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Cassetteboy - Festive Christmas 2010

Cassetteboy - Festive Christmas 2010 (NSFW audio) (previously 1 2 3) (bonus NSFW Harry Potter trailer)
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Dec 17, 2010 - 2 comments

Severe Head Trauma in Midwestern Adolescent Girls and the Decline of the American Musical

Early in 1903, the success of the New York production of the musical adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz got composer Victor Herbert and librettist Glen MacDonough thinking. They thought that it might be possible to duplicate that success by applying a Christmas theme to Baum's story and then sprinkling in a few Mother Goose characters. Later that year the resulting show, Babes in Toyland, was a rousing success. Thirty years later it was made into a movie starring two of the greatest motion picture actors of the era, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, produced by Hal Roach. But this post isn't about either of those productions; it's about the worst production. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 17, 2010 - 22 comments

The Digital Version Of The Nativity Story

The Digital Version Of The Nativity Story, told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon and more. [more inside]
posted by ericb on Dec 16, 2010 - 18 comments

surfing for charity

Chrome for a Cause. From now until December 19th, every tab you open on Chrome with this extension installed will help raise funds for five different charities (The Nature Conservancy, Charity: Water, Doctors Without Borders, Un Techo para mi Pais and Room To Read).
posted by fight or flight on Dec 16, 2010 - 35 comments

Santastic V

Santastic V Yet more holiday mash-ups, alternate treatments and bootleg remixes. [more inside]
posted by Mwongozi on Dec 16, 2010 - 12 comments

Sweden: police, rules and how to pass your time in winter

Not in the headlines: Swedish parlor philosophy of fair play, law and order, slooowly explained by police chief John Lind. [more inside]
posted by Namlit on Dec 15, 2010 - 8 comments

The Christmas Gig

(American Big Box Retailer) Target's recent holiday TV spots feature original music from several indie music acts, including Guster, Bishop Allen, and Blackalicious. They've collected the songs from the ads, plus several more, into a free-to-download album. [Direct Download if you're squicky about visting Target's site] [more inside]
posted by snapped on Dec 15, 2010 - 38 comments

Maybe next year.

"The Festival of Lights is an annual event taking place in Lyon between 8th and 11th December 2010. The people of Lyon place candles or little candle lamps in their windows in honour of the Virgin Mary. The origins of the festival date back over 150 years, to 1852 when a statue of the Virgin Mary on Fourviere Hill was to be inaugurated."
posted by IndigoJones on Dec 14, 2010 - 5 comments

"Happy birthday!" said Frosty.

Today marks 60 years since Frosty the Snowman was released. It was recorded by singing Cowboy Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys a year after his iconic recording of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Dec 14, 2010 - 24 comments

Apple Pie

Merry Christmas music from the North Point iBand, using borrowed iPhones and iPads
posted by growabrain on Dec 13, 2010 - 9 comments

BMJ Christmas Edition

BMJ Christmas Edition Every year the British Medical Journal publishes a series of tongue-in-cheek papers for Christmas.
posted by alby on Dec 13, 2010 - 8 comments

Shiny Dangly Twinkly Temptation

Simon's Cat Vs. The Xmas Tree (previously) - The Battle Between Christmas Trees And Cats Continues.
posted by The Whelk on Dec 12, 2010 - 47 comments

My kid could Photoshop that. Wait, what?

Desaturated Santa. Brody Qat uses a gray santa suit, contact lenses, and makeup to stand out in a crowd of Santas (previously). She explains here. More pics. Via Neatorama.
posted by condour75 on Dec 7, 2010 - 37 comments

Some weeks I'm lucky to make £500

As the UK coalition government plans swingeing cuts and students take to the streets to protest, one mother asks us to remember the 'Nouveau Pauvre'. Some commentators react unfavourably to her impending 'austerity Christmas'. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Dec 5, 2010 - 58 comments

the bird is the word

Excuse me, have you heard the word? (SLVimeo, Possibly NSFW or sanity)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Dec 4, 2010 - 48 comments

Only 6 grams of fat, HALLELUJAH!

