Slacker Radio (11) Christmas Holiday Channels (Now Available)

Discussion in 'Slacker Radio' started by DAB, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Slacker has added the Christmas Holiday Channels under the Seasonal Category, these are ready to listen to from the web player, software player or downloaded to your Slacker G1 or G2.

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    Holiday Hits on Slacker Radio is the perfect soundtrack for your holiday festivities. Enjoy classic songs from Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives and Johnny Mathis as well as contemporary artists like Amy Grant, Mariah Carey and Mannheim Steamroller.


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    Holiday Classics on Slacker Radio includes all the traditional holiday favorites of the season including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley and many

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    Holiday Party on Slacker Radio is the perfect holiday party mix highlighting upbeat holiday songs from classic crooners and soul legends to jazzy jingles, rock tunes and contemporary favorites. Get your party on with Andy Williams, Dean Martin, Ella Fitgerald, Ray Charles, Lou Rawls, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, U2 and many more.

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    Get in the spirit of the season with Country Holiday on Slacker Radio. You'll hear all the holiday standards and new seasonal releases from today's biggest country stars including Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Rascal Flatts--plus classic artists like Willie Nelson, Brenda Lee, Gene Autry and Merle Haggard.

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    Holiday Jazz on Slacker Radio spotlights Jingle Bell Jazz and seasonal sounds from today’s stars and yesterday’s luminaries. Enjoy the holiday cheer from Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Jimmy Smith, Chet Baker, Dianne Reeves, Wynton Marsalis, Vince Guaraldi, Lou Rawls and many more!

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    Contemporary Holiday on Slacker Radio keeps it recent with your favorite holiday music from modern day artists. Enjoy holiday tunes from Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, U2, Faith Hill, Harry Connick Jr. and many more.

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    R&B Soul Holiday Radio ear the soulful side of the holiday season with classic soul legends, R&B favorites and a little Gospel for good measure. Get your holiday grooving with Ray Charles, James Brown, The Supremes, Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige and many more.

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    Rock/Alt Radio Get the edgier side of holiday music with a great mix of holiday favorites from Rock, Alternative and Indie artists. Hear a wide range of holiday tunes from Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, U2, Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, Death Cab for Cutie, Sufjan Stevens and many more.

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    Like XM's Special X
    Sometimes the holidays aren't all chestnuts and tinsel. That's why Dysfunctional Holiday on Slacker Radio showcases the best in non-traditional, left-of-center and unheard songs that celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

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    Classical Holiday Radio Escape the hustle and relax with the classics this holiday season. Enjoy your favorite holiday melodies and unwind with classical comforts. Featuring offerings from André Rieu, The Boston Pops, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Canadian Brass and more.
     
  2. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

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    Add a little flavor to your holiday season with Navidad Latina on Slacker Radio. Enjoy classic Latin holiday favorites and seasonal tunes from today’s hottest Latin stars including Raphael, Horoscopos de Durango, Tigres Del Norte, La Mafia, Jose Feliciano, Gloria Estefan and many more. Feliz Navidad!

    Due to the dumb 10 graphic limitation I had to add the last channel in another post!
     
  3. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    Wow! I think I'll go to an all Christmas lineup on Thanksgiving
     
  4. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    Slacker sent me an e-memo today telling about the Christimas line up with the graphics and a push button to sample the channel. Pretty good stuff.
     
  5. DoublEE

    DoublEE Active Member

    Another reason to love Slacker. What a lineup.

    I'm so gald I went with the 40 channel G2. Slacker is making the decision to ditch Sirius soooo easy.:yesshake:
     
  6. squigy0

    squigy0 Member

    I'm planning on doing Walk The Dog-esque reviews of the Slacker Holiday channels. Who's with me?
     
  7. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    Hello Yeah, I am certainly game. Tonight I've been listening to Dysfunctional Holiday, but I'll wait to give me thoughts a bit later.

    This sounds fun to me. Maybe after the holidays we could do this on their other channels too. :)
     
  8. DoublEE

    DoublEE Active Member

    Here's my brief feedback on Slacker's Dysfunctional Holiday. The wife and I listened for 5-6 hours last and laughed our asses off.
     
  9. MadisonRadio1

    MadisonRadio1 MadisonRadio

    So Contemporary Holiday is a lot of the hits songs played on Holly but remade by new artists.
    I heard a remake of the Waitress's Christmas Wrapping the other day.
     
  10. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    I've listened to Dysfunctional Holiday, this is a very well programmed channel. The stuff on it is funny and you just never know what to expect. I like it!

    Holiday Hits, this one is a mix of contemp and current holiday hits. Again very well programmed. They also seem to throw in a bit of traditional on this channel as well. It s nice mix and I could see folks listening to it for hours without having to worry about hearing repeats.


    Holiday Classics, I like this one too, pretty much plays all the old standards and traditional music. I was hearing older artist I've never heard before and it was interesting. I can tell you the playlist and number of artist is really deep on this channel, but the music will take you down memory lane.

    Holiday Day Party, wow now this one has a heck of a mix, I mean deep playlist on this one. It was enjoyable for while, but clearly I like stuff that I know much better. There are times with this channel is way to deep for me and stuff that was played just didn't seem appropriate for a channel that bills itself as a party channel.

    Contemporary Holiday, this I think is my second favorite of all I just enjoy the mix and heard holiday music from contemp artist that I never knew had holiday music. I can see where the channel would not be your cup of tea if you don't like currents or contemporary hits.

    Country Holiday, this is by far my favorite. It just seem to be a very deep playlist of country artist with tons of traditional, western, gospel and intrumental music. I can listen to this one of hours and hours. I've listened so much that I have a huge library right now. I can probably play this baby over 8 hours before I start hearing repeats.

