TopoRanch Records

The product description for Records from TopoRanch reads “Topo Ranch figures it might remind you of a time when your inner DJ was first awoken by a record player you received for your 5th birthday.” I actually had a toy record player growing up and I remember loving that thing. I had a bunch of thse “storytelling” records. Do you guys remember those? I also remember having a bunch of promotional ALF vinyls from Burger King! Imagine getting a vinyl with your kids meal. I can’t even fathom that now.

It’s sort of weird. I grew with records because my mom loved them. She had (and still has) a large record collection and I loved being able to choose what record we’d play next. But I grew to favor CD’s and then the mp3. I’ve recently been wanting to experience vinyl once again but every time I think about getting a turntable I do a 360 and head straight back to the digital realm of iTunes. I really think me and vinyl need to renew our relationship with one another.

Records from TopoRanch is printed on organic cotton and is available now for $36 and it comes with a exclusive mixed tape CD from MK & The Gentlemen.

Records by TopoRanch

He-Man and She-Ra The Secret of the Sword Soundtrack

Deadmau5 by Jacob Sikais

So if you’re not familiar with Deadmau5, he is a Toronto based based music producer (progressive/electric house) whose real name is Joel Zimmerman. That mouse head on the shirt below is his signature character. The shirt is titled Deadmau5 and features the Deadmau5 character but is not a Deadmau5 authorized tee. It’s actually a tee from NYC based tee contest site, Finroo.

I have to add that the colors on this shirt and the overall vibe is pretty wild. Deadmau5 fans will probably dig it. It is available now from Finroo for $34.99. I know it’s a steep price but rest assured, you are getting a quality product and probably the softest shirt you’ll ever own. Trust me on that, I’ve tried these tees from Finroo and they are ace.

Deadmau5

Deadmau5

Elektrek Thriller

Just in time for Halloween, check out this just released tee from Elektrek Clothing. It’s their tribute tee for the late King of Pop. Elektrek Thriller features vintage Michael Jackson, circa 1984. The shirt is available for sale now for $25 but  you can score 15% off today only for the net two weeks with the coupon code “THRILLER” at checkout.

Elktrek Thriller

By the way, how many of you are looking forward to This Is It, the upcoming Michael Jackson documentary? I’ll definitely be watching this it in the theaters.

This Is It | Michael Jackson

Vinyl and Crossbones

In the age of digital everything – I’m actually looking around for a decent record player. Yep, you know, that thing that plays vinyl. Those huge circular things that spin and play music. Yeah, I want one. You know why? Because I grew up listening to records. My mom was (and still is) a huge music freak and she is the reason why I can appreciate good music, both old stuff and new stuff. Plus, she has a huge record collection that I’d love to get my hands on, dust off, and have a listen too.

Speaking of vinyl, this is the shirt that I should be wearing the day that I get my own record player. It’s called Vinyl and Crossbones and it is from brand new indie clothing brand, Aeres Clothing Co., who coincidently have a grand opening sale going on right now. All American Apparel shirts are priced at $22 and all Alstyle and Bella tees are priced at $18. How many of you still listen to vinyl?

Vinyl and Crossbones

Vinyl and Crossbones

Random Artistic Design or RadIsRad

It’s not every day that I get T-Shirt blog posting material from YouTube. In fact, this might be a first! I spotted this RadIsRad (short for Random Artistic Design) tee on one of Chris Cendana’s YouTube music videos. He posted a video of himself singing a cover of The Fray’s Never Say Never and at the beginning of the video he gives a shout out to RadIsRad while he sings the song in the RadIsRad Elliot shirt. Neato! Too bad I have absolutely zero singing ability or else I’d do the same. You can pick up Elliot from RadIsRad for $19.95.

If you  haven’t heard of Chris Cendana be sure to check out his YouTube profile. He’s a filipino singer/songwriter and is one of those people that have become semi-famous via YouTube. He even released an album of original songs titled Waiting, that is available now on iTunes!

Elliot

Elliot

Coty Loves Threadless #25 – The Cosmonaut!

Holy kabonkers, I haven’t done one of these in what seems like forever. A vacation will do that! Luckily, I’m back and that means fresh episodes of Coty Loves Threadless for your viewing pleasure! This episode is a woozy so be sure to watch it. My Threadless Pick of the Week is The Homesick Cosmonaut by Jesse Lefkowitz because it features one lanky astronaut in outer space and he misses home!

Coty Loves Threadless #24 on YouTube. Also, I’ll give you a hug if you subscribe to me on YouTube!

The Homesick Cosmonaut by Jesse Lefkowitz is my Threadless Pick of the Week!

The Homesick Cosmonaut by Jesse Lefkowitz

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$10 Sale at ShirtFight + Bonus

Our good friends over at ShirtFight is having an epic $10 sale! From now until next week Thursday you can choose from over 20 different ShirtFight tees, all marked down to an amazing 10 buckaroos – a steal for you T-Shirt fanatics. Oh, and one more thing. Score 10% off your entire ShirtFight order by using the coupon code “cotygonzales” at checkout. That $10 sale instantly became a $9 sale thanks to yours truly! Now go buy some shirts!

Angry Fishman Will Eat Your Face

Please Sir, Play Me The Blues

Death of a Sailor

Mos Def Album To Be Released As T-Shirt

As a fan of both T-Shirts and music, this latest story has got me excited. According to Paste Magazine, artist Mos Def is set to release his latest album, The Ecstatic, on a T-Shirt. The album artwork will be the front of the T-Shirt, the track listings will be on the back and the music itself? Well, you’ll find a special code on the hangtag that you can use to download the album straight to your computer. This is an interesting move by Most Def and I’m interested to see how other artists will be innovating in this age of digital music distribution.

