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Neptune Norte: A LEED Platinum Beach Residence in Encinitas

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Green features abound in this five-bedroom, ocean view dream home

In the market for a beach house? Got green ideals and a few million to spare? If so, then we've found your dream home. It's in Encinitas, California, and it hits all the right notes (save for affordability). Called Neptune Norte, the 5,000+ square foot residence was designed and built by brothers Jeff Adams of Wave Crest and Steve Adams of Adams Design Associates, who managed to land the house......read more

Ban the Bag

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Happy Earth Day! No better time to voice your support for banning plastic bags in California.

California, stand up! The first organized attempt at a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags may have faltered, but the fight rages on. Emboldened by several successful local actions boycotting wasteful plastic shopping bags, Californians are urging Governor Jerry Brown to make a move.  Plastic pollution harms wildlife, threatens public health, and hinders the economy. It's......read more

Nada Bike

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Worthy venture rides for a bold goal - getting one million people out of cars and onto bikes.

Here's a cool project from the forward thinkers at Project M. For a meagre $100, Nada Bike sends you membership card in the form of an unpainted, bare-bones track bike frame. Then you dress it up however you see fit. Nada's goal is to empower people to reconsider urban transportation and shift to more sustainable ways of getting around. It's also an online community - the social......read more

Siska "Unconditional Rebel" Video

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A mesmerizing music video shot in a single five-second take using a slow-mo camera

Slow motion cameras like the Phantom Flex 4K have allowed a new generation of filmmakers to capture footage in creative new ways. This video for Siska's "Unconditional Rebel" is perfect proof. Shot at 1000 frames per second in a single take from a car traveling 50 km/h, the video takes us on a surreal three-and-a-half minute journey that, in fact, took only five seconds to shoot.  From......read more

Single Origin Chocolate Box by Askinosie

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Taste your way around the world of chocolate $28.00

Finding the perfect chocolate bar can be difficult, and yes, we have the tough task at SHFT of tasting lots of organic fair trade chocolate bars.  At Askinosie, each direct trade, craft chocolate bar is handmade in Springfield, MO from the bean and contains only 3 ingredients: cocoa beans, cocoa butter (pressed in the factory) and organic cane sugar. Not only can each chocolate bar be traced......read more

The Dumplings "Technicolor Yawn" Video

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Polish electropop duo release surreal clip for upbeat new single

One of the infinite reasons to love the internet is the way it can expose us to awesome stuff we would otherwise never know about. Like this video from upstart Polish band The Dumplings, which we discovered via Vimeo Staff Picks, and which would have never hit any American eyeballs were it not for the wonders of the web. The "Technicolor Yawn" clip was crafted by fellow Pole director and motion......read more

Alice Boman "What"

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Video for haunting new single stars Swedish chanteuse and her pet lab walking a deserted beach

If the hauntingly beautiful "What" is any indication, Swedish singer Alice Boman is one to watch. With glistening vocals set atop a delicate piano line, the song exudes pure, unadultered melancholy. The Fader-premiered video stars Boman and her pet labrador, who adds a minor dose of cheer to the sense of isolation. Directed by Studio Pop, the clip shows the pair walking along a deserted......read more

Single Blade Knife by Scout Seattle

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Top quality, US-made pocket knife in bone and stainless steel $98.00

Scout Seattle is our go-to label for carefully considered, expertly crafted outdoors goods. Founded by Ben Masters, the company makes a small array of products, using a deliberate design process that focuses on a single piece at a time. This Single Blade Lock-back Knife is another fine example of Masters' straightforward, pragmatic approach to product design. Featuring a bone handle......read more

Two Sunsets "Katy Komatsu"

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New single from the Liverpool-based dream-pop duo gets a fittingly fuzzy video

Two Sunsets, aka UK duo Phillip Bridges and Sean Butler, have just released a hazy, catchy new single, "Katy Komatsu," on The Great Pop Supplement. Produced by Pete Kember (aka Sonic Boom), the track is full of the laser-drenched, washed-out pop hallmarks that defined the sound of his old band, Spacemen 3. This layered, hazy video provides some suitable visuals for the sound. Have a look/listen,......read more

Moderat "Bad Kingdom"

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Modeselektor/Apparat hybrid act release animated video for new single

Moderat, the partner act combining Berlin music veterans Modeselektor and  Apparat, has a new video for Moderat II single "Bad Kingdom," a stylish animated clip by Pfadfinderei. The animation features a series of line drawings, tracking a member of the English aristocracy as he ascends from ambitious young man to ruthless ruler. Moderat's sophomore album, Moderat II, is available......read more

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