Episode #012 – Christmas Cookie Crumbs

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Quartz City Podcast Episode #012 – Christmas Cookie Crumbs

I’ve gotten some requests for a Christmas mix I made years ago and here it is. Just over two hours and will either bring your holidays together or completely blow it apart. Perhaps both.

  1. XTC – “Psychedelic Christmas” [00:00]
  2. The cast of Twin Peaks – “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” [00:33]
  3. Patsy Raye – “Beatnik’s Wish” [04:39]
  4. The Ravers – “Punk Rock Christmas” [07:07]
  5. Tuscadero – “Holidays R Hell” [10:28]
  6. Dead Moon – “Christmas Rush” [13:49]
  7. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Big Yule Log Boogie” [16:35]
  8. Shitbirds – “Christmas Is A Comin’ (May God Bless You)” [18:49]
  9. The Chills – “Christmas Chimes” [21:06]
  10. The Wombles – “Wombling Merry Christmas” [24:06]
  11. Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 – “Fat Christmas” [27:23]
  12. Sparks – “Thank God It’s Not Christmas” [28:56]
  13. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – “There’s No Lights On the Christmas Tree Mother, They’re Burning Big Louie Tonight” [34:00]
  14. Mystery Science Theater 3000 – “(Let’s Have) A Patrick Swayze Christmas” [37:43]
  15. John Baker – “Christmas Commercial” [41:05]
  16. Man Or Astroman? – “Frosty The Snowman” [41:46]
  17. The Moog Machine – “O Holy Night” [44:07]
  18. August Darnell – “Christmas On Riverside Drive” [46:54]
  19. Hypnobeat – “Jingle Club” [51:54]
  20. The Raveonettes – “The Christmas Song” [56:31]
  21. The Walkmen – “Christmas Party” [58:41]
  22. Martin Mull – “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out on Dope” [1:01:51]
  23. Patty Duke and Norman Vincent Peale – “You Can Keep Christmas” [1:04:10]
  24. Half Man Half Biscuit – “All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit” [1:05:54]
  25. Six Million Dollar Man – “Christmas Lights” [1:09:02]
  26. The Flaming Lips – “Christmas At The Zoo” [1:10:46]
  27. Madness – “Inanity Over Christmas” [1:13:50]
  28. Mark Mothersbaugh – “Rudolph The Space Deer” [1:17:40]
  29. The Go Go’s – “I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek” [1:22:01]
  30. Fountains Of Wayne – “I Want An Alien For Christmas” [1:24:26]
  31. Patty Marie Jay – “Space Age Santa Claus” [1:26:44]
  32. Pink Floyd – “Merry Xmas Song” [1:29:22]
  33. The Dickies – “Silent Night” [1:31:26]
  34. Grandaddy – “Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland” [1:33:41]
  35. Katie’s Kitchen – “Cooking A Delicious Holiday Ring Mold” [1:36:33]
  36. James Brown – “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto” [1:37:15]
  37. Saint Etienne – “I Don’t Intend To Spend Christmas Without You” [1:40:13]
  38. Giant Sand – “Thank You Dreaded Black Ice, Thank You” [1:42:47]
  39. Thin White Rope – “Christmas Skies” [1:46:16]
  40. Calexico – “Gift X-change” [1:49:15]
  41. Martin Mull – “Santafly” [1:52:17]
  42. The Sisterhood – “Rocking Disco Santa” [1:54:47]
  43. Steve Martin & Paul Simon – “Silver Bells” [1:57:00]
  44. Spectrum – “Santa Claus” [2:01:43]
  45. Assistant Manager of the Haybridge – “Merry Christmas” [2:06:18]

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The Grand Prix of 1973


Spotted on the Hemmings blog: 1973 Grand Prix: The first Pontiac I ever drove.

The first Pontiac I ever drove was my brother’s ’67 G.T.O., but a ’73 Grand Prix was the first car I ever owned. Here it is in action:

1973 Pontiac Grand Prix

Outside of Belmont, Nevada. June 1984.

West Side Highway, Death Valley

And me at the wheel – hauling down the West Side Highway in Death Valley. December 1983.

Would love to drive one again for a hour or so, but I’m happy to mostly leave it in the past.

The 21st Century, Week 822

It’s all fun and games until someone changes their band name to H. Merle Haggard…

Le Butcherettes at Amoeba Hollywood on 17 Sep 2015

The 21st Century, Week 820

Laguna South Coast Cinema 1923-2015

The only movie theater in town closed for good on Sunday. The OC Register has the details but you can fill all that in with the usual reasons: business decline, digital projection conversion costs, demographic changes, gentrification, etc.

I’m not a big nostalgia person, but this hits hard. I’ve seen at least 100 movies there. No exaggeration. The math just works out that way when you’re a restless kid without transportation and are tall enough to avoid getting hassled for anything that wasn’t rated G. Our oddball next-door neighbor was the projectionist. Local speculation was that he was the way he was because of seeing the same movies over and over again.

Everything played there: Oscar nominees, foreign, indie, Cheech & Chong, animation festivals, Schick Sunn Classics, if a movie had some sort of distribution it inevitably played there. My dad and I saw Airplane! there on opening night and I’ve never since seen an audience lose their minds so complete like that.

The last showing was Guy Ritchie’s remake of The Man From UNCLE. It’s nice to see anything that’s on film and not digital.

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Laguna South Coast Cinema

Cinema Treasures has the full history.