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November, 2005
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From box sets to big name artists, the holidays are always filled with new music, but what release might make the perfect gift? In this one-hour special, two of the nation's top critics share their picks for creative and interesting musical stocking-stuffers. Hosted by Mary Lucia, The 12 Discs Of Christmas is a lively give-and-take between music lovers. The New York Times' Kelefa Sanneh and Spin Magazine's Will Hermes share excerpts from notable recent discs, from rock to hip-hop, roots music and more, and talk about what makes them worthwhile. Just in time to help you decide what to get the music lover on your list.

Luny Tunes & Baby Ranks: Mas Flow 2 (Universal Music Latino)
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Various Artists: One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds, Lost and Found (Rhino)
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Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is (A&M)
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Sigur Ros: Takk (Geffen)
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Dinosaur Jr.: You're Living All Over Me and Bug (Merge)
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Thelonius Monk: Thelonius Monk Quartet w/ John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (Blue Note)
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Richie Spice: Spice in Your Life (Fifth Element)

Martina McBride: Timeless (Sony BMG)
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Charlie Poole: You Ain't Talkin' to Me: Charlie Poole and the Roots of Country Music (Sony BMG)
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Feist: Let It Die (Arts & Crafts)
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Miranda Lambert: Kerosene (Sony Nashville)
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Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman: Song X (Nonesuch)
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Mannie Fresh: The Mind Of Mannie Fresh (Cash Money)
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UGK: Ridin' Dirty (Jive)
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Ali Farka Touré: Red and Green (Nonesuch)
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Various Artists: World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love's A Real Thing-The Funky Fuzzy Sound of West Africa (Luaka Bop)
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Orange Juice: The Glasgow School (Domino)
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Against Me!: Searching for a Former Clarity (Fat Wreck Chords)
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Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Come On Back (Rounder)
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About the host:

Mary Lucia - 89.3 The Current Host Mary Lucia has earned a large fan base with her work as a broadcast personality, writer, actor, and voice-over talent in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Lucia began her media career doing nights at REV105, co-hosted mornings on Zone 105, and hosted a talk show on 1500 KSTP. From 1998 to 2001 she hosted the local music show Popular Creeps, a two-time Minnesota Music Award winner for "Best Locally Produced Show." In addition to writing a regular column for the Twin Cities magazine The Rake, "Soundtrack to Mary," she has also appeared in live theater productions at the Frank Theater and Theater 911. Lucia is closely identified with the vibrant local music scene and her passion and knowledge.

Lucia hosts a daily radio program on Minnesota Public Radio's The Current in the Twin Cities.

About the Critics:
Kelefa Sanneh writes about pop music for The New York Times. He has also worked as Deputy Editor of Transition Magazine, a pugnacious review of race and culture. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and a glossy Indian "lad rag" called Man's World.

Will Hermes is a senior contributing writer for SPIN magazine and a frequent contributor to NPR's All Things Considered. He has written for The Village Voice, Salon.com, and other publications. He is the co-editor of the just-published compilation Spin: Twenty Years of Alternative Music (Random House).