The Cricket: Black Music in Evolution, 1968-69

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 …

Kjartan Holm, Sin Fang and Jónsi: Bakgarðar

The latest collaboration between composer Kjartan Holm, musician and vocalist Sin Fang (aka Sindri Már Sigfússon) and Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi, “Bakgarðar” sets ethereal, gently interwoven vocals atop a cocooning orchestral soundscape. The warm, wondrous track from the trio of Icelandic talent marks the first time Sigfússon has recorded vocals in his native tongue.

Conclave Slipmat

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.