You may be reading this bleary-eyed after your 3am Black Friday excursion, but for those who enjoyed their post-Thanksgiving morning slumber, here are some gift ideas for your pop-culture-loving friends and family.
1. Munitio Nine Millimeter Earphones – $159
Usually describing music as being like a bullet to the brain is a bad thing, but Munitio has successfully married tunes & ammo. The new company’s titanium-plated, bullet-shaped ear-buds feature BassEnhancingChamber technology that make the low notes go boom. Honestly, I’ve never heard earbuds with bass this clear or buds this comfortable, offering more than just novelty to justify the hefty pricetag for that gun-toting audiophile in your life (though if novely is your thing, you can also get them in 18k gold for $250).
2. The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry – $23.10
Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot are like the Siskel & Ebert of music criticism (without the awesome, cranky Twitter feed). Competitors for years at Chicago’s two renowned newspapers (DeRogatis at the Sun-Times and Kot at the Tribune), they’ve joined forces for a weekly radio show on WBEZ. Between them, they’ve authored books on Wilco, The Flaming Lips and Lester Bangs, and now they turn their sights on rock ‘n’ roll’s biggest—though not really most contentious—beef.
3. Logitech Squeezebox Radio – $179.99
If you’re tired of waking up to that wacky morning DJ, consider getting your significant other a wi-fi radio like this one from Logitech. Stream hundreds of free Internet radio stations or customize your own at sites like Pandora and Last.FM. Portable and intuitively designed, the boombox is back and handier than ever.
4. The Darjeeling Limited: The Criterion Collection Edition – $31.96 (Blu-ray)
Wes Anderson’s fifth film may not have been as universally lauded as The Royal Tenenbaums, but it’s his most stylishly vibrant, and the colors of India pop in the luxurious Criterion form. With a cover once again illustrated by the director’s brother Eric, the two-disc package includes commentary featuring Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, a behind-the-scenes documentary by Barry Braverman, Anderson’s American Express commercial, audition footage, deleted and alternate scenes and—as you’d expect from Criterion—much more. ($23.96 for DVDs).
5. U2 – Wide Awake in Europe – $10.98
You’ll have to leave the house for this one, but you can bypass the crowds at the Big Box stores and head straight to your favorite indie record store, where U2 has released a limited-edition vinyl EP today, as part of the Black Friday Record Store Day festivities. The short-player will feature live performances of “Mercy,” “Moment of Surrender,” and “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” and is limited to 5,000 copies. Find the participating store nearest you at RecordStoreDay.com.
6. Paste’s Indie Rock Alphabet Book – $12.95
“Animal Collective is one weird band / But weird tastes good with Strawberry Jam.” So begins the first book from Paste, penned by Rachael Maddux, Kate Kiefer and Caren Kelleher with illustrations from Owen the Owen. Introduce all your favorite little people to all your favorite musicians, from Belle & Sebastian and Gillian Welch to Radiohead and Vampire Weekend.
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