Song of the Day: The Student Teachers - Christmas Weather

Song of the Day, Sonic Reducer
12/24/2014
KEXP
photo by Steve Lombardi

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week, we are featuring Christmas-themed songs selected by Brian Foss.

Brian Foss started hosting KEXP's Sonic Reducer on Saturday nights in 2004. That first year, Christmas fell on a Saturday, and since his friend Pete (former owner of the punk record store Singles Going Steady) owned a decent Xmas punk collection, he joined Brian on air and started a tradition of doing a yearly punk rock Christmas show. In 2007, Pete moved out of Seattle and Brian felt obligated to keep the tradition going and began his own dumb collection of holiday hardcore tunes. All non-traditional songs - no White Christmas's, no Jingle Bells. Only originals. Now it's a sickness and he can't stop.

Brian's pick for today is "Christmas Weather" by The Student Teachers from the 2013 album Invitation to... The Student Teachers on Nacional Records.

The Student Teachers - Christmas Weather (MP3)

Says Brian...

Originally from a 7" single from 1979, this New York based band was one of my Punk Christmas holy grails - I have a self imposed budget limit of $20 for singles and I could never find copies of this for less than $50. Luckily for me Nacional Records released a nice comp of the band on CD in 2013 so i could finally own this dark/wavey Christmas treasure - both catchy and morose, I consider this track a total classic.

The Student Teachers lasted only two years, from 1978 to 1980, but you can still learn about them at this informative website, and look for more Christmas music this week on the KEXP Blog.

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