1. Xmas in Frisko. One of San Francisco's finest exports, SomaFM continues to specialize in bringing us the most deliciously eccentric holiday music out there. A recent session yielded "Christmas Wrap" by Two Live Jews, "Twas The Night Before Jesus" by Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and "Santa Claus Is A Black Man" by The Teddy Vann Production Company. Special.
2. Radio Neige Folle. "Neige folle" means "fresh snow" (or literally, "crazy snow") and this radio station features gorgeous old French-language Christmas music from 1915 through the years. A really nice change of pace when Bono has invoked the clanging chimes of doom one too many times, and as an added bonus, you can hear the pop and hiss of old vinyl on many of this station's selections.
3. The Holiday Sub-Channels at Accuradio. There's an entire channel here called "Wait They Made a Christmas Album?" and it's a great choice (currently playing The Flaming Lips) as is the Reggae Christmas channel, the Non-Standard Christmas channel, and Smooth Hanukkah. Something for everyone really.
4. Dysfunctional Christmas. The folks at Slacker.com may have made baby Jesus cry with this one, but they made us do the opposite of cry. You'll need to create a free account to listen, but it's well worth it.
5. Prisoners of Technology. Some enterprising DJ has taken it upon himself to add jingle bells to every electro-pop track out there and is playing them now through December 25th. And if you've never heard "Love Will Tear Us Apart" with jingle bells, you really should.
6. Lagniappe Christmas. Highly eclectic holiday music from the Big Easy, where they spike their carols with Bourbon Street style and serve up the occasional cheeseball of rock too, such as AC/DC's, "I Want a Mistress for Christmas."
7. Holiday Hip Hop. This is a shared station on Pandora where you'll hear "Santa Baby" like you've never heard it before, including a wish list that has "jobs in the ghetto" as one of its top requests.
8. 181 FM's Christmas Swing. Skip right over "Christmas Power" and the other schlock and head straight for "Christmas Swing," a holly jolly line-up of vintage tracks from the 20's, 30's and 40's. Lots of stuff you've never heard before.
9. Cracked Christmas. Specializing in "comedy Christmas songs," Cracked plays feel-good tracks like Weird Al Yankovic's "The Night Santa Went Crazy." "Well, the workshop is gone now, he decided to bomb it. Everywhere you'll find pieces of Cupid and Comet. And he tied up his helpers, and he held the elves hostage. And he ground up poor Rudolph into reindeer sausage." Nuff said.
10. Smoky Mountain Christmas. Home spun and hickory smoked Christmas music from bands with names like "Clarke Family and the Pine Street Musicians" and "Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers." Totally authentic and tumbledown pretty. Note, you may have to do the free registration thing to listen.
Happy Holidays from Boombox Serenade!