If you are a music fan, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “I’ve heard of it but haven't heard it.” Now that the internet is a thing (the internet is sticking around, right?), you probably hear it way more than you used to. Everyone knows a little bit about everything, even if they’ve never actually heard the thing in question. Musician/journalist Hank Shteamer took it upon himself to excavate the early catalog of Cleveland post-hardcore band Craw, a quietly influential group that somehow managed to do what is now almost impossible: be forgotten.Read more
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Welcome back to our approximately twice-fortnightly rundown of some of the lesser-known things that've been happening in and around our world. Right now it's serious summer vibes at Kickstarter HQ: the windows have recently been washed so the light is coming in all nice, and we swear we can smell a hint of sunscreen in the air. It's making us feel like we're finally alive, so in honor of that, here are this week’s highlights, broken down for the five senses:
Things to read, watch, play, and otherwise look at: Our favorite internet weirds McSweeney's launched their project. True to their wildly varied style, the project includes something for everyone — you can back for print goodies, swag, and emailables galore (shouts to the phrase "didge bund," which we sincerely hope will catch on in the digital fulfillment world).
You know who's universally beloved? Grandmas. This project is a webseries that features grandmas telling stories and sharing their recipes — and it's filmed by their grandchildren. (Also, it reminds us of old-school KS favorite Oma & Bella.)
And we have to mention Yooka-Laylee, because 3D buddy platformers are back, in a big way.
Things to feel: How could we make rolling up your pants legs in the springtime even better than it already is? Well, for starters, it would certainly help if our ankles were more colorful. Take a look at these socks from Bryt (especially if your name is Sam, Charlie, Jesse, Eden, Frankie, Natalie, Noah, James, or Poppy.) And if it's your circulation that's keeping you from enjoying funky sock designs, don't worry — the peeps at Top & Derby have your feet covered too. Next up: sandals.
Things to smell: Atelier des Martyrs is making scented candles happen in combinations like Lime Blossom Tarragon Petitgrain. And our old friends Commodity Perfume, which ran a Kickstarter project for their fragrance line in 2013, are launching a try-at-home service. It's pretty much Warby Parker for your nose. Well, we guess glasses sit on your nose too, so let's say it's the olfactory Warby Parker.
Things to listen to: Did you know there's never been a book that comprehensively covered and celebrated both the TV show and the music of the Partridge Family? Johnny Ray Miller wants to fix that. And if your tastes run less seventies soft-rock and more Cleveland post-hardcore, you'll be glad to know that music writer and all-around cool person Hank Shteamer is running a project to bring back three albums by the band Craw. We talked to Hank last year and you canread that too.
Things to taste: Do you love butter, but hate its container? This is the project for you — a Chapstick-like butter dispenser that keeps your hands grease-free. And if you live in Montclair, NJ, here's a lot of amazing-looking bread for you to liberally butter.
And finally, unless you're from the Lone Star State, you might not be familiar with kolaches. Well, if Chris Svetlik has anything to say about that, the good people of Washington DC will soon find out how great they are. But just for good measure, we also asked the resident Texan here at Kickstarter HQ for a one-sentence description. His reply? "Texan-Czech pigs in a blanket." That's one way to look at it.
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Kickstarter is now available for creators and backers across Germany — and we're sharing tips from some creators in Germany to celebrate!
Axel Pfaender ist der Projektgründer der Berlin Boombox, und vereint klassisches Boombox-Design mit neuester Technologie. Die Berlin Boombox — hergestellt aus recycelter Wellpappe, mit einem kinderleichten Aufbau — ist “ein Lautsprecher für alle,” kompatibel mit fast jedem Smartphone und MP3-Player.Read more