The Von Pip Christmas Podcast 2020

The Von Pip Christmas Podcast 2020

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The ripple effect Christmas Past, present and future – I’ve been compiling Xmas podcasts for over 9 years now. On my own site and also for Strangeways Radio, Zoo Radio and IWFM Radio. It began as a kind of reaction to people’s erroneous assertion that Xmas music was terrible, by definition. Which was nonsense. These folk were clearly listening to the wrong Christmas music ( is there such a thing ? Well yes as Robbie Williams has proved this year ). Anyway, about 5 years ago I was struggling to find time to compile new Xmas music and what I was finding wasn’t really jingling my bells. So I wasn’t going to bother …. And then I got an email out of the blue …

A chap who lives in the States emailed me and told me he and his wife had been enjoying my Xmas podcasts over the years and usually saved them till Xmas Eve to listen to together. It became a little tradition. Then one terrible year he lost his partner and sadly spent his first Xmas alone. He went on to say that listening to one of my Xmas podcasts that year really helped him. I was very touched and thought- well” I’ll have to carry on” and have done ever since. You never know what effect these little actions have and the comfort music can bring.

As I often say I’m a cynic all year but come December I have a month off and get into the holiday season. This one will be different and difficult for many, it can be what we make it, so here’s 2020’s Xmas podcast which has a bumper selection of incredible festive tunes covering funny, bittersweet, miserable, joyful and everything in between

2020’s festive releases see Girlhouse releasing the sublime “Ugly Xmas Sweater Party” which is going to be a perennial classic in VP Towers, PINS cover The Ramones giving it a ghostly 60’s Spector vibe, Sara Noelle conjures spectral beauty, Nicole Atkins, Willie J Healey, Warm Digits, Poppy, Crocodiles all release superb original seasonal tunes, and there are covers and some classics from previous years such as Frightened Rabbit, Owl John, Eux Autres and Katie Malco. Enjoy

Father Pipmas x

Here’s a link to nine years worth of Xmas podcasts!


Intro VPME 00:00:00
Eux Autres – Teenage Christmas 00:00:49
Nicloe Atkins – Christmas Everyday 00:03:20
Marcos Y Molduras – Le De Navida 00:08:13
Girlhouse – Ugly Xmas Sweater Party 00:12:04
PINS – Merry Xmas ( I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) 00:15:12
Saintseneca- Winter Breaking 00:17:50
Alex The Astronauht – Christmas In July – 00:22:27
Best Coast – Christmas And Everyday- 00:25:44
Mac McCaughan & Annie Hayden -Down We Go ( Sledding Song) 00:29:23
Jacklen Ro – CU Christmas Day 00:33:51
The Kut – Waiting For Christmas 00:38:20
King Gizzard and The Shitpost Wizard – Christmas Lights 00:42:30
Frightened Rabbit – Cheap Gold 00:45:34
Sara Noelle – Christmas At Sea 00:48:04
Poppy – Kiss In The Snow 00:53:09
Warm Digits – Good Enough for Christmas 00:055:23
Kathryn Williams & Carol Ann Duffy – Snow Angel 01:00:11
Phoebe Bridgers – If We Make It Through December 01:03:35
Evans McRae – Merry Christmas, My Darling (Drink Up) 01:06:24
Grace Eden – Hold You 01:11:24
The Raveonettes – Snowstorm 01:14:24
The Aislers Set – Cold Christmas 01:18:34
Crocodiles – Christmas In Hell 01:21:24
The Sunset Kids – Runaway For Christmas 01:26:08
Cold Weather Company – Warmth In Winter 01:30:57
The Jacks – In The Bleak Midwinter 01:34:46
Chilly Gonzales (ft Jarvis Cocker and Fiest ) – Snow is Falling In Manhatten 01:38:04
Willy J Healey – Merry Christmas 01:42:03
Deep Sea Diver – It’s Christmas Time( And I’m Still Alive) 01:45:14
The Birthday Girl vs Alexander’s Festival Hall – Hey Santa 01:49:27
Bleached – Jingle Bells 01:52:52
Creeper – Same Time Next Year 01:56:03
JEEN – Fairytale Of New York 02:01:03
Katy Malco – Be Good At Christmas 02:04:13
Stars – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 02:07:36
Meiko – This Year Can Kiss My Ass 02:09:17
Owl John – It Get’s Cold 02:13:34

Here as links to some of the charities the artists included here support.