Seasonal Greetings! To With Guitars first attempt at providing a few extra options for gifts this Christmas. Stocking Fillers, Box Sets, Books, DVD’s, the Guitar t-shirt and more to inspire your every expanding list of presents.
Marvel wallets £13.99
With all those figure-hugging outfits, we’re not sure where your average superhero is meant to keep his cash. Think about it, they must need a bit of pocket money when they’re out and about – how are they meant to patrol the streets at night without the occasional bag of crisps? Until we discover Wolverine’s down-the-front-of-his-trousers money pouch, you’ll have to make do with Marvel Wallets. A brilliantly-detailed homage to everyone’s favourite crime-fighting heroes, these leather-effect wallets are emblazoned with a classic collage of their exploits.
The Complete Smiths: Collectors Edition
(Deluxe Approx. £215 From Various Outlets)
This exquisite box set presented in a unique trunk style box includes all four of the bands studio albums: The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways Here We Come as well as live favourite Rank and the compilations Hatful Of Hollow, The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs. Lovingly remastered by Frank Arkwright and Johnny Marr the packaging includes both LP and CD formats, you also get 25 7″ singles, The Complete Picture DVD and art prints.
Retailing at around £215 (from Amazon) it is indeed for the more devoted fan, a much more wallet friendly CD only package will set you back a mere £30 (approximate)
Dead Can Dance Box Set
Also in the deluxe box set market, on from November 14th 4ad release a collection by Dead Can Dance. Featuring all three albums ~ remastered ~ as well as an additional 4th album Dust & Guitars that compiles all the singles and a few ratites. All three albums have redesigned sleeves by Vaughan Oliver and Ivo Watts Russell with the whole thing packaged in a limited edition box set.
My Tunes Amp. £15.99 / €19/ $25
Listening to digital music via piddly earphones or sleek but soulless speakers is about as un-rock ‘n’ roll as it gets. So why not redress the balance with a speaker that resembles a traditional guitar amp? It’s as easy as a-one, a-two, a-one, two, three, four with the effortlessly cool My Tunes MP3 Amp.
This rockin’ little 5W speaker looks just like the kind of thing Prince, Noel Gallagher or Angus Young might use if they were really, really titchy. (Yes, we realise they are really, really titchy but you catch our drift).
Paradoxical Undressing by Kristin Hersh (Atlantic Books) Prices vary RRP of £8.99 http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/simpleSearch.do?simpleSearchString=Paradoxical+Undressing%2C+Kristin+Hersh+Atlantic+Books&typeAheadFormSubmit.x=15&typeAheadFormSubmit.y=7
After a rock memoir to read this Christmas? Look no further than Paradoxical Undressing by Kristin Hersh (Atlantic Books) Prices vary RRP of £8.99 ‘Describing the work of Kristin Hersh, her biographical novel based on teenage diaries is at once brutally honest and beautifully written. Detailing her teenage pregnancy, being diagnosed as bipolar, and the signing of her band Throwing Muses to the UK independent record label 4ad. Paradoxical Undressing charts an eventful 18th year and is a must read for any music lover, forget those undoubtedly ghost written boring autobiographies and opt for something written with guts and heart. Available as hardback or paperback from Waterstones and Amazon the book features sleeve art by V23 design wizard Vaughan Oliver.
Palcebo: We Come In Pieces Eagle Vision (DVD/Blu Ray) DVD RRP £12.99
Wanting a music DVD/Blu Ray? Brutal and beautiful are two words that often go together when describing Placebo. ‘We Come In Pieces’ their latest offering from the band; is a concert filmed at a sold out Brixton Academy gig at the culmination of the band’s world tour, beautiful and brural are there in spades. Featuring all the bands hits including ‘Nancy Boy’, ‘Taste In Men’, ‘ ‘The Bitter End’ and many more, the deluxe 2 disc edition DVD (also on the blu ray) includes special bonus content of a specially made film Trigger Happy Hands and the tour documentary Coming Up For Air
Electronic Guitar Shirt £29.99 www.firebox.com/product/2813/Electronic-Guitar-Shirt?via=top10&cat=Entertainment
Were you born to be a guitar god? Then you were also born to wear a black T-shirt with a suitably lairy design. So why not combine the two via the amazing Electronic Guitar Shirt. Dignity, what dignity? This amazing piece of rock ‘n’ roll clobber is adorned with a fully playable integrated guitar, no strings attached. There’s even a mini amp with tone and volume knobs (of course it goes to eleven) that slips into a pocket in the hem. Simply strum away using the included magnetic pick and prepare to melt faces. It’s all axe no grind.
