8 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for L.A. Music Lovers (and Obsessives)
There's always that someone in your family or group of friends or entourage (this is LA we're talking about after all) who is a little intimidating come Holidays gift season. They're way into music, but they're into music in an obsessive way that seems to say "you'll never be able to find a music-related gift for me." Well, West Coast Sound can help: here are 8 last-minute gift ideas for a variety of budgets that will have the music lover (and obsessive) in your life looking at you with renewed respect:
8. Vinyl Record Frame from Turntable Lab
This is an easy and affordable gift suitable for anyone who likes vinyl, from the casual fan to serious collector. These frames from Canada's Records On Walls, available at Turntable Lab on Fairfax Ave, hold single or double LPs and can be installed on any surface. The design of the frames makes it super easy to swap records in and out so you can show off your favorite records without committing them to permanent placement on your wall.
Vinyl Frame (Turntable Lab)
7. Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound
Paul Drummond's Eye Mind is the wild story of the original Texas psychedelic band and its legendary singer and is the most well-researched book about rock 'n roll out there.
Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound (Barnes & Noble)
6. I Hate CD's: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 1 and I Still Hate CD's: Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 2
This is the perfect gift for lovers of great rock n' roll from the 50s, featuring treasures from the Dictators, Arthur Lee of Love, Charlie Feathers, Mary Weiss, Andre Williams, and tons more. Norton's long been the best place to find obscure 45s, and now they make it easy with two volumes of digital downloads.
Norton Records 45 RPM Singles Collection Vol. 1 + 2 (mp3 downloads via Amazon)
Price: Vol. 1 $21.67, Vol. 2 $17.98.
5. Musical Soldering Kit from Machine Project
Musical Soldiering Kit (Machine Project)
Echo Park's Machine Project has produced a build-you-own-synthesizer kit! Now you can put together your own synth in the comfort of your own home or garage, or even on top of your Christmas tree if you're so inclined. Three options are available: Gus (bass pitch), Marcel (middle pitch), and Patricia (Treble Pitch). The kit includes everything you'll need, except for the soldering iron.