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.

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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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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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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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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.

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Jay Varner’s Merrymaking Mix 2012: Disc Four

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.

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Jay Varner’s Merrymaking Mix 2012: Disc Three

Disc Three is now available for your listening pleasure. There will be two more mixes in this series, plus a final “greatest” compilation.

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You Know You Want It: December 4th

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Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, in addition to his steady stream of strong musical releases, also took part in this fascinating, funny, and in-depth (340+ pages!) interview with Alan Licht, which he hopes to be his last ever interview or at least a primer for lazy journalists. It’s a great read, offering glimpses into his writing, performing, thinking, uncanny sense of humor, and so much more. Do it! And go buy this little EP, Now Here’s My Plan, from Drag City, released in celebration of the book, to listen to while you read. Bonnie and the gang reimagine songs from his catalog in wonderfully new ways.

Jay: Some Holiday Music Mixes

Look, I don’t like the idea that you’re going anywhere but Talus, or Scree for your holiday music needs. But we’re like that Santa in Miracle on 34th Street—I’ll send you over to the other store if need be. There are whole host of holiday mixes available that you should check out. Of course, we’d much, much, much rather you find these in the bin of your local, independent record store. However, I no longer have one of those in these parts. Hence the links to the albums below. These are my favorite holiday compilations of all-time.

Christmas Party with Eddie G.

Eddie G.—the guy’s a holiday music legend. Hopefully we can get him on the podcast someday. Until then, check out this re-released holiday mix of some of the most esoteric Christmas music out there. The song below is included on the mix.

Ultimate Christmas Cocktails

Smooth and cool, this three CD set transports you back to a longue.

It’s Beginning To Sound A Lot Like Christmas: The Alternative Yuletide Collection

The title says it all—rare, obscure, but completely enjoyable tracks that range from celebratory to novelty to heart-felt.

Where Will You Be On Christmas Day?

It was made by Dust-to-Digital. We love them. You should too. All cuts from 1917-1959.

A John Water Christmas

Eccentric doesn’t begin to describe this mix. But it’s brilliant.

American Song-Poem Christmas

You can’t help but wonder what these people were thinking. This is Christmas music that’s so bad it’s good.

Jay Varner’s Merrymaking Mix 2012: Disc Two

Look, we think every one of these mixes is good. But the latest mix culled from Jay’s archives? Well, it just might be the best, most unexpected yet.

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