Farewell, Jackie Shane

Jackie Shane, an influential figure in soul music and the LGBTQ+ community, has passed away at 78 years old. Even though she helped define the R&B sound of the ’60s and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Historical Album this year, her work transcends music. Shane identified as a woman from the age of 13, before the term “transgender” was used.  More than an entertainer, she …

Canvas Work Jacket

$495

Cut from 100% cotton twill, this canvas work jacket from Aimé Leon Dore’s newest collection is practical (the two front pockets are deep and sturdy) but still stylish—with details that shine. From the monogrammed embroidery to the custom logo snaps and zipper, the finer construction components complement the coat’s washed-blue hue nicely.

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A Visual History of Public Libraries

In a scrolling, hand-drawn and collaged article by CityLab’s Ariel Aberg-Riger, America’s beloved public library system is indexed from its origin as a “social” amenity for the wealthy and white to now. Currently, public libraries are battling a major federal funding cut under the administration. The public library system is designed to service all and it needs the support of local funding to do so. Because …

Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies List for 2019

An undertaking of immense proportion, that initiates inspiration of equal magnitude for readers, Fast Company’s 50 Most Innovative Companies list shines a light on businesses impacting both culture and their respective industries. This year, China’s tech platform Meituan Dianping takes the top spot for facilitating 27.7 billion transactions through 2,800 cities—ultimately affecting 350 million people. Others on the list include household names like Walt Disney and …

300,000 Possible Galaxies Discovered

A project helmed by an international team of astronomers has resulted in the discovery of some 300,000 “previously unseen light sources” that are believed to be distant galaxies. This new map of the night sky was revealed using the incredibly powerful Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope, with many of the light sources sending radio signals for billions of light years until they reach Earth. (One …

Highlights From Desert X 2019

At Desert X, a series of outdoor exhibitions in the Coachella Valley, this year’s artwork addresses timely and poignant issues—from the depleting Salton Sea, indigenous peoples’ rights and the political battle at the US-Mexico border. These striking pieces turn sparse land into places for reflection, debate and hope—across more than 50 miles. From Sterling Ruby’s SPECTER to Pia Camil’s Lover’s Rainbow, Artsy staff has picked some of the highlights. …

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Waterproof Backpack

$110

Made from a water-resistant polyester fabric, this backpack is a sleek option for everyday use—but it especially useful in bad weather. Fully lined, this sleek bag boasts a spacious main compartment, laptop sleeve and a hidden phone pocket—keeping all your devices safe. Unlike many utilitarian backpacks, this Danish brand offers a minimal and pleasing silhouette.

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Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983-1989

$20

For fans of electronic music, design or all things retro, Beyond Heaven: Chicago House Party Flyers from 1983-1989 will deliver the goods. Collected by Mario “Liv It Up” Luna (who DJed in the city during the ’80s), these flyers, posters and various other house-related artifacts create a personal but comprehensive perspective on the wildly creative and exciting scene.

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Gold Speks

$28

Made from rare-earth magnets, Speks (available in over two dozen colors and two different quantities) are neodymium balls that can be squished, shaped and stacked in endless ways. This set comes complete with 512 tiny balls, a metal base, guide, splitter card and carrying case. Intended for anybody over 14 years old, this petite toy can be a creative way to de-stress.

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Death Wins a Goldfish

$12

Equal parts sweet, odd and funny, Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reaper’s Yearlong Sabbatical follows the new experiences (from skydiving to online dating, camping solo, karaoke and painting) that Death tries out during its vacation. With charming illustrations by author Brian Rea, the book serves as an endearing reminder for readers to take time off work and always endeavor to stay adventurous. 

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Wet: Old Bone (Jim-E Stack Remix)

NYC-based band Wet’s single “Old Bone” was a string-plucked tune with an emphasis on lead singer Kelly Zutrau’s vocals. But the remixed version, by Jim-E Stack, leans into the track’s core rhythm. With an upbeat drum and looming synths, the guitar is replaced by darker, distant strumming. Zutrau’s vocals are buried under a bit of distortion, but still bear the same raw emotion. Catch Wet on …

Sam Cohen: Something’s Got A Hold On Me

Danger Mouse has once again teamed up with BK-based singer/songwriter/producer Sam Cohen, for the latter’s upcoming LP The Future’s Still Ringing In My Ears. With a ’60s psychedelic vibe, “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” (premiering today on Stereogum) draws from that golden age of protest songs, describing a bleak view of the USA: “The future’s been a terrific disappointment / it’s not one thing specifically …

Jinn and Company’s Hemp Oil Edibles

Full-spectrum CBD and organic ingredients meet for delectable treats

As CBD continues being added to lattes and cocktails, it may best be suited for tiny, rewarding treats. Jinn and Company‘s hemp oil fruit gummies and nut bites are just that. They’re bite-sized, CBD-infused (200mg total, 25mg per piece, derived from the full spectrum hemp oil) snacks for stressful moments. Crafted by a small team of designers and artists (who also share an affection for plant-based …

Stereolab: French Disco [Early Version Mix]

Stereolab—the London-based, English/French quartet that rose to epic heights in the ’90s—pioneered avant-pop. They disbanded in 2009, but return now with a reunion tour and gargantuan reissue series. Seven albums will return in limited edition vinyl and CD iterations, each with a hand-numbered strip from the original master-tapes. Demo tracks, alternate takes and scrapped mixes also accompany the releases. The first, “French Disco [Early Version …

Tertia May: In My Head

Premiering on Wonderland, Tertia May’s “In My Head” is a dreamy, dusky approach to jazz—complete with polished, hip-hop-influenced production from Subculture. Soulful and rich, the song sees May maneuver between an almost spoken-word to stirring, soaring vocals. Combining elements of jazz, soul, hip-hop, house and beyond, May continues to carve out a unique space for herself.

Aldous Harding: The Barrel

From New Zealand folk singer Aldous Harding comes “The Barrel,” an acoustic guitar-backed track about the perils and trickery of love. It’s a lovely tune, led by Harding’s vocals, and releases alongside a playful video with obscure props (a big hat, ghoulish mask and maracas included). The single comes from Harding’s forthcoming album, Designer, due out on 26 April.

Leo Villareal

One might guess that Leo Villareal. Leo is a master of light. He programs movements in to lighting arrays creating an organic, yet artificial environment. His work scales from little light boxes to massive building side installations. These photos barely do the work justice– you really have to see the pieces in person.

James Clar

ITP alum, James Clar is an artist who works with LEDs to create visually delicious information displays. His 3D display cube (left) is made from 1000 individually programmable LEDs that can be animated to chow spatial movement. The Square Eclipse (right) animates ambient light reflected off the surface it's mounted on. There are a few movies on his site that show these, and several other …

RNC Redux

If you're not going to protest the RNC, at least get the truth from the streets: Each night of the RNC, Screensavers, in association with the Thing, will present the RNC Redux Open Doc Tour, a real time performance created by pulling a broad selection of the day's blog text, photos, audio, and video to mix it into a narrative of the day's events. Trust …