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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.

hide captionAll 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.

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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

Watch "Christmastime For The Jews" on Hulu.

 
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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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