Really. You didn’t think we were just going to publish our holiday gift guide and then forget about it, did you? After all, there are always more ideas that pop up, more holiday-friendly items announced, and because we know that you know that the newest and freshest things are the ones you clamor for the most (how else do you explain the Furby phase… or JNCOs… or Pogs?), we’re giving our holiday gift guide a weekly update. For this particular Friday, aka Black Friday, we bring you five new holiday gifts to consider.
Be sure to check out all our holiday gift ideas here.
Music of The Beatles
Yes, we know, music from the fabulous four is by no means new. But in the week since Apple announced they had convinced The Beatles to come to iTunes, nearly 45,000 Beatles albums have been sold. So even if you own their entire discography, quite a few people apparently do not. That in mind, let’s be honest: tangible compact disks are still reasonable choices, and chances are whoever you are buying for is savvy enough to place that CD into their computer and upload the songs, then add them to their mobile device. And sure this sounds like work, but it also sounds like you get more for your money, like album art and something to open on Christmas morning. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Roky Erickson & The Black Angels – Night Of The Vampire
Though Okkervil River brought the legendary 13th Floor Elevator’s singer Roky Erickson back to a largest audience this year, it was The Black Angels who helped him regain his performance footing with a full band, which is documented on this DVD made available for Record Store Day and continuing sales at local record shops. The film, directed by Grant James, captures a Halloween concert from the two artists at L.A.’s El Rey Theater in 2008, mixing live footage, interviews and backstage footage. What was surely a special night can be relived by your lovable stoner nephew, and it could work as both inspiration and entertainment for the little deadbeat.
Buy: Your Local Record Store, try here after Friday.
Sub Pop Auction Items
On a somber note, Sub Pop recently lost one of their own to a car accident. The music community seems to really be banding together to raise some money for Andy Kotowicz’s wife and daughter, to try to make this difficult time even slightly easier. The auction is already underway, and features items from Pearl Jam, Muse, The White Stripes and tons more. For those seeking one of a kind music items, the money will help bring happiness to the gift recipient and comfort to the Kotowicz’s.
Also for people near Seattle or Ann Arbor, a great idea would be to take the family to one of the benefit concerts that Sub Pop has planned. Fruit Bats, Vetiver and Mudhoney are just a few of the bands involved.
Gift Wrapped 2: Snowed In
When we originally put the gift guide together, it was hard to find many Christmas albums that we could recommend to our younger audience, so I was pleased to see the announcement of Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In, a new Christmas record featuring up and coming artists next to the biggest names in the music world. Of note: Tegan and Sara take on “The Chimpmunk Song” and The Flaming Lips offer their live-take on “The Little Drummer Boy”. Neil Young, Regina Spektor, and Devo also appear, so buying this for your mom could be a smart long-term investment for your continued mental sanity as the years filled with the same music start to add up.
With their tasty egg and bacon sandwiches, kind of creepy but strangely fulfilling Island Banana shakes and of course, the King Burgers, it’s no surprise that everyone wants to own their own Fatburger. But now that Kanye West is in on the franchise, it will be a much different situation.
When the kids see that Kanye got himself a Fatburger, the restaurant might become the new pony for kids under the age of eight, a gift desired for the sole reason of wanting to make their parents feel inadequate. I just want more Fatburgers. Yum.
Price: Everyone will hate you and take shots at you at any opportunity, despite the quality of your work.