Consequence of Sound’s Holiday Gift Guide 2012


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The Consequence of Sound Holiday Gift Guide offers ideas for the music fan in your life. From box sets and films to the wacky and practical, this guide compiles 50 gift ideas spanning eight different categories.

Check back often as we’ll be updating this list throughout the holiday season. And if you have an idea for an item we should include, please send us an email.

From all of us at Consequence of Sound, we wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season.

Box Sets

The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour Deluxe Box Set

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What: The Beatles’ 1967 psychedelic film Magical Mystery Tour has been reissued on DVD and Blu-ray for a new box set. The bonus disc features brand new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and other cast and crew members, a director’s commentary track by McCartney himself, a 19-minute documentary, deleted scenes, new edits of past performances, and a BBC promotional video. The set also includes a 60-page book and a double 7″ that contains the film’s original six tracks.

Buy: Amazon ($92.49)

The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set

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What: Three years ago, The Beatles’ remastered catalog hit iTunes and CD, but not vinyl. Now wax enthusiasts can pick up their entire discography on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl. The box set includes original artwork and a 252-pg hardbound book, written by award-winning radio producer Kevin Howlett. There’s a chapter for each album and countless photographs, some of which weren’t even included in the original 2009 remasters. In a word, perfection.

Buy: Amazon ($319.99)

Blur at 21

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What: Celebrating 21 years of Blur, this massive box set compiles reissues of the band’s seven studio albums, four more discs of rarities, three DVDs featuring over two hours of previously unreleased footage, a collectable 7″ single of the rare and previously unreleased live recording of “Superman”, and a deluxe hard book.


Can – The Lost Tapes Deluxe Vinyl Box Set

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What: After unearthing 30+ hours of forgotten material and film scores from the recesses of their old studio in Weilerswist, Germany, experimental aficionados Can have curated an immense collection of their finest forgotten jams. The deluxe vinyl box set includes five LPs showcasing eerie, rare spoken word from the band’s first vocalist Malcolm Mooney, as well as the schizophrenic yelps of the legendary Damo Suzuki, backed by the same trance-inducing psychedelia that made the group a cult figure in the first place.

Buy: Boomkat (£55.99)

Death Cab For Cutie – The Barsuk Years

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What: Death Cab From Cutie’s entire output during their years on Barsuk Records has been compiled in a new vinyl box set. The Barsuk Years contains eight records from the band’s 1997 cassette-only “demo” You Can Play These Songs With Chords through their 2003 critical and commerical blockbuster (and final release on Barsuk) Transatlanticism.

Everything aside from Transatlanticism was remastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, and three of the releases – You Can Play These Songs With Chords, 2000’s Forbidden Love and 2000’s The Stability — are available on vinyl for the first time.

Each release is packaged individually in its own jacket with the album’s original artwork, and then collected in an individually-numbered cloth-bound box and signed by the band.

*Note: Box sets won’t shop until January 7th

Buy: Barsuk Records ($225.00)

Johnny Cash – The Complete Columbia Album Collection

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What: Between 1958 and 1986, Johnny Cash released a number of his most acclaimed singles and albums through Columbia Records. And though Cash eventually left the label citing improper marketing, the industry stalwart is celebrating Cash’s monumental run with the release of Johnny Cash – The Complete Columbia Album Collection.

The box set includes a total of 63 discs, comprised of 59 albums and four bonus discs. In fact, the collection marks the first-ever CD release for 35 titles. The material covered will range from 1958’s The Fabulous Johnny Cash to 1990?s Highwayman 2 (the sophomore album of Cash’s super group the Highwaymen, which featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson). Also included are various live albums, soundtracks, and several rare titles.

Buy: Amazon ($255.99)

Numero Group 045 – Eccentric Soul: Omnibus

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What: Make someone’s holiday a little more soulful with this ginormous collection of 45 7″ records from Numero Group, who have spent years unearthing classic music left behind by popular culture. While names of acts like the 13th Amendment, Black Fur, Deep Heat, Morning After, Rokk, Procedures, and Union are unfamiliar to even the most-studied fan, Numero guarantees their freshness and cultural significance with an 108-page clothbound book. Snag your copy in red, blue, yellow, green, or orange to match your best leisure suit.

