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Lullabies and reveilles. Something for the late nighters and early risers.

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Options December 25, 2014: Put the Corn Back in the Yulelog - The Best Christmas Show!

Also check out Zzzzzzero Hour's 2010 Special  Holiday Ring Mold

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Artist Track Album Images Approx. start time
Dimitri Tiomkin & His Orchestra;   It's A Wonderful Life Overture   Options Check out Zzzzzzero Hour's 2010 Christmas Special 
Blue Barron And His Orchestra, Vocal By The Blue Notes  Red Cheeks And White Whiskers   Options     0:03:39 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Sun Tones  The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot   Options  
0:04:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pete Rugolo And His Orchestra  Jingle Bells Mambo   Options     0:08:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Conlons Jud Rhythmaires  The Merry Christmas Polka   Options  
0:11:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Betty Lloyd  Snowflakes   Options  
0:13:26 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Three Suns  Ding Dong Dandy Christmas   Options     0:17:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Davis Sisters  The Christmas Boogie   Options  
0:20:09 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Les Paul/Mary Ford  Jungle Bells   Options     0:22:29 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jimmy Butler  Trim Your Tree   Options  
0:24:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ben Light and his Surf Club Boys  Christmas Balls   Options  
0:26:24 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
  Merry Xmas from the Space Age Bachelor Pad Music 
0:28:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
George Melachrino And His Orchestra  Fairy On The Christmas Tree   Options     0:36:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Peggy Lee  Happy Holiday   Options     0:37:07 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Bill Lacey   Cowboy Santa Claus   Options  
0:38:54 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Brenda Lee  I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus   Options     0:41:33 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Dean Martin  The Christmas Blues   Options  
0:43:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Marguerite Trina  The Rocking Tree   Options     0:46:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Louie Armstrong  Zat You Santa Claus   Options  
0:48:37 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Merry Macs  Christmas Cha Cha   Options     0:51:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
McGuire Sisters  The Cactus Christmas Tree   Options  
0:53:36 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Loretta Lynn  To Heck With Santa Claus   Options     0:56:08 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Joe Poovey  Santa's Helper   Options  
0:58:25 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pee Wee King  Rootin Tootin Santa Claus   Options     1:00:02 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Julie London  Warm December   Options  
1:10:12 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Caroleer Singers  Icicles, Holly, Red Berries And Snow   Options     1:11:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Mike Douglas  Touch Hands on Christmas Morning   Options Check out Zzzzzzero Hour's 2010 Christmas Special 
1:14:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Lester Lanin & His Orchestra  Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies   Options  
1:16:35 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ralph Stanley  Snow Covered Mound   Options     1:19:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Ray Conniff Singers  God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen   Options     1:24:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Margret Jonsson  Snogubben Froste   Options  
1:25:08 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Rosemary Clooney  Snow   Options  
1:27:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns  Silent Night   Options     1:29:38 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Booker T & the MGs  Jingle Bells   Options  
1:32:34 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
  Merry Xmas from the Space Age Bachelor Pad Music    1:36:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Sugar Chile Robinson  Christmas Boogie   Options  
1:42:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Marquees  Christmas in the Congo   Options     1:44:27 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Youngsters  Christmas in Jail   Options  
1:46:54 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Pearl Bailey  A Five Pound Box of Money   Options     1:48:58 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Ike & Tina Turner  Merry Christmas Baby   Options  
1:51:27 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Surfers  Here Comes Santa in a Red Canoe   Options     1:53:38 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Patsy Raye  Beatniks Wish   Options  
1:55:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Louis Prima  Senor Santa Claus   Options     1:57:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Saturdays Children  Christmas Sounds   Options  
2:00:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
  Merry Xmas from the Space Age Bachelor Pad Music 
2:02:39 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
the J's With Jamie  Cool Yule   Options  
2:09:06 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Wayne King and His Orchestra  Jing a Ling   Options  
2:11:34 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Hank Thompson  I'd Like to Have an Elephant for Christmas   Options  
2:12:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Flirtations  Christmas Time is Here Again   Options     2:14:35 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Fats Domino  Frosty the Snowman   Options  
2:18:03 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Lawrence Welk  Outer Space Santa   Options     2:21:48 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Gus De Wert Trio  Space Age Santa Claus   Options  
2:24:46 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Kay Martin  Santa's Doing the Horizontal Twist   Options     2:26:51 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Kay Martin  Come on Santa Let's Have a Ball   Options  
2:29:11 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
  Merry Xmas from the Space Age Bachelor Pad Music    2:30:18 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Jimmy Wakely  It's Christmas   Options  
2:35:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Cordell Jackson  Rock and Roll Christmas   Options     2:35:54 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Gus Colletti  Santa Superman   Options  
2:38:37 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Tennessee Ernie Ford  Christmas Dinner   Options     2:40:25 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Whales  The Chipmunk Song   Options  
2:43:22 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Holly Golightly  Christmas Tree on Fire   Options  
2:45:15 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Superions  Fruitcake   Options     2:47:50 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Singing Loins  Ding Dong Merrily on High   Options  
2:51:42 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Sweetback Sisters  Santa Claus Got Stuck in the Chimney   Options Check out Zzzzzzero Hour's 2010 Christmas Special 
2:53:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Julian Koster  We Wish You a Merry Christmas   Options  
2:54:59 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar 12/23 8:20am Sem Chumbo:

