Designer Dram Allows Drinkers to Develop Their Own Whiskey

A barrel-to-bottle experience results in an affordable bespoke tipple

How to Book National Park Tickets Through Their New Reservation System

In the midst of the pandemic, several National Parks across the US saw a record number of visitors. To comply with safety measures then (and now) some of the most popular—including Acadia, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Yosemite—developed a ticketed system for day-use visitors. Reservations are either free or nominal ($2 to $6), but these passes are likely to disappear quickly. To navigate each park’s systems, …

Bambino Espresso Maker

$300

Breville’s most affordable and compact espresso maker, the Bambino is designed to save counter space but maintain coffee quality. Despite measuring only 6.25 inches in width, the Bambino incorporates many of the features Breville users have grown to love, including the advanced system that pre-infuses coffee grinds for greater extraction and the electronic temperature control. The stainless steel appliance also includes a steam wand for …

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Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Translate Whale Talk

To understand the “clicks” sperm whales make to talk (stringing together a series of statements called “codas”), researchers have launched a five-year-long quest called Protect CETI. It’ll be the most comprehensive attempt at interspecies communication ever, the team believes. CETI (Cetacean Translation Initiative) begins with the capturing and cataloging of millions of morse-code-like whale vocalizations. Video and audio tools will be used, and the data …

Spanish Chef Ángel León Wants Us To View The Sea as a Garden

Known in Spain as “el chef del mar” or “the chef of the sea,” Ángel León had encountered the seagrass known as Zostera marina countless times during his life, but in 2017 (the same year he won his third Michelin star at his restaurant, Aponiente), he decided to look at how it could be used in the culinary world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he found that an …

Heatherwick Studio + IM Motors’ Air-Cleaning Electric Car, Airo

Unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Airo electric car will “vacuum up pollutants from other cars” using an integrated HEPA filtration system. The autonomous vehicle (which will offer a driver-controlled mode, too) is the first from new Chinese automotive brand IM Motors and it’s the first to be designed by London-based Heatherwick Studio. In addition to the proposed environmental benefits, the car’s dynamic interior …

Jean Nouvel’s “Jeuneville” Futuristic, Vertical Neighborhood in Greater Paris

Scheduled for completion in 2025, architect Jean Nouvel’s “Jeuneville” vertical neighborhood will rise along the banks of the Seine in Greater Paris (not far from the Olympic and Paralympic villages). The future-forward urban development, which is aiming for a low carbon footprint, will incorporate “more than 100,000 square meters of innovation-centric work spaces as well as 30,000 square meters of public green spaces that will …

Premiere: “Donna Marijuana” by UNI

Charlotte Kemp Muhl directs a music video of mind-bending moments and a retro-futuristic performance

From NYC-based glam rock trio Uni (aka Charlotte Kemp Muhl, David Strange and Jack James) comes “Donna Marijuana,” a dazzling track that’s dressed to dance in psychedelic swirls, out now on Chimera Music. To accompany the surreal energy of the single, Kemp Muhl directed a music video of mind-bending moments complete with a retro-futuristic performance of color and chaos. “Since we have one foot in the graveyard of rock and …

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Mushroom Multivitamin

$60

Filled with bright blue beads (designed for maximum absorption) that have been naturally colored with cabbage, Mushroom Design’s daily multivitamin has been formulated to support rather than over-stimulate the body’s equilibrium. Nine mushrooms (Agarikon, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Oyster, Reishi, Shitake and Turkey Tail) combine with nine vitamins to support heart, brain and bone health; the immune system; biosynthesis of collagen; women’s reproductive health; …

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Color Studies Notebook Set

$15

Published by Artisan and based on antique prints from designer and decoupage artist John Derian’s archives, this Color Studies Notebook Set includes three booklets, each with uniquely enchanted front and back covers. Measuring 8.5 by 6 inches, the notebooks stow easily and contain 64 blank pages to stash recipes, ideas or scribbles. In addition to the Color Studies set, Derian also offers one entitled Kitchen Delights …

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Bear Grylls Survival AIR Series 3762 GMT Watch

