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Liona Boyd A Winter Fantasy Canada’s First Lady of the Guitar can’t shred the nylon strings the way she once could, due to a condition called focal dystonia. That explains why...
Irvin Mayfield & the New Orleans Jazz Playhouse Revue A New Orleans Creole Christmas If you can listen to these sweet-and-laid-back takes on holiday standards without...
Trio MediaevalAquilonis This gorgeous album of polyphonic harmonizing by Norway’s Trio Mediaeval is not a Christmas release per se, but the repertoire comes from as far north as...
Jamey Johnson The Christmas Song Can we declare a moratorium on new recordings of date-rape how-to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, for, say, five years? Just wanted to throw that out...
Various Artists I’ll Be Home for Christmas A caveat: this EP does not include any version of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. What it does include is a Meghan Trainor original...
Sarah Dawn Finer Vinterland Sarah Dawn Finer is a popular Swedish singer (of Anglo-American descent, hence her distinctly non-Swedish name), and Vinterland is her Christmas...
Various Artists Ellen’s The Only Holiday Album You’ll Ever Need—Volume 1 Wait a sec, if this is the only holiday album we’ll ever need, why is it only Volume 1? Who do you think...
I took a good chunk of 2014 off from listening to new music and then spent the week prior to filing this list desperately attempting to play catch-up. So if I left off your...
Ryan Guldemond doesn’t set out to make grand statements, but somehow it keeps happening. Mother Mother’s last album, 2012’s The Sticks, found Guldemond—the band’s singer,...
Let’s be honest here: with the exception of a few masochists, no one actually likes shopping at this time of year. The stores are crowded, the mall parking lots are battle zones,...

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