She'll Grow Back: Have Yourself A Rockin' Little Christmas

Friday, December 5, 2008

Have Yourself A Rockin' Little Christmas

Here's one of the two CD mixes I put together in 2006 for all my friends. (Come back Sunday for the second one, Have Yourself A Mellow Little Christmas, and I'll also explain how Christmas music was my introduction to MP3 blogs.) Two years ago, I was celebrating having a computer and regular net access for the first time in literally years. Also, for the first time in ages, due to changes in my job, I was really digging on Christmas music, and the spirit of peace and love I hadn't gotten much of for years. This is a nice rocking comp, mostly composed of stuff I'd downloaded all December (though I did rip some stuff, less than I've done since then).

A few words on how I compiled these: I tried not to include things that I heard on the radio, unless I loved them beyond all reason. Even the 24-hour Christmas-format radio stations with the widest playlists would only play about three songs from this CD. Looking back on it, I would probably reorder the two mixes from '06, since I put them together in less than a day after deciding to do it, but they're presented here as I assembled them originally, due mostly to laziness on my part, and for continuity for any of my friends who may download.


01. Run-DMC - Christmas In Hollis
02. The Beach Boys - Santa's Beard
03. They Might Be Giants - Santa's Beard
04. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
05. The Brian Setzer Orchestra - 'Zat You, Santa Claus?
06. Erlend Oye - Last Christmas
07. The Ventures - Sleigh Ride
08. The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
09. Barenaked Ladies and Sarah McLachlan - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings
10. Cotton Top Sanctified Singers - Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn
11. Jill Sobule - Jesus Was A Dreidel Spinner
12. The Royal Guardsmen - Snoopy's Christmas
13. Aimee Mann and Grant Lee Phillips - You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
14. Jack Johnson - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
15. The Trashmen - Real Live Teenage Doll
16. My First Keyboard - Christmas Is Only Good If You Are A Girl (Boy)
17. James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
18. Kristoffer Ragnstam - Merry Christmas Baby
19. Better Than Ezra - Merry Christmas Eve
20. Velocity Girl - Merry Xmas I Love You
21. Middle Distance Runner - Xmas Party
22. Liz Phair - Winter Wonderland
23. Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime (Rhythm Scholar Kringle Kut Remix)
24. The Polyphonic Spree - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)


X said...

I've tried several of the sources provided through sharebee and they all seem to result in a corrupted 109 meg zip. Is it not actually a zip file?

Mark H. Besotted said...

Well, dammit.

Are you using a Mac? The files seem to work just fine for me here, but I know at least one of my previous zips gave Mac users problems.

Guess I might need to upgrade ye olde filecompressor...

I'll get back to you on this soon, sorry.

X said...

I am not on a mac but I can give you more info. I tried this originally on vista. Windows normally can open zip files natively (which you probably know) but could not open this one.

Then I tried 7zip. It couldn't open it either.

Then I tried a megaupload thinking the rapidshare copy was corrupted. It acted the same.

Then I tried downloading on XP and opening with XP. No good.

I tried winzip. No good.

Then I tried WinRAR. It was able to unpack some of the files but complained that the My First Keyboard track was corrupted.

I did get an MP3 for the My First Keyboard track but when I tried to play it it had bursts of noise and ended prematurely.

I don't know if any of that will help you.

Did you just test your local zip? Or did you download through your blog and test it? It could be that the corruption was introduced by the sharing service and that the original zip is fine.


I just tried a different archive on your site (the mellow xmas06 collection) I couldn't open that one with windows either, however winRAR seemed to extract all the files from that archive just fine.

Mark H. Besotted said...

Sorry for the wait on this reply, X.

I did, after you suggested it, go and test a new download of the file, and it worked just fine. But then, I was unzipping it with the program I used to zip it up.

I've been using WinAce to compress my files. I assume that if you were to download the trial version, that would unzip the files perfectly.

In the long run, I'll need to update my program and rezip everything, one at a time, but till then this might work for you. (If it does, please tell me -- I'll point it out to others.)

jam_works said...

try changing the .zip to .ace