I can feel the warmth for here. Hiya, Bill. All gooned up for the holidays, I presume?
*gooned up*= local patois for "everything in hand, time to kick back."
Avatar 12/23 10:12am Sem Chumbo:

While in Europe, where some producers of *fruit in a bottle of liqueur* use two part bottles, the company I help out with starts with actual fruit trees hung with un-tricked-out bottles. Identifying blossoms at the end of suitable branches, we wait for the flower to be fertilized and a proto-fruit to identify itself. At this point, we slip a 750ml bottle over branch, securing the bottle in a cradle. And then, as Mr. Plow, aka, Homer Simpson says, "We play the waiting game."

By and by, and if fire blight, insects, sun scald and the thousand other slings and arrows a pear is heir to, do no damage, and the pear is cosmetically suitable, it is cut from the mother branch, stem intact. Then the bottle is filled with pear eau de vie, which we also make. Eau de vie, known around our shop as *refined moonshine* is 40% ABV and as such proves an excellent preservative. Such was the case demonstrated, I think, with Admiral Nelson after the Battle of Trafalgar, when his corpse was sent home in a cask of spirits, to no discernible ill-effect. Whether or not he was toasted with glasses of his very own infusion upon arrival on that sceptred isle is yet a matter of scholarly dispute.

We started this season with 425 bottles in the trees. Blew through Hurricane Arthur on July 5th taking a mighty toll, then a long dangerous summer fraught with pear peril. By the end of September, we had 173 finished bottles, each in its own clear pine box, and accompanied by the story above, more or less--minus the Nelson stuff.

And this is why, Bill, a delicious pear brandy, a preserved fruit, a great story and a lovely handmade, in Nova Scotia, I might add, box, we charge $125 CDN.
I personally get $25 for every one I sell, because I repeat this story hundreds of times before that happens:-) And I take considerable liberties with it, and perhaps this is why my success rate is so low but my pleasure increases with each re-telling.
This story is my Christmas gift to you, Bill, and the Zzzzzzzero Hour faithful. Gods bless you, one and all, if the Fates allow.
Avatar 12/23 11:13am Brian in UK:

Well Sem I can only say if I was in your manor I would purloin a bottle of said eau de vie. I still have a splash left of a poire William bottle from the last trip to Paris. I loves eau de vie. Settles the stomach wonderfully after a snorting feed. Love the description, the bottle I had was just clear liquid. We do make sloe gin and various fruit flavoured vodkas. Sad to say we do not distill them. Got to get back into mid season drinking form as I have been abstaining due to this impacted wisdom tooth (now extracted).
Avatar 12/23 12:15pm Bill Mac:

You both make me want to drop everything I'm doing with my life and start a new one! I miss our talks about fine booze, and both of you are creating libations. So long as paying skills like phlebotomy can fund your passions it sounds like you can be way happy. Love the *fruit in a bottle of liqueur* tome - the topic became one of the recurring themes of our weekly jib-jab along with Brians hasty exits to walk the dog and feed the chickens. Sem, I just reread and comprehended the preservative part of your story. Reminds me of another story I read about honey infused Egyptians that weren't ready for consumption until they cured for a century.

To drop in yet another Homerism - "mmmmm - honey infused Egyptians...."

Brian - Hope your molar hole clears up before the festivities begin - maybe you start could earlier.
Avatar 12/23 12:22pm Bill Mac:

@Sem "Gooned up" indeed! Doing my first show in a month, and a bunch of days away from the old grind... I'm ready...
Avatar 12/23 12:58pm Sem Chumbo:

@Bill: well, as a connoisseur of marginalia and arcana, I confess my pure ignorance of Mellification, apart from the fact that *mel* derives from the Greek, for sweet. But this! Jesus.


Li [Shizhen]: According to 陶九成 [Tao Jiucheng] in the 輟耕錄 [Chuogenglu "Record after retiring from plowing"], it says in Arabia there are men 70 to 80 years old who are willing to give their bodies to save others. The subject does not eat food, he only bathes and partakes of honey. After a month he only excretes honey (the urine and feces are entirely honey) and death follows. His fellow men place him in a stone coffin full of honey in which he macerates. The date is put upon the coffin giving the year and month. After a hundred years the seals are removed. A confection is formed which is used for the treatment of broken and wounded limbs. A small amount taken internally will immediately cure the complaint. It is scarce in Arabia where it is called mellified man.
Mr. [Tao] has recorded it in this way but Li [Shizhen] the author of this [Bencao] does not know whether it is true so he is recording it for others to verify.[2]

While there will be guests here Christmas Day, and cooking for them is part of my duties, I have reserved 10-1 in order to hear ZH in its entirety, and I guess, live.

I can say with certainty that the Christmas dishes I prepare will be totally Mellified Man-free, though there may be traces of tree or ground nut, soy, milk, egg, wheat, rice, marshmallow Fluff, Spam, bologna boat, toad in the hole, and MSG.

Very much looking forward to your spins!
Avatar 12/23 1:58pm Brian in UK:

That fire sure is warming. I completely misread macerates for a similar word, changed your whole story, Sem.
Just been to the market and bought some Wild Halibut, bit pricey but heck. Cue the old joke Bill. Was it wild, well it was none too pleased. Timing not so great over here, we try and eat by the time it gets dark, around four, so hoping to catch the early part of the show. Might be time to get libating.
Avatar 12/23 2:22pm Bill Mac:

Way to go! Two days before showtime and we're already talking about Candied Andy (no offense to Andy in Berlin!) Mary Roach wrote a book called 'Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers' that goes into just that, touching on the topic of Mellified Man. I find the description of it being 'scarce' a little bit disconcerting. Think there's still a culture of this happening somewhere?
Avatar 12/23 2:29pm Bill Mac:

@Brian Yeah unfortunately I realize that the days' activities are already in full gear over there. We'll catch up. BTW thanks for writing this week. I was thinking of the collective crew earlier this week when I was wondering whether I was already turning into a 'lazy lopis' (as dear departed father would sometimes refer tome as), specifically come recent Saturday mornings. Hope everyone is hanging in.
Avatar 12/23 3:08pm Sem Chumbo:

Near the end of Trouble's show today, there was an excerpt of Dylan Thomas reading from *A Child's Christmas in Wales*.
I offer you a few moments of Canadiana, from a pretty funny guy, Howard Engel, who has a quite an amazing story himself (en.wikipedia.orgwiki/Howard_Engel)
So, his take on ACCiW www.msgr.ca...
Avatar 12/23 3:50pm Brian in UK:

Sem, first link non starter, as you can see it is not all highlighted.

Bill, at least your old man had a sense of humour, mine kept his well hidden. I take everything seriously and nothing seriously. Working in a hospital you have to be able to invoked the humour in anything, which I do not find the least bit difficult.
Buck, buck Number 1.
Avatar 12/23 3:56pm Sem Chumbo:

revision: en.wikipedia.org...
Thanks, Brian, let my proofreading eyes in my other life.
Avatar 12/23 3:58pm Sem Chumbo:

See what I mean?
Avatar 12/23 9:10pm Bill Mac:

@Brian - Well, you're certainly a student of a lot of what I would consider funny, and a lot more that I don't quite get when it happens to squirt out on the chat during showtime. I think taking everything seriously and nothing seriously leaves you with a good combination to make you a good listener and conversationalist. I'm in healthcare myself, but not on the clinical side, which is a totally different head than from where I'm at.
Avatar 12/23 9:14pm Bill Mac:

@Sem So what you're saying is that Howard Engel may not be able to read what he writes.
Avatar 12/23 9:23pm Bill Mac:

@Sem All I can say is I wish I could write like that.
Avatar 12/24 6:25am Sem Chumbo:

Good morning, Bill. *Brining* a turkey for roasting tomorrow, making a raw cranberry/celery/sweet onion/wild honey salad to marinate for a day, bread slow-rising, and slow-cooking a honey-ham (225F). (Is this the mellified Christmas menu or what?) I am SO looking forward to the show tomorrow. Hope all is well where you are.
Avatar 12/24 6:42am Brian in UK:

Dylan Thomas' Childs Christmas is good but never reaches the heights of Under Milk Wood. The quality of the words have a narcotic effect in as much as you have to keep returning for another fix of semantics.

Sem sounds good. The word brining crops up a lot in Thanksgiving & Christmas cooking. My wife will be makng a turkey & ham pie on Friday. Hmmmm. Fruit salad making this afternoon after work.
That fire really does give out some heat. I did consider a barbecue for a Christmas present. Persoanally I cannot stand how there are used over here. Cheap burgers & sausages burnt to buggery. Never cooked on one before, might try my luck this year.
Avatar 12/24 7:07am Sem Chumbo:

*burnt to buggery*: man, the English really have a way with the language. Good day, Brian. Off to the market on foot. More later.
Avatar 12:31pm Sem Chumbo:

