08/01/2014

The New Classic Playlist | Ledisko x Frank & Oak

Ledisko is just as capable of rocking a house party as he is to getting a large crowd in deep trance to his grooves. As label manger for Turbo Recordings, his understanding of the dance music game allows him to stay ahead of sonic trends and bring you the freshest tracks in contemporary dance music.

Tracklist:

Rio ft. Menehan Street Band (Nick Monaco Edit) - Theophilus London
Face to Face - Daft Punk
Heat Of Glass (Oliver & Thee Mike B Edit) - Blondie
I Got Love (Mat.Joe Edit) - Nate Dogg
Sugar & Cinnamon ft. Barry Drift (Justin Jay Remix) - Claude VonStroke
Pushing On - Oliver $, Jimi Jules
Take You There - Hot Natured
Achilles (Iron Galaxy Remix) - PBR Streetgang
Lonely (Crunchy Club Mix) - Spaventi Dazzurro
Follow The Step (Justin Martin Remix) - Rachel Row
Porchlight And Rocking Chairs (KiNK Remix) - Jimpster
Million - Danny Daze & Young Edits
Girl - Jamie XX

More Ledisko:
www.deejayledisko.com
@deejayledisko
www.twitter.com/deejayledisko
www.instagram.com/deejayledisko

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07/03/2014

The Sporting Issue Playlist | Woman’s Hour x Frank & Oak

Woman’s Hour are a four piece band based in London, formed in 2011. The band consists of siblings Fiona Jane (vocals) and William (guitar), along with Nick (bass) and Josh (keyboards). Their latest single ‘Her Ghost/I Need You’ is out now via Secretly Canadian.

Tracklist:
1. Chris Watson - Southern Right Whale Surfacing In The South Atlantic 
2. Oneohtrix Point Never - Cryo
3. Casino Music - The Beat Goes On
4. Holy Ghost! - It Must Be The Weather
5. Woman’s Hour - Her Ghost (FaltyDL remix) 
6. Gang Gang Dance - Mindkilla
7. Gardens & Villa - Colony Glen
8. Factory Floor - Work Out
9. Flying Lotus - RobertaFlack (Fet. Dolly) 
10.Fuck Buttons - Space Mountain
11. The War On Drugs - The Haunting Idle

Follow Woman’s Hour:
@womanshourband
www.womanshour.co.uk/
twitter.com/womanshourband
instagram.com/womanshourband

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06/06/2014

MUTEK 2014 Highlights

Another year, another successful MUTEK! This year Montreal’s biggest digital music and arts festival merged with the similar-but-even-less-commercial Elektra festival to form a temporary monolith of digital artiness called EM15. Read on for some of the things that made our hearts go pitter-patter at this year’s event.

EM15

Bigness!

MUTEK has grown over the years. Having two rooms each at the MAC (Contemporary Art Museum) and festival mainstay Metropolis helped spread people around a bit. Consequently there weren’t many uncomfortably-packed parties, which is a good thing. The notable exception was Sunday at the outdoors Piknic Electronik event, which drew a record-breaking, mind-numbing 9,000+ people, more than twice last year’s average.

Nicolas Jaar

Hubris unchecked or raw genius? Depends on who you talk to. But Nicolas Jaar's show at the MAC, consisting of himself on Ableton, plus a vocalist, a VJ, a contemporary dancer and a keyboardist with a full piano, was pretty unique – even by MUTEK standards. Recording samples live from a stack of vinyl into Ableton, he tweaked them to form a loop, then started adding drum elements while the others improvised their parts. It unfolded at a glacial, rather self-indulgent pace, but nonetheless had some pretty impressive moments at the peaks of the 10-30 minute pieces.

Tim Hecker’s Fog Works

An adopted Montrealer, Tim Hecker’s show was an exploration of both sonic texture and limited visibility: offputtingly fragrant fake fog filled the MAC’s dimly-lit BWR room while his trademark heavy ambient noise filled the auditorium. Although the music encouraged people to lie down on the carpeted floor, the heavy fog meant more than a few stepped-on fingers and kicked heads. Worth it, though.

Marc Houle

A very pleasant surprise for many, Marc Houle filled the Metropolis’ 2,000-person main room with straight-up fun party techno, tucked in between the similarly-dancefloor-oriented TM404 and Richie Hawtin.

