By Pat Gunther
With Black Friday and the Holiday Season quickly approaching, you’ll realize that uncovering the perfect gift for any music aficionado is a difficult thing to do. Luckily, we’ve done some digging around The Red Stick to find gifts that any audiophile will love.
Here are five items that would make the perfect Holiday gift for the music enthusiast in your life:
Record Wall Frame by Record Wall-it
$7.95 per frame, discounts in bulk
Available at Capitol City Records
This unique wall frame will help you turn any blank wall space into something personal and visually appealing. As opposed to many other frames that would require encasing your record for display, the Record Wall-it allows the user to seamlessly slide new records in and out of the display, allowing you to liven up your living space without breaking the bank.
CCR Owner, Dana Labat: “It will accommodate either the album jacket or just the vinyl disc (think picture disc), with an enclosed adapter. You can even put two frames together, to display open gatefold jackets. They’re nice to do a whole wall of album art, or just one by your turntable to hold/display the jacket, while spinning the vinyl. Very cool and affordable.”
Local Vinyl Releases, Prices Vary, available at Capitol City Records
If you’re gift-getter is looking for some new wax to add to his or her collection, original music from some of Louisiana’s finest up-and-coming musicians surely fit the bill. Check out new releases from some of your favorite locals while supporting the music scene in The Red Stick; two birds with one stone.
CCR Owner, Dana Labat: “We have in stock some new vinyl releases by local artists, such as Royal Teeth, The Widowers, Damien Youth and also some hard-to-find vintage releases from Baton Rouges’ U.S. Times, The Paralelles, and Lynn & Lynn. A nice way to support local artists and give something more unique for the holiday season!”
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable, $250, available on Amazon.com
The fully automatic direct-drive turntable provides listeners with a quality sound and firm metal parts that will help you get the most out of your vinyl. While most audiophiles would recommend an analog setup, the $250 price tag is a reasonable fee for any fledgling vinyl collector looking to properly listen to their LPs while having a USB interface to work with pretty much any laptop. With this, you’re provided the convenience of digital listening with a sturdily build turntable for those of us searching for quality on a budget.
Cleaning Supplies- AtomiClean, $8, Micro Fiber Cloth $4,
AcousTech Anti-Static Brush $15, available at Atomic Pop Shop
In order to maintain the integrity of your records, keeping them clean and scratch-free is an absolute must. A steady cache of supplies over at Atomic Pop Shop is sure to help you keep that wax pristine and free of any blemishes that will compromise that warm sound that can only be captured on vinyl LPs.
Vintage Vinyl/Reissues, Prices Vary, available at Atomic Pop Shop, Lagniappe Records or Capitol City Records
Whether you’re shopping for a friend, parent or older relative, there’s no going wrong with a classic record. Check out the impressive World music section at Lagniappe for something more experimental, or hit Atomic Pop Shop to peruse their extensive collection of classic rock, jazz, original soundtracks and many more before you swing by Capitol City Records for some authentic Louisiana tunes.
Kerry Beary, Atomic Pop Shop: “We’ll be carrying the complete Beatles Analog Catalog on 180 gram vinyl as well as the Led Zeppelin I, II, III, IV & Houses of the Holy 180 gram & Deluxe reissues ranging from $24 to $42.”