@Brian: I catered a small rural wedding for 40 last summer, at the organic farm of the bride's parents. Their own chicken and lamb were on the menu, and I cooked them in a pair of gigantic bar-b-ques. Preserved lemon and tarragon chicken, 2-day marinated lamb (much, much garlic, preserved lemon and a stupid amount of rosemary.) 275F for 4 hours (10 pound meat birds, and a pair of legs from a Lambosaurus Rex.)
Beautiful heat control and a fine result. Quick and hot is too hard to control, low and slow is the way to go, in my opinion.
Avatar 1:11pm Brian in UK:

I like the idea of cooking say chicken in a barby queue. Anchovies go well in lamb too. I have my eye on a Weber as the hood seems to allow for a kind of convection effect. I would like to cook fish on open heat too. It just seems such a waste of energy to not use all coals fully. I need to practice but in order to practice I need to have one. That meal sounded good.
Avatar 2:49pm Bill Mac:

I'm more impressed by the phrase 'quality of the words have a narcotic effect'. It's exactly what I would have preferred to say if my fluency with the Kings' way of expressing myself wasn't limited to grunting and flashing the "thumbs up" when I'm asked to comment on something.
Avatar 3:11pm Bill Mac:

If I had any sense I would organize a foodie junket and do a couple live shows from somewheres in the UK and somewheres in Nova Scotia (nudge nudge) We're still cleaning up drool puddles der missus left when she read tomorrows menu. When should we be there?
Avatar 3:19pm Sem Chumbo:

Swing by any time, most of the work is already done. I'll tell you, the big highlight of the past month has been a little old Ashkenazi lady here (Lower East Side emigree, doncha know) who schooled me in challah/babka.
Yep, sweet, yeast-risen challah dough, then the three braids rolled out flat and covered in bittersweet chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar, then rolled up and braided. Needless to say there is plenty of butter, egg yolks, powdered sugar and such like involved. The result is divine. Paramedics will be standing by tomorrow with the de-fib paddles:-D
Avatar 3:34pm Bill Mac:

Don't ruin this by reminding me of the consequences! You're killing me from here! We gotta move there.
Avatar 5:15pm Sem Chumbo:

Well, it is not all lobster tails and every Sunday night free at the seraglio here. We locals often, in desperate times, live off the land: scarfing down apparently unowned and poorly hidden raw scallops on the run, cooking decent night-jacked venison under the cover of the smell of bootleg distilling, and as frequently as he is away, dining on the next door neighbours' sheep and chickens.

We are still the highest taxed province in the country, with the biggest per capita debt, some roads which would easily translate into Six Flags rides, and own a stubborn, conservative, xenophobic, and often racist streak which would be right at home in deepest Mississippi.

We have enough Irish and Scots genes here to infect us with a fatalist high humour which nothing but a coal mine disaster or half a dozen guys lost at sea can even momentarily dampen. As Brian wrote earlier, there is a certain equanimity (I paraphrase, take everything seriously/nothing seriously) in-bred here, taking the rough with the smooth you might say.
Like the old joke (I heard it in Budapest), about Hungarian pessimists: "Things can't get any worse." Hungarian optimist: "Yes, they can!" Living in Nova Scotia is like that, and it is only the young who move away, trying to take the geographical cure for life, only to find it the same wherever they go. They come back, or at least no matter where they wind up living or for how long, when asked where they live, they name the place but they always say," I'm a Nova Scotian."

This has not been lifted from the Provincial "So You Want to Live Here, eh" Guide to Immigration for *Come from Aways*, just so you know this is one man's opinion only. A highly esteemed man, yes, but still, just one man:-P
Avatar 4:24am Brian in UK:

Well Sem we are living on a mighty mutlicultural island right now, was it ever thus. This country is remarkably open to new faces, ideas and thoughts.

Anyway, HAPPY CHRISTMAS. It is a beautiful clear skied sunny day here. Bit of a frost last night. Chickens fed, turkey about to enter it's last resting place. Going to walk Spencer in the woods and collect youngest daughter. All three will be back in the nest soon. Then everything will be TICKERTY BOO.
Avatar 6:11am Sem Chumbo:

Good on your Brian, it sounds as though you have this day well in hand. Tickerty boo, indeed. Still hear that around here, where there was an RCN training base for over fifty years, and the Brits were thick on the ground, once they pushed the Irish out of the way to make room. A Merry Christmas to you, as well.
Avatar 7:13am Brian in UK:

Sem, that challah sounds wonderful. I am lazy and just make bread in a machine. Is it complicated.
By the way, my favourite Hubert Selby Jnr. is The Demon. It fair took me aback when I first read it. Not had time to read all your personal missive will do in the fullness etc. I was surprised when reading The Willow Tree that he mentioned Ken Hollings and thanked him for his support and editing skills. I used to know Ken when he was in Biting Tongues. Bill played them a while ago. Small old world.
Avatar 7:15am Brian in UK:

BILL, small request. Any chance of Talking Heads 'Burning Down the House' from Speaking in Tongues.(one of my pastimes!!) This should get everyone jumping in the kitchen as we prep dinner.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05am Guido from Cologne:

Good morning Bill!
This is great!
I will be listening mobile for half of the show and then have you as a soundtrack for cooking business.
Which sounds go best along with frying noises? No easy task I guess ...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:57am Stanley:

Avatar 8:58am Brian in UK:


STANLEY. What part of D&G are you staying?
  9:00am ?:

Avatar 9:00am Sem Chumbo:

@Brian: re: Selby, Jr. I came to him as most people did, via Last Exit. But then I read The Room, which was to me at the time, a quantum leap from LETO, which, I think you'll agree, is other-wordly in every respect.
Yes, to have known someone who worked closed with HS,jr,---an editor!---most amazing. Loved to have heard the stories.
Challah: ya just gotta suck it up and make a couple and get the failures out of the way.
Hey there, Stanley!
Avatar 9:02am Sem Chumbo:

Morning, Bill.Top of the Season to you, and all the Hours.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02am adrian in mpls:

Shit, there's a yule log going on. That means it's really xmas. Morning everyone!!
  9:03am mkw:

We're ready for some jammin' Christmas tunes here at home. Merry Christmas Bill Mac and everyone out there!!
Avatar 9:03am Brian in UK:

@Sem Ken writes articles for The Wire if you are interested. Here is a link to his site.
Avatar 9:04am Brian in UK:

Hey Adrian. Have you got a steady gig to rest your head nowadays?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05am Guido from Cologne:

No mobile listening.
Just went out and it started raining.

So which music goes best along to frying noises?
Albert Ayler or Abba?
Avatar 9:05am Sem Chumbo:

Bookmarked with thanks, BiUK.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:05am Stanley:

Hi Bill and friends. Me and the Vic are in Eskdalemuir the wettest and coldest place in Scotland but the sun is shining and so are we
Avatar 9:06am Brian in UK:

@Guido Ethel the Aadvark Goes Quantity Surveying is a good start.
  9:06am Mrs. Sluggo:

We're opening our presents now, and this is the perfect soundtrack. Thanks, DJ Bill Mac!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:07am adrian in mpls:

@Brian - Yes! Thanks for asking! I lucked into the second floor of this house that the owner rents out via AirBNB during the summer months. I felt instantly at home once I moved in.
Avatar 9:08am Bill Mac:

Hey everybody! Muhrrry Christmas all! Just dealing with catching up with clericals here, good to see folks here! Any mellified man left, folks?
Avatar 9:10am Brian in UK:

Cannot wait for them to mature, Bill. Gonna have to take off my Christmas pudding onesie. That fire is sooooo warming.
  9:10am marmalade kitty:

Merry Christmas Bill & all in woofmooland!
Avatar 9:12am Bill Mac:

Wouldn't be xmas without MK!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:13am Guido from Cologne:

Thanks BrianinUK!
Hm, I was about to sell my Monty Python CDs.
Now I must visit my garage.
Avatar 9:14am Chris M.:

merry christmas Bill Mac and everyone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:15am Guido from Cologne:

are there christmas organs in orbit?
Avatar 9:16am Bill Mac:

Holiday visuals on playlist ... Thanks Mrs. Mac
Avatar 9:16am Brian in UK:

Hey MK Sunshine over Whitefield?
Avatar 9:17am Sem Chumbo:

Hiya, MK, ADRIAN!!, and Chris the M.
Mellified Man coming up, wanna start with a few fingers, Bill?
  9:18am mkw:

Love the Charlie Brown pic:)
Avatar 9:19am Brian in UK:

Avatar 9:20am Bill Mac:

I got family in the house, so mind your manners... Pants on, Brian - eh, or not....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:24am Guido from Cologne:

What does a tropical christmas tree look like?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:25am adrian in mpls:

Hey Sem!!!
Avatar 9:26am Bill Mac:

@Guido - No skirt :)
Avatar 9:28am Brian in UK:

That Jimmy Butler has essence of Big Joe Turner.
Avatar 9:29am Bill Mac:

I would think they were contemporaries
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:29am adrian in mpls:

i wasn't aware of this "trim the tree" euphemism.....
Avatar 9:29am Sem Chumbo:

@Stanley: after looking up your locale in Scotland, I am getting a decided Lasithi Plain vibe. Is Eskdalemuir in the mountains?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:32am adrian in mpls:

I'm actually new to yr program, Bill! Happy to be here!
Avatar 9:33am Brian in UK:

Hey hello chauffeur
Avatar 9:36am Bill Mac:

Welcome Adrian!
Avatar 9:37am Bill Mac:

Anyone start eating/drinking yet?
Avatar 9:37am Brian in UK:

Adrian once you have been here you will not want to leave. The only problem is dragging your carcass awake at 3am on Saturdays.
Avatar 9:38am dale:

perfect music for the morning. my yule log is all aglow.
Avatar 9:39am Brian in UK:

Bill, turkey cooked, vegs on the way. Depressing thing is that by the time your show finishes it will be dark and I will be stuffed!!

dale too much information?
Avatar 9:40am Bill Mac:

Hiya Dale, don't be fooled by the fire, it's really warmed by the radiation coming off yr screen.

