The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2014)

Christmas 2010

I've scoured Soundcloud to find the best Christmas music I could find. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:

  1. Bring Christmas cheer
  2. Not suck

Thank you to all the artists who have shared their Christmas songs on SoundCloud for the rest of us!

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn't Suck (2014)

NOTE: I posted this in 2015, backdated to 2013 when I created it because I wanted an archive of each year.

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2013)

robot christmas

I've scoured Soundcloud to find the best Christmas music I could find. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:
1) Bring Christmas cheer
2) Not suck

25+ tracks from great musicians with a unique sound to bring to your Christmas celebrations. Including favourites like "Away in a Manger", "Carol of the Bells", and even a special rendition of an old favourite from a much beloved Star Wars character!

Thank you to all the artists who have shared their Christmas songs on SoundCloud for the rest of us!

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn't Suck (2013)

NOTE: I posted this in 2015, backdated to 2013 when I created it because I wanted an archive of each year.

The Christmas Playlist That Doesn’t Suck (2012)

Miniature Peppermint Candy Canes
Not your usual Christmas Candy

I've scoured Soundcloud (for literally hours) to find the best Christmas music I could find and my playlist is finally complete. It's chock full of Christmas favourites (and a few new ones) that are guaranteed to:
1) Bring Christmas cheer
2) Not suck aThere might be one deliberately awful track. See if you can spot it.

30 tracks from the likes of Ivy Levan, Swing Republic, Pomplamoose, and Owen Pye. Who are these people you ask? Well, they're all great musicians and they each have a unique sound to bring to your Christmas celebrations. Including favourites like Away in a Manger, Carol of the Bells, and even the Theme from Home Alone.

Over an hour of music, all completely free (although Soundcloud lets you buy tracks if you so desire)!

2010 Playlist

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a. There might be one deliberately awful track. See if you can spot it.

Fair-well Old Chums

As much as I miss the genius of Jim Henson, I realised the other day that I will miss something else just as much as Jim's Muppet characters. I will miss the insane and brilliant pieces of comedy gold he used to create with Frank Oz.

Frank Oz is nowadays probably best known for being the voice of Yoda, but he's also a respected and talented film director. He's still entertaining, long after Jim Henson's death and I hope he continues to do so for a long time to come.

But what the world has lost since Jim's death is not only a talented puppeteer and performer, but some classic comedic pairings of his characters with those of Frank Oz. I cry a little inside when I realise that there will be nothing new created by these two fabulous men working together.

Let me give you some examples. First up the most obvious pair:

This is the only video in this collection that I'll forgive you for not watching in full. It's a scene from my least favourite of the Muppet movies (Muppets take Manhattan aIronically for this piece, directed by Frank Oz ) showing the "wedding" between Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog, probably the most memorable Muppet pairing of all time (even if it's not one of my favourites). Though an unlikely pair, Jim and Frank made the pig's flamboyant declarations of love and the frog's seeming indifference oddly engaging and has created a love affair that is still going strong.

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a. Ironically for this piece, directed by Frank Oz
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