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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “Don’t Tell Me It’s Christmas” by John Francis

WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Don’t Tell Me It’s Christmas” by singer-songwriter John Francis. John has a show with Ben Arnold on New Year’s Eve at Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville. Francis has also organized the City Of Love Fest on January 12th at Underground Arts to raise funds for the Broad Street Ministry’s hospitality initiative and he hosts the “Magic Hour” singer-songwriter night at Fergie’s Pub every Tuesday evening. The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “Baby’s First Christmas” by Deb Callahan


WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Baby’s First Christmas” by blues/soul and rock and roller Deb Callahan. Callahan has been a mainstay of the blues scene here and throughout the region since the 90′s when she began performing live. She released her debut album in 2002 and is currently working on her fifth album, to be released next year. The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here. Deb performs tonight at The Twisted Tale Bourbon Bar & Juke Joint. Below, download the very soulful “Baby’s First Christmas.”

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “Son, You Should Come Home for Christmas” by Ben Smith

WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Son, You Should Come Home For Chritsmas” by singer-songwriter Ben Smith. You can download the song below, but be sure to download the song’s B-Side, “Black Friday” from Smith’s Old Man Winter, Volume 2 here. Recorded at Milkboy Philly, the song includes Matt Magarahan on drums and bassist Tim Celfo. Smith has been one of XPN’s long time favorite singer-songwriters with an excellent body of work behind him as a solo artist and with his bands Missing Palmer West and Wise and Foolish Builders. A year ago Smith was featured in a Key Studio Video Session that you can watch here. The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “Coming Home” by Ryan Tennis

WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Coming Home” by singer-songwriter Ryan Tennis. Tennis recently released his first full length album, Pack Light but Bring Everything, produced by Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, Soul Asylum, Graham Parker). The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local pick of the day. Below, download the rootsy stomper “Coming Home” You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here. Tennis and the Clubhouse Band perform a free show tonight at Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope and a show at The Grape in Manayunk on Thursday, December 20th.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: Download “Christmas Time Again (I’ll Be Good Next Year)” by SPIN

WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Christmas Time Again” by SPIN, a Philly four piece not afraid to rock. The band recently released The Scream Inside EP, three songs of radio ready alternative rock. The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local oick of the day. Below, download “Christmas Time Again (I’ll Be Good Next Year).” You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: download “Hustle and Bustle” by Alex Radus

Photo by Kirstin Angel

WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with the song “Hustle and Bustle” by Alex Radus. Radus is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter who performed in the indie-folk duo Deunde from 2000-2005 and released his solo debut album in 2007; this song was written in collaboration with New York singer-songwriter Charles Ramsey and Basia Grocholski, a Brooklyn-based designer. Says Grocholski: “I wrote the song to not only to challenge myself as a writer, but also to create something that would help arts programs in public schools here. I approached Lance Davis, the producer in Philadelphia to help record it, and he put me in touch with Charles Ramsey who helped arrange it and fix some of the wording. Lance hired Alex originally to just play guitar, but after hearing his voice, I felt he would make the song -I sing the harmony. ”

The 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation is curated by XPN mid-day host Helen Leicht and the songs will be played daily during My Morning Download on the Morning Show with Michaela Majoun and on Helen’s local oick of the day. Below, download the jazz flavored, lighthearted “Hustle and Bustle.” You can download the entire Twelve Days of Local Christmas compilation here.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas Bonus Stocking Stuffer: download “Carol of the Bells” by Christie Lenee

While the WXPN Local Twelve Days of Christmas will resume with the My Morning Download and Philly Local Pick on Monday, we’ve got some bonus stocking stuffer tracks for you this weekend and next. We’ll begin today with Philly acoustic guitar virtuoso Christie Lenee, whose dynamic, double-handed harmonic style is very much reminiscent of Kaki King. Lenee was part of Helen Leicht’s 4th annual Home for the Holidays special, which will air on WXPN on December 18, and when she was in the studio, she recorded this hypnotic rendition of the holiday classic “Carol of the Bells.” Download it below, and hear the entire 12 Days of Local Christmas compilation here.

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The 12 Days of Local Christmas: download “It’s A Lousy Day to be Alone” by Nick Frese & Amy Wooden

WXPN’s Twelve Days of Local Christmas continues today with “It’s A Lousy Day To Be Alone,” a song co-written by Nick Frese of the South Jersey band Love Alive and his songwriting partner Amy Wooden. Lead vocals are sung by Wooden, with backup from a children’s choir from the Bunker Hill Middle School in Turnersville, New Jersey. The musicians say the song is “inspired by the changes many people are going through … divorce, death, people relocating for jobs.” Listen to and download the song below, and go here for the complete track listing for the 12 Days of Local Christmas and to download the full compilation.

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Merry Local Philly Christmas! (download our 12 song local music holiday sampler)

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from WXPN and The Key! The last several weeks we celebrated the holiday season by offering a twelve original seasonal songs. WXPN’s Helen Leicht asked local bands to write and record original holiday songs for the third year in a row which the bands have offered as free downloads. Thanks to all the bands for these wonderful songs. You can download the entire sampler as a .zip file here.

The 12 Days of XPN Philly Local Christmas Sampler

Find Vienna – “Christmas Is For Our Hearts”
Gillian Grassie – “When the Night Gets Long”
Summer Fiction – “Christmas Eve for Two”
Matt Santry – “The Xmas Song”
Atomic Square – “Christmas Time is here”
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown – “Coming Your Way”
Angel Band – “I Want A Present”
JD Malone & the Experts – “Best Day Of The Year”
Kingsfoil – “The Valley, A Christmas Song”
John Flynn – “Christmas Balls”
Ben Smith – “I Got A New Tattoo For Christmas”
Ali Hoffman – “Evergreen”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Find Vienna at World Cafe Live, Queen Electric + Suzie Brown at Milkboy Philly

Find Vienna

Tonight features performances by three of the artists in this year’s XPN’s 12 Days Of Local Christmas series: Find Vienna and Scot Sax (of Queen Electric) + Suzie Brown. We originally posted Find Vienna’s track, “Christmas Is In Our Hearts” back on December 8th; Scot Sax and Suzie Brown’s song, “Coming Your Way”, ran on December 15th. You can listen to both below.

Find Vienna performs with Atomic Tom + Lion Of Ido, and Lizbeth Rose at 7:30 p.m.; tickets to the show are $15–$20. Queen Electric performs with Suzie Brown + Van Meter at 9 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $8–$10.

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