Clubs gift guide 2008
Party in the palm
DJs, you knew this day was coming: Digital-age liberation finally fits in a single hand. The Swedish-designed Tonium Pacemaker hit the streets a few months backand were still in awe of its power, which nearly justifies the sky-high price tag (about what youd pay for a basic laptop). It stores 120 GB of your choicest music files and can do most of what a traditional mixer can with just its touch padcross fade, beat match by pitching, pause, cue, loop, split loop, EQ and effect to your ears content. Play in a club, no problem. It can also save your mixes for online trading or sending to your legions of fans. $874, pacemaker.net.
Good in the hood
Of all the trendy brand names found in the clubs and DJ bars these days, Englands Boxfresh consistently comes across as a nice blend of casual street style and innovation. The Gander cotton hoodie will see you through bright nights and bad style. You can always shove your hands in the kangaroo pockets and mope if your new friend stands you up. $85, karmaloop.com.
The once-stimulating album-art format now exists mainly as lo-res squares on iPod screensand yet music graphics remain of key importance to many of us. Musikraphics, an art survey from Victionary/Gingko Press, attests to the vibrancy of electronic- and dance-CD-package art as well as DJ flyer and poster design even in the pixelated age. $39.95, powells.com.
Mikey likes me
Now mobile producers and podcasters can record their voices on the fly without a bag full of pricey gear. The portable Blue Snowflake microphone plugs straight into the laptop via USB and delivers almost pro-quality voice or vocals to throw down on your latest demo or DJ set. It folds up nicely into the DJ bag, too. $69.95, Apple.com.
The collectible-cap conglomerate New Era teams with hep Swede label WeSC for dapper chapeaus minus the sports-franchise logos. This straw version of the fedora from the spring collection comes a bit earlyor just in time for your annual getaway to Rio. $44, karmaloop.com.