Archive for December, 2006

18th December
written by Matt The Cat
Night Prowl Christmas Show

It’s an annual event, so spike the nog, turn up the XM and get ready to hear from every Night Prowler. Yes, everyone’s invited to THIS Christmas party. The music’s gonna be great, but that goes without saying. Since it was such a hit last year, I’ll be playing “Christmas In Jail” by The Youngsters every hour on the hour. Yum Yum will stop by with another “Yum” interpretation of a classic Christmas story. This is one show that’ll make you proud to be an XM subscriber.

Friday, December 22 from 7pm – 11pm EST

Here are some Egg Nog recipes to getcha in the holiday spirit.

Regular Egg Nog
2 eggs, beaten well
3 tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp nutmeg, ground
2 1/3 cups milk
Blend all ingredients together and serve chilled.

Baltimore Egg Nog
6 eggs, separated
1 cup sugar
1/2 pint brandy
1/4 pint light rum
1/4 pint peach brandy
1 1/2 pints milk
1/2 pint heavy cream
Beat egg yolks with sugar until thick. Stir in liqueurs, milk and cream. Chill thoroughly and pour into punch bowl. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold them into the egg nog mixture. Add a dusting of nutmeg if you desire (yes, you desire the nutmeg).

Christmas Eggnog
12 Eggs, separated

1 c Granulated sugar

1 c Bourbon whiskey

1 c Cognac

1/2 ts Salt

3 pt Heavy cream

Grated Nutmeg
In an electric mixer, beat the egg yolks with the sugar until thick and lemon colored. Slowly add the bourbon and cognac, while beating at a slow speed. Chill several hours.
Add the salt to the egg whites and beat until almost stiff, or until the beaten whites form a peak that bends slightly.
Whip the cream until stiff. Fold the whipped cream into the yolk mixture, then fold in the beaten egg whites. Chill one hour.
When ready to serve, sprinkle the top with freshly grated nutmeg. Serve in punch cups with a spoon.
If desired, add one or two cups of milk to the yolk mixture for a thinner eggnog.

Make one of the above to prepare for the show and make merry with Matt The Cat on December 22nd.

Merry Christmas cats n’ kittens!


17th December
written by Matt The Cat

Spike the egg nog, because even Santa gets the blues. This week’s HARLEM is a solid hour of nothing but soulful Christmas rhythm and blues classics from the 50s. Spread the love, the joy and pass the whiskey.

Monday Afternoon 12/18 @ 1pm East
Tuesday Night 12/19 @ 9pm West & Midnight East
Friday 12/22 @ 6pm over NYC
Sunday Morning 12/24 @ 11am East for Christmas Eve

Have yourself a merry little Christmas and always remember that nutmeg brings out the flavor of your egg nog….rum certainly doesn’t hurt either.

Have a cool yule and a groovy New Year.

14th December
written by Matt The Cat
Ahmet Ertegun
July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006

In 1947, Ahmet Ertegun and his partner Herb Abramson raised $10,000 and started Atlantic Records to showcase music that was generally being ignored by the majors; R&B; and Jazz. Atlantic would contribute greatly to the rise of Rock n’ Roll by signing and popularizing artists such as Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Ruth Brown, Chuck Willis, The Coasters, The Drifters and The Clovers.

Matt The Cat will air an interview he did with this true Rock n’ Roll pioneer as well as play the records that made Atlantic Records the most import record label in history. Hear Ahmet’s demo of the song, “Mess Around”, which he recorded in order to get Ray Charles to record it and many more rarities, Friday Night at 7pm EST – 4pm PST on XM’s 50s on 5.