Buy: ($250)

Peter Gabriel – So (25th Anniversary Immersion Box)

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What: Immersion is an apt name for this particular box set collecting loads of background material from the album regarded as Gabriel’s creative peak. The Martin Scorsese-produced Live in Athens 1987 concert film is available for the first time on DVD, while the So: Classic Album documentary features interviews with Gabriel and co-producer Daniel Lanois. And if all that weren’t enough behind-the-scenes action, the Double A side 12″ vinyl includes the unreleased tracks “Courage” and “Sagrada”.

Buy: Amazon ($116.87)

Phish – Chicago ’94

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What: The jam band’s latest box set focuses on a pair of concerts at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on June 18, 1994 and November 25, 1994. The six disc set, aptly titled Chicago ’94, contains recordings of every song from the two performances as well material from the soundchecks and artwork designed by Jim Pollock.

Buy: Amazon ($31.99)

Rage Against the Machine – XX

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What: Rage Against the Machine will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut with three separate reissues on November 27th. The deluxe box set include the band’s original tape demo, a DVD featuring footage of the band’s free concert in Finsbury Park in June 2010, a second DVD featuring live performances from 1991-1994 including a previously unreleased recording of the band’s first public performance, and new liner notes, penned especially for the band’s 20th anniversary by Chuck D.

Buy: Amazon ($95.99) | Insound ($129.98)

Rancid 7″ Box Set

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What: Rancid have reissued their entire discography in one, too-hot-to-hold 7″ box set they’re calling, simply, Essentials. Every recording the band ever released, from their Self-Titled 1992 EP to 2009’s Let The Dominoes Fall, has been remastered and repressed onto 46 7″ vinyls. For those counting, that’s a massive 92 sides of music. The collection comes housed in a gorgeous leather box, and includes 2007’s B Sides and C Sides plus an acoustic recording of most of Dominoes Fall.

Buy: Pirate Press Records ($275)

The Rolling Stones – GRRR!

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What: The Rolling Stones commemorate their 50th anniversary with a new career-spanning box set, entitled GRRR!. The Super Deluxe Edition comprises four CDs with 80 hits, album cuts, and classic covers, a five-track CD of the Stones’ very first unreleased demos, a four-track vinyl EP of an unreleased BBC Radio session, a 96-page hardcover book with photos of various ephemera, a reproduction of an early poster from the Ricky Tick Club (an influential R&B venue just outside London), in addition to the 36-page book and the five postcards.

Buy: Amazon ($145.99)

Roxy Music – The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982

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What: This year, Roxy Music turns 40 years old, and to celebrate, EMI has issued a new career-spanning box set. Titled Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings 1972-1982, the eight-CD/four-DVD affair comprises eight of the band’s studio albums: 1972’s Roxy Music, 1973’s For Your Pleasure and Stranded, 1974’s Country Life, 1975’s Siren, 1979’s Manifesto, 1980’s Flesh and Blood, and 1982’s Avalon. The DVDs include “high-resolution audio” versions of the albums and the set itself sports an array of non-album singles, b-sides, and remixes.

Buy: Amazon ($82.08)

Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols 35th Anniversary Box Set

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What: Universal Music marked the 35th anniversary of Sex Pistols’ seminal album Never Mind the Bollocks with an expansive reissue. The three CD/one DVD set is highlighted by the inclusion of the album’s original master tapes from 1977. Previously thought to be lost, the tapes were rediscovered earlier this year during the band’s move to Universal, and have since been remastered for the very first time by Tim Young and original producer Chris Thomas.

The set also includes previously unreleased recordings from 1977, including a lost demo of “Belsen Was a Gas” featuring John Lydon’s vocals, along with demos featured on the band’s Spunk Bootleg, live recordings of shows in Norway and Sweden in 1977, a replica 7″ of the withdrawn “God Save the Queen” single, and a 100-page hardback book featuring rare and unseen photos.

Buy: Amazon ($173.83)

The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary Box Set

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What: The Velvet Underground’s famed 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and Universal Music is marking the occasion with a massive new reissue. The six-disc box set contains the original album in both mono and stereo versions, along with the Scepter Studios acetate version, Nico’s debut album Chelsea Girl, and recordings of the band’s Factory rehearsals and legendary concert at Valleydale Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio.

Buy: Amazon ($85.37) | Insound ($96.99)

Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial

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What: To coincide with his 100th birthday celebration, Smithsonian Folkways has released a new Woody Guthrie box set. Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection is a 150-page large-format book containing three CDs with 57 tracks, 21 of which are previously unreleased. Of particular note are four unreleased performances believed to be Guthrie’s earliest known recordings, made in 1939 while he was working for KFVD radio station in Los Angeles.

