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A Very Strombo Christmas Special December 17, 2014

Throw a log on the fire, drown yourself in eggnog and turn up tonight's festive special. We are spinning some of the essential and not-so-traditional songs from the broom closet as part of A Very Strombo Show Christmas tonight. There will be everything from Darlene Love to Snoop Dogg to The Pogues.

We have featured intimate performances by Basia Bulat, Blue Rodeo, Brave Shores, Joel Plaskett, Kevin Hearn and Shad, and we are visited by many friends of the show to share stories and spin records, including Matt Berninger of The National, Laura Jane Grace, Mac DeMarco, Max Kerman of Arkells, Bry Webb of Constantines, Jessy Lanza, Barr Brothers, GOB, Greylag, Sloan, Lowell and Malka Marom (author of Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words).

As always, we tipped our hats to those ground-breakers and game-changers with a Nod to the Gods, paid tribute to Tom Waits on Ten with Tom and we sent you into the horizontal with the Big Lie Down.

Hallelujah! Where's the Tylenol?!

To get you in the spirit, here's Basia Bulat with "I'll Be Home For Christmas":

And here's Kevin Hearn singing "Little Drummer Boy":

And Blue Rodeo with the classic "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas":

And finally Mr. Joel Plaskett debuting an original tune, "Jesus Christ, It's Christmas Again":

Playlist

JOHN WILLIAMS / Home Alone Main Title
SOLOMON BURKE / Presents For Christmas
THE BEATLES / Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
PAUL MCCARTNEY / Wonderful Christmas Time
SLADE / Merry Xmas Everybody
BLUE RODEO / Glad To Be Alive (Strombo Session)
BLUE RODEO / Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Strombo Session)
MIKE MCCREADY & EDDIE VEDDER / Let Me Sleep
LORETTA LYNN / The Heck With Ole Santa Claus
BRAVE SHORES / Jingle Bells (Strombo Session)
BING CROSBY / Mele Kalikimaka
SHAD / Christmas Freestyle
STEVE MARTIN / 5 Christmas Wishes
BASIA BULAT / I'll Be Home For Christmas (Strombo Session)
BAHAMAS / Christmas Must Be Tonight
LEON REDBONE / Blue Christmas
MAVIS STAPLES / Christmas Vacation
BETTY LLOYD / Snowflakes
BOB DYLAN / The Man In Me
JOHN DENVER / Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas
ROY ORBISON / Pretty Paper
GIANT HAND / Home Alone (A Christmas Song) (Strombo Session)
ZOOEY DESCHANEL & LEON REDBONE / Baby It's Cold Outside
FIONA APPLE / Frosty The Snowman
SNOOP DOGG / Santa Claus Goes Straight to The Ghetto
RUN DMC / Christmas In Hollis
GRUFF RHYS / Post Apocalypse Christmas
KEVIN HEARN / Little Drummer Boy Strombo Session)
THE POGUES / Fairytale Of New York
CHEECH & CHONG / Santa Clause And His Old Lady
ARETHA FRANKLIN / Winter Wonderland
PUNCHLINE / Icicles
AUGUST BURNS RED / Carol Of The Bells
JOEL PLASKETT / Jesus Christ, It's Christmas (Strombo Session)
WEEN / Silent Night (Live)
KERMIT THE FROG / The Christmas Wish
THE PRETENDERS / 2000 Miles
BOB DYLAN / Must Be Santa
VINCE GUARALDI TRIO / Christmas Time Is Here
TOM WAITS / Silent Night / Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis (Live)
RAMONES / Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
PAUL SIMON / Getting Ready For Christmas
SMASHING PUMPKINS / Christmas Time
REIGNING SOUND / If Christmas Can't Bring You Home
ROB HALFORD / Oh Holy Night
JOHNNY BOWTIE BARSTOW / First Noel
THE BARR BROTHERS / Dear Mrs. Claus (Strombo Session)
JONI MITCHELL / The River
ADAM SANDLER / The Chanukah Song (Live)