For over twenty years, the pride of Athens, Georgia, indie-rock pioneers R.E.M. have been making magic. At this point what could Michael Stipe and the boys possibly do to expand upon their musical catalog? Find the answer to this and other musical ponderings within their forthcoming release Collapse Into Now. For this one, the band brought in the talents of Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder and more.
If you’ve ever fixed your car with duct tape or given your bike a new lease on life with Super Glue, you’re gonna want some Sugru in your toolbox. This high-tech putty dries to become a soft yet durable material at room temperature. Fix a leaky running shoe, put a soft handle on your screwdriver, whatever. It bonds to pretty much anything, is waterproof, and it’s self-adhesive. Plus, its made from simple silicone, so it’s safe.
With movies like Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, and Raging Bull to his credit, iconic Hollywood director Martin Scorsese has some serious tales to tell. This legend of movie-making lore shares insights and anecdotes from his influential 40 year career in show business. Written by film historian, critic, and Scorsese’s close friend, Richard Schickel, this Q&A biography digs deep. Blending Scorsese’s complex character in a broader context of film history make this book a treasure for movie buffs.
Form perfect “stuffable” burgers with this innovative kitchen tool from the gourmands at Williams-Sonoma. Yes, you can hide stuff inside the burger. For starters, you can load it with cheese, bacon, chili, onions, peppers, all that. Or make dinner a little more fun by playing sick pranks on the kids. Put a decapitated Barbie head or hermit crab inside their burgers and see what happens. PS, keep your camera handy.
In the 1960s, the Hamilton Thin-O-Matic was an iconic timepiece. In a nod to their history and the current popularity of retro-styled wristwatches, Hamilton is bringing the relatively affordable Thin-O-Matic back in a vintage modern package. Available in two sizes, 38 and 42mm, the stepped, angled watchcase is very thin, while its face projects boldly. Both sizes include a date aperture on the face and are available with a variety of strap options.
The young designers at Hamburg, Germany’s Lockengelöt studios are turning used 50-gallon oil drums into unique, industrial-strength “cupboards.” The drums are cleaned out, reinforced, and fitted with shelves & a door. The drums are also stackable, if you need more than 50-gallons of storage space.
How cheap does the Kindle have to get before you’ll actually buy one? How about eBooks & iBooks to read on your phone? For some reason, none of the electronic reading options measure up to good old paper. Especially for those who like an occasional break from the screen. Penguin Books is celebrating the 50th anniversary of their Modern Classics series by releasing a new collection of 50 of the most beloved and important books in literature. The new Mini Modern Classics are small, portable & pack a punch with absolutely no microwave radiation or LED glare. Classic.
With its decidedly retro styling, the new Royal Enfield Classic Chrome looks less like a 2011 and more like a 1941. And that’s just fine for those who want a motorcycle that actually looks like, well, a motorcycle. This new model, a chromed-up variation on their C5 is a simple, solid, 500-CC twin—a truly classic design. Hell, this bike even has a kickstarter!
The worst part about being a runner can be shopping for running shoes. 99.99% of running shoes are hideously ugly and the remaining .01% don’t fit right. Puma is taking a novel approach to design with their new FAAS 300 shoe. It’s lightweight & minimalist, yet still packs their BioRide technology, an integrated comfort system—just what you need for logging serious miles.
When the Gods of Corn Syrup bless you with your own custom Coke bottle, you’ve really hit the big time. French House Music heroes Daft Punk have been honored by Coca-Cola with a special new Coke bottle and promotion for “Club Coke.” To most dance DJs, coke in the club looks very different, but in this case, it means a pair of limited edition silver & gold bottle cans at select nightclubs across the country. Check daftcoke.com in a month or two for more information.