Buy: Amazon ($59.99)


Beck’s Song Reader

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What: If you’ve been jonesing for not only a new Beck album, but sheet music to songs you’ve never heard — then Mr. Hansen’s follow up to 2008’s Modern Guilt is just for you. Song Reader collects 20 songs penned by Beck, waiting to be fully realized. What’s more, each song sports artwork from Beck-approved artists, specifically Marcel Dzama, Leanne Shapton, Jessica Hische, etc. It could very well be the greatest album of the year, but that depends entirely upon you. In Layman’s terms, this is the REAL version of Rock Band.

Buy: Amazon ($19.69)

I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

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What: While plenty has been written about the personal and professional lives of the iconic Leonard Cohen, acclaimed music journalist Sylvie Simmons goes deeper than most other works have ever gone before. Simmons utilizes interviews with a slew of Cohen’s associates – lovers, friends, monks, professors, rabbis, contemporaries, and his “muses” Rebecca De Mornay and Suzanne Elrod – to flesh out the man behind “Bird on the Wire” and “Hallelujah”. A man who embodies dichotomy (a devout Jew and ordained Buddhist monk known for chasing women) and has entertained and inspired fans for an entire generation.

Buy: Amazon ($16.65)

Complete Music Producer – Essential Skills to Become a Success

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What: As the creative devil’s advocate in the album recording process, the position of producer is often mirred in uncertainty. For those looking for more insight or a step-by-step guide to one day manning the boards, this guide offers every conceivable bit of info for future producers, from the way the music industry selects producers to how to develop an individual sound, and even specific vitamin supplements to improve focus/concentration. Going against the grain of most how-to guides, this particular effort is as informative and important to would-be producers as it is entertaining and informative to non-musicians.

Buy: Amazon ($49.99)

LCD Soundsystem Photobook

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What: When LCD Soundystem called it quits in early 2011, James Murphy and company did so with the farewell concert film/documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits. But from the band’s inception in 2004 to that final celebration at Madison Square Garden, photographer Ruvan Wijesooriya was there to capture every private moment and public triumph, capturing hundreds of photos never before released. In his near-eight-years with the band, Wijesooriya followed them from London’s Hyde Park to Rick Rubin’s recording mansion in the Hollywood Hills, developing a true rapport and openness abundant in each snapshot.

Buy: powerHouse ($29.99)

Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace

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What: Young’s intimate memoir has received pages of critical acclaim — and hey, Patti Smith digs it — with most championing it as a “must read” for fans of the rusty bard. From his childhood to his travels to his time with Crazy Horse, Buffalo Springfield, and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young to his guilt following Kurt Cobain’s suicide, Waging Heavy Peace opens the door to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic songwriters over 512 pages.

 Buy: Amazon ($16.94)

Prince: A Celebration

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What: Along with making some of the grooviest, most babymakin’-ready music in the world, Prince has forged his career on being purposefully reclusive and mysterious. In “Prince”, author Matt Thorne attempts to break down his purple velvet walls to forge one of the definitive tomes on The Artist, utilizing years of painstaking research and interviews with accolytes/ex-Revolution members like Wendy and Lisa. Without harming his reputation as pop’s genius enigma, Thorne presents the man behind some of pop’s biggest hits and how he fought tooth and nail to become The Purple One.

Buy: Amazon ($21)

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

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What: Enough authors have spent years researching and interviewing to adequately document a band’s journey; Joy Division co-founder Peter Hook was at the center of the rock and roll hurricane. In his own words, Hook documents every step of the group’s rise and tragic end, from early rehearsals to writing classic hits like “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and even the most candid reflections on the suicide of frontman Ian Curtis. Along the way, Hook explains how a few dudes from Salford, Greater Manchester became one of the most important bands in rock and pop history.

Buy: Amazon ($16.85)

Will Oldham on Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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What: Declared his “last interview”, Will Oldham’s book about his famous moniker/alter ego Bonnie “Prince” Billy is the writer’s definitive words on the project’s rise ad subsequent impact on the realms of indie rock and independent cinema. Through conversations with longtime friend and associate Alan Licht, Oldham explores his musical preferences, his love themes like intimacy, community, mystery, and spontaneity, and his dealings with icons like Johnny Cash, Björk, James Earl Jones, and R. Kelly. Complete with a full discography, this tome is a insightful and revealing look at a trul indie-rock cult figure done completely on his terms.

