December 15-29, 2017 – 11th Annual Christmas Music Special

Friends, the holiday season is now upon and what better way to celebrate than with our 11th annual Christmas Music Special.  It’s easy to get bored and tired of the same Christmas songs year in and year out, which why we’ve have our noses to the grindstone working hard to dig up some rare gems you won’t hear anywhere else.

On this year’s program, we turn to the world of video games for the first-time ever for some new seasonal favorites from Nights into Dreams, Super Mario 3D World, Blue Stinger, Sonic 3D Blast, Mario Kart 8, and Parasite Eve: The 3rd Birthday.  Yes, you read that right, music from a Parasite Eve game has found its way onto one of our Christmas specials.  From the new, modern art form of video games, we pivot and dabble in the art form of classic comedy from the National Lampoon.  After starting life as a successful comedy publication, the National Lampoon branched out and began a syndicated radio show in the 1970’s.  During its brief run, the National Lampoon Radio Hour gave us two Christmas specials, which we’ll share some of the best clips from.  Cold winter weather got you down?  Don’t frown, because we’ll be giving you warm vibes with a few reggae holiday songs from Yellowman.  Rounding out this year’s program, we turn the show into a drag queen Christmas, because yes, that’s totally a thing.  If you’ve watched any of RuPaul’s Drag Race, you’re likely already familiar with names such as Jackie Beat, Jinkx Monsoon, and Bob the Drag Queen.  But did you know a number of contestants from past seasons of Drag Race have come together to form the Christmas Queens?  And they have released a few, highly entertaining Christmas albums?  Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in on all that you’ve been missing.

As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself and add them to your collection.  We hope you this show as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together, and we wish all of you out there a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The Stocking Stuffer

Dec. 16-Dec. 30, 2016 – 10th Annual Christmas Music Special

Around this time of year, everybody has certain traditions that they look forward to and we here at The Arcade are no different, which is why we’re proud to present to you our 10th Annual Christmas Music Special.  Yes, you read that correctly, this is our tenth time doing a special show for the holidays and in all that time, our goal of bringing you Christmas music you’ve never heard before has never changed.  If anything, we’ve learned in these past ten years that the world of Christmas music is almost endless, and the amount we get exposed to each season represents only a small fraction of what’s out there.

As tradition dictates on these shows, we start off with the Ludicrous Leadoffs, those Christmas songs that are just an extra kind of special, and this year, we have Bill Murray and George Clooney crooning, a song about a zombie Christmas, and a ridiculous parody of the overplayed song Do They Know It’s Christmas.  From there, we go to a totally unique genre with dubstep covers of classic Christmas music, before showcasing something special for our friends of the Jewish faith with a collection of songs all about Hanukkah. We end off this year’s program by bookending our Halloween music show.  If you recall, that episode began with silly hip-hop songs which were lacking in street cred.  Well, on this show, we present seasonally-appropriate songs from hip-hop artists with immense street cred, such as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and even Eazy-E himself.  Yes, Eazy-E did a Christmas song, and yes, it’s every bit as explicit as you think it might be.  You’ve been warned.

As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself and add them to your collection.  We hope you this show as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together, and we wish all of you out there a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The giver of presents, the taker of souls

December 2, 2016

Ludicrous Leadoffs:

News of the Week:

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who succumb to the sweet siren song of a Black Friday sale

Blast From The Past:

June 24, 2016 – E3 Wrap-up (Part 2)

Friends, this week is part two of our E3 wrap-up where we focus on the other big news and noteworthy items to come out of last week’s event in Los Angeles.

News of the Week:

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who is oddly enthralled by this Brexit vote

Blast From The Past:

Dec. 18, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016 – 9th Annual Christmas Music Special

Friends, it’s that time once again when we get in the festive spirit and bring you a bundle of Christmas cheer with our 9th Annual Christmas Music Special!  Year after year, too many of the same Christmas songs are played over and over again, which is why we’ve put together a great line-up of seasonal songs you won’t find anywhere else.  Did you know there are booty-call Christmas songs out there?  Well, we’ll play some from Steel Panther and RuPaul.  We’ll also revisit the Christmas episodes from some of your favourite 90’s cartoons with songs from Ren and Stimpy, Animaniacs, Dexter’s Lab, Goof Troop, and Bump In The Night.  The heavier side of the musical spectrum gets visited with songs focused on Krampus, but we’ll bring you back up with a selection of surf-pop Christmas ditties.  As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself.  So tune in, turn on, and enjoy a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays us here at The Arcade.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The Grinch

December 19 & 26, 2014 – 8th Annual Christmas Music Special

Friends, it’s time once again for us here at The Arcade to celebrate the holiday season in our own special way as we present to you our 8th annual Christmas Music Special!  On the show this year, we bring you four completely unique takes on the holiday favorite, Carol of the Bells.  We also have a group of songs from unlikely Christmas crooners that is sure to surprise you, as will our always popular Ludicrous Leadoffs.  To close out the show, we dug deep and unearthed Christmas instrumental covers of AC/DC, Green Day, and Metallica.  Oh yes, they exist, and they are tremendous.  Like all of our music specials, we encourage you to click the purchase links below and add these songs to your own music collection.  As an added gift to you this week, we have two movies as Blasts From The Past which are sure to cure any seasonal blues you might be suffering.  Listen, enjoy, and all the best to you and yours from us at The Arcade.

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The frantic last minute holiday shopper

Blasts From The Past:

November 7, 2014

Ludicrous Leadoff:

News Of The Week:

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who encourages all listeners to check out and support their local production of Evil Dead: The Musical

Blasts From The Past:

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December 20 & 27, 2013 – 7th Annual Christmas Music Special

Greetings friends!  It’s that time of year again when we put aside all things video game and focus on all things Christmas music for our 7th annual Christmas Music Special.  We’ve lined up a slew of great holiday tracks that you’ve never heard before, or if you have, then it’s been a damn long time.

This year, you’ll hear a hair metal Christmas song that’s sure to become a staple of your holidays, as well as robots who come to learn what the true meaning of the season really is.  Plus, we will answer the question that’s plagued mankind for ages: what does it sound like when a 90-year old British actor performs a heavy metal Christmas song?  All that and so much more is in store on this very special edition of The Arcade.

As always, we encourage you to click on the links below and purchase these songs for yourselves.  That way, you can enjoy them for this, and all future Christmas seasons!

What Was Played:
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Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who will never shop at a mall ever again during Christmas time.  Ever.

December 13, 2013

Ludicrous Leadoffs:

News of the Week:

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who is waaaaaaay behind on his Christmas Shopping this year.

Blast From The Past:

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Movie / Dec. 17, 2003)

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