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photos by Sachyn Mital

rest in peace Lucille Bliss
2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade

Though we don't have any shots of Staten Island's PS 22 Chorus (my personal highlight of the parade), or of the float with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots (Questlove's Instagrams HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE), the Smurfs, Spongebob, hip hop pop star Flo Rida, country music's Trace Adkins, Don McLean (bye bye Miss American Pie), Oda Mae aka Whoopi Goldberg, Santa Claus and more are prominently featured in our set of 2012 NYC Thankgiving Day Parade photos. Check out the rest below...

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Robert Franklin as Santa @ South Street Seaport last year (more by Chris La Putt)
Carolers

The South Street Seaport will ring in the holiday spirit on Friday, November 25th when the 28th Annual Seaport Chorus Tree Lighting Spectacular lights up the cobblestone streets of the Seaport's Historic District.

TODAY Show personality and fashion expert Jill Martin will host one of New York City's most beloved holiday traditions, with a 40-foot tree serving as the centerpiece of a seven-minute "Sparkle at the Seaport" light show spectacular. Festivities will kick-off with performances by the Darren Wallis Jazz Trio and the Soul Tigers Marching Band. All-male barbershop chorus, The Big Apple Chorus, will perform seasonal favorites, and costumed characters will help Santa Claus countdown to the tree lighting ceremony. To round-off the evening, Ronnie Spector will give a special performance, making it a night to remember for the whole family.

Last year's celebration included an appearance by Darlene Love. Last year was also sadly the last for Santa Robert Franklin. The 85 year old Santa, who was the Seaport mall's Santa every year since 1989, passed away at the age of 85 earlier this year. RIP Robert.

Ronnie Spector is also having the "Best Christmas Party Ever!" at the Cutting Room in NYC on 12/16 and 12/17...

This year the beloved tradition of twenty five years continues at the new Cutting Room located at 44 west 32nd street in Manhattan.

You can expect all the big Christmas hits-and Ronnie has the largest catalog of Christmas classics of any recording artist including 'Sleigh Ride' (#3 past decade) and 'Frosty the Snowman' (#17 past decade) along with her Ronette hits and cult classics. But what makes Ronnie's Christmas Party so special and endearing is her off-the-cuff patter and her childhood remembrances of Christmas and Santa in New York .

As the New York Times observed, "It's hard to think of a more appealing angel to welcome the holiday season than Ms. Spector."

Ronnie will also be at the Mohegan Sun on 12/23 and at The Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY on 3/24/2012.

DOWNLOAD: Crocodiles - Sleep Forever (MP3)

the Crocodiles, a Dum Dum Girl & Santa...
Crocodiles

Crocodiles will be geting ready to release their new album, Sleep Forever, while on tour with Dum Dum Girls this summer along the West Coast. The LP will be out September 14th on Fat Possum. The above title-track will be released as a 7" before that, on August 17th with (double?) b-side "Groove Is in the Heart/California Girls." The album was produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford (whose also worked on albums by Arctic Monkeys, Peaches and Klaxons). Live, the group has expanded into a five-piece, with drummer Alianna Kalaba, bassist Marco Gonzalez and keyboardist Robin Eisenberg.

After their tour with Crocodiles, Dum Dum Girls hit the road with Vampire Weekend and Beach House on an August/September tour that includes three nights at Radio City. Tickets are still on sale for those.

Dum Dum Girls now also have a headlining show of their own the night after the Radio City run set for Saturday, September 18th at Knitting Factory. Philly's garage duo Reading Rainbow open. Tickets are on sale.

Dum Dum Girls member Frankie Rose has a show coming with The Outs up as part of the Northside Festival on June 26th... which is odd because that is when Dum Dum Girls are in Washington... All tour dates below...

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Bob Dylan @ United Palace Theatre - 11/17/09 (Frank Beacham)
Bob Dylan

Even Bob Dylan can't be Bob Dylan all the time.

The 68-year-old Boy From the North Country born Robert Allen Zimmerman has been trying to break his own myth since the mid-'60s, when he alienated fans of his early folk albums by plugging in and rocking out. Since then, his muse has come and gone, but his contrarian streak has been a constant.

