From the land of better late than never. This is a lot of work, yo.
So, anyway, it's that time of year again (thank you, Captain Obvious). And tomorrow is the big day. That's right. Doctor Who is back! But, aside from that, it's also Christmas...and Hanukkah. And regulars know that I like to slip my own little gifty under the tree.
The "rules" are simple enough. These selections are all songs that were offered as free downloads by the artists and labels, and they have to be freebies that we talked about over the course of the year. I believe our first entry this year was in March and, yes, that first freebie of the year is on here. They don't have to be 2016 songs, so long as we talked about them in 2016 (which we couldn't do if they were no longer free). Now it doesn't matter to me if a song is no longer free right now, so long as it was at some point, but I don't think that's an issue this year.
"A Stubby's House Christmas" goes up today, for your downloading pleasure, and comes down around Midnight January 6--what is known as "Little Christmas". "Little Christmas" was a big deal in the Italian neighborhood I grew up in, and it's also the end of the Breaking Up Christmas celebrations in the Appalachians, near where I live now. Once it comes down, it will never see the light of day again. It's gone forever like the cookies you leave out for Santa.
Song titles are linked to our write-ups and artist names are linked to their websites or Facebook pages (where available).
And the most important rule: I get to break them (we don't need no stinkin' rules). But I usually don't.
There are TWO songs, here, we haven't talked about this year--both in the Hanukkah set. One is a brilliant bit of Blues in Hebrew from Lazer Lloyd. It IS free (you'll find it here); it's just not a Hanukkah song. But there are lots of tunes we consider Christmas tunes that aren't. I'll post the English translation of the lyrics for "Ha'am Sheli" in the comments.
The other tune we haven't talked about is our Stubby's House Exclusive this year (yay!). The Elemeno Pea had, earlier this year, posted a song on Soundcloud (stream). They pulled it down from there and from Amazon. As I was about to buy it (before it vanished), I contacted the band and, well, nice folks that they are, they agreed to let us have it as a Stubby's House Exclusive (yay!).
The Elemeno Pea is a songwriting and production team in L.A (Jessie Shapiro and Rob Shore at the helm). They do a lot of stuff, including music for films, jingles, and commercials as well as the occasional full-blown Pop song. I'm assured that The Elemeno Pea have plans for 2017, including for their song "Light Up For Hanukkah", an awesome piece of groovin' Electro Pop. I believe it's back up at Amazon, now, but this is the only place you can get it free (as part of the Stubby's House collection). Let's have a quick listen.
Favorite song, this year, is Chelsey Cope's "Holiday Party". Man, what a great song that is. Second favorite is from Yuuwii and Weiwen (I've been listening to that one since March). Always like to tell you who almost made the cut, but didn't. That song, this year, was "Naughty X-mas" from Cali Miles. I love that tune. But I figured others might disagree (especially given the legal troubles), so I dropped Cali this morning and tacked on The Holiday Scene's new Hanukkah tune instead.
The zip file contains all of the tunes, properly tagged, and all of the artwork you should need to make yourself a CD of "A Stubby's House Christmas & Hanukkah 2016". Regulars also know that any of the artwork in this post will take you to the download (except the Elemeno Pea pic). But, just in case, here's a link [links removed, as promised] for you. Gone after January 6th, so don't dawdle.
I am really sorry this took so long. I am. But we will be back tonight to kick off the 8 nights of Hanukkah. And I imagine we'll have something for Christmas Eve as well. Peace.
1. CHEER - CHARLOTTE CARPENTER
2. 358 DAYS - FOLKINCEPTION featuring THE HOLY BROKE
3. KIDS COME BACK AGAIN AT CHRISTMAS - SLOAN
4. CHRISTMAS WITHOUT MARIA - THE JAC featuring THE CHRISTMAS CREW
5. CHRISTMAS (BABY, PLEASE COME HOME) - LAST TRAIN HOME
6. WEIHNACHTZEIT (CHRISTMAS TIME) - TORSTEN KUDJER
7. BRING BACK MY CADILLAC - JOE BONAMASSA
8. HOLIDAY PARTY - CHELSEY COPE
9. CHRISTMAS EVE - NIGHT FLOWERS
10. CHRISTMAS EVE/PIERSTON QUEEN - CHASE HUGLIN
11. THE MOUNTAIN WIND BLOWS COLD - LAURA ASHTON JONES
12. WARREN CITY CHRISTMAS - KISSING PARTY
13. YOU STOLE MY XMAS SWEATER - RAT FANCY
14. A MAN IN A RED SUIT - TYLER BERNHARDT
15. CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY - WINTERVAL
16. CHRISTMAS MUSIC - CHARLES JENKINS
17. IT'S THE ONLY PLACE I WANNA BE - MARKEY BLUE
18. GORILLABOT SANTA - GORILLABOT
19. CHRISTMAS BRAND NEW - BONNIE & THE BARROWS
20. SILENT NIGHT - MARK JEGHURS
21. SIMPLY CHRISTMAS - FIREFLAKE
22. EIGHT DATES A WEEK - THE HOLIDAY SCENE
1. LET IT BE FOR CHRISTMAS - ZOE JACK
2. WINTER WINDS - TRADarrr
3. I CAN'T WAKE UP AT DAWN - BACIO
4. THE JOY THAT SEASONS BRING - KATIE FERRARA
5. (I WANNA DO) CHANUKAH WIT' JEW - LENNY BEIGE
6. LIGHT UP FOR HANUKKAH - ELEMENO PEA (feat. NOCH) (Stubby's House EXCLUSIVE!!!)
7. HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANNUKKAHH - THE LEEVEES
8. LIGHT ONE CANDLE - REN GEISICK
9. HA'AM SHELI (MY PEOPLE) - LAZER LLOYD
10. LAND OF CHRISTMAS - THE ZIPPER SHTICK
11. IN A WHISPER - AMY JAY
12. PEACE ON EARTH/LITTLE DRUMMER BOY - BLUE SKIES FOR BLACK HEARTS
14. WINTER DREAM - FAUX FAWN
15. CLOTHE YOURSELF FOR THE WINTER - SOFIA TALVIK
16. CHRISTMAS EVE UNTIL I LEAVE - HOTEL BOOKS
17. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS - ENID
18. THERE WILL BE NO CHRISTMAS - YUUWII & WEIWEN
19. NEW BEGINNINGS - FEVER FEVER
20. XMAS TIME - LO FI ACOUSTIC TRIO
21. WHITE CHRISTMAS - RICKY COOL & THE IN CROWD
22. MERRY CHRISTMAS TIME - SOMERDALE