December Mix: Happy Birthday Baby Jesus 2014


Growing up the son of a liturgical Episcopal priest, Christmas music was verboten in our house until after the 4th Sunday in Advent. So, it makes me nervous when Dave makes me post my Xmas mix right as December dawns… Anywho, Jing Jing A Ling! Let me know what rings your bell.


November Playlist

  1. Fight Test – The Flaming Lips000part
  2. Writing’s on the Wall – OK Go
  3. Running Up That Hill (Deal With God) – Kate Bush
  4. Letters to Elise – The Cure
  5. O Girlfriend – Weezer
  6. Sit Down – James
  7. Alien – 20/20
  8. I Don’t Know What I Want – The Raspberries
  9. Long Song Comin – Bob Seger
  10. The North Star – Roddy Frame
  11. Hometown USA – Slaid Cleaves
  12. As Long As There’s You – The Partridge Family
  13. The Scientist – Aimee Mann
  14. Walk Away – Del Shannon
  15. Kisses of Fire – ABBA
  16. No More Looking Back – The Kinks
  17. Bible Black Starless Sky – Andy Fairweather Low
  18. Hymnsong – Sons of Bill

October Playlist

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    T-minus two weeks and counting!

    I’ll Have To Dance With Cassie – God Help the Girl

  2. Everything’s Tuesday – General Johnson and the Chairmen of the Board
  3. The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had to Swallow) – The Jam
  4. Nuclear Boy – 2020
  5. Can I Borrow a Kiss? – The Knack
  6. No Substitute – The Shivvers
  7. So Long – ABBA
  8. Niemals Einer Meinung – Die Toten Hosen
  9. That’s How People Grow Up – Morrissey
  10. Lady With the Spinning Head – U2
  11. Glorious – Andreas Johnson
  12. Not a Second More – The Lees of Memory
  13. Elevate Me Later – Pavement
  14. The Creature from the Black Lagoon – Dave Edmunds
  15. Drinkin Days – Slaid Cleaves
  16. Cold Hands – Carl Anderson
  17. Why Go Alone – Chris Von Sneidern
  18. Dancing in the Dark – John Legend

September Playlist

  1. 09e95f9b9d69fe05485ff843784d2517Cruel to Be Kind – Nick Lowe
  2. One Way Love – Agnetha Faltskog
  3. Goodbye Eddie Goodbye – The Juicy Fruits
  4. A Day Without Jesus – Bobby Whitlock
  5. Bayou Country – Gritz
  6. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted – Joan Osborne and the Funk Brothers
  7. Suicide – The Raveonettes
  8. Racine – Duvall
  9. Another School Day – Hello
  10. Head Over Heels – ABBA
  11. So Now What – The Shins
  12. Truly Julie’s Blues – Bob Lind
  13. Like a Rocket Man – David Bowie
  14. No Show – Bishop Allen
  15. The New You – Jenny Lewis
  16. God and Suicide – Blizten Trapper
  17. Have Mercy – The Gaslight Anthem
  18. The Healing Day – Bill Fay

BONUS TRACK: ABBA does Romans 7…


August Playlist

Fair warning, The Mockingbird office has been swallowed up in a (mesquite flavored) cloud of country-funk as of late:

  1. California Women – Hoyt Axtonbessie
  2. Guide for the Married Man – The Turtles
  3. Rest in Peace – Curt Boettcher
  4. Tulsa Turnaround – Three Dog Night
  5. Pay Day Give Away – Bill Wilson
  6. Hello LA Bye Bye Birmignham – John Randolph Marr
  7. No Man’s Woman – Sinead O’Connor
  8. Panopticon – Smashing Pumpkins
  9. Sweet Caress – Izzy Stradlin
  10. Burning – The War on Drugs
  11. Breathin Easy – The Reivers
  12. The Land of Make Believe – Buck Fizz
  13. In The Bad Bad Old Days (Before You Loved Me) – The Foundations
  14. Naked As We Came – Iron and Wine
  15. Look Into the Night – Mark Olson
  16. Bottomless Cup – The Jayhawks
  17. Failed Christian – Nick Lowe
  18. You Gotta Sin to Get Saved – Maria McKee

Christmas in July: In Celebration of the Copycats and Original Cover of All Things

Christmas in July: In Celebration of the Copycats and Original Cover of All Things

When you watch a movie that’s a re-make of an older movie (which was also probably adapted from a musical adaptation of a novel) – do you ever mope and wonder if anything out there is original anymore? Is there really nothing new under the sun? I like to be cynical and sleep bitterly in this camp from time to time, sure that our collective imaginations are being mercilessly wiped away by some Never Ending Story-esque of a Nothing. “This is all that’s left of Fantasia!?” But then I consider the very concept of originality and I start to chuckle…

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July Playlist

  1. mjgooniesBang-A-Boomerang – ABBA
  2. Take Me To Church – Sinead O’Connor
  3. Sister Shadow – Roddy Frame
  4. Lovers on the Run – Echo & The Bunnymen
  5. Who Gets Your Love – Dusty Springfield
  6. The Night – Frankie Valli
  7. Synthetic World – Jimmy Cliff
  8. Sitting – Cat Stevens
  9. Unbreak My Heart – Weezer
  10. Our Song – Matchbox Twenty
  11. Forgiveness – Bob Mould
  12. Tellin Stories – The Charlatans
  13. The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead – XTC
  14. Letting Go – Squeeze
  15. Lula Lula – The Zombies
  16. Wot’s Uh the Deal? – Pink Floyd
  17. Happy – John Fullbright
  18. The Battle – Whiskeytown

