10 Albums You Need to Hear in December

And to think we used our smarty-pants Waste Land intro last month. As we should have remembered, November is a cornucopia of releases compared to the barren expanse that is December — unless, of course, you’re into Christmas albums, AOR piffle, and commercial hip-hop, in which case you’re probably not reading this in the first place. If you are still reading, then you’ll be happy to know that we’ve crossed the desert and found ourselves ten new releases that really are going to be worth hearing in December. Result. Check out our selections after the jump, and let us know if there’s anything else on your Christmas list that we’ve missed.

The Cure — Bestival Live 2011 (December 6)

If you missed out on tickets to the Cure’s recent, epic three-albums-in-their-entirety shows, then this is the next best thing: a double live album of their performance at Bestival on the Isle of Wight in the UK earlier this year. The album comprises the entire 32-song set they played to headline the festival, and it’s apparently also for a good cause — proceeds from the album’s sales go to something called the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. Hardcore fans will probably be most interested in the performance of “The Caterpillar,” which is only only the second time the band have played the song live in 25 years.