Local artists have the best merch for holiday gifts



You want to offer local music. But maybe the people on your list don’t have CD players or go to shows or love maple syrup more than music. No problem.

Here are all of the best, weirdest, and most awesome products from local (ish) artists. And yes, there is rock’n’roll maple syrup in this gift guide!

Gene Dante’s ‘DL / UX’ on tape

Are you still living with the technology of 1985? Gene Dante has you covered. Simply pop this $ 11 cassette from Dante’s new album into your Sony Walkman or Dodge Caravan cassette player. You don’t have a Walkman or a Caravan? Well, splurge on the Secret Bureau of Art & Design’s $ 28 40-page glossy art and lyric book of “DL / UX” created by the Secret Bureau of Art & Design, which accompanies the album on CD (Editions vinyl coming in 2022). Walkman, boombox or streaming through your phone, this album delivers all the glam rock, power pop, dark ballads and dirty disco you need this holiday season. genedante.com

‘Juno’ transcription book

A page from the transcription book for Lyle Brewer’s solo guitar album “Juno”. (Photo Lylebrewermusic.com)

Lyle Brewer’s solo guitar album “Juno” was born out of sobriety and snow. In 2015, during a winter of epic storms, the newly sober brewer wrote a tune for every bit of bad weather that passed through Boston. It’s an amazing album and you can play it. Don’t play through speakers but actually play it on your guitar. This transcription book includes standard notation and tablature, tempo marks, fingerings, and a collection of beautiful illustrations. lylebrewermusic.com

Jittery Jack steam shave, beard trim or classic razor fade

North Shore barber Kevin ‘Jack’ Patey’s, king of rockabilly, has a jukebox filled with 45s. (Photo jacksbarbershack.com)

Shaving and haircuts, two big items on the holiday gift list, right? A native of the North Shore and king of rockabilly, Kevin “Jack” Patey has a hair salon in Manchester-by-the-Sea. Why not treat someone to a clip of this man who knows a bit about rock ‘n’ rock and beautiful hair (see Elvis, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran)? While you’re at it, play a track on the jukebox filled with 45s or compete against a friend on the vintage slot car game. jacksbarbershack.com

Blood Lightning ashtray

Give the gift of love to the Blood Lightning group with this band ashtray. (Photo bloodlightning.bandcamp.com)

Smoke them if you have them. Blood Lightning is Boston’s newest supergroup (members of volume warriors Set Fire, Sam Black Church, Gozu, and Worshiper make up the lineup). There’s no better way to celebrate the band’s stoner metal and fire rock (it’s a genre I just made up!) Than with this $ 8 ashtray. Do not smoke ? Smart movement. Store your guitar photos, random Canadian coins, and keys. Bloodlightning.bandcamp.com

Kid Gulliver Maple Syrup

Maple syrup from an indie rock band? Yes, Vermont gold comes from trees owned by singer / guitarist Simone Berk. (Photo Kidgulliver.com)

What, you thought syrup was click bait and we never would? The cutest little indie rock band on the scene adds even more sugar to your life. Vermont’s legitimate gold comes from trees owned by singer / guitarist Simone Berk. Buy a pint for $ 15 or a pint for $ 30 at Kid Gulliver’s concert on December 17th at the Crystal Ballroom in Somerville. kidgulliver.com

‘Bedford Falls’ T-shirt

Show your love for “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a “Bedford Falls” t-shirt. (Photo Brattlefilm.org)

All your loved ones hate music. It’s a sad state, but warm their hearts with this ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ t-shirt from your favorite nonprofit arthouse theater, The Brattle. And remember that each gift of art touches so many other lives. When the art isn’t there, it leaves a terrible hole, doesn’t it? brattlefilm.org


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