Gift Guide for Musicians We Love (and Love to Hate)
Bob Mould: Long-overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In a legendary career still going strong in its fourth decade, Mould fronted the legendary punk band Husker Du and 90's rock trio Sugar and has had an outstanding solo career as well. In 2012, he proved he is far from done with his best work in years with "Silver Age".
Reality Singing Shows: A viable recording artist.
Not that Santa wants good things for the glut of instant-celebrity karaoke shows littering our television screens (I certainly don't). However, if tens of millions of Americans are going to invest their time in this type of "entertainment", the least they should receive in return is a recording artist with staying power more than once every five years or so - pointing to Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson has passed its statute of limitations.
Ryan Adams: A musical filter.
I am not sure such an item exists, but the incredibly prolific alt-country rocker Adams is in need of something to prevent him from turning his every thought into a song. Dude - you are married to Mandy Moore, feel free to take a couple months off.
Thom Yorke: Dancing lessons.
Or the medication it will take to stop whatever it is that Yorke does on stage during Radiohead shows and throughout the borderline-disturbing "Lotus Flower" video.
John Travolta: a year's worth of pre-paid massages.
Sure, it may sound like a dangerous idea, but remember that when Travolta has too much time on his hands, he records Christmas albums with Olivia Newton-John.