Buy: Amazon ($11.53)


Blur – Parklife

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What: Whether or not Blur breaks up and reunites in cycles for the rest of eternity, we’ll now always have their triumphant gig to close out the Olympics with the Parklive CD/DVD set. Chronicling their performance at Hyde Park in amazing detail, the release features the spectacle captured on 12 cameras and directed by Mathew Amos, who manages to capture both a sense of intimacy amid the grand settings. The band pack the remainder of the release with recordings from their Wolverhampton warm-up show, BBC Radio Maida Vale sessions, and their gig at the legendary 100 Club, giving fans plenty to listen to while they fret over the band’s continued existence.

Buy: (Multiple Configurations Available)

Coldplay Live 2012

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What: Coldplay Live represents the band’s first concert film/live album in nearly a decade, documenting the band’s whirlwind Mylo Xyloto world tour that’s been running steadily since June 2011. Directed by Paul Dugdale, who also helmed Adele’s Live at the Royal Albert Hall and The Prodigy’s Worlds On Fire concert films, the feature-length piece compiles footage from the highest-grossing tour of 2012, which included stops in Paris, Montreal, Madrid, Los Angeles, and at last year’s Glastonbury Music Festival.

Buy: Amazon ($19.99 DVD or $29.99 Blu-Ray)

Doomtree – Team the Best Team

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What: Though less known then contemporary rap stables like the Wu-Tang Clan or even the less organized Young Money family, Minneapolis’ Doomtree has been carving out a niche in hip-hop for the last 10-plus years. The 70-minute documentary traces the collective, which features P.O.S. and Lazerbeak, both as individuals and as a unit, detailing inside the family, crew, business, and lives of this ragtag group of rap misfits and underdogs. And to save you the money and effort, each DVD comes complete with a Doomtree-brand of microwavable popcorn.

Buy: Doomtree Store ($14.99)

Jay Reatard – Better Than Something DVD

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What: Following Jay Reatard’s tragic death in January 2010, filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz expanded their short documentary to cover the iconic punks’ long-lasting impact on music and the DIY culture. Fellow rockers TV Smith (Adverts), Cole Alexander (Black Lips), King Khan, and Reatard’s former bandmate Alicja Trout each contribute feature-length essasys exploring Reatard’s personal impact. And proving there’ still sounds left to hear from Reatard, the bundle features 13 unreleased songs on Blood Red or True Black vinyl.

Buy: Amazon ($14.99)

Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day

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What: Were you one of the millions of Zepp Heads that got shut out of seeing their one-off reunion show back in December 2007? No shit? Well, here’s some good news: Now you can see the whole thing in the comfort of your own home. Sporting HD video and featuring 5.1, 48/24 hi-resolution audio surround sound, Celebration Day is the closest thing anyone will get to seeing Led Zeppelin IRL. What’s more, there’s even video of their dress rehearsal and an accompanying live CD to enjoy. Double schwing.

Buy: Multiple configurations available:

— 2x CD: Amazon ($14.99) | Insound ($19.99)
— Blu-Ray: Amazon ($18.99) | Insound ($24.99)
— 2x CD + DVD: Amazon ($22.99) | Insound ($28.99)

— 2x CD + Blu-Ray: Amazon ($26.99) | Insound ($33.99)
— 2x CD + DVD + Blu-Ray: Amazon ($33.99) | Insound ($43.99)
— Vinyl: Amazon ($46.99)

Metallica – Quebec Magnetic

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What: Metallica’s latest concert film collects footage from two shows in Quebec City played during the band’s World Magnetic tour in 2009. The tracklist includes all the songs performed during the two shows. The band’s fan base decided the ordering of the 18 songs on the main disc, while the second disc packs on eight bonus cuts. Longtime collaborator Wayne Isham served as director.

 Buy: Amazon ($14.38 DVD or $14.99 Blu-Ray)

See a Little Light: A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Bob Mould

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It seems odd that the subject of a documentary, legendary rocker Bob Mould would have to organize his own tribute concert film, but it’s just that important of a night in rock and roll. Over the course of one wonderful evening, rockers like Dave Grohl, Ryan Adams, Britt Daniels, No Age, Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady, and The Shins’ Jessica Dobson peformed cuts from Mould’s iconic outfits Hüsker Dü and Sugar. If none of them had done it, only those lucky 2,265 concert attendees would have ever witnessed this truly magical, one-time-only musical event.

