Capitol University Cappette's Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, and Lalo (Mission: Impossible) Schifrin's The Hautning, a 1963 instrumental inspired by the Robert Wise movie. Download with caution, for the sanity you lose may be your own!! Buwa-ha-haaaa!!"
...and, great news, this is only Part 1 !!

Hop on yer broom and let MY(P)WHAE help you get in the Halloween spirit!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Christmas DVD: Christmas with Ozzie & Harriet

Christmas With The Nelsons
Spend The Holidays With America's Best-Loved Family! Christmas With The Nelsons is a collection of The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet episodes from the show's 14-year run that feature the family together at the holidays. Episodes Include: The Boys' Christmas Money (Season 1), Late Christmas Gift (Season 2), The Fruitcake (Season 3), The Day After Christmas (Season 4) and The Christmas Tree Lot (Season 5).

Christmas DVD: Dic's Animated Christmas Blast

Celebrate The Season with The Best In Animation
Includes 5 Episodes Featuring Today s Most Popular Characters
The Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog: Sonic Christmas Blast
Join Sonic The Hedgehog in an adventure to rescue the spirit of Christmas from the clutches of Robotniklaus and bring joy back to the world!
What-A-Mess: Santa What-A-Mess
What-a-Mess first Christmas finds him questioning the truth about Santa and the holiday.
A Hollywood Hounds Christmas
A country guitar-playing dog learns cultural tolerance and understanding when he teams up with a sax-playing canine and a timbale-playing cat to form the multi-ethnic pet singing group: THE HOLLYWOOD HOUNDS.
Bump In The Night: Twas The Night Before Bumpy
It s the night before Christmas, and Mr. Bumpy is determined to get all the presents in the world! Bumpy and his best pal Squishy embark on a zigzag world tour in their attempt to reach Santa s citadel.
Jingle Bell Rock
This family Christmas special, starring comedy legend Milton Berle, introduces us to a troubled Santa who will soon be facing bankruptcy unless he can find some quick cash!

Bing's kids & the Batman 1967 @ Bat Blog

Bat Blog, a must visit site for any fan of the caped crusader and his myriad pop cultutre incarnations, has a rare Christmas related video clip featiuring TV's favorite Batman and that Christmas king named Bing's little elves plus the late, great Louis Nye...

Adam West doing a Christmas skit about Batman & then he sings "This Old Man" with Bing Crosby's kids on Hollywood Palace in December, 1967.

festive flickr: Ice Skating at Rockafeller Center (by Stuck in Customs)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Christmas on 45 Part 3 @ Twelve Months of Christmas

Twelve Months of Christmas has posted 10 more rare and wonderful holiday tracks from the likes of Saturday's Children, The DiMara Sisters, Jewell Blanch and Christmas Squirrels.

Christmas DVD: My Christmas Soldier

My Christmas Soldier
: Mac Powell, Aidan Rogers Director: Owen Smith Rated G
A small Georgia town struggles with the rationing and sacrifices of America at war. Christmas is no exception as 11-year-old Gordy (Aidan Rogers) and his sister Priscilla (Emily Jordan) sense a fear in the train station where they await their father's homecoming. Propaganda posters and tense audlt talk drive home the evil of the enemy.

When a train loaded with German prisoners arrives in the station, Gordy's curiosity is stronger than his fear. He dares to approach the prison train and makes contact with a young German soldier named Hans (Silvio Wolf Busch). Through the courage to trust and the song "Silent Night", friends and foes learn the true meaning of Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men, and hearts are forever changed.

Narrated by Mac Powell of THIRD DAY (

festive flickr: Follow The Trails (by d r e w)

Follow The Trails (by d r e w)

Monday, September 8, 2008

festive flickr: Winter (by la mino)

Whoopi Goldberg and a couple of Sopranos join Muppets Christmas Special

According to The Hollywood Reporter and Ain't it Cool News Whoopie G., along with Tony Sirico and Steve Schirripa of The Sopranos and the fine English actor Richard Griffiths (The History Boys, Harry Potter) have joined the cast of "Letters to Santa -- A Muppets Christmas."

That, to me at least, with the exception of the fine Mr. Griffiths, is the bad news about this holiday offering. The very good news is that Paul Williams is back on board with to provide the Muppets Music.

Hopefully I'm wrong but, this cast reminds me of the fairly awful, and far too adult, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie. We'll see...

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Sunday Morning Gospel at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else

While most of what Lee at Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else shares each week in his Sunday Morning Gospel series doesn't necessarily qualify as "official" Christmas music, it is certainly of great interest for anyone interested in the history of recorded inspirational music of the last century. I would think there would be a pretty decent sized overlap between serious lovers of Christmas music and those who delight in the broader genre of Christian music. If you fall into that particular demographic you owe it to yourself to check out Lee's Sunday morning posts.

In fact you should be heading over to Music You (Possibly) Won't Hear Anyplace Else on a fairly regular basis anyway for all his amazing vintage shares, facinating articles, and thought provoking commentary!

Thursday, September 4, 2008