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Music by Andrew Zuckerman

Music by Andrew Zuckerman

It took over four years to create the Discovery Channel miniseries “Life” in part because it had such an all-encompassing title.  If it was called “Animals Doing Stuff” it could have been shot in a week at the zoo.  Andrew Zuckerman has a knack for setting the bar high...

Squarespace Makes It Easy to Share Your Passion with the World

Squarespace Makes It Easy to Share Your Passion with the World

Make 2016 the year you finally turn that website idea into reality. Don’t worry, you don’t need coding classes or boring textbooks. Squarespace is the website publishing platform that allows anyone to easily create beautiful websites, blogs, portfolios, and e-commerce stores without touching a line of code. Not only that, you’ll get a personal domain and free hosting with every account, apps that allow you to monitor and update your site on the go, a free professional logo, and live support, 24/7. With Cover Pages, you can even create an easy to use single page website. Plus, as a Cool Material reader, you can save 10% off your first purchase with code COOLMATERIAL.

When Giants Walked the Earth

When Giants Walked the Earth

There’s a sort of mystique about Led Zeppelin that even other insanely huge bands do not have.  (Pink Floyd had it and Aerosmith kind of had it until Steven Tyler signed up for American Idol.)  A band could practice and practice, blowout speakers and shred guitar strings and ...

Pick Punch

Pick Punch

Every guy picks up a guitar for the first time with the sole purpose of getting girls.  It starts in a dorm room somewhere, as you awkwardly try to make your way through Stairway to Heaven, and, for those with enough determination, it ends on a huge stage with scores women waiti...

Life by Keith Richards

Life by Keith Richards

They say every wrinkle tells a story.  If that’s true, Life, the autobiography by Keith Richards, may just win The Pulitzer.  Few people could write a 500+ page life-story without sounding completely pompous, and even fewer could make that seem far too short.  But, Keith Ric...

Marky Ramone's Pasta Sauce - Really?

Marky Ramone's Pasta Sauce - Really?

The Ramones are one of the greatest bands of all time. VH1, Rolling Stone, Spin, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame may have taken a while to get on board, but even they agreed eventually. We love The Ramones, we really do. Which is why this is even harder to say. In the biggest ...

Listen to This: Seu Jorge & Almaz and Les Savy Fav

Listen to This: Seu Jorge & Almaz and Les Savy Fav

You may know singer Seu Jorge from Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” soundtrack, but there is still more you need to hear from this Brazillian born artist. On his latest album, Jorge joins three piece band Almaz to create a fantastic and soulful collection...

Or Glory: 21st Century Rockers

Or Glory: 21st Century Rockers

Before rockstars wore mascara and made their careers on American Idol, they wrote their own music and possessed an iconic style of tattoos, slicked hair, and well worn leather. These guys were the real deal: there were no Nickelbacks, no Jars of Clay, no Insane Clown Posse. Horst...

Springstreets Lyrical Map Poster

Springstreets Lyrical Map Poster

Mr. Bruce Spingsteen is known, amongst other things, for his evocative lyrics.  Well, some graphic designer--who must've listened to an absolute fuckload of Bruce's songs--has mapped out (literally) the places and names that his lyrics are famous for.  Pick up the  from all T...

Listen to This: The Arcade Fire & Menomena

Listen to This: The Arcade Fire & Menomena

The day has finally arrived, everyone. The Arcade Fire has finally released the long awaited album The Suburbs. To all of those loyal fans out there, you will not be disappointed with their slightly newer, powerful and almost swingy sound. This album may be one that you will be p...

Guitar Wall Light

Guitar Wall Light

Sometimes it's good to diversify your home furnishings from the traditional Ikea/Target gamut. A little decorating excitement doesn't have to come in the form of a stripper pole or a wet bar, though both of those in the right context (i.e., together) have their merits. No, we're ...

Fine Picks Guitar Picks

Fine Picks Guitar Picks

Guitar picks are like matchbooks. You get them for free out of a little bowl by the register. They do their job well enough, they're used up quickly, and discarded without a thought. The guitar picks from Fine Picks are a far cry from this: made from exotic tropical hardwoods wit...

326's Sound-Activated Drum Light

326's Sound-Activated Drum Light

Remember that gadget where you'd clap and the lights would turn on? Creatively named "The Clapper" (in retrospect, it sounds like an over-the-counter Chlamydia medication)? Yeah, those were lame. But this Drum Light from 326 isn't. It's a snare with a sound-activated light insi...

Listen to this: Big Boi & Wavves

Listen to this: Big Boi & Wavves

Outkast’s Big Boi finally stepped out on his own to show the world just how creative and genius he is (Anyone ever doubt about this? Probably not.) by going solo with new album Sir Luscious Left Foot The Son of Chico Dusty. With appearances from Gucci Mane, Jamie Foxx and Janel...