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Bob And Robin's Excellent Holiday Adventure

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a road trip to find the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they stop at the Silent Night Motel, where they meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter, and more.

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a road trip to find the true spirit of the holiday season. Along the way they stop at the Silent Night Motel, where they meet Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter, and more. Michael Huey/Mastery Of Maps hide caption

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For this year's annual holiday music show, All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton set out on a snowy road trip in search of the true spirit of the season. Their destination: America's heartland, where they plan to celebrate Christmas with Robin's family in Kansas. Join Bob and Robin as they motor across the country in a '71 Volkswagen Beetle, brave an ice storm and meet some special guests along the way, including Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, St. Vincent (Annie Clark), Josh Ritter and more.

Songs Featured On This Episode

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Death Cab for Cutie

  • Album: Maybe This Christmas Tree
  • Song: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

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Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Album
Maybe This Christmas Tree
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Nettwerk
Released
2004

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan

  • Album: Ella & Friends
  • Song: Baby, It's Cold Outside

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Baby, It's Cold Outside
Album
Ella & Friends
Artist
Ella Fitzgerald
Label
Verve
Released
1996

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Low

  • Album: Christmas
  • Song: Silent Night

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Silent Night
Album
Christmas
Artist
Low
Label
Tugboat
Released
1999

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Alvin & The Chipmunks

  • Album: Very Merry Chipmunk
  • Song: Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)

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Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)
Album
Very Merry Chipmunk
Artist
Alvin & The Chipmunks
Label
Sony Music Distribution
Released
1995

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Paul Simon

  • Album: Essential Paul Simon
  • Song: Slip Slidin' Away

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Slip Slidin' Away
Album
Essential Paul Simon
Artist
Paul Simon
Label
WEA
Released
2007

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Darlene Love

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

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Thurl Ravenscroft

  • Album: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
  • Song: You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

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You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Album
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Artist
Dr. Seuss
Label
Masterworks
Released
1966

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Burl Ives

  • Album: Best of Burl Ives: 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection
  • Song: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Album
Best of Burl Ives: 20th Century Masters/The Christmas Collection
Artist
Burl Ives
Label
MCA Records
Released
2003

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The Flaming Lips

  • Album: Silent Night
  • Song: Silent Night / Lord Can You Hear Me

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Silent Night / Lord Can You Hear Me
Album
Silent Night
Artist
The Flaming Lips
Label
Warner Bros.
Released
2008

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Robert Shaw Chamber Singers

  • Album: Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns & Carols
  • Song: Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" [Anonymous]

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Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" [Anonymous]
Album
Songs of Angels: Christmas Hymns & Carols
Artist
Robert Shaw
Label
Telarc Distribution
Released
1994

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Mitchell Parish & Leroy Anderson Conduct The Regency Singers and Orchestra

  • Album: Home for Christmas [Unison]
  • Song: Sleigh Ride [Instrumental]

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Sleigh Ride [Instrumental]
Album
Home for Christmas [Unison]
Artist
The Regency Singers and Orchestra
Label
Unison
Released
1997

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The Waitresses

  • Album: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Waitresses
  • Song: Christmas Wrapping

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Christmas Wrapping
Album
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Waitresses
Artist
The Waitresses
Label
Polydor
Released
2003

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