Right around now is the time when that familiar cold, twisting panic creeps into the spine, the procrastinator's growing indulgence in sedentary fretting that prevents us from making any clear-headed gift-buying decisions until it's far too late. The indecisiveness can be brutal, the ambivalence of desire a horrific art of self-torturous inactivity. Don't let it take you down this year! Don't sabotage your own peace of mind during the most stressful time of year!
Just trust us. We've got you covered. In addition to gift guides in virtually every channel CraveOnline has to offer, we've got your Music Lover's Holiday Gift Guide, to take the pain out of picking for the picky. Put your shoes and jacket on and grab your wallet & keys – we'll wait.
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness Reissue Box Set
The re-release of Smashing Pumpkins' sprawling 1995 double-disc epic Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness is a jaw-dropping collection of previously unreleased recordings, rarities and various other goodies in a variety formats. Mellon Collie's 1995 arrival delivered a seemingly endless stream of smash hits and fan favorites, making the five-CD reissue a breathlessly anticipated release. And boy, does it deliver.
The release follows last year's Gish and Siamese Dream reissues, as well as this year's Pisces Iscariot, but in terms of sonic bang for your buck, there is absolutely no comparing to the staggering amount of unreleased material available here. Check out our full in-depth review of the Mellon Collie reissue box set, then pick it up at the official Smashing Pumpkins site.
Led Zeppelin: 'Celebration Day' DVD
It's not a new album, but it's the next best thing to being at a live Led Zeppelin experience: a DVD of the iconic band's landmark 2007 performance at London's O2 Arena. 20 million people are estimated to have applied for tickets for Zeppelin's O2 show five years ago, establishing a confidence of demand that makes the DVD release a guaranteed smash success going into the holiday season. The band's entire 16-song set from the legendary show is included on Celebration Day, reminding the world that Zeppelin was, and always will be, one of the greatest groups that rock & roll has ever seen.
Order it on Amazon.
Beats By Dre Beats Mixr Headphones
Designed to be heard over parties, Beats Mixr headphones deliver extremely deep bass at extraordinarily high volume. This isn't your casual "study listening" set of cans – we're talking fully immersive sound investment to entirely hijack your aural reality. With dual input and daisy chain connectors, it’s easy to share what you’re listening to. Beats Mixr headphones are built to withstand the rigors of DJ life, which means creating a housing flexible and tough enough to take a beating. The ultra-flexible headband was also crafted to be super lightweight and easily foldable for jetting off to your next destination, be it the beaches of Ibiza or the gym.
Every pair of Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr headphones sold (either in-store or online) will come with a free download of David Guetta’s critically acclaimed re-release Nothing But The Beat 2.0. Guetta recently challenged Beats to design the perfect set of world-class ear cups tailored to DJs, and thousands of prototypes later, the Guetta inspired Mixr’s are one of the lightest and loudest headphones ever created.
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ReAcoustic iPhone Dock
You want a unique iPod dock? You want something that won't seem too hipster chic while at the same time completely jacking the hipster chic crown for good? Then check out Ryan Boase's gramophone speakers, with ReAcoustic's iPod/iPhone/iPad docking stations set to amplify sound acoustically, just like they did in olden times! Aww, wouldn't Grandma be proud? Don't worry about batteries or a power cord – just set your spaceship-tech device in the dock, press play and let the ReAcoustic station work its old-timey magic with contemporary minimalism draped in Victorian flare!
Pick one up on Etsy.
A modern turntable for modern times, the PT-01USB is a classic plug and play turntable with full USB compatibility that makes digitizing your vinyl record collection to your PC or Mac a snap. Included software will help remove clicks, pops, and other undesirable characteristics of vinyl. Honestly though, I never bothered with any of that. I've bought three of these now, for myself and friends, and it's a fantastic record player. 'Nuff said! Grab it at Amazon.
The Great Convergence Festival
Whether you believe the Mayan prophecies were right or not, one thing is for sure: the ultimate party place on Dec. 21 is going to be the Great Pyramids of Egypt, where The Great Convergence 2012 will be in full swing with Beats Antique headlining! You can be on hand in the most surreal and incredible locales to celebrate this potent, transformational time in our lives culminating in a prophesied galactic astronomical alignment that happens once every 26,000 years.
This one will cost a pretty penny (unless you win their flyaway contest), but the Do LaB have put together a magnificent agenda for a three day music festival followed by a five-day Nile cruise to occur over the Winter Solstice, December 20-28, 2012.
The Great Convergence will include a selection of top electronic music producers and DJ’s from the west coast’s music scene including headliners Beats Antique, Apparat, Random Rab, Bluetech, Gaudi, Govinda, Desert Dwellers, David Starfire, DJ Dragonfly, Imagika, plus Moontribe DJs: Treavor, Brad, and Dela. Additionally, there will be panels and workshops with various experts including Carmen Boulter of The Pyramid Code, Philip Coppens of Ancient Aliens, and Daniel Pinchbeck, author and founder of Evolver/Reality Sandwich, among other Egyptologists to discuss the mysteries of the pyramids and the prophecies of our times.
Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young
For the less wildly extravagant budgets, there's a treasure trove of new books from some of music's finest offerings to give during the holidays. Dive into the life and work of Neil Young, as the iconic rocker shares his thoughts, eccentricities and reflections on a life of incredible accomplishment. The misanthropic dreamer is at full sail as he lays out the history behind his wizardry of guitar feedback, his spiritual aspirations as well as his total devotion to his hobbies. The hints of sad mortality that fray the edges of the story are to be cherished all the more, as this aging rocker lays bare the high seas of his mind and obsessive tendencies in a must-have book for any fan.