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Sounds of the Season 2019

Tuesday, Nov 05, 2019 at 5:09pm

Music lover on your list? Then surely we have an album or two for them this year — check out our recommended albums for the 2019 holiday season below!

The Good Lovelies: EvergreenCD $14.99LP $22.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. It's been ten years, and ten Christmas tours since Toronto's The Good Lovelies released their album Under The Mistletoe. In celebration, they decided to capture many of the songs they have been performing over the past ten years on this brand new collection, "Evergreen." Included are three new original songs as well as some familiar chestnuts like "O Holy Night," "Please Come Home For Christmas" and more. (November)

Leon Redbone: Christmas IslandCD $18.99. Reader Reward Price $17.09. Out-of-print for many years, this European re-release of the enigmatic Leon Redbone's 1988 Christmas album comes just a few months after we lost him. Only one week later, Leon's longtime friend Dr. John also said goodbye. The two purveyors of folk, blues, jazz and Tin Pan Alley hook up on this album’s seasonal favourite, "Frosty the Snowman." The whole album is a pleasant mixture of Christmas songs, all in the typically unique Redbone style. (October)

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Los Lobos: Llego NavidadCD $19.99. Reader Reward Price $17.99. Los Lobos have released their first-ever Christmas album, Llego Navidad. Los Lobos began the journey of making this album by curating a list of nearly 150 Christmas songs down to eleven. The group made up their list by researching Christmas songs from across North, Central and South America. “Christmas And You,” is an original from the group. (October)

The Beatles: Abbey Road — 50th Anniversary EditionsCD $19.992-CD Deluxe set $32.994-CD Super Deluxe set with book $144.99LP $32.993-LP Super Deluxe set (no book) $107.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. Now, five decades after its release, Abbey Road is back in several deluxe box sets that follow in the footsteps of the Sgt. Pepper and White Album sets by tastefully remixing the remastered original songs while adding dozens of outtakes, Blu-ray audio expansions and a superb hardcover book that chronicles every moment of the action in exhaustive detail. Single CD and LP versions are available as well. (September)

The Replacements: Dead Man's Pop4-CD + 1-LP set $89.99. Reader Reward Price $80.99. The Replacements’ album, Don’t Tell a Soul, struck diehard fans as an act of betrayal in ‘89. The jewel of Dead Man’s Pop is the original producer’s new mix of that album, which is closer to everyone's original intent than the bigger, slicker sound the record company demanded. Throw in a disc of demos, their legendary drunken session with Tom Waits and a 2-disc live set from the era, and you have an astonishing rewrite of musical history. (October)

Big Dave McLean: Pocket Full of Nothin’CD $16.99. Reader Reward Price $15.29. What sets this recording apart from Big Dave’s previous efforts is the addition of a fully realized horn section. This truly made Big Dave's sound complete as the ensemble dug right in and recorded the album mostly live off of the floor in just a few days. A few well-chosen cover songs are included to complement Big Dave's original compositions. The release coincides with the announcement that Big Dave will receive an appointment to the Order of Canada. (October)

John Coltrane: Blue WorldCD $13.99LP $27.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. In 1964, the National Film Board of Canada asked John Coltrane to record the soundtrack for a French-language film titled Le chat dans le sac. Amazingly, no announcement was made that Coltrane was adding new performances to this film. For years, viewers of the film thought they were listening to the original recordings, though in fact they were new. Now, we can hear these newly-discovered recordings on Blue World. (October)

Bill Frisell: HarmonyCD $13.992-LP set $29.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. Acclaimed guitarist Bill Frisell’s new album Harmony features Frisell with a quartet comprising two longtime collaborators — Petra Haden and Hank Roberts — plus newcomer, Luke Bergman. Harmony features new compositions, reworked music from Frisell’s catalog and a sharp selection of jazz and Americana staples. Throughout, Petra Haden’s lead vocals and the trio’s harmonies grant Frisell’s music dimensions it’s never known before. (October)

Jeff Goldblum: I Shouldn’t Be Telling You ThisCD $13.99LP $27.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. Jeff Goldblum’s second studio album, I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This, follows the actor’s 2018 debut, The Capital Studios Sessions, recorded with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. That record was the No. 1 jazz album in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Joining the actor on the record is Anna Calvi, Fiona Apple, Sharon Van Etten and Gina Saputo, among others. (November)

The Dead South: Sugar & JoyCD $15.99LP $22.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. Sugar & Joy, The Dead South’s tightest, weirdest and most exciting studio work yet, is their first album written and recorded outside Regina. It’s not exactly the feel-good vibe some bluegrass fans have generally come to expect. The ongoing question of what is, or is not, bluegrass music, occasionally froths up in The Dead South’s wake as they speed on to the next gig, but the appeal of The Dead South’s dark and distinctive sound is undeniable. (October)

