New Music Releases: Christmas Songs and Crunchy Albums

Welcome to the world of new music releases! This week's selection brings a mix of Christmas songs and albums that will add some crunch to your November. From unique renditions of holiday classics to the sounds of punk and alternative metal, there's something for everyone. Join us as we explore the latest releases and get into the festive spirit!

Christmas Songs to Get You in the Festive Spirit

Experience the joy of the holiday season with these Christmas songs that offer unique renditions of beloved classics.

As the holiday season approaches, it's time to embrace the festive spirit with some Christmas music. But why settle for the same old songs when you can discover unique renditions that breathe new life into beloved classics?

From Walk Off the Earth's soulful take on 'Wonderful Christmastime' to Alanis Morissette's heartfelt cover of 'Last Christmas,' these artists infuse their own musical spirit into these timeless melodies. Whether you're a fan of traditional holiday tunes or looking for something fresh, these Christmas songs will bring joy to your celebrations.

Adding Crunch to Your November Playlist

Explore the latest albums that deliver a dose of crunch and energy to your November playlist.

If you're craving some musical intensity and energy, these albums will add the perfect crunch to your November playlist. My Morning Jacket's 'Feelin' Sorry' captures the emotions of the season with a sax-heavy track that delves into the complexities of feeling down during the holidays.

For fans of punk and alternative rock, Kate Clover's upcoming album promises to be a treat. With sonic nods to bands like The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers, her music brings a refreshing edge to the LA punk scene. Get ready to embrace the raw energy and rebellious spirit of her music.

Gruff Rhys surprises listeners with 'Silver Lining,' a departure from his usual style. This lush, string-heavy album showcases Rhys's deadpan delivery and playful lyrics. It's a musical journey that will leave you eagerly anticipating his upcoming album, 'Sadness Set Me Free.'

The Killers' Rebel Diamonds: A Celebration of 20 Years

Join The Killers as they celebrate their 20-year history with 'Rebel Diamonds,' a compilation album featuring their biggest hits and a brand new song.

The Killers have been a force in the music industry for two decades, and 'Rebel Diamonds' is their way of celebrating this milestone. This 20-track compilation album features their biggest hits, taking listeners on a journey through their impressive discography.

But that's not all. The album also includes a brand new song called 'Spirit,' which gives us a taste of what could have been from an aborted album. Singer Brandon Flowers felt that the material didn't meet the band's standards, but this track showcases their signature sound and leaves us wanting more.

Whether you're a longtime fan or new to The Killers' music, 'Rebel Diamonds' is a must-listen. It's a testament to their musical legacy and a reminder of why they've remained relevant for 20 years.

Helmet Returns with 'LEFT': A Triumph for Alternative Metal

NYC's Helmet makes a powerful comeback with 'LEFT,' their ninth studio album that delivers the signature alternative metal sound fans love.

For fans of alternative metal and math-rock, the return of NYC's Helmet is cause for celebration. 'LEFT' marks their ninth studio album and continues their tradition of delivering challenging and powerful music.

With their unique blend of heavy riffs and complex song structures, Helmet has carved out a niche in the alternative metal scene. This album is no exception, showcasing their signature sound and pushing the boundaries of the genre.

If you're craving some intense and thought-provoking music, 'LEFT' is the album for you. Brace yourself for a sonic journey that will leave you craving more.

Beirut's 'Hadsel': A Musical Journey Inspired by Norwegian Scenery

Indie darling Zach Condon takes us on a musical journey with 'Hadsel,' an album inspired by the breathtaking Norwegian island and its unique church.

Prepare to be transported to the stunning landscapes of Norway with Beirut's 'Hadsel.' Indie darling Zach Condon wrote this album while staying on the Norwegian island, drawing inspiration from its natural beauty and rich history.

One of the highlights of the album is the use of the local Hadselkirke, a 19th-century eight-sided church complete with an organ. Condon believes that the scenery and the church's ambiance are somehow present in the music, creating a truly immersive listening experience.

Whether you're a fan of Beirut's previous work or new to their music, 'Hadsel' offers a captivating journey that combines indie sensibilities with the unique charm of Norway. Get ready to be swept away by the melodies and immerse yourself in the beauty of the island.

The Stephen Stanley Band's 'Before the Collapse of the Hive': A Tribute to Indie Spirit

Join the Stephen Stanley Band on a heartfelt musical journey with 'Before the Collapse of the Hive,' an album dedicated to the late Dave Bookman and supported by a passionate community.

The Stephen Stanley Band's 'Before the Collapse of the Hive' is more than just an album; it's a tribute to the indie spirit and a testament to the power of community. Led by Canadian indie veteran Stephen Stanley, this project brings together a group of talented musicians who share a deep connection to Wolfe Island.

Recorded on Wolfe Island in Lake Ontario, this album captures the essence of the island and its vibrant music scene. With contributions from local artists and the support of nearly 80 backers through an Indiegogo campaign, 'Before the Collapse of the Hive' is a true labor of love.

Two songs on the album are dedicated to the late Dave Bookman, a Toronto radio legend and a friend to indie artists everywhere. It's a heartfelt tribute that adds an extra layer of emotion to an already powerful collection of songs.


As we approach the end of the year, the music world continues to deliver exciting new releases. From unique Christmas songs that infuse fresh energy into holiday classics to albums that add a much-needed crunch to your November playlist, there's something for every music lover.

Whether you're a fan of festive tunes or crave the intensity of punk and alternative metal, these releases offer a diverse range of sounds and emotions. The Killers' 'Rebel Diamonds' celebrates their 20-year journey with a compilation of hits and a brand new song, while Helmet's 'LEFT' marks a triumphant return to the alternative metal scene.

Beirut's 'Hadsel' takes us on a musical journey inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of Norway, and the Stephen Stanley Band's 'Before the Collapse of the Hive' pays tribute to indie spirit and community support. These albums showcase the power of music to connect us and evoke powerful emotions.

So, whether you're looking to get into the festive spirit or discover new sounds, dive into these releases and let the music transport you to new worlds.

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