Mos Def The Ecstatic

Indie Tee Spotlight #26: i/denti/tee

i/denti/tee is a brand based out of New York that I stumbled upon while working on the Tee-Junction Teedirectory and I was instantly intrigued by their very unique product. If you enjoy T-Shirts and are a music lover (like myself) then you owe it to yourself to check out i/denti/tee. They pay special attention to the details, from packaging (each shirt comes in a vintage vinyl sleeve) to the tags (each i/denti/tee t-shirt has a “copyright” patch sewn onto the back, to showcase its authenticity). And just in case you’re wondering, every lyric they print is licensed for use. 

The i/denti/tee brand was founded by Carl Johnson, Michael Guido, Dave Quirke, and Evan Vogel out of their passion for music. I had the awesome opportunity to chat with i/denti/tee brand director Hugo Murray who was intimately involved in the development and launch of the brand. 

Hugo Murray

Coty: I’ve covered a lot of niche T-Shirt brands, but, I have to admit that i/denti/tee is one of the most well executed. How did the idea for i/denti/tee come about?

Hugo: The idea came from our love for music that has turned innocent comments into full-on debates around all things music. Dave Quirke, one of the founding partners, was debating music with a friend of his over a few pints of Guinness in a Dublin bar. Who is the greatest music artist of all time? Stones or the Beatles? What is the greatest album of all time? Zeppelin IV or OK Computer? What is the greatest song of all time? 99 Problems or Hotel California? After another 4 or 5 pints, they debated “the best lyrics of all time”. Months later in New York, Dave was reminded of this debate as he overheard two young guys in a bar debating who is the best urban artist of all time… Biggie or Tupac? Although Dave doesn’t even listen to Hip-Hop, he realized that all music lovers debate music. So many music tees feature band logo’s or artist photos – but it’s the lyrics that are at the heart of music.

Coldplay

Coty: While many indie tee brands have adopted American Apparel as the shirt blank of choice, i/denti/tee uses EDUN LIVE blanks. What was the deciding factor when choosing the EDUN LIVE blanks over other brands?

Hugo: We admire the work that Edun Live do. Each one is ‘grow-to-sew’ African – from the cotton they source, through the spinning and knitting stages, all the way to the final logo print on the inside of every music tee – the benefit of each goes back to the people working on the product in sub-Saharan Africa. So when Dave Quirke came up with the idea for i/denti/tee – he immediately asked his good friend Bono and wife, Ali Hewson, if they wanted to be involved and they jumped at the chance to get on board as a strategic partner and supplier.

Identitee

Coty: Explain a little why all of the lyrics seen on the i/denti/tee shirts begin with the letter “I”. Will future i/denti/tee shirts continue this with this trend?

Hugo: The reason why all our lyrics begin with the letter ‘i’ is that these are the most expressive kind – so it makes a statement about the wearer… “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for”, “I wanna dance with somebody”, “I love rock n roll” etc. Self-expression is at the heart of our brand, so we will always print lyrics that begin with ‘i’.

Identitee

Identitee

Above: Franke Rodriguez (i/denti/tee brand director) being honored at the PIFF Awards last Thursday. i/denti/tee was honored with the “Pay it Fashion Forward” award from Fashion Delivers for being a cause-driven t-shirt company.

Coty: i/denti/tee shirts are all packaged in a vintage vinyl style sleeve. With the ever growing popularity and proliferation of digital music, do you still purchase and listen to vinyl records?

Hugo: We certainly blow a lot of money buying music on iTunes, but a few of our team still buy vinyl too. Whether people still buy vinyl or not these days – the sight of a 12″ record sleeve brings up feelings of nostalgia in any music lover – that’s why we package our tees in them.

Identitee

Coty: And finally, I’ve got to ask you, what are your 5 favorite songs of all time? How about your de facto favorite album?

Hugo: My personal top 5 songs?!?! Wow, I could spend hours on that one… (1) “15 Step” by Radiohead (2) “Over the hills and far away” by Led Zepplin (3) “Holy roller Novocaine” by The Kings of Leon (4) “Lady don’t tek no” by Latyrx (5) “Close to me” by The Cure. Favorite de facto album: Vampire Weekend (self titled) – life is always better listening to those guys – it should be prescribed listening for people with depression.

Coty: Just in case you guys are wondering about my favorite album of all time, I’d have to say it’s The Beach Boys’ 1967 release, Pet Sounds. I can listen to that album endlessly on any given day. 

Identitee

i/denti/tee will be giving away 500 downloads from the iTunes Music Store  and all you need to do to enter the drawing is either follow them on Twitter, be their fan on Facebook or register on the i/denti/tee website. They will be announcing the winner of the 500 iTunes downloads on July 3 so be sure to get in on that. They will be having more giveaways in July, including: concert tickets, tees autographed by the artist, etc. so be sure to be on the lookout for that! Finally, thanks to Hugo for taking the time to chat with me! Now everyone: go listen to some awesome music!

New Never In Wonderland Tees

Darren and Cas from Never In Wonderland (NIWL) Clothing recently unveiled their Summer 2009 line of tees. They also showed off their site redesign complete with their new NIWL logo. I actually really dig their new script logo, it’s nice!

The new line is pretty hot, my favorites of the bunch have got to the NIWL script logo tee and Cooked To Imperfection – I want those two! Both Never In The Caribbean and Underwater Disco feature large, oversized prints. 

The new line is available now and prices range from $14 to $20. 

Script

Never In The Carribean

Underwater Disco

Cooked To Imperfection

All Over Slime