Ghosts of Marathons Past
WPRBXmas Songs 2019
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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Links in the song/story descriptions direct to Discogs profiles (where possible & appropriate), as well as other relevent supplementary material.
There's a lot of cool stuff here and we encourage you to explore it all!
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, by Jon's count, their sixth contribution to the marathon! Wow!
Why yes, Deth Elf are the pride of Lansdale, Pennsylvania.
"Even if you don’t know the obscure British alternative band Half Man Half Biscuit, who originally wrote this song, [Half Man Half Cookie] hope you will enjoy our take on their lyrical protest against cynicism and self-sabotaging despair."
Guitar, Banjo, Vocals: Michael.
Tavern Shanty Vocals: Jon.
Based on original arrangements by:
Sneeps = a sweetheart duo giving it a try from Chicago, Illinois (and sometimes western Michigan).
A new(ish) Brooklyn foursome, CALISTHENICS brings you "C.C.C.P." One member was in Memorial Gore; another member received a mohawk from Jon Solomon when they were in college.
South Jersey’s Nick Millevoi is a guitarist and composer whose music searches for the sonic cracks between jazz, rock and roll, noise, and modern composition. His latest project is "Streets of Philadelphia."
South Bend, Indiana‘s The Rutabega – singer-songwriter-guitarist Josh Hensley and drummer Garth Mason – make some of the fullest, brightest sounds ever generated by just two people, weaving punchy, short pop songs and sweeping, ten-minute epics together seamlessly. This is either their fourth, fifth or sixth contribution to the marathon depending on who is counting.
"This is the 5th year in a row that we’ve hunkered down in our super fun, Superfund practice space in Gowanus, Brooklyn for an evening of mulled wine and cheap rhymes in honor of the finest DJ to emerge from Mercer County: Mister Jon Solomon!!
Sure, this music sounds nothing like what our band normally does, but really, our band would not normally play a holiday song, so why not jump off the deep end in a hand-quilted Santa outfit?
Inspired by Del the Funky Pete Shelley and a need to work in low-level references to all things random ’80s hardcore, let’s take away any focus onhow cut-rate and off-time the "rapping" is and admire Michael "Jaws" Jaworski’s sweet falsetto, West Coast keyboard runs, and both funky and shredding guitar work. All that had to be done was to dare him to 1. Sing like Curtis Mayfield, 2. Slither some G-funk ivory tinkling, 3. Grease up some Catfish" Collins gitter, 4. Skrizzle-dizzle a Burbank session player "Peg" solo. Dang if he didn’t nail them all. Surgically. An embarrassment of stitches.
Speaking of which, this made us laugh a lot. Hopefully you will, too. The holidays are weird. It’s good to keep things light, if you can. Call a friend, text a stranger, hug a neighbor, leave a big tip for the person who makes your egg & cheese, give the benefit of the doubt to the person most likely to annoy you, wink at your pet, tickle yourself with the absurdity of the human condition, treat yourself to a nap.
Or, at the very least, distract yourself for 5 minutes with a bit of our goofiness…"