Featuring the same psychedelic artwork by Lisa Rampilli that adorns the cover of Conclave’s self-titled album, the Conclave Slipmat is a mushroom-themed way to keep turntables dust-free. Made with polyester felt and printed with dye sublimation, the entrancing mat nods to the vibrant music it’s named after.
Product Category: Books + Music + Film
During the 1960s Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka, AB Spellman and Larry Neal’s experimental music magazine, The Cricket, covered poetry, reviews and politics across four issues, canonizing and empowering Black artists while also embarking on their own radical approach to music journalism. This anthology collates all four editions, alongside contextualization by author David Grundy, for a compelling and rare dive into the publication. Price is in Pounds.
From D’Angelico’s Excel Series Tour Collection comes the Mini DC, a powerful, compact and vintage-inspired guitar, thoughtfully designed for the traveling musician. It’s a 14-inch-wide, semi-hollow instrument with deep cutaways and a lightweight centerblock, all of which makes it easily wieldable. Featuring Supro’s Bolt Buckers, the DC is fitted with custom, versatile pickups, from warm and snappy sounds to growling tones. Finished with 1930s-inspired diamond f-holes and other retro aesthetics, the guitar looks and plays with panache.
Travel is intrinsically linked with food, and this new book from Design Hotels explores and celebrates the culinary offerings and practices at properties including Jamaica’s Rockhouse, Italy’s Rastrello, Mexico’s Círculo Mexicano and Japan’s Satoyama Jujo. Through images and words by photographers, chefs and culinary experts and writers, Taste and Place traces terroir to table settings, tradition, sustainability and beyond. The company has also promised to donate a portion of the proceeds to humanitarian aid organizations that were suggested by their two Ukrainian member hotels: 11 Mirrors and Bursa Hotel. Price is in Euros.
Written by Grady Hendrix, My Best Friend’s Exorcism combines horror, adventure, comedy and ’80s nostalgia for a story that ultimately celebrates friendship. Set in 1988 Charleston, the tale of high school sophomores and best pals Abby and Gretchen quickly gets tricky when Gretchen begins acting differently—moody, rude, manipulative and cruel. After trying to reason it away, Abby understands something is very wrong and embarks on a mission to save her best friend.
Music and art platform Ghostly International releases their own take on Nalgene’s signature narrow cap bottle. With a transparent gray color, Ghostly’s logo and the phrase “Everywhere Nowhere,” the reusable bottle pays tribute to the label’s genre-defiant, expansive work.
Named after the joinery technique that it employs, the Dovetail from Symbol Audio uses a file cabinet grid system to organize vinyl records while displaying album art. Crafted with FSC-certified wood, vegetable-tanned leather handles and solid-brass hardware, the storage system (available in a range of wood finishes and sizes with various rows and columns) blends functionality with sophisticated style.
This durable tote bag proudly supports LA’s Reparations Club, a concept bookstore and creative hub founded and owned by Jazzi McGilbert. Available in neon yellow or black and emblazoned with the words “Black-Owned / Women-Owned,” the tote is made in the US by workers who earn a livable wage. Crafted from 100% cotton, 13-ounce bull denim, it’s big enough to carry books, groceries, records and more.
Part of Taschen’s Library of Esoterica, Plant Magick—written by Jessica Hundley and designed by Thunderwing studio—is the fourth volume in the series that chronicles mystic traditions. Featuring interviews, essays and 400+ images (including ancient Egyptian stonework), Plant Magick explores how plants and the natural world have been intrinsically connected with countless stories, myths, medicine, religions and cultural practices throughout history. Also in the series are books on astrology, tarot and witchcraft.
Part of the official merch collection for the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, the Midnight Screening Tee celebrates the annual event’s beloved roster of late-night movies. On the front of the black T-shirt, a mesmerizing visual design emanates outward. It makes for an ideal article of clothing when attending a midnight screening during the festival—or at a theater closer to home.
Acclaimed poet Franny Choi’s first new offering since Soft Science, The World Keeps Ending, and the World Goes On is a meditation on historical, present-day and impending apocalypses, which notes how dystopia has already been the reality for marginalized people. Lyrical and personal yet universally resonant, this insightful and elegant poetry collection trudges through catastrophe to imagine collective survival.
Published by Karma, Daisy Chain is a 104-page hardcover catalogue that celebrates the work of NYC-based artist (and CH favorite) Kathleen Ryan’s Bad Fruit series, for which she embraces decorative crafts from the past along with nature, humor and irony. Ryan’s large-scale sculptures of bejeweled but decaying cherries, lemons, peaches and grapes (and even jack-o-lanterns) are at once beautiful and monstrous, and play with ideas about value. Along with compelling imagery, the monograph includes essays by Bob Nickas, Shannon Mattern and Heather Davis.
Using the joys and pains of the creative process as a vehicle for lessons on grief, Many Shapes of Clay: A Story of Healing is a touching, cathartic children’s book from Kenesha Sneed, an artist and the founder of LA-based ceramics brand Tactile Matter. With an endearing, young protagonist named Eisha, brought to life through Sneed’s bold colors and gestural textures, the book beautifully and powerfully navigates loss.
In Now Go: On Grief and Studio Ghibli, author Karl Thomas Smith combs through the characters and animations of the Studio Ghibli universe to uncover how grief underpins the joyful, comforting films. The 13th issue in independent publisher 404 Ink’s pocket-sized books series, Inklings, the book of essays explores how Studio Ghibli navigates grief (be it small, personal or environmental) and how this depiction reflects the ways grief manifests in real life. With grace and insight, Smith conveys the multiplicities of loss while carving a pathway through it. Price is in Pounds.
Black and white photography, poetry, flash fiction, art and more populate Stanchion, a quarterly zine produced, edited and published by Jeff Bogle. An annual subscription includes all four editions of their gorgeous publication—printed on thick, uncoated A5 paper—as well as an exclusive bonus issue, making for an elegant and evocative gift for literary and artful minds.
Comprehensive and clear, the book Your Psilocybin Mushroom Companion from drug policy journalist Michelle Janikian is a guide to planning safe, effective trips. From step-by-step instructions to advice on being there for others who are tripping and tips for microdosing, the concise resource elucidates some of the magic behind mushrooms.