#ChristmasMusic Countdown 2014: Song of the Day Club #Christmas

Welcome to our 2014 Christmas Music advent calendar. Over the next 60 days Song of the Day Club will be counting down Christmas 2014 with a sonic slice of hip cool Yule from October 24 through to Christmas Day.

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Merry Happy Ho Ho’s and a Crimble Maybe too!

Day 60 – Posted October 26, 2014: “Christmas Is” by RUN D.M.C.

Day 59 – Posted October 27, 2014: “Santa Dog” by The Residents

Day 58 – Posted October 28, 2014: “Santa Came On A Nuclear Missile” by Heather Noel

Day 57 – Posted October 29, 2014: “Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland” by Grandaddy

Day 56 – Posted October 30, 2014: “Santa Doesn’t Cop Out On Dope” – Martin Mull

Day 55 – Posted October 31, 2014: “Little Drum Machine Boy” – Beck

Day 54 – Posted November 1, 2014: “Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto” – Snopp Dogg

Day 53 – November 2, 2014: “Christmas” – The Who

Day 52 – November 3, 2014: “Purple Snowflakes” – Marvin Gaye

Day 51 – November 4, 2014: “I Want To Come Home For Christmas” – Marvin Gaye

Day 50 – November 5, 2014: “Mistletoe & Me” – Isaac Hayes

Day 49 – November 6, 2014: “What Child Is This” – John Coltrane

Day 48 – November 7, 2014: “White Christmas” – Charlie Parker

Day 47 – November 8, 2014: “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)” – Miles Davis

Day 46 – November 9, 2014: “Green Christmas” – Stan Freberg

Day 45 – November 10, 2014: “A Christmas Carol” – Tom Lehrer

Day 44 – November 11, 2014: “Reggae Christmas Eve In Transylvania” – Count Floyd

Day 43 – November 12, 2014: “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” – Dread Zeppelin

Day 42 – November 13, 2014: “Stop The Cavalry” – Jona Lewie

Day 41 – November 14, 2014: “Jesus Christ” – Big Star

Day 40 – November 15, 2014: “First Snow Of The Year” – Hawksley Workman

Day 39 – November 16, 2014: “Just Me And These Ponies (For Christmas This Year)” – Corb Lund

Day 38 – Novemer 17, 2014: “Snowfall” – Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra

Day 37 – November 18, 2014: “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” – Billie Holiday

Day 36 – November 19, 2014: “Snowflakes” – Kate Bush

Day 35 – November 20, 2014: “Snow” – Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney & Bing Crosby

Day 34 – November 21, 2014: “Colder Than Winter” – Sarah Brightman

Day 33 – November 22, 2014: “I Love The Winter Weather” – Squirrel Nut Zippers

Day 32 – November 23, 2014: “Christmas Medley” – The Swingle Singers

Day 31 – November 24, 2014: “We Three Kings” – Miles Davis

Day 30 – November 25, 2014: “River” – Martin Tielli

Day 29 – November 26, 2014: “One Blue Light” – Stompin’ Tom Connors

Day 28 – November 27, 2014: “Material Christmas” – Boxer The Horse

Day 27 – November 28, 2014: “Ludacrismas” – Ludacris

Day 26 – November 29, 2014: “Little Drummer Boy” – The Dandy Warhols

Day 25 – November 30, 2014: “Come On! Let’s Boogie To The Elf Dance!” – Sufjan Stevens

Day 24 – December 1, 2014: “Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas” – eels

Day 23 – December 2, 2014: “If Santa Don’t Bring You No Funk” – Big Sugar

Day 22 – December 3, 2014: “Merry Christmas Deep Impact” – Enots (ft. Davey Von Stone)

Day 21 – December 4, 2014: : “Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time!” – Sufjan Stevens

Day 20 – December 5, 2014: “Just Like Christmas” – Low

Day 19 – December 6, 2014: “Brick” – Ben Folds Five

Day 18 – December 7, 2014: “Christmas Is The Saddest Day Of The Year” – Jill Sobule

Day 17 – December 8, 2014: “25th December” – Everything But The Girl

Day 16 – December 9, 2014: “Counting Stars” – The McGarrigle Sisters

Day 15 – December 10, 2014: “Father Christmas” – The Kinks

Day 14 – December 11, 2014: “Christmas Song” – Bedlight For Blue Eyes

Day 13 – December 12, 2014: “Christmas Is Coming” – The Payolas

Day 12 – December 13, 2014: “Canadian Christmas” – The Fleshtones

Day 11 – December 14, 2014: “Waking Up On Christmas Morning” – The Smithereens

Day 10 – December 15, 2014: “Pax Um Biscum (Peace Be With You)” – Ringo Starr

Day 9 – December 16, 2014: “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” – Billy Squire

