PMB206: Merry Everything to You – Xmas, Hanukah, Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, Winterval, Festivus, Chrismakah, Kwanzaa, Moon-Kwanzaa and Decemberween (Devo, James Last, Baoulé Singers, Edd Byrnes, Arthur Lyman, Arthur® and Friends, The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society, The Christmas Revels, David Cain and Ronald Duncan, Ambrose and His Orchestra, Norris The Troubador, Warner Jepson, Joel Kopischke)

PMB206: Merry Everything to YouWishing all of our listeners a very Happy Xmas, Hanukah, Winter Solstice, Saturnalia, Winterval, Festivus, Chrismakah, Kwanzaa, Moon-Kwanzaa and Decemberween.

Yes, for this week’s show we’ve pulled together musical celebrations for as many types of mid-winter festival as we could, including several that don’t even exist.

Are there any factual, counter-factual, hypothetical or entirely fictional festivals we should have mentioned?


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The Music

1. Devo: Merry Something to You from Gift Wrapped, Vol. II: Snowed In Buy on Amazon Gift Wrapped, Vol. II: Snowed In - Devo
2. James Last: Hava Nagila from Make the Party Last Buy on Amazon
3. Baoulé Singers: Dance of the Witch Doctor from Kwanzaa Buy on Amazon Kwanzaa - Baoulé Singers
4. Edd Byrnes: Yulesville from Cool Yule: The Swinging Sound Of Christmas Buy on Amazon
5. Arthur Lyman: Mele Kalikimaka from With A Christmas Vibe Buy on Amazon With a Christmas Vibe - Arthur Lyman
6. Arthur® and Friends: It’s Kwanzaa Time! from Arthur’s Perfect Christmas Buy on Amazon Arthur's Perfect Christmas - Arthur® and Friends
7. The H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society: It’s the Most Horrible Time of the Year from A Very Scary Solstice Buy
8. The Christmas Revels: The Gower Wassail from Christmas Day in the Morning: A Revels Celebration of the Winter Solstice Buy on Amazon Christmas Day in the Morning: A Revels Celebration of the Winter Solstice - The Christmas Revels
9. David Cain and Ronald Duncan: Winter from The Seasons Buy on Amazon
10. Ambrose and His Orchestra: Selection of Hebrew Dances from Hannukah and Traditional Jewish Music Buy on Amazon
11. Norris The Troubador: Christmas Time Philosophy from The American Song-Poem Christmas: Daddy, Is Santa Really Six Foot Four? Buy on Amazon
12. Warner Jepson: Good King Wenceslas/Deck the Halls from Buchla Christmas Buy
13. Joel Kopischke: O Festivus from I Got Yule Babe Buy on Amazon I Got Yule Babe - Joel Kopischke

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PMB205: Super Excellent Awards 2014 (Sammy Burdson, Tim “Love” Lee, Gene Rains, Eric Siday, Concretism, The Raleigh Ringers, Suzanne Ciani, Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar, Dario Russo, William Onyeabor)

PMB205: Super Excellent Awards 2014Join us in the giant silver geodesic Presentation Dome, dear listener, as we present awards to some of our favourite reissues and new releases from the last 12 months.

We’ll post a full list of all the awards on the website over the coming days.

If you think we’ve missed anyone out, you will tell us, won’t you?


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The Music

1. Sammy Burdson: O’Mane from Rare Psych Moogs & Brass: Music From Sonoton Library 1969-1981 Buy on Amazon
2. Tim “Love” Lee: Non Sequensor from New York Trouble / Electric Progression Buy on Amazon
3. Gene Rains: Africa from Far Away Lands: The Exotic Music Of Gene Rains Buy on Amazon
4. Eric Siday: Challenge Of Space from The Ultra Sonic Perception Buy on Amazon The Ultra Sonic Perception - Eric Siday
5. Concretism: Tesseract from Town Planning Buy
6. The Raleigh Ringers: Livin’ on a Prayer from Passages Buy on Amazon Passages - The Raleigh Ringers
7. Suzanne Ciani: Summer from Liberator Buy on Amazon Liberator - Single - Suzanne Ciani
8. Kishore Kumar, Chorus, Lata Mangeshkar: Disco ’82 from Bombay Disco: Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1979-1985 Buy on Amazon
9. Dario Russo: Happiness Is a Giant Crab from Danger 5: Series 1 (Original Soundtrack) Buy on Amazon Danger 5: Series 1 (Original Soundtrack) - Dario Russo
10. William Onyeabor: This Kind Of World from Anything You Sow Buy on Amazon

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The Raleigh Ringers – Flight of the Bumblebee

If you listened to our 200th show you’ll recall that DJ Bongoboy expressed a certain amount of incredulity that a bunch of mere bell-ringers could possibly play Flight of the Bumblebee and that some subterfuge must have been at work. He also demanded video evidence.

Well it looks like a portion of humble pie is in order as the Raleigh Ringers themselves have a YouTube channel and have posted a video of them performing this very piece – complete with bee costumes:

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