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Hark! The Christmas Force Awakens is now streamable for your hall-decking merriment.

2015-booklet-outsideHark! The tenth installment in my indefatigable Christmas mixtape series, entitled The Force Awakens — Yuletunes Eclectic & Inexplicable Perfect X: Final Sequence, is upon us. Side A is, anyway. Side B shall appear like the clanky ghost of Jacob Marley upon Ebeneezer Scrooge’s doorstep in one week’s time.

In the unlucky event your computer or personal electronic device is not equipped with a tape deck, you can stream Side A below. May your days be shiny and chrome, and may the Christmas Force be with you. Continue reading

The Little St. Nick Lowe, or (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Boughs of Holly?

ImageMy interest in Christmas music could not be described as casual, and I’ve long admired the songwriting of Nick Lowe, the onetime Jesus of Cool.

So his first — and probably last, but who can say? — holiday album, Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family, is pitched squarely at me. I talked to him about it for Sunday’s Washington Post.

Been a while since my byline showed up there. Nice to be back.

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The Johnny Cash tribute I wrote about for the Paper of Record yesterday didn’t really reflect the rebellious side of the Man in Black, but it was pretty good all the same.

Sarah Vowell, My ‘Shipmate’

Sarah Vowell isn’t just one of my favorite nonfiction writers; she’s one of my heroes. There are lots of reasons why, so here’s just one: Her radio essay from Episode 247 of This American Life,What Is This Thing?“, about the romance of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. It aired seven days after Johnny’s death. It’s one of my favorite pieces of music journalism ever.

Anyway, I just got Vowell’s new book, The Wordy Shipmates, and I’m going to hear her read at the Avalon Theatre tomorrow night at an event sponsored by Politcs & Prose.

Check out Bob Thompson’s profile of her in today’s Paper of Record. Particularly this:

In her former life as a music critic, she established a “personal moratorium on what I call inter-rock analogies.” It was boring to compare Soundgarden with Nirvana. She wanted to compare them to “I don’t know what, a pastry, or something that was just more interesting.”

Right. So that makes two reasons.

Oh, I almost forgot: Check out DCist editor Sommer’s interview with Sarah here.