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Brooklyn Informed: Rockaway Taco

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Rockaway Taco anchors a growing green community at the end of the A train.

In the summer, surfers and sun-seekers descend on Rockaway, Queens to enjoy the best waves and beaches NYC has to offer. Opened two years ago, Rockaway Taco gives New Yorkers another reason to ride the A train to the end of the line. In this episode of BK Informed, we talk sustainability with Andrew Field, who explains Rockaway's Beach 96 movement — the name given to the growing green......read more

Roy Kafri "Mayokero" Video

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Iconic record covers come alive in this awesome animation by Vania Heymann

We've seen classic record covers used in creative new ways, but filmmaker Vania Heymann takes the cake with this delightful video for "Mayokero," an acapella number from Israeli artist Roy Kafri. The clip features a string of iconic album covers from acts such as ABBA, Prince, Madonna and David Bowie, who sing along to the song's nonsensical lyrics. Simple concept, superbly executed. Also check......read more

Constellation Quilt

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Public Record documents Emily Fischer's cosmological new craft project

Constellation Quilt, a new project from crafty NYC studio Haptic Lab, uses traditional quilting techniques to invoke a sense of wonder in the outer reaches of the universe. For the Kickstarter project, which sailed past its funding goal, Emily Fischer and company create handmade quilts with embroidered gold stars depict the night skies. In this short video, filmmaking collective Public Record......read more

Concorde, "Summer House"

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Director Maxime Bruneel creates arty, collage-based visuals for French indie pop outfit

Here's a wonderfully-crafted new music video for Paris-based indie pop act, Concorde. Directed by fellow Parisienne Maxime Bruneel, the clip combines animated overlays of alpine landscapes and starry skies with images of a flirtatious Concorde singer/guitarist Clement Froissart and a pretty blonde girl. All in all, it's a fun and playful video for a similarly upbeat track. "Summer......read more

Rick Rubin: Music and Spirituality

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The esteemed record producer discusses art and nature in this inspiring video from Nowness

Rick Rubin is near the top of the list of the famous people who like to chill with. The legendary record producer, who famously launched Def Jam with Russell Simmons from his NYU dorm room, is not only one of most important architects in the history of popular music, but also a sage-figure on the path to spiritual enlightenment. In this short film, created by Alison Chernick for Nowness, Rubin......read more

Flying Lotus, "Until the Quiet Comes"

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Short film by Kahlil Joseph comes ahead of FlyLo's new record

On October 2, Los Angeles beatsmith Flying Lotus will issue Until the Quiet Comes, his highly anticipated new record on Warp. In anticipation of the drop, he just released this short film to coincide with the project. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the "Until the Quiet Comes" short ncludes the songs "See Thru To U" (ft. Erykah Badu), "Hunger" (ft. Niki Randa) and "Getting......read more

Washed Out, "Before" (Unofficial)

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Standout track off new Washed Out record laced with nostalgic visuals by Franck Deron

We've said it before: fan-made music videos are one of the internet's greatest gifts. Add this one to the pile. Director/editor/photographer Franck Deron cobbled together some vintage visuals to set with Washed Out's "Before," a highlight off his well-received Within and Without LP, released a week ago on Sub Pop. The grainy, nostalgic clips sit well with the bliss-pop rhythms and Ernest Greene's......read more

Fleet Foxes, "Grown Ocean"

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Sweeping vistas and smiling faces abound in the first video for Seattle band's upcoming record.

The first video for Fleet Foxes' upcoming sophomore release Helplessness Blues, for the song "Grown Ocean," is full of grainy footage of Pacific Northwestern landscapes intermixed with shots of the Seattle folksters recording the new album in various studios. Singer Robin Pecknold said they used a bunch of new instruments on the recording, including "the 12-string guitar, the hammered dulcimer,......read more

Band Of Horses "Compliments"

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Landscapes intertwine in vid for lead single off Seattle band's upcoming record.

This video is either the perfect visual interpretation of the new Band Of Horses song, or totally off the mark. Directed by photographer Christopher Wilson, the trippy nature photomontage seems a bit detached from the rootsy vibe of the tune. But then the intertwining landscapes somehow fit with vague lyrics questioning the existence of God. In any case, it looks cool. The new Band Of Horses......read more

Eat LACMA: The Food Pyramid

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Artist collective Didier Hess designs and builds a food pyramid/fish taco farm on the LACMA campus.

In this Eat LACMA episode, we hang out with art collective Didier Hess, the founders of LA-based design group Materials & Applications. The architects and designers by training — and uncategorizable visionaries in practice — designed and built a totally eco-friendly hydroponic tilapia farm (complete with a water pump powered by solar panels) on the LACMA grounds. Dubbed by the......read more

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