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Troika #22: A Hickensian Christmas II

Troika #22: A Hickensian Christmas II

Ho Ho Ho, Part 2!

Here we have another episode of Chrimbo tunes, this time with traditional songs covered by modern bands. These sound a bit more atmospheric compared last weeks more jaunty tunes!

  1. ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ – Sufjan Stevens
    My favourite carol, performed in a plinky-plonky piano style by Sufjan Stevens (again!). Achingly beautiful
  2. ‘Little Drummer Boy’ – Low
    Low specialise in a genre called ‘Slowcore’, and their ‘Christmas’ album from 2000 is a mix of upbeat ditties like ‘Just like Christmas’ to the really rather dark ‘Long Way Around the Sea’. This cover of the traditional favourite is somewhere in the middle.
  3. ‘The First Noel’ – Over the Rhine
    I first saw Ohio’s finest back in 1992 and immediately became a fan. This is taken from their first Christmas album ‘The Darkest Night of the Year’ from 1996, but they recently released a second called ‘Blood Oranges in the Snow’. This is probably my favourite piece of Christmas music – one for Christmas Eve by the fire.

Intro music is ‘Adultery at Christmas’ by Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer

This weeks cover star is our very own Golden Retriever, Olive, named after the Christmas film Olive, the other Reindeer. Next time, I’ll be choosing my three favourite songs of 2015, but until then…

Have a very Happy Christmas!

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Troika #21: A Hickensian Christmas

Troika #21: A Hickensian Christmas

There’s so many decent Christmas songs, that one Troika isn’t going to be enough! So I’ve split them over two episodes – maybe more if I pull my finger out!

  1. ‘Oh Santa!’ – Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
    While not strictly ‘explicit’ (there’s no swearing), it is a rather rum tale that minors may find disturbing. Mr B is the inventor of ‘Chap Hop’, a delightful blend of hip hop and chapness.
  2. ‘Get behind me Santa!’ – Sufjan Stevens
    Sufjan is the King of the Christmas song, if you need a good Christmas music that isn’t cheesy (at least unintentionally) you can’t go wrong with his many covers of traditional songs and original Xmas tunes. This one is a conversation between an Anti-Santa curmudgeon, and Santa himself.

    I don’t care about what you say, Santa Claus
    You’re a bad brother breaking into people’s garage

  3. ‘A Snowflake Fell (and it felt like a kiss)’ – Glasvegas
    After two songs played for chuckles, this Troika ends with a more serious tone from Glasgows’ Glasvegas. This is the title track from the Christmas EP, and I love this song, but I particularly put it here as its one of Leigh’s favourites!

More crimbo musicality next week!

(The intro music is ‘Winter Wonderland’ by Lew Stone & His Band)

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Doctor Who Christmas Radio Times Cover

30 Nov 2008

Radio Time Cover

The new Radio Times has a spectacular fold out cover previewing the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas Episode “The New Doctor”. Go see the larger version on Outpost Gallifrey for the detail (like the Cyberman with odd black tinted mask and visible brain).


Segpub Christmas Cards

22 Nov 2005

This year’s SegPub Christmas cards are something special; each one has been illustrated by 4 Segpub-hosted artists. These are now on sale, with 50% from each card sold going directly to Oxfam!

Here are this years designs:

(Clockwise from top left) Mathew Hoy (Hellaboss), Jon Hicks (me!), Claire Robertson (Loobylu) and Nathan Jurevicius (Scary Girl). These are all artists I’ve admired and envied.

The brief we were all given was very flexible – the only stipulation was that it had to incude SegPub Yellow, and the Segpub logo. I have to say, after months of coding and IE bug fixing, it was a joy to just make something. After this I really feel like giving up on coding, and just trying to make a living from plain ol’ design and illustration again.

Cards come in packs of 4, at $12 AUD each pack (excluding GST). Shipping is just $1 per pack to anywhere in the world! Go shopping!


Has Santa moved to Rhode Island?

24 Dec 2004

This morning I received a letter from someone in North Kingstown. I say letter, it was actually a blank piece of paper along with no fewer than four shiny new window stickers of that oh so beautiful new BBEdit Icon I’m a fan of:

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Whoever you were, I appreciate it! Let me know who you are, so that I can send you a 10-pack license for Comic Sans.


Happy Christmas!

24 Dec 2003

I’m now going to tear myself away from the screen for a few days (maybe), and relax with the family. My daughter Samantha is 2 and a half years old, and this is the first year that she realises what’s going on. It’s going to make Christmas special for me again, now that I have an over-excited offspring loving every minute of it.

I’ll leave you with news that William Shatner is about to record a new album, featuring Henry Rollins and produced by Ben Folds! That’s got to be the event of 2004…

Hope you all have a good Christmas!


Darkest Night of the Year

11 Dec 2003

The darkest night of the year by Over the Rhine

At this time of year, I don’t actually mind the fact that its dark at 4 o’clock – it makes Christmas feel close. I can hear carolers outside in the street, but they’re teenagers that can’t hold a tune or remember more than 3 lines. So to get into the right mood, I’m listening to ‘The Darkest Night of the Year’ by Over the Rhine. Without doubt, the best Christmas album, a mixture of rearranged traditional carols, and new songs. No Slade, Bing Crosby or Wham, just decent, atmospheric music that creates a yuletide vibe.


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