Day 8 – December 17, 2014: “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” – The Ramones

Day 7 – December 18, 2014: “Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)” – The Darkness

Day 6 – December 19, 2014: “Thank God It’s Christmas” – Queen

Day 5 – December 20, 2014: “Step Into Christmas” – Elton John

Day 4 – December 21, 2014: “Child Of Winter” – The Beach Boys

Day 3 – December 22, 2014: “Thanks For Christmas” – XTC

Day 2 – December 23, 2014: “All I Want For Christmas” – Timbuk 3

Day 1 – December 24, 2014: “Christmas Time Is Here Again” – The Beatles

CHRISTMAS DAY! – December 25, 2014: “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

Vote For The Best #Halloween Song EVER!

To celebrate Halloween this year Song Of The Day Club is posting a specially selected song everyday from October 17th through to October 30th onto our band’s twitter page @DukesAtmosphere

To vote for what you consider to be the best Halloween song ever from the pool of 14 songs we have chosen simply retweet or favorite the post that contains that song. Vote as often as you like. The song with the most tallied retweets and favorites wins!

Results will be posted October 31 on Halloween.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Posted to twitter October 17, 2014:

“Best Halloween Song EVER!” Pick of the Day: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “Frenzy”

Posted to twitter October 18, 2014:

“Best Halloween Song EVER!” Pick of the Day: Howlin’ Wolf – “Evil”

Posted to twitter October 19, 2014:

“Best Halloween Song EVER!” Pick of the Day: Nick Cave – “Red Right Hand”

Posted to twitter October 20, 2014:

“Best Halloween Song EVER!” Pick of the Day: Skinny Puppy – “The Choke”

Posted to twitter October 21, 2014:

“Best Halloween Song EVER!” Pick of the Day: Love And Rockets – “Haunted When The Minutes Drag”

 

John Lennon’s Birthday! October 9th – We’ve Got Lennon Covered – Dhani Harrison

October 9, 2014

It’s John Lennon’s Birthday! HAPPY JOHN LENNON DAY!

We conclude this week’s musical celebration leading up to the birth of John Lennon on this day, October 9th, 1940, with Dhani Harrison.

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Named after the 6th and 7th notes of the Indian music scale, dha and ni, Dhani Harrison was born to Beatle George Harrison and his wife Olivia on August 1, 1978. Harrison grew up with his parents in Henley-On-Thames in Friar Park, the estate on which his father had lived since 1970.

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He is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree studying visual arts. After graduating from Brown in 2001, Harrison pursued a career as an aerodynamicist before turning his sights to a career in music.

Harrison’s debut as a professional musician took place in early 2002 when he began work completing his father’s final album “Brainwashed” with the assistance of family friend and fellow Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne (Dhani is also a Wilbury, having been credited as Ayrton Wilbury on the overdubs to the bonus tracks “Maxine” and “Like a Ship”).

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In April 2006 Harrison announced that his band thenewno2 had begun recording and on August 11, 2008 their debut album, “You Are Here”, was released online, followed by a physical release of the album in stores March 31st, 2009. Their performance later that spring at the Coachella Music Festival was dubbed Best Debut Performance at the festival by Spin Magazine.

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In 2009 thenewno2 began their first US tour joined by The Heartless Bastards and headlined by the band Wolfmother. The tour began in Dallas, Texas on October 29th and ran through to November 24th concluding with a gig in Los Angeles, California. After wrapping up the tour Harrison took some time off to begin work on a new musical partnership, this time pairing with Ben Harper and Joseph Arthur to form the band Fistful Of Mercy. Their debut album, “As I Call You Down” was released October 5th, 2010 and was named “One of the Best Side Projects of 2010” by NPR (National Public Radio) in the United States.

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July 31, 2012 saw the release of thenewno2’s second album, “thefearofmissongout”. Later that year Rolling Stone Magazine named thenewno2 one of the 10 Must-See Acts at the 2012 Lollapalooza festival. In 2013 Dhani and company wrote the score for the film “Beautiful Creatures” and recorded the album at his father’s old workplace, Abbey Road Studios, in London, England.

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Most recently Harrison headed a star studded cast of musicians honoring his father’s music and legacy at GeorgeFest held September 28, 2014 at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. The event served as a fundraiser for Sweet Relief, an organization which benefits career musicians who are struggling to make ends meet. 100 percent of ticket sales went to the organization.
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Here we have the familiar warmth of that old Harrison slide guitar, this time performed by son Dhani, who also does double duty as back up vocalist to Bob Dylan’s son Jakob’s lead on this cover of John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth”.