Buy: Kickstarter

The Replacements – Color Me Obsessed

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What: After making its debut on the film festival circuit last year, director Gorman Bechard’s documentary about The Replacements, Color Me Obsessed, finally is available on DVD. The two-hour film combines over 140 interviews with musicians (Colin Meloy, Craig Finn, Tommy Ramone, Grant Hart, Patrick Stickles), journalists (Robert Christgau, Greg Kot, Jim DeRogatis), actors (Tom Arnold, Dave Foley, and George Wendt), and veteran fans.

Buy: Amazon ($13.99)


Christopher Owens

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What: Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens will embark on his first solo tour in support of his debut solo album, Lysandre. The leg kicks off in mid-January with a pair of shows in Canada and includes stops in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Ellie Goulding

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What: One of the UK’s hottest exports lands stateside this winter for a month-long tour in support of her sophomore album, Halcyon. The jaunt kicks off January 16th in Miami, FL and continues across North America with appearances in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, Seattle, and Vancouver before wrapping up in Los Angeles on February 12th. Once again, this one’s another “short wait” gift that’ll undoubtedly add an event to an eventless month.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Jessie Ware

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What: The UK breakout sensation Jessie Ware will come to America in January for her first proper U.S. tour in support of Devotion and next month’s 110% EP. The short stint kicks off January 14th at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA and wraps up January 24th at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop. She’ll then return overseas for a number of festival appearances Down Under and select dates throughout the UK.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Local Natives

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What: The hardest touring act out of Silver Lake, CA returns with an arsenal of new tunes — 11 specifically. Hummingbird, the follow up to 2010’s breakthrough debut, Gorilla Manor, hits stores on January 29th, and they’ll support the release with an extensive tour across North America throughout winter and spring. This one will keep you warm.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Jeff Mangum

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What: In January, Neutral Milk Hotel honcho Jeff Mangum will embark on his last U.S. acoustic tour. The extensive trek spans 31 dates and includes stops in smaller markets like Bloomington, IN, Augusta, GA, York, PA, Poughkeepsie, NY, and more.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Passion Pit

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What: Their largest headlining tour to date has Passion Pit headlining New York’s Madison Square Garden and a number of other theaters and venues. If you’re still spinning this past summer’s Gossamer, it would behoove you to snag some tickets for their wintry trek, where you’ll be able to defrost through dancing. It’s not like openers Matt and Kim won’t be fun, either.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Purity Ring

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What: Purity Ring will spend a wintry January across America’s snow-covered highways, though they’ll get a slight reprieve with a few dates in always-sunny Florida.

Buy: Ticketmaster


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What: In support of their first record in 16 years, King Animal, Soundgarden return to the road beginning in mid-January. So far, dates are scheduled for theaters in major metropolises across a four week period that leads into February. Sort of a plus that it starts so soon, which should give the little grunge rocker something to immediately look forward to once Santa heads back up North.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Sigur Rós

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What: Similar to Passion Pit, Sigur Rós’ forthcoming tour will be the band’s biggest to date. The 15-city trek includes a show at the infamous Madison Square Garden on March 24th and wraps up on the West coast right around Coachella. If you missed them at one of their few festival dates this past year, here’s your chance to experience Valtari live in the flesh.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Ya La Tengo

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What: New Jersey legends Yo La Tengo will celebrate at home next month with their annual, intimate Hannukah gigs. Can’t make it to Hoboken, NJ? No worries, they’ll hit the road late January for a proper tour behind their upcoming album, Fade. Our advice: Light some candles with Ira Kaplan and cap off the year in the Garden State. Super Springsteen fan Chris Christie would approve.

Buy: Ticketmaster

Holiday Music

Cee-Lo’s Magic Moment

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What: There was only one direction Cee Lo Green could go after pestering the radio waves with “Fuck You” and saving NBC with their not-in-any-way-a-knock-off-version-of-American-Idol and that was a Christmas album. But, say what you will about the former Goodie Mob frontman, but he’s never been without style. With this seasonal outing, he’s not only nabbed Rod Stewart, but he’s also strung together The Muppets. Somewhere in there Christina Aguilera pops up, but anyone who was surprised by that needs to congratulate themselves for not seeing any crap television for the past year. In sum, it’s probably the most fun you’ll have with a gag gift stocking stuffer.

