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An Alternative Christmas…..

Tired of the same old boring Christmas songs year after year? The same songs in the same style every December? Fear no more…..


This is a Christmas mix with a little bit of a twist. Nothing too “out there” or but different enough to keep you from going insane with the sounds of X-Factor garbage or other annually released festive “songs” ringing in your ears.

The mix starts off with an epic track from Mew and goes into some Christmassy pop and funk then we head into Christmas cover territory and mix it in with some fuzz from the Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls and a boy/girl cracker (pardon the pun) in the form of The Hives and Cyndi Lauper. After that the mood drops slightly with some more sombre and thoughtful numbers….but wait, we’re rescued by E from Eels telling everything’s gonna be cool! Then Maps serenades all the mistletoe lovers with his version of East 17’s “Stay Another Day”, Band of Horses make us glow like Christmas trees with “The First Song” then Jonah, Chino and Grady give us their take on the Band Aid classic. After that it’s time to test the ears. Can you recognise all the different versions of of “White Christmas” that Corporal Blossom has mashed together? We end with 65daysofstatic take on the same classic song. And if your brave auditory system can get through the joyous white noise you’ll be rewarded with the little Christmas bonus of Arcade Fire having fun doing a version of “Jingle Bell Rock”. Full tracklist below.

An Alternative Christmas
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1. Mew – She Came Home For Christmas
2. Best Coast and Wavves – Got Something For You
3. James Brown – Soulful Christmas
4. Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses cover)
5. Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas (Wham cover)
6. Weezer – O’ Come All Ye Faithful (Christmas carol cover)
7. The Hives and Cyndi Lauper – A Christmas Duel
8. Death Cab For Cutie – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) (Darlene Love cover)
9. Crocodiles and The Dum Dum Girls – Merry Christmas (Baby, Please Don’t Die)
10. Asobi Seksu – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight) (The Ramones cover)
11. The Boy Least Likely To – Christmas Isn’t Christmas
12. Bon Iver – Blood Bank
13. Frightened Rabbit – It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop
14. E – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
15. Maps – Stay Another Day (East 17 cover)
16. Band Of Horses – The First Song
17. Far, Deftones and Will Haven – Do They Know It’s Christmas (Band Aid cover)
18. Corporal Blossom – White Christmas
19. 65daysofstatic – I’m Dreaming Of A White Noise Christmas
20. Arcade Fire – Jingle Bell Rock

Download it over at mediafire  An Alternative Christmas with SIT Wolf

or have a listen first on the Soundcloud link below and then head on over there and download it.

I made the mix 70 minutes long so that it will fit nice and snugly onto a CD and you can entertain/bore your family with it over Christmas dinner. I’ve already made a few CDs up for my friends and family.

S.I.T Wolf  X

ps. I’ve had to hold off the “Are Friends….” interview with Santa till during the week. He was busy this weekend, said he was wrapping stuff up or some shit like that. Fucking amateur.

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….And That, Darling, Is What Really Happened

I’ve recently rediscovered my love for the animated dark satirical comedy series Monkey Dust. It aired on the BBC for 2 years and 3 seasons from February 2003 until February 2005. I have the first season on DVD (it’s the only one available to buy) and i downloaded season 2 and 3 a few years back. Sadly, the death of co-creator Harry Thompson in November 2005 meant that no further seasons would be made. But we’ve been left with enough dark and crude comedy to keep us laughing away disturbedly at our screens for many years to come.


Obviously, the main reason i love Monkey Dust is it’s ability to make me laugh at some of the more sinister sides of society but it’s not just the comedy side of things. No, it’s the music too. The songs that feature across all 3 seasons range from a variety of different artists and sounds but they all seem to connect and fit perfectly to the scenes they’re chosen for. The music, at times, can come across as a bit bleak and gelid. I suppose that’s the point though…

The intro track however has that little bit of zest.

MP3: Eels – That’s Not Really Funny

Here’s some of my favourites to feature in the show….