Food Court Flash Mob sings the "Hallelujah" chorus.
posted by sonika on Dec 3, 2010 - 71 comments

What Matisyahu, Adam Sandler, and Orrin Hatch have in common

The real reason Jews don’t have more Hanukkah music is that historically, American Jewish singer-songwriters were too busy making Christmas music. ‘White Christmas,’ ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘Silver Bells,’ and ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)’ were all written by Jews. Both Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand have their own Christmas albums. The No. 1 best-selling Christmas album of all time is from Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, the Jewish smooth-jazz legend Kenny G. American Jews have always produced a lot of holiday music, just not Hanukkah music. American Hasidic Jewish Reggae musician Matisyahu (not the other Matisyahu) offers an opinion on why there isn't more Hanukkah music and releases his own Hanukkah song called Miracle. On the flip-side, Mormon senator Orrin Hatch wrote and recorded his own Hanukkah song last year called Eight Days of Hanukkah.
posted by albrecht on Dec 2, 2010 - 75 comments

Fuck You If You Don't Like Eid & Channukah

Fuck You If You Don't Like Christmas (NSFW Comedy Rap Song) by CRUDBUMP (aka Drew of Toothpaste for Dinner) [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Dec 1, 2010 - 38 comments

Bill Murray is playing at my house

"Every year my wife and I throw a party and when I send out the photos I add famous people."
posted by oinopaponton on Dec 1, 2010 - 101 comments

You're ALL getting mixtapes

Midwest label Suburban Sprawl puts out a CD of X-Mas music every winter. They've collected the last eight years of them here. Highlights include The High Strung, The Hard Lessons, and the common lament, "Santa Just Crashed Into My House and He's Drunk as Fuck."
posted by klangklangston on Dec 1, 2010 - 16 comments

Awaiting the hour of reprisal/Your time slips away (only 33 shopping days remain!)

Slayer. Christmas. SLAYER CHRISTMAS LIGHTS LIGHTORAMA. (yt)
posted by kittens for breakfast on Nov 20, 2010 - 41 comments

How to wrap a cat

Thinking of giving that special someone a cat for Christmas? Well, you need to know how to properly wrap it for placement under the yule tree. Thankfully, there's a handy instructional video for that.
posted by NoMich on Nov 11, 2010 - 39 comments

Multi Link BOO Tube

Graham "Grickle" Annable, perpetrator of the previously popular "Space Wolf"* animation, celebrates Halloween with some spooky, kooky, ooky** toons: in '07 it was the zombie-themed "Last Duet on Earth", in '08 "Joy to the Weird", last year we were introduced to "Principal Skeleton" and this year "Performance" (Spoiler: HE'S BACK). [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Oct 26, 2010 - 6 comments

The Norton Project

This is a story about how me and my brother stole our fathers 1969 Norton Commando, had it restored and then gave it back to him for Christmas. He had no idea. Jeff and Jason Laydellater not only had the bike restored, they made a great short film about it too.
posted by ceri richard on Oct 2, 2010 - 40 comments

Flash Gordon

It's hard to explain why this video of an anonymous family at Christmas set to Baxendale's song Flash Gordon works so well for me, other than to say that it just makes me happy. Maybe it will make you happy too? (also featuring Cheech and Chong, Tony Bennet, and dancing Darth Vaders)
posted by puny human on Sep 25, 2010 - 4 comments

Brand New V Day!

Redesigning Valentine's Day. Brand New - a site dedicated to analysis of corporate brand identity - was asked to redesign VDay by Studio 360. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Feb 12, 2010 - 34 comments

Christmas Past

After all the muzak, Christmas Past - a quality Christmas song by Mick Flannery, which he sings here with Lisa Hannigan (who previously benefited from the Colbert bump) at the Other Voices festival in Dingle, Co. Kerry, Ireland. Other Voices has been running for seven years, so the archive of performances has grown impressively.
posted by degreezero on Dec 25, 2009 - 1 comment

Was Hail! Drink Hail!