Insider EM15 Favorites

I asked a few familiar faces about this year’s festival:

Jason Hopfner (aka Knowing Looks), who played the Metropolis on Saturday night, had this to say:

“At every MUTEK, without fail, there’s a performance that remaps how I think about music. This year Robert Henke’s Lumiere was the one the rewired my synapses. Besides the thrill of playing the Savoy Room on Saturday, the other shows that left an impression would be Tim Hecker, Shackleton, and Ernesto [Ferreyra] warming up for Piknic… an all repeat artists highlight list!”

When not busy being the editor of the highly-respected XLR8R magazine, Shawn Reynaldo runs the Icee Hot club night and record label from his home in San Francisco. I ambushed him with my recorder during Piknic and got the following:

“Ben Frost was probably my favourite; Shackleton; Iron Galaxy was good, they’re from here; Voices From The Lake was cool, I liked that.”

Patrick Meloche works in the booking team of Piknic Electronik. I spoke to him about his picks while the tough, UK-centric sounds of Pinch clattered away in the background:

“Well, Pinch, and I’m not saying that cause he’s playing right now on our stage. Pinch and Lee Bannon were definitely the two that I rocked out the most to. But I do have a bias toward dubby, bass-heavy stuff. And Tim Hecker  his thing on the opening night was fantastic. And Marc Houle… he’s been the biggest surprise. Space Dimension Controller’s free show was also very, very good.”

I also started to ask Jerome of local techno act The Gulf Stream what his standout acts were. We were joined by, of all people, his mother. When asked, she expressed a possibly ironic preference for the abrasive, low-fi sounds of Pinch.

Mother knows best!

The Sights and Sounds of MUTEK and EM15

Want to get a feel for the MUTEK experience? Here are tracks from a few of this year’s featured acts.

Ben Frost

 

Nicolas Jaar

Tim Hecker

 

Pinch

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06/02/2014

The Retreat Issue Playlist | Jay London x Frank & Oak

Here’s that young Jedi Jay London, a not-so-new-kid-on-the-block making waves at your local jam and international festivals alike. A graduate of Digital Recording Arts, and a mainstay at such renowned venues as Velvet Speakeasy, Stereo Bar, and countless other high profile establishments, the young sound master has honed his deep house fused with hip-hop sound to perfection. Jay London spends his time producing more sophisticated vibes in the mountains of Carpathia with no other company than a bunch of psychedelic bats hanging upside down from the ceiling.

Tracklist:

  • Adesse Versions - In The Dark
  • Malin Genie & Lazare Hoche - Pressure Baby
  • Paolo Rocco - Move Body, Move Forward
  • Fjaak - Mind Games
  • Lorca - Love Like This
  • Dan Ghenacia & Shonky - Close To The Edge
  • Cromie, Sage Caswell - Vines (Kyle Hall Remix)
  • Butch - Amnesia Haze
  • Sade - Nothing Can Come Between Us (Pomo Edit)
  • Physica - Just Decide
  • Daft Punk - Something About Us

Follow Jay London:
soundcloud.com/jaylondonmusic/
www.facebook.com/jaylondonmusic
www.twitter.com/jaylondonmusic
www.facebook.com/jaylondonmusic/info

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05/27/2014

What Not to Miss at MUTEK 2014

Kicking off its 15th year, Montreal’s MUTEK festival is well past its awkward adolescence. The annual celebration of all things arty, digital (and danceable) has established itself as an electronic music institution, with a sister event in Mexico and sporadic mini-festivals all over. 

EM15

MUTEK excels at bringing forward-thinking dance music into good venues with great sound and visuals. For 2014, MUTEK teamed up with its sister festival Elektra to curate a visual and auditory extravaganza dubbed EM15. Festivities get under way tonight, Tuesday, May 27, and continue around the clock until Sunday, June 1. 

Festivals Inside Festivals

Inside MUTEK there are several micro events, each with its own sound and personality. In a few broad, non-official generalizations, here’s what you’ll find in each series — from high digital art to dance parties.

Métropolis: This is MUTEK’s flagship night, for big headliners and unashamedly dancey beats.

Nocturne: The less dancey, more experimental sibling of the Métropolis parties, this year located in its new venue, Montreal’s Contemporary Art Museum (also known as the MAC). Expect cool things.

A/Visions: The bleeding edge of audio/visual performance. From film screenings to live bands and VJs, this is stuff you rarely see anywhere else, and the technical side is always flawless. 

Expérience: Get down at free events from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m., usually featuring the best local and Canadian talent.

Play: Similar to Expérience, but later at night and featuring more of a visual element.

