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10 Best Songs About Bicycles

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A mixtape honoring our favorite form of transport.

Cycling and music are two things we couldn't live without. The others being eating and sleeping. So we're extra hyped that our friends at Flavorwire put together this mixtape of songs about biking, featuring two-wheeled anthems from Pink Floyd, TV On The Radio, Kraftwerk, and more. (But hey, where's "My White Bicycle" by Tomorrow? Classic bike-adelic rock!) Photo via The......read more

Q Speakers

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Sustainable stereo system handcrafted in New Zealand. $1,100.00

Q Speakers limited edition L series hits all the right notes for style, sound quality and sustainability. Made with FSC certified hardwoods, the all-in-one soundsystems deliver clear, 360 degree sound using 30% less energy than conventional speakers. The units are virtually plastic-free and come shipped in formaldehyde-free MDF boxes. As they say at Q Speakers, "Just because a product can be......read more

Lighten Up: Green Music Group

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Guster, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and The Roots jam to launch Green Music Group.

SHFT helped launch Green Music Group (GMG) in Hollywood on the night before the Grammys. Guster, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, and The Roots jammed together and kicked off the new initiative, which was born out of Reverb. Since 2004, Reverb has greened over 80 major music tours while conducting grassroots outreach to over 10 million music fans. They founded GMG to create an environmental......read more

The Balance

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Hypnotic CGI video envisions audio waves in space.

What if we could see sound? What would it look like? If this mesmerizing CGI video from motion design maestro Rimantas Lukavicius is any indication, then it looks like an outer space acid trip. A fascinating and hallucinatory short film from the talented Lithuanian animator. ...read more

Ghost in the Machine

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Erika Iris Simmons creates iconic music portraits from an almost-dead media — old cassette tapes.

Cool Hunting points us at some amazing pop music portraiture from Erika Iris Simmons, who creates intricate artwork out of recycled cassette tapes. Her "Ghost in the Machine" series, currently on view at the Peninsula School of Art in Winsconsin, pays tribute to music icons with astoundingly accurate images woven in cassette tape. See more from the series at the Atlanta-based......read more

Lighten Up: Gary Hirshberg of Stonyfield Farm

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A word from the man who supports green music tours and our partner in LIGHTEN UP.

Gary Hirshberg, CE-Yo of Stonyfield Farm and a former climatoligist, has long been an inspiration for us at SHFT. In addition to being a leader in the sustainable business community – showing other companies how sustainable practices not only help the environment, but also help the bottom line of the company – Gary shares the idea of spreading the eco message through cultural means......read more

SHFT at Wanderlust

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Co-founders Adrian and Peter talk SHFT at festival in Squaw Valley.

When we were asked to come up to the sustainably produced Wanderlust -- the unique combination music/yoga festival -- who were we to say no? It's in the Sierra mountains in a gorgeous setting with a four day roster that included Moby and The Brazilian Girls. We spoke about the SHFT mission and environmental messaging through new media at what they call their Speakeasy. Everything about......read more

Blackbird Blackbird "Blind"

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Blissed-out song gets purty visual treatment from Alan Jensen.

Is "chillwave" actually a thing? We hope not. But on the other hand, we're not mad at the hazy, daydreamy vibes that the awfully-named genre is marked by. If there is such a thing, then "Blind" by San Francisco's Blackbird Blackbird (formerly known as Bye Bye Blackbird), is in it. This lovely visual treatment, from Albuquerque filmmaker Alan Jensen, (who has also......read more

Into the Cosmos

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One for the vinyl heads.

A collaboration between director/animator Chopsy and Bristol beat maestro Architeq (Tirk Recordings), "Into the Cosmos" tells the story of old LPs that are mysteriously summoned to a warehouse from their forgotten homes in attics, shelves and garbage bins. The combo of stop-frame, pixelation, live action, and time lapse animation is smoothly outfitted with music and sound effects by......read more

A Classic Education, "Gone To Sea"

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Vintage visuals remixed by Jamie Harley.

Jamie Harley's found footage videos for up-and-coming bands are usually hazy, nostalgic affairs, and this one for “Gone to Sea," the first song off A Classic Education's Hey There Stranger EP, stays the course. The video combines the Italian band's heartmelting chamber pop with vintage visuals of kids frolicking in the South Pacific. The idyllic imagery, taken......read more

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