You needn’t worry about that whole talent malarkey because any div can play this rockin’ tee. Each button on the touch-sensitive neck represents a major chord, so playing most rock classics is easier than putting on your wig. That said, there are no preloaded riffs; you’ve really got to play this baby. Well, almost. Fiddly fingering? We just press and strum.
Easy to use chord guide shows how simple it is to learn a rib crunching solo!
Okay, you can’t play Van Halen-esque solos or improvise like Jimi. But who cares about that when you’ve just learnt No Sleep Till Brooklyn whilst lounging on the sofa. If you really want to emulate your heroes you can always put your foot through the telly and complain about the canapés.
If you’re thinking this is some plinkity-plink sounding toy, think again. Its chest-crunching chords have been recorded from a genuine electric guitar. Kerrang! Belt out the intro to Smoke on the Water and your fans will be doing the whole Wayne’s World ‘we’re not worthy’ thing before you can say ‘four note blues scale melody’.
Of course you’re liable to work up a real sweat playing with yourself like this, so the Electronic Guitar Shirt can be easily washed once you’ve removed its electronic whizz-bangery. Not that real rockers wash their clothes. They get their ‘roadies’ to do it for them. ‘Mum…Mu-um!’
All Tomorrow’s Parties announce…
I’ll Be Your Mirror 2012! What could be better for a rock fan than concert tickets?! Following the sad end to their brilliant Minehead festival ATP have pulled it out of the bag with latest venture I’ll Be Your Mirror, tickets have just gone on sale for the May 25th –
27th 2012 venture at London’s Alexandra Palace. With headliners none other than Slayer who will be marking the 15th anniversary of their classic album ‘Reign In Blood’ by playing it in it’s entirety on the Friday night. Other headliners over the weekend are Mogwai and newly reformed Guided By Voices. All three bands will follow the ATP festival tradition of ‘curating’ their days by picking the line up of support acts. Confirmed already are grunge gods Mudhoney, and hot new indie band Yuck.
For Friday 25th May ATP are incredibly excited to announce that this year the incomparable SLAYER will present their undisputed classicReign In Blood live in it’s entirety during their headline set to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary! Released in 1986, it is widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time.
Saturday 26th May The first ever ATP festival curators MOGWAI will return to headline, and to curate the rest of the day’s line-up – this will be their only show in England in 2012.
Sunday 27th May
The line-up will be curated by ATP, who are very excited to announce that our first confirmed headliner comes in the form of reformed indie rock legends GUIDED BY VOICES – playing their first UK show since 2003 with their classic line-up in the lead up to a highly anticipated new album.
Tickets will be available HERE (On sale now from See More tickets).
Flying Millennium Falcon £34.99 / €41 / $5 www.firebox.com/product/4606/Star-Wars-Flying-Millennium-Falcon
You may pre-order this item now and it will be shipped to you as soon as it arrives in stock. Or you can choose to be notified by email when the item arrives in stock.
Take control of the Millennium Falcon
She may not look much, but she’s got it where it counts. And that’s what makes Han Solo’s iconic rust bucket such a firm fan favourite. And now you can take the controls with Star Wars Flying Millennium Falcon. That is, if we can bring ourselves to part with it…
This remote control flier takes a little time to master but with a bit of practice you’ll be outrunning Corellian starships, avoiding Imperial entanglements, and generally saving the day. Charge the ship using the supplied remote. There’s no need to plug it into the mains so you can fly it to the farthest reaches of space (or your local park). All you need now is a big hairy co-pilot.
The Kinks In Mono Box Set Available from usual outlets and the horse’s mouth – http://store.universal-music.co.uk/restofworld/rock/boxset-the-kinks-the-kinks-in-mono-box-set-2011/invt/0602527769448/
On November 21st, this impressive new 10 CD Kinks box set will be released through Sanctuary. Bringing together The Kinks’ first seven LPs, all the way from ‘Kinks’ through to ‘Arthur’, as well as 4 extra EPs and 2 volumes of further collectables – this time all in mono – the collection is a stunning retrospective. The set also includes a 32 page, pop annual style book complete with new liner notes, memorabilia (including rare photos), discography information and more. Each CD arrives boxed in beautiful digi-pack packaging, all of which are all collectively presented in a rigid Dansette style box.