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One glaring absence on music streaming services has long been the Drag City catalog. Home to some of the smartest indie rock, folk and alt-country bands over the last 30 years, the label has finally struck a deal with Spotify, TIDAL, and Google Play to let the likes of Smog, Ty Segall, Bill Callahan and, our personal favorite, Silver Jews, be heard. The one exception? It seems Joanna Newsom, who has referred to Spotify as a “villainous cabal,” won’t be appearing on the newly public company’s platform anytime soon.
By his own account, Martin Frost “paints pictures that people can’t see.” A fore-edge painter, Frost constructs hidden worlds between the pages of books, revealed only to those who know where and how to look for them. The idea that such beautiful images could lay unknown to or undiscovered by a masterpiece’s owner is at once heartbreaking and delightful.
We don’t normally go in for augmented reality apps—the helpful functionality of Ikea’s aside—but Dumb Fun, designer Tim Moore’s collage-inspired iteration, found its way straight to our aesthete’s heart. While we’re not entirely sure what we’re supposed to be doing with it (yet!), looking at the world through Dumb Fun’s floral-filled lens just makes us happy. Plus, you can’t argue with a name like that.
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