So here we are, another December has landed, and some of us are gearing up for the season with some new holiday tunes. What have you picked up this year that is new to your collection? Is it a reissue you've had your eye on? A new release from a new or favorite artist? Share your discoveries with us! I have two in the ranks. One I picked up either late last year or early this year, but never played it. It's The Jack Jones Christmas Album, on Kapp Records. Fingers are crossed that this CD sounds acceptable--I picked up a different Jack Jones CD a year or two ago of the Wives and Lovers album and it had so much noise reduction applied that all of the life was sucked out of it. My big find this year is the JD McPherson record Socks. It's a decidedly retro music kick based on 50s R&B and early rock 'n' roll, with a touch of rockabilly here and there. McPherson is bringing the musical goods with a lot of fire and energy, and the album of original tunes here is a treat to listen to after all the tired renditions of slaughtered classics infesting the stores and radio this time of year. Refreshing and fun! The vinyl is a funky green pressing, and plays surprisingly well. The LP is the package to get, as it comes with a 12x12 book inside the jacket containing art by the same cartoonist who adorned the cover of this. A nice package to go with the record--it's a keeper! I'm streaming a few other off-the-radar releases to see what else I might like, and I'll give the notable finds here.