Album Of The Week

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When you actually listen to First Demo you realise what it was that was so special about Fugazi; as the simplicity of the title suggests, they are not ones for embellishment or exaggeration. What they put down on First Demo all those years ago sounds marvelously fleshed out. The iconic bass groove on “Waiting Room”, the genuine fizz of the guitars on “Furniture” & “Turn Off Your Guns” &  “Song #1”, meanwhile, MacKaye’s vocals are taut, sharp & perfectly measured. This early in the band’s life cycle, he already understood – & had mastered – just what it was about his delivery that would make this group tick. First Demo was played down on tape way back in January of 1988, after just 10 shows together & the rest, as they say is history.

Album of the week.

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AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted is the debut album by rapper Ice Cube. It was released after his acrimonious split from his former group N.W.A.  on May 16, 1990. Primarily produced by Public Enemy’s production team The Bomb Squad, the album was an unexpectedly large critical & commercial success, & remains one of the defining hip hop albums of the 1990s. Although he left the group, Ice Cube still hoped that it would be N.W.A producer Dr. Dre who would oversee his album, but the drama surrounding Cube’s departure prevented that. The album was remarkable, blending Cube’s West Coast vernacular with a distinctly East Coast sound, provided mostly by The Bomb Squad. It was gangsta, politically charged, socially relevant & downright funky. Fans flipped over Cube’s solo debut, & in less than three months after hitting the shelves, the LP earned a gold plaque. The Cali MC had officially arrived. Upon release, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted received mostly positive reviews from music critics, and over the years it has been regarded by many as a hip-hop classic.

Books, Books & More Books.

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A massive amount of coffee table books in store just in time for the holiday season. Some old favourites are back in stock as well. Including Keep Your Eyes Open, Banksy – You’re An Acceptable Level Of Threat and Glen E. Freidman’s Dogtowm – The Legend Of The Z-boys and many more.

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Album Of The Week.

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True Crime is a collection of out-of-print early singles & the also out-of-print Man’s Ruin live EP. There are lots of great songs here, & the panicky “Fight In The Storeroom” getting things started in a grand fashion. “Schmidt Valu Pack” is a rocking ode to the always welcome concept of cheap beer, but the true standouts are the amazing “Spoonful of Soul” & “Diluadid.”  Short & sweet, just the way Zeke like it.

Ivy Prepster

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We have a bunch of Ivy Prepster ties new to Rad Store. Ranging from knit & woven ties, square & pointed end with a range of stripes, checks, dots & plains to choose from. Ivy Prepster is a lifestyle brand committed to creating unique apparel for the preppy wardrobe, such as its successful collection of distinctive, smart knit ties. Inspired by the resurgence of the tie in the male wardrobe & the modern prep movement, Ivy Prepster neckwear reflects the past, present & future of knit ties. Ivy Prepster knit ties are designed in the USA & handmade in Shanghai.

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Album Of The Week.

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Bleach is generally considered more a historical footnote than a necessary addition to music lovers’ record collections. Illustrating a band only beginning to find its voice, the album pales in comparison to the artistic glories that the trio later reached with Nevermind (1991) and In Utero (1993). Late Nirvana singer & guitarist Kurt Cobain admitted in the early 1990s that Bleach intentionally showcased the ‘70s-influenced heavy rock sound Sub Pop coveted at the time, but that by doing so it helped the band acknowledge its previously-underplayed metal roots & subsequently craft its own identity. Here, Cobain displays a preference for single note riffing & more conventional rock guitar soloing that is largely absent from later works. As the group had yet to develop its classic quiet verses/loud choruses dynamics, Nirvana’s song arrangements rely on a variety of riff changes to keep things interesting. Bleach is very much a grunge album in the truest definition of the genre. Drawing inspiration from the drunken punk/metal fusion propagated by Soundgarden, Mudhoney, & the Melvins, Nirvana constructs song after song out of grinding riffs and lurching rhythms that move like conveyer belts. While not their biggest selling album by far, although it is biggest seller for Sub Pop, but what fans quickly discover, however, is an album that is raw, murky, & lacking the catchy songcraft that make Nevermind and In Utero indelible listens. Bear in mind that, based on some sales figures, nearly four times as many people have heard the MTV Unplugged in New York rendition of the Bleach track “About a Girl” than the original recording & a greater number than that have never heard the rest of the album.

Old Skool True White

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These Vans Old Skool True White are looking very crisp & just in time for the warmer months. No longer are all white shoes for those getting around the retirement village. This Vans classic skate shoe & the first to bare the iconic side stripe, has a low-top lace-up silhouette with a durable canvas upper with metal eyelets, padded tongue & lining and Vans signature Waffle Outsole.

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Mayde Turkish Towels.

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Mayde Towels are back in store now. These are by far the best towels getting around. 100% Cotton Turkish beach towels and bath towels that are ultra absorbent, lightweight and the perfect homewares accessory or for travel. Turkish towels were historically used in Turkish hammams (baths). Legend has it that the Turkish towel originated in a small town called Babadag, in the mountains of Southern Turkey, hundreds of years ago. Most commonly made from cotton (and more recently linen and cotton/bamboo blends), they are wider (approx. 80cm x 180cm dependant on design) and lighter than your usual terry towels.

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Album Of The Week.

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, aka Will Oldham has returned with his 15th album, Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, however only 2 of the 11 songs on this album are actually new tunes. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy revisits & reimagines a bunch of his older material here. After all the man is expected to release an album every year it seems & seems to slip comfortably into obscurity after each album & rarely giving any of his releases much of a push, which seems to be a lot of his charm, this allows him experiment & take sizeable risks that most songwriters aren’t afforded or even capable of pulling off & Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues was only announced a month before it release, however it doesn’t seem to faze him, he’s as consistent as possible for an artist who has churned out dozens of albums and singles. This time around Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy specifically reworks the songs off 2011’s Wolfroy Goes to Town & its singles. Out of this album’s 11 songs, only the last two tracks, “New Black Rich (Tusks)” and “Sailor’s Grave a Sea of Sheep”, are new with both the reworked tracks & the new songs are improvements over his recent output. The arrangements are much more fleshed-out, ditching the minimal acoustic guitar for a full Americana band, complete with pedal steel, fiddles, banjos, & backing vocals, breathing new life into them and showing his versatility, rather than purely recycling them. For an artist like Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, who has shown so many different sides of his enigmatic & reclusive personality, these kind of experiments are essential. Songs to check out are; “Whipped” & “There Will Be Spring”

 

The Dudes Giclée Prints.

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The Dudes Factory was founded by good friends with a common goal of building a brand that reflects and develops their own creative interests and lifestyle. The Dudes find & foster unique artistic talents by providing a platform to create fine art & high quality consumer goods. Their artist network encompasses a diverse range of creative styles with an artists whose work exhibits a well developed signature style & attitude. These 3 Giclée prints designed by Mcbess  are on Birch wood & limited to just 150 world wide.

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Monster Children – Photo Annual

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The Monster Children photo annual is out & is an absolute cracker. Being a photo annual, the magazine is jam packed with more photos than you can poke a stick at. On top of all that there’s features on Bleddyn Butcher, Jessie Andrews, West America, as well as all the usual shenanigans you find in Monster Children. You’ll also find the finalist & winners from this years Photo Comp.

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