December 18, 2015
Fountains of Wayne were formed in 1995 by bassist Adam Schlesinger and guitarist Chris Collingwood. The band chose their name after a lawn ornament store in Wayne, New Jersey. After releasing their self-titled debut album in 1996, the band toured the world extensively, playing alongside bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Sloan and The Lemonheads. However, by 1999 they had parted ways with their record label, and band members scattered to work on other projects.
Continue Reading The Seventh Day of Christmas Music – 2015 Edition
December 17, 2015
Released as a single in the fall of 1967 to capitalize on their current success with “(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet”, Jingle Bells also featuring the band’s psychedelic cover of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and a very strange cut, “Dante’s Inferno”. The track pops up on the occasional Christmas compilation, and copies of the 45 single are still circulating.
Continue Reading The Sixth Day of Christmas Music – 2015 Edition
December 16, 2015
The long and storied history of Lead Belly (born Huddie William Ledbetter) – “King of the 12-string guitar” – is longer than this space allows. Released from prison (again) in 1940 or 41, he spent the first half of that decade recording for RCA, the Library of Congress, Capitol Records, and Moe Asch (future founder of Folkways Records) this track comes from the Smithsonian Folkways recording Lead Belly Sings for Children.
Continue Reading The Fifth Day of Christmas Music – 2015 Edition
December 15, 2015
Oklahoma-born Jack Guthrie first came to prominence when he moved to California to join his cousin Woody Guthrie on the Oke & Woody Show on KFVD radio in Hollywood. Influenced by Jimmie Rodgers and adapted to fit his cowboy image, Jack signed to Capitol Records shortly there-after, and he scored his first big hit in 1945.
Continue Reading The Fourth Day of Christmas Music – 2015 Edition
December 14, 2015
NOT to be confused with the famous British bluesman (and founder of Fleetwood Mac) Peter Green, this NYC-based outfit’s 1997 Christmas outing, I Got The Blues For Christmas is mostly straightforward guitar-style blues in the vein of Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins, or Stevie-Ray Vaughan.
Continue Reading The Third Day of Christmas Music – 2015 Edition