Piknic: This is where MUTEK shows its “fun” side, with thousands partying in the open air. Usually there is a very big secret special guest.

Insiders’ Tips

We asked two artists and one festival regular what they were most excited about experiencing at this year’s MUTEK. Here’s the lowdown:

DJ Adam Hodgins, aka Iron Galaxy

I’m pretty lazy. Luckily a lot of the people I want to see are playing the same night as we are. First and foremost I’m excited to see Tom Trago play live. I DJed with him in Miami a during WMC and everything he played was amazing. I know he’s a bit of a gear hound, so I’m curious to see how he’s going to do that live. I saw Juju and Jordash last year and they were great. So I’m sure it’ll be even better to see them teamed up with Move D. Prison Garde is doing an afternoon session the same day as us, so hopefully we’ll get a chance to see him before doing soundcheck at Metropolis. I’ve been a fan of Donato Dozzy for a little while, so I’m hoping to make it to his Voices From The Lake project. If that doesn’t work, you’ll see us at Piknic watching him DJ for sure.

Iron Galaxy will be playing Métropolis 3 on Saturday, May 31st

Zach Koebler from Brooklyn group Archie Pelago

I am VERY excited about seeing Donato and Move D at Piknic. After going to the event last year, I know it is truly a special atmosphere and event and I am very psyched to be a part of the magic.

Archie Pelago will be playing on Friday, May 30th at the MAC. Check out their recent Boiler Room set below.

Andrea Ayotte of influential Toronto record label Basic Sounds

  • A/Visions 3 for Matt Thibideau and Markus Heckmann
  • Métropolis 2 for Voices From the Lake
  • A/Visions 4
  • Métropolis 3 for Magic Mountain High
  • Nocturne 4 for Segue and Fluxion
  • Piknic will be the best party with Donato Dozzy and Move D

In short, there’s something for everyone – provided you like arty, cutting-edge electronic music.

Playlists and Videos to Get You in the MUTEK Spirit

MUTEK’s playlist for Nocturne 3, with Iron Galaxy, Magic Mountain High, Tom Trago, Stefan Goldmann, and Ricardo Villalobos:

MUTEK’s playlist for Piknic Electronik, with Move D, Donato Dozzy and Harmonious Thelonious:

Archie Pelago’s Boiler Room set:

MUTEK’s playlist for Expérience 3, with Hooll, Savan and Prison Garde:

MUTEK’s playlist for Métropolis 2, with Neel’s Voices From the Lake, Audion and Max Cooper:

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05/26/2014

Mad Men Style: 1960-1969

As the first half of the last season of Mad Men has now come to a close (and we wait with baited breath for next year’s conclusion) let us go back to 1960 when fresh-faced Sterling Cooper was peddling Lucky Strikes, Eisenhauer was President, and men wore hats.

Read our Mad Men Style article on Oak Street. 

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05/23/2014

How to Barbecue a Meat Fest this Long Weekend

We begged. We cajoled. And Antoine, our digital marketing hero, dished up the goods: his remarkable tricks for cooking an entire side of beef on the barbecue. And while he was at it, he also threw a beer can chicken and spare ribs on the grill. Because barbecuing is magic.

Then we sat down to enjoy it all over dill pickle martinis and, of course, the hockey game. Below, we share how Antoine does it so you can barbecue your own meat fest at home.

Recipe for Côte de Boeuf (Side of Beef) on the Barbecue

Antoine begins with a classic recipe from culinary superstar, Stephen Raichlen. Don’t worry if you don’t read French, we’ve listed the ingredients below. For the process, we explain every step in detail below, with Antoine’s tweaks and tricks to make the meat even better.

Ingredients:

  • 1 side of beef, approximately 17 pounds
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 to 6 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp course sea salt

For the barbecue you’ll need:

  • Maplewood or applewood

Choosing the Meat

Antoine chooses aged meat. The side of beef he prefers is aged 40 days. Because of its ripe old age, the beef contains less water and therefore takes less time to cook. His butcher, below, recommends using the top half of the side of beef; the meat is more marbled, and therefore, more tender. The butcher removes the meat’s outer crust. Yes, it’s good that the side of beef is aged, but the outside is not good. However, do not trim the fat off the beef. We were quick to learn that fat is what makes this meal amazing.

