New Music Tuesday: 12-23-08

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It’s that time of year, when no one dare put out a new album two days before Christmas. (OK, there are a handful, but none that I’d actually recommend.) Instead, here’s a shortlist of what to get those hard-to-please music lovers in your life — if you’re a last-minute shopper, anyway.

For the hip-hop and R&B fan:

Janelle MonáeThe Chase Suite

SantogoldSantogold

Keyshia ColeA Different Me

Yo MajestyFuturistically Speaking …

For the classic country fan:

Lucinda WilliamsLittle Honey

Jenny LewisAcid Tongue

Dolly PartonBackwoods Barbie

Anne MurrayDuets: Friends & Legends

For the indie-rock fan:

Vivian GirlsVivian Girls

The KillsMidnight Boom

Marnie SternThis Is It & I Am It

LadyhawkeLadyhawke

For the pop fanatic:

Danity KaneWelcome to the Dollhouse

PinkFunhouse

Lady GaGaThe Fame

Britney SpearsCircus

For the eclectic listener:

Tracy ChapmanOur Bright Future

Hercules and Love AffairHercules and Love Affair

PortisheadThird

PonytailIce Cream Spiritual

Did I miss any suggestions that are sure to please?

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