Le Fin du Vinyle? Heavens, no!

OMGWD! I just stepped back in time and straight onto the set of the great Stephen Frears film “High Fidelity” … but instead of starring John Cusack, this version of the movie featured my new pal Otis Fodder, and is set in Montreal, still circa 1985 at an incredible record store called “Death of Vinyl”.

Otis brought me here after weeks of hyping the place and its two lovely owners Steve & Dan. And lemme tell you, this shop did not disappoint. As happens often to me, I dropped in at just the right time because Steve had only the day before, dug up all their Christmas stock leftover from last season, and placed it in the bins atop which sits a marijuana leaf and Xmas stocking.

I knew I was in for for some treasures when, three LPs in, I found a copy of Canadian jazz icon Guido Basso’s sweet 70s instrumental Christmas album. Not MINT by any stretch, but fine enough that i can now preview both sides and determine if it’s worth shelling out the $ 200+ it usually goes for on eBay or GEMM. Price I paid? $ 1.49 ;P

La Fin Du Vinyle was named the best of the TEN BEST!

Jingle Bell Rocks! Top Ten in the news

I had a fantastic conversation with Brad Wheeler of the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) who interviewed me about my documentary and Christmas music generally. Given my love of SOOO MANY Christmas pop songs, it was virtually impossible to limit myself to my top ten, but I gave it my best effort. The comments section of then GLOBE ARTICLE ONLINE will provide you with a sense of the tunes I apparently missed ; )

But there were two songs that I truly regret didn’t make the cut. 

One is by a legendary Baltimore Disc Jockey named Paul “FAT DADDY” Johnson. He recorded an incredible Xmas tune called “Fat Daddy Claus” which I own a copy of on 45 rpm (it as released as a limited ediotion / promo to radio stations in the early 70s). You can also HEAR IT on youtube.

The SECOND tune was a stretch but it’s a guilty pleasure: Robert Goulet released TWO Christmas albums during his illustrious career, and he covered the standard chestnuts we all know and love… But, a couple of WEIRD ones slipped by, including my fave: Hurry Home for Christmas which I just marvel at every time I hear it.

The Xmas mp3 onslaught has begun!

Over the next several weeks I’ll connect you to some of the merriest music being shared on the world wide web…The first, and one of the best (esp. if you dig classic country and western and rockabilly) is Big Rock Candy Mountain. In addition to a slew of rare singles, the good folks over… there are posting full mixes every weekend !!!