Antoine chooses aged meat

Preparing the Meat

Back at home, Antoine rubs the beef with a little rock salt and then makes small cuts in the outside, every 1.5 inches. Into these cuts he inserts rosemary alternating with halved cloves of garlic. This, believe it or not, is all the spice you need. According to Antoine, the most important thing is how you cook the beef, not how you spice it. 

Tie it Up

It’s not always important to tie the beef. If your beef is not aged, it probably doesn’t need to be tied at all. Antoine does it anyway. All trussed and spiced, our side of beef is ready to barbecue.

Prepping the Barbecue

Maybe you thought the side of beef was the most important part of this whole process. So did we. Until we learned about the science of getting your barbecue temperature and smoke just right. 

Get your coals very very hot Then move them to the sides of the barbecue, as shown below. 

But wait, there’s more. Here’s how you add that sweet and smoky flavor to your beef: pre-soak applewood or maplewood in water, then set it on top of the coals, as Antoine is doing here.

Then Cook It

Close the lid and cook your beautiful cut of meat somewhere between 250 and 300 degrees Fahrenheit. The beef cooks for 15 minutes per pound. When it’s ready, the core of the side of beef will be 122 Fahrenheit. So yes, you will need a meat thermometer, and a good thermometer on your barbecue to get this beauty right. Remember to put a pan underneath your barbecue, as this meat will drip a lot of fat as it cooks.

Make Martinis

This is where you have a little intermission. We recommend making dirty dill pickle vodka martinis. But not so many martinis that you forget to make your side dishes. In our case, Antoine made roasted garlic mashed potatoes and green beans with vinaigrette to accompany the meat fest.

Sit Down to Enjoy

The end result: beef that is rare and caramelized, with a sweet and smoky flavor. All we can say is this meal produced a lot of endorphins, thanks to beef, beer can chicken, ribs, potatoes, martini and, of course, hockey. 

Post Script: What About the Ribs and Beer Can Chicken?

Naturally, the ribs and chicken were also amazing. While we won’t detail the entire process, we will pass on Antoine’s tips for each. 

Beer Can Chicken

Antoine begins with this recipe from Barbecue Bible, then changes the rub up to his own special combination: sea salt, smoked paprika and any random meat spice you have in your cupboard.

Barbecued Spare Ribs

Place the ribs in a slow cooker filled with your own special brand of barbecue sauce and cook them for a good six hours. Antoine’s recommendation: make a barbecue sauce from whatever is in the fridge: a combination of sweet (ketchup, jam) and spicy (sriracha, tabasco). The slow cooked ribs are ready when they start to pull away from the bone. Don’t overcook them! Then place the ribs briefly on a not-too-hot barbecue… just to sweeten and caramelize them before eating.

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05/21/2014

5 Ways To Tell It’s Time For A Bike Tune-Up

Getting your bike ready for the road? We asked our friends and neighbors at local Montreal bike shop Cycle Regis for a few quick tune-up tips. Here’s what to look for and what your local cycle repair shop can do to make your ride better.

Inspect Your Breaks

Brake pads need to be aligned with the aluminum railing on your wheels and have the right tension. Both can be adjusted with a simple screw. If the pads are aligned too high or low, you’ll have problems. When it comes to brake tension, you want to be able to feel the brake. Excessively tight brakes could cause you to flip over your handlebars.

Check Your Chain

The first thing a bike shop will check is the chain. If your chain is all right, the problem is likely elsewhere. A bike shop will have the right tools to measure how stretched your chain is and go from there. Normally, a Shimano chain is good for about 600 to 750 miles, maximum. If you don’t change your chain after that distance, it will wear out your cassette. It’s important to check your chain regularly, but replacements should only be necessary once a year.

The Derailleur

If your bike has sustained an impact on the side of the derailleur, the derailleur hanger may need to be readjusted. This can happen when your bike simply falls over, or if you aren’t careful while packing it in the back of the car. If you do have an impact on the derailleur, simply remove it. It’s usually the back derailleur that causes problems. Changing a derailleur costs only about $20 – much less than a new frame. Your local bike shop will run tests to align the derailleur hanger, ensuring that it’s completely aligned with the chain. 

Want to change your derailleur at home? You can, but you need to know what to look for. With some time and the right tools, it’s easy. Be careful however; sometimes the DIY approach can cause more problems than it solves.

Cable Corrosion?

Dirt and dust inside your brake cables can cause corrosion, leading to some pretty major problems. Get your cables replaced ASAP.

