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Five Holiday Gifts For Your Dad

Alright, slacker.

There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family.

We're starting with dear old dad. Here are a couple of musical suggestions for stuffin' pop's stocking.

1. Life by Keith Richards

You don't have to be a old-timer to dig the musings of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, but it certainly helps to remember the days when dudes smoked on airplanes and the only thing cooler than "moves like Mick Jagger" were moves like Keef's. This 2010 bio is a terrific read, and your dad deserves some time on the Lazyboy with a rock 'n' roll hero. Pick it up at Changing Hands Bookstore. Back-up Plan: No Regrets by Kiss-guitarist Ace Frehley isn't quite as artful as Richards' book, but it's nearly as much fun.

2. Jerry Riopelle Tickets

Dad's love old-school hard rocker Jerry Riopelle, and his Orpheum Theatre New Year's Eve performance will certainly be a festival of grey-but-partying dudes and their lovely ladies. Grab tickets via Danny Zelisko Presents and Ticketmaster.

Back-up Plan: How about tickets to Wilco? Dad's are always out to prove they like modern music, and while Wilco's been around long enough to count as classic-ish rock, but there's always openers White Denim, who tap into your dad's boogie rock collection enough to appeal to him, too. (And are named after something your dad probably wore.)

3. Rejoice and Shout DVD

Is your dad planning on skipping church on the 25th? Well, this doc, featuring Smokey Robinson, Mavis Staples, The Dixie Hummingbirds, and archival footage of the eternally bad-ass Sister Rosetta Tharpe, oughta help put the Christ back in Christmas.

Back-up Plan: Try The Other F Word, a film that examines what happens when punk rockers become fathers.

4. Rush Boxsets

Dads love Rush. It's just a fact. These recently released Rush sets, titled Sector 1, 2, and 3, are packed with archival notes and remastered sound. Wanna prove to dad that you're hardcore? Get Sector 1, which includes Rush, Fly By Night, Caress Of Steel, 2112, and All The World's A Stage (arguably the band's finest run), with enough Ayn Rand-obsessed prog-rock to satisfy the even the most Objectivist pappa. Get it at Zia Records or Hoodlums Music.

Back-up Plan: Calexico's Road Atlas 1998-2011 collection will inspire your father with sounds from our neighbor to the South, Tucson. Get it at Revolver Records or Stinkweeds.

5. A Trip to Arizona Hi-Fi

Your dad doesn't want to listen to his music on a cheap set of earbud headphones. Take him to Arizona Hi-Fi (located conveniently near Stinkweeds), where your dad can pick up a classy new turntable, speakers, or amplifier. Life is too short for shitty audio; your dad knows this. Back-up Plan: Here's a simple one. Take your dad out for a beer. The TT Roadhouse Pub works; you can dial up some tunes on one of the best jukeboxes in town, and not have to worry about impressing any gussied up goofballs.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.