Welcome to the December 2009 issue of Black Grooves. This month we’re offering an overview of holiday albums, from the old to the new, from the funky to the traditional— you’re sure to find something suitable for that office party or quiet evening roasting chestnuts in the fireplace. Also featured is an assortment of box sets from Bear Family, Hip-O Select, and Thompkins Square—these would make ideal gifts for your music loving friends. If you need a stocking stuffer, check out the 2010 Classic Blues Calendar/CD combo, which is volume 7 in an ongoing series that just keeps getting better and better. Finally, Light: On the South Side from Numero Group receives our vote for best new coffee table book, with fabulous candid images of the ’70s club scene plus 2 LPs chock full o’ blues.