Winter holiday traditions change with time and location, with their current forms retaining little of their old forms, wassailing (rhymes with fossil-ing) possibly more than most. The modern interpretation of wassailing has been simplified to singing carols, though it was born of much more diverse traditions, from a cheer of good health before battle to scaring evil spirits from apple orchards. From these origins come wassail the drink, and that's just one of the many foods of the winter season (Food Timeline prev., 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). A few more are covered below the break. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 25, 2009 - 8 comments

I just want a hula hoop and my best friend to not be dead

It's Christmas, which means the most important tradition of all: the cast of The Venture Bros. changing your memory of a holiday classic forever. Merry Christmas from Alvin, Simon, and Theodore Tim-Tom, Kevin, and Henchman 21. [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR on Dec 25, 2009 - 19 comments

put on your Christmas jacket

Here's a fun collection of Vintage Christmas Album Covers, and more here at the Strange Christmas Album Covers Flickr set. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 25, 2009 - 7 comments

Flying wingtip to wingtip, it was called... "The Shepherd"

On December 24th, 1979, radio personality Alan Maitland started a tradition on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's program As It Happens. That Christmas Eve, Maitland read a Frederick Forsyth story that featured the unlikely meeting of a Vampire and a Mosquito. His telling has been re-aired every year since. [more inside]
posted by Decimask on Dec 25, 2009 - 7 comments

Santa Pope

6 to 8 Black Men. Christmas in the Netherlands as described by David Sedaris (SLYT)
posted by blue_beetle on Dec 24, 2009 - 20 comments

All Quiet on Christmas Day

When Pope Benedict XV called for a cease fire over the Christian holiday of Christmas the high command on both sides of no man's land called it "impossible". But the men in the icy muck and mire of Flanders decided for themselves what was possible, what was not possible. The future held millions of dead and wounded but the season motivated the British (along with some French and Belgians) and the Germans to shake off the traditional definitions of enemies and allies. [more inside]
posted by IvoShandor on Dec 24, 2009 - 36 comments

Does what it says on the tin.

Tesla Christmas Tree.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Dec 24, 2009 - 12 comments

Everyone knows Santa isn't real

As households across the world quietly deploy presents from St. Nick, Kate Beaton, author of the charming historical webcomic Hark, a Vagrant! (previ ously) remembers the tradition in a bittersweet light. In spite of venerable op-eds (and their animated offspring), such pain moves some to question whether parents should teach their children to believe in Santa Claus at all.
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 24, 2009 - 25 comments

'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free

If you're of a certain age, you might've seen Simple Gifts: 6 Heartwarming Holiday Stories on PBS in the late 70s or early 80s. Maybe you enjoyed it as much as I did, or maybe you still will.

Prologue, by Maurice Sendak.
1. A Memory of Christmas part one, part two
2. Lost And Found
3. Excerpted from Orlando, The Great Frost part one and part two
4. My Christmas, as told by a young Teddy Roosevelt
5. December 25th, 1914 (You might otherwise know this event from the video for Paul McCartney's "The Pipes of Peace.")
6. No Room At The Inn part one, part two
posted by kimota on Dec 24, 2009 - 4 comments

20 years ago, Nicolae and Elena Ceausescu were executed.

