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marimbas, kalimbas, he's playing steel drums...

Five random things make a post.

1) Publishers Weekly review of Dust:


Elizabeth Bear. Bantam Spectra, $6.99 (342p) ISBN 978-0-553-59107-1

Bear proves there's still juice in one of science fiction's oldest tropes, the stranded generation ship, in this complex coming-of-age tale. Rien, a handmaid in a feudal society, must care for the prisoner Sir Perceval, a mutilated enemy who[m] Rien discovers is her half-sister by an absent scion of the ruling family. Their quest for a safer home tangles with their society's own quest for safety, as the descendents of an artificial intelligence and the genetically engineered crew battle for control to save the ship from an impending supernova. Standard plot devices litter the familiar landscape: tarot, pseudo-angels, named swords with powers, and politics as a family quarrel. But Campbell Award-winning author Bear uses them beautifully to turn up the pressure on her characters, who respond by making hard choices. And?as she did in Carnival and Hammered?Bear breaks sexual taboos matter-of-factly: love in varied forms drives the characters without offering easy redemption. (Jan.)

2) I just repotted the spider plant. It was pushing itself out of the pot, usually a sign it's time. Now it has much more generous digs, and may not be in constant danger of tipping itsdelf over by the weight of its own leaves.

3) Later today, I'm going to do some work on the secrit projekt, and get started on the final pass through Hell & Earth. Wish me luck; I'm going in. At least I might get to write some smut, if I'm lucky.

4) First draft of a winter season playlist. My taste in holiday music is probably questionable, but really, how anybody gets through December without "The St. Stephen's Day Murders" is beyond me.

1. Jethro Tull - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:33)
2. 14-Birthday Card at Christmas (3:37)
3. "Weird" Al Yankovic - Christmas At Ground Zero (3:09)
4. "Weird" Al Yankovic - The Night Santa Went Crazy (4:00)
5. (Counting Crows)-A Long December (4:57)
6. (Vivaldi)-4 seasons-winter (2:19)
7. :Wumpscut: - Die in Winter (7:48)
8. John Gorka - January Floor (4:00)
9. Barenaked Ladies - Green Christmas (2:34)
10. Barenaked Ladies - Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah (2:11)
11. Barenaked Ladies Feat. Sarah McLachlan - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings (3:26)
12. Bessie Smith - At the Christmas Ball (3:27)
13. Big Country - Winter Sky (3:16)
14. Blood, Sweat & Tears - Sometimes In Winter (3:09)
15. Bright Eyes - Blue Christmas (2:21)
16. Built To Spill - Linus And Lucy (3:05)
17. Cast - You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (2:59)
18. Chris Isaak - Life Will Go On (3:10)
19. Christmas Songs - funny - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer (2:43)
20. Christmas songs - Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby (3:25)
21. Emmylou Harris - Country Gospel Christmas- Emmylou Harris- Beautiful Star Of B (3:08)
22. Danny Elfman - Poor Jack - Nightmare Before Christmas (4:06)
23. Dar Williams - The Christians And The Pagans (3:06)
24. devo - snowball (2:29)
25. Dr. John & Leon Redbone - Frosty The Snowman (1:53)
26. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas (2:10)
27. Elvis Presley - White Christmas (2:27)
28. Elvis Presley - Winter Wonderland (2:19)
29. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - I Believe in Father Christmas (3:31)
30. Emmylou Harris - Snowin' On Raton (Previously Unissued) (3:42)
31. Ferron - Snowin' In Brooklyn (3:47)
32. Fiona Apple - Frosty the Snowman (2:10)
33. Fleetwood Mac - Bare Trees (5:04)
34. Tori Amos - Black-Dove (January) (4:38)
35. Gefilte Joe and the Fish - Hanukkah Rocks (3:51)
36. Gillian Welch - Winter's Come and Gone (2:14)
37. Gordon Lightfoot - Song For A Winter's Night (3:02)
38. Gypsy Soul - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:31)
39. Harry Nilsson - Remember (Christmas) (4:09)
40. Hazy Shade of Winter (2:47)
41. Heat Miser - Heat Miser (1:54)
42. Janis Ian - In the Winter (2:30)
43. Jethro Tull - A Christmas Song (3:46)
44. Jethro Tull - Another Christmas song (3:31)
45. Jethro Tull - Dogs In The Midwinter (4:37)
46. Jethro Tull - Fire at Midnight (2:27)
47. Jethro Tull - First Snow On Brooklyn (4:55)
48. Jethro Tull - Flute Solo Improvisation/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Bourée (6:08)
49. Jethro Tull - Ring Out Solstice Bells (4:03)
50. Jewel and Sarah McLachlan - Song For a Winter's Night (3:47)
51. Jim Croce - I Got A Name (3:11)
52. Jimmy Buffett - A Sailor's Christmas (5:13)
53. Jimmy Buffett - Christmas In The Caribbean (3:11)
54. Jimmy Buffett - Christmas Island (2:56)
55. Jimmy Buffett - Happy Christmas (War Is Over) (5:44)
56. Jimmy Buffett - Ho Ho Ho And A Bottle Of Rhum (4:10)
57. John Gorka - January Floor (4:00)
58. John Gorka - Temporary Road (3:31)
59. John Mellencamp - Another Sunny Day 12/25 (3:02)
60. Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut You Down (2:38)
61. Joni Mitchell - River (4:05)
62. Julie Andrews - Silent Night (2:24)
63. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - God Rest Ye Merry Christmas (3:28)
64. Kevin Bloody Wilson - Santa was Stoned (4:16)
65. Lance J. Holt - I Saw Mommy Kissing Yog-Sothoth (1:18)
66. Loreena Mckennit - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (5:11)
67. Los Straitjackets - Christmas in Las Vegas (2:38)
68. Lou Rawls - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (3:02)
69. McLachlan, Sarah - Song for a Winter's Night (3:47)
70. MxPx - Christmas Night Of Zombies (2:22)
71. Natalie MacMaster - Get Me Through December (6:31)
72. Neil Young - Greensleeves (2:58)
73. Neko Case - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis (3:41)
74. Patti Page - Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (2:13)
75. Queen - Thank God It's Christmas (4:21)
76. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Snow (Hey Oh) (5:34)
77. Richie Blackmore's Rainbow - Greensleeves (3:31)
78. Gypsy Soul - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:31)
79. Sarah McLachlan & Barenaked La - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We (3:28)
80. Sinéad O'Connor - Silent Night (3:43)
81. Sixpence None the Richer - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (3:46)
82. Snow Miser - Snow Miser (1:34)
83. Squirrel Nut Zippers - Sleigh Ride (3:09)
84. Standstill - I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus (2:54)
85. Stars - Fairytale Of New York (4:05)
86. The Chieftains & Elvis Costello - St. Stephen's Day Murders (3:24)
87. The Hollytones - Gridlock Christmas (3:32)
88. The Kinks - Father Christmas (3:43)
89. The Matches - December Is For Cynics (3:29)
90. The Mighty Mighty BossTones - 365 Days (3:10)
91. The Pogues - 14 Fairytale of New York (4:34)
92. Thea Gilmore - December In New York (3:38)
93. They Might Be Giants - 10 I Saw my Baby wearing Santa's beard (1:56)
94. Tom Lehrer - (I'm Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica (1:48)
95. Tom Waits - Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis (4:33)
96. Tori Amos - Winter (5:42)
97. Various Artists - One More Sleep Till Christmas (2:50)
98. Vienna Teng - The Atheist Christmas Carol (4:26)
99. We need a little Christmas (1:27)
100. Sarah McLachlan - Ice - (3:54)
101. Jethro Tull - Skating Away on the Thin Ice of the New Day (3:58)
102. Jethro Tull - Ring Out, Solstice Bells (3:46)
103. Danny Elfman - Ice Dance (1:44)
104. Shriekback - Fish Below the Ice (3:53)
105. Sinead O'Connor - Sacrifice (5:10)
106. Kate Bush - Under Ice (2:22)
107. John Gorka - When the Ice Goes Out (4:51)

