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The Merch Table: Holiday Edition 2017

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It doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice, everyone deserves a little bit of music this holiday season. Here at the merch table, we seek out the best stuff on Bandcamp made by our massive community of artists and labels. Some highlights from this year include a Peruvian cookbook and a tape encased in a concrete brick.

Here’s a list of merch items on Bandcamp that make wonderful holiday gifts.

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The All-Metal Merch Table: May 2017

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Illustration by Paul Grelet

Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merchandise you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels that get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table showcases inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. But, sorry: the ukulele is sold out.

You can’t spell merch table without m-e-t-a-l, and we thought it was high time to dedicate an entire month of merch findings to the genre. Gothic fonts, images of death, destruction, and gore, and monochromatic color schemes are just a few of the elements that make up the very distinct metal aesthetic. And hey, it’s even made it to the mainstream thanks to the talents of Mark Riddick. Here are the darkest merch items on Bandcamp.

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The Merch Table: February 2017

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Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merchandise you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels that get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table showcases inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. But, sorry: the ukulele is sold out.

1. io recordings Paper Mache Head with USB Drive 

It took us a while to figure out what’s happening here, but somewhere buried inside this futuristic paper mache head is a USB drive filled with tunes. io recordings release one album of experimental psychedelic rock each year on January 1st (2015’s release featured a USB drive hidden in an eyeball, held in the palm of a painted wooden hand). This piece of art contains a magnetic “face” that can be removed to reveal the USB stick within.

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The Merch Table: September 2016

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Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merch you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels who get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table will showcase inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. But, sorry: only 1 lucky person gets to spend one thousand euros on a swimsuit.

The Sonic Yogi’s Tibetan Singing Bowl

Tibetan Singing Bowl

It’s 11am. Do you know where your chakras are? The Sonic Yogi creates calming sound therapy with the use of tibetan singing bowls. While commonly referred to as a bowl because of their shape, Tibetan singing bowls are in fact standing bells. In many Buddhist ceremonies or meditations the singing bowls are used to mark the start and end of a ritual. Sonic Yogi’s bowls are for the D or F Sacral Chakra. Slowly drag the small wooden mallet around the rim of the bowl to produce your own meditative sound.

Japan Sound Portrait’s Bamboo USB Card 

Bamboo USB Card

Own a piece of Japan with this beautiful object. This standing USB card, made from bamboo, contains an hour of lossless audio collected by the Japan Sound Portrait. Japanese citizens were invited to submit recordings of sounds they cherish: From water dripping in a cave that houses a mythical serpent to the sounds of the hectic Tokyo subway system. The project’s founders Nick Luscombe, from BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction, and Neil Cantwell, co-director of the film KanZeOn, have combined the collected moments into a continuous track.

RVNG Baseball Hat

RVNG Baseball Hat

From the label that brought us Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and Holly Herndon comes a very simple and sophisticated logo baseball hat. Stand out from the crowd while also shading your eyes and your face from the sun in this RVNG records hat.

Inscence bundle

Inscence bundle

Excise the toxins from your living space with the mournful soul of James Tillman and this bonus bundle of incense. The “Silk Noise” incense sticks feature 12 different flavors of “high quality incense picked by the artist to enhance your listening experience.” The incense is included with a limited edition cobalt blue cassette so get yours before it’s too late.

Abbath Snow Globe

Abbath Snow Globe

From the self-proclaimed “true son of Northern Darkness” comes a very un-metal item to display on the mantle. Watch the plastic snow fall on Abbath just as the real snow falls in his homeland of Norway. The small globe features a face-painted Abbath entombed in a wintery wonderland atop a pedestal of faux stone. This is a must-have for snow globe collectors and metal enthusiasts.

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The Merch Table: August 2016

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Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merch you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels who get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table will showcase inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. But, sorry: the electroluminescent animal mask is sold out.

1. Jef Elise Barbara Lapel Pin

Jef Elise Barbara Lapel Pin

Jef Elise Barbara is an R&B singer based in Montreal.  The perfectly coiffed Barbara is captured for eternity by artist Christina Baudin in this enamel pin. Whether worn on the lapel of your silk shirt at the disco or affixed to your cavans record collecting bag (see below), this pin is a must-have for the last days of disco, whenever they may be. No extra shipping in your order with the Sexe Machin / Sex Machine 7″ out on Fixture Records.

Also available from Jef Elise Barbara: Limited edition vinyl 7″.

2. Teranga 7″ Record Bag

Teranga 7″ Record Bag

The ultimate accessory for the tenacious crate digger. While out searching for singles, sling this gorgeous canvas russack over your shoulder and tote your treasures in style. Leave plastic bags and damaged corners to less experienced record collectors. This Senegalese label does stunning reissues of jazz, dance and a unique brand of psychedelia, all popular in the late 1970s.

Also available from Teranga: Deluxe gatefold LP from Royal Band de Thiès

3. il culo di Mario Cowbell

il culo di Mario Cowbell

There’s always room for more cowbell and this rambunctious Italian psych pop outfit have taken matters into their own hands. Add this cowbell to your drum kit or just have it around the house for emergencies. I’ve heard it makes an excellent door stop as well.

Also available from il culo di Mario: Dripping logo t-shirt.

4. Lobster Theremin Beer Koozie

Lobster Theremin Beer Koozie

Spark conversation around this musical crustacean and keep your beer cold at the same time.  Lobster Theremin, a London-based electronic label, has put out some of the year’s best intelligent house music; see Ross from Friends and S Olbricht.

Also available from Lobster Theremin: Lobster logo sweatshirt, Lobster logo packing tape and Lobster Theremin FC football jersey.

5. No Joy Alien Charms

No Joy Alien Charms

An alien charm that changes color from your favorite Canadian psychedelic punk band, what could be better than that? Made from a heat-sensitive material (like a mood ring), these plastic extraterrestrials will warm up or cool down as you do while being blasted with the sounds of No Joy.

Also available from No Joy: Alien t-shirt.

-Ally-Jane Grossan

The Merch Table: July 2016

The Merch Table: July 2016
Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merch you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels who get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table will showcase inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. But, sorry: the Madagascan sunset moth in glass vial is sold out.

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The Merch Table: June 2016

Every month, The Merch Table brings you the best and most bonkers merch you can find on Bandcamp. We commend bands and labels who get a little creative and think outside the tote bag. Whether it’s a fashion accessory, a piece of art, or something entirely unique, The Merch Table will showcase inventive, original—and, occasionally, downright strange—stuff that you might want to get your hands on. But, sorry: the electroluminescent animal mask is sold out.

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