Wheels & Tires

All it takes is a small bump to knock a wheel out of whack. If your wheel wobbles when your bike is in motion, take it to a professional. Any bike shop can realign your wheels. As for the tires, the air pressure is written on the side of your tires. 100psi is usually a good average. 

Of course you can tune up your bike on your own at home. But if you are a novice, look for these signs and consider just taking it in to your local bike repair professional. They’re happy to help you.

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05/20/2014

The Discovery Issue Playlist Pt. II | WYLN X Frank & Oak 

WYLN is a Montreal based producer who has found his niche in the burgeoning Montreal beat scene. Taking cues from both local and international heavyweights, WYLN has built an organic and passionate fan base centred around keeping a steady stream of new music flowing to his fans and followers. His futuristic sound evokes an emotional pull as he delicately layers melodies and vocals that’ll tug on your heart strings.

Tracklist:

  • CRi - Oda (Wyln Edit)
  • Wyln- Changes
  • Endaf - Days Pass Me by ft Tim Walsh
  • PND - Persian Rugs (TNV Remix)
  • AObeats - Back 2 U
  • Falcons & Dj Hoodboi - Tick Tock
  • Mincha - Fairytales From Nowhere
  • Stwo - Anna (Dear Lola Live Edit)
  • 813 - Sunny Lemonade
  • Benzel - Fallin’ Love (Flossie Edit)
  • Wyln - Please U
  • Miguel - Sure Thing (Scientific Remix)
  • Lil Kim - Crush On You (AObeats & Brad Ford Remix)
  • Queen Sea Big Shark - Bling Bling Bling (Howie Lee Remix)
  • Mincha - Journey (Ghost Town Remix)
  • Phazz - I Feel You

Check out WYLN on Soundcloud: @wyln

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05/14/2014

Escape the Room: Not Your Typical Summer Getaway

Summer approaches. You feel like you might need to escape the city, to pile in the car with your friends, head off to the lake, and camp out under the stars. Sounds great, doesn’t it? You probably wouldn’t want to get a few friends together and pay someone to take away your cell phones and lock you in a room for a few hours… or would you?

Escape from the Moon Base

Escape the Room is a concept that’s been going on for a long time in video games and mystery novels. You and your friends are trapped in a room – whether it’s a dungeon or a garbage compactor – and you have to figure out how to escape before your time is up. 

A few years ago someone in Japan thought “why don’t we have this in real life?” and the Real Escape Game Company was founded. Essentially you and your friends are locked in puzzle room with no digital distractions for one hour. You need to solve the puzzle to escape. Don’t worry, if you don’t solve it, they still let you out – but you lose bragging rights.

The puzzles exist in many themes: from escaping a werewolf village, to a moon base, to a time travel lab… toward more classic tropes like a haunted house. You must join forces with your teammates to decipher clues, figure out mysterious objects, and unlock doors and secret compartments. Sometimes it’s just one room. Other times you have to marathon through a series of rooms to escape to your destination in time. 

The Escape Game

These puzzles are complicated and not always easy. Suggested group size is eight to 11 members for sufficient puzzling ability to be able to solve some of these classic conundrums. Statistics tell the rest of the story. Only about 25% of groups that participate are able to make it out of the final destination.

Pioneered in Japan, the Escape Room concept has only been in North America for about a year, popping up in larger and more adventurous cities such as San Francisco, New York, Vancouver and Toronto

So if the beach sounds like a drag, cue the Mission Impossible music, assemble your crack team of friends, and possibly go on a daring escape.

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05/09/2014

Summer Festivals Part 1: The Need for Old School Speed

Something comes alive in the summer: the sizzle of steak on the grill, the hiss of an opened beer, and a bevy of entertainment that winter and spring can’t always deliver on. Throughout the month we’ll be taking you on themed tours of some of the best festivals the North American summer has on offer. So take a sip on that sidecar, your first curated journey’s theme is fast and old-fashioned.

