Holiday Gift Guide 2021

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Yes, that time of the year is soon upon us dear readers! The holidays. Gifts. Anxiety? If you want to show anyone in your life some appreciation at year’s end look no further than this concise and affordable guide…

Subscription Boxes are available for every type of item from music to food to books to almost anything you can name. I love records. There is a terrific seasonal subscription from rockerzine that delivers a box of music related ephemera for $24.95.

Your first box will be delivered to you immediately upon ordering.  Subsequent boxes will ship on March 1st 2021, June 1st 2021, and September 1st 2021. We will send out email reminders in the month leading up to our next ship date and you are welcome to cancel your subscription at any time. Check out http://www.rockerzine.com for more information.

http://www.Toynk.com has a variety of items stretching across home & garden, clothing, and collectibles; pop franchises like Star Wars, Friends, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who can be found on their site. Prices vary but many subscription boxes fall within $24—$40 for 4 boxes in a year containing mugs, keychains, t-shirts, stickers, pins, and trading cards for pop culture themes.

http://www.Cratejoy.com has a DC comics box featuring boxes themed after Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman.

Puzzle Boxes

A wide array of wooden puzzle boxes that contain secret compartments that are only revealed when you figure out the right combination of moves are a great item to gift. Challenging and charming as well as affordable. Beginner’s boxes are $14. Much more advanced boxes can cost as much as $50. Many are designed to hold money, jewelry or small keepsakes. When not in use they make wonderful display objects. http://www.Brilliantpuzzles.com is a great site to find them.

The Metal Head Box

One of the most popular music subscription services is based in Canada—pins, tees, stickers, cds or vinyl plus an autographed item this monthly box delivers to your favorite metalhead everything they love about this genre of music.

YouTube is loaded with unboxing videos too. Check any of them out to see what it’s all about! The November box is sold out.

Mini Boxes for $19/month; 2 LP + Pin Box every month for $30/month.

https://www.themetalheadbox.com/subscribe.html for subscription options,

Black Metal Werewolf is my favorite heavy metal fan youtuber. He reviews every Metal Head Box! For beginners and old fans alike!

We Know It’s Only Rock N Roll…

We live in amazing times. Every rock group has an online presence. You have 24 hour access to some of the best merch too. One of the absolute best is even a brick and morter boutique located on Carnaby Street, London at No 9. That’s the address of the flagship Rolling Stones store! Every price point. Tommy Hillfiger has added to the growing line of denim in the collection.

Hillfiger sweatshirt with the iconic lips and tongue logo.

At 57 Carnaby Street until January 22, 2022 is Queen The Greatest, a pop-up store celebrating 50 years of the iconic British Rock Group! Play the Game with a Queen Rubik’s Cube for $28 or browse the new line from Champion! You will go GaGa over the selection. There is even a Queen pinball machine!

David Bowie Pop-Up Store In London & Manhattan

For a very limited window previewing October 25, 2021, 75 days before the anniversary, through late January 2022, the Bowie 75 locations will be up and running at 14 Heddon Street — the London location where the cover of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars was shot and 150 Wooster Street — steps away from Bowie’s long-time downtown New York City neighbourhood.

The pop-ups will offer visitors a unique and immersive career-spanning deep dive into the sound and vision of David Bowie, with features including:

• Immersive audio and HD video screening rooms in partnership with 360 Reality Audio, an immersive music experience using Sony’s spatial sound technologies. With music in 360 Reality Audio, fans will be able to hear and see Bowie content available for the first time in immersive audio, exclusively in the Bowie 75 locations.

Hours of video content including previously unseen behind-the-scenes material, rare footage from the Heathen and Reality eras, and more.

• Opportunities to purchase limited edition releases of exclusive Bowie apparel and collectibles, as well as limited run LPs and CDs from both the Warner/Parlophone Records and Sony catalogues.

• Exclusive fine art photography including gallery installations documenting Bowie’s many iconic eras, personae, and Ch-changes.

• Intimate special guest events to be announced.

• Fans can place themselves in iconic costumes and set pieces to create fun and shareable social media moments.

