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Playlist: O'Dark 30 episode 108 (3-04)

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KUT's O’Dark 30 does Christmas just like the big boys and girls with more of the very best from the world of independent radio production this week. Every Sunday at midnight on Austin's KUT 90.5 and also at 4pm on digital KUT2 we present 3 hours of a little bit of everything from the world of independent radio production.

Episode 108 (3-04) includes Professor Mikey's Chill Christmas...A Big Band Christmas...Austin Music Unlimited Holiday Special--Home for the Holidays

Professor Mikey's Chill Christmas

From Mike Flanagan | Part of the Professor Mikey's Old School series | 59:30

Professor Mikey's annual holiday mixtape is a CHILL theme this year, with music from all genres providing a soundtrack for peace and fun.


Professor Mikey's mixtapes are more than iTune shuffles and random cut and pastes.  The mood, the music, the order, the artists, the theme, all of this comes into play in these intricate but fun sound collages.  Forget genres and formats.  As Dizzy Gillespie once told Professor Mikey, "There are two kinds of music.  Good music and bad music."

This year's holiday mix offers a "Chill Christmas."  The music is not completely mellow, in fact it rocks here and there, but the mood is one of calm and serenity at this, the craziest, coldest time of the year.  Professor Mikey also explores the evolution of the word chill, how it came about in the time of Thomas Beckett, but then how it evolved so that in the era of Ronald Reagan it had come to mean relaxation.

Sit back, relax, have a hang out attack.  Musically, there's a lot of artists who don't make the corporate Christmas shows, people like Department of Eagles, St. Etienne, and Ursula 1000.  Tradition isn't completely lost, there's a great non-holiday holiday song from Neil Young, and Neko Case gives a personal read on "Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis" that puts a whole other spin on chill, what happens when a spirit is down on its luck at the happiest time of the year.

Te recipe wouldn't be complete without snippets from other songs, old radio shows, TV transmissions, and even a Bible verse that's been blessed by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.  The result is a timeless and different holiday show, guaranteed to warm the heart, cool the brain, and calm the season.



Austin Music Unlimited Holiday Special - 'Home for the Holidays'

From KUT | 55:15

An hour of rare, exclusive and fun seasonal music from deep in the heart of you-know-where...! (Now tailored for any station, anywhere!)

Holidaytruck_small Willie Nelson, Kelly Willis, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Asleep at the Wheel, Ruthie Foster, the Rev. Horton Heat and many more are among the featured artists in this hour-long seasonal music showcase.  There are inventive reworkings of some holiday classics, surprising originals, and exclusive live music recorded in KUT's legendary 'Studio 1A'.  Hosted by David Brown of KUT's Texas Music Matters with minimal interruption. This program has been modified to suit broadcast over any station without need for local 'set-up' or explanation; just press play.  Accommodates newscasts; includes two built-in instrumental beds for local underwriting and announcements.   Happy Holidays and warm wishes from all of us at KUT Austin!