Exclaim!'s Top 10 Music Picks for This Boxing Week

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Music Picks for This Boxing Week
Nowadays, a lot of our music shopping takes places on the internet, but the dire state of major music retailers doesn't mean that we won't be hitting the streets on Boxing Day to hunt for the best music-related bargains.

If you're like us, you'll be looking for sweet deals on all of the season's best deluxe reissues and box sets. That is, items that look pretty awesome, but might be just a little too lavish for us to afford/justify if they're full price. (We call this "Elvis Costello Syndrome".)

On that note, here are Exclaim!'s Top 10 Music Picks for This Boxing Week. Get ready to stick those elbows out and fight your way to those deals.

Exclaim!'s Top 10 Music Picks for This Boxing Week:

10. This Mortal Coil - HDCD Box Set

This dream pop group is led by 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell, so it only make sense that he's giving his own work an awesome (and well-deserved) box set. It includes four CDs: 1984's It'll End in Tears, 1986's Filigree & Shadow, 1991's Blood, and the out-of-print singles collection Dust & Guitars. Seriously, in one fell swoop, you can dig deep into one of 4AD's most important and missed acts.

9. Arthur Russell - 24 -> 24 Music (deluxe vinyl box)

The late, great songwriter has been honoured with a string of retrospective releases in recent years, and the latest is a fancy-looking four-LP box set for this 1981 avant-disco classic 24 -> 24 Music. Along with four twelve-inches, it comes with unseen photographs and expanded liner notes, making this a must-have for members of Russell's still-expanded fan base.

8. Ol' Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (deluxe reissue)

This Wu-Tang classic from 1995 got a well-deserved two-disc reissue this year. Perhaps even cooler than the musical rarities included here is the packaging, which features artwork, a poster, a sticker, a double bill-fold wallet and -- get this -- a laminated food stamp card, which we're guessing isn't redeemable. The reissue is also available on vinyl.