Playlist 427 - Dec 13 2016 - Christmas Special

A seasonal collection that hopefully steers clear of cliché.

There's still room for nostalgia in the shape of Dylan Thomas who is a master of memoir reshaped into bursting childhood surrealism.

And earnest goodwill in the shape of Sufjan Stevens, albeit in bonkers fairytale fashion.

In between there's a healthy dose of scepticism - Gruff Rhys; cautionary tales - Howe Gelb; and ominous poetry - Patti Smith.

The bulk of the set could probably be summed up as the triumph of form over content. Cocteau Twins, shimmering and shoegazing. Low, being Low, marvellous. Darlene Love's wall of sound. Arthur Lyman, Hawaiian sounds brought to bear.

And the swooning orchestral soundtrack of Mikael Tariverdiev, just released.

Happy Holidays.

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Playlist 427
Tues Dec 13 2016 - Christmas Special
(repeated on Tuesdays 8.30pm)
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Howe Gelb – Severe season
Lost Idol – Molten snow
Dylan Thomas – A childhood Christmas in Wales (extract)
John Cale – A childhood Christmas in Wales (live)
Gruff Rhys – Post Apocalypse Christmas
Cocteau Twins – Frosty the snowman
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby please come home)
Dean & Britta – He’s coming home
Low – Just like Christmas (playing Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Dec 14)
Arthur Lyman - Mele Kalikimaka / Jingle Bells
Eddy Arnold – Will Santa come to shanty town
Pony Poindexter – Rudolph the red nosed reindeer
Huey Smith & The Clowns – Almost time for Santa
T Rex – Christmas Jingle
Can – Silent night
Tom Waits – Silent night
Patti Smith – We Three Kings
Mikael Tariverdiev – Snow over Leningrad (from the soundtrack of the film The irony of fate)
Sufjan Stevens – Christmas Unicorn

*the next show is on Jan 3rd
**Happy Holidays

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