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Gifts for Music Lovers
How Music Works by David Byrne
Byrne broke ground in rock for intelligent whimsy, so it’s not surprising that his book isn’t the typical chronicle of a band’s debauched rise and fall. Talking Heads-heads get a few CBGBs-era tidbits, but nestled alongside arcane historical observations, droll pie-charts, and 16 pages on running a swinging nightclub.
Long has man sought to control the time and manner in which bitching guitar riffs occur to him; long has he failed. While swiping your finger over an iPhone guitar rig may not be quite as thrilling as stomping a stompbox, plugging in and ripping on the go is still a nifty advance.
Sufjan Stevens’s Silver and Gold: Songs for Christmas
Songs for Christmas, yes, this five EP box set is that, but it’s also songs not for Christmas and songs that could be for Christmas if Sufjan’s feelings weren’t so split on what the holiday means in a 21st-century consumerist setting. It’s also a sticker collection, a bundle of temporary tattoos, a DIY paper ornament, an 80-page booklet featuring an intense Sufjan-penned essay on our relationship with Christmas trees, and much (much) more.
Tickets to Morrissey at BAM
There’s that one elevator scene in (500) Days of Summer in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character is surprised to learn that Zooey Deschanel’s character is a fan of The Smiths. If you are dating Zooey Deschanel, or a Zooey Deschanel-like person, you should get her (or him) tickets to see Morrissey when he plays BAM this January.
Song Lyric Tattoo
For the people in your life who have been debating whether or not they should get that life-altering lyric permanently inked on their body, encourage them with a gift certificate to Williamsburg tattoo parlor Flyrite… ESPECIALLY if the lyric in question is from a Belle & Sebastian song, BUT NOT if it’s from an Interpol song. “The subway is a porno” would soil any perfectly good body part.
Minimum $100, Flyrite Tattoo, 492 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg