Interview: Vocalist and Musician Jonah Yano

Ahead of his debut album, the Toronto-based artist discusses collaboration, his identity beyond art, and embracing personal subjects

How to Show Support for Blackout Tuesday

The music industry has planned Blackout Tuesday in an act of solidarity through silence, and will effectively cease operations on Tuesday, 2 June. The industry-wide pause “is meant to intentionally disrupt the work week,” the organizers, Atlantic Senior Directors of Marketing Brianna Agyemang and Jamila Thomas, wrote. “The music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. An industry that has profited predominantly from Black art. Our …

Progress Pride Flag Enamel Pin

$15

An inclusive development of the rainbow Pride flag that incorporates the necessary representation of queer people of color and transgender individuals, Daniel Quasar’s “Progress” initiative pin more accurately reflects the LGBTQ+ community. Each 11-color enamel pin is produced by hand in antique silver. 25% of the profits from Quasar’s “Progress Initiative” items, like this enamel pin, get allocated to a quarterly donation to a charity that …

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Christo Unwrapped Imaginations With His Large-Scale Conceptual Artworks

As the guest of my college roommate, I watched Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates” unfurl throughout all of Central Park from the penthouse of the Pierre Hotel. A domino of saffron tumbled along the wintry landscape in an unimaginable way. The image will always be with me. The days I spent walking the park that February 2005 will, too. Long before the social, funhouse-like museums …

Ancient Roman Mosaic Discovered Under Italian Vineyard

In Negrar di Valpolicella (located near Verona in northern Italy), archeologists have discovered an ornate, ancient mosaic floor buried beneath the soil of a vineyard. The tiles belong to what’s known as the Roman Villa—a site discovered over a century ago—and have been sitting just a few meters underground since the third century AD. The land-owners, researchers and municipality are working together to find a …

Concrete 3D-Printed House Built in 48 Hours

Working in collaboration with developer Buřinka (aka Stavebni Sporitelna Ceske Sporitelny), sculptor Michal Trpák has designed a 43-square-meter concrete house called Prvok—a structure that can be 3D-printed in just 48 hours and will float on water. The first of its kind in the Czech Republic, the house’s building process not only cuts construction costs, reduces CO2 emissions by 20% and minimizes waste, but the resulting …

Crayola’s All-New “Colors of the World” Line Broadens Their Skin-Tone Representation

Working with renowned makeup chemist Victor Casale—who has spent three decades striving to formulate diverse foundation colors—iconic crayon-maker Crayola broadens their skin tone range with the all-new Colors of the World line. It includes 24 specially formulated crayons “designed to mirror and represent over 40 global skin tones across the world,” as well as four hair and four eye colors (in the 32-count box). It’s …

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Damasque Pride Edition Candle

$34

Presented in limited edition hues, queer-owned Boy Smells’ PRIDE collection includes several of the brand’s most alluring scents: Damasque, Cedar Stack, Prunus, Cameo, Angelica, and LES. These “hyper-natural” colorways have been selected to celebrate the diverse LGBTQ+ community. Despite members of the community being physically separated, Pride can and should be celebrated as loudly as ever this year. Boy Smells will donate 15% of proceeds …

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Serving New York: Apron

$15

To accompany author Kristin Tice Studeman’s Serving New York: For All The People Who Make NYC Dining Unforgettable e-cookbook, online shop and dining culture advocate inHouse at Home’s 100% cotton canvas apron features one of Jordan Awan’s illustrations from the book. As with the cookbook, 100% of the proceeds go to ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants) and Robin Hood’s restaurant relief fund.

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Anna Beam + Mylle Inflatable Pool

$135

LA-based Slowdown Studio has collaborated with Mylle and London-based artist Anna Beam for this playful but sophisticated take on the humble inflatable pool. Made from super-durable heavyweight vinyl, each pool features a valve for easy inflation (and deflation) and is big enough for adults at 15 inches tall, and 65 inches diameter. Between pool’s shape and quality of the materials, and Beam’s delightful pattern design, …

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EEYO 1s Electric Bicycle

$4599

With an emphasis on agility, Gogoro’s Eeyo 1s electric bicycle is a sleek and slim open-frame bike with a smart-pedal-assist system that amplifies the rider’s torque at a natural pace. Rather than relying on a bulky battery-bearing frame, the power hubs are compact and tucked into the hull. The pedal-assisted top speed is 19mph and guarantees a range of 40 miles when fully charged. Plus, …

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Saya Gray: SHALLOW (PPL SWIM IN SHALLOW WATER)

Without a hint of percussion, “SHALLOW (PPL SWIM IN SHALLOW WATER)” by Japanese-Canadian singer and musician Saya Gray proves itself stirring and powerful. The song changes cadence often over its 3:50-minute lifespan, with Gray altering her voice from speak-singing and soft cooing to flawless falsetto, up to soaring high-pitched squeaky vocals. This self-recorded tune is the artist’s debut solo song—minimal but textured.

Nils Bech: Foolish Heart (2019)

Starring Silas Henriksen of Norway’s national ballet, the official video for Norwegian singer-songwriter and performance artist Nils Bech’s “Foolish Heart (2019)” swells with instrumental warmth that dresses an intimate physical performance. The track appears on Bech’s latest album, also named Foolish Heart, out today. Its melancholic lyrics address the heartbreak Bech felt at the end of an eight-year relationship. In fact, it was the first …

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Despite Cancellation, Summit Continues to Service its Fellows

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Zella Day: My Game

From Zella Day’s forthcoming EP, Where Does The Devil Hide (due 28 August), “My Game” is retro-inflected delight. Produced by Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys), the track is “a disco game board with a pair of cherry red dice rolling in my favor,” according to Day. With plenty of disco influence, a touch of Motown, and nods to the ’60s in the video, “My …

Celeste: I Can See The Change

Celeste’s expressive, velvety, soulful vocals take centerstage for “I Can See The Change,” a piano-led orchestral song about finding hope. The moving ballad (produced by Finneas O’Connell, aka FINNEAS, who is best known for his work with sister Billie Eilish) will appear on her eponymous debut studio album, which is set for release this summer.

Event Based Mobile Participation, by Upoc Networks

Here at Upoc Networks we're proud to announce that participants have sent over 1 million messages during the event based mobile promotions that we've enabled this year. By voting for the MVP of a ball game or sending picture messages to the big screen at a concert, we're helping North Americans learn how to have more fun with their mobile phones. Press Release Upoc Networks …

Genevieve Bell: Other Internets

Intel's Genevieve Bell is nearing completion of her 3 year long study on the role technology plays in Asian culture. The anthropologist shadowed families and individuals in India, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China and Korea and learned first hand many important factoids for designers and engineers alike. During her travels, Ms. Bell found people in China who take their mobile phones to a temple to …

Touch Graph Google Browser

Enter a URL in the Touch Graph Google Browser and get a 3D visualization of all the links in and out of that site. Another fun visualization of the world of Google.