Ian & Sylvia: The Lost Tapes2-CD set $21.99. Reader Reward Price $19.79. Regarded as pioneers of the folk & Americana genre, Ian & Sylvia first came to prominence in the early 60s folk scene performing alongside Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot. In early 2019 Sylvia found a box of old 1/4 inch analog tapes in her attic that were recorded in the early 1970s in front of a live studio audience. The Lost Tapes features over twenty unreleased recordings from the Canadian duo. (September)

Kacy & Clayton: Carrying OnCD $17.99Colour LP $24.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. The music Kacy & Clayton make is inextricable from where they grew up. They sing about the kind of people you'd find in Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan (population very few). Carrying On was conceived and honed on the road and recorded immediately after a jaunt across Western Canada, the songs having been tried and tested before audiences. The album was produced once again by Jeff Tweedy. (October)

Sturgill Simpson: SOUND AND FURYCD $18.99LP $25.99Red LP $31.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. Grammy Award winner Sturgill Simpson releases SOUND AND FURY, his much-anticipated new album and accompanying Netflix anime film. Produced by Simpson, SOUND & FURY, the album, was recorded primarily at the McGuire Motor Inn in Waterford, Michigan, with his bandmates who all serve as co-producers. The album — which Simpson describes as “a sleazy, steamy rock ‘n roll record” — is a marked departure from his 2016 album. (October)

Begonia: FearCD $18.99LP $31.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. Alexa Dirks had made a name for herself in local circles for her work in ensembles like the Juno-winning Chic Gamine. But in 2016, she stepped forward, redubbing herself "Begonia". Her long-awaited debut album Fear is deeply personal, at once bursting with ruminations on solitude, self-doubt, anxiety and panic, all bundled up in that serene feeling that comes with an artist fully embracing themselves. (September)

Miloš Karadaglic: Sound of SilenceCD $14.99. Reader Reward Price $13.49. Three years after a devastating hand injury, Miloš returns with a new album that features meditative solo guitar works alongside a selection of pop and jazz hits curated by Miloš himself. Songs by artists ranging from Simon & Garfunkel and Leonard Cohen to Norah Jones have been reimagined. Guest artists include saxophonist Jess Gillam as well as Hang player Manu Delago. (September)

Daniil Trifonov: Destination Rachmaninov – ArrivalCD $13.992-LP set $34.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. After the highly acclaimed album Destination Rachmaninov – Departure, Daniil Trifonov concludes his Rachmaninov project with a coupling of the composer’s Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3. Including Trifonov’s own transcriptions of Rachmaninov’s famous, beloved, heart-rending “Vocalise” and virtuosic “The Silver Sleigh Bells.” Trifonov records with the Philadelphia Orchestra, again conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. (October)

André Rieu: My Music, My World – The Very Best Of2-CD set $20.99. Reader Reward Price $18.89. André Rieu, the King of Waltz, and one of the most famous violinists of our time, celebrates his 70th birthday in October this year. Universal has created a unique and first-time release to tie in with the festive occasion. It is a 2-CD set with all his greatest hits, waltzes, operas, musical and movie themes, 20th century defining songs and the song “Happy Birthday.” (October)

City and Colour: A Pill For LonelinessCD $14.992-LP set $24.99Blue 2-LP set $28.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. With this highly anticipated sixth full-length album, acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green siphons serenity from stress through a kaleidoscope of lush guitars, ethereal orchestration and heavenly delivery over eleven tracks that illuminate an entrancing emotional expanse, balancing two extremes with eloquence and energy. The album is produced by three-time Grammy-winning Jacquire King and mastered by Emily Lazar. (October)

The Mavericks: Play The HitsCD $19.99LP $25.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. The Mavericks — a group that adds genres from Tejano to surf-rock to the country label the industry likes to give them — have never been averse to putting their own spin on another band’s song. Covering songs by Bruce Springsteen, Marvin Gaye, Elvis Presley and others, this album illustrates their eclecticism. Unique takes on John Anderson’s “Swingin'” and Waylon Jennings’ “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” are highlights. (November)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: ColoradoCD $17.992-LP & 7"-LP set $54.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. Colorado is the first Neil Young and Crazy Horse album since 2012’s Psychedelic Pill, and the first since guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro retired from the group. He has been replaced by Nils Lofgren, who has played with Young going all the way back to After The Gold Rush in 1970. This new lineup of the band have played together live only six times, two of those in Winnipeg back in February. (October)

Leonard Cohen: Thanks For The DanceCD $16.992-LP set $46.99. Reader Reward Card Applies. A month before he died, Leonard Cohen had asked his son, Adam, to complete the musical sketches left over from their prior collaboration on 2016's You Want It Darker. Cohen Jr. began working on the material alone in a garage near his father’s old house, later inviting other contributors to be part of the process. They include the likes of Beck, Damien Rice, Feist and more. (November)

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