The 5 Albums You Need to Hear in December

It’s the allegedly festive season, the end of the year, the time when the music industry largely abandons the idea of releasing new records for bringing in the cash with box sets, classic reissues, etc. Still, there’s the occasional brave artist who decides to release something in December, and so, as ever, we’ve perused the release schedules and huddled together in a quorum of music geekdom to decide on the new releases that are worth getting hold of this month, along with those that you really should be avoiding like crazy.

Xiu Xiu — Nina (December 3)

What better way to welcome the “festive” season than with an album’s worth of Xiu Xiu covering Nina Simone? I swear I’m not making this up.