    So, those are the ones I've listened to thus far, but I plan to check out the Alt Rock, R&B and Jazz for sure over the next several days.
     
  11. Fred

    Fred New Member

    Holiday Party

    DAB - I really like Holiday Party and have been listening regularly. Your experience on that station is very different from mine. The overwhelming majority of what I hear is familiar tunes from known artists including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Perry Como, Elvis Presley, Mariah Carey, U2, etc. I hear an occassional unfamiliar artist doing a standard holiday song or once in a while an unusual song by a known artist, but, they are more refreshing than alarming because they are so infrequent.

    I wonder if they've updated the station recently...maybe because of your comments :eek:
     
  12. squigy0

    squigy0 Member

    Jazz Holiday

    Sounds: Jazz renditions of traditional Christmas songs. Some original Jazzy and soulful Christmas classics

    Positives: A genre which is forgotten on satellite radio and one that I find I like very much because it also has a nice smooth listenability

    Negatives: There is definitely some noted repetition of the same artists doing different songs on the station. The station sometimes goes a LITTLE off the mark with things that are too cheezy smooth jazz-esque.

    # of Stockings: 4.5 out of 5

    Overall: The station sets the mood very nicely and smoothly! I'd prefer to put this on when my family and I are putting up the Christmas tree then on Christmas opening up presents if I had the capability!
     
  13. squigy0

    squigy0 Member

    Holiday Hits
    Sounds: 35% classic XMAS hits from Bing Crosby, Brenda Lee, and the Like. 65% modern pop artists doing their renditions of XMAS favorites

    Positives: A chance to hear the XMAS classics you grew up without getting overrun by them / A chance to hear your favorite artists in a way you usually don't hear them without overkill / A chance to hear the XMAS songs you know by heart realized in a different way

    Negatives: There's only so many different ways that you can do the same songs so repetition can be pretty high.

    # of Jingle Bells: 5 out of 5

    Overall: The mix actually turned out really well with not a lot of repetition of songs, and the few different versions of the same song that came up were dramatically different enough that it was like a new song. They played songs that are on CDs that XM's Holly has been playing (Beach Boys XMAS, Carpenters XMAS) but songs that XM has never played. Plus Brian Setzer and Chris Isaak had XMAS albums?!?! Not according to XM. Add on the fact that you can skip & ban songs you're sick of hearing makes this the perfect channel

    Contemporary Holiday
    Sounds: Modern pop artists doing their renditions of XMAS favorites

    Positives: A chance to hear your favorite artists in a way you usually don't hear them / A chance to hear the XMAS songs you know by heart realized in a different way

    Negatives: There's only so many different ways that you can do the same songs so repetition can be pretty high ESPECIALLY with Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer which seems to be the popular song to be remade. I heard this song no less than 5 times in my listening, one time with two versions of it in a row

    # of Jingle Bells: 3 out of 5

    Overall: This channel may have actually gone TOO deep into the pop remake genre as I found myself getting turned off by a lot of selections that came up, hitting my skip limit on my player within about 20 minutes
     
  14. squigy0

    squigy0 Member

    Slacker Holiday Classics

    Sounds: Classic time tested XMAS tunes

    Positives: Well...there were SUPPOSED to be no strange obscure Christmas redo tracks here

    Negatives: However, I found that a lot of contemporary XMAS stuff was coming up on this channel. Unless you think Beach Boys and Carpenters belong on this channel, it's completely missed the mark

    # of HO HO HOs: 2 out of 5

    Overall: Channel needs a lot of work
     
  15. squigy0

    squigy0 Member

    Rock/Alt Holiday
    Sounds: Rock versions of Christmas songs

    Positives: Some good rocking alternative from new bands

    Negatives: Rocking from older bands like Elvis and Beach Boys is kinda played out at this point, and well covered on the other christmas channels

    # of air guitars under the missletoe: 3 out of 5

    Overall: The channel did have some great rock going, although not as loud as i hoped it would be with the Rock/Alt name

    Dysfunctional Holiday
    Sounds: Rock versions of Christmas songs. Strange versions/covers of Christmas songs. Christmas parody songs.

    Positives: You have a second place to catch songs from Rock/Alt Christmas

    Negatives: The strange Christmas songs showed up every 5 songs or so, the rest of the time it was just the same stuff you'd find on Rock/Alt Christmas

    # of knees in the balls under the missletoe: 2 out of 5

    Overall: XM used to have a channel called Special XMAS which very well represented this genre, even though it did have a fair bit of repeats. This channel doesn't even come close to Special XMAS

    Soul/R&B Holiday
    Sounds: 70% neo soul and r&b Christmas songs from the 80s to today, 30% old school soul from the 60s and 70s

    Positives: Old school soul was rocking the Christmas

    Negatives: Neo soul and R&B was slowing things down and making it too lite

    # of fros under the missletoe: 3 out of 5

    Overall: I suggest next year if the playlist is big enough, separating the Soul & R&B into their own channels. Definitely keep the fro channel logo though; it reminds me of Kelly Bell everytime I see it
     
  16. Goodeye

    Goodeye Member

    I was looking around yesterday in Slacker and saw these. They are available already...... Earlier and Earlier each year.
     
  17. flap_jackson

    flap_jackson Well-Known Member

    Nope, they never took them off.
     
  18. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    These specialty stations as they call them are available year round. In previous years they would hide them, but starting last holiday season they just created a specialty category and kept them available. There is a Halloween Channel, Valentines channel for lovers and so on...
     
  19. Goodeye

    Goodeye Member

    Ah makes sense I guess.
     
  20. squigy0

    squigy0 Member

    I still regularly listen to the Rock Ballads channel they added last Valentines Day.

    *raises hand* guilty pleasure :p
     

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