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For anyone you know well enough to talk music with, the right album can be a brilliant gift. The trick is finding one you know they’ll like, but they haven’t even heard of. Our solution, the live album.

In particular, we’re thinking of LCD Sounsystem’s London Sessions, a live tour of one of the more interesting discographies of the decade. If you’ve got anyone on your list who was gushing about This Is Happening when it came out in April, this Abbey Road session should be just about perfect. It’s not essential listening—if it were, they’d already own it—but as cake-icing goes, it’s pretty tasty.

The only downside is, it won’t be available in physical form until February. But that shouldn’t stop you from getting creative with a CD burner.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom