December 20th, 2011
Episode 376 of 745 episodes
Holiday music is inescapable this time of year, but it's worth remembering that "Jingle Bell Rock" isn't the only game in town. This week on All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen sits down with NPR's Jacob Ganz and Barrie Hardymon to play some holiday music you may not have heard before. That includes a 15th-century English carol, a 2010 club banger revamped with a Hanukkah theme, and a truly bizarre Prince song that finds the Purple One toasting his dead lover with a banana daiquiri ... on Christmas Eve. Paul Simon Album: So Beautiful or So What Song: Getting Ready For Christmas Day Natalie Merchant Album: A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 3 Song: Children Go Where I Send Thee Adam Arcuragi Album: Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) Song: Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) This song is available on Bandcamp. Prince Album: Hits/The B-Sides Song: Another Lonely Christmas The King's Singers Album: A Little Christmas Music Song: The Boar's Head Carol The Polyphonic Spree Album: It's Christmas! Song: It's Christmas! This release is available from Good Records Recordings. The Walkmen Album: Little House of Savages EP Song: The Christmas Party Darlene Love Album: SNL Sketch Song: Christmas for the Jews The Leevees Album: Hanukkah Rocks Song: Kugel The Maccabeats Album: Candlelight Song: Candlelight YouTube Merle Haggard Album: A Christmas Present Song: If We Make It Through December Kate & Anna McGarrigle Album: McGarrigle Christmas Hour Song: Spotlight on Christmas Julian Koster and the Music Tapes Album: Tiny Desk Concert Song: Zat You, Santa Claus?