Stop in, look around, have a drink and crank some tunes. I'll be posting some songs ripped from records, some out of print and hard to find stuff, some songs by artists you should be listening to, and a few mixes here and there.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Let's Ditch Christmas by Jeremy Messersmith


"Let's Ditch Christmas" is a new release from Minneapolis based singer/songwriter Jeremy Messersmith. Believe it or not, there are some people out there who just aren't fans of Christmas and all the hoopla that goes along with it. Jeremy is one of them. That being said, he delivers a very upbeat, crooner-esk ditty about, well, ditching Christmas, and sounds like he sings it with a smile on his face. Being from Minnesota myself, it sounds more like he's just sick of the cold and snow and I guess I can relate. The other song here is his version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." As always, he's left his fingerprints on it. Jeremy can make me happy to be sad. I encourage you to check out his other albums if you have some time after the holidays. It's really good stuff!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Brainwerk Halloween Mix 2014

Ran out of time to really iron this one out. Just got too busy. I will have a polished version for next Halloween I promise. But for now enjoy this one, warts and all. Happy Halloween everyone!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cleaning a Record with Wood Glue?!?

If nothing else, it looks really fun to peel the glue off. I'm going to try this.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

More songs added to The BEST Halloween Mix Ever by Brainwerk on Spotify

Hey everyone! How's it going eh? Check The Cool Wax shuts down pretty tight between the holidays. I will be posting some fun stuff for Halloween though including a fun 60 minute Halloween mix like I did last Christmas with sound clips and all kinds of stuff added. For now you can listen to some Halloween music on Spotify. I think it plays pretty good in order or on shuffle. Hope your Halloween season is going GREAT!


Saturday, December 21, 2013

BuzzFeed's Saddest Christmas Songs Of All Time Spotify Mix

Let's face it. Sometimes its fun to be sad with your record collection... I just saw the BuzzFeed post of the 22 Saddest Christmas Songs Of All Time. I thought it was pretty interesting so I threw the songs in a Spotify mix. There are a lot of polarizing songs here. Most of them you LOVE or HATE… Two songs were not on Spotify and don't appear in the mix. They are Taylor Swift "Christmas When You Were Mine," and Bob Carlisle "Christmas Shoes" (Quite possible the biggest downer of all time). This songs picked here are very high level. No deep tracks or surprises.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Festive Funk Machine

Be a Christmas robot puppet master (and have fun wasting time) with The Festive Funk Machine!


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Check The Cool Wax Christmas List Track Listing and NEW Download link


Hi Everyone. Thanks for the nice words. I've added a download link below because I didn't know SoundCound had a download limit… Oops! Also below is a track listing.

Download directly HERE.

Good Time Christmas :: Lou Rawls
Twinkle :: JD McPherson
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town :: The Sweetback Sisters
Santa On The Roof :: Reverend Horton Heat
Holiday Twist :: Los Straitjackets (with Kaiser George on vocals)
Away In A Manger :: Hyperbubble
Christmas of Love :: Little Isidore and the Inquisitors
I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus :: Brenda Lee
Must Be Santa :: Mitch Miller
Hooray For Santa Claus :: Al Hirt
Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me) :: Elvis Presley
Snowflake :: Jim Reeves
Hurry Home :: Good Lovelies
Mary's Boy Child :: Trailer Trash
Joy To The World :: Ella Fitzgerald
Jingle Bells :: Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
Winter Wonderland :: The Funk Brothers
I Wish It Was Christmas Today :: Julian Casablancas
Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year :: Rosie Thomas
Christmas Shopping :: Buck Owens
To Heck With Ole Santa Claus :: Loretta Lynn
Sleigh Ride :: The Ventures
Ring Those Christmas Bells :: Peggy Lee
We Wish You The Merriest :: Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Excerpt) :: Jackson Five

And I've also been recommended to post to MixCloud

Brainwerk's Christmas Mix 2013 by Brainwerk on Mixcloud

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Check The Cool Wax Christmas Mix 2013

Merry Christmas everyone! How is your Christmas season going? Great I hope. I feel like I really have the spirit this year. Some years Christmas comes and goes so fast that you really don't get to fully submerge yourself into this wonderful time of year.

Here is my meager gift to you. It's not much. 60 minutes (give or take a few seconds) of peppy Christmas music that I hope will brighten up your spirits if only for a short time. Think of it as an hour of Check The Cool Wax radio. It has had my kids and I dancing around the living room for a few weeks now. I tried to keep this as upbeat as possible. The tempo drops a little in the middle but picks right back up at the end. It will also be good practice for your holiday party because you can practice all your dance moves - polka, pogo, western swing, robot or even just the cool head bob...

I'm not sure how long this will be up. Soundcloud could take this down at anytime. If anyone is interested, I can make this a mix on Spotify too. I really had fun making this. Please send me a note or leave a message if you enjoyed it. I would love to know if anyone is still visiting the site.

Please support these great artists. My only intent here is to spread a little good cheer and introduce other music lovers to some songs they may have forgotten or never heard before. Well, except for Elvis I guess… But I couldn't make a Christmas mix without the King of Rock n Roll right?? It's just impossible to hear good music on the radio or in stores anymore.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Jerry Lewis :: I've Had A Very Merry Christmas

I've had a request to repost Jerry Lewis - I've Had A Very Merry Christmas… Instead of posting the mp3, I'll just point you to a link where you can listen to it as much as you want on Spotify. I really love this song and I wonder why you don't hear it more at Christmas. Am I the only one who still loves Jerry Lewis?

Monday, December 09, 2013

Are these really Christmas songs???

OK. I have a question. Who decided that "My Favorite Things" and "What A Wonderful World" are Christmas songs? And what about "Linus and Lucy"? Not a Christmas song in my books.

Christmas Mix Coming Very Soon!


I really haven't much to offer to all you good people any more. The mining of obscure, wacky, TV and pop culture records has dried up. A quick Google search will get you almost anything you want to hear.  I still cruise the major Christmas blogs and I still love to read your messages. What I am whipping up is a mix to pass along. It's clocking in about an hour and it's packed with some forgotten songs and some newer songs that may have slipped by you. Songs you may not have heard in a few years and a few you've heard a thousand times, and all sprinkled with plenty of sound bytes. The one common element here is that ALL the songs will keep you bopping around your Christmas tree sipping your glass of spirits, or shaking in the kitchen while you bake those cookies. It's some high energy Christmas and I hope you enjoy it. I'm just doing some last minute jockeying of songs and volume levels… If anyone is still visiting the blog and enjoys it, I'd love to make more.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Santa Claus (vs The Devil) 1959

WOW! Is this movie wild! I'm watching this and listening for sound bytes and there are plenty.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Mix - Count Your Blessings!

31 songs to aid in digestion and help you remember just how lucky you really are. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!