Buy: Amazon ($11.88)

Elvis’ Christmas Album

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What: Forget a White Christmas: how’s about an Xmas straight out of 1957? Elvis Presley’s seminal holiday album was the hit of the year, dominating that year’s yuletide charts on the back of Presley’s unique croon on classics like “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”, “Blue Christmas”, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”, and “Here Comes Santa Claus”. For the 55th anniversary edition, the record’s been remastered on 180 gram vinyl with rare gatefold cover and ultra-rare LP booklet. This Heartbreak Hotel should be all but empty this season.

Buy: Amazon ($29.39)

Holiday’s Rule

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What: Probably the hippest and most diverse collection of Christmas covers you’ll be able to grab this year. There’s a former Beatle involved (McCartney) and a couple of fantasy collaborations (Rufus Wainwright w/ Sharon Van Etten; Irma Thomas w/ The Preservation Hall Jazz Band), punctuated by hot names (Andrew Bird, Eleanor Friedberger) and trending acts (The Head and the Heart, The Civil Wars). Snag it before your folks do.

Buy: Amazon ($9.99)

The Polyphonic Spree – Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Volume One

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What: The Polyphonic Spree deck the halls this year with their debut holiday album. Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Volume One comprises 10 holiday standards (e.g., “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “Winter Wonderland”), two original instrumental compositions, and a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)”.

Buy: Amazon ($7.99)

Sufjan Stevens’ Silver & Gold

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What: Sufjan Stevens compiles 58 tracks recorded between 2006 and 2010 with frequent collaborators Aaron and Bryce Dessner (The National), Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Cat Martino, and more. The tracklist includes holiday classics like “Silent Night”, “Auld Lang Syne”, “Joy To The World”, and “Jingle Bells”, alongside 18 original yuletide compositions and even a Prince cover. It’ll put the indie twinkle in that holiday star of yours.

Buy: Multiple configurations available:

— MP3Amazon ($13.98)
— CD: Amazon ($31.49) | Insound ($38.23)

John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John – This Christmas

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What: Grease pals John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John team up once again to add some charm to, well, pretty much every Christmas anthem in history. “Silent Night”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, “Deck the Halls”, you name, they sing it. The only elements missing are Frankie Avalon, Rizzo, and that pesky lucky penny that got Jeff Conaway into a fix. “You’re the one that I want,” your mother might say — to the CD, of course.

Buy: Amazon ($9.99)

Custom Crafts & Art

Consequence of Sound’s Original Artwork

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What: Have you been enjoying all of our original artwork throughout the year? Good news: You can now take them home with you. Whether you’re looking for lavish art prints to hang up, a trendy case for your new iPhone 5, or a unique skin to keep that trusty laptop of yours cozy during the winter, our store over at Society6 has it all. What’s more, your purchases support our young and talented artists, which is always a plus.

Buy: The CoS Store at Society6

Illustrated Songs

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What: Gorgeous artwork designed around lyrics from artists like The National, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Beirut, and more.

Buy: Illustrated Songs

Make Your Own Ukulele Kit

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What: The Ukulele has made a huge comeback; Amanda Palmer even wrote a song about it. Now you too can make music with ease. In fact, you can make a musical instrument. A few simple steps, a personalized paint job, and you’re ready to jam out, Uke style.

Buy: Uncommon Goods ($40.00)

Sigur Rós – “Boat” necklace

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What: Inspired by the release of the Sigur Rós’ latest album, Valtari, The Cardboardbox Project created this necklace using “100% pure brass, with 100% pure love.”

Buy: ($40.00)

Ridiculous and/or Fun

Air Guitar

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What: Bring your loved one’s air guitar game into the 21st century with the The Air Guitar. Simply press the button of a corresponding chord, strum your finger up and down in the laser field, and viola, you’re playing guitar without having to actually own or have learned anything! And if you’re not down for strumming real songs, play one of the 10 preset songs, like “Let It Be” and “Smoke on the Water”. Who said being a rock god required effort?

