Farewell to Andre Williams, R&B Singer and Godfather of Rap

Singer, songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap

Zephire “Andre” Williams—singer/songwriter and arguably the inventor of rap—has passed away in Chicago at 82 years old. Nicknamed Mr Rhythm, Williams worked in the music industry in various positions since the 1950s, from procuring and developing new talent to songwriting and producing. He co-wrote “Shake Your Tail Feather,” produced for Parliament-Funkadelic, teamed up with the Dirtbombs—his desire to make and explore music was, by all …

CBD-Infused Honey

$19

Sourced from Bee Local in Portland, Oregon, Alto Essentials‘ CBD-infused honey is dark, robust and incredibly high-end—and it contains the cannabinoid best known for soothing inflammation and stress. Use the honey as you normally would and reap the benefits of the 5mg serving of CBD.

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Supersonic Aircraft’s Shockwaves Shot by NASA

The first-ever images of two shockwaves interacting, taken by NASA, appeared online this week. These photos—shot using a 150-year-old German technique—are some of the first of supersonic flights in the air and not in a wind tunnel. Seeing how the shockwaves interact with one another and on their own, NASA may be able to reduce the noisiness of sonic booms—the result of pressure changes when …

New York Public Library’s Lou Reed Archive

Before NYC rock icon Lou Reed passed away in 2013, he did not give instructions on how to handle the large collection of recordings, photographs, notes and other artifacts from his prolific career. His wife, Laurie Anderson, decided to donate the collection to an institution that would display it for the public—and to “present raw material and let people make up their own minds.” Two …

Reprinting 1927’s The Bolted Book

Depero Futurista (oftentimes known as The Bolted Book) is a 1927 design book by Fortunato Depero—bound together by two aluminum bolts. A testament to ingenuity and creativity, the book was acclaimed and referenced for many years, but very few copies remain. A Kickstarter by Design & Books hopes to publish it once again. The bolts will bind it still—locking in the early 20th Century typographic …

Farewell to Influential Curator and Art Historian, Okwui Enwezor

An incredibly influential figure in the contemporary art world, Okwui Enwezor has passed away at just 55 years old. Not only a curator and art historian, Enwezor was a poet and critic whose astute way of thinking pushed for a more global view of art. Born in Awkuzu, Nigeria, he moved to the Bronx as a teenager, and over his career he was the artistic …

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Crepe Indigo Terry Cardigan Blazer

$175

Dyed a medium indigo hue, Goodlife’s terry cardigan blazer boasts the silhouette of a more formal garment with the feel of something more relaxed. Part cardigan and part blazer, it is an easygoing piece that will fade and age with character. Because of the brand’s unique dye process, each blazer will look a bit different.

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Limited Edition Duffle Bag

$600

Handmade in the US, KILLSPENCER’s limited edition duffle bag has been crafted from Italian oil-suede in a rich, olive green hue. With Swiss Riri zippers, bullhide leather accents and a removable and adjustable shoulder strap, the bag is practical, yet luxurious and understated. Ultimately though, it’s sturdy—thanks in part to fire-retardant and waterproof nylon lining.

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L’Internationale Saison

$18

Based on an official recipe from the Saison, Bière de Garde and Farmhouse Ale Appreciation Society, American Solera’s L’Internationale is a saison as it should be—crisp, peppery, light, refreshing and around 6% ABV. The Tulsa, Oklahoma brewery was one of 10 to brew the recipe and they’ve released it to widespread acclaim.

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Wellthread Trucker Jacket

$198

Released as a part of Levi’s entirely recyclable collection, the Wellthread trucker—made in collaboration with Outerknown—is constructed from a blend of cotton and cottonized hemp. (Using hemp reduces the amount of water and labor needed—and the carbon footprint.) On the back of the jacket there’s stunning and dense indigo-hued embroidery that emphasizes the collection’s commitment to sustainability and both brands’ affinities for the ocean.

