Christmas Cheers


Right, that’s me done for the year. I’m taking the last bus out of Blogtown and heading home for the holidays. Hope you and yours have a good one and I’ll leave you with this funky gem from the classic Ze compilation A Christmas Record.

See you in the new year.

Download: Christmas On Riverside Drive – August Darnell (mp3)

Christmas Commercial Break



This is useful if you need some Xmas present ideas. Think I’ll ask Santa for a Bontempi organ this year.

Cyber Monday Madness


I hate it when Christmas becomes too commercialized. Except when I do it.

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Download: I’d Like You For Christmas – Julie London (mp3)

Something for the Long Weekend



It’s Thanksgiving here so you’re getting this early. Hope it puts you in the holiday spirit.

Something for the Weekend



It’s the 4th of July here tomorrow — actually, it’s that date everywhere but it’s also Independence Day in America. Sadly we won’t be getting an England-USA game this weekend for a chance for us to rewrite history and teach those colonials a lesson. As I’m sure you know, England broke our hearts again, going out of a World Cup in a way that was even more gutting than a penalty shoot-out. Now we have to play the bloody Germans again. That never goes well either.

I Heart New York


I just got back from a long weekend in New York City with the family. It was the first time the kids have been so we did a lot of touristy stuff I hadn’t done in years — Empire State Building, Central Park, Staten Island Ferry — which reminded me what a wonderful, exhilarating city it can be.

I haven’t counted them or anything but I’m pretty sure more songs have been written about The Big Apple than any other city in the world. A lot of them are great too, but if I had to pick one it would be this beauty from 1977.

Download: Native New Yorker (12″ version) – Odyssey (mp3)

A Proggy Christmas


I doubt anyone’s noticed (or cares) but I haven’t posted my Best of 2014 list yet. What with Charli XCX and (shockingly) D’Angelo putting out new albums in only the past week it seemed a bit previous to do it any sooner, and to be honest I’ve just been too busy and lazy to write the bloody thing. I shall hopefully be doing that over the Christmas holiday while eating, drinking, and loafing.

This Proggy track from 1971 isn’t actually about a sleigh ride (apparently the title is an old whaler slang term) but it’ll do nicely instead of the usual Yuletide song fare. Brits of a certain age may recognize parts of this from it being used as the theme music for Weekend World.

I’m signing off for the year now, hope you and yours have a great festive season. See you in 2015.

Download: Nantucket Sleighride – Mountain (mp3)

A Dum Dum Christmas


Here’s an early Christmas present from you, a terrific new holiday song from Dum Dum Girls. Even better, you can download it for free, just use the button in the little player widget below.

They recorded it as part of an Xmas compilation put together by Converse, and unusually for them it’s a synthpop tune.

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The sentimental musings of an ageing expat in words, music, and pictures. Mp3 files are up for a limited time so drink them while they're hot. Contact me: lee at londonlee dot com

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