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Holly Jolly X'masu

Oct 11, 2021

Welcome to episode 30 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this special Ko-fi patron-sponsored episode, I talk about the 1965 album, “Christmas Young Party,” by Columbia All Stars.

Columba All Stars "Christmas Young Party" 1965

As I state in the episode, this is an album I searched for for quite a long time. It definitely didn’t disappoint. I’ve actually had it for...


Oct 5, 2021

Welcome to episode 29 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I discuss Koga Records’ 2020 compilation, “Happy Christmas from Shimokita.” This is a great collection of songs produced during the height of the pandemic last year. It’s a mostly upbeat, optimistic compilation, which makes it stand out from most of...


Sep 25, 2021

Welcome to episode 28 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I talk about Criola’s spectacular 1992 album, “Criola Winter Songbook.”

Criola Winter Songbook - 1992

I heard this online a few years ago and fell in love with it the first time I played it. When I found they had another Christmas song on their third album, I knew I had to track it...


Sep 11, 2021

Welcome to episode 27 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I talk about the 1993 compilation, “Cool Christmas,” produced by Toro Takeuchi and released by Pony Canyon.

Cool Christmas - 1993

I forget where I first saw the cover for “Cool Christmas,” but I was instantly intrigued. I spent months trying to track down a copy and...


Aug 31, 2021

Welcome to episode 26 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I discuss “Summer Lounge,” the summer-themed 1987 compilation, produced by Masamichi Sugi.

Summer Lounge - 1987

Come on down to fabulous Summer Lounge, where cool summer breezes blow!

Right after I covered “Winter Lounge” back in November, my friend J-Canuck who runs the...