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Lake Cushman

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A group of Seattle friends take a misty trip to Washington's Olympic Peninsula

Filmmaking buddies Caleb & Shawn share a passion for the good ol' outdoors, and it shines through in the videos they make of their hiking, canoeing, and snowshoeing excursions. Their latest clip finds them in Lake Cushman, on the southeast border of Washington's Olympic National Park, a tranquil slice of wilderness just a two hour drive from Seattle where the pair live. The clip features......read more

Field Bed by Scout Seattle

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Organic denim and Japanese chambray combine in one wonderfully nostalgic camping bed $487.00

Upstart outdoors brand Scout Seattle brings style and beauty to the generally performance-oriented camping gear market. The Field Bed is a nice example of the company's approach. Harkening sleeping bags of yore, the Field Bed features an exterior made of organic selvedge denim, a comfy interior made of Japanese chambray, and Climashield APEX insulation in between. When rolled, a handsome leather......read more

Sonic Bloom: Solar-Powered Flower Sculptures in Seattle

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Dan Corson's interactive art installation showcases renewable energy tech

"Sonic Bloom" by Seattle artist Dan Corson is an interactive, solar-powered art installation recently erected outside the Pacific Science Center in the Emerald City. The work, commissioned by the Pacific Science Center with support from Seattle City Light’s Green Up Program, features five giant solar flowers that absorb the sun’s energy during the day and illuminate at night via......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

The Moondoggies "Empress of the North"

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Animation by Seattle artist Drew Christie.

The Moondoggies didn't have to look far to find someone suitable to make a video for their latest single, "Empress of the North." Fellow Seattleite Drew Christie's masterfully-crafted, old-timey animation suits the Moondoggies' rootsy Americana sound perfectly. For more Christie, check out his blog Democracy for the Cartoons. The Moondoggies new record, Tidelands, is out......read more

Telekinesis "Dirty Thing"

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Lovely tour vid for Seattle indie popsters.

Okay, so tour videos are a dime a dozen these days, but this one seems special. For starters, the Spencer Gentz-directed joint for "Dirty Thing" by Seattle's Telekinesis is just plain lovely. Marking the beginning of the band's fall tour and the release of their new EP, Parallel Seismic Conspiracies, the vid makes touring with frontman Michael Lerner look like big, nerdy fun.......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

Nich Hance McElroy: The Great Divide

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Seattle photographer shoots nature at its most unforgiving

Thanks to an introduction last year from 01, we've been keeping an eye on the photographic work of Nich Hance McElroy for a while. Judging from his Flickr-folio, the Seattle-based photographer regularly ventures into the great outdoors to capture shots of wilderness at its most sublime -- and unforgiving.  This selection, from his latest series entitled "The Great Divide," looks to......read more

Laurel Schultz: Arboreality

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Seattle artist shoots from trees' points of view

Is there anyone among us that hasn't imagined what life would be like as a tree? Didn't think so. In Arboreality, Seattle photographer Laurel Schultz gets us a little closer to the feeling. By climbing into the canopy to click off shots, Schultz gives us a new perspective on these living beings we often don't notice, inviting us to bridge the gap between nature and culture by imagining......read more

Second Wind

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In Seattle, a green business finds new life in downed trees.

Earlier this week, The New York Times business section featured a story on Meyer Wells, a small Seattle company that makes high end, custom furniture from urban trees downed by development, disease or storms. Started four years ago, the company has succeeded in the face of a recessionary economy, with sales pushing $1 million. “I really believe a designer can make better choices, and that can......read more

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