Whether delivering his profoundly heart-wrenching lyrics in "Streets of Philadelphia" or recounting the joy of youth in "Glory Days," Bruce Springsteen has always been a masterful storyteller. 2016 sees The Boss fantastically tackle long-form writing with his 508-page autobiography "Born To Run." Springsteen spent seven years writing the book, which starts with him as a guitar player conquering his boardwalk town of Asbury Park and continues through to today, offering an honest look at how this "gun for hire" became the legend that he is.
While Sharon Jones sadly is no longer be with us, her vast repertoire of soulful tunes remains. A new limited edition pressing of her (along with the Dap Kings, of course) "It's A Holiday Soul Party," on green vinyl, offers the ideal opportunity to connect with her zest this holiday season. Supported by her acclaimed band, Jones joyously delivers 11 holiday songs, both original and traditional. It's funky, powerful and lots of fun for all kinds of festivities.
LA-based artist Angela Rossi turns antiquated porcelain plates and other formal dining wares and turns them into modern works of art through clever mixed-media portraits. Our favorite features David Bowie, but music fans can choose from Prince, Janis Joplin, Sid Vicious, Patti Smith and more, in varying shapes and sizes.
Originally recorded in an empty swimming pool on the cusp of the '80s in Buffalo, New York, "The Talking Drum" is a previously unreleased sonic compositions by groundbreaking video artist Bill Viola. Newly restored by Viola's studio and pressed onto 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, this incredible limited edition of 100—each signed and numbered by Viola—includes original archive photography, an essay by Astra Price and the original program notes and invitation from a 1979 Composers Inside Electronics performance.
With hard purple enamel and gold plating, this tribute pin for the iconic musical mastermind Prince carries plenty of personality with a luxe edge—much like the man himself. Music fans have long sported pins and patches to show their dedication to the ones they love, but with Prince's passing this year it's never been more emotional to celebrate his immense contribution. This made-in-the-USA item affixes itself by way of posts with rubber pin backs.
London-based illustrator James Ward—who goes by the moniker Jimbob Art—uses cheeky animal drawings to portray humans' innate desires. "I Will Play Keys for Cheese" is the perfect sentiment for the turophile in your life. Each eight-inch bone china plate is fired at a studio in the UK's renowned potteries town of Stoke-on-Trent and is dishwasher safe.
The only work created by renowned psychedelic poster artist Victor Moscoso for The Grateful Dead, "Satanic Santa" celebrates the band's two-night residency at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom in December 1966, just a year after the band officially formed. This 14 x 20" original print is valuable both for fans of the Dead and Moscoso alike; the Spanish-American artist has featured in exhibitions at MoMA and is widely acclaimed for his contributions to the underground comic book "Zap."
Save the date for 12-14 May, 2017: a weekend to experience live music in one of the most unique settings—Paolo Soleri's experimental architecture built in harmony with the Arizona desert. Founded and run by musicians Hundred Waters, FORM Arcosanti breaks the rules of most festivals out there—an artist's retreat would be a more accurate description. While entrance is only granted through an application process, there are opportunities to help subsidize the incredible line-up (like Four Tet and Skrillex last year)—by purchasing a patron package, which includes comfortable furnishings, and more crucial, access to rare flushing restrooms and hot showers.
Combining a series of apps and a smart vibration sensor, East London-based Mogees has managed to create a tech accessory that transforms any object into a musical instrument. By plugging the device into your smartphone and initiating one of the apps, Mogees can be played within two modes: Pulse or Jam. The former is a rhythm game, and the latter is essentially a set of tools that provide you with all kinds of sounds, loops and rhythms to create your own musical masterpiece. It's also compatible with GarageBans and other MIDI apps.
Bang & Olufsen is forever on a mission to recreate the sound an artist hears in the recording studio and deliver it to the comfort of your living room. The 91-year-old Danish speaker company has proven themselves through various iterations, from compact to complex, and their most recent product continues that legacy. The beautiful BeoSound 2 offers 360-degree sound performance and best of all, features integrated access to Spotify, Deezer, QPlay and TuneIn while supporting Bluetooth, AirPlay, Google Cast and DLNA.
When singer Kate Bush took the stage for a 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo, fans around the world rejoiced. The sometimes reclusive songstress delivered a multi-media performance of epic proportions. Now, for those who were not able to attend, comes a 29-track, four-LP vinyl box-set wherein no tracks have been re-recorded or overdubbed. It's a magnificent capture of the artists' theatrical pop that enchants with each moment.
Most serious musicians spend an equally serious amount of time on the road, lugging around heavy equipment. While orchestra players may forever be doomed to carry weighty cases, electronic musicians can rest a little easier with Korg's iWavestation, a modern take on the beloved synthesizer first introduced in 1990. Mix and morph on the go with this iPad/iPhone app, which powers the same tech as the classic in a tinier punch.
Founded by Belgian photographer-turned-DJ Francois Vaxelaire, The Lot Radio is Brooklyn's internet radio station housed in a shipping container complete with a coffee kiosk. More than just a place for discovering music, The Lot serves as a community space where like-minded souls have a place to gather and exchange ideas of all sorts. Their classic T-shirt is the perfect way to show support for this ongoing passion project.
Crate digging is fun, but not when you're in the middle of a passionate DJ set. Chicago-based Flipbin solves this problem with a handy aluminum display-and-storage unit designed to keep 33 of your favorite 12-inch records on deck and within easy reach. Each Model 33 is powder-coated for extra strength and made in Illinois.
For anyone with a burgeoning vinyl collection, it can be hard to know what the next step should be when filling in the gaps. With Vinyl Me, Please, a team of music lovers makes that decision for you—with special editions of contemporary classic's like The Fugees' self-titled masterpiece and Beck's Odelay being recent examples. In addition to the record, subscribers also get one original art print, a cocktail recipe and access to member-exclusive products in their store. There are three memberships tiers here: a full annual commitment translates to $33 per month, the Three Month plan costs $36 per month, and a month-to-month membership runs for $42 per month. We recommend the Three Month service, as its a valid trial for what Vinyl Me, Please has to offer.
As mysterious as the French electronic music duo themselves, Daft Punk's unscented "Mood" candle is hand-poured in Los Angeles by "very nice people." Each candle is housed in a 30% recycled glass container, burns for a minimum of 100 hours and comes packed in a heavyweight, collectible gift box. Getting lucky not guaranteed.
Album art has always made a statement about the music within or those who produced it. Vinyl collectors know this and, with Jeremy Porter's walnut wood wall-mounted record holder (with a hand-applied oil finish), one's favorite can be constantly on display. Each holder is made-to-order and two brass screws round out the simple, effective design. It's an easy way to turn album covers into art for the home.