Merry X (ray) Christmas!
  9:42am Grubbus:

Merry Christmas WFMU family!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:42am Irene Trudel:

Merry Christmas Bill! That Christmas in High Fidelity album by George Melachrino & Orchestra you talked over was my family's go-to Holiday album, complete with lots of scratches and skips. The orchestrations on some of the tunes are particularly nice. I used it the other night myself. Do you have a clean copy or has it been reissued? I'd love to find one for sentimental reasons.

Hope you and Mrs. Mac have a Happy Krimble and a Veddy Goo Year!
Avatar 9:43am Bill Mac:

@Brian Yeah, we've been discussing the location issue for years. The early one is more agreeable isn't it?
  9:45am marmalade kitty:

any gayla peevey? :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:45am Ken From Hyde Park:

There was a leftover jug of coffee from work yesterday and I consumed it this morning. The jitters will soon be setting in.
Avatar 9:46am Bill Mac:

Hi Irene, yeah sorry bout that... Doing things differently today. Rather than scads of vinyl/CDs to choose from I'm using pre-recorded stuff, not to mention that a guest = another mic to mind... They'll whisk me back to nights right after todays program
  9:47am mkw:

Great to hear from both Macs this morning. Since you're both working so hard, you might get a few extra pierogies for dinner tonite.
Avatar 9:47am dale:

that george melachrino had some strains of flintsones background music.
Avatar 9:48am Bill Mac:

@mkw Ahhhh pierogies! Ima hold you to that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:49am Stanley:

People chatting too much now left me to enjoy myself, cooking and commenting
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:50am Stanley:

...if I can work out how to operate this alien computer
Avatar 9:50am Bill Mac:

I was hoping you'd stop by today Stanner. How's missus? You guys gonna be singing Proclaimers tunes somewheres this week?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:51am Irene Trudel:

Oh, that's okay Bill. You deserve to take it easy with the rest of us today. But I am searching for a clean copy or CD of that particular album.
Avatar 9:55am Brian in UK:

Happy Christmas Irene.
Avatar 9:56am dale:

wow - i'll bet the folks who developed the see and say stole the idea from this song
Avatar 9:58am Bill Mac:

@Dale - That's it! I hadn't fully reveiwed that song today - the animal imitations made me want to scratch my eyes out. But isn't that what Christmas is all about?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am adrian in mpls:

Rootin Tootin! Definitely one of my favorite phrases.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:02am Greg from Bloomfield:

Merry Krimble, gang! Thanks so much for taking care of us this morning, Bill!
Avatar 10:05am Erella:

Love the music today. Thank you.
Avatar 10:06am Brian in UK:

Man, is that just one hour. Scheeesh.
Avatar 10:08am Erella:

Here are some more creepy santa images.
Avatar 10:09am Brian in UK:

Was Loretta Young in the Bishops Wife? I loves Loretta Young.
Avatar 10:11am Bill Mac:

@Brian - Another commonality we share... yowsers indeed...
Avatar 10:12am Brian in UK:

Hell, this could be Monica's show. There is no bigger compliment, Bill.
Avatar 10:13am Erella:

I love seeing Santa smoking. www.teamjimmyjoe.com...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:14am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Great to have you here Mr. Mac ! Season's Greetings to all FMUvians !! ...Gooned Up you say Sem?? Me - I'm walking backwards for Xmas: www.youtube.com...
Avatar 10:14am Bill Mac:

@Brian I was kind of thinking the same thing. This show has received a bit of woman's help though... Tanks Ms Mac....
Avatar 10:16am Bill Mac:

RR1163 - Hey man! Seasons Fleebers to you too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:16am adrian in mpls:

@Erella - smoking Santa is amazing! also, "it's toasted" has to be one of the great slogans.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:19am Stanley:

Doing everything all at the same time but listening. keep it up Bill
Avatar 10:20am Bill Mac:

@Stanley - That was me a 1/2 hour ago. I think I lost some weight.
Avatar 10:22am Sem Chumbo:

Time for more challah/babka, Bill. Gotta keep your strength up...DJ'ing burns hundreds of calories a minute, all that brainwork!
Avatar 10:24am Bill Mac:

Yo Sem, I figured you were busy making something! I could use some challah myself. There may be a nut roll in my future, but we'll see...
Avatar 10:25am Jeff:

Hey, Bill - how great to hear you on while I'm awake!