For the past 20 years, the road has been constant too. Dylan tours endlessly, turning up at a half-full arena or a minor league ballpark near you again and again, as if to prove he's no sage, just an itinerant song-and-dance-man. Though late-period albums like "Time Out of Mind" and "Love and Theft" have evinced a creative renewal, he's often been erratic, even indifferent onstage. Still, there's something noble in his doggedness, singing on even though thousands of shows have curdled his voice into a viscous, gut-shot croak. On a good night, he can still remind you why people worshiped him in the first place. [Washington Post]

Was last night a good night? Bob Dylan and band played their first of three nights in a row at United Palace Theatre in NYC (11/17). Dion is the opener. Tickets are still available for the next two (11/18-11/19).

The setlist from night one, and a better version (than what I posted before) of Bob's new hysterical video for "Must be Santa" (off Bob's new Christmas album), below...

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Live Nation santas outside Irving Plaza - 7/14/2009 (Jason DeCrow/AP Images)
Live Nation
Live Nation

Live Nation has been dealing with the recession, or at least their recession, by putting tickets on sale like crazy this summer. They've been continuing week after week with their No Service Fee Wednesdays (for lawn tickets at amphitheater shows). This past Tuesday they sent multiple Santa Clauses to give out tickets outside Irving Plaza here in NYC. And there are $5.00 ticket promotions running for both Citi Cardmember holders and Subway sub eaters (code = Subway$5tix). NYC show tickets you can get for $5.00 include Pinback, Bob Mould, Son Volt, Alice in Chains AND STRYPER, Suffocation (playing with Necrophagist on Sunday), Marduk, Obituary, Vader and KMFDM, Brian Wilson in Westbury, and Motorhead, Psychedelic Furs, Happy Mondays, and Islands. Supposedly Pet Shop Boys are $5.00 too, but I can't get that to work.

Santa

Noah and the Whale are going to make another attempt at visiting our shores, which for the moment just means a Brooklyn show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on February 21st. Tickets go on Amex presale Wednesday. All dates below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Mick Foley & Dee Snider
Twisted Sister

Lita Ford
Twisted Sister

Lita Ford, Mini Kiss, a statue of Ozzy Osbourne, and Mick Foley (wrestler Mankind) were among the guests who showed up to help Twisted Sister celebrate Christmas at two shows at Nokia Theatre in NYC over the weekend. After Mini Kiss made like reindeer and pulled Santa Dee Snider on stage in his sleigh, the band broke into a set full of Christmas songs and true-to-form versions of their classics like 'I Wanna Rock' and 'We're Not Gonna Take It'. And like she does on Twisted Sister's Christmas album, and in the new official video, Lita Ford sang a 'dedicated to the troops' version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" with the band. A great live video of that, and tons of pictures, below...

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DOWNLOAD: Sufjan Stevens - That Was the Worst Christmas Ever (MP3)
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"Asthmatic Kitty is proud to announce..."
Sufjan Stevens Christmas

It's Christmas time again! That means tightly bundled scarves, lively debates on the merits of real/plastic trees, a litany of Christmas television specials, and finding the perfect retro Christmas wrapping paper.

And gifts of course! Who could forget the gifts!

That's why Sufjan Stevens is busy working on a very special gift right now, for a very special person. And in the spirit of Christmas, that person will give Sufjan a similarly special gift.

Here's how it works: write an original Christmas song, record it, and email the song to us. Asthmatic Kitty will pick a winner, and that person will trade rights to their song for rights to Sufjan's song.

Just like a gift exhange, Sufjan's song becomes your song. You can hoard it for yourself, sell it to a major soft drink corporation, use it in your daughter's first Christmas video, or share it for free on your website. No one except Sufjan and you will hear his song, unless you decide otherwise. You get the song and all legal rights to it. We get the same rights to your song.

By submitting your song, you also give us permission to stream it online.

Interested? Click here . . .

It's hard to believe that this is the fourth year in a row that I've posted about Sufjan's Christmas music.

Sufjan Stevens just performed the "BQE" for three nights at BAM.