Run for Your Life: San Fermin in Nueva Orleans

El Encierro. Pamplona. The running of the bulls. Famous for its combination of red wine consumption and dangerous pursuit through city streets. Did you know that you can do the same here in North America, albeit with a NOLA twist? At San Fermin in Nueva Orleans the bulls are RollerBulls, played by New Orleans’ all-female flat-track derby team and other women from across the continent. That’s right: New Orleans is encouraging you to come to their city, drink too much, and be chased through the streets by a 400-strong rollergirl army dressed as bulls. Let us give you a minute. Have you bought your plane ticket yet? July 10 to 13, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana

San Fermin in Nueva Orleans by mags

Ride It: All-American Soapbox Derby World Championships

You’ve seen it in plenty of classic movies, but you’ve likely never been to Derby Downs in Akron to see the All-American Soapbox Derby World Championships. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can put together your own homemade ride and get in on what they call the greatest amateur racing event in the world. DIY spirit and amateur engineering collide with the childlike glee of flying down a hill in a device of your own design at breakneck speeds. July 20 to 26, 2014 in Akron, Ohio

Soapbox Derby by Victoria Pickering

Get Your Motor Running: The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Get ready for jeans, black leather and the non-stop roar of Harleys as half a million riders descend on this tiny prairie town. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has been a mecca of chrome and exhaust since nine members of the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club raced through town and started a tradition that continues today. Respect is given for the longest rides from out of town into the festival. August 4 to 10, 2014 in Sturgis, South Dakota

Sturgis by Jimmy Smith

Stay tuned for more round-ups in coming weeks, featuring the best festivals North America has to offer for music, food, and adventure.

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05/07/2014

Off to Camp: Four Old School Summer Camps for Big People

Maybe you heard rumors of old school summer camps for adults…. or you know someone who has actually been. It’s also entirely possible you’re feeling sentimental about childhood summers singing Kumbaya around the fire. This is not glamping. We’re talking about camps that bring you down to earth with dorms, mess halls and campfire circles. Yes, they really exist.

Below, our list of four cool summer camps for adults:

Camp Grounded

Ready to go back to the camp of your youth? Camp Grounded invites digital folk to “Disconnect to Reconnect” at a restored Scout camp located deep in the California Redwoods. And yes, campers must leave all their devices behind if they want to take part in activities such as archery, stargazing, smores… and sneaking out.

Camp Grounded

Camp Wandawega

It was a speakeasy during prohibition. It was also a Latvian church camp. Now it’s a kitschy and rustic escape for people like you and me (whatever that means). The folks behind Wisconsin-based Camp Wandawega proudly declare that their bath and guest rooms haven’t been updated in 86 years. Sadly, Wandawega doesn’t host its own annual summer camp. But you can get that vintage camp experience by renting a cabin, or by hunting down third party workshops and events hosted there.

Camp Wandawega Smore by Jodimichelle

Adult Space Academy

It’s never too late to become an astronaut – for a weekend. If you can get yourself to Huntsville Alabama’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center, you can join fellow space geeks at Adult Space Camp to play around in astronaut simulators, the 1/6 gravity chair, and the center’s Multi-Axis Trainer. Not for the weak of stomach. 

Wilderness Collective

Looking for a chance to live like a true manly man? Wilderness Collective takes adventure-hungry men off road to some of America’s most rugged and remote places to ride horses, motorbikes or snowmobiles. It’s not cheap, but it promises to connect you to your inner adrenaline fiend, while cultivating manly bonds with fellow adventurers.

Wilderness Collective

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05/05/2014

Steven Kotler on the Fine Art of Flow

If we were to tell you that you could experience a state where you will completely enjoy what you’re doing with an immersive sense of focus and total involvement in the process, would you want in? What if we told you this state applies equally to whatever you’re currently doing  be it your nine to five, cultivating relationships, or escaping to the woods for a weekend?

Read our Steven Kotler interview on Oak Street. 

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05/02/2014

Photo Essay: Bikes of Frank & Oak

In a city that is already bike-obsessed, the Frank & Oak crew may be in the highest percentile of cycling fanatics. This became particularly apparent when we asked: “What kind of bike do you have?” The answers we got were very, very detailed. Too detailed. Distilled, meet some of the bikes, and cyclists, of Frank & Oak. 

Bikes of Frank & Oak

Kevin: The Ranger, State Bicycle Co.

Kevin at Frank & Oak

Phil: Second Hand City Bike, Brand Unknown

Phil

Jeff: Le Montreal, Bassi Bikes

Le Montreal

JP: The Classic, Brick Lane Bikes, F&O Custom Build

The London

Antoine: Vintage Ascente Triathlon Frame, Random Parts

Antoine Ascente

Roger: Fuji Feather Fixed Gear Road Bike

Fuji Feather

Catherine: Vintage Peugeot Road Bike

Vintage Peugeot

Eric: Vintage Peugeot Road Bike

Vintage Peugeot

JS: (His other bike is a Trek Madone Road Bike)

Trek Madone

Isaac: Jake the Snake by Kona

Isaac and Bike

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