Holiday Music Gift Guide

Here are my suggestions for holiday shoppers. The albums listed below are all recent -- thus no plug for Phil Spector's Christmas Album, the best X-mas music ever made by a nice Jewish boy. Every recommendation should, at a minimum, interest its intended audience.1. Expand the horizons of the Kenny G fanatic.: James Carter The Real Quietstorm (Atlantic)2. Return of the boomers: Rolling Stones Stripped (Virgin); the buppies: Stevie Wonder Natural Wonder (Motown); the Wobblies: Bruce Springsteen The Ghost of Tom Joad (Columbia).3. Music for your favorite alienated high school student: Green Day Insomniac (Reprise); your favorite alienated college student: Moby Everything In Wrong (Electra); your favorite alienated grad student: Pavement Wowee Zowee!! (Matador).4. Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown: P.J. Harvey To Bring You My Love (Island); Throwing Muses University (Sire)5. Stay young and snotty 4-Ever: Elastica (DGC); Whale We Care (Virgin); Mallrats (soundtrack) (MCA)6. Liven up mumsy's and dadsy's rec room: Esquivel More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds (Warner Bros.)7. Jerry's dead but Deadheads roam the highways: Phish A Live One (Electra)8. Funky even without a name: "File Under Prince" The Gold Experience (Warner Bros.)9. Long overdue reissues. Lost soul man division: Howard Tate Better Get It While You Can (Mercury); Marxist punk forefather division: Gang of Four Entertainment (Infinite Zero)10. Box set with a reason for being: Velvet Underground Peel Slowly and See (Polydor)

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