With the holidays rapidly approaching, I wanted to steal an idea I’ve seen on other websites and put together a few gift ideas that I think are pretty great to give and receive. Since I already have recommendation posts for albums, movies, tv shows, books, software, podcasts, blogs, audio-equipment, and random miscellaneous tech and around the house items, this list is focused mostly on things not included in those posts and more geared toward things I’ve come across in the past year or so that I think are worth checking out and that I think would make good gifts. As always, I only recommend things I’ve personally used and loved.
I used my Amazon affiliate link when the product showed up there, which gives our website a slight percentage back if you make a purchase, and therefore helps fund our continued existence. I hope you’ll find something cool, and feel free to drop your own recommendations in the comments.
The Weeknd debuts, unsurprisingly, at number one on the Billboard charts this week.
The Weeknd blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with his new album, Starboy, earning 348,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 1, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the third-largest debut of 2016, behind only the arrivals of Drake’s Views (1.04 million units) and Beyonce’s Lemonade (653,000). Of the Weeknd’s overall start, 209,000 were in traditional album sales.
The notable artists on your television this week include: James Vincent McMorrow (Kimmel; 12/6), Pentatonix (Kimmel; 12/7), A Tribe Called Quest (Kimmel; 12/9), John Mayer (Fallon; 12/6), The Hold Steady (Meyers; 12/5), John Legend (Corden; 12/5), Dinosaur Jr. (Conan; 12/6), and Macklemore (Ellen; 12/8).
5 Seconds of Summer have posted up a bunch of b-sides and rarities on Spotify and Apple Music to celebrate their 5th anniversary as a band.
Mayday Parade have announced a 10-year anniversary tour for A Lesson In Romantics. Tour dates can be found below.
“We are stoked to celebrate our 10th anniversary of our debut record A Lesson in Romantics,” guitarist Brooks Betts says. “We want to reminisce on the memory with our fans. Especially with those who have been with us for so many years. In celebration, we are announcing our A Lesson in Romantics tour, we would like to invite you all to share in the experience with us. We will be launching a two and a half month long tour of US and Canada. Hope to see you there!”
Atmosphere have released a video for “A Long Hello.”
Acceptance will release their new album Colliding by Design on February 24th via Rise Records. You can find the track listing below.
This Wild Life have announced some new January dates. You can find those below.
Pitchfork have released their “20 best rap albums of 2016” list.
Variety is reporting that Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting the 2017 Academy Awards.
The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” star has hosted major several awards shows in the past, notably the recent 2016 Emmy Awards, as well as the 2012 Emmys. Kimmel has also hosted the 2007 ESPYS and the American Music Awards on ABC five times. This will be his first time hosting the Oscars.
NPR has released their list of their “Top 100 songs of 2016.”
Red City Radio have debuted their video for “Electricity” via Punk News.
Dropkick Murphys have released their new single, “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” from their upcoming album 11 Short Stories of Pain and Glory. The album is due out on January 6th.
Alternative Press talked with AFI’s Jade Puget about their upcoming album.
Yeah, definitely. The whole recording was different, especially with me stepping up to produce after all this time. I’d compose the entire song and demo it out before we hit the studio, so a lot of the production was done early on. Matt was awesome and we worked really well together—that whole thing was very different for me and very different for the band. In the studio, we tried to make it flow and work very naturally because we don’t love being in the studio. That’s the work part of it and we love the creative part, the writing, and the enjoyment part is going on the road. So I did the vocals with Davey [Havok], just he and I in a room together while the drums were being tracked. Dave and I have always just wanted to do the vocals just the two of us and make a record like that. It was awesome and I loved it.
Simple Plan have released the new song “Christmas Every Day.”
Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 spoke with TMZ about how the Oakland fire should have artists thinking more about safety.
Morrissey has canceled the rest of his North American tour. Shocker.