Christmas is fast approaching, meaning the hunt for overpriced luxuries and irrelevant memorabilia is well and truly on once again. Here, Piers Barber sifts through the junk to compile the Music Factory’s ideal Christmas stocking.
Make up for all those albums you’ve brutally torrented throughout the course of the year by forking out on some overly pricey merchandise – as always, there’s plenty to chose from. Our favourites include these rare Drake-themed Nike socks, Wavves’ weed grinder and rolling papers and that really, really great Wu-Tang Clan Christmas Jumper, which comes complete with Killa Beez on each arm (above). For those who have already triple-read, memorised and transcribed Morrissey’s Autobiography onto parchment, take your devotion to the next level with the Saint Morrissey Prayer Candle. “There is a light that never goes out,” reads the product’s description.
Boxsets and reissues
As sure as night follows day, the run up to Christmas repeatedly prompts the release of a ridiculous range of revamped, repackaged old music for purchase in the run-up to December’s big day. Most eye-catching this year are the beautiful Boards of Canada vinyl reissues (left), the 45th Anniversary reissue of The Velvet Underground’s White Light/White Heat and, for those so inclined, a preposterously expensive Daft Punk boxset containing a whole host of Random Access Memories extras. And then, of course, there’s the ‘Super Deluxe Version’ of the Best of Keane, a bewilderingly large collection including scrapbooks, B-sides and a bizarrely unappealing live DVD of an acoustic set filmed just a couple of months ago. Essential.
Words, words, words
2013 has been a great year for music writing (see Music Factory Number One), and fortunately for stocking-buyers, a lot of it has made its way into print. Highlights include Bob Stanley’s Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop, Questlove’s Soul Train: The Music, Dance, and Style of a Generation and Tracey Thorn’s Bedsit Disco Queen. Priority, though, must surely be given to #MEALTIME, the brilliant cookbook scribed by none other than hip hop’s greatest Segway lover, 2 Chainz. The book, which can be obtained by buying his debut album B.O.A.T.S.II: #METIME, contains the rapper’s favourite tour bus recipes: “I’m a seafood lover, I don’t eat beef or pork, period,” he reveals.”So turkey, chicken, that’s a lot of the recipes I use and eat every day”. Sounds good enough to me.
A merciful Christmas No.1
Thanks to London artists DE$iGNATED and TÂCHES, a campaign to make Boddika’s stupendous ‘Mercy VIP’ this year’s Christmas Number One is rapidly gaining momentum. The campaign’s Facebook page, which at the time of writing boasts a not inconsiderable 7,255 likes, aims to build a following similar to that which propelled Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ to the top spot in Christmas 2009. A very worthy cause, I’m sure you’ll agree. Whilst you wait for 20th December to buy the record, check out George Mayfield’s hilarious Christmas-themed edit of the track in question below: