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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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Latha Naomh Anndra

Yesterday was St Andrews Day.

Yesterday i was too busy getting drunk to do this post. Today i’m too hungover to make a serious attempt at one and do it justice so instead i’ll just post some random stuff.

Some really good Scottish music of all varieties and sounds will do for a start.

Some famous ones, some semi famous ones, some lesser known ones…..

MP3: Frightened Rabbit – The Loneliness

MP3: The Beta Band – She’s The One

MP3: De Rosa – Prelude To Entropic Doom

MP3: Galoshins – Sprayed with Blood

MP3: Bwani Junction – Two Bridges

MP3: Sons and Daughters – Taste The Last Girl

MP3: Eagleowl – This Is Not Your Lucky Day

MP3: Adam Stafford – Shot Down You Summer Wannabes

MP3: Divorce – Bloody Horn

MP3: Camembert – The Taste

Oh and the never forgotten ones…

Which reminds me, i’m off to see Song of Return on saturday night..

MP3: Song Of Return – Shackles

Song Of Return free show at Flat 0/1
An amazing band and a cool venue. What more could i want for a Saturday nights entertainment?

Bonus stuff
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Anyone fancy a free download of a concept album all about Glasgow?
Sings Of A Dear Green Place

Or what about a song from Manchester via London but all about Glasgow..
MP3: Sparky Deathcap – Glasgow Is A Punk Rock Town

Remember these guys!? I was like 8 or 9 when this came out!

There are so so many amazing Scottish artists out there and i’m going to get a post up before the end of the year (yes, i said this aaages ago but i’ll do it this time!) with a massive list of Scottish bands old and new. I’m going to sit down, roll a few and dedicate a night to it but right now i’m away for a pint of my favourite hangover cure and some Rab C.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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Your Monthly Video Dose: July 2010

Grasscut – Muppet

The Knux – Bang! Bang!

Frightened Rabbit – Swim Until You Can’t See Land

PJ Harvey – This Is Love

Civil Civic – Run Overdrive

S.I.T Wolf X

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Love Weighs More Than Gold

Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed and the rejected.

MP3: Sufjan Stevens – That Was The Worst Christmas Ever

MP3: Slow Club – Christmas TV

VIDEO: Malcolm Middleton – We’re All Going To Die

Redemption?

It’s Christmas so we’ll stop
It’s on with the lights to warm the dark
It can cloak elsewhere
As the rot stops for today
Let the rot stop just for one day
Only good red eyes, red suits, and faces will radiate
And the cold will hide its face
Now the cold is turned away
We can be best friends with the people we hate
‘Cause we’ve all got blood
And it’s warmer than you think
Yeah it is warm and it is thick
We all breathe out clouds
We’re built to give at least once each year
And that’s better than never I guess
And life might never get better than this
With the perfect excuse for our natures to change
And wear shiny clothes
Oh it’s Christmas so press pause and we’ll go

Oh it’s Christmas so we’ll stop
‘Cause the wine on our breath puts the love in our tongues
So forget the names i called you on Christmas Eve
In fact forget the entire year
Don’t reflect, just pretend and you won’t feel scared
You won’t feel a thing
‘Cause it’s all been tucked away

And once you’re tucked in bed
You’ll hold on to the day for the last few seconds
Your gray dull face is protected from the wind
And I’ll protect you I promise I will
And the rest of our lives will be just like Christmas
With fewer toys
You’re a good girl I’m a good boy
Or so I thought

Oh it’s Christmas so we stopped
Were it not for the tick of the clock
And the spinning of the Earth in space
We could always be this way
And as we sleep at the fall of the day
In the room next door the tree lights brighten the rodents eyes
And catches a glimpse of the dust beginning to rise

The next day life went back to its past self

S.I.T Wolf

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Duck For Cover #1

Another new section, just a simple post about cover versions of songs i like, dislike or maybe even just find funny. I’m gonna do 5 songs each post (well it’ll actually work out at 10 cos both versions will be included). Usually i would post MP3 versions of the songs so that you would be able to download them but i’m having a few problems with my external hard drive at the moment and it has practically all of my music on it. Over 200GB of music just vansihed 😦

Anyways, videos will have to do for the time being…and even at that, it won’t be the official videos. YouTube doesn’t allow you to embed “official” videos.

