#Discovered: Ethan Hawke’s ‘Boyhood’ Letter, HMV’s Mobile Move & More

|Brandon Carter

This week”s edition of #discovered happens to feature music prominently but has other practical applications, such as precise instructions on how to make your own flash slushie and… well that’s about it this time around. Thanks again to your #discovered contributors — you make the Internet a better place!

Without further adieu:

Ethan Hawke’s Fictional Letter to Boyhood Son

There’s a scene in Boyhood where Mason Sr. (played by Ethan Hawke) shares a mix CD called “The Black Album” with his son Mason Jr. for his birthday. It’s a double-disc best-of compilation of the all the Beatles’ solo work. Mason Sr. embarks on an impassioned monologue about why it’s so enlightening to “reunite” the Beatles in this way and listen to their solo work intermingled.

Hawke’s monologue has since continued online with the appearance of his in-character letter to Mason Jr., further detailing the importance of passing this music down to the next generation. Here it is in all its glory.

The Top 40 Bassists of All Time?

Photo: Getty

Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads & Tom Tom Club. Photo: Getty

Bassists. So often cast aside or exiled to a dark corner of the stage to flick their four-string in the least attention-getting way possible get their shine in NME’s crowd-sourced Top 40 list. Who did their readers miss? Who has been shockingly overlooked?

Can HMV Revolutionize the Music Retail Store?

HMV Ideal Concept Store


HMV is going mobile-first with its new concept store Ideal, set to launch in September. Find out how they plan to bring the online and offline worlds together with your smartphone and save the music retail business.

Tales From Madison Avenue: Saul Bass’s Pitch To AT&T on Switching to Its Iconic Logo

Gizmodo’s Alissa Walker unearths this great video of graphic design legend Saul Bass’s pitch to AT&T on their brand makeover in 1969. What’s particularly cool for budding content marketers is how compelling the content of the pitch is. At roughly 20 minutes in length, it’s basically a short film on how the world was changing — an especially resonant point to make in 1969. Take notes or just let it run in the background for extra inspiration at work today.

How to Make An Instant Slushie

Last but not least, a simple trick that will save you a trip to the local 7-Eleven on a hot summer day.

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Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter

Brandon Carter is a Content Specialist at Outbrain. He began his career as a staff journalist for the Maine weekly... Read more

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