World Cafe Playlist for 12/25/2023

My Morning Jacket joins host Raina Douris

Jim James loves Christmas music – it’s a love that he shares with his My Morning Jacket bandmates. This year the group released Happy Holidays! – a collection of Christmas song covers, both traditional and contemporary, along with some previously released and reworked original material. On the World Cafe, Jim James talks about making the album and why sad music sometimes hits just right around this time.

Listen to the session here.

Today’s Playlist
The Polyphonic Spree “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” Holidaydream
Otis Redding “Merry Christmas, Baby” Otis Redding Story iii
My Morning Jacket “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Happy Holiday!
My Morning Jacket “Oh My Christmas Tree “Happy Holiday!
My Morning Jacket “Feelin’ Sorry “Happy Holiday!
Frank Sinatra “The Christmas Waltz “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
My Morning Jacket “Wonderful (Snowy Version)” Happy Holiday!
Phosphorescent “Christmas Down Under” WC Recording
Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson & Jordan Mailata “This Christmas (feat. Patti LaBelle)” A Philly Special Christmas
Jose Feliciano “Feliz Navidad” Feliz Navidad
Paul Simon “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” So Beautiful or So What
John Scofield “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” Christmas Guitars
The Mavericks “Blue Christmas” Blue Christmas (single)
Wham! “Last Christmas” Xmas Tunes
Bob Rivers “Sled Zeppelin” Bob Rivers’ More Twisted Christmas
Weezer “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” Christmas with Weezer

Hour Two
Robert Earl Keen “Merry Christmas From The Family” Live At The Ryman
Kathleen Edwards “It’s Christmastime (Let’s Just Survive)” A Dualtone Christmas
John Lennon “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” Constantine Christmas
Bruce Springsteen “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” Constantine Christmas
Cher “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” Christmas
Vince Guaraldi “Skating” A Charlie Brown Christmas
Los Lobos “It’s Christmas Time in Texas” Llegó Navidad
Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets “Winter Wonderland” Winter Wonderland (single)
Kurt Vile “Must Be Santa” Back to Moon Beach EP
St. Vincent “At The Holiday Party” Concord Christmas
Sufjan Stevens “Angels We Have Heard On High” Songs For Christmas
Prince “Another Lonely Christmas” The Hits / The B-Sides
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings “Please Come Home For Christmas” It’s A Holiday Soul Party
Norah Jones & Laufey “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Christmas With You
Middle Kids “Driving Home for Christmas” single
The Pogues “Fairytale of New York” If I Should Fall From Grace with God