From Brainfeeder—the record label founded by Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) back in 2008—these socks are covered with Thundercat’s logo, a twist on the original Thundercats version. In true Thundercat (aka Stephen Lee Bruner) style, the socks dazzle thanks to glittery lurex fabric. Available in one size and in gold or pink, they are perfect for late-night lounge room dance parties.
Handmade in Canada, these sweet “David Meowie” toys contain premium catnip and are lined for extra strength (but without harmful glues). Made from 100% cotton, sizes and colors may vary due to the toy’s handcrafted nature.
100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this shirt—released by iconic rock band Black Sabbath—benefit the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Fans of the band will notice that the Black Lives Matter text emblazoned on the front is in the same wavy font as Black Sabbath’s Master Of Reality album cover.
With a portion of DFA’s proceeds donated to North Brooklyn support networks, this hoodie is part of Carhartt WIP’s Relevant Parties project—seeing the Michigan-based brand team up with independent record labels (including Ninja Tune, Jazzy Sport, Stones Throw and more) for limited edition products. Made for all genders, the boxy cotton/polyester hoodie is intended to have a loose fit in order to rep the iconic NYC label in comfort and style.
Róisín Murphy’s new album (her fifth solo release), Róisín Machine, comes on transparent blue vinyl in this limited edition set, which also includes a zine and signed photograph—and a T-shirt, should you opt in for that. Made with longtime collaborator DJ Parrot (aka Crooked Man, aka Richard Barratt), the album has been years in the making and explores dubbed-out disco, proto-house and various other dance sub-genres. Featuring the already-released “Incapable” and “Something More,” the album promises to be dark but danceable. Price is in Pounds.
Developed with vinyl enthusiasts, collectors and DJs, UK-based Near Mint’s vinyl cleaning solution effectively cleans records without leaving residue. The solution is a special blend for vinyl (though not suitable for acetates or shellacs)—and its success hinges on a meticulous purified chemical balance within. Price is in Pounds.
Oda was born from the desire to bring live musical performances home. Comprised of two wood-paneled speakers, a controller and a membership plan, the system relays live performances from remarkable talent—somewhat bridging the gap left by the closure of many venues. Artists perform new tracks, experiment or work with collaborators on a commission, while listeners follows along in real time. These performances (which rotate with the seasons and are mostly performed on weekends) cannot be replayed, but you can play your own tunes, courtesy of in-line or Bluetooth audio, or tune in to Oda’s 24/7 live broadcast between the scheduled sessions. Oda uses the funds raised from their membership program to pay artists fairly, and performers retain the rights to their live Oda shows—plus, they can use them as they wish.
The second LP of 2020 from enigmatic collective SAULT—believed to be Cleo Sol, Melissa Young and Dean “Inflo” Wynton Josiah—UNTITLED (Rise) exists as a perfect counterpart to UNTITLED (Black Is) with a more upbeat, exuberant sound while still exploring poignant topics including identity, race, resilience and rebellion. The rich 15-track album incorporates elements from hip-hop, R&B, disco, gospel, jazz, funk and house, sprinkled with spoken-word interludes. Available as a double-LP, the vinyl will ship on 16 November and each purchase includes unlimited, free streaming on Bandcamp. Price is in Pounds.
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.”
This six-panel, embroidered “dad hat” doesn’t just shout out one of NYC’s most iconic music venues, the Bowery Ballroom, sales from it directly benefit the concert hall—which has been shuttered for months due to COVID-19. It’s composed of 100% pigment-dyed cotton twill (also available in olive green) and one size fits most.
Tanner Goods’ pragmatically named Record Rack holds 40 12-inch records within its tangerine-colored stainless steel structure. This stand angles each record backward slightly so there’s enough room for users to flip through their collection easily. Plus, the rack’s outward wings make for easy carrying. The nifty, minimal storage solution comes coated in a chip-resistant semi-gloss powder coat finish and makes your record collection the visual focus.
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn’s Halsey & Lewis is first and foremost a record store, carrying all types of music, but with a focus on funk and soul. Also a corner store-style purveyor, they offer everything from candles to face masks and skincare products. Their “Don’t Look For Love, Look For Records” (also available as “Don’t Look For Love, Look For Books”) tote perfectly suits introverts, and is the ideal size to carry 12-inch vinyl.
While David Byrne may be a better-known name, it was drummer Chris Frantz who convinced fellow RISD classmates Byrne and Tina Weymouth to move to NYC and start Talking Heads. In Frantz’s Remain in Love: Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Tina, he tells his version of Talking Heads tales—including the epic 1977 tour with the Ramones and how Byrne “sneaked out of Talking Heads” in the early ’90s—as well as stories surrounding Tom Tom Club, the spin-off band he founded with Weymouth. While never diving too deep into nuance, the book paints an intriguing picture filled with unheard anecdotes and plenty of art-school charm.
Music streaming platform SoundCloud partnered with clothing brand and design team GRVTY (aka Orlando Urbina and Marshall Tan) for a collaborative apparel collection called Pure & Wondrous Sounds. With nods to SoundCloud’s color scheme and a handful of GRVTY’s musical and visual influences, the collection drops today. The “SC-X700” long-sleeve shirt salutes Tom Wong and Coxsone Dodd, two influential figures in the Jamaican sound system circuit and the development of ska and reggae throughout the ’50s and ’60s. Specifically, Urbina and Tan call out Wong’s history as a hardware store-owner, which led him to build out his own systems with equipment from his shop. They say their shirt is an homage to “all those who built physical structures that brought sound to the streets and to the people.”
Featuring the striking black-on-black Warp Records logo, this T-shirt is purveyed by the legendary label’s subsidiary Bleep. Warp began in the back room of a Sheffield record shop circa 1989 and was founded by store employees Steve Beckett, Rob Mitchell and record producer Robert Gordon. It went on to become one of the most iconic names in music, producing albums by Nightmares on Wax, Aphex Twin, Tricky Disco and more.
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, The Knife (aka Karin and Olof Dreijer) are releasing a series of remixes and reissues. Included in the collection is LIVE AT TERMINAL 5, recorded at the NYC venue 30 April and 1 May in 2014. Available as WAV, MP3, CD and vinyl (the latter two also with a DVD of the performance), the 13-track album includes dynamic versions of “Pass This On,” “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” and “Silent Shout.”