by Sean
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Vince Guaraldi - "Christmas Time Is Here (alternate vocal take)". Loo loo loo loo-loo. Loo loo loo, loo-loo. Loo loo loo, loo loo loo-loo, loo loo loo-loo loo loo. Loo loo-loo loo looooo. Loo loo-loo loo loooo. Loo loo-loo loo-loo loo-loo loo-loo loo-loo loo loo. Loo loo loo, loo-loo. Loo loo loo, loo-loo. Loo loo-loo loo loo loo loo loo loo loo-loo loo loooo.

The funny thing, of course, is that when Vince and his trio are playing, this is a language that I understand utterly.

Deer in headlights


Da Bears - "Cage of Ribs". Da Bears take one riff, one hook, and use it to tremendous effect: first it's guitars-bass-drums, then it's backwards-singing, later it's piano and finally rattle-tat horns. It's not quite Broken Social Scene but it's something simple and juicy and a great deal of fun; it's an ice-breaker; it's a get-up-and-sing. Sometimes the alarm clock goes off and you leap clear out of bed, swizzle-twisting in the air, like a corkscrew of streamer that lands in socked feet on the floor. Sometimes you do it with headphones on, just walking down the street, listening to some San Diego indie rock band.



You have until 11:59 pm tonight to enter my Best Song of 2006 contest. Some great entries so far.

And as I said before, if you're a reader in Krakow, Iceland, Istanbul or Paris, please consider getting in touch - I'm coming to visit in January/February. (I'll be answering soon the ones who have already written!)

(deer photograph by Christine Zilka)

Posted by Sean at December 4, 2006 4:00 AM

Oh, poor George Michael.

Posted by Matthew at December 4, 2006 10:45 AM

that charlie brown track is glorious. thanks for posting it.

Posted by george at December 4, 2006 1:24 PM

Did you ever hear Built to Spill's "Linus and Lucy," a straight ahead rock sendup of this tune?

Thoroughly worth seeking out.

Posted by Grace at December 4, 2006 5:38 PM

There's a newer 24-bit remastered and "expanded edition" that Concord (which bought the Fantasy catalog 2 years ago) has reissued for the holidays and they're selling at Starbucks. The album just went 3X platinum (certified by RIAA).

It is available here: here

Posted by Matt at December 4, 2006 6:32 PM

da bears also use tons of smoke machine and at least 5 guitars.

Posted by david b at December 4, 2006 8:01 PM

Oh man, I love Charlie Brown. For that record, it doesn't even have to be Christmas.

Posted by Dylan at December 4, 2006 8:57 PM

is the guaraldi song in the royal tenenbaums? I can't remember. Either way it always makes me want to cry

Posted by joe at December 4, 2006 9:44 PM

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