‘Tis the season to spend mad amounts of cash on people. And since you are here, I’m going to assume that you’re a pretty intense fan of music, and that your friends are the same. If that’s the case (and it is, and you know it), buying a Green Day t-shirt at Hot Topic isn’t going to cut it at gift-giving time. So here’s an assortment of weird, wonderful gifts for the absolute music freak in your life — or yourself, since your friends suck and won’t buy you anything nearly this cool.
Drip.FM is Spotify’s cooler sister that keeps telling it to listen to the Julie Ruin record. Drip.fm is basically a subscription service that offers up albums and singles and exclusive content (and probably puppies even if you ask) from labels like Domino, Stones Throw and Ghostly.
Speaking of Ghostly International — one of the greatest and most tasteful/aesthetically-pleasing record labels since Factory and home to the likes of Matthew Dear — their online store is a total treasure trove of goodies. Anything here, from a bag to a pen to their trademark lil’ ghost guy stickers, would be perfect for pretty much anyone.
Made by FM3, this little guy is basically Brian Eno in your pocket. Running a few specific loops, one at a time, and with varying BPM modulation, the Buddha Machine can create ambient noises that are scary, soothing, or both simultaneously. If you’re an aficionado of sound at all, you need this.
Others have told the story behind Basinski’s modern classic in beautiful detail, but in short: his slowly decaying tape loop recordings were released on 9/11, and have become, in the following years, a love letter to a splintered New York City. Released in careful, loving detail and in very limited edition, this boxed set is as beautiful to the ears as it is for the eyes.
Speaking of both visual and aural beauty, Chillingo’s iPhone game Contre Jour is a lush experience for both senses. Based loosely around The Little Prince, in the game, you, as a tiny ball named Petit, have to find water and collect small glowing orbs in various levels. It’s a game even for people who aren’t gamers, and the music has to be heard to be believed. It’s worth putting the game on just for the title screen theme
in your headphones alone.
Now that everyone up to and including John Waters has expressed their love for this film, it’s time to melt your heart and the hearts of those around you. Give the ultimate expression of the love of music on film to the stalwart anti-pop hater in your friend circle…and then stop being friends with them if they don’t convert.
What’s wrong with you? You don’t know how to select the PERFECT gift for your girlfriend of five seconds? Jeez. In that case, there’s always the tried-and-true gift card, which says “I don’t know you or care to figure you out so here’s basically cash but you can’t pay bills with it.” If you’re going to do that, do it the classiest way possible and give a gift card to Boomkat, one of the best online music retailers in existence. At least that way your receiver will get themselves something weird.
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