Looking for new releases a week before Christmas can be something of a thankless task, as year-end lists are being compiled and most labels are going through a quiet release period while gearing up for a blockbuster January. Luckily for us, there are still a few new things sneaking out, so if you’re looking for some last-minute holiday listening, there will be a few tunes to keep you occupied.
Various Artists – Django Unchained Soundtrack
I don’t really need to say much about this one. It’s a Tarantino soundtrack, which means it’ll be well worth listening to regardless of the quality of the film. This one has John Legend, Rick Ross, and Ennio Morricone on the track list, which says more about the album than I ever could.
The Pogues – The Pogues in Paris: 30th Anniversary Concert at the Olympia
This is available in a deluxe release to celebrate 30 years of the band’s existence. If you do need any persuading as to why you should buy this, bear in mind this is Christmas week, and 25 years ago this band (along with the late Kirsty MacColl) released the greatest Christmas song ever recorded. Is that enough?
Angels and Airwaves – Stomping The Phantom Brake Pedal (Double EP)
This double EP from the alt-rock supergroup (featuring members of Blink 182, 30 Seconds to Mars, and Nine Inch Nails) is only available in a limited pressing, for which the pre-sale physical bundle has already sold out. This little treat will still be available in download form from today on though.
T.I. – Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head
The Georgia native has spent a fair amount of time in the headlines for the wrong reasons in recent years, but he’s still fully operative, as he proves by returning with his eighth album and first since No Mercy went gold a couple of years back. He’s got a whole bunch of his famous friends to drop by on this one, including Lil Wayne, R.Kelly, and the inimitable Andre 3000.
Burial – Truant / Rough Sleeper
London producer Burial dropped an early Christmas present with the announcement of another 24-minute EP to be released today. Seeing as his Kindred EP, released earlier this year, contained some of the most extraordinary music of his high-quality career, it’s safe to say that this will be worth a listen.