And thanks for playing stuff which won't freak out the in-laws.
Avatar 10:26am Snogubben Chumbo:

Great first name. Dibs.
Avatar 10:27am Bill Mac:

Yeah, I was thinking of a Butthole Surfers Christmas program. They do a fine, drunken cover of Good King Wenceslaus
Avatar 10:27am Jeff:

By the way, I'm pretty sure my parents used to go to dances where Lester Lanin was playing. They're no longer available to ask about it, but I'm pretty sure I recall that detail.
Avatar 10:28am Bill Mac:

Too bad, that type of information always becomes fascinating a little too late...
Avatar 10:29am Sem Chumbo:

"In Finland, they do not have a word for "snow.""
-Joe Orton.
Pretty sure he was kidding.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:29am Guido from Cologne:

Late 50ies Lester Lanin and Casa Loma:
The eternal one-dollar-bin-residencials.
No one want's it ...
(Back from frying action)
Avatar 10:30am Jeff:

Exactly. I have lots of questions, the answers to many of which I probably tuned out as a kid.
Avatar 10:32am Bill Mac:

the way of the world. I was lucky enough to talk to my Grandmother about growing up in coal cracker country in upstate PA. Only 4 hours, but at least something.
Avatar 10:34am Sem Chumbo:

Now there's an organ in orbit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:35am Guido from Cologne:

Booker T. in Xmas orbit
Avatar 10:39am dale:

the song 'sisters' is actually all rosemary overdubbing herself.
  10:41am emile:

Just tuning in - hey gang, hey Bill!
Avatar 10:45am Brian in UK:

Time to scarf. Bon apertit tout le monde.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:46am adrian in mpls:

enjoy, Brian!
Avatar 10:46am Bill Mac:

Chew yr food...
  10:46am emile:

So happy to have the coolest holiday music host on the wireless today. Goes well with a falafel kefta!
Avatar 10:48am Sem Chumbo:

Lucky you, BiUK, hours to go before I eat. Enjoy your Christmas cracker crown.
Avatar 10:51am Bill Mac:

@Emile Thanks Man.... falafel kefta... more yummy food.
Avatar 10:54am Sem Chumbo:

Ah, Mrs. Mac is pitching Firesign Theatre weird and hitting the inside corner with that Youngster pix. Two thumbs up (thanks Siskel and Ebert for a cliché I can live with)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:56am adrian in mpls:

i only need to hear a few seconds of this song to convince me to clicky-star it!
  10:57am mkw:

Awkward and creepy Santa photos...keep'em comin'
Avatar 10:57am Bill Mac:

They really are creepy renditions of St Nick. What dark recesses of the mind came up with these?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 10:57am Guido from Cologne:

anyone background info about this track?
Avatar 10:59am Bill Mac:

@guido I don't have much, but when we were compiling this stuff we came across another version of it with male singer and different title. I'll need to check around.
  11:01am mkw:

Any Bravo Combo on your list - Santa's Polka perhaps?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am Guido from Cologne:

anyway some bit. Thank you Bill.
  11:07am mkw:

No problem bro...should have thought of it sooner...
Avatar 11:07am fred:

Merry whatever folks. At this time of the year I'm usually stuck in the archives, but this show has proved entertaining enough to keep me on the stream for a while.
Is there an official time when the station switches from Xmas songs to auld lang syne?
  11:09am Cooh John:

Opening presents with a 5 year old
  11:10am Mrs. Sluggo:

Does anyone else think that Mrs. Mac sounds a lot like Bronwyn C. It's uncanny!
  11:10am mkw:

Mom's preparing the ham...waiting for first group of visitors to arrive.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am Stanley:

Hi Bill and Maxine, finally got everything under control here in the kitchen built for aliens. A quick aperitif and its back to the spuds
Avatar 11:11am Bill Mac:

@Mrs. Sluggo - She originates from Wisconsin doncha know.
Avatar 11:12am Bill Mac:

@Cooh John - The best...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:16am Guido from Cologne:

nice: Flirtations
  11:18am Mrs. Sluggo:

@Bill Mac—Ah! That explains it!
Also: Go Packers!
Avatar 11:18am Bill Mac:

@Stanley It's definitely aperitif time at this point. Cheers!
  11:18am marmalade kitty:

Why would anyone want an elephant or a hippo for christmas? really?
Avatar 11:19am Bill Mac:

Next thing you know you need an elephant house... don't get me started on the litter box...
  11:22am animal planet:

"I Want a Monkey for Christmas" - Barbary Coasters
Avatar 11:23am Pseu Braun:

Merry, Happy Bill Mac!
Avatar 11:24am Bill Mac:

I knew someone that had acquired a monkey as a kid. I think her parents paid cash money to have a picture taken with her. It's her Facebook profile pic.
Avatar 11:25am Sem Chumbo:

Set a sweet Christmas tone around here, Bill. Thanks a-plenty.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:25am Mrs Stanley:

Hi Bill and co., as for the Proclaimers, absolutely NOT I'm afraid
Avatar 11:25am fred:

@Mrs Sluggo: That's a statement that might ruffle a few feathers in Motown this week
Avatar 11:26am Bill Mac:

Hey Pseu, Merry Grampus! Joe let me play in the daylight. Whaddaya think about that.

