I sincerely hope this is a joke. A bluetooth enabled salt shaker that plays music plus you can use it for mood lighting. Again – I sincerely hope this is a joke. A California-based “lifestyle” company called Herb & Body (apparently without a website) wants to finance the insane product through Indiegogo crowdfunding platform from June 15 on.

Some googling dug up an old PR document from 2015 which describes the same product from the same company but with some more sane (not by much) specs. It was supposed to be the worlds first digital salt dispenser. It was supposed to help consumers measure, track and control their salt consumption. A couple of years later they apparently decided to up the ante with a speaker and some LEDs.

Coming soon. Price tag as well.

via: Food & Wine

We thought vinyl records were dead at one point and boy were we wrong. A Lithuanian company called BrainMonk is apparently betting on the same thing happening with audio cassettes. They might be on to something, since according to Billboard cassette album sales in the United States increased by 74% in 2016.  Wow is all I can say to that. I sincerely doubt it but you can’t really argue with the design concept of Elbow – it looks great and even kind of cool.

Elbow Cassette Player

I’d buy it. I don’t know what I’d use it for since most of my cassette collection is likely ripe for trash right now. But I’d buy it.

via: Ško Ro

You probably know the no-brand design of Muji and you probably know that the products it makes come in all varieties and sizes. From stationary and clothes to kitchen appliances and at one point even a car. Well you can now add a prefabricated house to that list. True to form the Muji Hut is both minimal and stylish and can be yours for a mere €25,000 complete with construction at the location of your choosing. That is of course as long as you live in Japan. Bummer.

P.S.: Not really sure what the toilet situation is. It looks like you’re going to have to put the hut near some bushes…

via: SoraNews24

Need some coffee? I doubt this will help you quench your thirst, but it’s oddly soothing to watch. Finnish family owned company Paulig has been roasting coffee since 1876, so they know what they’re doing. They’ve teamed up with filmmaker Lucas Zanotto to create this mesmerizing clip. You won’t be able to stop watching it. Too bad we can’t actually taste it as well.

via: the awesomer

Deranged seems to be the common adjective when writing about the Dead Pretties. You be the judge. What seems clear though is that the London band who released their debut single just a couple of months ago are destined for bigger things.

Dead Pretties – Social Experiment (single, 2017)

Oh yeah! Just to explain: Checklist is our new weekly showcase of new music. We’re going to be doing this every Friday morning, so if you’re up for some great new music, tune in!

Heidi visited the Vienna based New Sound Festival for the first time this year. Since it’s been going strong for the last two years we thought it a safe bet. Plus the ever energizing White Miles were playing!

White Miles

The festival is held every year in March at the Ottakringer Brewery, an amazing and pretty much perfect venue. The highlight of the evening was (besides the already mentioned Tirolean rock duo White Miles) the performance of Joan As Police Woman and Benjamin Lazar Davis. Check them out – they just released an album called Let It Be You – you won’t be disappointed.

Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis

An already great evening was made even better when we discovered the food trucks in front. All I’m gonna say is: if you find yourself in Vienna hungry, find the Pastrami Baby guys. I promise, you won’t regret it.

Pastramy Baby food truck