Seven thoroughly original holiday gifts for music lovers that won’t break the bank.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The Beatles 180g Remastered Vinyl
(Siren Trading Co., 527 Ramona Ave., Monterey; 920-2801; $22.95)
Since 1995, Siren Trading Co. has been peddling vinyl via the Internet. A couple months back, they set up a physical shop in Monterey and are now one of three record stores in town, along with Vinyl Revolution (646-9020) and Recycled Records (375-5454). And they carry the Beatles’ recently released, 180G remastered vinyl studio albums. From Revolver to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the classic LPs went through a digitizing process instead of being drawn from the original analog masters, yielding pristine quality.
J Mascis Throbblehead Figure
It’s about time the Dinosaur Jr. frontman was immortalized in toy form. At 7-inches tall, the limited edition figurine is a strikingly accurate portrayal of the noise rocker. If you play Dinosaur Jr.’s Bug on full blast with the mini-Mascis placed next to a speaker, its head just may start bobbing on its own.
Frida Clements Gig Posters
The Seattle-based artist Frida Clements may be the Rick Griffin of her generation. But instead of constructing bright psychedelic imagery that helped define the acid ballroom scene of San Francisco in the 1960s, Clements’ work, which has included concert posters for Bon Iver, The xx, Feist and Wilco, is best described as anti-psychedelic creations with muted colors and hard angles.
Make Your Own Ukulele Kit
You’ll finally be able to cross “Building a ukulele” off your bucket list. The kit includes an unfinished, pre-assembled body, neck and strings. Customize your four-string beauty with stickers, paint or wood stain (not included).
Searching for Sugar Man Original Soundtrack on Vinyl
Sixto Diaz Rodriguez (better known as merely Rodriguez) is one of those mythological figures that has largely remained out of the spotlight, though many consider him to be one of the greatest songwriters of the 1960s. The soundtrack accompanying the documentary features 14 tracks on two records mostly sourced from his classic albums Cold Fact and Coming From Reality. Tunes like “Sugar Man,” a love letter to a faceless drug dealer, relay a generational slice of life not many songwriters can match.
Subscription to Rdio
Developed by the founders of Skype, Rdio has been quickly catching up to Spotify and Pandora. The ad-free app has deals with Sony, EMI, Warner and Universal, and allows access to over 15 million songs on the web, phone and even offline. Follow friends, critics and favorite musicians to discover new music on curated playlists and build your own collection. One element offered that Pandora and Spotify don’t have is the ability to add an album or song that isn’t licensed; Rdio will notify you if it becomes available in the future.