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Mellowmas Approacheth!

I know that this website has been quiet over the past few months. But that’s all about to change. And boy, are you going to be sorry.

You may recall a little series that Jeff and I undertook last December. It was entitled The Twelve Days Of Mellowmas, and it represented all that was both wonderful and awful about the holidays. For twelve straight days, Jeff and I listened to some of the worst holiday music imaginable – a different song each day – and shared not only the song, but our live conversation with all of you.

The original intention was to only cover songs recorded by Mellow Gold artists, but unfortunately, we found that many of our favorite/least favorite artists simply didn’t record mellow holiday gems – especially not during the Mellow Gold era of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Therefore, Mellowmas extended itself to ludicrous/crappy music in general. The spirit is still the same as Mellow Gold – we listen to music that shames us and invite you to celebrate our pain.

This year, Jeff and I are going above and beyond the call of duty. We decided you, the reader, deserved more than just twelve shitty holiday tracks. This year, you’re in for a very special/horrible treat.


Can you handle it? Can you fully embrace Mellowmas into your heart and soul this holiday season? (Talk about a bleak mid-winter!)

Find out this Saturday, December 1st, as we unveil our very first Mellowmas track of the season, and come back every day until Christmas to hear a new “gem.” We’re hearing a bunch of them for the very first time as we begin our conversation, so we encourage you to listen as you read; there will be both download and streaming options for those not willing to put such songs on their hard drives. And, as is the celebrated norm around here, we hope you will comment on what you find “special” about each track.

Come back and visit us this Saturday!  Tell your friends and enemies!  Happy Mellowmas to all! And to all a miserable night!

Much thanks to longtime reader/blogger Terje for his brilliant Mellowmas graphic!

  • Dan

    God, I miss Jefito SO much.

  • jefito

    Awww…thanks, Dan! You won’t have to miss me for much longer. The new site is being assembled as I write this!

  • I shit you not. I had a dream about Jefito the other night. Jeff wasn’t IN it, rather a very large woman who said she was his cousin (and resembled Conchata Ferrell). She wove a tale about how Jeff was responsible for inspiring Thom Yorke with his song ideas and how that eventually led to The Eraser.
    Oh, yeah, turns out Jeff’s real name is Egg. Egg Newell.

    And I don’t even smoke pot……..

  • Can I say a pre-emptive “Uncle” before the Mellow begins?

  • Don’t know if you did it already, but last night the wife found a video online of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton at the height of their mutual popularity singing what’s apparently both a country and Christmas song in a ski lodge full of mannequins for some reason. There is nothing particularly country or Christmasy about the song…which was the style at the time. It just reminded me that while he looks like some kind of mid-life crisis Santa man, Kenny Rogers gives me a creepy, into-14-year-old girls kind of vibe. And the mannequins were more lifelike.

    Nevertheless, Mellowmas shall be totally awesome.

  • Dude, Jason looks like he’s wasted. What’s in those mugs?

  • How else do you think I’m going to get through 25 days of Mellowmas?

  • Michael

    A Mellowmas Advent Calendar…

    Why do you hate us, Jason Hare? Why?

  • Dw. Dunphy

    Wow. Almost a full Mellowmas Month. Call it “MelMaMo”. Better yet, don’t. What happened? Did Rudolph take a mighty Thanksgiving dump down your collective chimneys? (And we all thought it was lumps of coal!) By the way, Jason: I’ve been working on my edition of Chart Attack with diligence… but still can’t believe you gave big ups to The Silver Connection…

  • Or I could just go shopping and hear the commentary running through my own head (mostly consisting of, “Oh Jesus, Fuck…Not that chorus again. PLEASE! NO!” etc.).


    OH KWAP!

  • Ginny

    Mellowmas is coming again! It IS the most wonderful time of the year!

  • I, too, miss Jefito and look forward to your return. I am also glad that I don’t have to miss Jason. I appreciate the work you both do and the fun that you bring. Looking forward to Mellowmas!

    Cheers, Michael

  • Old Davy

    The suicide rate goes way up at this time of year. Look for a particularly high spike in 2007.

  • Dw. Dunphy

    The Starland Vocal Band snagged top honor as best of the worst last year… Who will take the grand prize this year? The suspense! The drama! The The (apparently never did Christmas music, so we’re in the clear there…)!

  • I don’t know whether to be prepared to laugh or cry.

  • Shameless self-promotion, I realize, but if you feel a need to counteract Mellowmas — which I’m sure will be swell — please drop by AM, Then FM, where we are dropping three quality Christmas tunes under the tree most every day lately.

  • Did Lou Reed do a festive version of Metal Machine Music, by any chance? The addition of some jingle bells could only add to its appeal, no?

  • I’ve always had a bit of a masochistic streak. Bring it on! Can’t learn to love if you don’t know what to hate… ooh, this is going to be fun!

  • Franz Hemingbeck

    If you guys had a plan to combat the general belief you two are not gay, the Mellowmas graphic totally kills it for good. I have a feeling you two are assembling tasteful yet slightly arch gift baskets for your buddies down at the LGBT Center.

  • love the image. love.

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