Love to Alex...
Avatar 11:26am Bill Mac:

@Mrs. Stanley BOOOO!!!!
  11:31am SeanG:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:32am adrian in mpls:

va va va voom!
  11:33am mkw:

You smell like beef and cheese - erin
Avatar 11:34am DeaconDave:

Mac Attack!
Avatar 11:35am Bill Mac:

@MKW Should be the subtitle of the show....
Avatar 11:35am Bill Mac:

Hey hey Dan! Happy flibberty boo!
Avatar 11:35am Sem Chumbo:

For your Kay Martin va-va-voom delectation: www.google.ca...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:36am common:

happy happy everyone
Avatar 11:36am Brian in UK:

Enjoy the resy of your day Mr & Mrs Mac.
Avatar 11:37am Brian in UK:

Oh Santa what do you have in your sac?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:38am Stanley:

Quick hello Brian. hope your day is going swell.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am adrian in mpls:

@Sem - wow. that's a lot of va va. and a hell of a lot of voom
Avatar 11:39am Bill Mac:

Hey Common!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:39am adrian in mpls:

Hey Common! Merry Merry! Come join us around the fire
Avatar 11:40am John McCabe:

sounds like Rod Rogers
Avatar 11:41am Brian in UK:

Stanley. Completely stuffed. About to collapse in a heap and play silly games.Good luck with the cooking and foreign equipment.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:41am common:

thanks adrian! who has the beer?
Avatar 11:42am Bill Mac:

@Brian Triptophan coma time...
Avatar 11:43am Sem Chumbo:

@ ADRIAN!!: you are most certainly welcome.
Avatar 11:43am Brian in UK:

Great show and visuals, Bill 'n Maxine. Enjoy the rest of the day. Safe journey home. I got a good digestive to settle the stomach.
Avatar 11:44am Brian in UK:

Hey Sem Have a great meal.
Avatar 11:45am Bill Mac:

Happy Holiday all of you.... great and lively, what I expect. I'll see you around the place.

Somebody burp Brian...
Avatar 11:45am Sem Chumbo:

Thx, Brian. Been swell corresponding! Have yourself a good sit-down, and see ya later.
Avatar 11:47am Sem Chumbo:

Nate K., are you listening?
Avatar 11:47am Brian in UK:

Second round of present opening. BEGIN.

I love SWELL.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am adrian in mpls:

and i'm really happy that i've managed to hear xmas songs today that include lyrics about underwear and, now, tube socks
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am Guido from Cologne:

Thank you 4 accompany my cooking actions.
Happy holidays and see you sometime soon again!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:51am adrian in mpls:

there's no snow here - it's above freezing. i think an xmas bike ride is in order once this fine show is over
Avatar 11:51am Bill Mac:

@Adrian You never have to hear another xmas song
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:52am Ken From Hyde Park:

One gift I received last night was a pumpkin bread. Glad it wasn't a dreaded fruit cake!
Avatar 11:52am Bill Mac:

Adrian - not exactly a bad thing
Avatar 11:53am fred:

That was a nice show, and thanks for the Holly Golightly track, always nice to hear her
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:53am adrian in mpls:

@Bill - just need an xmas song that talks about a codpiece :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Fran:

Flying visit folks - hope you are all having a good Christmas ad best wishes for 2015. Wot no Three Stooges!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am Stanley:

Loved the selection, Its great to hear you back on the waves and do let us know when you come in again. Wishing you and Maxine the very best for Christmas and the New Year from me and the Missus.
Avatar 11:54am Brian in UK:

@adrian we had some mackrel the other day. Any good?
Avatar 11:55am Bill Mac:

Thanks all for coming Make the best of the new year will ya?!!!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am adrian in mpls:

Thanks Bill - it's been a wonderful few hours!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:56am Stanley:

Fran - you remind me of the great prophet Zarg (did I get that right) from the reastaurant at the End of the Universe
Avatar 11:56am Brian in UK:

Byeee everyone.
Avatar 11:56am Sem Chumbo:

Bye, bye, all!
  11:57am Syd:

Great show this morning. Come back on soon Bill
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am adrian in mpls:

@Brian - i'll start working on my "very fishy xmas" record right away
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:57am Fran:

Stanley -Ha!!Better than Dish of The Day I guess
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:58am Stanley:

Haha - catchya later Fran
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am Fran:

For sure Stanley
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:01pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Happy New Year, Bill!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:08am Stanley:

Haha - Its me Bill. Just played the whole show in my office on our last day before the holiday.
A merry one to you and the missus.
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