Monday, December 26, 2011

MERRY XMAS FROM VINYL WHORES: Charlie Brown (Let's Talk Guaraldi)

There is no finer Christmas album than the simple and beautiful soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas.  There I said it.  Many that come close, Bing Crosby's Christmas Album I even dare say the Mariah Carey's Christmas Album is another personal favorite, but there is something about Vince Guaraldi's holiday masterpiece that takes the cake.  It's absolute, pure magic.  Not only does it drum up childhood memories for everyone who hears this album, it is everything that Christmas is about.  I have a personal favorite track from the album, the instrumental version of Christmas Time is is perfection.

I listening to this song summer or winter, rain or shine and it always puts me at ease.

Another classic song, Skating (our friend Josh's favorite song from the album, I Won't)

O Tannenbaum.....

What Child is This?

I love the songs where Vince incorporates the children's voices, like here My Little Drum.


The Goose is getting fat....

Fur Elise

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts)

I hope you all have the happiest holidays, and I hope Charlie and Vince have brought you some Christmas joy!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Forget the Gabor sisters at Christmas there is only one singing foursome for me, Lawrence Welks' ladies of the night The Lennon Sisters.  I love their Stepford Wife look and sound and I am a sucker for traditional xmas albums.  This hits all the marks with flying colors!

The ladies on Welks' show.

My favorite! A showtune Christmas Carol!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Who doesn't love Liberace?  Just look at her!  She's like a snow covered Christmas tree in that brilliant fop coat, flagged by 2 gold trees.  In all honesty whenever we play him I feel like Annette Benning in American Beauty, but who wouldn't want that?  Last night we listened to Liberace's Christmas album for the first time while eating Dan's amazing homemade french onion soup it was shear perfection.  Just like a couple of old queens from the early 60's probably did.  I love the first track on the album, Twas the Night Before Christmas, with the complete story as read by Liberace herself.

There is something malevolant about his voice, almost like Big Brother were reading the holiday classic instead of everyone's favorite flamboyant pianist.

how does he do it? He retains his drama and theatricallity even when playing a ballad!

I am a huge fan of a medley, especially an xmas medely!  Liberace loved a Christmas medley!

This one is from the 80's and all I have to say is, where's the fur coat libby?

Here is a brilliant spoof from SCTV.

Sunday, December 18, 2011


One of the best things about Christmas Carols is the fact that most of the classics are public domain which makes it very easy and cheap for everyone and anyone to record a Christmas album.  And pretty much everyone has recorded an album full of holiday classics.  Here is a good old Country Christmas with everyone's favorite coal miner's daughter Miss Loretta Lynn.

I love her twang and her phrasing...

Loretta doesn't just stick to the classics, she does what she does best and throws in a few original tunes for good measure.

Another original tune

and a classic (for good measure)

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Remember old Captain Kangaroo?  I actually don't.  I never watched him as a kid, but I do remember when he died and everyone was so upset.  I also had a teacher in high school who was the spitting image of the Cap!  An odd man who was frequently stoned during class.  But enough about stoned teachers and dead kangaroo's check out this crazy album filled with yule tide joy as only a shitty children's album can bring you.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Streisand Sleeveface

To continue Thanksgiving Sleevefae we each found a Barbra Streisand album to sleeveface the hell out of.  We were forced to asked the question: What is Barbra Streisand doing for Thanksgiving?  The obvious answer from Dan was "telling James Brolin to stay outta her candied yams" and of course Trevor said "who is James Brolin"