There's a certain breed of music lover who, when given the choice, always takes the slightly gritty sound of vinyl on a turntable over a digitally remastered CD or a quick-and-clean download. Whether they love hard, fast rock or soft, soulful sounds, the vinylphile prefers their tunes straight from the grooves of an LP or EP. They may have specific tastes when it comes to their favorite recordings, but finding the perfect present for the owner of those particular ears doesn't have to be a pressing problem. For the record, one of these gifts for vinylphiles might just be the chart-topper they're looking for.
Want great music recommendations? Ask the man who's literally in the music business. Jeff Davis, the artist behind our popular record bowls, clocks, coasters, and bookends, knows his albums. Right now, it seems like everyone's weighing in on their favorite songs, albums and music videos of the year. NPR seems to have had a year-long love affair with Adele, promoting her album during every seasonal pledge drive. My favorite music blog, KEXP out of Seattle, turned over the picks to their DJs and ended up with something closer to a top 500. There's no shortage of great music reviews at this time of the year. I decided to check in with Jeff to get a more timeless perspective.