MP3: Sneaker Pimps – Six Underground

MP3: Lambchop – Up With People

MP3: Boards of Canada – Melissa Juice

MP3: Air – Sex Born Poison

MP3: Robin Guthrie – Freefall

MP3: Pulp – Sunrise

One of the catchiest songs and one that features in practically every episode spanning the 3 seasons is…

 

MP3; Goldfrapp – Lovely Head



S.I.T Wolf  X

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Imagine None Of This Is Real…..

First off apologies for the lack of any posts in the last week or so. I haven’t been anywhere near the computer since last Friday night. The lack of free time has been due to various reasons/happenings. Sleep deprivation being the main one. My insomnia seems to just come and go without warning. Some nights i could feel sleepy at half 10 and just conk out and sleep right through till the morning. Other nights i can’t sleep at all and worst of all some nights i get broken sleep. I hate that the most, there’s nothing worse than falling asleep at 3am and then waking up every 30 minutes or so and then going to work at 8am. I’ll need to look into something that can help me with this, if anybody has any ideas let me know. Right now i’ve just been using a little Spotify playlist that i made up, it’s been kinda working i suppose but more on that another day (i’ll post some tracks off it soon). Let’s talk about the weekend just past.

Before i start on the good stuff though, i caught heed of some bad news on Sunday night. I’d like to express my disbelief at the tragic events that took place at Pukkelpop festival in Belgium over the weekend where Charlie Haddon, lead singer of the London synth band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, sadly took his own life. The full story and exact details don’t seem to have emerged yet but it seems that a crowd surf attempt from a member of the band went badly wrong, some say Haddon made the attempt whilst others have stated that Joe Hutchinson actually jumped into the crowd. Either way, the outcome is one of absolute shock. A girl was seriously injured in the botched stage dive and the members of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool were besides themselves with worry and grief. It’s believed they thought the girls injuries were so serious that she may be paralysed. Obviously there is no way any damage was intended by the band, it was just a dreadful accident. But the 3 band members apparently argued furiously backstage after their set and in the hours afterwards Haddon decided to take his own life. The really tragic thing is that the girl injured in the stage dive is expected to make a full recovery.


It’s such a loss of amazing talent for a band who were definitely on their way to something big. Their debut album was due out in October which they were then set to follow with their first UK headline tour.

My heart goes out to Charlie Haddons family and the band members. My thoughts and condolences are with you all.

The lyrics in this particular track are astonishingly eerie/haunting considering all things.

MP3: Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Outside

The tracks that they are probably best known for are “Dance The Way I Feel” (featured in my Best of 2009 section if you wanna hear it, if you haven’t already) and “Jacksons Last Stand”.

R.I.P Charlie Haddon

Moving away from the sombre mood, i was out for Luisa’s birthday on Saturday night, it was a good night, a really good night. So good in fact that i spent the next day wallowing in my own self pity. Suffering from the hangover of all hangovers. Though to be fair i did manage to somehow make it through back home to visit my parents and sister. Although i imagine i wouldn’t have been much fun as i just moped around moaning about having a sore head and hairy teeth (dry mouth from too much alcohol for those unaware of that term) whilst constantly complaining about the adverts on TV being too loud. Yes, i’m a grumpy Sunday boy, especially if i’ve been out the night before.

Luisa’s 20th was marked in traditional Glasgow style…..drink as many shots as humanly possible and dance yer bum off. Which everyone did…..well, from what i can remember anyway.

Here’s the birthday girl being taken hostage by my right arm….


I absolutely love that expression! And the Cure t-shirt. Which reminds me. I want THIS

And here’s Luisa with her boyfriend/one of my best friends, Gordon/The G Man/Bubbles.


Take note of Gordons totally non ironic Tina Turner t-shirt. I really can’t give him too much verbal over it…..we both bought tshirts for 3 euros each in a bargain bin at ROCK AM in Germany a few years back, Tina was his pick…..what did i get?….a Michael Jackson (Dangerous Tour) one. My head is bowed right now. In shame. Fashion shame.

