The Magic of Muscle Shoals

When you think of the music headquarters in the South, Nashville is sure to come to mind – but don’t think that’s the only place good music comes from! A quaint little area of North Alabama is home to FAME Studios, thought by many to serve as the center of jazz, and the focus of the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals: The Incredible True Story of a Small Town with a Big Sound.     With testimonials from icons like Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, and Alicia Keys (to name just a few), Muscle [... more]

Cuff ‘Em

Ever watched one of those commercials where elderly people are saved by wearing a necklace with an emergency alert button, and you thought, “That’s so ugly and ridiculous… but I kind of want one”? Now, thanks to Cuff’s wearable technology, you’re in luck . This startup company is seeking to create a line of fashionable and extremely wearable jewelry pieces designed to keep you safe in any situation. Basically, bracelets, necklaces, arm cuffs, etc., will have a Cuff technology button – programmed to connect to your iOS app and [... more]

Bravo for Bravado

James Nelson made it to the top five in the hot reality TV show Master Chef before being sent back home to Houston, Texas. But when he got home, it was a different kind of heat he was interested in: Bravado Spice Co. Unlike most hot sauces, Nelson claims to focus on raw flavor instead of just heat, featuring profiles like Ghost Pepper and Blueberry, Jalapeño and Green Apple, and Pineapple and Habanero. With multiple awards already behind their sauces, we think these sauces have an extra kick that’s well on its way to [... more]

Pry Open Awesome

We admit it: buying gifts for guys isn’t exactly easy. When women can rush out to the nearest boutique and come home with literal basketloads of gifts, we dudes find ourselves more often stuck with an ugly necktie. And that has to end, my friends. If you’re tired of finding the gifts you’ve given in Goodwill piles or crammed under the bed, then you should probably consider buying your next gift from Man Crates. They’re built with rough and rugged manliness practically bursting from the wooden crates they come in.   Man Crates each [... more]

Jumping the Shark… Or Dolphin

Have you ever wanted to fly like Superman? How about diving through the water like Aquaman? Well, while the magic cape is still out of our reach (for now), your man-child dreams of going all shark-like and zipping through the water really can come true. Designers at Innespace Productions have created the Seabreacher, a watercraft vessel that looks and handles like a shark or dolphin. It not only moves at breathtaking speeds across the water, but can also dive down into the water and come shooting back up [... more]

Brush and Rinse

Listen, guys: we know. When it comes to brushing your teeth, you want to simply stick your head upside down in the sink to get a rinse. And, depending on the sink, that’s not always possible. Most of the time, your head just won’t fit. So, you try the next best things: disposable cups, scooping water into your mouth, or using a glass that always takes up more counter space than you’d like (and we’ve all seen how gross that glass gets if you leave it out).Luckily for us, [... more]

A Toaster for Your iPhone

Never sure where your iPhone charger is because you constantly move it around the house? Then Foaster is for you. This sleek iPhone docking station resembles a toaster (you know, for bread?) and sits on your kitchen counter, perfectly positioned for meal-time charging. The Foaster fits iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C models, and can charge up to two iPhones at once. It’s also designed for easy one-handed docking and un-docking, leaving your other hand free for whatever — say, for eating a piece of actual toast. This amusing gadget began [... more]

Great Bear: Great Candles

If you’ve ever walked into a room and felt like you’ve been punched in the nose, then perhaps you understand the reasoning behind Jake Carnley’s subtly scented candles. Tired of the “highly scented room dominators” commonly found with mass producers, Carnley’s Great Bear Wax Co. prefers to take the small batch approach: every scent is carefully and repeatedly tested, perfecting a balance of notes that won’t assault the senses. Unlike the typical paraffin variety, each candle is made with locally-sourced, natural beeswax or American-grown soy wax. Fragrances like Tobacco Bay, Patchouli Jasmine, and [... more]

Musical Medicine

Nearly everyone has a personal connection to music, or loved ones with memory loss, or both. The stunning documentary, “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory,” tells the story of how music can inspire memory gain and restore spirits in the elderly community. Director Michael Rossato-Bennett follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights to demonstrate music’s powerful ability to connect with people and improve memory and lives more so than modern medicine has been able to do [... more]

Grilled to Perfection

If you’ve ever struggled with cooking meat on the grill, or just know someone who has (hey, Dad!), the iGrill2 is exactly the kind of gadget you need. This “rugged grilling thermometer” is designed to help you (or that “friend” of yours who is terrible at grilling) cook your meal to perfection. All you have to do is insert the thermometer’s probes; up to four different meats can be tracked at one time. The iGrill2 then syncs with a connected app on your smartphone so you can keep track of the [... more]

Six Pack That Lasts

Sure, you can use that cardboard six-pack holder when you pick out some craft beers at your local grocery. You can even use it as a sauce holder for the picnic table for summer barbecues. But after you have one or two, the rest just become trash. Or you could walk into your local craft beer store or brewery in style with this Walnut Spartan Carton leather six-pack holder that will last for years to come.   It is made to hold up to the elements and [... more]

In the Jungle

Long subway commutes and road trips can leave you searching for entertainment that you could easily carry with you. This has largely been taken care of by smartphone gaming apps, but oftentimes playing on a small, hard-to-control touch screen gets frustrating quickly. The Razer Junglecat ($100) phone case is designed to make the gaming experience on your phone a much more enjoyable and efficient one. The case is designed with a D-pad, ABXY action buttons and bumpers on a sliding gamepad case that is lightweight and ultra-slim, making [... more]

Men Have Skin Too

Men often overlook their bodies’ largest organ, their skin, thinking it may seem feminine to take care of it with lotions, balms and creams. However, since you’re going to be stuck in your skin just as long as any lady is, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start paying attention to it. Guys, let us introduce you to Ursa Major. The company’s line of skin care products, targeted specifically for men, provides a combination of all-natural ingredients coupled with a highly pleasurable experience for its users. [... more]

Slow Down. Pace Yourself.

You’re not going to slow down time, but you can slow down the way you look at it. The Slow Watch is a new approach to seeing time that lets you see the day as a whole, rather than split into two 12-hour shifts. The single hand rotates in a full circle only once every 24 hours. When you glance down you have a general idea of where you are in the day, instead of rushing through every moment. Of course, there are still deadlines, meetings and [... more]

Picture Books for Grown-Ups

If you’re tired of having friends over who automatically reach for their iPhones to scroll through Twitter and Instagram as soon as they hit your couch, then put one of these books from Assouline on your coffee table. These large, hardback books claim to be “The most sophisticated books in the world” and certainly cover a plethora of interesting subject matter. The books are heavily image driven and the majority of them center around the themes of art, fashion and design. This will allow you to express [... more]

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