On this last weekend before Christmas we thought our Holiday Record of the Week should be a serious Christmas album.
We decided to go with One Christmas at a Time by Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick.
At The Adventurers Club we've been fans of Jonathan Coulton since our youngest song played Coulton songs non-stop via YouTube a couple of years ago. That led us to buy JoCo Looks Back and ultimately becoming big Coulton fans.
Recently we saw Coulton and Broderick on tour at The Visulite in Charlotte and they played four songs from this record in the middle of the show. The entire album is original material which is unheard of for a Christmas record. Typically you get the millionth cover of White Christmas rounded out with any of the other twenty or so overplayed Christmas songs.
This record is full of the fun stuff you've come to expect from Coulton, including a song about a kid that wants nothing more than an Atari 2600 for Christmas. But this record is not just Coulton, instead it's more of a duet record with his friend John Roderick. John takes a number of lead vocals including the hilarious should-be-a-country-classic Christmas in Jail.
Our favorite tracks include the two above plus One Christmas at a Time, Christmas in July, Christmas with You is the Best, and Christmas is Interesting.
The whole record is a great mix of styles and never gets boring - well almost never. Despite being only three and a half minutes we've never been able to get through Wikipedia Chanukah. Don't hold that against this record, buy it, delete that track, and play this every day leading up to, and after, the holidays. You'll thank us.
Here's a fan video for 2600.
'til the Creepy Doll Christmas Special
Keep the Adventure Alive,