Buy: Amazon ($16.35)

Electronic Piano Gloves

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What: It only makes sense that after the delivery and dispersion of music changed, so would how we learn to play it. Cue the Amusing Magic Electronic Piano Gloves, which through the use of acuminous sensors in each finger, allows students and young musicians to learn to play the piano, bass, violin, guitar, trumpet, and drums without the aid of an instrument. The device focuses on tone and rhythm to teach the fundamentals, and though intended for kids, can be used by anyone hoping to learn to play. Or, get five pairs and start your own hand band.

Buy: Amazon ($25.29)

Gangsta Rap Coloring Book

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What: Get your favorite tyke (or stunted adult) started on the path to gangsterdom with the The Gangsta Rap Coloring Book. Created by underground artist Aye Jay Moreno, the book collects 40 of rap’s most thuggish personalities, including Eazy E, 50 Cent, DMX, 2Pac, KRS One, Ice Cube, Biggie Smalls, and much, much more. Finally, a use for the “gun metal” crayon.

Buy: Amazon ($8.95)

 Guitar Toilet Seat

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What: Give your favorite music fan the ultimate demonstration of their music-centric life with the John Screamer Toilet Seat. This standard-sized seat features a real guitar finish in sunburst and brass hinge and comes in three classic body styles, acoustic, electric, and grand. Now someone just needs to invent sheet music toilet paper and the world will be set.

Buy: Fixture Universe ($182.00)


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What: Sure, the shower caddy for your iPod is nothing new, but what about when you wanna unwind from a hard day with a relaxing bubble bath? Well, thank crank your favorite Sade or Enya album through the iDuck. Plug your MP3 player into the egg transmitter, drop the duck into the water, and let him float around as he washes that stress away with sweet sweet music. And fret not, the duck won’t tell your family you still take bubble baths at your age.

Buy: ThinkGeek ($29.00)

Synth Clothing

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What: In the last few years, the synth has made a comeback as a musician standby that exudes fun and sexiness in equal parts. Now, designers ThePussPuss are trying to make that very instrument fashionable with their line of synth-inspired clothes. Whether you’re looking for leggings, one-piece swimsuits, surf shorts, hoodies, tube dresses, or even evening bags, each item features a highly-stylized design of an actual Moog or Ion. The downside? You can’t actually play them.

Buy: Etsy

Washboard Tie

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What: The washboard, a staple of early bluegrass and country, gets a much-needed modernization with the washboard tie. Slap it on like a real tie and scratch the 24 gauge, brushed stainless steel with the included pair of thimbles. With a little practice, you’ll be this generation’s Washboard Willy in no time!

Buy: Amazon ($13.98)


Jawbone Wireless Speakers

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What: What makes the Jambox Wireless stand out isn’t just the general sound quality, which has received high marks for being among the most rich and crisp in the industry. What really makes it worth gifting, though, is the fact that it’s a SmartSpeaker, a device that utilizes features, apps, and software updates to customize the listening experience to your own unique tastes and preferences. Throw in the voice-activated Bluetooth commands, and you’ve got a music machine truly made to serve.

Buy: Amazon (Multiple configurations and colors available)

Pick Punch

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What: Is your guitarist friend consistently losing their picks? Do they also have a bunch of old library cards, gift cards, membership badges, etc., just lying around? Recycle, friends, and solve both problems! The Pick Punch turns those unused plastic squares into useable plastic rounded triangles. Why cut up that old credit card when you can turn it into a guitar pick?

Buy: Uncommon Goods ($25.00)

Rdio Subscription

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What: It should be no surprise that we’re fans of Rdio, what with the immense library and streaming quality being offered. And if you’re fans of our weekly Rdio playlists, then why not share the gift with a loved one. A five spot gets you unlimited streaming, or get those very same songs on your smartphone, Sonos, or Roku for a mere $10. Or heck, get the unlimited family plan for $18 and you and a loved one can share a plan, meaning you’ve bought yourself a gift without being a total jerk.

Buy: ($4.99-$17.99)

Record Player Reboot

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What: With the turntable well over 140 years old, the ever-increasing uptake in vinyl’s popularity necessitated some changes in technology. Approaching that issue with a modern sense of sleekness and minimalism in mind, designer Siddharth Vanchinathan created the Record Player Reboot, a fully operational turntable with 50% less footprint and a pre-amp included so that the audio output can be plugged directly into a speaker. While its design is distinctly in-line with the sensibilities of a more environmentally-conscious, ergonomically-focused population, the Reboot’s sound still holds up to the warmth and quality of any vintage player.

Buy: Svpply ($100-$200)