Cassette tapes may be a long lost format, but Altar Furniture, a Budapest based luxury furniture company, manufactures funky fresh coffee tables modeled after our beloved cassette tape. So for those of us who no longer have cassette tapes to enjoy these ‘Great Tape Coffee Tables’ offer a decorative slice of nostalgia inspired by classic albums, legendary demos and mix tapes. Designed and built by hand, these unique tables can also come with conversion kits for the purpose of switching things up between coffee table, dining table and desk.
Check out a few of the unique designs below.
Iconic Soul Men was created to celebrate the work and impact of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and Marvin Gaye. These five legendary soul singers and the music they created has stood the test of time generation after generation. Their style and creative vision has become a blueprint for soul music makers today.
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This priceless piece of history is the 1968 30-minute BBC documentary that follows the legendary jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins during his self-imposed hiatus from the music business and playing live clubs.
At the time Sonny Rollins was frustrated and very vocal about club conditions for all jazz musicians. He felt (for good reason) that the lifestyle that clubs promoted allowing the use of alcohol, drugs and smoking were not healthy for musicians and loud, disruptive talking was not conducive to the over all jazz atmosphere. He wanted better for himself and his colleagues. The footage captures Rollins instead opting to play his horn on the Williamsburg Bridge and in wooded areas. He speaks very passionately about his disapproval of seedy club conditions which happen to still be valid today for a lot of musicians.
Always nice to revisit this fantastic 1997 Stevie Wonder documentary that takes a look back at the making of Songs In The Key Of Life, one of the greatest albums in popular music history. Released in 1976, Songs in the Key of Life became among the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of Stevie’s career. The full length documentary below features Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy, Dorothy Ashby and more.
Vinyl Is Everything….. Literally! Lovers of vinyl records and fashion eyewear can now have the best of both worlds. Tipton Eyeworks, a Budapest-based brand constructs Vinylize eyewear, fashion frames made out of old vinyl records. The frames made for men and women range in styles from conservative fashion friendly to chic fashion forward. Whatever your style is or whatever fashion statement you wish to make Vinylize has a perfectly, well crafted frame for you. Prices start at about $400 USD. And if that’s not enough Vinylize also makes eyewear cases made out of 7″ vinyl singles with a sewn on zipper to completely satisfy your vinyl record eyewear fetish.
Take a look at the video below and check out how these awesome frames are constructed out of vinyl records.
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. In his compelling new film TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, the film is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few. However, these world-famous figures take a backseat to the diverse array of backup singers whose lives and stories take center stage in the film. TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM stars singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Judith Hill, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer and Tata Vega.
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