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Film maker and animator Jonathan Chong (aka Dropbear) created a stop-motion music video for “Against the Grain” by Australian indie-folk band Hudson. Chong worked alone, arranging all the colored pencils himself while capturing the individual frames. As you’ll see in the time-lapse, there was no room for error while setting up and very meticulously moving the pencils. A single mistake, and he had to start all over again.

For the love of Legos...and each other. This is the story of Nealey and Walter’s engagement. Made by Firepit Pictures, it sure is one uniquely adorable proposal. 

Song - “Don’t Wait Too Long” by Madeleine Peyroux

Just when you thought Matthew McConaughey was all muscles and romantic comedies, he goes and makes a video for Butch Walker’s new single “Synthesizers”. In the video, McConaughey revives his infamous character David Wooderson, from 1993’s Dazed and Confused. The song comments on getting older and less hip, while also choosing not to chase trends to remain hip, as McConaughey roams a nightclub full of Snooki and LMFAO look-a-likes. 

We have the greatest customers on the planet! A very kind fan nominated us for a Shorty Award in Fashion, and we couldn’t be happier about it. The Shorty Awards honor the best in Social Media, and every year millions of people tweet their nominations for their favorite social media content creators. We'd love to join the ranks of past winners, like Conan O'Brien, Sesame Street's Grover, Suze Orman, Neil Patrick Harris and NASA. 

We'd like to introduce you to our friend Jerome Holloway, though some of you in the Midwest may already sing along to his every word, and swoon over his soulful modesty. He's become known as "the best dressed man in Chicago", and said to sound like Damien Rice meets Marvin Gaye. While shooting a video in LA, he invited us to the set where we enjoyed our very own private concert. Here's the premire of Jerome putting his own spin on Michael Jackson's "Dirty Diana".

Wrap your music with love this Valentine's Day! February 1st-14th, get HeartVest for iPod Touch in Pink or Red for only $14.99! It's just our little way of showing that we care. 

We know how difficult it can be to show that special someone just how much you care. That's why we created shareable Valentines, guaranteed to up your game. Click here to download. Then print, text, email, post, or Tweet away! 


Romance is in the air, can you feel it? Keep a song in your heart with 18 Plays: Love Songs 2012. Listen here

1 I Hear A Symphony - The Supremes

2 Since I Met You Baby - Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

3 I'm Gonna Love You Too - Buddy Holly

4 Hallelujah I Love Her So - Ray Charles

5 You Send Me - Sam Cooke

Love Locks are a recent tradition in Europe that has us weak in the knees. Starting in the early 2000s, lovers secure a padlock to a public structure to symbolize their everlasting love. Bridges are popular sites, as the keys are tossed into the water, sealing their emotional bond to a physical place.

Photographer Chris Eayers documented the romantic phenomenon, capturing every love lock on the Millennium Bridge in London on July 22, 2011. 

Photo Credit: Chris Eayers

Making wine is a rewarding process that doesn’t have to be hidden in somebody’s basement. Developed by Sabine Marcelis, “Housewine” celebrates the process of wine-making with streamlined appeal. Watch this home-brew instillation in action.