Ghosts of Marathons Past

WPRBXmas Songs 2020

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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 Tree stump icon.. If you have any information about these "stumps" we'd love to hear from you. Contact us at elves @ marathon dot christmas.

"Lockdown Holiday"
The Brixton Riot 02:21
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A cassette tape.
Lockdown Holiday

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 is their seventh contribution to the marathon! Incredible.

"Christmas on Venus"
Deth Elf 03:14
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A cassette tape.
Christmas on Venus

Deth Elf remain the pride of Lansdale, Pennsylvania. This was their first of two 2020 pieces.

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"Deathwish For Xmas"
Glazer 02:07
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Deathwish for Christmas

Blending components of post-pop and hard-grunge, New Jersey's Glazer strives to compose music that is not only ambitious in form, but thoughtful, powerful, and driving in execution. Any and all proceeds go directly to Elijah's Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ.

"Arc & Bow"
Outer World 03:27
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A cassette tape.
Arc & Bow

Richmond, Virginia duo Outer World create beautiful bedroom chamber pop that's fresh as a new year, busting with hope.

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"11:59 (It's January)"
Maria T. 03:31
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A cassette tape.
11:59 (It's January)

A cover of a wonderful Scrawl song by WPRB’s own Maria T., last heard in the Philly-based band No Other.

Lyrics

January came too soon
Survived the holidays
Without you
But who are you
You are anyone I wish I knew
And tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you

First day Champagne
Old acquaintances are far apart
Tonight Auld Lang Syne means
Leave before the kissing starts

Last year went down the drain
They all do really
Why complain
Drink a cup of kindness (yet)
And say goodbye to our regrets
Ooooh, it's January
Ooooh, it's January
Ooooh, it's January

11:59
8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
Midnight
Was it a good year
Do I really need to know
'cause now it's behind me forever
It was a good year because it was such a bad year
That this year could only be better
Last year went down the drain
They all do really
Why complain
Drink a cup of kindness (yet)
(And) say goodbye to our regrets
Ooooh, it's January
Ooooh, it's January
Ooooh, it's January

But who are you
You are anyone I wish I knew
Tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you
Tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you
Tonight I wish I knew
Everyone single one of you
It's January
Everyone single one of you
(It's January)
Everyone single one of you
(It's January)
Everyone single one of you

January
(It's January)
January
(It's January)
January
(It's January)
January

"Step Into Xmas"
Doug Gillard 04:12
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A cassette tape.
Step Into Christmas
Doug Gillard’s formidable body of recordings is as impressive as it is voluminous, encompassing his work as a key member of such notable combos as Guided by Voices, Death of Samantha, Cobra Verde, Gem and Nada Surf, as well as an array of notable collaborations with the likes of Richard Buckner, My Dad Is Dead, Yuji Oniki, Bill Fox, The Mice, Mascott, and Sally Crewe & the Sudden Moves. Click the first paragraph to collapse.more...

Parade On, the Ohio-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist’s third official solo album, was released in 2014.

This song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

"This Is A Xmas Song"
Sinead On'Donner 02:43
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A
            cassette
            tape.
This Is A Christmas Song

A seasonal update on Sinéad O’Connor’s classic "This is a Rebel Song." Of course it’s all in fun, but both songs take a similar stance: that being open to tenderness is in itself a liberatory act. Recorded by your friends in the West Philly Players.

Lyrics

I love you, anti-Christmas friend,
You're cheerful as a lump of coal.
Can't you forgive some harmless fun,
Have some egg nog, they're showing "Die Hard."

I know you have your soft spots too
Like when Mariah Carey comes on,
or Dominick the Donkey.
Don't be cold, anti-Christmas friend.

How come you've never stuffed the stockings
with presents for unboxing?
And you've never said "Merry Christmas" even once,
And I do?

Oh don't be such a Scrooge now, man.
What good will shouting "Bah Humbug!" do?
We wrote crude things in the frost on your car.
See you're laughing, I know you're weakness.

I'll let you sit out New Years, friend,
But there's carolers out in the park!
Let's go and practice heckling them,
and judge the lights, and decorations.

[OK, but I have one surprise for you first...]

Don't tell me YOU have hung these stockings!?

[who me?]

Who got this tree? It's truly shocking!

[must've been Santa]

Here's to a Christmas that is merry.
You're no Scrooge...
No Scrooge.

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"Why Do You Say..."
The Kyle Sowashes 03:17
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A cassette tape.
Why Do You Say Say Merry Christmas

A new holiday tune by four bearded buddies from Columbus, Ohio who like to drive and eat and rock.

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"Snoflake"
Peter Prescott 03:27
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            cassette
            tape.
Snoflake

A soundscape by Peter Prescott, who is a member of Mission Of Burma, Volcano Suns, Kustomized, The Peer Group and more recently the trio Minibeast.

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"Season's Greetings"
Duke Tropicana 02:23
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A cassette tape.
Season's Greetings

We may never know who Duke Tropicana is.

We should never know who Duke Tropicana is.

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"Dark Xmas"
Hirudidae 03:07
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A cassette tape.
Dark Xmas

A foggy, slow motion swarm of bees with a rhythm you can dance to from Philadelphia. That’s Hirudidae, performing a L.A.S.’s Crime cover for the holidays.

"Wenceslas Rap"
G. Korein & the Spleen 01:36
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A cassette tape.
Wenceslas Rap

George Korein was born in a Wawa in Philadelphia and still lives in Philadelphia in a Wawa. He makes songs that mostly have singing and “and the Spleen” rhymes with Korein. A lot of the music is made almost alone but some is made with awesome musicians he won’t list here because that would be name dropping. People ask “What kind of music do you make?” and he still hasn’t worked up the pomp to say “Art Pop.”

"AMM Of J. B. Rock"
Eusa Bells 02:56
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A cassette tape.
The AMM of Jingle Bell Rock

Who else but Neal Markowski could create a Dead C(hristmas) Tribute Album – four Dead C songs with updated lyrics about spending time with your family during the holidays.

All funds get donated straight to Planned Parenthood.