Arguably the best TV show going--I said it--Bojack Horseman is now the star of his own vinyl release, if not of a successful television series or a movie about Secretariat. You'll get the show's great themes here, of course, along with other original songs from various episodes. This fan must-have features two gorgeous picture LPs, one entire side of which is devoted to the show's perfect "underwater" episode.
For the horror fan who loves to set a creepy mood
Okay, so it likely won't arrive for Christmas--but considering that this gorgeous pressing is limited to 2,500 copies, the Stranger Things stan in your life will probably accept an IOU under the tree. The soundtrack/score for the hit Netflix show's second season is on "Upside Down Inter-Dimensional Blue," which looks great, and the quality of the LPs from season one speak well for this one.
For your friend who appreciates a well-crafted pop song
Is there anybody in the pop game doing it better than Beyonce? Trick question, of course there isn't. Her essential 2016 album is now available on yellow (of course) 180-gram vinyl, and is a must-have release for anybody who claims to like modern pop music. Bonus: it definitely doesn't feature unexpected tracks from a random Canadian band. Name a more iconic duo than these two LPs; I'll wait.
For your uncle who was all over that Canada 150 merch
It's hard to get more classically Canadian than Stompin' Tom Connors, the Canuck troubadour responsible for anthems like The Hockey Song and Sudbury Saturday Night. This two-LP set of his greatest hits, released to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation, features an intro from NHL legend Ken Dryden and four new covers from modern-day Canadian musicians.
For the music fan in mourning
Music had a few big losses this year, but Tom Petty certainly hit with fans across generations. The Petty fan in your family might already have a good selection of his discography on vinyl, but they'll surely appreciate this selection of his greatest hits performed live--on blue vinyl--just the same.
For your most beloved hoser
It's hard to think of a bigger arts-and-culture story in Canada this year than Gore Downie's passing, especially given that it comes with not only the end of the country's likely most-beloved band but also with the continuation of our long-overdue self-reflection on Indigenous reconciliation. Along with the important charitable work Downie did during his final months, there was also music: including this new album, which will both excite fans of Downie's earlier solo work and give long-time Hip fans new insight into the man and artist.
For your cousin who started buying vinyl at Urban Outfitters
Look, we're happy to see people come to vinyl however it has to happen. But we all know the youth can do better than just picking up overpriced copies of the latest by the Chainsmokers on wax. Treat them to the latest from Urban fave Lana Del Rey with this double-LP release at, we might add, a far more reasonable price than you'll find at everyone's problematic-fave chain retailer.
For your parents who never did give up their turntable
I'm not sure there's a parent out there who wouldn't appreciate this comprehensive package of Redding's releases, featuring the original mono mixes of his studio albums--several of which have been long out of print--with packaging that replicates the original LPs right down to their catalogue numbers.
For your aunt who starts playing Christmas music after Canadian Thanksgiving
Is there a middle-aged female alive who doesn't jam out to "Mary's Boy Child" every time she hears it? Boney M's Christmas classic is a bit ridiculous sure, but so are many of our most beloved holiday traditions. This reissue of an album your aunt surely owned on both cassette and CD has all of the holiday bangers. You'll never get "Zion's Daughter" out of your head again.
For your cool younger sibling who loves to be introduced to new-to-them bands
Dead Moon's Fred Cole passed away in 2017, with his band never quite getting their deserved wider due. But Dead Moon will appeal to music fans who love straight-up, raw rock-and-roll songs, even if they've never heard this band before. If your younger sibling digs that enduringly grimy Northwestern US sound, get them this release.
For your older sibling who bought Sturgill Simpson's album after the Grammys
If you know someone who was thrilled to discover Simpson after his Grammy performance nearly a year ago, get them hip to another new Nashville favourite in Margo Price, who released her critically lauded second album All American Made this year. It's got none of the cheese of the worst of "New Country," and all of the straightforward heart of the classic albums that clearly influence Price's work.
For your in-law with impressively broad musical taste
No less an authority than Erykah Badu curated this new Fela Kuti box set, which features another great selection of Afrobeat releases from the prolific Nigerian musician. Along with seven LPs, recreated with the original album artwork, the box includes a 20-page full-colour booklet with seven essays by Badu along with in-depth commentary from Afrobeat historian Chris May and a 16x24" poster designed by Nigerian artist Lemi Ghariokwu.
For your other in-law who maintains that music peaked in the '90s
Trent Reznor has been busy, apparently, because a selection of classic Nine Inch Nails albums were recently reissued with new remastering. The pressings sound fabulous, and this three-LP "definitive edition" is a must-have for any fan who still carries a flame for the best releases of the 1990s, back when albums like The Fragile were still referred to as "alternative music."