Happy birthday John! Thank you for all you gave of yourself. The light you shone shines on. Forever…

7 Day Countdown To Johnny’s Birthday! October 9th – We’ve Got Lennon Covered – Day 7: The Flaming Lips

Formed in 1983 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, The Flaming Lips marked their 31st year in music in 2014.

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Since the release of their debut album “Hear It Is” (1986) The Flaming Lips have released thirteen studio albums, eighteen extended plays, fifteen singles, ten compilations and four video albums. Their fourteenth studio album, “With A Little Help From My Fwends”, a track by track tribute to The Beatles “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, is slated to be released October 28, 2014 by Warner Bro. Records.

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Here The Flaming Lips serve up John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” with their own unique futuristic blend of modern psychedelia.

“Our life together is so precious. Together we have grown. We have grown” – John Lennon

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7 Day Countdown To Johnny’s Birthday! October 9th – We’ve Got Lennon Covered – Day Six: “Real Love”

“Make Some Noise” is a campaign by Amnesty International using the music of John Lennon to promote human rights.

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Yoko Ono, John Lennon’s widow, donated the music publishing royalties and recording rights to John Lennon’s entire solo songbook to Amnesty International. Amnesty has since used the rights to encourage new versions of Lennon’s songs to be recorded by popular contemporary artists.

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The global launch of Make Some Noise took place on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2005 with the release of four exclusive singles available as digital downloads. The fundraising album, “Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur” followed June 12, 2007, consisting of 23 Lennon songs spread out over two CD’s. The album concludes with Soviet born Regina Spektor’s beautiful reinterpretation of Lennon’s posthumously released 1990’s Beatles single “Real Love”.

7 Day Countdown To Johnny’s Birthday! October 9th – We’ve Got Lennon Covered – Day Five: the eels

Son of famous American physicist Hugh Everett III, Mark Oliver Everett was born April 10, 1963.

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Everett began his career in music in 1985 after moving from the family home in Virginia and resettling in California. Five hundred copies of his first album, “Bad Dude In Love”, credited to Mark Everett (omitting his middle name) were pressed and distributed mostly amongst friends and the press in 1985.

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It would be another seven years before new Everett recordings would emerge, this time in the guise of his first two albums released by a major record label, “A Man Called E” (1992) and “Broken Toy Shop” (1993) both credited to the pseudonym “E”.

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In 1995 Everett ceased to record under the “E” moniker and formed the band eels, releasing their debut album’ “Beautiful Freak” the following year in 1996. Since that time the band, consisting of an ever changing line up of musicians both in the studio and on stage, making Everett the only official composer and member for the most of the band’s work, has released 10 studio albums including his most recent, “The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett”, released April 21, 2014 on E Works/Vagrant Records.

Not your typical rock star, In addition to his career in music, Everett has written the novel, “Things The Grandchildren Should Know”, published by Little, Brown & Company in 2008 and fronted the 2007 BAFTA award winning documentary film, “Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives”, in which he talks with physicists and former colleagues of his father, Hugh Everett III, discussing at length his Dad’s “Many-Worlds” interpretation of quantum mechanics.

Here Everett and company perform a live acoustic rendition of John Lennon’s “I’m Only Sleeping”, originally recorded by The Beatles for their 1966 album “Revolver”.

“When I’m in the middle of a dream, stay in bed, float upstream” – John Lennon

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7 Day Countdown To Johnny’s Birthday! October 9th – We’ve Got Lennon Covered – Day Four: Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith was born one Steven Paul Smith, August 6, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Raised primarily in Texas till the age of 14 Elliott packed his bags and went to live with his Father in Portland, Oregon in 1983. It was after this move that the young Elliott, as he began calling himself on account of his dislike for his given name, began experimenting with recording music using a borrowed four-track recorder.

While attending college in Amherst, Massachusetts, Smith formed the band Heatmiser, named after the villain from the 1974 Rankin and Bass stop motion animated Christmas television special “The Year Without A Santa Claus”, and began playing gigs back in Portland after graduating in 1991. Heatmiser released two EP’s and three albums before disbanding in 1996.

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Smith released his first two solo albums, “Roman Candle” (1994) and the self titled “Elliott Smith” (1995) before the break up of Heatmiser and went on to release three additional albums before his tragic untimely death at the age of 34 in 2003. The album he was working on at the time of his death, “From A Basement On The Hill”, was released posthumously in 2004 the year following his death.

John Lennon’s song “Jealous Guy” was frequently included as part of Smith’s set list for his live shows.

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“I didn’t mean to hurt you. I’m sorry that I made you cry. I didn’t want to hurt you” – John Lennon