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How to Book National Park Tickets Through Their New Reservation System

In the midst of the pandemic, several National Parks across the US saw a record number of visitors. To comply with safety measures then (and now) some of the most popular—including Acadia, Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Yosemite—developed a ticketed system for day-use visitors. Reservations are either free or nominal ($2 to $6), but these passes are likely...

Cautious Clay: Karma & Friends

Cautious Clay (aka Joshua Karpeh) announces his debut LP, Deadpan Love, with a video for the single “Karma & Friends.” Beginning with strings and then swelling into a catchy R&B-influenced tune, it’s highlighted by a glitzy chorus and a rich, thumping instrumental that the artist also produced. In the Jason Lester-directed video, Karpeh signs...

Mushroom Multivitamin

Filled with bright blue beads (designed for maximum absorption) that have been naturally colored with cabbage, Mushroom Design’s daily multivitamin has been formulated to support rather than over-stimulate the body’s equilibrium. Nine mushrooms (Agarikon, Chaga, Cordyceps, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, Oyster, Reishi, Shitake and Turkey Tail) combine with nine...

Designer Dram Allows Drinkers to Develop Their Own Whiskey

A barrel-to-bottle experience results in an affordable bespoke tipple Private blending sessions wherein one leaves with their own bottled whiskey are rare and costly (sometimes $5,000 and up), but Designer Dram offers drinkers the opportunity to develop their own unique whiskey from barrel to bottle entirely online for $139. The process begins with...

Color Studies Notebook Set

Published by Artisan and based on antique prints from designer and decoupage artist John Derian’s archives, this Color Studies Notebook Set includes three booklets, each with uniquely enchanted front and back covers. Measuring 8.5 by 6 inches, the notebooks stow easily and contain 64 blank pages to stash recipes, ideas or scribbles. In addition to the...

Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence to Translate Whale Talk

To understand the “clicks” sperm whales make to talk (stringing together a series of statements called “codas”), researchers have launched a five-year-long quest called Protect CETI. It’ll be the most comprehensive attempt at interspecies communication ever, the team believes. CETI (Cetacean Translation Initiative) begins with the capturing and cataloging...

Mopiano: With U

Stockholm-based singer/songwriter Mopiano debuts his single “With U” ahead of an EP on Majestic Casual Records. Cinematic, emotional and tinged with electronic elements, the song comes along with a video directed by Jean-Luc Mwepu. The film portrays an instance of betrayal, emphasizing Mopiano’s intimate lyrics. Pan African Music premiered the release,...

Spanish Chef Ángel León Wants Us To View The Sea as a Garden

Known in Spain as “el chef del mar” or “the chef of the sea,” Ángel León had encountered the seagrass known as Zostera marina countless times during his life, but in 2017 (the same year he won his third Michelin star at his restaurant, Aponiente), he decided to look at how it could be used in the culinary world. Perhaps unsurprisingly, he found that...

Premiere: “Donna Marijuana” by UNI

Charlotte Kemp Muhl directs a music video of mind-bending moments and a retro-futuristic performance From NYC-based glam rock trio Uni (aka Charlotte Kemp Muhl, David Strange and Jack James) comes “Donna Marijuana,” a dazzling track that’s dressed to dance in psychedelic swirls, out now on Chimera Music. To accompany the surreal energy of the single, Kemp...

Gift Guide: 420 Happens Twice a Day

From tinctures to topicals, pre-rolls, pipes, suppositories and snacks—some of our favorite cannabis products There’s no one-size-fits-all gift when it comes to marijuana, and the industry keeps evolving to offer more and more ways to reap the benefits of the cannabis flower. So whether you smoke it, drink it or bathe in it, we have rounded up some...

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