Written by music critic Will Hermes, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever explores the years in the mid-1970s when NYC was failing as a city, but punk, hip-hop, disco, salsa and jazz were thriving from block to block, borough to borough. Beginning with New Year’s Day in 1973 and ending with New Year’s Eve in 1977, the book is encyclopedic and detailed, and tells the fairytale of various music scenes and the fascinating ways they oftentimes converged in a city that was, in many ways, divided.
20 years ago, Kelis released her game-changing debut record Kaleidoscope—an album that synthesized countless genres and dismissed all rules of R&B and pop music. With cosmic sound effects and Middle Eastern influences (among others), the production was done by The Neptunes, while Kelis bounced from rich, smoky jazzy vocals on one track, to whispering on another, and wailing and screaming on the next. This limited edition orange vinyl version of Kaleidoscope features four alternative versions of “Get Along With You” and the radical “Caught Out There.”
A compilation of both well-known and unpublished photos, Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali, as the title simply implies, focuses on two instances where the incredible photojournalist (and author, director, and composer) profiled the prolific boxer. In 1966, Parks covered Ali for Life Magazine. In 1970, the pair reconnected for a feature in The Great American Magazine. Intimate and incredibly artistic, the photographed moments represent pivotal points for both parties. Parks, after this string of successful stories, turned to directing, writing, and composing—namely his Blaxploitation genre hit Shaft. Ali, in the throws of vilification across America for his polarizing views on war and race, appears more human in Parks’ pictures. The bulk of these photos predate Ali’s arguably most famous fights—1974’s The Rumble in the Jungle and 1975’s Thrilla in Manila.
As mixed reports and concerns continue to surround vaping, PAX ensures their updated devices are the safest and most effective way to vaporize cannabis concentrate. With their newest offering, the PAX Era Pro, an NFC chip inside each pod connects to a receptor within the body and provides the user the ability to control temperature and dose. The device also has the ability to remember settings for particular pods and display THC levels, producer information, and more within a connected app. (If you’re looking to experience effects immediately, a higher temperature would be your bet. Those looking for a mild dose should set the temperature to its lowest possible notch.) Plus, since PAX Era Pro pods are made, tested and distributed by cannabis producers in partnership with PAX, this is the best way to ensure that what’s inside will do no harm.
Published by FUEL and compiled by Trunk Records owner (and self-proclaimed nostalgia lover) Jonny Trunk, Wrappers Delight features 500+ images of British drink, confectionary, and candy packaging from 1950 through 1980. “Decisions about what to include were based on three parameters set by FUEL and myself,” Trunk writes in the book’s introduction. “1) We had to like the item for nostalgic reasons. 2) We had to like it for graphic reasons. 3) We had to have room for it in a 240-page book, which was looking problematic as we started with well over 1,500 items I had selected.” Whether using the book as a reference point for design projects or source of inspiration and entertainment, the contents are sublime—bright, bold, retro, kitsch and everything between.
Stylist and journalist Marcellas Reynolds’ Supreme Models: Black Women Who Revolutionized Fashion comprises 256 pages of black models and their accomplishments over the past 70 years—including magazine covers, editorials, catwalk images and more. Beginning with Iman, Beverly Johnson and Donyale Luna and ending with Adwoa Aboah, Jourdan Dunn and Joan Smalls, the book celebrates not only beauty, but also boldness and strength. It also touches on the ways that these voices and their visibility made, and continue to make, a difference.
Featuring a variant of their beloved Always Pan, Our Place’s Year of the Rat Bundle nods to the Chinese New Year and the delicious meals made during the celebration. Included in this four-piece ensemble are the 10,000 Abilities 万能 Always Pan in red, a circular Fair Weather 好云 Platter, an elongated Tip the Scales 龙运 Platter, and a super-handy Eternal Strength 永力 Cleaver. Each was made in China, by local makers when possible. Whether you’re steaming dumplings in the pan’s accompanying bamboo tower or serving noodles on the circular platter, this set covers the bases and beyond.
Amy Hempel’s fifth collection of short fiction, Sing To It: New Stories, is the first in a decade from the beloved writer. Made up of vignettes, the book includes 15 stories that tackle themes including loneliness, truth and guilt. As ever, Hempel’s prose is somewhat minimal but concurrently undeniably rich.
These multi-patterned Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi sneakers incorporate three different types of plaid and a world peace logo. Neon green piping accents the upper and the heel, offering contrast and even more flair. With their clashing patterns and colors, these otherwise classic All Stars (which were first introduced in 1917) stand out for all the right reasons.
Trading the traditional royal motif for artful objects, Jonathan Adler’s Versailles Playing Card Set comes with two decks—one in green and black and another in pink and gold. Both sets are packaged within a drawer box, that’s embellished with a striking golden geometric pattern, for easy storage or transportation.
Made in Australia by Aesop, the Chronicler three-piece kit comes complete with the beloved brand’s Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque and Fabulous Face Oil. Each product feels lush and rich, and leaves skin feeling fresh and nourished. Ideal for cold, dry months, this set is one of five seasonal kits available in the Of Muse and Myth collection.
Bridging the gap between liquid French refinement and spiritous Scottish prestige, Glenfiddich introduces Grand Cru, a permanent addition to their portfolio. The 23-year-old liquid finishes for up to six months in French cuvée casks from the Champagne region. Dark gold in color, the 80 proof whisky coats the mouth with lavish creaminess. It’s smooth from start to finish and imparts elegance along the way.
For anyone interested in seasonally appropriate socks, Nice Laundry’s quarterly subscription includes six pairs and an additional special edition inclusion per shipment. Colors, patterns and styles will align with the themes of the year—and, of course, reflect the quality and creativity of a brand we’ve loved for several years now. This box subscription is available in the US only for now.
For any traveler—or dreamer—who yearns for the furthest reaches of our planet, Debbie Pappyn and David De Vleeschauwer’s Remote Places to Stay: The Most Unique Hotels at the End of the World details 22 out-of-the-way destinations. From a reprieve in the Arctic to an African desert escape and even a retreat in the Himalayas, the book chronicles places people can actually stay—though some are only accessibly by foot, small boat or bush plane. To complement the book, Pappyn and Vleeschauwer have also launched their own remote travel platform to help readers get to these places, too.
With six color-coded strings that allow kids (three and up) to learn about rhythm, practice songs, create original melodies and play around with sounds, this little guitar features cheerful, stylish motifs, too. Though it stands at just under 22 inches tall, it’s a proper instrument that sounds just like those made for adults.
With ultra-high definition sound, courtesy of bio-diaphragm speaker units that drastically reduce distortion, AIAIAI’s TMA-2 HD headphones deliver unmatched precision. Their Alcantara-wrapped pads are filled with memory foam that retains the wearer’s ear shape, reducing use-related discomfort and the likelihood of headaches. On a full battery, these will last through 16 hours of playback.