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Alice Bag, formerly of the Bags, is currently playing/singing in Las Tres and Stay At Home Bomb.
Peanut Butter Wolf Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmassoundtrack (Fantasy, 1965): "I remember watching the special on TV—when I was superyoung, that music was supercool. It was my first exposure to jazz. I tried to find that record for years. Then I found it in Japan and paid $60 or $70 for it, only to find out when I got home it had been rereleased. I just did a gig in San Francisco, and these guys were onstage giving out free stuff and talking over the music when somebody threw water on them, and it got real ugly. It was almost like the Detroit Pistons thing between the players and the fans. But I got on the mic and played a track off A Charlie Brown Christmas, and everybody stopped fighting and started dancing." (CR)
Peanut Butter Wolf released theStones Throw 101 compilation CD/DVD in November.
Daedalus The Pixies, Trompe le Monde (4AD, 1991): "There's nothing very Christmas-y that I listen to regularly, but I find myself listening to the Pixies every winter. Specifically, I pull out Trompe le Monde. For them, it is a weird record; it was their last one and much more dark. And for me, it's a very high school album that sums up my high school years. The album and holiday time suggest the end of the semester for school and one of the few times there is actually a seasonal change in Southern California and we have brief wintry blusterings." (AG)
Daedalus releasedOf Snowdonia on Plug in February.
Corin Tucker, Sleater-Kinney "Good King Wenceslas" (traditional): "I learned it in first grade, little choirgirl that I was, and I thought the lyrics were cool. I thought it was just about a big party. But it's actually about feeding a starving man. So it's kind of a party with a purpose." (Ellen Griley)
Sleater-Kinney are working on a new album for Sub Pop.
Hutch Harris, the Thermals "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (traditional): "Every other Christmas song I can think of is overly peppy and happy in a really annoying way. That song is real and sad and has this creepy, dark feel to it. My dad is a piano player, so growing up, he would play and we would all sing songs. I learned that song from him playing and singing it when I was a little kid." (Alison Rosen)
The Thermals releasedFuckin A on Sub Pop in May.
Saul Williams The Jackson 5 Christmas Album (Motown, 1970): "My father was a preacher, so Chrismas was always a big thing. While I was growing up, we always listened to the Jackson 5 Christmas album. I've got two kids now, so of course I have to celebrate Christmas. [In the background a young child squeals, "I have two kids now! I have two kids now!"] They listen to the Jackson 5, too. But I've also really been enjoying Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Drummer Boy'/'Silent Night' medley." (AG)
Saul Williams released a self-titled album on Fader in September.
DJ Cocoe Alvin and the Chipmunks, A Very Merry Chipmunk (Sony, 1995): "For some reason, I used to be a Chipmunks fan. They used to take every hip song and cover it in their chipmunk voices, pumping through my one-speaker boom box. It reminds me of good times at Christmas: my uncle on the keyboard, people belly-dancing at the family Christmas party—I'm in a Greek family. We were crazy. One year, I just wanted a knife. You know, a kid just wants a knife."
DJ Cocoe is the resident DJ at Memphis in Costa Mesa every Friday night.