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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2017: Music
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As the seasons start getting closer and the prospect of gift giving starts to clear off the cobwebs and come front and center to everyone’s consciousness yet again, there’s always the enigma of what to get, and more importantly, will the recipient be satisfied? There are however universals that always crack the corners of the mouth for a smile, music releases and their sometimes re-released box sets being some of them. So that being said, and what remains our annual wont, here’s our picks for some great music recently released and upcoming. And as always, this one goes to eleven.

Check out our 2017 Holiday Geek Gift Guide for Music…

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Playlist: Booty Music for 80s & 90s Artsy Alternative Types
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This mix is exactly what the title says. It’s meant to be listened to all the way through, in order, without skipping. (I realize this is an antiquated practice, but I made it in 2002. I made a CD tray card and cover for it and everything. #getoffmylawn)

The albums these are taken from are solid, too.

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The Drill Down 431: At Least I (Still) Have Chicken
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This week, Microsoft goes green (sort of), BitTorrent launches a news channel, Tesla invests in solar, Musicians rally against YouTube, Star Wars hits VR…and much, much more.

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2011 Cyber Monday Lightning Deals – Music CDs & Box Sets
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Now that Black Friday week is over, Amazon is moving on to Cyber Monday deals week with new Lightning Deals, limited quantities of various products for a discounted price for a 4-hour window of time. Once the item runs out, the sale is over – meaning, if you see something on sale that you want, buy it immediately before it’s gone (it could run out in minutes!).

Amazon has released the Lightning Deal schedule and prices for Music CDs and Box Sets for Monday, November 28, starting at 5AM PST (that’s 8AM EST) and running through 9pm PST. See a sample of some of the Cyber Monday deals here below, along with more information on how these special deals work. You can visit the main Sale calendar page to see ALL the deals and the exact times they’ll be going up.

U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Super Deluxe Edition 2CD+DVD)
$25.99

Weird Al Yankovic – Alpocalypse
$8.99

Led Zeppelin Box Set
$32.99

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Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Patti Smith Cover U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’
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The British music magazine Q celebrated the 20th anniversary of U2′s seminal album Achtung Baby by assembling a tribute album comprised of songs from Achtung covered by some of the biggest names in pop rock. The CD, which was included free with last month’s issue of Q, is entitled AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered. Listen to three of the songs from the album here below.

Among the artists Q brought into the fold for this project are Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, the Killers, Jack White, Patti Smith, Garbage, and Snow Patrol. Songs from Achtung Baby have been covered before, most notably “One,” which has been covered by artists such as R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Warren Haynes, and the late Johnny Cash.

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