1. SET YOU FREE

Original Version – N-Trance
Cover Version – Frightened Rabbit

2. EVERYWHERE

Original Version – Fleetwood Mac
Cover Version – Vampire Weekend

3. BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Original Version – Death From Above 1979
Cover Version – Neverending White Lights

*the version that Neverending White Lights do is actually a cover version of a remix version of “Black History Month” believe it or not but we’ll let it swing just this once. If you’re interested the remix they’re covering is by Allan Braxe and Fred Falke.

4. HEARTBEATS

Original Version – The Knife
Cover Version – Jose Gonzalez

5. BETWEEN THE BARS

Original Version – Elliott Smith
Cover Version – Metric

S.I.T Wolf X

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More Noise.

More noise. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s borrowed and some of it is definitely blue.

These are just some links to various music projects i’m involved with or have been involved with in the past.

MY CURRENT REMIX/MASH UP DJ PSEUDONYM – Someone’s In The Wolf
http://www.myspace.com/someonesinthewolf

MY CURRENT MUSIC FOCUS – sUbDiGiTaL (most new songs end up on this page)
http://www.myspace.com/subdigital09

MY SOLO SIDE PROJECT – Kohlstream (make sure your volume’s turned down)
http://www.myspace.com/highway74music

MY FIRST MUSICAL LOVE – The Gorecki (experiments in noise)
http://www.myspace.com/wearethegorecki

And just for good measure/pleasure here’s a few friends that are worth checking out….

http://www.myspace.com/youcanteatthewordfood

http://www.myspace.com/wewerepromisedjetpacks

http://www.myspace.com/frightenedrabbit

http://www.myspace.com/twodoorcinemaclub

http://www.myspace.com/luisamenonimusic

http://www.myspace.com/mechanicalsmileuk

http://www.myspace.com/unicornkid

http://www.myspace.com/lazybonesrises

http://www.myspace.com/jaffabros

http://www.myspace.com/drumsofdeath4eva

http://www.myspace.com/unionofknives

S.I.T Wolf x

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True Love Waits and The Weight of True Love

broken heart

I know its Valentines Day tomorrow  and i don’t want to dampen the mood for people but seen as today is Friday the 13th i’ve decided to put a post up for those that are unlucky in love. Songs for people that have experienced broken hearts, for people that have broke hearts themselves (everybody has) and for the lots of people who will spend Valentines Day alone this year.

The first bunch of songs are ones of loss, hurt and memories. The usual suspects like Jeff Buckley and Bon Iver are in there but there’s a few others that i thought would fit in quite nice. I’m not Coldplays biggest fan but even i can’t deny “The Scientist” is a touching ode to lost love. The Twilight Singers went for an orchestral background and a boy/girl conversation type song on “Number Nine”.  Whereas “No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses and “Maps” by the YYY’s are more stripped back but no less haunting. The Postal Service also go for the boy/girl conversation point of view on the ethereal “Nothing Better” whislt managing to keep their trademark bleepy sound. Mystery Jets, Chairlift and Bloc Party bring an indie touch to the mix with tales of bruised love (literally) and broken dreams . Frightened Rabbit’s song about “getting your hole” (as they so delicately put it) offers something a bit more awkward and an altogether different outlook on finding love or thinking you’ve found love. And then there’s the classic break up song by Fleetwood Mac. “Go Your Own Way” was written and recorded just after band members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks broke up and the tension and emotion is clear for all to hear as they share vocal duties.

MP3s
Jeff Buckley – Last Goodbye
Bon Iver – Skinny Love
Coldplay – The Scientist
The Twilight Singers (feat Mark Lanegan) – Number Nine
Band Of Horses – No One’s Gonna Love You
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
Mystery Jets – Flakes
Chairlift – Bruises
Bloc Party – I Still Remember
Frightened Rabbit – Keep Yourself Warm
Fleetwood Mac – Go Your Own Way

hmed_brokenheart
The next trio of songs are the polar opposite of the ones above. Instead of  getting you down or making you feel sorry for yourself these songs might make you feel better about a break up. From the slightly sarcastic and provoking “I Never Wanted You” by Headphones, right though to the pretty blatant “fuck you” blasts from The Avalanches and McAlmont & Butler.

MP3s
Headphones – I Never Wanted You
The Avalanches – Since I Left You
McAlmont & Butler – Yes

The last song doesn’t really need any description. One of the most simple but moving songs ever. Probably something to do with the fact that Thom Yorkes vocals still sound so fragile when he sings live.

MP3: Radiohead – True Love Waits (live)

hearts on hands

And thats it for my first real post. Don’t worry they won’t all be this doomy and gloomy. It just happens to be one of those days today.

Kali Nichta

S.I.T Wolf   x

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