BEST BEATS ON YOUR TEETS (2009)

The Music Tee

We can't say with certainty who came up with the idea first, but there are at least two L.A. entities that have helped reinvent the classic band T-shirt over the past few months. In terms of chronological release, local indie start-up Friends of Friends Music debuted the technology with its inaugural project, Friends of Friends Vol. 1, an EP of music by Daedelus and Jogger (plus remixes by folks like Nosaj Thing) that came on neither plastic nor vinyl, but on a compostable tag (a download card made of plantable seed paper) attached to an organic cotton tee. The shirt sports the album art, naturally, which in this case was custom-made by beloved local husband-and-wife design team Kozyndan. But a scant few months later, celeb-touted Ladera Heights fashion imprint LnA announced The Music Tee, which is basically the same thing but with bigger names – Mos Def's The Ecstatic was the first album to get the wearable treatment. Some of LnA's subsequent releases have left a bit to be desired musically speaking (here's looking at you, She Wants Revenge), but it's the thought that counts. Perez Hilton is among The Music Tee's admirers, so expect more from this new musical medium. themusictee.com.

—Chris Martins