If you're a fan of that harsh 808 beat—think Run-D.M.C. or Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer"—and you love kicking back, then the Beanbag TR-808 is for you. It’s a beanbag chair styled after the vintage drum machine from the ‘80s. With an item like this, you'll be the envy of every exhausted hipster within a ten mile radius.
Let's face facts: Everyone has high-end headphones these days. So why not make yours stand out? The venerable headphone maker is producing customizable cans this holiday season, so get 'em while they're hot.
As deadmau5 is so fond of pointing out, you don't need to know anything about DJ-ing to DJ these days. Especially if you've got the iDJ Live, which turns an iPod or iPhone into a portable DJ booth. So even if 33 vs 45 rpm means nothing to you, you can still scratch with the best for $84 and get the after party started.
Forget Five Golden Rings—how about Five Golden Showers? (Kidding, kidding...) R. Kelly's autobiography Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me recounts everything from the story of why he left his wife (he blames it on a screening of The Notebook) to his awkward first meeting with Michael Jackson. And we quoth: "I was so nervous that I started practicing in front of the food just how I would introduce Michael. Would I say, 'Mike, would you like some Chinese food?' Or, 'Mike, want some of this, man?' Or maybe it'd be better to say, 'If you're in the mood for some Chinese food, Michael, you're welcome to it.'" Within the pages of Soulacaster, there are plenty more gems like this.
Taking the guitar model favored by Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Buddy Holly and attaching a USB plug to the guitar cord, the Squier by Fender USB Stratocaster Guitar allows you to record sweet riffs directly into GarageBand on your Mac, iPhone or iPad. Unless Alan Parsons lives with you, recording music at home has never been easier. Available only through the Apple store for $199.
For those who are constantly losing guitar picks AND have an endless supply of old library cards and photo IDs, this pick punch is the best gift they could possibly get this holiday season: Especially for just $24.95! Plus, there's no chance someone else got them the same thing.
This holiday gift deserves the "Partridge in a Pear Tree" slot because it's the most expensive niche item available on the market, ever. It's a box set that compiles everything ever from the obscure avant-garde rock group the Residents, who have been performing in eyeball/top hat heads since the '70s. Before you weirdos get out your wallets, check out the staggering price tag: $100,000. But to its credit, the whole package comes in a functioning refrigerator. So if you were planning on buying a new fridge anyway, might as well drop the extra $97,000 for a few songs, right?
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