Christmas Mixes

Dave digs deep under the Christmas tree to discover the presents time almost forgot, compiling a Christmas mix every year in his workshop. Enjoy them below! (Album cover photos by the one and only Doug Coombe.)

For even more holiday music, check out Dave's Christmas playlist on Spotify, with more than 1500 hand-picked songs to put on shuffle during the holiday season (let's pretend it's a radio station called XMAS).

JINGLE JAM 8: Dave found Santa hidden in the phonograph, inspired by that funky Christmas feeling to do the cha cha, the mambo and dancing with the sugar plum fairies. The Go, Pas/Cal and Ron Banko of the Dramatics represent Detroit this year. Happy holidays - see you same time next year!
JINGLE JAM 7: Where is this year's "Xmas Party" going to be? Underneath the Christmas tree! Even if it's going to be a "Long Long Winter," don't be a "Yule-Tide Jerk" - let this "Christmas Groove" give you all the "Christmas Feelings." Dave has dug extra deep into Santa's bag this year to try and brighten your holiday with two hours of tunes!
JINGLE JAM 6: Sound the trumpets and ring the bells - Santa's on his way! Dave's 6th Christmas mix is too fat for the chimney you might say, with 40 tracks! There are familiar names like Curtis Mayfield, Linda Ronstadt (with the Christmas Spirit), one of Neil Diamond's first compositions ("Santa Santa" by the Rocky Fellers), Pete Seeger, and Smokey Robinson, but many of these tunes are being rescued from Christmas obscurity and are not available anywhere else. Here's hoping every day is a holiday for you!
JINGLE JAM5: Let's get it together this Christmas! Elect Santa Claus President of Yulesville USA, and enjoy a boogie winter wonderland as you warm your toes with Christmas songs from the carribean islands and New Orleans. As always, there's plenty of Motor City merryment, including the Miracles, Joe Dowell, The Going Thing, Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne) and Vulfpeck - even the news team of WJPC Chicago joins in for a delightful rap in the DJ booth.
JINGLE JAM4: It's the Christmas mix that Dave would never forget! With Jonathan Richman rollicking "Rudolph," an early Curtis Mayfield-penned ballad, Pac-Man's bizarre winter love song to Ms. Pac-Man, and the Man with the Mistletoe Mustache, it's another year of Christmas curios and coulda-been-classics. Whether you're having a Rock and Roll Christmas, a Funky Christmas, a Disco Christmas, a White Christmas or just Christmas on the Moon, lend your ear this way!
JINGLE JAM3: Dave's Christmas mix is here again! Come dance and sing to unsung holiday hits and reimagined classics that make the yuletime bright. Featuring carolers lost to obscurity and heavy hitters like Gram Parsons, Bill Withers and John & Yoko, if you're going Christmas shopping, your stocking just isn't stuffed without it.
JINGLE JAM2: Every day's a holiday with Dave's second annual Xmas mix! Featuring more undercelebrated carols, these soul stompers, country clomplers, and creole spices are the merry complement to your holiday hoorah. Though it's been said many times, many ways, there are always more classic Christmas tunes to discover.

JINGLE JAMS: Dave's first official holiday mix from 2014! Dave has a large collection of rare and oddball Christmas records, and almost all of the songs from this mix are recorded directly from his records. This mix focuses on holiday tunes that will get your toes tappin', mostly of the soul and disco variety.