Hmm. Think it needs some Hedningarna.

5) Sadly, now it's time to go wash dishes. WAH! DO NOT WANT.



The Rovers - Merry Bloody Xmas
Don't own it.
Have you by any chance heard "The Carol of the Old Ones" as recorded by members of the H.P.Lovecraft Historical Society (available from the artists here)?

I've come to find it indispensible listening at certain times of the end-of-year season.
There's another track from that album on this playlist, actually.
That's a very interesting list. I hadn't heard the Big Country track, and thanks for recommending that! (I *adore* Big Country.) Unfortunately, I need uplifting songs this year, though, so can't take much else, I think? (Or am I reading too much into the song titles?)
*g* Mostly, I get oodgy about sentiment, especially around the holidays.
I felt very bad for not sticking around to help more with cleanup last night. )-: I had just hit that pregnant-woman-needs-to-go-to-sleep-SOON place, and figured it was best if I was off the highway and in my own home before I did so... Also, the dogs were indeed dancing by the time I got here.

Oh, don't sweat it at all. We did clean as you go, so it was just the roasting pan and soup bowls today.

All done.
I always have Fountains of Wayne's "I Want an Alien for Christmas" on my playlist. Would you like it?

Edited at 2007-11-23 08:04 pm (UTC)
I've never heard it!
Have you heard Basque's version of "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence?" Creepy, creepy version of an Advent carol that's already plenty creepy in the traditional setting.
Ooo, very cool.
That review makes me even more eager for January than I was already. :)
Nice list. I'm going to have to go find some of those.

Random recommended additions:
- Something (or everything) from "Merry Mex-Mas" by El Vez (Amazon)
- The Roches, "We Three Kings"

That's some of the stuff that will play at our house during the next month.

Re: #91 (Pogues, "Fairytale of New York")
Great song. Kirsty MacColl ... sigh.

"I could have been someone."
"Well, so could anyone."

- yeff
Gillian Welch! Yessss!

You have just reached new levels of awesomeness, Bear.
blame coffeeem and stwish.
May I suggest adding Steve Goodman's "Watching Joey Glow"? I'd be happy to send you an MP3 once I get back to Minneapolis.

There's also the extremely uplifting (/sarcasm) 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night by Simon and Garfunkle.


though after looking at your list, I think I have to go visit iTunes...
Ooo, I don't have that one...
Sadly, Hedningarna have not, to my knowledge, done any Christmas songs. However, Triakel (with vocals from Emma Härdelin, from Garmarna) have done an album of Swedish winter/Christmas songs titled Vintervisor ("Winter Songs"). Sold by NorthSide, no less.
Go go gadget spider!! I feel so proud. *snif*

I brought back 6 spiderlings from my journey east in October. 4 of them have rooted. The other two are either really late bloomers or just hopeless. :)
Yes! It is making a spiderling of its own now...
Yes, I'm commenting late. But I was ripping my own Xmas discs and thought I should recommend Judith Owen's Christmas With the Devil. It's Richard Thompson's fault that I have this.