Talus, Or Scree: Merrymaking Mixes 2014

For eleven months out of the year, Jay Varner obsessively cultivates his collection of obscure, rare, weird, and beloved holiday music. In mid-November, Patrick Culliton drags Jay out of his gingerbread house, helps him kick the candy cane habit, and coaxes him to share the collection.

This year, we’re doing things a bit differently: all three mixes are released on the same day. Get your fixes below.

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And, holiday music lovers, you probably want to check out the documentary Jingle Bell Rocks.

Talus, Or Scree: Merrymaking Mix 2013 (Four)

For eleven months out of the year, Jay Varner obsessively cultivates his collection of obscure, rare, weird, and beloved holiday music. In mid-November, Patrick Culliton drags Jay out of his gingerbread house, helps him kick the candy cane habit, and coaxes him to share the collection.

Below is the fourth and final mix in the 2013 series. For those keeping track:

Four Mixes.

104 Songs.

5 Hours and 10 Minutes of Music.

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Please Come Back for Christmas

ChristmasWe’re back! As Jay Z says, “Hiatuses were made to be broken,” and, yes, Jay Z is on the show this week. While we’ve been away, Jay got his name changed to Jay Zarner. This is all a part of his conversion to the Zarn faith. He’s devout. He keeps sending Patrick pamphlets.

On this episode, Jay sings Patrick an adopted Christmas song, which is the third tenant of Zarn. Patrick does his best to stump Jay in his maniacal hoarding of Christmas/holiday music. He stumps him five times. In the Zarn faith this is known as “The Five Stumpings.” Traditionally this refers to the Zarn tradition of weeping uncontrollably for no reason before five different tree stumps. But, as Wilfred Brimley, High Priest of Zarn says, “Tradition is a wicker basket tossed into a bathtub filled with apple sauce. It changes and smells like cinnamon.”

In addition to Jay and Patrick’s gabbing, you will be treated to songs by Woody Guthrie, Paul Kelly, Elizabeth Mitchell, Fruit Bats, and Lord Executor.

We will return to our irregularly scheduled programming with more regularity in 2014.

Until then, bask in the Zarn.

PC & JV, December 2013

 

Talus, Or Scree: Merrymaking Mix 2013 (Three)

For eleven months out of the year, Jay Varner obsessively cultivates his collection of obscure, rare, weird, and beloved holiday music. In mid-November, Patrick Culliton drags Jay out of his gingerbread house, helps him kick the candy cane habit, and coaxes him to share the collection.

Below is the third mix in the 2013 series. Many of these songs are making their debut on a Merrymaking Mix. Below is the artwork and ways to listen.

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Talus, Or Scree: Merrymaking Mix 2013 (Two)

For eleven months out of the year, Jay Varner obsessively cultivates his collection of obscure, rare, weird, and beloved holiday music. In mid-November, Patrick Culliton drags Jay out of his gingerbread house, helps him kick the candy canes, and coaxes him to share the collection.

Below is the second mix in the 2013 series. Many of these songs are making their debut on a Merrymaking Mix. Below is the artwork and ways to listen.

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Brett Eugene Ralph and Will Oldham Spreading Musical Holiday Cheer

Hey Folks,

Brett Eugene Ralph, previous guest and friend of Talus, Or Scree, will be accompanying his pal and Talus, Or Scree favorite Will Oldham on a special edition of The Unbroken Ear, Oldham’s fantastic two-hour music show on Louisville’s ArtxFm. Prepare yourself for two silver and golden hours of Christmas jams and conversation. And, since Brett is a part of this, you can count on some top of the line storytelling, too, we imagine.

All of this goodness goes down on Sunday, December 1st, from 6-8 p.m. EST. And, while this takes place on the internet, you still need to be present, in your body, at this time. This show, like Santa’s blazing sleigh, passes but once.

Don’t miss out!

Here is a link to ArtxFM: http://www.artxfm.com/

Here is a link to our episode with Brett, where he opened some Christmas music doors: http://talusorscree.com/2011/12/11/talus-or-scree-profiled-in-a-horses-eye-a-conversation-with-brett-eugene-ralph-pt-2/

And, yes, there is a part one. And, yes, it is awesome.

What’s that? You don’t know what to get your Secret Santa this year? Hop over to Drag City and get them this!  http://www.dragcity.com/products/christmas-eve-can-kill-yo

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Talus, Or Scree: Merrymaking Mix 2013 (One)

For eleven months out of the year, Jay Varner obsessively cultivates his collection of obscure, rare, weird, and beloved holiday music. In mid-November, Patrick Culliton drags Jay out of his gingerbread house, helps him kick the candy canes, and helps him share the collection.

As in past years, some of the 2013 songs appeared on last year’s mixes (and, if you go way back, on their original blog 77 Santas). But some songs just can’t be denied their rightful place on any merrymaking mix, especially one as comprehensive as Jay’s. Below is the artwork. And right here is the link.

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A Talus, Or Scree Christmas

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Given their recent inclusion in this Financial Times article, Jay and Patrick further discuss why it is they enjoy Christmas music, while also discussing off-target holiday movies, and, of course, eating those little green Army men. Pookahontas wrote a Christmas standard, “Merry Christmas from Talus, Or Scree” and it’s gonna jingle your bells. See you next year!

 

Varner’s 2012 Sampler

As our season of 77 Santas comes to a close, here’s one last bit of hits: Varner’s 2012 Sampler. This is a collection of (arguably) the best tracks from all five mixes that have gone up in the past month, plus a few new tunes. This concludes our holiday portion of the website—but fear not, we’re here all year long with podcast episodes and new content. Stop by and say hello.

Varner’s 2012 Sampler Download

Download Disc Five

Download Disc Four

Download Disc Three

Download Disc Two

Download Disc One

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Jay Varner’s Merrymaking Mix 2012: Disc Five

Varner’s back with yet another mix. He’s got a few more up his sleeve this season and he doesn’t care if you’ve been good or bad; you’re getting these no matter what.

Download Disc Five

Download Disc Four

Download Disc Three

Download Disc Two

Download Disc One

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