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Philly Music of Christmas Past: Download Arctic Splash’s “Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas”

Photo of Joey Sweeney by John Vettese
Photo of Joey Sweeney by John Vettese

In addition to being editor of city blog Philebrity, Joey Sweeney’s current rock and roll curriculum vitae includes the baroque pop influenced Long Hair Arkestra, and the more rocking Arctic Splash. A year ago, the Splash (which features XPN director of engineering Jared Styles on bass) recorded a Key Studio Session during which they debuted their own seasonal single “Don’t Kill Yourself This Christmas.” In the spirit of the holiday music melee, we revisit the song for you to download below. Arctic Splash play on Sunday, January 12, at the Gold Club in Northern Liberties.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Nothing for Christmas ‘Cept My Baby” by John Beacher

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via johnbeacher.com

Today the XPN Local 12 Days of Christmas continue with a new single from Bucks County singer-songwriter John Beacher. “Nothing for Christmas ‘Cept My Baby” is a jangling honky-tonk number reminiscent of “Folsom Prison Blues”; download it below, and hear Beacher tonight on Helen Leicht’s Home for the Holidays special on the XPN Philly Local Show at 8 p.m.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: “Christmas at the Wawa” by Tin Bird Choir

Tin Bird ChoirThe second week of WXPN’s 12 Days of Local Christmas begins today with Chester County folk four-piece Tin Bird Choir. Their strummy new number “Christmas at the Wawa” tells the story of wearied holiday travelers driving through the night and celebrating Christmas at the break of dawn in the parking lot of the ubiquitous Delaware Valley convenience store. Download the song below.