Merch: The National slipmats for your turntable (includes download codes)
UPDATE: All slipmats are now SOLD OUT. You may be able to source a few designs from Our Own Projects. Try contacting them if you want to check!
A few months back we were talking to The National's Scott Devendorf about some fun & unlikely new format ideas.
"Hey how about slipmats?" said Scott. We thought it was a cool idea & now here we go!
Our old friends at the New York design studio Project Projects designed three unique turntable slipmats. Each design derives from the artwork of The National's three albums on Brassland — mostly extrapolations from the color palette, then given an optical illusion "twist."
These medium-weight, felt slipmats are suitable for all types of DJing (mixing & scratching). They also look great sitting there on your turntable of choice. And they look even cooler when they're in motion, as the turntable spin creates an optical illusion effect. (We'd throw around terms like "illusory motion" and "tessellated pattern" but it's easier to just say "it looks cool" so we're sticking with that.) Here's a simulation:
Each slipmat also comes with a download card for the album upon which the slipmat's design is based. You can redeem it for an MP3 or FLAC version of the record on Bandcamp.
Get 1 slipmat for $12
Get 1 slipmat with its associated vinyl record for $25
Each slipmat includes a download card for the associated album.
Note on quantities & the "limited edition": We made about 400 copies of each slipmat. We are down to the final dozen of the two remaining slipmats.
The inventory management of our online store is imperfect. If any options appear to be "sold out," they may reappear later in the week as we re-sort inventory. Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Other fun stuff:
A reminder that we offer a number of other albums by The National at this store including some of the 4AD / Beggars releases. You may also want to check out Clogs which features The National's guitarist Bryce Dessner.
Here is a simulation of the Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers slipmat in motion.
Here is a simulation of the Cherry Tree slipmat in motion.