The Best Presents For Music Nerds

December 09, 2011

People got trampled and pepper sprayed while holiday shopping on Black Friday, but it doesn’t have to be that hard! We’ve compiled some of the best gift ideas on the internet, all easy to buy from the comfort of your laptop. Check back each day this week for another round of beautiful stuff you won’t have to fight crazy people for. Here's an assortment of music and music related albums for that special person in your life that enjoys Bruce Springsteen just as much as intensely depressing dance jams.

1. An assortment of oddly shaped Bruce Springsteen records, $147.18
It's hard to go wrong with anything in The Boss' back catalog, but these three sets offer an idiosyncratic and deep look into what makes him great.

2. Fruity Loops, $49.00-$299.00
Electronic music is really popular right now, and the not-so-secret secret is that a lot of the dudes we love got their start messing around with this program. Help someone in your life become the next big thing so you can freeload off them as much as possible.

3. Hood, Recollected, $78.22
Do you know someone who LOVES Radiohead? You definitely do. Hood are like a low-key Radiohead. They are equally into experimentation but less paranoid and potentially really into hanging out on grey beaches in the middle of winter. This is a box set of about just about everything they've ever done.

4. Panda Bear, Tomboy Deluxe Box Set, $34.98
This is still one of our favorite records of the year, and Panda Bear will always be the shining beacon that shows us how to live life better and embrace all the weird shit we think about on a daily basis. This box set even comes with a capellas. Pair this with Fruity Loops and something really next level might happen.

5. Wayfaring Strangers: Lonesome Heroes, $20.00
Nothing says Christmas like listening to a bunch of stoic dudes play the guitar.

6. Open Strings: Early Virtuoso Recordings From The Middle East, And New Responses, $46.94
The oud is one of the most pleasurable instruments to hear, and there is a lot of oud on here. Even if you don't know what an oud is, you'll love hearing it come out of your speakers.

7. Dinosaur L, 24 -> 24 Box Set, $59.98
Perfect for the Arthur Russell fan in your life. This is totally weird disco, blown out into a deluxe box set that is very worthy of the incredible material.

8. Ol Dirty Bastard, Return To The 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version Box Set, $26.00
The original version of this album is sprawling, exhausting and wildly entertaining. Here it is again, with a bunch of ephemera and an entire second disc of remixes and instrumentals. It's more than you ever knew you wanted, and that seems pretty perfect.

9. A Spotify subscription, $9.99
Speaking of more than you ever knew you wanted, get the music lover in your life a Spotify subscription so they can listen to like every Van Morrison album in a row and make playlists about their favorite rap songs featuring harmonica from 1985—without being interrupted by ads.

10. This cheap ukulele, 39.00
Surprise! It's super hard to actually play music, but if you're looking for an instrument that will help you understand the basics of a whole lot of other, different instruments, the ukulele is your best bet. It's not that expensive, and you can play all night because it's pretty quiet too.

11.Andy Stott, Passed Me By/We Stay Together, $23.45
Guess what! Andy Stott makes some of the most intense, bizarre, forlorn and next level sludgy dance music around. Maybe give this to your friend that enjoys cutting his or her own lathes?

The Best Presents For Music Nerds