Ghosts of Marathons Past
WPRBXmas Songs 2018
A lot of wonderful (and wonderfully creative) people have submitted original songs & stories to WPRBXmas over the years. Scroll down to learn more about these folks, listen to their contributions, and connect with them on social media & around the web.
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Try as we might, we're not always able to track down info about past contributors. That means some entries are stumps . If you have any information about these "stumps" we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at elves @ marathon dot christmas.
Combining American and English influences, New Jersey’s The Brixton Riot fuses elements of 70’s power-pop and punk, 80’s jangle-rock and 90’s indie rock into a sound that is both familiar and distinct. The Replacements, Big Star and The Jam represent only a small fraction of their influences.
This is their fifth contribution to the marathon.
The first of what ended up being five different Xmas tunes about Gritty in 2018 hailed from Philadelphia’s Sebastian Petsu.
Wowza In Kalamazoo is a full-on collaboration amongst Zach Hench, Chafe Hensley, and Ike Turner. It began with some broken arrows lying around Ike’s 4-track (some for over a decade), and changed into something a lot more interesting than that.
- Ike Turner: guitars, vocals.
- Zach Hench: bass, xmas cheer.
- Franki Hand: guitars, vocals.
- Mark Walters: drums.
- Sara Beauchamp: vocals.
- Recording: Gath Mason.
- Mix: Zach Hench.
Did someone say songs about Gritty?
The duo Deth Elf are the pride of Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
David Nagler is a Brooklyn-based musician, singer, and songwriter. His latest records are The Appointees: 11 songs informed and provoked by Trump cabinet appointees, and Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems: anorchestral folk song cycle featuring Jeff Tweedy, Robbie Fulks, Kelly Hogan, and others. Nagler performs regularly with artists including Jon Langford, Wesley Stace, Mark Eitzel, and Eszter Balint, and he is the founder and frontperson for NY metropolitan area pop group Nova Social.
Comedian Connor Ratliff & Singer/Songwriter Mikey Erg teamed up to write a batch of secular Xmas songs as a soundtrack for a Holiday Special called “The Spirit Of Ratliff”. This entire ragged but right collection of songs was written and recorded in a matter of hours on a single Saturday in October 2015.
Available as a limited edition vinyl release courtesy State Champion, but this song is actually a non-LP bonus recorded for the Xmas show.
The second DxEx contribution of the season is a quality anthem indeed.
Lary Hoffman began making music as Aerialist in 1997. Over the years the project morphed from bedroom electronic pop to synth-rock collaborations with drummers Stevie Treichel & Nikhil Ranade, to both analog and computer-based solo instrumental productions. After a long hiatus, Lary has been steadily digitally self-releasing new Aerialist music since the fall of 2015.
SAVAK was formed in 2015 by members of The Obits, Holy Fuck, Nation of Ulysses, and The Cops. They keep outdoing themselves with marathon contributions. The EP “MIRROR MAKER” is a limited edition Ernest Jenning 12″ release. more...
We didn’t try to cover and/or ruin any classics this time around. We wrote a rap* and tracked it, but this figgy pudding of ours was neither dense nor moist enough, so… instead we decided to celebrate each hour that Jon will be on the radio this year. In alphabetical order.
And with something this ridiculous, there’s only one thing to do: bring in a hype man. Which begets a second thing to do: get the hype man to hype again. Hut! Hut! Hype!!
Hopefully this tune captures the feeling of being in a cab late at night, heading home after a holiday party. Things get a little woozy as you cross the bridge, but before you know it you’ll be snoring in the backseat!
All the zzz’s to you and yours…
Maybe we'll expectorate (sic.) these 16 bars at some future point.
Dred beat and Bloodloss
Let’s lubricate the goats
It’s time to make a toast
To the Fishwives, the Tanners
The first and last time callers
Everyone’s a baller
Batting a bee thousand
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Iliad, the Trojan War in Jamaica
Between sound systems
I put my money on Duke
Reid, not basketball
Organized sports, flesh condensed
It’s hard to cheer in the present tense
Hour 1 is for everything in Flux like Aeon
Hour 2 is for High Voltage like Scott, Bon
Hour 3 is for soul, disco, Funk Shun like Con
Hour 4 is for the Draper, Fleming, Giovanni and Teflon Dons
Hour 5 is for geological time, yes Eon
Hour 6 is for the hungry kids in the Hall like Fawn
Hour 7 is for the love that is Gone Daddy Gone
Hour 8 is for friends of the Wookies like Han
Hour 9 is for special atoms and molecules, yes Ions
Hour 10 is for the host Solomon Jon
Hour 11 is for “Space Seed” Montalban pre-Wrath of Khan
Hour 12 is for GET OFF MY LAWN
Hour 13 is for my Mom
Hour 14 is for Pagan Muzak-era NON
Hour 15 is Which Side Are You On?
Hour 16 is the side you pass the dutchie Pon
Hour 17 is for dum dum mechanics tum tum Quan
Hour 18 is for The Crystals version of “Da Doo Ron Ron”
Hour 19 is for the Death Letter from the House of Son
Hour 20 is for Miuzi Weighs A Ton
Hour 21 is for Newcastle, Nottingham & Nairobi schools UoN
Hour 22 is for Doyle’s friend from Lodi, Eerie Von
Hour 23 is for Jedi Master, Kenobi Obi-Wan
Hour 24 is for the data flow protocol XON
Hour 25 is for searching hither and Yon
Hour 26 is for Skweezy Jibbs getting called a Zon
Hour 27 is for what?
Hour 28 is for what?!
Hour 29 is for what?!?
Jon doesn’t normally allow submissions to be made during the marathon, but if Josh from The Rutabega is going to sneak out to his car on Christmas Eve to record a song, how could he say no?
The Misfit Toys are a passel of reprobates from the Philly Area. This side project of members of The Commiserators and Charming Snakes contributed to the marathon for the first time in 2018. No amount of glue will make them right again.
The New Birds of America is a musical project by Toronto poet Blaise Moritz.
Vancouver’s Joel Phelps is a member of The Downer Trio and has also recently played with the group Dama/Libra. Joel is the only artist to record a “Christmas Story” for the show each of the last eight years. Many demos and new recordings of his have been posted on Soundcloud, with the lion’s share of his studio output now available through Bandcamp, including the 2017 EP Consulate.
Long-time participants of the famed New Brunswick basement scene, Glazer emerged in early 2014. After solidifying their line-up in 2016, Glazer began developing new material, and recorded a four-song EP titled “Repeat Sequence”, self-releasing it on tape. Since then, the band has continued to develop their disjointed, frenzied composition style, paired with their pensive lyrical content. 2017 saw the release of “On a Prairie, Live in the Dirt”, their first full length, on Screaming Females’ Mike Abbate’s (and partner’s) imprint State Champion Records.
A second one from The Misfit Toys, a welcome addition to the MISFITS-O-CLOCK sets.