02/12/2013 11:43 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Mining the Audio Motherlode, Volume 195 -- Great Free Music Online

Originally posted at WFMU's Beware of the Blog.

Give the Drummer Some's

Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere

Ah, the sweet scourge of "Christmas music." As with gruesome highway mayhem, you just can't avert your ears! Whether it's so bad it's good, or just plain so good, sonic seasonal fare is here to stay, so we might as well wallow in it. And wallowing in it is Mining the Audio Motherlode's organizing principle. (To prove it, check out our Xmas music features from 2009, 2010 and 2011.)

Of course, if the music-sharing blogs didn't go all Christmas-y, there would be nothing to blather on about here. Of all the holiday-related offerings in Blogland this season, the most satisfying comes from the sublime site Feel it, where host Darcy is posting a new track each day, advent-calendar style. Thanks Darcy!



Various  ~  Darcy's Amazing Musical Advent Calendar

Days of December: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20

(Blog: Feel It)

Daily Treat

Darcy's got four more treats leading up to Xmas Eve. I trust you will be able to find the offerings for December 21-24 at the Feel It.

Johnny Cash  ~  The Christmas Spirit

(Blog: Uncle Gil's Rockin' Archives)

The Man in Red

Some lovely and unusual selections for a Christmas record.




Various  ~  Joan Selects, Vol. 11: A Doo Wop Christmas

(Blog: Be Bop Wino)

Sonic Frolic

"Tis that time of year again, when we try to hold back Time's inexorable advance by losing ourselves in Joan's classic comp from way back when - "A Doo Wop Christmas." Weepers and rockers with a festive theme, chiming bells, wailin' saxes, plaintive lyrics, crazy lyrics, lovelorn teenagers, lovelorn adults who have been around the block a few times, sentimentality and exploitation all mixed in a gumbo that can only be called rock and roll."  (Description from Boogiewoody )

[This was originally shared at Be Bop Wino in 2008!]


The Steps  ~  Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

(Blog: Madrotter-Treasure-Hunt)

Chick Factor

Compare this Indonesian grooveband's version of "Blue Christmas" to Johnny Cash's (see above).




Various  ~  Western Swing Christmas #1  //  Western Swing Christmas #2

(Blog: Western Swing on 78)

Across 110th Street

O Tumbleweed, O Tumbleweed, your branches brown delight us!

They are brown when summer's days ablaze, they are brown when winter air's a haze,

O Tumbleweed, O Tumbleweed, your branches brown delight us!

[OK, I just made that up, but you get the idea.]



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