Holiday planning seems to come earlier and earlier every year. As soon as July 25 came around this year, “6 Months Until Christmas” countdowns started to appear on my newsfeed. After that came Halloween candy in early September (before the temperature had even dropped, thanks, climate change). But with Thanksgiving and Black Friday approaching, it finally seems like an appropriate time to start thinking about all the gifts we want to buy for ourselves and others. Of course, there’s never a shortage of music swag on our wish lists. Check out some of those items, encompassing a range of prices, below in our 2017 gift guide for music lovers.
When drummer Vinnie Fiorello isn’t playing, touring and recording with his band Less Than Jake, he’s running the indie record label Paper + Plastick. One of the specialty products in the online store is the Wax Works candle line, whose names are taken from various punk rock songs. As Fiorello writes, “When talking through this idea with Matt Delisle from P+P, I wanted to launch with a candle that matched lyrics of a song to the scent of that candle burning. Scent is something so powerful, it takes us back to a time and a place, back to people we knew, back to people we forgot. It’s really the same way I feel about music.”
A personal favorite is “Summer in October,” taken from a lyric in Dillinger Four song and made with birch, patchouli, rum, barn wood and hickory. Other scents include the roses, blood orange and bitters blend of “Emergency & I,” named after the 1999 album by The Dismemberment Plan, burnt caramel, sea salt and whiskey blend of LTJ’s own “Rest of My Life” and the kaffir lime, woodsy and foggy scents of “Fast Luck,” named and made for Wunderland Tattoo in Gainesville, Fla. Check them out here.
Go in The Strand bookstore in New York City (or many, many other places) and you’re bound to find these hilarious prayer candles. Although the scents may not be as sweet and thoughtful as those by Wax Works, the artwork and imagery is made for anyone who worships at the altar of pop or rock and soul—whether Queen Bey, Purple Prince or more.
Well Made Tabletop Record Display
Founded in 2013, this Chicago-based wood shop has been selling its warm brand home goods online and through select retailers like the Guggenheim, Smithsonian and Museum of Modern Art. Only recently, however, did founder Brandon Knowlden decide to create a line of record holders to his roster of wooden frames and accessories. With just the solid wood holder steadied by its powder coated steel baseplate, these record displays add the right balance of flash and sophistication for any avid record collector. Check it out here.
Now Playing Wall-Mounted Record Holder
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For those with wall space, check out these minimalistic mounted record displays by Jeremy Porter Design. The sliding design allows vinyl lovers to expand the wooden pieces in order to slip their favorite 12” records in and out of the holder. The American Walnut wood is sourced from Pennsylvania and Indiana and made by Porter, by hand in midcoast Maine, and allows the album artwork to shine. Check it out here.
Price: $65 for one or $180 for a set of three
The Stax 7s Box
Of course, we’ll do our annual round up of the best box sets of the year later, but these two collections stood out to us for various reasons. As the legendary Memphis-based soul label Stax Records celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, fans have been treated to all kinds of releases and re-releases. Some have been best-of compilations from their biggest artists like Otis Redding and The Staple Singers. However, this box of rare 45s from their less-known artists is the perfect gift for fans of deep soul and the U.K.’s Northern Soul movement.
7-inches for Planned Parenthood
This cheekily named box set of 7-inch singles benefitting Planned Parenthood should do the trick for the socially conscious music fans in your life. Comprised of 32 new or previously unreleased singles (on 16 discs) from creatives ranging from bands like Sleater Kinney to spoken work from The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood to comedic performances from Jenny Slate, the collection will donate 100% of the proceeds from the box set sales and streaming listens to Planned Parenthood. The box set will also features artwork from 13 visual artists including Shepard Fairey and Rashid Johnson.