Beck & Bjork: Eclectic & Collected
Beck delivers a unique format twist with for his first album in almost five years that's so beyond retro it's possibly futuristic. "Song Reader" features twenty brand new songs -- but you are in charge of actually performing the tunes. The album arrives in the form of sheet music, never recorded by any studio musicians. It's the perfect gift for the musician on your holiday list who's looking to up his or her indie cred -- what's cooler than saying you played a song by Beck that he's never recorded?
At the other end of the format spectrum this season is Bjork. Following a series of sold-out shows around the globe in support of her recent album "Biophilia," the Icelandic singer and multimedia maven has now released the next of a series of must-have related mercy. "Biophilia Live" is a hardcover book that features gorgeously rendered, glossy photos of the live experience. To accompany the book, Bjork has enlisted a roster of big-name producers to remix "Biophilia's" wide-ranging tracks, including rappers Death Grips and indie superstar Omar Souleyman. Looking for something more unique? Bjork is there to help with a handful of exclusively designed vinyl records that offer the same remixes with original artwork.