This year, be a bad-ass Santa and stuff your stocking with these rockin’ local gifts…
by Jen Russo, Jacob Shafer and Anu Yagi
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Walking into Requests Music’s bizarre realm of beats may be a time warp, but it doesn’t have to be a time suck. See, Requests’s staffers’ synapses sync up a web of media knowledge that’s comprehensive yet curated—better and quicker than any Internet search might. If the bassist from your loved one’s favorite band lays killer bottoms elsewhere, they’ll know. Or if said favorite band contributed otherwise unreleased work to a cinema soundtrack (and never underestimate the pleasures of a concert DVD), they’ll recommend that, too. Suddenly, you’re stuffing stockings with obscure awesomeness—and looking like quite the savvy aficionado.
On the other hand, if you’re willing to spend the time, picking through their thousands of used vinyl discs can yield everything from treasures for the audiophile in your life to gag gifts or unique wall art (look for out-of-left-field covers and titles; we recently scored Spectacular Sounds of the Incomparable Robin Hood Band, with the cover featuring a 57-piece orchestra dressed in tights and tiny red hats). Speaking of wall art, their vintage neon concert posters make great gifts, too (beyond band names, keep an eye out for concert dates that might align with a friend’s birthday).
For the ear-candy confectioner on your list, Bounty Music—or the more niche Mele Ukulele and Lahaina Music stores—are best bets. Whether or not you can spring for a new axe, accessories like packs of strings aren’t just practical, they’re easy to wrap. For budding virtuosos, buy some baby drums or maracas—and maybe ear plugs for the poor souls who have to suffer ‘til stardom is attained.
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PET SOUNDS / BEGGARS BANQUET / SAFE AS MILK / THE CHRONIC / KID A / CRAZYSEXYCOOL / LADY (AND GENTLEMAN) IN SATIN / DIAMONDS FROM SIERRA LEONE / PAUL’S BOUTIQUE / HEAD LIKE A HOLE / ON AN ISLAND / [SPEAKERBOXX/THE LOVE BELOW] / CHALK MARK IN A RAINSTORM / THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST… / BEYOND THE SEA
*Note: Each category hed is also the title of a famous (or semi-famous) album or song. See how many of the artists you can name.