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Jamila Woods: Eartha

Part homage to the great Eartha Kitt, part ode to self-love, Jamila Woods’ newest single “Eartha” (from her forthcoming album LEGACY! LEGACY! out 10 May on Jagjaguwar) is a soulful, slow ride. Though it’s anchored by the depth of Woods’ vocals, the instrumental—comprised of drums, keys, drum pad and some electronic chords—shines. “Who’s gonna share my love for me with me?” she sings on the …

Louis Cole: Doing The Things (Short Song)

Instantly recognizable as a Louis Cole bop, the delightful “Doing The Things (Short Song)” has just been released—and is also a teaser for the upcoming Live Sesh and Xtra Songs EP, which is due out on 5 April. Melting together funk, pop and so much more, the track is off-kilter in the best possible way. The LA-based singer/songwriter/producer and multi-instrumentalist is also heading out on tour—from …

Artisan Revere’s Chef Knife

Ultra-thin and resilient, this knife hit Kickstarter today

Most chef’s knives boast weight and a menacing blade. Wielding one, with any sort of precise skill, can be a daunting task. There are plenty of low-level options with less weight and a less intense blade, but they often don’t last—or they aren’t aesthetically appealing. But Artisan Revere‘s chef knife, which hits Kickstarter today, is a lightweight option that outperforms some of the most acclaimed …

Mitski: Let’s Get Married (Bleachers Cover)

As part of Terrible Thrills, Vol. 3—a vinyl-only collection of covers from Bleachers’ 2017 album Gone Now—Mitski recorded a version of “Let’s Get Married.” The song is minimal but layered. It’s stripped away all the big and joyful production from the Bleachers version—which is actually how it sounded originally, according to Jack Antonoff. Since the recording will never be available digitally, it’s appeared online as an mp3, …

Anderson .Paak: King James

Anderson .Paak‘s third album Oxnard was just released in November and he’s already sharing new music from his fourth record Ventura. The first song from the LP, “King James” is an ode to LeBron James and his dedication to giving back to underserved communities. It also mentions Colin Kaepernick kneeling, the possible border wall, gun violence and more. While the subject matter sounds heavy, it’s …

Farewell to Thrasher Editor and Skateboarding Legend, Jake Phelps

Skateboarding icon and longtime editor of Thrasher, Jake Phelps has passed away at 56. San Francisco-based Phelps started skating when he was 13 years old, and was a crucial player in the area’s scene—and that of the entire world of skate culture.  Phelps began at the publication in the ’80s, after co-founder Kevin Thatcher asked him to write product reviews and box merch. He’d go …

For Days Works to End Clothing Waste

Through donation-based credits and a lifetime exchange program, the brand offers a more thoughtful approach to shopping

For LA-based clothing company For Days, closing the loop (and subsequently limiting clothing waste and closet clutter) is a primary goal. The brand’s collection of elevated basics (made from a blend of 70% virgin cotton and 30% recycled material) includes unisex joggers, hoodies, long- and short-sleeve shirts and more—all for $38 each. When you buy an item from For Days, your membership is included. With …

Nikon CoolWalker

Today Nikon also announced the CoolWalker MSV-01 mobile storage device. The MSV-01 is the first in a new line of digital image storage devices that solves the storage limitation problem of CF. It will no longer be necessary to have a slough of CF cards, or a laptop always available when you go out on a shoot. It has a 2.5″ LCD monitor, rubberized body, …

Nikon D70

Today Nikon announced the D70, its newest digital SLR. It combines professional level features and quality with slightly more accessible pricing. I’m interested to see how the image quality compares to the D100. When it hits the shelves this Spring, the D70 will cost $999 as body only and $1299 with the new 18 – 70 mm DX lens . full details at Digital Photography …

Polymer Vision

Philips owned Polymer Vision is capable of producing prototypes of ultra-thin, large-area, rollable displays on a routine basis and intends to rapidly move toward an industrially feasible production process. The displays combine active-matrix polymer driving electronics with a reflective ‘electronic ink’ front plane on an extremely thin sheet of plastic that has very low power requirements. This presents new opportunities for mobile devices and takes …