There was a brief moment in the 1970s when a unique musical style hit the scene. Musicians from Zambia, influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple, melded rock with African rhythms, creating a distinctive sound. Bandsplaining offers up a thoughtful look back at this seldom talked about genre, known as “Zamrock.”
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Bob Marley music has a distinctively reggae sound. But in the hands of electronic remix artist Eclectic Method, it takes on a whole new vibe. This wonderfully chill edit was actually put together back in 2004, but the Method’s Jonny Wilson says he forgot to upload it until now.
The Criterion Collection’s boxed set of seven Blu-ray discs celebrates the many talents of martial artist Bruce Lee. The discs include new digital restorations of five awesome action films, alternative soundtracks, interviews, commentaries, and much more. Drops 7.14.20.
Good news everyone! There’s a sweet light-up replica of the Planet Express spaceship from Futurama. Quantum Mechanix’s collectible measures about 12″x 4″ x 4″ and has lights on its cockpit, portholes and exhaust. It also has magnets that make it easy to mount it on its stand.
Watch and listen in awe as violinist Dmitry Rotkin lets his fingers do the talking in this far too short pizzicato jazz improvisation, inspired by Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). His arrangement of The Beatles’ Come Together is pretty incredible as well.
This jigsaw puzzle is the perfect time-killer for LEGO fans. The 1000-piece puzzle features a vibrant image of buckets filled with LEGO bricks, neatly separated by color. The color sections should mean it’s not too difficult, but the varying block shapes still provide a bit of a challenge.
This outdoor drink cooler is a fun and functional addition to your patio or deck. It holds up to 68 quarts in its stainless steel insulated ice chest, and its lid doubles as a compact foosball table. It also has a bottle opener with a catch tray, a lower storage shelf, and casters for easy moving.
Iconiq Studio’s coop board game is based on John Carpenter’s 1988 cult classic They Live. The objective isn’t just to chew bubblegum and kick ass, but to kill Cable 54’s signal, revealing the truth about the aliens hiding among us. The game cards include hidden clues which can only be seen with the included Hoffman Lenses.
Just because you’re outdoors doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be comfortable. Core Equipment’s saucer-shaped chair offers a cozy, oversized seating area, along with a quilted seat and a padded headrest. Its fold-up steel frame can hold up to 300 lb, and it includes a built-in cupholder, and a carrying bag. Available in grey or wine red.
Artist Chet Phillips created this awesome deck of playing cards featuring hand-drawn illustrations inspired by vintage matchbook covers. The subjects of each image are drawn from pop culture subjects, from Alien to Monty Python’s Holy Grail. A special limited edition deck is available in an oversized match box.
One of the most entertaining things to do with a pet hamster is to set it loose in some kind of a maze. Using LEGO Duplo bricks, The Secret Life of my Hamster built a wonderfully colorful and complex obstacle course, and then let their fluffy white pet Marshmallow take it for a spin.
Easter just isn’t Easter without some Peeps. Take a 360º video tour of the Just Born candy factory with Food Network to see how these colorful marshmallow treats are born, including a part of the assembly line called the “Sugar Shower.” Did she really use the word “peepsinality” or were we just hearing things?
A classy alternative to drawing straws, this brass cylinder comes with 10 metal pegs, each engraved with a number. When you need to decide who’s going first in a board game or any other activity, you simply draw pegs to determine the order. It’s funny to us that it resembles a revolver cylinder.
Stanley Kubrick was one of the greatest film directors who ever lived. Every frame of his movies was like a fastidiously-composed work of art. Grégory Monro’s documentary weaves together exclusive interviews with the filmmaker and his collaborators, taking us inside the mind of a true master of his craft.
While at home doing their part to keep their distance, Sting joined Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for a remote performance of The Police’s 1980 track “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” using a mix of random instruments and household objects they each had lying around.
This special edition of Hasbro’s classic 2-player board game has bright neon colors on its pegboards. The ships, hit and miss pegs are all made from semi-transparent plastic, and it all packs up into a colorful portable storage case for travel. Available May 2020.
While sheltering in place at their homes, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong teamed up with Susanna Hoffs to perform a great cover version of the song that was made famous by her band The Bangles, and written by none other than the late great Prince Rogers Nelson.
Like many of us, Zachary Skidmore has temporarily found himself without a gym to work out at. With the help of a chainsaw, Zach built himself an outdoor workout facility by cutting up some trees near his house. It took him about 60 hours to fabricate the whole thing, and we’re sure he got a good workout doing that.
(PG-13: Lyrics) With the NPR offices closed for now, their Tiny Desk Concert series is soldiering on without a live audience. In this intimate concert from The Roots’ singer and lyricist Black Thought, as he performs and tells stories about three new songs: Thought Vs. Everybody, Yellow, and Nature of the Beast f/Portugal. The Man.
A holoscope is a mirrored box you can peer into and view kaleidoscopic images which reflect off of its walls. In this clip from Vitalius Space, he shows us how to build a simple cube-shaped holoscope which produces an infinite starry sky effect inside. With enough skill and patience, it’s possible to build more complex versions.
This highly-articulated LEGO Technic robot by Shadow Elenter uses 19 motors to move its wheels, arms, snippers and grippers to defuse, pick up, and dispose of a phony explosive payload. We’re not sure we’d use it for a real bomb threat, but we’re still impressed.
Aged & Ore’s handblown, double-walled glasses have a neat trick – the eight lines on their sides aren’t just aesthetic. Each one indicates an ounce of liquid, making them perfect for measuring cocktail ingredients. They’re great for whiskey too, thanks to their bell-shape, and each glass comes with a spherical ice mold.
We’ve seen lots of nifty objects made from old skateboard decks, but what Woby Designs is showing off here is something different. By laminating together 20 wood decks, he was able to create a usable lumber with a colorful pattern running through its center. The prep work looks like the most time-consuming part.
While sheltering in place, Bay Area alt-folk group Thao & The Get Down Stay Down used the now ubiquitous videoconferencing service Zoom to create a music video for their track “Phenom”. But they didn’t just point webcams at their faces, and instead used the opportunity to do something truly creative with the medium.
Cloud’s Buster Sword from Final Fantasy VII is one of the coolest weapons in gaming history. While a real world version would be too heavy to effectively wield, one made from cardboard is totally manageable. Watch as Crafty Transformer turns a bunch of corrugated paper into a lightweight replica of the iconic combat tool.
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