Monthly Archives: December 2013
I was driving ’round Brooklyn buying xmas presents on Saturday, listening to the WFMU DJs play their favorite holiday songs. That’s where I first heard Lord Nelson’s “Party for Santa Claus,” which (after “Santa Baby”) is one of the most brilliant, festive holiday songs I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. You’ll find that along with some holiday classics, a very ’60s Japanese pop take on traditional xmas tunes, the Lollipops’ most adorable xmas re-vamp of the Chordettes’ “Mr. Sandman,” and one song that has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but which I think always sounds best during this time of the year (The Cardigans’ “Celia Inside”). Have a wonderful holiday everyone! With love,xo-Sheila 1. Detroit Junior: Christmas Day2. The Lollipops: Mr. Santa3. The Orchids: Christmas Is The Time To Be With Your Baby4. Kayoko Moriyama: Tonde Kita Santa Claus5. Eartha Kitt & Henri René: Santa Baby6. Amos Milburn: Christmas Comes But Once a Year7. Françoise Hardy: Song Of Winter8. The Cardigans: Celia Inside9. Nino Tempo & April Stevens: The Coldest Night Of The Year10. Lord Nelson: Party For Santa Claus11. Jean & The Statesides: Cold Cold Winter12. Bill Pursell: Our Winter Love13. Robin Ward: Winter’s Here14. Julie London: Warm … Read more
This Friday December 20th, I’ll be DJing from 6pm – midnight at BUST magazine’s Holiday Party at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar. There will be performances by SISU, Lizzo, and U.S. Girls. I love DJing BUST‘s parties cos I can go from Ann-Margret to Janelle Monae, Bobbie Gentry to Salt-n-Pepa, Barbara Lynn to Kim Wilde without anyone giving me strange looks. No rules or restrictions! Brooklyn Night Bazaar165 Banker Street (between Wythe & Meserole Avenues) Brooklyn, NY 11222 Free entry!
I was recently invited to contribute to the monthly mixtape site, The Mixtape Club. I started with a mix I called “Girls Who Wear Black” and dug out all my darkest, moodiest girl group records (The Whyte Boots’ “Nightmare,” Jamie Carter’s “The Boy With the Way,” Betty Barnes “Requiem (For a Girl Born of the Wrong Times)”) but couldn’t really connect with such heavy gloom. So instead I picked out the records I felt like listening to at that moment—the Ann Cole 45 I just scored on eBay, Claudine Longet’s wintery “Run Wild, Run Free” (David Whitaker’s original instrumental is worth seeking out as well), and Little Joe & the Thrillers’ “Peanut,” first introduced to me by my friend Bob Stanley. This song is featured on his latest compilation for Cherry Red—Songs For a Central Park Picnic. It has become one of my favorite compilations, and when I first played it for my mom, she demanded I order her five extra copies pronto! I’m hard at work on a holiday mix as well, so will post that next week! In the meantime, you can have a listen to my “Bebe … Read more