$795

From Luminox’s longterm partnership with renowned adventurer and survivalist Bear Grylls, the rugged Survival AIR Series 3762 GMT Watch encompasses all the tools necessary to track time while trekking the globe. It features a 24 timezone, bi-directional rotating GMT bezel composed of the brand’s proprietary CARBONOX material. Further, it offers 200 meters of water-resistance, a sustained glow to its numerals and indices, and comes set …

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Daily Invitation Cards

$48

Housed in a blue cloth box with a magnetic closure, Paperfinger’s Daily Invitation Cards strive to stir up an intention for each day. One word (written in calligraphy) graces one side, while the other remains blank. Whether it’s “yes,” “begin,” “your invitation” or “stretch,” each entry aims to “serve as a gentle compass, an epiphany or a reminder,” the brand explains. There are 60 in …

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Cautious Clay: Karma & Friends

Cautious Clay (aka Joshua Karpeh) announces his debut LP, Deadpan Love, with a video for the single “Karma & Friends.” Beginning with strings and then swelling into a catchy R&B-influenced tune, it’s highlighted by a glitzy chorus and a rich, thumping instrumental that the artist also produced. In the Jason Lester-directed video, Karpeh signs up for a fictional class called Elsa’s Confidence Course, wherein students are …

Mopiano: With U

Stockholm-based singer/songwriter Mopiano debuts his single “With U” ahead of an EP on Majestic Casual Records. Cinematic, emotional and tinged with electronic elements, the song comes along with a video directed by Jean-Luc Mwepu. The film portrays an instance of betrayal, emphasizing Mopiano’s intimate lyrics. Pan African Music premiered the release, and Mopiano tells them, “I also wanted this to be a good representation for people …

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Peter CottonTale feat. Jamila Woods: Breathe My Name

Peter CottonTale (aka Peter Wilkins) and Jamila Woods link up for “Breathe My Name,” a gentle but lustrous and layered song. The duo have worked together before (Wilkins produced Woods’ 2019 album, Legacy! Legacy!) and their genre-bending styles work together beautifully once again here, with elements of neo-soul, gospel, synth-pop and R&B melding together. Short, sweet and quite ethereal, the song appears on Moog Music’s seven-track …

BIIANCO: that’s what friends are for

Released as a Black Mirror: Bandersnatch-like interactive video (and as a more straight-forward narrative film embedded below) that everyone can play for free, LA-based producer and singer-songwriter BIIANCO’s “that’s what friends are for” empowers as it engages listeners. Zombies, each of whom represents a toxic ex-relationship, populate the choose-your-own-adventure game and must be navigated to reach the track’s vibrant conclusion.

Andra Day: Phone Dies

Andra Day (aka Cassandra Monique Batie) teamed up with Anderson .Paak for “Phone Dies,” a soulful, samba-tinged, genre-blending tune that builds effortlessly over four minutes. Her rich vocals and .Paak’s polished production work together to create big summertime energy.

Fiona Apple: Love More (Sharon Van Etten cover)

Releasing 16 April, epic Ten is an anniversary double-LP including Sharon Van Etten’s 2010 album, epic, and a complementary album featuring seven covers by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Shamir, Courtney Barnett with Vagabon, Big Red Machine and others. Revealed today, the final track, “Love More” finds Fiona Apple imparting a warmth and humanity into an already beloved Van Etten ballad. epic Ten: the accompanying documentary and concert will …

North Carolina Brewery Wicked Weed Ventures into Natural Wine with Vīdl

Experimental, natural wines made by a team of former-brewers

It Takes Two Cleansing Exfoliant Kit

$110

Joshua Tree-based olive oil brand Wonder Valley manufactures their own olive-derived skincare products. Their It Takes Two kit comprises an Olive + Lotus Exfoliant and an antioxidant-rich Oil Cleanser. Simply mix both in the palm of your hand and scrub your face clean, ridding it of dead skin, dirt, build-up and residual beauty products. Because they’re packaged separately, you can lessen or increase the rigidness …

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Jodi Peckman’s “Come Fly With Me” Celebrates Flying + Fashion

A photo book full of airport chic

Celebrating air-travel chic—but more deeply, the joy of escape through travel—Come Fly With Me: Flying in Style comprises photographs spanning several decades, each selected by photo editor Jodi Peckman. She began collecting the images during her tenure at Rolling Stone and tells us, “Part of my job was editing a section called Random Notes which was two to three pages of photographs with captions. The …