The Shout Out Louds, an indie band hailing from Stockholm, are releasing, “Blue Ice,” a track from their upcoming album, Optica, IN ICE. The 7” record is created in a mold, and can be played with any old record player. How is this possible outside of a Swedish ice hotel you ask? You can watch an explanatory video below.   The video has a slightly condescending, “this is what a record made of ice sounds like though you ... Read More
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is making history by opening Europe’s first feminist and gay-friendly mosque. This mosque, situated east of Paris, welcomes the LGBTQ community and encourages women to lead prayer. So-called “inclusive” mosques exist in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa; but this is a first for the European continent. In 2010, Zahed helped establish Homosexual Muslims of France, a society that seeks to defend LGBTQ rights. The association ... Read More
Four NYC indie rock darlings are coming together for Hurricane Sandy relief! A benefit concert on December 14th at Terminal 5 will donate all proceeds to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.  Sleigh Bells, a duo from Brooklyn, will be blowing out our eardrums with their heavy brand of noise pop.  They’ve now got two albums out and are working on a third with a possible release date in 2013.  With the release of their fourth ... Read More
    Employee of the Month, a podcast hosted by comedienne extraordinaire, Catie Lazarus, is having a Holiday Office Party show at UCB East and we want to be there—not only to hear her banter and possibly meet her dog, but because she is having a few very special guests.  Hari Kunzru, a renowned novelist (and free-thinking badass), can tell us about how he almost got arrested for fighting censorship.  Lazarus is also hosting the fiercely ... Read More
  Got beauty and brains? Want to keep it that way?  Belle Helmets’ gorgeous, hand-painted helmets are the perfect combination of style and utilitarianism.  Founded in Brooklyn by Danielle Baskin, this one-woman company offers beautiful and uniquely designed helmets. You can protect your noggin and make a statement as you ride!  Baskin’s designs go all across the board, so your head can sport anything from a pastoral scene to a ... Read More
Let’s face it: looking for unique gifts with a personal touch is difficult.  You can only say, “Special Someone, I saw this monochrome striped tie and thought of you!” so many times.  Thankfully, Eavesmade, a Brooklyn duo with a witty laser engraver, is here with a few gift ideas for the greatest brainiacs in your life.   The “Heroes of Science Love Notes” are hilarious. It doesn’t get much better than Alfred ... Read More
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