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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

The staff at Curbside put together a holiday gift guide for you to appease all your book worms and music lovers. These unique gifts are sure to please even your pickiest loved ones!

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Red Velvet Underground by Freda Love Smith (Agate/Midway)
This drummer-turned-columnist's memoir is an excellent gift for lovers of rock music, vegetarian (mostly) recipes, and road trips.

Can't recommend this book enough.


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Shanghai'd Soul - Episode 4 (Numero Group)
One of our top-sellers. Each of these soul tracks was sampled by some of the biggest names in hip-hop from Kanye to Kendrick to Common to Cudi.

Excellent gift for hip hop heads and R&B lovers.


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Organize Your Own edited by Anthony Romero (Soberscove)
Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements features new work by contemporary artists, poets, and writers that explores the question of what “your own” might mean, this book connects some of the concerns dealt with in the 1960s and ’70s to the conversations and social movements around racial justice happening today.

 


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Richard Edwards, Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset (Joyful Noise Records)
On this debut solo LP, Richard Edwards (of Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s) bears his wealth of gifts are on full display. This dual LP comes in Lemon Yellow and Cotton Candy Pink, with bonus track on translucent yellow flexi-disc.

Lush melodies and charming lyrics, the perfect gift for folk fans.


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The Empty Bottle edited by John E. Dugan (Curbside Splendor)
Revisit one of the best rock clubs in America. Along with candid photos of bands from the Flaming Lips to the Sea and Cake, there are interviews and anecdotes galore. Writer John E. Dugan spent two years on this store favorite. Don't miss out!


If you're looking to give an experience, we have that covered too!  As a 16" on Center box office, you can pick up tickets for live music venues including The Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, SPACE Evanston, & The Promontory. 

If you're looking to give an experience, we have that covered too!

As a 16" on Center box office, you can pick up tickets for live music venues including The Empty Bottle, Thalia Hall, SPACE Evanston, & The Promontory. 

February 17 Mixtape

February 17 Mixtape

By now you’ve probably come down from your conversation heart sugar overload and realized the commercialism that is Valentine’s Day is passé and you’ve told yourself that next Valentine’s Day you’re not going to fight over elbow room with neighboring couples and dish out too much money for an ounce of beef tartar, especially when the vegetarian options looked immensely better during your eight bites of your eight course meal.

Next year, stay at home, put on a record, crack open a bottle of wine, and cook something special for someone special: a lover, a friend, your dog walker, whoever you care about.

This month we’re sampling the soundtrack for that meal. And we may or may not have thrown in a handful of tunes that aren’t as much on the lovey-dovey side of the spectrum, because what brings people closer than a little emotional teardown? Get swept up in Bon Iver’s new album 22, A Million, or come down with his drummer, S. Carey’s stripped-down EP Supermoon. Put on an upbeat front with La Sera’s Music For Listening To Music To, while basking in their subtly crushing lyrics, a la Morrissey style. Then while you’re contemplating if you cooked the mussels long enough, or you should have skipped the cream in your carbanara so you’re not left with some sort of milk and noodle soup, flip over Dan Rico’s Endless Love to that B-side and let his “Casual Feeling” take those worries away, at least for a little while.