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Crystal Stilts "Star Crawl"

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Nature meets psychedelia in new video for Brooklyn post-punkers

Crystal Stilts have shared a tripped-out video for "Star Crawl" from their latest full-length, Nature Noir. In the clip, director Daniel Fetherston catches images of nature up the Hudson River and warps them in hallucinogenic hues. It's a fitting look for the track, which sticks to the Stilts' hypnotic, downcast psych-garage sound. Watch above. Nature Noir is out now via Sacred Bones....read more

Bamboo Paper Straws by Kikkerland

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Hosting a party? Liven up the table with these biodegradable straws $6.00

We've made no secret of our love for Kikkerland, whose cleverly designed things have gotten plenty of shine in the SHFT Shop. And now we have another Kikkerland creation in the form of these paper straws, a perfectly sustainable alternative to common plastic straws. Made using wax-coated paper, the straws feature a lovely bamboo pattern printed using soy-based inks. When you're finished using......read more

Reclaimed Wood Docking Station

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This raw-edged slab of cherry wood is a rustic dock for iPhone and iPad $178.00

The intersection of shiny new tech and raw, natural materials is a happy place for us, and this iPhone/iPad docking station by Canadian Etsy seller Living Wood Design resides comfortably in that zone. Hand-carved from reclaimed black cherry wood, the dual dock features raw living edges for that added rustic look. With enough space to rest your iPad either vertically or horizontally and still......read more

360 Lamp by Bongo Design

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Lovely lighting design features energy-efficient LED bulb paired with raw pine wood shade $360.00

Here's an excellent, minimalist desk lamp we spotted over at Inhabitat. Created by Polish designer Magdalena Chojnacka, who operates under the Bongo Design moniker, the 360 Lamp merges an energy-efficient 10W LED bulb with an unfinished pine wood shade and an smart cantilevered stand that allows the light to rotate a full 360 degrees. The design is topped off with a textile-covered cord that......read more

Roost Hardwood Coasters

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Raw, handcrafted wooden coasters for that rootsy design vibe $10.00

If you're looking for the perfect coaster for classic drinks, here's the one. These rustic coasters are handcrafted in San Francisco from raw hardwood. With a shallow rim to keep drinks in place, Roost Hardwood Coasters feature a gorgeous grain that provides a nice accent against tables and glasses of all shapes and kinds. Measures approximately 4" across. Each piece is one-of-a-kind. Available......read more

Overhaul of Clean Energy Tax Credits Proposed

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Senate Finance Committee proposal draws split reaction from wind, solar industry groups

The Senate Finance Committee proposed on Wednesday an overhaul of clean energy tax credits, many of them set to expire at the end of the year. The draft, presented by Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), calls for simplifying and extending the messy patchwork of incentives while cutting their $150 billion price tag over the next decade by more than half. The plan would create two broader......read more

Beam End Table by Environment

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A beautifully rustic, two-drawer end table made from reclaimed Peroba Rosa wood $995.00

Our eco-minded Los Angeles compatriots at Environment Furniture score another home furnishing win with the Beam End Table, inspired by the rugged beauty of exposed ceiling beams. Made from reclaimed planks of Peroba Rosa wood, the piece features two drawers with touch latch doors to keep bedside clutter in order (or at least out of sight). Dimensions: 17.5" height x 24" length x 18" depth...read more

Baggu Leather Drawstring Purse

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Stylish summer bucket bag made in New York City from veggie-tanned leather $140.00

Since its founding in 2007, Baggu has become the most well-known name in reusable bags. Now the company is venturing beyond nylon grocery bags and into other carry goods made from vegetable-tanned leather. Included among the wares are leather versions of the classic Baggu bag, leather pouches made from waste scraps, and this simple and elegant drawstring purse described as "the perfect bucket......read more

Jack White, "Sittin' on Top of the World"

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Detroit rocker plays some raw blues piano in this clip from 'It Might Get Loud'

"Technology is a big destroyer of emotion and truth," says Jack White at the start of this clip from Davis Guggenheim's 2008 documentary It Might Get Loud. The doc explores the history of the electric guitar through the eyes of White and fellow guitar legends, Jimmy Page and The Edge. In the clip, White and a fedora-clad kid portraying his earlier self cruise through the countryside in......read more

We Cut Corners "Pirate's Life"

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Brilliant hand drawn animation by Kijek/Adamski

Here's a newish animated video for "Pirate's Life" by We Cut Corners from Polish directing duo Katarzyna Kijek and Przemys┼éaw Adamski, who created the entire thing by hand using markers on paper. They say the process was "As simple as it gets," but it doesn't look remotely simple to us. They also made this making-of video, which is pretty funny.    ...read more

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