My 12-year-old nephew wants some vinyl record albums for Christmas. What should I buy him?
Right now he likes top 40 music (Virgin Radio) and it's probably impossible to predict what his taste will be in a few years. When I was 11-12 I think I was the same way.
Do I share contemporary music I like, such as the Black Keys, and things I'm guessing he'd enjoy, like Fun.? Or are those bands only relevant to me because I'm totally old?
Do I give him some classic rock, cheap and abundant on vinyl? (Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Doors, Pink Floyd, etc)? That stuff was old when I was a teenager and I loved it all the same. But is that too rock-heavy for a kid who may not actually listen to a lot of rock?
Is there some past era that informs the music he might be listening to now that he could explore? For example in 2001 when the strokes and white stripes were on the radio, you could hear similarities in 60s garage rock. For today I'm thinking like old Daft Punk?
Or, do I just buy him vinyl copies of One Direction (I know he likes that band) and some other things that are on the radio right now