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Young Farmers: Mitch

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With his gardening business thriving, Mitch discusses what planting means to him

In this episode of Young Farmers, we visit with young gardening enthusiast and erstwhile SHFT contributor Mitchell Flexo, whose experience in college ignited his eco ideals, not to mention his curiosity about growing food. With no childhood planting experience, Mitch was left to his own devices in transforming his yard into a garden. Now, he has his own little gardening business, helping......read more

Young Farmers: Edgar

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A young Angeleno transforms his passion for plants into a job

For our final episode of Young Farmers, allow us to introduce you to Edgar, a young Angeleno who extended his passion for plants into a job that's as rewarding as any we've ever heard of: converting empty lots into community gardens. Edgar, we learn, is a man who was born to plant; when  his mom was pregnant with him, she craved eating dirt. Yes, dirt. And so Edgar's fate was sealed. Now,......read more

HWKN's Pollution-Fighting Architecture Coming to MoMA PS1

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"Wendy," a massive, spiky installation that eats smog, wins the museum's 2012 Young Architects Award

The winning entry of this year's coveted Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1 is a massive, bright blue installation that absorbs air pollution. Dubbed "Wendy" by architects HWKN (HollwichKushner), the 5,000 square foot structure will sit in the MoMA PS1 courtyard during the museum's Warm Up summer music series.  The star-shaped structure combines common materials (scaffolding) with......read more

Hy-Fi by The Living

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Organic tower made from agricultural waste wins MoMA PS1 competition

Each summer, an up-an-coming architect is given the chance to transform the outdoor courtyard at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. This year it's David Benjamin's firm The Living, which was selected as the winner of the 15th annual Young Architects Program in New York. The Living's concept is called Hy-Fi, a circular tower of organic bricks made from corn stalks and living root structures.......read more

Young Galaxy, "Blown Minded"

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Gorgeous animation by Carine Khalife

Montreal filmmaker Carine Khalifé was enlisted to direct a video for Young Galaxy's "Blown Minded" single off of Shapeshifting, and she took it to whole other level. The animation employed some truly unique techniques. We'll let her explain:  “Basically, my technique was to paint on a piece of glass fixed to a light box. I would paint on the glass with oil so that it......read more

Young Galaxy, "Phantoms"

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Ghost-themed vid offers up some seasonally appropriate spookiness

Just in time for Halloween, Montreal band Young Galaxy release this new vid for "Phantoms" off their latest LP, Shapeshifting. The clip fregoes the animated approach in favor of a live action tale involving two ghosts (of the bedsheet variety) haunting a forest and generally acting goth'y. Hazy lighting and spectral cinematography give this one a strange and spooky vibe. ...read more

Young Galaxy "Hard To Tell"

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Pretty hand-painted animation by artist Carine Khalife

Moody Montreal indie pop act Young Galaxy have shared a new video for "Hard To Tell," the latest single off of their 2013 LP, Ultramarine. The band enlisted friend and artist Carine Khalifé (who worked with the band previously on their "Blown Minded" video) to create a storybook animation using painted brushstrokes. The animation feautures a parade of animals marching through the forest in......read more

Young Galaxy "Fever"

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Montreal band unveils the seventh and final video from 'Ultramarine'

Hot on the heels of their video release for "Hard To Tell," Montreal-via-Vancouver band Young Galaxy has shared a new animated clip for "Fever"--the seventh and final video from 2013's excellent Ultramarine LP. It's a mercurial track, and Toronto filmmakers Christopher Mills and Gaëlle Legrand of Number Four Films match the audio moodiness with some glum, psychedelic imagery. The animation,......read more

Purity Ring, "Fineshrine"

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Weirdly beautiful video directed by Young Replicant

The wait is almost over for the release of Purity Ring's debut LP, Shrines, due out July 24th on legendary avant-pop label 4AD. In advance of the release, the Canadian duo just dropped this video for "Fineshrine," the best song we've heard off the album. Directed by Young Replicant, the video presents a scene involving an injured patient, a gorgeous girl, and some scissors, before descending into......read more

The xx, "Chained"

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Water-drenched video directed by Young Replicant

Minimalist gloom-pop trio The xx have dropped a new video for "Chained," a shadowy standout off of their sophomore release Coexist. The clip, directed by Young Replicant (the team behind the video for Purity Ring's "Fineshine") finds singer/guitarist Romy Madley-Croft submerged breathless underwater. Singer/bassist Oliver Sim dives in after her in ultra slow motion, and the pair eventually make......read more

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