Gift Guide: Musicality

Pioneering hip-hop group De La Soul finally has control of the masters for all six of their albums (3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul Is Dead, Buhloone Mindstate, Stakes Is High, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump, and AOI: Bionix) and will be able to share their music on streaming services this March. The first release will occur on 3 March, which happens to …

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Music and art platform Ghostly International has teamed up with Knickerbocker on a capsule collection of minimal, workwear-leaning apparel. From the range, the Chore Coat (available in small to 2XL) boasts a classic boxy silhouette and has been crafted from durable 19-ounce Italian cotton twill from heritage textile-makers Duca Visconti. Subtly branded, there’s custom Ghostly hardware as well as an embroidered logo.

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Limited Edition Dog T-Shirt

$25

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Represent pioneering riot grrrl band Bikini Kill with this limited edition T-shirt designed by Steve Dore. Available in black or white and in XS to 3XL, the garment features a pooch flipping its middle finger—an apt gesture when celebrating the girls-to-the-front punk rock of Bikini Kill.

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Iconic rock’n’roll magazine CREEM published its first issue in 1969 before going on to cover punk and then-nascent bands like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple until 1989, when the publication folded. Now, 33 years later CREEM is back with its renewed first issue which traces generations of artists and genres, from the making of The Osmonds’ “Crazy Horses” to new punk bands like Special Interest.

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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.

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The Cricket: Black Music in Evolution, 1968-69

$30

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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 …

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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 …

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Ghostly Products Nalgene Bottle

$20

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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.

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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.

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A humorous ode to pioneering Afrofuturists and avant-jazz band Sun Ra Arkestra, this bumper sticker by thatscoolthankyou features the words, “My other ride is the extra-terrestrial energy generated by the cosmic transmissions of the SUN RA ARKESTRA.” With a hot pink background and large black font, the sticker is aptly bold and esoteric.  

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Music For Psychedelic Therapy

$32

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Timed to match the length of a ketamine high, Music for Psychedelic Therapy, Jon Hopkins’ sixth studio album, was crafted to enhance and guide trips. It unfurls and floats between synths and field recordings of birds, waterfalls and other forest sounds, creating a delicate spatial soundtrack. Whether embarking on a hallucinogenic journey or in pursuit of mindful moments, this vinyl LP (which also comes with a digital download) …

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Madvillainy, the latest book in the 33 1/3 series published by Bloomsbury, is a celebration of Madvillain—the legendary hip-hop duo consisting of Madlib and the late MF Doom. Written by Will Hagle, the book centers on the 2004 album Madvillainy (the duo’s only LP) and features interviews with individuals who worked on or were involved in the record—but it’s told from the perspective of three …

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