Mood Valiant is Australian jazz-funk band Hiatus Kaiyote’s first new record since 2015’s Choose Your Weapon, and it’s available to pre-order as a limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl. Officially released 25 June via Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune, the album was made after frontwoman Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield’s diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. She says, “When you think your life is going to be taken away from you, it makes you think about who you are. I guess after the breast cancer scare I decided that I needed to prove to life that the offering I have is genuine. My only wish is to live and offer my experience of time and beauty.”
After selling out quickly, a collection of Sun Ra works Extensions Out, Plus: Four Poetry Books (1959/1972) has been restocked at Corbett vs Dempsey’s online store. The Chicago gallery recently hosted an exhibition of Sun Ra’s multidisciplinary art, tracing some of his remarkable life as a musician, poet, performer and beyond. Included in this set of books by the Afrofuturism pioneer are Jazz By Sun Ra, Jazz In Silhouette, The Immeasurable Equation and Extensions Out: Immeasurable Equation Vol II. With hundreds of poems, photographs and more, it’s a significant collection that includes some of Sun Ra’s most sought-after works.
Wacky Wacko (aka artist/musician Seth Bogart and artist/designer Peggy Noland) has just released a new range of towels, covered in their signature kitsch-meets-punk designs. Our favorite of the four is the GRRRLS towel, which pays homage to NYC girl group The Chiffons, Swiss punk band Kleenex, English experimental rock outfit The Raincoats, and more. Measuring 34 by 66 inches, the towel is made from 96% cotton and is covered in artwork by Bogart.
To celebrate the 26th anniversary of their brilliant Do You Want More?!!!??! album, The Roots will release an expanded vinyl reissue. Officially out on 12 March via Universal Music Group’s Urban Legends imprint, the deluxe edition comprises three LPs—two remastered from the original tapes, and the third composed of bonus tracks selected by Questlove. There’s also a booklet with photos, liner notes, and essays by Black Thought and Questlove. The record’s appeal remains, thanks to the band’s flawless approach to hip-hop—blending jazz, boom bap, beatbox and beyond.
When creating the Orba, the designers at Artiphon found inspiration from video game controllers. This compact, sleek and infinitely addicting new musical instrument is a hand-held synth, looper and MIDI device. It interfaces with Garage Band, Pro Tools and more for easy music-making. Eight capacitive-sensing pads, responsive multicolor LEDs and an embedded haptic engine offer visual and vibrational feedback. Orba features sound design from DJ and engineer Richard Devine. Create a drumbeat, bass, chord and lead parts that can play from the built-in speaker, headphones or through the output into amps and speakers. Professional musicians and amateurs alike will enjoy making music as soon as they have the Orba.
American artist John O’Hara now offers custom versions of his Vinyl series through Forsyth—the gallery he founded with Maggie and Annie Genovese. O’Hara will adorn a piece with your favorite song or album name, along with the name of the artist. Select anything—be it a classic ballad or an obscure house track. Orders typically take several weeks to make and ship, but a “Rock-n-Roll Option” (for $150) ensures speedy delivery. Forsyth will reach out to field custom requests after purchase.
From CH favorite, Stockholm-based Teenage Engineering, the OB–4 Portable Speaker offers about 100 decibels of super-clear sound via two four-inch bass drivers and two neodymium tweeters with 38 watts per channel. Minimal and modern, but with a distinctly old-school boombox vibe, the speaker plays music through Bluetooth, FM radio or line input (like an iPhone or RCA jack). There’s also disk mode, for which the brand will continue to experiment with features. (Right now, it offers three settings: Ambient, Metronome and Karma.) The speaker’s powerful battery provides eight hours of sound at maximum volume or (for more subdued listening experiences) about 40 hours on just one charge. Further, the OB-4 operates on a two-hour recorded loop, allowing you to rewind albums or live radio broadcasts.
Familiar and previously unpublished images of a dynamic music scene by photographer and filmmaker Michael Grecco fill the pages of Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, in Your Face, 1977-1989. Whether an action shot from the stage wing or a quiet backstage portrait, the photographs provide another perspective on the bands and musicians that defined the energy, chaos, grit and creativity of punk, post-punk and new wave. From images of Siouxsie and the Banshees to The Slits, Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads and The Ramones, there are 300 photographs to flip through. Fittingly, The B-52’s frontman Fred Schneider offers a foreword.
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.
Made in an edition of 50, record label Ghostly’s collaborative headphones with Kawasaki, Japan-based Phonon emphasize the next-generation audio company’s dynamic, high-quality sound experience. Phonon says that the 4400 model is their most user-friendly—which is foldable and lightweight but powerful. Ghostly’s spooky branding can be found on both ears, too.
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.