Chances are you got a pretty heavy dosage of Daft Punk's most recent album this Summer — it was fairly hard to avoid, not that you'd want to — but for those of you who just couldn't get enough, there's the Daft Punk Random Access Memories Deluxe Box Set ($275). This box set is packed with goodies sure to please, starting with a double vinyl copy of the album decorated with gold and silver foil labels, as well as a pair of gold and silver plated, metal encased, USB drives containing all the music, bonus content, and an array of videos. You'll also find schematics for building your own Robot costume and helmet, a 56-page hardcover book of images from recording sessions, and a bunch more, making it well worth the price for hardcore fans.
Secret Audio Club Wax Packs ($28) were made for guys with fond memories of heading down to the local shop as kids and picking up a pack of baseball cards, hoping to come across something rare or special. These collectible seven-inch vinyl records come packaged like baseball cards, with ten records in each series printed on black or limited edition color vinyl. They also include trading cards for the various bands featured on the records, with each one containing digital download codes for more music. Get each record in the series with this pack to discover new music, all while re-experiencing one of your favorite childhood hobbies.
Perfect if you're the kind of guy just getting into Bob Dylan and looking for a complete discography to jump-start your collection, Bob Dylan: The Complete Album Collection ($180) is nearly all-encompassing. It includes each of his 35 studio and six live albums —many of them newly-remastered and independently packaged with reproduced original artwork — as well as a two-disk compilation of additional music not found on the original albums.
In 1996, Bill Clinton was president, gas was a mere $1.22 per gallon, and The Smashing Pumpkins were at the peak of their powers. The band was fresh off the megahit Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness — and were ready to flex their muscles even more — so they released a five-disc box set. If you missed out back in 96', or lost your original copy, Billy Corgan just sent down word that it's being reissued this summer. The Aeroplane Flies High Box Set ($130) not only includes the 33 songs from the original set, but it's been expanded to a robust 104 tracks. Included are unreleased demos, alternate versions, and live recordings. And don't fret if you've changed formats since the original version — you can choose from a six-CD and single-DVD set, a five-LP vinyl package, a deluxe digital version, or a standard digital edition. So start saving those pennies for the July 23rd release Pumpkins fans, and clear out some space for this mammoth collectible.
Shit, we're getting old. First Lebowski turns 15, then Dazed and Confused hits 20, and now this. Completing a trifecta of cultural touchstone anniversaries, Give Up 10th Anniversary Edition by The Postal Service ($35) celebrates the decade that's passed since this seminal recording's release. The multidisc set (Vinyl or CD, and also digital download) includes all the original songs, remasterd, plus 15 bonus tracks, among them two brand new songs — "A Tattered Line of String" and "Turn Around" — that provide just a glimmer of hope that we might actually see another album from the likes of Gibbard and Tamborello (and sometimes Lewis). But don't get your hopes up, because the first one was such a process.
Anyone who's listened to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser knows that playing it live must be a challenge — a challenge met by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker on drums, and Mauro Refosco as a secondary percussionist. Amok by Atoms For Peace ($10) is the first effort from the band, taking Yorke's complex electronic compositions and turning them into recordings using real instruments. There's still plenty of electronic noise to go around, of course, and Yorke's voice is as unmistakable as ever — so if you were waiting on an Eraser followup, this is likely as close as you're going to get. It drops on February 28, but you can stream it for free right now.
Hear the Fab Four like never before on The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set ($400). Not content to simply slap recent pressings of the set's 14 albums into a box and call it a day, the audio wizards at Abbey Road decided to create new versions using the 24-bit remasters created for the recent CD and digital release. After much trial, error, and testing, they're now ready for you to enjoy, manufactured on audiophile-quality vinyl with original liner notes, artwork, and other surprises, and accompanied by a 252-page hardbound book. If you want in, you'd best hurry — the set is limited to 50,000 copies worldwide.
Sure, a lot of younger folk might remember the Man in Black for his final records with Rick Rubin, but Johnny Cash made his name — and spent the bulk of his career — on Columbia. Johnny Cash: The Complete Columbia Album Collection ($175) celebrates this 32-year stint by including all 59 original albums on CD, as well as a 2-CD collection of singles that didn't originally appear on albums, and a 28-song collection of tracks from his Sun Records years — which includes "Folsom Prison Blues" and "I Walk The Line" — all in a single box set.
For those of you who aren't Interpol junkies, Paul Banks is the man who gives the dark New York rockers their distinctive voice. Now he's readying his second solo effort, Banks by Paul Banks ($10). With a slightly more electronic sound than the typical Interpol record, this ten-track album is dropping on October 23, and if the lead track "The Base" is any indication — you can get a free taste of it now — it'll be a perfect soundtrack for the cooler, more gloomy weather ahead.
After a five-year hiatus which included the Danger Mouse collabo Broken Bells, James Mercer is back with Port of Morrow by The Shins ($10). Recorded with a slightly refreshed lineup, Morrow still contains plenty of the band's signature sound, and while it's a little darker than your typical "soundtrack to the summer" fare, it'll no doubt be getting plenty of play around Uncrate HQ.
Prepare your speakers for another sonic assault courtesy of Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells ($8). This sophomore album from the Brooklyn-based duo includes plenty of the distorted guitars and pop-ready vocals you'd expect, along with a healthy dose of dream sound to help differentiate it from their more direct debut.
If you're having trouble finding a suitable home for your encyclopedic collection of Dylan albums, it's time to check out the Bob Dylan Archive ($90). Designed with the most discerning collectors in mind, the Archive consists of a showcase box, a storage book designed to hold all 43 "official" albums, a 228-page album artwork hardbound book, and a softcover book with a full color discography and excerpts from album reviews and classic advertisements.