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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011

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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011

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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011

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

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Getting Ready For Christmas Day

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Paul Simon

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

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So Beautiful or So What
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So Beautiful or So What
Artist
Paul Simon
Label
Hear Music
Released
2011

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Natalie Merchant

  • Song: Children Go Where I Send Thee
  • from A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 3
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Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

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Adam Arcuragi

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

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Prince

  • Song: Another Lonely Christmas
  • from Hits/The B-Sides
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The Boar's Head Carol

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The King's Singers

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

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

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It's Christmas!

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The Polyphonic Spree

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

This release is available from Good Records Recordings.

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The Christmas Party

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The Walkmen

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

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Little House of Savages EP
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Little House of Savages EP
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The Walkmen
Label
Record Collection
Released
2004

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Christmas for the Jews
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Christmas for the Jews
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Darlene Love

  • Song: Christmas for the Jews
  • from SNL Sketch

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All Songs Considered Holiday Music Special 2011

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The Leevees

  • Song: Kugel
  • from Hanukkah Rocks

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Hanukkah Rocks
Album
Hanukkah Rocks
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The Leevees
Label
Reprise
Released
2005

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The Maccabeats

  • Song: Candlelight
  • from Candlelight
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Merle Haggard

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

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Spotlight on Christmas

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Kate & Anna McGarrigle

  • Song: Spotlight on Christmas
  • from McGarrigle Christmas Hour

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McGarrigle Christmas Hour
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McGarrigle Christmas Hour
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Kate & Anna McGarrigle
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Nonesuch Records
Released
2005

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Julian Koster and the Music Tapes

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