La Piñata (Freddie Gibbs and Madlib) $27.95, Hogwild Records, 1824 N Main, (210) 733-5354
Gibbs, one of raps hardest hitters, teams with the legendary producer Madlib for an exercise in real hip-hop.
4. Love Is A Real Thing: The Funky, Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa (various artists) $27.95, Hogwild Records, 1824 N Main, (210) 733-5354
David Byrnes Luaka Bop label returns with a badass retrospective of 70s and 80s afro-funkincluding tunes from the mysterious William Onyeabor.
5. Psych-Out Christmas (various artists) $22.95, Hogwild Records, 1824 N Main, (210) 733-5354
Great for any family that gives each other weed for the holidays, or for anyone who wants to hear Iggy Pop do White Christmas.
6. St. Vincent (St. Vincent) $27.95, Hogwild Records, 1824 N Main, (210) 733-5354
Annie Clarks fourth solo LP is a shred-tastic lesson in style.
9. Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon $16.99, The Twig Book Shop
In his seventh novel, Pulitzer winner Michael Chabon aims his sights on just what its like to be a music lover: to balance vinyl stacks and earworm melodies with the realities of life.