Here's a brief programming note for this coming week. My good pal Jon Solomon will be hosting the 21st annual edition of his 24 hour holiday radio program beginning Christmas Eve at 6 PM, and continuing through the following day at 6 PM. The show will air on WPRB, 103.3 FM, throughout Jersey Centralia and the Delaware Valley, or can be heard online at wprb.com.
Jon's holiday program has become something of a legend to the WPRB listenership, and beyond. Over the years, it's been written up in nearly every Philadelphia alt-weekly, as well as earning acclaim from Idolator, NJ Monthly, and the New York Times. A few years back, even Pseu and Monica called Jon during their show on WFMU, and interviewed him while he was in the midst of his show on 'PRB. (That had to be some kind of broadcasting first... I'm still surprised that the transmission between the two overlapping radio signals didn't create a feedback loop powerful enough to blow Metuchen clean off the map.)
Jon's selection and presentation of left-field holiday music is utterly without peer, so you'll be unloading a pretty great present on you and your own band of merrymakers just by tuning in. For my part, I can say with confidence that it would never be a proper holiday for me if Jon wasn't introducing a Christmas number by the 60s garage band The Wailers during the final moments of the show. You're sure to feel likewise, especially if the buildup includes signature holiday tracks from the likes of Billy Childish, The Dickies, Hasil Adkins, Couch Flambeau, Curtis Mayfield, Crass, Low, Cheech & Chong, Galaxie 500, Kurtis Blow, Loretta Lynn, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, John Fahey, Peanut Butter Wolf, The Hybrid Kids, Esquivel, Sun Ra, and Fishbone. Looky here for last year's complete playlist, and start your regimen of squat thrusts for the main event.
Note: the above photo is of Jon in the midst of the 1993 edition of the holiday program. Visible in the foreground are a Born Against 7", and the more overtly Christmas-y "We Three Bings" compilation LP. Jon would presumably want it known that he still has (and wears) that shirt.