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The Christmas playlist – the sounds of the season at OTR HQ

Starring Low, Bob Dylan, Big Freedia, Trombone Shorty, Tracey Thorn, Paul Simon, Okkervil River and many more

All plucked for the Christmas: Christmas Turkey Market, Mary's Lane, Dublin 1990-1993. Photo:Tony O'Shea

Fri, Dec 23, 2016, 09:44


Trombone Shorty “O Holy Night” (YouTube)

We feature this track every Christmas because it’s a banger. From a seasonal episode of Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip, Trombone Shorty leads a band of New Orleans’ musicians through a spine-tingling version.

Bob Dylan “Must Be Santa Claus” (Columbia)

Ho, ho, ho

Big Freedia “Rudy, The Big Booty Reindeer” (Queen Diva Music)

In praise of Rudy’s big hoop from the queenpin of bounce and Beyonce’s hypegal’s “A Very Big Freedia Christmazz” EP.

Low “Some Hearts (At Christmas Time)” (Sub Pop)

“To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for the new year. May we all find ways to lift each other.”

Irma Thomas “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas” (Hear Music)

Even mo’ New Orleans as the soul sista joins forces with the Crescent City’s Preservation Hall Jazz Band for some seasonal swing.

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Decca)

Another wham-bam recording of Frank Loesser’s classic

Tracey Thorn “Taking Down the Tree” (Merge)

A song for Nollag na mBan. From Thorn’s 2012 “Tinsel and Lights” collection of alt-Xmas songs

David Bowie & Bing Crosby “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” (RCA)

A year ago when we were playing this, little did we know what was ahead for one of these dudes. The most unlikely seasonal duet of all time, recorded for the Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas TV show

Paul Simon “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” (Hear Music)

From 2011′s “So Beautiful Or So What?” album, Paul Simon preps for the big day.

Okkervil River “Listening to Otis Redding at Home During Christmas” (Jagjaguwar)

Let’s make Christmas melancholic this year