BMS Shopping Guide: Random Music Goods of 2010

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Waiting for the last minute to do all of your Christmas shopping? Wondering what to get the music fan in your life? Well, we have some easy to find gift ideas for those precious few shopping days left. Here’s a brief rundown on some random gifts – new and old – for the music fan in your life.

Guitar String Bracelets: Available through the Music Drives Us Foundation, check out these cool genuine guitar string bracelets. Designed by Wear Your Music, the bracelets are a stylish way to express your love for music while helping support music education in New England. The bracelets are just $12 and available in gold-tone, silver-tone, pink, red, and black. If you are looking for something even more unique and are willing to pay a much heaver price tag, go to Wear Your Music and check out the exclusive collection of bracelts from an array of stars including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Pete Townshend, Toby Keith, Trey Anastasio and many more. Prices are different for each artists and a percentage of the profits are donated to charities supported by the artist.

Otamatone Musical Instrument: Who would have ever thought that such a cute little object could be such a fun instrument? This little note-shaped synthesizer is one of the coolest things we have seen in awhile. Change the note by pressing on the stem, make different sounds by twisting the top, squeeze the head of the note to add some vibrato and play any song your heart desires – so long as it falls within the range of an octave. Available at

ION Audio iCUE MP3 Computer Music Mixing Station: Being a DJ has never been as simple as it is with iCUE. Load the included software onto your computer, plug the controller into the controller with a USB cable and you’re ready to go. By dragging and dropping songs of your choice to play through the controller, you can use basic tools such as crossfader, scratch and EQ, along with more advanced things such as sampling and looping. Not only can you play these songs live, but you can record them to play later. This reasonably priced item (you can find it on Amazon for only $89.95) is a must-have for anyone interested in DJ-ing!

T-Shirts: All music fans like to have their musical tastes reflected in their wardrobe.  You can’t go wrong with a concert or band shirt and many stores offer vintage t-shirts to bring you back to the glory days of your favorite bands. Not into t-shirts? Get a band logo or album cover on a bag, hat, pint glass or other accessory. Check out for a nice selection.

Autogrpahed CDs:  Beyond the plethora of albums, DVDs, and just about everything else you could want, New England’s Newbury Comics offers a great selection of new autographed albums at the same price of the regular album. The signed booklet comes us a bonus too, so you can frame it without taking it out of the CD case. Whether it’s the Dropkick Murphys, Guster, Maroon 5, LCD Soundsystem, or Josh Ritter, there is something for everyone. Check out the full list here.

Music Games: Ranging from ‘Catch Phrase Music Edition’ to ‘Grateful Dead, The Game’ to the various Trivial Pursuit Music editions, there are plenty of games on the market these days to entertain music fans. has a great selection to choose from.

Album Frames: Vinyl is back but besides the superior sound, it’s also a great form of artwork. Pick out a few albums and frame them for a great way to display your love for music. Frames are available at a wide array of stores for as little as $5 each.

Wilco Coffee Lovers Bundle: Combining 2 lbs of Ethiopian coffee roasted by Intelligentsia, two Wilco mugs and a mystery gift, the Wilco Coffee Lovers Bundle is the perfect gift for any Wilco fan that also loves coffee. Lets just hope their coffee is as delicious as their music!

Dropkick Murphys Coffee Mug: No coffee included here, but Boston-based Irish puck rockers did just design a new coffee mug for sale through their website. Pick it for $12.95 or add an DKM ornament for $19.95. Other unique gifts available through the band’s website include a wallet, belt-buckle, golf balls and the usual array of clothing items.

Box Sets: For the diehards, check out new box set collections from Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Miles Davis, Ninja Tune, Buck Owens, John Mellencamp, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Matador Records, Rounder Records and more.

Concert Tickets: There are plenty of great shows scheduled from the end of the year all the way through next summer and you can never go wrong with a pair of concerts tickets (it’s like a gift for yourself too). Check out the calendar section for the full listings.

2011 Lowell Summer Music Series Season Pass: Yes, the weather reports will soon be focused on snow and bitter cold temperatures but the summer will be here before you know it. And with warmer weather, comes outdoor summer concerts. Boarding House Park in downtown Lowell is one of our favorite summertime spots thanks to the always fund Lowell Summer Music Series. The lineup has yet to be announced but you can get a season pass (18+ concerts) for just $270. Do the math – it’s a great deal.

South Shore Music Circus/Cape Cod Melody Tent Inner Circle Club Membership: Our good friends in Cohasset and Hyannis bring some great talent to Massachusetts every summer and we’re excited to see what 2011 will bring. For a limited time, they are now offering a free membership to their Inner Circle Club with the purchase of at least $200 worth of South Shore Music Circus or Cape Cod Melody Tent gift certificates. That’s a $100 membership, which gives you access to better and cheaper seating, for free. Orders can include gift certificates for both venues in various denominations but must total at least $200 to receive the complimentary membership.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp:  More for the high-rollers but this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This camp not only provides lessons from some of the greatest musicians in rock music (headlined by Roger Daltrey and Tommy Lee) it also gives a lucky camper the chance to form a band, perform at famous concert venues, and rehearse in a professional recording studio. Make every little boy’s rock and roll dream come true and buy tickets to upcoming Fantasy Camp in New York (January) or the Bahamas (February). Get all the details here.

Justin Bieber Nail Polish from Nicole by OPI: Yeah, Justin Bieber has just about every type of merchandise including his own line of nail polish. You can find this sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.

Taylor Swift Holiday Cards: Like Bieber, Swift too has a wide array of merchandise but none is more unique than her own line of greeting cards through American Greetings. So whatever you choose to give the music lover in your life this season, why not package it with a nice card from Swift.


  1. Wow – great recommendation on Excellent selection, and I got my shirts fast! Price is right, and I found something for the kids, my husband, and myself!

  2. …just picked up Springsteen’s ‘The Promise’ box set companion book, amazing original photos and stories frm the Darkness tour. Limited Edition

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