All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011

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The All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011
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The holiday season at the NPR Music office brings with it two sounds: that of the delightfully offbeat seasonal anthem as well as the cheerful but persistent sound of Bob Boilen shaking his jingle bells. (In case this is your first time at the All Songs holiday party, that's not a euphemism.)

This week on All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen sits down with NPR's Jacob Ganz and Barrie Hardymon, trusty jingle bells and LED Christmas tree in tow, to play some holiday music you may not have heard before.

This year's selections include a 15th-century English carol, a 2010 club banger revamped with a Hanukkah theme, a truly bizarre Prince song that finds the Purple One toasting his dead lover with a banana daiquiri on Christmas Eve and a few original Christmas songs from indie favorites like The Walkmen and The Polyphonic Spree. Plus, a special holiday gift from an All Songs listener.

If this whets your appetite for more unconventional holiday music, make sure to check out NPR Music's Jingle Jams: A Holiday Mix For The Rest Of Us, where you can listen to dozens more songs by artists like Calexico, Etta James, Feist and Bob Dylan.

All Songs Holiday Special 2011

Paul Simon

  • Album: So Beautiful or So What
  • Song: Getting Ready For Christmas Day

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Getting Ready For Christmas Day
Album
So Beautiful or So What
Artist
Paul Simon
Label
Hear Music
Released
2011

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Natalie Merchant

  • Album: A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 3
  • Song: Children Go Where I Send Thee
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Adam Arcuragi

  • Album: Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
  • Song: Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

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Prince

  • Album: Hits/The B-Sides
  • Song: Another Lonely Christmas
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The King's Singers

  • Album: A Little Christmas Music
  • Song: The Boar's Head Carol

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The Boar's Head Carol
Album
A Little Christmas Music
Artist
The King's Singers
Label
EMI Classics
Released
1990

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The Polyphonic Spree

  • Album: It's Christmas!
  • Song: It's Christmas!

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The Walkmen

  • Album: Little House of Savages EP
  • Song: The Christmas Party

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The Christmas Party
Album
Little House of Savages EP
Artist
The Walkmen
Label
Record Collection
Released
2004

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Christmas for the Jews
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Darlene Love

  • Album: SNL Sketch
  • Song: Christmas for the Jews

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The Leevees

  • Album: Hanukkah Rocks
  • Song: Kugel

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Kugel
Album
Hanukkah Rocks
Artist
The Leevees
Label
Reprise
Released
2005

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The Maccabeats

  • Album: Candlelight
  • Song: Candlelight
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Merle Haggard

  • Album: A Christmas Present
  • Song: If We Make It Through December

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If We Make It Through December
Album
A Christmas Present
Artist
Merle Haggard
Label
Curb
Released
1973

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Kate & Anna McGarrigle

  • Album: McGarrigle Christmas Hour
  • Song: Spotlight on Christmas

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Spotlight on Christmas
Album
McGarrigle Christmas Hour
Artist
Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Label
Nonesuch Records
Released
2005

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Julian Koster and the Music Tapes

  • Album: Tiny Desk Concert
  • Song: Zat You, Santa Claus?

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