Ways to thrill mu­sic fans in your life

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - ULTIMATE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - By Greg Kot, Howard Re­ich and Jessi Roti

Mu­sic fans can of­ten be the trick­i­est to shop for, es­pe­cially as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing vari­able sights and sounds con­tin­ues to be­come in­creas­ingly per­sonal — and per­son­al­ized. You’ll buy them a CD you they’ll en­joy, only to be ex­hausted by their ar­gu­ment to the op­po­site. The lat­est con­cert DVD? Do peo­ple even buy those any­more? iTunes or other stream­ing-ser­vice gift card? You might as well ad­mit you had no idea what to pur­chase and fig­ured they’d be bet­ter suited to do it them­selves.

But fear not!

We have put to­gether a col­lec­tion of gifts that any mu­sic fan will be happy to un­wrap this hol­i­day sea­son — from tech that’ll make au­dio­philes’ ears perk up to reads that’ll turn them into even more of a know-it-all to ac­ces­sories for the lis­tener who knows it’s still all about the vinyl.



A wire­less, wa­ter­proof speaker with built-in sub­woofer and mag­netic mount for your mo­bile de­vice that can also be used to crack open a cold one? With the BoomBot­tle MM (yes, com­plete with bot­tle opener) from Scosche, you’ll be able to turn any­where into a party — and keep it go­ing all night long (or 12 hours, at least). Fits per­fectly into wa­ter bot­tle cages and cup hold­ers. Avail­able in black and camo for $129.99, www.scosche.com Chris Bell, who with Alex Chilton co-founded the Mem­phis band Big Star, died 40 years ago, be­fore his ac­com­plish­ments as a singer, song­writer and mu­si­cal vi­sion­ary could be widely ac­knowl­edged. Rich Tupica sets the record straight in “There Was a Light: The Cos­mic His­tory of Chris Bell and the Rise of Big Star” (HoZac Books). The 400-page oral his­tory cov­ers ev­ery­thing from Bell’s be­gin­nings in the Mem­phis garage-rock scene of the ’60s to the com­ple­tion of what would be his posthu­mously re­leased solo de­but, the bril­liant “I Am the Cos­mos.” $37.99 at www.hoza­crecords.com

Do you have peo­ple on your shop­ping list who love to sing in the shower? Are they al­ways lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, un­able to com­pletely un­plug? Hook them up with this Moxie show­er­head that comes com­plete with a wire­less Blue­tooth speaker. The speaker is also easy to charge and re­place. Sync your iPhone or other Blue­tooth­com­pat­i­ble mu­sic player, and belt one out! $199, www.us.kohler.comLook­ing to get some­thing for the mu­sic lover who has ev­ery­thing? Not on the High Street may just have the solution: an artis­tic sound wave print of your loved one’s fa­vorite song. Sim­ply choose the size and fram­ing op­tions frame, and pro­vide the name of the song and the name of the artist who sings it. You can also per­son­al­ize it and choose the color and ori­en­ta­tion of the print. Ship­ping is a bit pricey. Prints start at $34 at www.no­ton­the­high­street.com


Who bet­ter to give us a sweep­ing, up-to-the-mo­ment his­tory of the Cres­cent City than Ja­son Berry, the em­i­nent New Or­leans wri­ter­doc­u­men­tar­ian? Berry gives us a lyri­cal and, at times, per­sonal view of a place unique in Amer­ica: "City of a Mil­lion Dreams: A His­tory of New Or­leans at Year 300." $35, www.unc­press.org


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