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Jam On It

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Shawn Traylor's fig jam is fre-fre-fre-freshhhh.

Bum. Bum. Bum. Bum. Bumpabum bum bum.Jam on it. (Yeah yeah, we know, we know) - Newcleus Like many of you, my first encounter with figs was of the packaged elf-made snack food variety. And like some (and I’m guessing fewer) of you, my first encounter with JAM was the aforementioned 1983 NYC electrofunk classic. See, in Louisiana we were always about JELLY. I jest. About the jam, I mean. But......read more

WU LYF, "We Bros"

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Manchester four-piece drops new video for potential jam of the year

Continuing the rich Mancunian rock tradition is WU LYF (pronounced "woo life," shorthand for World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation), the "heavy pop" foursome whose debut LP Go Tell Fire to the Mountain will surely find itself on a bunch of Best of 2011 lists this year (including ours). This week, the band dropped a video for "We Bros," one of the album's standout tracks, featuring group of......read more

Blue Hill Pickled Cucumbers

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Sliced and preserved Kirby cucumbers grown by Cherry Lane Farms $14.00

The artisanal geniuses at Blue Hill Farm in New York's Pocantico Hills have created what may just be the world's best pickle. That sounds lofty, but if you've ever bitten into one of these, you'd be obliged to agree. The flavors are so subtle, so intricate, that it's hard to believe that the list of ingredients is so simple: Kirby cukes (from Cherry Lane Farms in Bridgeton, NJ), white wine......read more

Youngs Farm Jam

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New-look web shop from Project No. 8 features fresh spreads from a Long Island farm $12.00

Project No. 8, the NYC brand behind the concept shop at the Ace Hotel, recently revamped its online shop and introduced new edibles like this array of delectable jams from Long Island's Youngs Farm. The 120-year-old orchard is revered among locals for its homemade pies, creates jams and preserves made from the same seasonal bounty. The selections include classic fruit jams like raspberry, peach......read more

Avatar as Environmental Radicalism

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Producer Harold Linde weighs in on the Hollywood-izing of the environmental movement.

James Cameron’s Avatar is without a doubt the most epic piece of environmental advocacy ever captured on celluloid, and it only very thinly veils its message which, on the heels of a failed Copenhagen summit, is more timely now than ever … Nature will always win. The film hits all the important environmental talking-points — virgin rain forests threatened by wanton exploitation, indigenous......read more

Don't Shoot The Messenger

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James Cameron's declaration of war on climate change has earned jeers from conservative observers. And he couldn't care less.

Saving the planet has never been such a thankless task. It began with the demonization of Al Gore, continued with the railroading of Van Jones, and now it’s trickled down to James Cameron, whose eco-minded Avatar is drawing the Right’s wrath. One pundit dismissed the film as “socialism-disguised-as-nonsense enviro stuff,” and in the same motion dismissed the whole green movement as......read more

SHFT Sampler 12-10-10

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Weekly links: James Bowthorpe rules, Barcelona looks nice from the air, Ford's electric van starts shipping, and more.

James Bowthorpe is bad ass. Last year, in a bid to raise awareness for Parkinson's, he rode his bike around the world in 174 days, setting a new world record. Earlier this fall, he built a boat from construction waste and rowed it down the Thames. Now he's doing the same thing on the Hudson River. Feel lazy now? Same. Read an interview with the man at Nowness. Everyone is going off......read more

Mogwai, "How to Be a Werewolf"

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Scottish rockers soundtrack James Bowthorpe's ride.

Weird that we missed this video when we mentioned superchamp cyclist James Bowthorpe the other day, 'cause goddamn is it good. The clip was pulled from Thirty Century Man, a film by UK director/photographer Antony Crook, who followed Bowthorpe to Norway to document his ride. Crook follows Bowthrope racing through the remote Norwegian countryside to the sounds of "How to Be a......read more

Hudson River Project

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An epic quest by James Bowthorpe to row the Hudson River from its source to NYC -- in a kayak made of recycled waste

Adventurer extraordinaire and record-setting cyclist James Bowthorpe is busy prepping for his next madcap quest: a journey down the 315-mile length of the Hudson River in a kayak made of NYC construction waste. "We see cities as something separate from the wilderness, but the former evolved from the latter," says Bowthorpe, who undertook a similar expedition down the Thames. "I’m......read more

James Reeve: Lightscapes

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Eye-catching images of the city by night

London-born, Marseille-based photographer James Reeve trips the light fantastic with his most recent collection of images, Lightscapes. Working under cloak of night, Reeve trains his camera on the lights of the city, removing everything but the speckled light patterns themselves. The effect is arresting, akin to the woozy feeling one gets when looking out the window of an airplane at......read more

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