Something Like #26: Something Like #26: A Very Merry Holiday JAMboree w/ Bitsy Knox & Special Guests
This year, in lieu of getting sloppy in velvet at Christmas parties, howling at the Solstice moon, shooting arrows and shooting back Thor’s Hammer at the Schloss Britz Weihnachtsmarkt… 17 December 2020


This year, in lieu of getting sloppy in velvet at Christmas parties, howling at the Solstice moon, shooting arrows and shooting back Thor’s Hammer at the Schloss Britz Weihnachtsmarkt, wrapping white elephant gifts for the Christmas Pyjama Jamboree, and basically living in the reflection of a Christmas tree ornament, I made a special holiday episode of Something Like, and invited some of my favourite people in the world to send over their holiday greetings.

Each message feels like the best little sonic xmas gift I could ever ask for, and I can’t wait to share them with you. Thanks to Julien Meert, Elif Saydam, Michele di Menna & Max Brand & Mina, Camila McHugh, Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Tim Koh, Alex Turgeon, Viviana Abelson, Céline Gillain, Joseph Kusendila, Leon Eisermann, Rosa Aiello, Anna Łuczak, Emma LaMorte, Louise O’Kelly & Paulo Andres Gonzalez, Nooa Avo, and Margie & Tony Knox for sending over your messages; you’ve warmed my heart more than you can know! Also sending love to all those who couldn’t send something along, I’m sharing this episode with you in particular.

Happy holidays, Merry (Happy) Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Winter Solstice, everybody! This lonely year is almost over. Almost time for another.

  • Check out Artist Charity Aid Network (A.C.A.N.) on Instagram and support the charities participating artists have chosen! Plenty of last minute xmas gifts for great causes!
  • Check out this list posted by A.C.A.N. telling Berliners where they can donate clothing, food, money, and supplies over the holiday season and all year round.
  • Another idea: Tim Koh’s new album “In Your Dreams”, out now on Bandcamp and the holiday episode of Kokonut Trip on NTS.


Roger 3000, Jingle Bells, 2020

Marvin Gaye, Purple Snowflakes, 1964

Home Alone “I’ll Give it a Whirl”, 1990

Vince Guaraldi Trio, Christmas Time is Here, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

It’s Christmas Time, The Qualities, 1960

Eurythmics, Winter Wonderland, A Very Special Christmas, 1987

Jun Togawa, 降誕節 (The Nativity), Wish With You A Merry Christmas, 1983

Elif Saydam’s Top 5 of 2020

The Patti Smith Group (Radio Ethiopia Field Marshall), White Christmas, 1978

Eddie Daniels, Sleigh Ride, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988

YTV Santa Calls, 1997

Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for First Choir, Jingle Bells Part 1, 1971

Michele di Menna, Max Brand, Mina

Cocteau Twins, Frosty the Snowman, Snow (EP), 1993

Kate Bush, December Will Be Magic Again, 1980

Vince Guaraldi Trio, O Tannenbaum, A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965

A Message from Camila McHugh

Coil, Christmas is Now Drawing Near, Winter Solstice (North), 1999

Sascha Garrey & Daniel Girard, Deck The Halls, 2020

Karina Skye, We Three Witches, Pagan Yule Carols (Wiccan Holiday Music), 2012

Viviana Abelson, 2020


Beverly Glenn Copeland, Winter Astral, Keyboard Fantasies, 1986

Joseph Kusendila, Le Frêne (The Ash Tree), read by William Gallab

The Choir of Chester Cathedral, Song of the Nuns of Chester (1425), Glory to the New-Born King – Christmas Music Sung by the Choir of Chester Cathedral, 2012

Betty Arden, Funny Bells, 2020

YTV Santa Calls 1997

Suicide, Hey Lord (1981), ZE A Christmas Record, 1981

Alex Turgeon, 2020

Special EFX, Silent Night, 1988

Tim Koh, Little Drummer Boy, 2020

Haruomi Hosono, 25 December 1983, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984

Louise & Paulo in London, 2020

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Ding Dong Merrily on High, 2010

Little Women, Ding Dong Merrily on High,1994

A message from Emma LaMorte, 2020

J.S. Bach, Christmas Oratorio, BMW 248 Part Two: For the Second Day of Christmas, No. 10, 1734 (performed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, 1987)

A message from Anna Łuczak, 2020

Nina Simone, I am Blessed, Broadway Blues Ballads, 1964

Stevie Wonder, Someday at Christmas, Someday at Christmas, 1967

Dave Grusin, Some Children See Him, A GRP Christmas Collection, 1988

An interview with Leon Eisermann from A.C.A.N.

A message from Rosa Aiello, 2020

Prince, Another Lonely Christmas, Purple Rain, 1993 (first as a B-Side on I Would Die For U, 1984)

Tom Recchion, A Christmas Filled with Tears, Where Were You on Christmas, 2006

Taeko Ohnuki, Inori (To Nobody), We Wish You A Merry Christmas, 1984

A message from Nooa Avo, 2020

Joni Mitchell, River, Blue, 1971

A message from Margie and Tony Knox, 2020

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge / Patrick Hadley, I Sing a Maiden, 2012

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Once in a Royal Davids City (Desc. Stephen Cleobury), 2017