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Relix Gift Guide 2013 (Part One: Albums and Books)

November 29, 2013

Scrambling to find a perfect present for that Relix reader in your life? Well, fear not. We’re here to help you out. Beyond a subscription renewal, we have a variety of worthy options that should make your life a bit easier this holiday season.

Oh, yes, and don’t forget to treat yourself as well…

Let's start out with a list of albums from 2013 that we have been spinning as of late and should make lovely presents...

Portugal. The Man, Evil Friends
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Made Up Mind
White Denim, Corsicana Lemonade
The National, Trouble Will Find Me
Legion of Mary, GarciaLive Volume Three: December 14-15, 1974 Northwest Tour
The Head and The Heart, Let’s Be Still
Wayne Shorter, Without A Net
Gov’t Mule, Shout!
Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers
Arctic Monkeys, AM
Phish, Ventura
Dawes, Stories Don’t End
Jack Johnson, From Here To Now To You
Miles Davis, Live in Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 2

Of course, reading is fundamental and, this year, we ran excerpts from two books, both of which will make fine holiday presents. Alan Light, the author of December's Kings of Leon cover story, wrote The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah,” which is just out in paperback. And Rhoney Gissen Stanley enlisted the late Tom Davis to help with her memoir, Owsley and Me: My LSD Family.

Other recommended books first published this year or newly out in paperback include:

Mo’ Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and Ben Greenman
Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington by Terry Teachout
How Music Works by David Byrne
Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life by Graham Nash
Willin’: The Story of Little Feat by Ben Fong-Torres.


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