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he popularity of marijuana edibles has been one of the big surprises of the seismic culture shift we are undergoing around weed. Maybe it’s because of the increasing social disdain around smoking anything, or maybe it’s part of that whole foodie thing, but edibles are big business. In Colorado alone, more than 5 million edible marijuana products were sold (and presumably......read more

The pope’s climate encyclical is scheduled to drop June 18. Just in time for summer beach reading! I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, in neighborhoods filled with what felt like a United Nations of Catholics (Polish, Ukrainian, Irish, Chaldean, Greek, among others). I was impressed both at how my neighbors loved the pope — but also with how they deftly worked around those aspects......read more

Ghostpoet "Cold Win"

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UK beatsmith shares beautifully shot new video

"Cold Win," the second single from Ghostpoet's sophomore album Some Say I So I Say Light, has a new video courtesy of director Cyrille De Vignemont. The French director outfits the somber, cinematic track with some mysterious visuals that find Ghostpoet (aka Obaro Ejimiwe) himself inside a car that appears to be underwater. Then, during the chorus, we are treated with sweeping landscape shots......read more

Murray Carter, Master Bladesmith

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The 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith tells his story in a great short video by Cineastas

Born in eastern Canada, Murray Carter traveled to Japan at the age of 18, a move that changed his life forever. There, a chance encounter at a knife shop led to a six-year apprenticeship with a Master Bladesmith. After a six-year tutelage, he became the 17th generation Yoshimoto bladesmith. Today, after more than 25 years learning the craft, he runs Carter Cutlery on the outskirts of......read more

Lucid Stead by Phillip K. Smith

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Artist transforms Joshua Tree homesteader shack into luminous installation

On California artist Phillip K Smith III's five-acre property in Joshua Tree, there sits an old homesteader's cabin, a plain Jane structure with a history that dates back seventy years. For "Lucid Stead," a week-long project in October, Smith added a new chapter to the cabin's history, transforming the building's exterior into a large-scale light installation. By day, the shack’s......read more

Middleton Made Knives

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Artfully-crafted chef's knives, handmade in South Carolina by bladesmith Quentin Middleton $240.00

Master Blandesmith Quentin Middleton, the man behind the expertly crafted Middleton Made Knives, owes a weird debt of gratitude to Arnold Schwarzenegger, since it was the Governator's 1982 pulp classic Conan the Barbarian that inspired a young Quentin to get into bladesmithing in the first place. Well thank you, Arnie, because these are among the finest kitchen tools we've......read more

Christopher Smith, "Gently Gently"

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Splendid snow globe animation by Vancouver's Salazar collective

With much of the country caught in the midst of a summer heat wave, it's a good time to post this snowy, year-old video for "Gently Gently," a winsome track from Vancouver singer-songwriter Christopher Smith. The snow globe-esque animation was made by Salazar, a film collective with a bunch of stunning videos under its belt. Check out these making-of pics too. Cool. ...read more

Dream Landscapes by Samantha Keely Smith

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Shadowy, mystical paintings that play at the edge of abstraction

We don't feature a lot of painting on SHFT. There's no explicit reason for that, maybe it relates to the fact that photography shows actual stuff happening in the real world, whereas painting happens in a studio. In any case, every once in a while we come across brushwork that's too good not to post. Here would be such an occasion. British-born, NYC-based artist Samantha Keely Smith creates......read more

Ben Howard, "Old Pine"

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Mickey Smith-directed video provides lovely backdrop to Ben Howard's rustic folk.

23 Ben Howard's brand of gorgeous, stripped-down folk has people drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez. None of which are off base. Howard, who grew up on the rugged shores of western England, makes nostalgic, rustic music that conjures memories of crackling campfires. Take "Old Pine," for example. The title track off his upcoming debut EP......read more

Jeremy Messersmith, "A Girl, A Boy, and a Graveyard"

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More paper animation niceness from Eric Power.

We've made no secret that we're big fans of Eric Power's paper animations around here. This video, one of two Power has made for Minnesota's Jeremy Messersmith, has a spooky shadow puppet aesthetic that was inspired by Little Red Riding Hood. Power worked with silhouettes for a pared-down look. "Shadow animation helped me achieve my yearly goal of working with paper in......read more

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