Donna Noble, folks.
The holiday present buying season gets into full swing post-Thanksgiving and we’ve put together a little guide of potential gifts to get for fellow geeks and/or music lovers. Pouring through the multitude of buying options, we’ve picked out those products we’d most want to see in our own stockings or under our tree this year. It should be pointed out that this Friday’s Record Store Day Black Friday event features a ton of cool vinyl rarities only available at your local indie record store that would make for great gifts for indie music fans. Check out the full list of Record Store Day titles here. Another compelling gift option not mentioned below is giving money to charity in the name of the gift-receiver. In this consumer-focused time of year, it is important to remember those whose entire yearly salary probably couldn’t afford many of the items on this list. Having said that, ‘tis the season of giving gifts and here is a hopefully helpful list of suggestions. (via Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide for Geeks and Music Lovers - Box Sets, Comic Books, Books, Action Figures, Blu-rays, DVDs, Doctor Who, and more | Under the Radar - Music Magazine)
This is all I need in my life.
If you weren’t paying attention, you might have missed that Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla released a solo record in 2008, the well-received but mostly overlooked Field Manual. And if you did pick up that album, if you didn’t listen all that closely, you might have missed that it was actually a fairly political album, with what Walla self-effacingly says are 10 “ill-fated protest songs.” Now, four years later, he admits that he realizes just how difficult the task of moving people’s hearts and minds with music actually is. But beyond music, he now has a larger goal—attacking the problems that face our country through fixing our political system and the rules that make sure nothing gets done. (via Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla on Senate Rules Reform and the Election: Beyond Music | Under The Radar)