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DIVERSIONS: APRIL 4th, 2014

From new Johnny Cash to The Chaos Company, this week’s Diversions + Tunes has it all.



1. STRAIGHT CASH: In honor of Johnny Cash's posthumous album release (this week), a revisit to 1970s Cash coverage. / PlayboySFW



2. BEER ART: Milton Glaser of I ♥ NY fame tackles modern beer labels. / NYT



American Road Trip Mixtape

A chosen life on the road, Brendan Leonard has formed a way of life all his own.



It’s been almost three years. Three years since Brendan Leonard (of semi-rad) has had an address, owned a bed, or paid rent. Three years since he broke up with his girlfriend and took to the road. Unsure of life’s next step, he kept driving—the national parks and rest stops of western United States, his new home. A journey so enjoyed it has yet to end. 



When our friend, Whitney, sent word of his adventure, an introduction was in order. We recently caught up with Brendan to discuss his travels and his book, The New American Road Trip Mixtape.



Weekend Edition: Hot Days (and Nights)

We’re days away from sand between the toes. Stock the wardrobe now, the sun is rising.



The sun is rising and soon (very soon) the park days, beach weekends and late night bonfires will start filling in the calendar. With spring now sprung, the new looks of the season are on their way. Be ready to greet the sun (sun salutations all around!) in style.



We've compiled what may be the perfect day—a beach (or poolside) assembly of gear for a spring day, and a classy collection of apparel for the evening activities. One word of caution: don't forget the sunblock (or to re-apply), with these wares the only thing keeping you from looking your best will be that early-season lobster tan.



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4,000 Miles To The Arctic

A few plans, a few supplies, and miles to go. Three friends take their bikes northward.



In early 2013, I decided to leave my job and home in favor of adventure and the unknown. I didn't have anything particular in mind, but I'd really wanted to do a substantial motorcycle trip for a while. My buddy Matt Lief Anderson—living a similar vagabond lifestyle at the time—was a bit more seasoned on a bike than myself, so I got in touch. 



I mentioned that if he ever wanted to take some sort of trip on, we ought to make it happen. He responded saying he always wanted to ride to Alaska, and before I knew it, we bought bikes, some camping gear, and were on our way north.



WEEKLY POCKET DUMP: 2014.04.02

An Orient Mako, New Wave Leatherman, and Hero3 are kings of this dump.



Drop what your carrying, organize it into right angles, zoom out, snap a pic, and share. That's your Pocket Dump. Every week, we'll curate a selection of the best EDC pocket dumps from our friends at Everyday Carry



There's a few links to our favorite products in the dump, and then a link to see the whole lineup. Enjoy, and carry on.



There's Beer in the Cellar

Bourbon-barrel aged and Citra hopped—this is brewer’s beer for the people.



On a long Tuesday, our editorial team took a short walk around the block. Behind some repurposed crate work, a hullabaloo was astir in an easily overlooked space. We stopped under the small, black circular sign hanging over the door. It read: Cellarmaker.



A tasting flight of beers later, we were convinced: more “research” needed to be done. A week from that date, Connor Casey, co-founder of Cellarmaker, walked us through a tour of the premises—a repurposed auto body shop turned brewmaster’s paradise. We’d unearthed a gem, one block away.



The Mid-Century Designers

Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t the only one—five MCM designers you should know.



Mid-Century Modern design stands as one of the crowning achievements of American architecture and design (alongside art deco). Whereas the great works of art deco tend to be large-scale projects like the Chrysler Building and the Louisiana State Capitol, Mid-Century Modern is known for more modest achievements, such as furniture or the classic Mid-Century Modern ranch home.



Clean, sharp and classic, Mid-Century Modern never really went out of style, but in recent years it has enjoyed a renewed interest. As with all things retro, Mad Men probably primed the pump, but Mid-Century Modern architecture and design doesn't need a TV show to pique attention. Here's a Cliff Notes guide to the classic designers that made the post-war era look so stylish.



Shelter: Tracuit Mountain Hut

The Swiss Alpine Club’s hut catches eyes, but what’s most memorable is the view.



The Swiss Alpine Club operates 152 huts, offering climbers, hikers, families, and all altitude well-adjusted people some 9,200 beds. All huts are in the Alps, and lodging rates vary between $25 and $45. The Tracuit Mountain Hut is at an altitude of 3,256 meters. Up there she's a gorgeous glistening piece of steel.



The hut was designed by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes, it has 116 beds, a warm wood interior and stainless steel cladding on the outer facade. Solar panels collect power from the sun, and the remaining steel reflects the jagged snow and rock cliffs of the Valaisan Alps.



January in Japan

Scott Gold went to Japan and made a video. Then, it went viral. We catch up.



Just before his birthday this past January, California-based photographer and director Scott Gold and his wife decided on a last-minute trip—Japan. Gold has a tradition of recording a video for every trip they go on, and this one would be no different. When I came across his resulting video, “January in Japan,” I was awestruck.



The jaw-dropping scenes that Gold managed to capture and seamlessly fuse together (in crisp HD, no less) are a sight to behold (below). Scenes range from the packed urban areas of Tokyo, to sumo stadium wrestling matches, to falling snow melting in hot springs a bullet train-ride away.



You Should Know Bradford Washburn

Ansel Adams described him as a “roving genius of mind and mountains.”



Bradford Washburn is a relative unknown, but for no good reason we can find. He's a pioneer in exploration, mountaineering, landscape photography, and cartography, and his illustrious contributions to outdoor pursuits not only exemplified his love for exploration, but the study, understanding, and dissemination of its attributes.



Elevating the allure of our nation’s landscape, he provided the groundwork (maps, accents, and information) for future explorers—and yet his contributions still remain relatively unspoken.



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