June Playlist

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  1. The Girl I Can’t Forget – Fountains of Wayne
  2. California Man – Cheap Trick
  3. Kicks – Paul Revere & The Raiders
  4. The House That Jack Built – Aretha Franklin
  5. Shame Shame – Magic Lanterns
  6. Play On – The Raspberries
  7. Jejune Stars – Bright Eyes
  8. Talking Backwards – Real Estate
  9. Heavy Metal Clouds – Crocodiles
  10. Disco 2000 – Pulp
  11. Painted by Numbers – The Sounds
  12. Six Feet Under – Jon Auer
  13. Wall of Death – Richard and Linda Thompson
  14. Champaign Illinois – The Old 97s
  15. Brothers Under the Bridge (’83) – Bruce Springsteen
  16. Cheater – Michael Jackson
  17. Play in the Sunshine – Prince
  18. Stand Tall – Burton Cummings

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May Playlist

  1. 113850822Yellow River – R.E.M.
  2. Iron Horse – Christie
  3. Good Grief Christina – Chicory Tip
  4. Answer Song – Saint Etienne
  5. Steal Your Heart Away – Fleetwood Mac
  6. Heart in a Cage – Chris Thile
  7. Why Not Your Baby – Dillard & Clark Expedition
  8. Natural Sinner – Fair Weather
  9. Dressed in Black – The Shangri-Las
  10. (If Paradise Is) Half as Nice – Amen Corner
  11. Love Will Find a Way – Jackie DeShannon
  12. Summer Teeth – Wilco
  13. Alone in My Room – Dwight Twilley
  14. Faith Hope Love – Starsailor
  15. The Best of Jill Hives – Guided By Voices
  16. Marathon Man – Ian Brown
  17. The Greatest Song I Ever Heard – OK Go
  18. He’s Alive – Dolly Parton

April Playlist

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  1. Tin Solider (live) – The Small Faces
  2. One Tin Soldier – The Original Castle
  3. Morning Girl – Neon Philharmonic
  4. Made in Dagenham – Sandie Shaw
  5. Going Down – The Stone Roses
  6. New York Morning – Elbow
  7. The Story of Me – The Everly Brothers
  8. Eyes to the Wind – The War on Drugs
  9. Mockingbird – Rob Thomas
  10. How a Resurrection Really Feels – The Hold Steady
  11. Carl Perkins’ Cadillac – Drive-by Truckers
  12. Mirage – Mack Starks
  13. Invisible – Burton Cummings
  14. Big Jet Plane – Primal Scream
  15. Stranger in Moscow – Tame Impala
  16. Control – Broken Bells
  17. Be Good – Emily Kinney
  18. Just One Victory – Todd Rundgren


March Playlist (One City At a Time)

  1. kings-landing-travel-printLondon’s a Lonely Town – Dave Edmunds
  2. San Miguel – The Beach Boys
  3. I Can’t Go Back to Denver – Tommy James
  4. Look Out Cleveland (live) – The Band
  5. Fall in Philadelphia – Hall & Oates
  6. Memphis Tennessee – Elvis Presley
  7. Thanks for Chicago, Mr JamesScott Walker
  8. Paris 1919 – John Cale
  9. The City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
  10. Life in San Fransisco – Girls
  11. Time Spent in Los Angeles – Dawes
  12. Another Lonely Night in New York – Robin Gibb
  13. Shanghai Surprise – George Harrison
  14. The District Sleeps Alone Tonight – The Postal Service
  15. Stranger in Moscow – Michael Jackson
  16. Vienna – Ultravox
  17. Going Down to Liverpool – The Bangles
  18. London Town – Paul McCartney

First Issue of The Mockingbird Now Available!!

The first issue of The Mockingbird, our brand new quarterly magazine, is in the mail! If you signed up for our mailing list, you should have one coming to you, free of charge. If haven’t, sign up before March 1st and we’ll happily send you one. If you want to subscribe, look no further than (Remember, Mockingbird’s monthly donors receive a free subscription!)

In the meantime, here’s the line-up for our maiden voyage.

photo1Paging Doctor Presley: Thoughts on the Healing Hands of King Mockingbird by David Zahl

The Real Real Orange County: Looking Back on MTV’s Laguna Beach by Dan Varley

There Is Nothing the Matter with My Heart: Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and My Myth of Me by Zach Williams

For the Record: Mockingbird’s Netflix Queue, Must-Hear TED Talks, A Kurosawa Primer, Top 5 Church Debates, and an Elvis Gospel Playlist

Transformational: The Hidden Spirituality of America’s Great Movement by Ethan Richardson

“Friends Don’t Get Serious”: John Cassavetes, James Baldwin and Tall Tales of Angry Men by Charlotte Hornsby

When a Measure Becomes a Target: Inside the Economics of Repentance by Will McDavid

A New Way to Tell It: An Interview with Francis Spufford (click here for a preview)

A Vision for the Storms by Blake Ian Collier

Coming to Terms with the American Hero Fix by Sarah Condon

Dying to Live: What Are the Side Effects of the Modern Hospital? by R-J Heijmen

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