Yes, you're right, it's a little early to be talking about Christmas gifts.
But admit it, you've already started to think about what you're getting for certain people. You may have already made travel plans or started cleaning out the guest room for your relatives from Michigan who come down every year.
And the people who make stuff they hope you'll buy for Christmas have already started shipping it to stores.
So here's a selected list of some cool new stuff you might want to consider buying for the music lover on your gift list.
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"The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition": This is the gift your friend who loves the Velvets is hoping for. It's six discs full of live recordings (including great ones of "Heroin" and "Sweet Jane"), the entire "Velvet Underground" album in the two different mixes that were released in 1969, and a full disc of monaural versions. It's for hardcore Velvet Underground fans only, but there are plenty of us out there. Release date: Nov. 24.
"Live in Dublin" and "Popular Problems": Leonard Cohen is 80 years old and he has never sounded better, and he has seldom written better songs. "Popular Problems," which is out now, is a solid, evocative and sadly joyous album that Cohen lovers love. It's not his best album, but it's a very welcome addition to any fan's library. "Live in Dublin," though, is a must. Its three CDs and one DVD form a gorgeous monument to Cohen's 2012-13 world tour, which stopped at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. It was a spiritual experience for everyone who was there. For people who were there, this is a memento. For people who couldn't make it, it's the next best thing. It's due for release Dec. 2.
"The Basement Tapes Complete": It's like sitting around your living room listening to friends play music -- if your friends included the best American songwriter of all time and some of the best musicians of their era. This version of the legendary "Basement Tapes" includes six discs of Bob Dylan and the Band, playing music for themselves, at the peak of their powers in the late 1960s. It was never meant to be released, and until now most of it wasn't. The musicianship is relaxed, Dylan's singing is actually very pretty (sometimes, at least) and the vibe is delicious. The set comes with a 120-page book of liner notes and photos from the era.
"Ghostbusters": This is just silly fun. It's a 12-inch white-vinyl record with Ray Parker Jr.'s theme song from the original film and Run DMC's rap version that served as the theme for the sequel. The inserts are mostly 3-D photos of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the original film, and it's packaged in a padded, all-white marshmallow-scented sleeve.
"Rock and Roll Highway: The Robertson Story": This is a most unusual and delightful book aimed at young readers. It's actually a picture book, with graphics that harken back to the children's books of the 1950s, with text by Sebastian Robertson. He's the son of legendary guitarist Robbie Robertson, and here he relates the story of his dad life -- from his childhood on an Indian reservation, his passion for music and his rise to stardom.
"Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man": Marcus Baram's new biography of the music pioneer who's credited as the forefather of rap, but was so much more, is a stunner. Scott-Heron, who's most widely known for "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," lived a life that had just a bit more tragedy than triumph, which made his life and his career short and which makes every page of this book fascinating.
Those are just a few suggestions, and since there's nothing more subjective than musical taste, none of that may appeal to you or the people you buy for. Plenty of other albums, box sets and books are hitting the shelves this holiday.
Local independent shops are the best places to stumble across unexpected finds, and the people who work at those places are great sources for suggestions.
Marty Clear, features writer/columnist, can be reached at 941-708-7919. Follow twitter.com/martinclear.