Here’s a few more links..

Luisa’s blog littlenihilist

Gordon’s band Damnable Contraption….let’s call it experimental art shall we? Songs about smelly genitalia. You have been warned!

As a little birthday extra (even though it is like 4 days late!) here’s a few of Luisa’s fave artists/tracks.

MP3: Death Cab For Cutie – Photobooth

MP3: Bright Eyes – Lua

MP3: Elliott Smith – Angeles

MP3: Jimmy Eat World – Sweetness

MP3: Bloody Beetroots – Domino

By the way Luisa, if you’re reading this, that last track is yet another hint at something we’ve spoke about since May………geez back my Bloody Beetroots t-shirt!

Also, not sure if you’re aware of this or not but you have the “privilege ” of this being Number 1 in the charts when you were born…..

Happy Birthday (again) Luisa xx 🙂

Lastly, i had to turn down a ticket for the Eels gig at the Glasgow Academy last night.

1. I’m running low on funds till payday, which is next Tuesday.
2. I was absolutely shattered (see top of post for insomnia explanation)
3. I was working till 7pm so it would’ve probably been a mad rush to get home and make it back in time for the gig.

Ah excuses, excuses!!


Don’t look so sad, i didn’t mean it, can you ever forgive me Mr Everett?!

MP3: Eels – Looking-Up

S.I.T WOLF  X

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THE MONDAY LIST #15: Emma Turns 20

This is a special Monday List to celebrate one of my best friends birthday. Today, Emma leaves teenager-dom behind and turns 20.

So to celebrate here’s 20 random facts (in no certain order) about Emma and some songs to go along with them.

1. She’s a vegetarian
MP3: The Knife – Vegetarian Restaurant

2. She’s more than a tad brainy
MP3: The National – Brainy

3. She’s a child of the 90’s
MP3: 5ive – Slam Dunk Da Funk

4. She should’ve been a hippy in the 60’s /70’s
MP3: Technohead- I Want To Be A Hippy

5. She’s a bit of a bookworm
MP3: Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton – Reading In Bed

6. She’s very persuasive
MP3: R.E.M – Pretty Persuasion

7. She loves jelly
MP3: Eels – Jelly Dancers

8. She’s in love with James Franco and Robert Downey Jr and many many more
MP3: Foo Fighters – Stacked Actors

9. She hates surprises (so she’ll probably hate this post)
MP3: Radiohead – No Surprises

10. She’s a good liar
MP3: Arctic Monkeys – Dance Little Liar

11. She has a filthy mind/sense of humour
MP3: Amanda Ghost – Filthy Mind

12. She blames me for all of her hangovers
MP3: The Radio Dept – Sleeping In

13. She has tiny hands
MP3: Interpol – Hands Away

14. She’s very girly at heart (although hates to admit it)
MP3: Twin Atlantic – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

15. She’s very very sarcastic
MP3: Soulwax – Funny

16. She happens to have a taste for very expensive dresses
MP3: Sufjan Stevens – The Dress Looks Nice on You

17. She’s addicted to certain American TV Comedy Series
MP3: Blur – Coffee And TV

18. She would probably mash Paris and New York together if she could (New PaYorkRis?)
MP3: Corinne Bailey Rae – Paris Nights/New York Mornings

19. She’s an excellent secret keeper
MP3: Queens of the Stone Age- The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret

20. She’s pretty much amazing (but pretends not to know)
MP3: Mousse T. feat. Emma Lanford – Is It ‘Cos I’m Cool

A few more random things.

You share your birthday with Will.I.Am, Terence Trent D’Arby and Eva Longoria. Julius Ceasar was murdered on this day as well apparently.

Oh and it’s a national holiday in Hungary. Just thought i’d throw that in for some international appeal. And you never know they might be secretly celebrating your birthday.

“Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you….”

I know you’ve probably seen this before but here it is anyway….

Happy Birthday Emma

S.I.T Wolf  XX

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