It's that time of year when we're called upon to decide just how much we like that cool uncle or weird nephew and bestow gifts upon them accordingly. It's a safe bet you've got some music fans in your family, and every year the AllMusic team does our best to come up with some ideas that might bring a twinkle to their eye. We'll follow up with additional installments in the coming weeks as the situation grows more dire.
Van Halen Frankenstrat Christmas Tree Ornament
Have a shredding Christmas with this Frankenstrat ornament, carefully designed to withstand the scrutiny of the fussiest of Van Halen fans. And if your cat does destroy it, it should be a pretty Instagrammable moment.
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Criterion Edition
John Cameron Mitchell's musical tour de force made it into the illustrious Criterion Collection this year, featuring snazzy new packaging, a 4k upgrade, the full soundtrack in 5.1 Blu-ray audio, and new interviews with the cast and critics about the film's longevity.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
The quality of Bose headphones is generally a given, but the highlight of their latest wireless Bluetooth set is the variable noise-cancellation setting: throw it on maximum to avoid plane engine noise or political fights at the dinner table, or turn it down a few notches when you need to have your wits about you a little more.
Teenage Engineering PO-20 Pocket Operator Arcade Synthesizer
Create all the bleeps and bloops your fingers can handle with this cool little synth that emulates classic 8-bit arcade sounds. Sweeps, arpeggios, loops and all kinds of spacey sounds are built into this handheld device, activated by buttons and dials. Chiptune to your heart's content.
Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes, by Steve Gorman
Original Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman gives an insider's perspective the origins of the band and the dynamic of the embattled Robinson brothers in this memoir. Assisted by Steven Hyden (Your Favorite Band is Killing Me, Twilight of the Gods), the book is at times funny, nostalgic, infuriating and consistently unputdownable.
TunePhonik Laser Cut Wooden Record Dividers
As our vinyl collections grow each year, these laser-cut wood LP dividers can help organize and alphabetize your record collection. Sturdy enough for record shop use, these simple and clean dividers can help you keep your albums in order (but they won't give any guidance on where to file ? and the Mysterians or !!!).
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