Ten New York Holiday Gifts for the Music Fan in Your Life
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Sure, you can buy some random music-related present online for your Yanni-lovin' granny or your Behemoth-worshipping nephew. But this is New York! Go local, go big, go small -- there's a plethora of great gifts for even the most persnickety music fan. Our criteria? Available in, made by, representing or featuring (mostly!) New York/New Yorkers. Happy local shopping, holiday revelers!
The L.O.T.I.O.N. / Sadist USB Flash Drive Earring If you're looking for the New York fashion statement that says you're in the tribe of cyberpunks, this USB flash drive turned earring with laser-etched designs (including the timeless CRASS logo) is for you. Produced by Brooklyn's Burn Books, this is a fresh mixture of fashion and function, even more than the beer helmet you got for Christmas last year. Yes, this USB drive is loaded with "unreleased live footage" featuring New York-based L.O.T.I.O.N. (which released one of our favorite punk releases of 2014) and Boston weirdos Sadist. This flash drive holds up to two gigabytes of data, more than enough room to keep a few platters' worth of punk on your person at all times. Complete your look! Cop one for yourself or your mom. [Buy it here] -- Nick Lucchesi
Legendary Cyphers Skullies Legendary Cyphers, the Union Square weekly freestyle event we've covered a few times, is now selling rap's winter head garment of choice, Skullies. With the Legendary Cyphers logo across it, it's the only article of clothing tested repeatedly to make sure your head stays warm when rapping for long winter hours in Union Square. [Buy it here] -- Chaz Kangas
Sting in The Last Ship For the Police fan on your Christmas list -- the band, of course -- you can't do better than Sting live on stage in his own musical at the Neil Simon Theatre. Don't expect salacious songs about prostitutes ("Roxanne") and teacher-student affairs ("Don't Stand So Close to Me") -- the topic of The Last Ship is just that. Sting plays Jackie White, the foreman of a shipyard who rallies his community to build, yes, one last ship meant to sail the world. Mr. Sumner holds the role through January 24, and if your giftee is a hardcore fan, waiting by the stage door post-show for a Sting-signed playbill is a great bonus with purchase. [Buy tickets here] -- Katherine Turman
Wild Style Breakbeats Wild Style is hip-hop's most iconic movie, but the 1983 flick's soundtrack has remained swaddled in mystery -- until this year's re-release via Kenny Dope's Kay Dee label. The elusive funky loops are now presented over seven 7-inch vinyls, housed in a deluxe 28-page "case book" that features interviews with sonic architects Fab 5 Freddy and Charlie Ahearn plus archived art and scans of studio session timesheets originally booked by Blondie's Chris Stein. For $69.99, it's heaven for hip-hop junkies. [Buy it here] -- Phillip Mlynar
The Downtown Music Gallery For that one friend or relative with "eclectic" tastes, the Amazon algorithm just won't do. Eschew the cringeworthy half-smile that results from buying Kind of Blue for a Miles Davis completist by heading to the Downtown Music Gallery, the avant-audiophile's wet dream. The subterranean Chinatown grotto is curated by Bruce Lee Gallanter, a tireless champion of the downtown scene for over two decades. He can talk Soft Machine till the Henry Cows come home, or if that reference didn't fly, he might steer the uninitiated toward a King Crimson box set or an Arthur Russell LP worth 180 grams of street cred. Open daily from noon to six, extended hours Sundays for in-store shows. -- Aidan Levy [Information here]Next Page
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