The Minus 5 have announced the release of their first ever Christmas-themed album. Dear December will come out on a limited-edition vinyl LP on November 24th, with digital and CD versions to follow on Dec. 1st.
Helmed by Scott McCaughey, who acted as an auxiliary member of R.E.M. from 1994 through 2011, the “pop collective” also features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck as “co-captain.” Their releases feature an ever-shifting call sheet of participants, with this holiday offering featuring Georgians Mike Mills (R.E.M.) and Kelly Hogan alongside Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Chuck Prophet, The Posies, Ben Gibbad (Death Cab for Cutie) and others.
“I wanted to evoke the classic Christmas album feeling without leaning too heavily on sweet baby Jesus and good ol’ Little St. Nick,” says McCaughey. “Yet I also wanted to curb my cynical tendencies as well. I feel we succeeded on both counts, and the results are a holiday record that should work for any and all.”