Dec 19, 2008


Not that you need any...but how about some quick gift ideas. We'd love to have your business and help make your loved ones holidays a little better with the gift of music.

$10 or under:
Luniculaire White Hinterland - Luniculaire: One of my favorite albums of the year. I call it avant-garde-portland-jazz-infused-pop. Too much? Regardless, it rules and is only $8.99.

Band of Annuals - Tour EP: Who doesn't love the local darlings, Band of Annuals? Their Tour EP includes some unreleased tracks that are great for any local music lover. Only $7.99!

Paul Jacobsen & The Madison Arm - S/T: Coming in just under $10 this local band is smooth and delightful. A great gift for those that have the full Band of Annuals collection already but are interested in finding something new.

Ladyhawke- s/t $9.99
Golden Animals- Free Your Mind and Win A Pony $8.99
Other Lives- s/t $8.99

$20 or under:
Songs for Christmas Sufjan Stevens - Songs for Christmas: Oh boy do these box sets sell fast! We have a few more in stock as I type this out so if you want it hurry in. 5 discs of Sufjan wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas...

Slowtrain t-shirt: These unisex American Apparel 50/50 tees are awesome! They feature our brand new logo designed by Dan Christofferson (thanks Dan!) and a classic turntable drawn up by Sumerset Bivens (thanks Sumer!) plus they were printed by my very own Uncle JR- and yes, that really is him on the tag, it is hilarious and amazing. At only $12 through December 25, these shirts are a steal. Price goes up to $15 on the 26th so come and buy your shirts now! Chop chop! (sizes xs-xl)

Her Space Holiday- XOXO, Panda and the New Kid Revival: This wonderful album made it into my top 25 for the year and I can't stress enough how much you should all listen to it and then buy it for yourself and someone you love. If you are looking for something new and interesting, look no further. At only $11.99 you won't break the bank either...

Danielson- Trying Hartz $10.99
Girl Talk- Feed the Animals $12.99
Jose Gonzalez- Live at Park Ave $ 11.99
Young Widows- Old Wounds $12.99

For the vinyl lover:
You & Me Walkmen - You & Me: This beautiful red LP is super limited and available only at select independent record stores. Lucky you, Slowtrain has a stash of these in stock! Get 'em while we've got 'em. Once they're gone, they're gone.

French Quarter - S/T: Ahhh, you may remember me gushing about this one on my best of 2007 list. Well, it is still holding strong in 2008 and not many folks have this lovely LP so it makes a perfect gift for the vinyl lover in your life.

Fleet Foxes - S/T with EP: This debut full length from the super-hyped Fleet Foxes is full of lush harmonies that are meant to be heard via the warmth of a turntable. Seriously, this album was meant for vinyl. And the band really wants you to have it on LP because they've affordably packaged their full length along with their beautiful EP into one package for under $20. This will make someone very happy. (for those that care, it is Pitchfork's #1 pick of the year. But we think you should like it despite what Pitchfork says...)

Want to get creative?
Try a combo package - buy the newest Andrew Bird record, Armchair Apocrypha, and throw in a ticket or two to his show at the Murray Theatre on February 25. Quite honestly this would be my pick for a gift! Andrew Bird is amazing and for a decent price you can get a great album plus get to see him live. What a deal.

Something for ANYONE
Slowtrain gift certificates are the perfect gift for anyone. Buy a $15 gift certificate and you are pretty much buying them a new album (yes, we are that affordable!) - and it gives your loved ones the full record store experience of coming in and sifting through albums and header cards while sampling our listening posts. It is more than just a gift certificate, and it makes everyone happy. We offer gift certificates in any amount...come and get yours today.

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