• And more— For store hours, events calendars and other announcements and information, sign up and stay tuned to www.bowie75.com

Celebrating David Bowie’s 75th Birthday the store is an interactive experience as well as a chance to find exclusive Bowie items.

Toys R US At Macy’s

The Robo Rage is going to be $30 from $70 on Black Friday! Tye-dye sets, and Play-Doh sets are also on sale for the big annual sales day. Go to the Macy’s website for details.

This is just a sampling of the infinite. Today’s world of E-commerce has created a space that like our universe just keeps expanding. I hope this Gift Guide will help you narrow the focus….Happy Holidays!

Reversels LaSabre

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All original and one borrowed song by Pretty Boy Floyd & Story of Reversels.
Deep Glitch Art works by Matt Murphy.
Sound engineering by the impeccable Andy Bishop of Giraffe Studios. Band photo by Marquana Burgess. Production benedictions by Jennifer Love Lee. Booking by Sean Padilla of Happy Nomad Booking. Press by WolfieVibes Publicity. Radio PR by The Band Mom.💜💙

LaSabre out July 23, 2021

Hailing from Asheville, NC this duo has its origins in a birthright no human should have to experience. Each member was born to a cult that believed in reversing male vasectomy to enable procreation on a mass level.

The name Reversel is spelled this way to reverse the evil that visited their lives. To give hope to Trans Queer LGBTQ people in their infinite variety.

The music on their upcoming 3rd release represents their community quite well. Filled with dark beats, wavy vocals, and intriguing lyrics that transport its listener to a world where acceptance of our individual humanity is not just possible but a given.

You will not be able to put this record away but display it with pride. Every track pulses with its own vitality.

Gravitron deserves to be in the top 5 indie songs at year’s end.

Azael is truly haunting. The sonic grooves captured here will astonish the most jaded of listeners.

Relentless kicks in with great percussive beats and awesome baritone vocals. This song generates light.

The rest of the songs are as follows:

Absurdity/ Torch Song/ The Real Pretty Boy Floyd/ Softboy Rabbithole/ Wonderland/ Cupcake ft. Vvitchboy/ Boom Kitty/ Skin/ Dissolve/Resolve. My My.

This is a beautiful dark resonant work.

Available July 21, 2021.

Go get it!

Record Store Day!

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Saturday July 17th, 2021 is the second drop of vinyl goodies at independent shops.

From watching store owners and people who are passionate about Vinyl on YouTube there is a vast spectrum of opinions.

The consistency of this special day are the expectations people have for certain titles to appear on the release list.

As many people are disappointed as thrilled by the discovery each time out.

This is exactly the reason why going to record stores had always been a source of pure joy for me.

The record store is where I found my first Queen album! It’s where many now classic artists are found when they were new.

This Saturday I have the deep pleasure of going to one of the largest independent stores in the USA—Princeton Record Exchange in New Jersey with my best friend from high school.

Picture Vinyl, First time on Vinyl live albums from legendary artists, special singles, special color vinyl, box sets, and records being pressed for the first time since their original release sometimes decades ago.

This year Box sets feature a studio album set from Randy Newman; War has a 5 album set of color vinyl of their core catalog not seen on vinyl since the mid seventies!

Two E.P. titles are Queen+Adam Lambert Live Around The World including 2 tracks not found on the #1 album plus a 7″ Freddie Mercury song, Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow on pink vinyl packaged with the e.p.

A late addition to the release list, Foo Fighters Dee Gees features their covers of iconic Bee Gees hits and a side of their own.

Soundtracks are always big. This time out Aliens The Matrix, and Harold & Maude are being featured.

There are three volumes of rarities from The Monkees. Each title comes on color vinyl. You won’t know the color until you open it!

Live albums from Ramones, Suzi Quatro, Aretha Franklin and John Prine are limited editions.

Click this link for the list of releases:

https://recordstoreday.com/NewsItem/9578

Record Stores in NJ and NY:

Princeton Record Exchange Info:

https://www.prex.com/phone/

For info on NYC’s newest record store, Rough Trade, next door to Radio City Music Hall click below:

https://www.roughtrade.com/us

Happy Record Store Day!