By now you know the game: Shopping for loved ones is both the best and worst thing ever. Each year we spend incalculable bank one-upping loved ones, friends, and frenemies in an effort to find that one perfect gift. This holiday season, Vanyaland has compiled its own gift guide to hep you navigate the sea of consumerism, from stocking stuffer ideas to a giant fucking Han Solo carbonite wall-piece that would be the envy of any aspiring Hutt. If you don't see anything of interest now, fear not: We'll be updating this jimjam until the last mall turns off its fading lights and the last website closes up Santa's online shop for the season.
Metallica’s Master of Puppets Remastered Deluxe Box Sets
Box set! Box set! ‘Master of Puppets’ is the box set you need! Each holiday season the deluxe vinyl box set game grows stronger, and it’s becoming harder and harder to decide which one to stuff under the tree. We were going to plug The Smiths’ Queen is Dead re-issue in this space, but then Morrissey went and said some dumb shit (again), so we’re shifting our attention to Metallica. The legendary metal band’s third album got the massive re-issue treatment, and this latest Master of Puppets release via the band’s own Blackened Recordings is truly the Thing That Should Always Have Been. It’s available in all formats — vinyl, CD, digital — and we recommend the “Expanded Edition” (unreleased demos, rough mixes, interviews, live tracks, 28-page booklet) and the Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set (108-page hardcover book with unseen photos, outtakes, previously unreleased interviews, three LPs, 10 CDs, a cassette, two DVDs, a lithograph, a folder with handwritten lyrics, six buttons). Give the gift of Lars. — Michael Marotta