Alas, another year of music has come and gone, and it is now that the final curtain has been drawn. We've had many a good time keeping up with the happenings of the alternative sector, but it is time for the beast to return to its cave to slumber for a bit. 1190 will be spinning new music all through the holidays, but I'll be taking a break from this column until we start charting again on Jan. 8. Thank you to everyone for your continued love and support, and here's what you can look forward to over the holidays.

Crystal Castles' new record (III) takes the Canada duo's sound into even scarier territory with some serious icy low-end sounds. However, tracks like "Kerosene" showcase that even in their darkest incarnation, Crystal Castles is still extremely capable of writing hooks that can both frighten and entice the mind.

Our good pals over at Co-Sign have blessed us with a collection of holiday tracks on their Holidays Rule compilation. Featuring contributions from artists like The Shins, Rufus Wainwright, The Head and the Heart, and Andrew Bird, Holidays Rule is the closest you'll get to sitting around the fireplace with all your favorite alternative icons.

Lastly, to prove that the dead of winter can't stop a force of rock and roll, Lamps third album Under the Water Under the Ground is a blistering example of garage rock at its finest. Vocals are completely lost to distortion on almost every track, but the groups Wire-esqe approach to blasts of sound is too plain fun to not mosh to.

Other additions include:

* A World Out of Time, Eternal Tapestry.

* Natural History, Dope Body.

* Advaitic Songs, Om.

* Trilogy, The Weeknd.

* Raw Footage, Ice Cube.

-- Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190