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A seance story, Sam Mason's surreal visuals for a Mac Miller track, Renaissance references in a nightclub and more this week

Brooklyn Magazine’s Guide to This Year’s New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival

From 15-26 October, the 33rd annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival pops up in venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. This celebration of queer cinema has been presented in NYC by the LGBTQ+ arts nonprofit NewFest since 1988. This year, 130+ new films premiere as part of the programming (some of which are available virtually, as well). From the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Nitehawk Prospect …

Spicier Smoke Hot Sauce

$10

Like Shaquanda herself—a drag queen and founder of the eponymous company—the Spicier Smoke hot sauce is a fiery showstopper. Measuring at 25,000 Scoville heat units, this condiment is hot without compromising flavor. By using whole ingredients like onion, roasted red pepper, mustard turmeric and habanero, and eliminating fillers and starches, Spicier Smoke delivers well-rounded seasoning that brings some undeniable flair to the table.

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Tour de Moon’s Open Call for Radical Young Creatives

Spearheaded by Dr Nelly Ben Hayoun, Tour de Moon is a cosmic festival that seeks to enact pluralistic futures through afterparties, immersive experiences and innovative technology—and it references the moon as a way to take back the satellite from colonial expansion. The festival launches today with an original track—composed of Seun Kuti’s saxophone mixed with “ITT (International Thief Thief),” a song by his father, the legendary Fela …

POSTERIZED to Become the Largest Basketball Photography Book

Power Moves Publishing is releasing an exclusive, giant-sized book of iconic poster dunks throughout NBA history. The 14 by 19 inch book, fittingly titled POSTERIZED, will be the largest basketball photography book ever published, featuring stories, interviews and anecdotes from NBA stars, sports historians and photographers. This is in addition to the over 150 high-quality, historic and often never-before-seen-in-print photos (consented by the NBA) that …

How New Zealand Musicians are Revitalizing Maori Language

Maori, the Indigenous language of New Zealand, is on the cusp of extinction—and musicians in the country are trying to save it. Translating well-known songs into te reo Maori (“te reo” meaning “the language”), New Zealand artists are putting the Indigenous tongue back into use. Lorde is one such musician, releasing a new EP, Te Ao Marama, that’s composed of five songs from her record Solar …

Artist A G Cook Composed a Song From Apple Product Sounds

The snapping of AirPod cases, the resounding ring from a 1998 iMac, the scrolling sound from an iPod wheel and other beeps and clicks; these make up the instrumentals of artist and producer A G Cook’s latest song, “Start Up.” From a garage, Cook recorded and blended together various sounds from Apple products released over the last 45 years. As a result, he composed a …

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Woman Made: Great Women Designers

$60

Premier publisher Phaidon and global luxury group Kering partnered to create the most comprehensive register of women designers to date: Woman Made: Great Women Designers. This visual book, compiled from A to Z, shines a spotlight on over 200 women product designers, including icons like Ray Eames, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll and Nathalie du Pasquier. On top of this vital collection, Phaidon and Kering are …

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Earthlings Book

$17

After Sayaka Murata’s first book to be translated in English, Convenience Store Woman, garnered a cult following with over a million copies sold worldwide, the writer is back with an even more shocking and strange novel, Earthlings. The book tells the story of a young girl who feels alienated by society until, one day, she confides in her best friend and plush hedgehog, Piyyut, who blesses …

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Club C 85 Shoes

$120

Reebok has teamed up with the Eames Office to create a sneaker collection inspired by Charles and Ray Eames’ penchant for finding joy through functional furniture. The collection—the first footwear collaboration authorized by Eames—kicks off with a reimagining of the 1985 sneaker, Club C. While the versatile shoe keeps its tongue tags, squared-off window boxes and die-cut tooling to remain faithful to the original, the …

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Revontuli Mohair Blanket

$227

Inspired by the northern lights, this richly textured and colorful Revontuli Mohair Blanket, designed by Elina Helenius, is woven with luxuriously soft, mulesing-free South African mohair and New Zealand wool at a Lithuanian sewing company. The blanket’s name comes from the Finnish word for aurora borealis and, like the natural wonder from which this blanket draws its muse, it captivates through a mix of green …

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Amb. Parsley: Heavy Metal Stacy

Based on a true story from the childhood of recording artist Amb. Parsley (fka Ambrosia Parsley), in Reseda, CA circa 1982, the new single “Heavy Metal Stacy” chronicles the friendship between the singer-songwriter and the title character, as well as their path to a seance upon the death of Randy Rhoads, the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne (who is being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall …

Rick Moon: Faulty Design

From Miami-based recording artist Rick Moon comes the smooth, soulful single “Faulty Design,” which the singer and producer Luis Alfredo Del Valle recorded in their home studios. The track’s clever music video, produced by The Florida Room and directed by former CH video staffer Gregory Stefano, pairs nightclub sequences and warm, woozy dance numbers with references to classic Renaissance paintings—setting Moon amidst a series of …

Lining up Lamborghini’s Huracán STO with Aston Martin’s DBS

Two stunning supercars and where they diverge

An NFT By Mason London Celebrates Rolls-Royce Black Badge

Ahead of the announcement for an upcoming release, the iconic carmakers turn to their subversive heritage

Exploring the 2021 Biennale Foto/Industria in Bologna

Uncovering impressive imagery at the fifth edition of the Italian photography festival

Montell Fish: moon and stars (demo)

The opening drum beats in New York-based artist Montell Fish’s latest demo immediately seduce, setting the scene for the rest of the song. As textured guitar chords and Fish’s pitched vocals converge alongside the percussion, the track quickly evolves into a transformative soundscape. The release comes paired with a video loop of the artist waiting for the L train in New York, shot on a …

Jack White: Taking Me Back (Gently)

Recording artist Jack White’s first new solo material since 2018, “Taking Me Back (Gently)” is the (unsurprisingly) gentler, folksier second song on a new two-track release that begins with a raucous, percussive rock number of the same name. The latter also appears within the trailer for the Call of Duty: Vanguard video game. With nods to bluegrass, and impeccable violin playing, the softer iteration feels …

The Wallet

For a long time now, I (we) have seen a day in the future when I have one device that organizes my information, enables my communication, and holds all the stuff currently in my wallet. Convergence of cell phones and PDAs is here (though still a bit rough around the edges). And I’ve got tons of pictures on my mob. The next step is not …

Psyop

Persuade. Change. Influence. Psyop is doing some of the coolest CG for TV.

Imports

A recent story in the New York Times points out that the hottest gadgets originate in Japan and take many months to make it over to the States, if at all. Duh. The most useful parts of this article, however, are the links to www.dynamism.com and www.japan-direct.com. Both sites specialize in distributing the latest and greatest from Japan.