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From a disco-influenced alt-pop tune to an unexpected St Vincent cameo, our favorite new releases

Disco’s Revenge: House Music

What legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles called “Disco’s Revenge,” house music gathered steam months after Chicago’s “Disco Demolition” in 1979—in which 55,000 fans attended a White Sox baseball game in order to destroy disco records beforehand. They rushed the field, shattered their records, and newspapers proclaimed the death of the genre. The early ’80s, though, saw a rise in house music, which Vox explains was essentially …

“Danger 380 Volts” Pétillant Naturel (2017)

$35

Czech natural winemaker Milan Nestarec’s Danger 380 Volts is a funky and dry pétillant naturel that includes refreshing notes of apple, grapefruit and white peach. Crafted in the pétillant naturel style (aka the méthode ancestrale, in which wines are bottled before initial fermentation is finished, resulting in a natural sparkling), it’s slightly bubbly, cloudy and has an almost cider-like quality.

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How Human Voices Affect Wild Animals

Humans are super-predators—even when we’re not actively behaving as such. A recent study conducted in an English forest documented the reactions beavers had to the sound of wolves, bears and humans. While they ignored the wolf sounds and were “mildly concerned” by the sound of a bear, the beavers were “profoundly disturbed” by the sound of human speech. A different study played human speech in …

Elena Tamburini’s Touch-Encouraging Furniture

Inspired by sex as taboo, especially among older people, Italian designer Elena Tamburini created Filotea—a collection of furniture that encourages physical affection whether solo or with another individual. The range includes several standout pieces: Otello is a mirror surrounded by feathers, which allows the user to caress their own face, and the Filomena is a body brush that stimulates the skin. Our favorite is the …

Documenting Strip Clubs Throughout the American South

French photographer François Prost’s Gentlemen’s Club collection archives the sun-soaked facades of strip clubs across the southern US—everywhere from the beaches of Florida to downtown Houston. Through 193 photos, Prost surveys the design of these buildings, with their “generic signifiers of sex and sensual pleasure,” focusing on parts of the country that have “conservative and puritan reputations.” The exteriors are brightly colored, eerily similar from city …

Revisiting the New Yorker’s Coverage of the Apollo 11 Landing

In the Talk of the Town section of The New Yorker’s 26 July 1969 issue, reporters visited eight moon-landing parties—and documented the excitement that unfolded. From 50th Street and Sixth Avenue to the headquarters of NBC at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, audiences tuned in to the incredible quest and watched anxiously as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin ventured into the unknown. Spliced with footage from the …

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Revisited lunar reportage, Wes Anderson-inspired sunglasses, the tale of disco's revenge and more in our roundup of the web

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NASA Apollo 11 Lunar Lander Set

$100

Made in collaboration with NASA, LEGO’s homage to Apollo 11’s endeavor is intended for individuals over 16 years old. It includes a complex lunar lander to assemble, a semi-realistic depiction of the surface of the moon to situate it on, two golden helmet-adorned figures to place and countless exterior features to manipulate. When complete, the final product is a nostalgia-laden depiction of those famed first …

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It’s Freezing in LA! Issue 3

$7

Despite the title, UK-based It’s Freezing in LA! focuses on climate change on an international level. Their third issue, titled “Protest,” covers global strikes, marches and walkouts that have been initiated in opposition of fossil fuels, mining, and much more. But, this issue also addresses potential solutions, how new construction adheres to recent legislation and the challenges companies face when switching to electric vehicles. It’s …

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Controllers Print

$395

British mixed media artist Joe Webb combines found images to make otherworldly, cosmic scenes. For “Controllers” (a four-color screenprint made in an edition of 75 with Jealous Gallery), Webb plays with proportions and skews the viewer’s perception, placing an astronaut high above Earth but in the sightline of suited men behind a control board. The sky is covered in a black diamond dust overlay—replicating millions …

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Silk NASA Dress

$399

Crafted from sand-washed silk habotai with satellite images printed all over, RÆBURN’s flowing NASA dress documents the environmental changes due to climate change. The oversized dress features slits on either side and a v-neck, and is a loose, lightweight option that will transcend seasons. The brand uses the same NASA images on plenty more garments too—shorts, pants, coats and accessories for all genders. Each is …

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Moonchild: Too Much to Ask

Delicately lo-fi but bubbly, “Too Much to Ask” is the first single from the forthcoming LP, Little Ghost, by LA-based trio Moonchild (aka Amber Navran, Andris Mattson, and Max Bryk). Electronic and eclectic, there’s an unmistakable maturity employed here. During the track’s chorus, Navran proposes a question: “Is it too much to ask / for you to love me like that?” It’s hopeful but skepticism remains.

Red Hearse: Half Love

Red Hearse, a new group consisting of Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew and TDE producer Sounwave, just released their second single “Half Love.” It’s brooding and looming but ultimately offset by delicate, high-reaching vocals from Dew. Antonoff’s stroke is recognizable but it’s certainly distant from the work he’s done with Bleachers or the tracks he’s penned for various other singers. The Grant Singer-directed video depicts a …

2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray Debuts

The brand new car proves General Motors has big plans

Empirical Spirits Enters the US Market

A brand new online store expands access to category-defying releases

Founded in 2017 by noma alumni Lars Williams and Mark Emil Hermansen, Copenhagen-based Empirical Spirits is set to fill a particular hole in the US spirit industry by expanding their online store (in partnership with Domestique) to ship to customers stateside. Whereas most American distilleries rely on strict, centuries-old spirit category rules, Empirical relies on flavor and flavor alone. Rather than call their product a gin …

TAXA Outdoors’ NASA-Inspired Campers

We speak with Garrett Finney about how designing for astronauts influences his more down-to-earth vehicles

Jay Som: Tenderness

This delightful bit of indie and bedroom pop will appear on LA-based Jay Som’s forthcoming album, Anak Ko (out 23 August). It starts off simply—filtered vocals with drums and guitar—and Som is the star until the track breaks open and rhythmic bass and psych-influenced ambience pours out. The Weird Life-directed video provides a visual portrayal of the track’s sonic essence, too. A special purple tie-dye …

Wilco: Love Is Everywhere (Beware)

From Wilco’s forthcoming album, Ode to Joy (out 4 October), “Love Is Everywhere (Beware)” is a sprawling and steady folk song with lots to love. “Right now I’m frightened how love is here / beware / our love is everywhere,” the band’s frontman, Jeff Tweedy, sings atop jubilant guitar riffs. In a statement to announce the track, album and coinciding tour, Tweedy says, “There must …

De’Longhi’s La Specialista is an Affordable Espresso Machine with Impressive Precision

Technological advancements in grinding, temperature control and tamping result in the ideal brew

Traditional pump espresso machines often demand careful attention from their users—the grind, tamping pressure, pour and temperature are at best left to their discretion, or at worst left to chance. De’Longhi‘s newest offering, the La Specialista EC9335.M, leaves just about everything to the machine. It has easy-to-use controls that deliver precise grinds, as well as ideal tamping pressure and temperatures for specific pulls—along with the …

The First All-Electric British Hypercar: the Lotus Evija

Fit for the track but entirely road-ready, a production hypercar that's electric-propelled

Contrary to the worries that electric vehicles will be less fun than engine-revving and gas-burning ones, Lotus unveils its Evija: an all-electric hypercar capable of 1,972 hp to get from zero to 62mph in under three seconds. With a top speed of over 200mph, the Evija holds court with its hypercar peers. It’s not a driving enthusiast’s dream disguised as an electric car, either—its 250-mile …

Gift Guide: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Moon Landing

Inspiring items to commemorate one of our greatest cosmic advancements

Arakimentari

Arakimentari. The subject is the reknowned (or reviled) japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki. He’s considered to have changed the representation of female nudity in Japan. The film explores the artist behind the photos by documenting his work ethic and revealing the context in which he creates his work. There are also interviews with Bjˆrk and Takeshi Kitano. This is a wonderful presentation of a man, who …

adidas Superstar City Series: NYC Drop

adidas dropped all but 2 of the cities in the 35th Anniversary Superstar City Series today in NYC. The Wooster Street Originals shop received 100 pair each of New York, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Paris. Apparently, Boston and London were held up at US Customs. The DJ was spinning old school Hip Hop and they limited the number of people allowed in the store …

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