"The verdict was read out after a few hours. The Ceausescus were sentenced to death. They had ten days to appeal, but the sentence was to be carried out immediately. A nod to Kafka." 20 years ago on Christmas Day, the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were sentenced to death by an impromptu revolutionary tribunal and executed by firing squad. The Times speaks with one of the men who was there that day. Footage of their trial. Translated transcript of the trial, courtesy of the very informative ceausescu.org. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Dec 24, 2009 - 21 comments

Son of a Carpenter

A forgotten gem from The Band, and a Christmas Card to all my fellow MeFites.
posted by timsteil on Dec 24, 2009 - 10 comments

Tweeting Home Alone

Twenty-two new accounts created in order to tweet John Hughes' Home Alone in real time. Merry Christmas.
posted by jefficator on Dec 24, 2009 - 26 comments

Happy Happy Christmas and Hari Hari Krishna

Each year from 1963 to 1969, the Beatles recorded a short Christmas message for their fans*: The Beatles' Christmas album. An oldie but a goodie!
posted by twoleftfeet on Dec 24, 2009 - 12 comments

"... as the rambling voice scraped and whispered on I shivered again and again..."

“West of Arkham the hills rise wild, and there are valleys with deep woods that no axe has ever cut...” — In the true spirit of the holiday season, Mark E. Smith presents: a reading of that classic old Christmas tale, Howard Phillips Lovecraft's The Colour Out Of Space. [more inside]
posted by koeselitz on Dec 24, 2009 - 30 comments

The Nativity. With Vegetables.

The Day Before Boxing Day [SLYT]. From the ever-unusual Robyn Hitchcock, and friends.
posted by scruss on Dec 24, 2009 - 8 comments

give the little drummer some

We're mostly pretty familiar, I guess, with the ol' rum pa pum pum of the Little Drummer Boy. He shows up every Christmas, marching drum slung round his waist, rat-a-tat-tatting for the Son of God, thanks to that familiar song about him. A catchy little tune it is, too... heck, David Bowie and Bing Crosby think so! Let's keep in mind, though, that back when a certain Holy Infant made his first grand appearance at a stable back in Bethlehem, any little drummer boy that might've serenaded him wouldn't have been playing any paradiddles or ratamacues. Nah, he'd have been laying down beats more like this, or this, or (from actual boys), this. I think the baby Jesus would've dug the groove, too. Merry Christmas, y'all!
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 24, 2009 - 32 comments

Still Life in Snowflakes

Christmas statues are commonplace in countries around the world. There are the usual snowmen (previously), reindeer, and other types of fauna (an update to a previous post). But the most sought-after model is of course the Fat Man. [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Dec 23, 2009 - 8 comments

Holy Night

The little-known Jewish holiday of Christmas Eve. Seriously.
posted by andoatnp on Dec 23, 2009 - 38 comments

The $10,000 Spam That Wasn't

Is it still spam if they actually give you the money? (SLYT)
posted by mikepop on Dec 23, 2009 - 37 comments

Military maps of The War on Christmas

In celebration of Festivus: military maps of the War on Christmas.
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 23, 2009 - 20 comments

Basking in the warm glow of the television.

Sure, we all know that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is broadcast every year in the US as a Christmas tradition, and that Sweden basically closes every year from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on December 24th to watch Donald Duck, but what about other countries? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Dec 22, 2009 - 33 comments

Hallelujah!

For many, this time of year brings to mind George Frideric Handel's masterpiece "Messiah" - a three part oratorio for orchestra, chorus and soloists. For many, the holiday season has not begun until the local Messiah Sing-Along. (Need a score to sing along? It's always a good idea to check the Choral Public Domain Library! And before you go, make sure you're ready with a handy - and hilarious - quiz!) But the Messiah narrative has much less to do with that omnipresent, tacit, eponymous character and much more to do with the shared and often painful condition of the human family and our attempts to understand and commune with the universe. Director Claus Guth has staged the oratorio using a setting that mirrors that experience: a funeral. [Clips of that performance within.] [more inside]
posted by greekphilosophy on Dec 22, 2009 - 19 comments

Nordic Quack

Sweden's bizarre tradition of watching Donald Duck (Kalle Anka) cartoons on Christmas Eve
posted by mr.marx on Dec 22, 2009 - 51 comments

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