You just saw the Canadian superstar perform a heartfelt rendition of his new single “Wonder” at the AMAs. You’ve tuned in to his new Netflix documentary, “Wonder”, which lays bare his rise to fame through his international travels. Now, you’re ready to hear a whole new Shawn Mendes album. And that album, if you’re wondering, is entitled ‘Wonder’ and you only have to wait until December 4 to download it. Wonderful!
Sir Cute One’s 18th solo album is out December 18. (It was just announced that it has been delayed from its December 11 drop date.) It’s called ‘McCartney III’ and, yes, it’s been a minute since we’ve had a numbered McCartney album. Like, folks have been waiting for the followup to ‘McCartney II’ for 40 years. Forty. Years. McCartney released ‘McCartney I’ in April of 1970, just a week after the British music press breathlessly reported that the Beatles had split. If you’re in the vicinity of a Beatles stan this holiday season, prepare to hear all about the power of this trilogy and how McCartney plays all the instruments on all of them. We are expecting gloriousness.
‘Nightmare Vacation’ is not just the impending pandemic holiday season, it’s the name of the highly anticipated debut album from 23-year-old Maryland rapper/mixtape master Rico Nasty. Out December 4, the disc features Trippie Redd, Aminé, Gucci Mane and Don Toliver. The lead singles include “Own It”, “iPhone” and the bouncy new “Don't Like Me”.
To follow up 2018’s critically acclaimed album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, the English rock band will release ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ on December 4. “On June 7, 2018, we played a special show at London’s Royal Albert Hall,” the band wrote on social media. “All proceeds from that night were donated to War Child in support of the vital work they do protecting, educating & rehabilitating children who have experienced the trauma of conflict and the horror of war … We are releasing a live album, recorded on that evening. All proceeds will go direct to the charity.” ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ features 20 career-spanning hits for a good cause. It’s a win/win.
‘We Will Always Love You’, out December 11, is the third outing from the Australian electronic music group. The title track was released as the lead single way back in February. The second single, “Running Red Lights", dropped in March and features Pink Siifu and Rivers Cuomo from Weezer. ‘We Will Always Love You’ follows 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Wildflower’ and the seminal ‘Since I Left You’ from 2000, which is considered both one of the best albums of the 2000s and one of best Australian albums of all time.
This San Fran rock band has cycled through more names than Diddy. Witness: Orinoka Crash Suite, OCS, Orange County Sound, The Ohsees, Thee Oh Sees, Oh Sees, and their current moniker, Osees. On December 11, they’re going to unleash ‘Panther Rotate’, a new remix album wherein songs from last month’s release, ‘Protean Threat’, are reworked using the sounds of farm equipment. It’s the prolific garage band’s third full-length record of 2020 and the first farm equipment album we’ve reported on all day.
Hey, did you know that this guy’s granddad used to perform with U.K. glam rock gods T. Rex in the ‘70s? Did you know his real name is Dominic Harrison? If you’re born with a name that cool, why change it? Weird. Also, ‘Weird’ is the name of his highly anticipated second album. It’s out on December 4. It’s been delayed (COVID-19, obvs.) but he’s been treating fans to hecka singles, including the title track, “Strawberry Lipstick”, “God Save Me, But Don’t Drown Me Out”, “Cotton Candy”, and the latest release, “Mars”. His virtual 16-date “Weird Time of Life” tour kicked off on November 16.
Joan of Arc
Joyful Noise Recordings
It’s not the French saint. It’s the indie rock band from Chicago named after her. And this is their final album! The band formed in 1995 and singer Tim Kinsella has been the only permanent member. The group’s final lineup is Tim Kinsella, Melina Ausikaitis, Theo Katsaounis, and Bobby Burg, and to commemorate that lineup, their last album is called ‘Tim Melina Theo Bobby’. It’s set for release on December 4.
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‘Odin's Raven Magic’, out December 4, is inspired by sometime band member Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson’s fascination with medieval Icelandic literature. But he probably just calls it ‘medieval literature’ because he's in Iceland. If you’re in the mood for an orchestral collaboration between Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen and Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir that draws on post-rock choral folklore to offer a 70-minute piece based on the tale of Hrafnagaldur Ooins (“Odin's Raven Magic”), then this is everything you’ve ever wanted. Also, TIL Sigur Rós means 'Victory Rose' in English. So that’s nice, too.
‘Seasonal Shift’ came out the first week of December but don’t call it a Christmas record:
“It's more of a seasonal album,” says the Arizona band’s Joey Burns in a statement. “I never thought this would have gone the way that it did. We were aiming to record a six-song EP and we kept going. I guess I never thought I would be on semi-permanent hibernation mode either, but I'm super happy and extremely grateful.”
Fans of this Americana/Tex-Mex/indie rock band will be, too. The album opens with “Hear the Bells” and includes a cover of Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over Again”.
Kacy & Clayton and Marlon Williams
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You know Kacy & Clayton as the Canadian folk/roots duo from Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, that's composed of second cousins Clayton Linthicum on guitar and Kacy Anderson on vocals. Now: add Marlon Williams! The ‘Plastic Bouquet’ album, due out December 11, is a collaboration between Kacy & Clayton and the New Zealand singer-songwriter.
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‘The Language Shadow’, out December 4, has serious cred: Richards herself is part of the U.S. Girls band, the record was co-produced by Toronto folk star Basia Bulat, and it features Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury and U.S. Girls' Geordie Gordon. Here’s what Richards had to say in a statement about the album’s latest single, “Atlantis”: "What 'Atlantis' is attempting to get at is the sacred humanity of the creative act, the importance of returning again and again to that meditative process, especially in a world of so much creative undoing." Here for it.