, WPRB Xmas Stories -- 2015
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Ghosts of Marathons Past

WPRBXmas Stories 2015

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.

The icons below each contributors name link to their Twitter , Facebook , Instagram , YouTube , Bandcamp , Soundcloud , MySpace , Apple Music , Vimeo , E-mail , Tumblr , and personal websites .

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.

PLEASE NOTE: We're still in the process of auditing & updating all of the material in the site's archives! Not all past WPRBXmas submissions will feature linked icons & text.

"Egg Nog Intro"
Stanley Demeski 00:53
Egg Nog Intro Christmas Story

The Feelies drummer Stanley Demeski provides an introduction to the Luna instrumental “Egg Nog", telling the story behind this 1992 recording.

You can listen to Luna's "Egg Nog" - via Janice Demeski's YouTube channel - by clicking here.

"Christmas Story 2015"
Bela Koe-Krompecher 10:27
Christmas Story 2015

Bela Koe-Krompecher has been running Anyway Records from Columbus since 1992, he also writes about his life on his blog. Bela also writes sporadically for various music websites and in 2014 published a comic book based on a story about the Ramones adapted from his blog (“Do You Remember Rock & Roll Record Stores?"), via Nix Comics.

He works as a social worker and addictions counselor.

"Jean Nate Christmas"
Roseanne Carrara 10:08
Jane Nate Christmas (or Splendour In the Bath)

Roseanne Carrara is the author of the poetry collection, A Newer Wilderness, and is completing a near-future dystopian detective novel based on her story, “Finder,” in the pulp issue of Taddle Creek.

She has received the Malahat Review Long Poem Prize, a National Magazine Award nomination, and grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council. Roseanne holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto.

In addition to her writing and occasional teaching, Roseanne runs the online magazine, Smelling Salts Journal, and has contributed to Plenty and HuffPost Canada Living.

Roseanne lives in Toronto with her husband, the artist and writer, Blaise Moritz their two children, and their miniature schnauzer, Elvis.

"Christmas Story 2015"
Pat Byrne 04:32
Christmas Story 2015

Pat Byrne hosts the live variety show “Prove It All Night” once a month at WFMU and helps produce The Best Show (formerly of WFMU ) every Tuesday evening.

He's a good dude.

"WCYGA Wookie?"
Pete & Alex 21:46
What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas (When He Already Owns A Comb?)

Jon's favorite podcast is Star Wars Minute, a show that analyzes, scrutinizes and celebrates each Star Wars film one minute at a time. Hosted by Pete The Retailer and cartoonist Alex Robinson, SWM is currently on it’s eighth season, slogging their way through “Rogue One.”

On this “bonus episode,” a song from “Christmas in the Stars” is examined.

"Christmas Alone"
John Gentle 4:14
Christmas Alone

John Gentle is a (fictional) pitiable former adjunct college professor and self-published poet from New Jersey. He is also the creator and star of his delusional one-man show, Offer Me Your Breasts , an unfortunate collection of gauche stories and lewd poems about his past lovers and his, ugh, "Mama."

Brett Davis is a (very real) comedian, wig-owner and not host of The Special Without Brett Davis, which airs every Wednesday at 11pm EST on YouTube, though some WPRBXmas listeners, especially Vulture readers, may remember its earlier incarnation on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

"A Holy Night?"
A. & R. Zuccarino 03:01
A Holy Night?

An original story by Philadelphia’s Amy Zuccarino, joined by her husband Ralph on the piano.

"December 1969"
Mark Robinson 02:12
December 1969

Mark Robinson founded Teen-Beat Records in 1984. Best known for founding Unrest (with Phil Krauth and Tim Moran), he has also been a member of Air Miami, Flin Flon, Grenadine, and currently plays with Evelyn Hurley (Blast Off Country Style) in Cotton Candy and also with D. Trevor Kampmann as Fang Wizard.

He has released a number of solo records. His recordings are typically sparse, often based around a carefully controlled guitar.