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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

SHFT Sampler 7-28-10

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Your weekly assemblage of links from around the web.

A wind power mega-project -- the largest in the country -- breaks ground in the Mojave Desert. The VeGZAtarian: Eater interviews Wu Tang's lyrical genius and resident raw food guru. In Fast Company, a great slideshow of EV chargers of the future may have been published just a little too soon. The small print: At a mere 220 square feet, the L41 is a subcompact home with a tiny footprint. ......read more

Is Lyfe Kitchen the Sustainable McDonald's?

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Former Golden Arches execs look to bring health to fast food

The big dude with the tattoos and a bad case of five o’clock shadow served up a plate of roasted kabocha squash, organic brussels sprouts, and free-range chicken breast. None of this would have been worth noting had the dish been just another locavore delicacy, prepared by just another hipster chef, during just another lunch hour here among the food-obsessed in Palo Alto,......read more

An Uncommon Place

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Supernatural landscape photos by Reuben Wu

Photographer/director/musician/Renaissance man Reuben Wu returns to SHFT [previously] with another selection of dreamy landscape images captured on his travels around the globe. The British artist, now based in Chicago, regularly finds himself on the road, whether on photo commissions or doing gigs with his band, Ladytron. He still finds time to pursue personal projects like An Uncommon Place, a......read more

Fighting for the Soul of Climate Finance

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Rich countries have a moral obligation to help the deveolping world pay to mitigate climate change, writes ActionAid's Brandon Wu

Brandon Wu of ActionAid USA for The Huffington Post: As UN climate talks kick off in Poland this week, arguments about money are likely to take center stage. That's nothing new, as the annual conference enters its nineteenth year. But this year's twist to a familiar tale -- concerns about a lack of money to assist developing countries in dealing with the climate crisis -- is a strategic shift by......read more

Unearthly Landscape Photos by Reuben Wu

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Liverpool photographer highlights hidden and forgotten places

Synth-pop fans might be familiar with Reuben Wu as a founding member of Ladytron, the Liverpudlian electro band named after the classic Roxy Music song. It turns out that Wu is also an accomplished photographer, with a defined aesthetic that could only be described as surreal. His work as a touring musician has afforded him access to places in the world that most of us will never see.  Wu......read more

Ars Natura: The Light of Life

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Karl Burkart delves into the new masterwork by motion graphics wunderkind Daihei Shibata.

‘The Light of Life’Life is transparent, warm and swirls randomly like a soft light. And it constantly changes...Life illuminates itself and then it begins to illuminates a new life.A sprouted mass of innumerable lights become a flow before long, and then become the part of the life-throb of ages. That ties life, this moment now. The poetic words and the even more poetic imagery of the young......read more

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