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.”
Toro y Moi’s Reality Rainbow T-shirt references one of the artist’s mantras, “Reality’s tight if the music is right.” It also pays homage to Apple’s iconic rainbow logo, which works its way through the color wheel vertically. Made from 100% cotton, the heavyweight T-shirt is available in size XS through XXL, and all of proceeds will be donated to the Solano Disaster Fund, a relief system for those impacted by wildfires in California’s Solano County.
San Francisco-based graphic design studio Koeppel Design produces this set of handy record dividers that are customizable to cater to your personal musical taste. The six included slides are crafted from hand-finished, high-grade European birchwood and measure out to 12 by 14 inches—with a roughly two-by-six-inch tab to identify the section. Koeppel offers dozens of potential labels and laser engraves your selection on both sides. From “Hip-Hop” and “Metal” to “A Good Day,” “A Bad Day” and “Dirty Vinyl,” the available options cover all bases.
The 2020 release of Flamagra (Instrumentals) strips down Flying Lotus’ exemplary sixth studio album of all vocals (from the likes of David Lynch, Anderson .Paak, George Clinton and more) to highlight the sprawling sonic landscape. A producer, DJ, musician and founder of Brainfeeder, Flying Lotus (aka Steven Ellison) proves his absolute mastery on the conceptual, at times eerie, album. Available on vinyl with a custom slipmat and printed liners, the cosmic experience bends minds as it blends enthralling electronics.
In The Art of Sound: A Visual History for Audiophiles, British author and musical artist Terry Burrows traces the history of recorded sound through technology—from gramophones to mixers. Beginning in the acoustic era (1877-1925), Burrows details developments in product design made by musicians, engineers and technologists and presents them in exclusive imagery commissioned for this book, courtesy of the EMI Archive Trust. Further into the book (which boasts over 700 images and illustrations) Burrows surveys more recent innovations: magnetic tape recording, CDs, and everything that came with the dawn of the digital era.
One of the most watched and positively charged Verzuz battles of the year, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott’s glorious session aired in May this year. Brimming with appreciation for one another, neo-soul queens Badu and Scott traded songs, stories and praise during the three-hour set, creating visceral reactions of joy and healing from viewers. To mark the virtual event, Badu released several pieces of apparel, including this hoodie (in black, white, yellow or orange) emblazoned with gradient text. Available from small to 3XL, the same design also appears on T-shirts for all genders.
For the first time, all Sade’s albums will be available as a complete set in the six-record collection This Far. Sade (Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul Spencer Denman), producer Mike Pela and mixing engineer Miles Showell remastered the albums at London’s iconic Abbey Road Studios, working meticulously to reproduce the band’s intended sound. Packaged in a case-bound box, the collection is available for pre-order now.
Palomar’s ingenious handheld radio lets users tap into local stations around the world. With 18 keys that can correspond to any number of global cities—from Athens and Barcelona to Istanbul and Jakarta—tuning in is as easy as tapping your selection. To play it, though, one must connect the radio to the CityRadio app, which is available to download on the iOS or Android store, in advance. In total, there are over 60,000 stations available on CityRadio. The device is available in a red and tan or black and blue colorway. Price is in Euros.
Featuring the fervent “Viril” and soaring “Cut Me,” Moses Sumney’s græ is a dazzling two-LP record that bends countless genres—from soul to rock, ambient, classical, jazz, R&B and beyond. At times tender, vulnerable, and ferocious, the 20-track album (Sumney’s second) explores intimacy and identity, resulting in a listening experience that’s unique and entirely exquisite.
Written by respected English music journalist Jon Savage, This searing light, the sun and everything else: Joy Division: The Oral History is essential reading for music fans. Detailing the pioneering band’s existence (from 1976 to 1980), Savage draws from interviews with surviving band members—Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner—and contemporaries including their manager Rob Gretton, Factory Records co-founder Tony Wilson, art designer Peter Saville and others. This comprehensive and chronological account of the wildly influential post-punk band offers insights and stories never heard before.