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IT'S been a year since the launch of the Twitter-backed short-video service Vine. A lot has changed in that time: Vine use has exploded and changes have been made to apps like Instragram in an attempt to jump on the video bandwagon. Initially, when the app first launched, some users may not have been sure why short videos would be appealing, but creative and innovative clips gained traction early on and demonstrated the viability of Vine. Users have embraced Vine's short, looping videos and a growing number of brands are looking at incorporating more visual storytelling into their social-media campaigns.

This compilation of some of the most popular Vine clips of the past year should give you a good idea of some of the trends on the video-sharing service.



EVERYONE likes to think they are in the know or getting something special, whether it's some complicated, off-menu drink order or an extra big burger concoction that combines a couple of your favorites. #HacktheMenu is your source for secret ordering ideas from some of the biggest chain restaurants around, including Five Guys, Starbucks and Subway.

Opening the door to the secret menu community that exists on the web, #HacktheMenu lets users share information and find out about items that aren't promoted through companies' official marketing.


MP3 of the Week: Animal Teeth -- Circles

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IF you missed Winnipeg indie rockers Animal Teeth's Me & You, released over the summer, music blog has offered up a preview of a couple of tracks from the six-song album. Available on Bandcamp as a name-your-price download, Me & You is the band's second release. Animal Teeth recently opened up for Montreal's the Luyas.


Video of the Week: Sofy Major -- Buckets, Curtains & More Noise

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Sofy Major

SET to record an album in New York and head out on their first tour of the United States, France's Sofy Major could have never predicted the ordeal they would have to contend with in the fall of 2012. Just as the band was getting ready in the studio, the Big Apple was hit by Hurricane Sandy. The studio they were recording and staying in was flooded and the band members had to scramble to deal with the impact of the massive storm system that paralyzed the city.

Buckets, Curtains & More Noise is an amazing short documentary about Sofy Major's experiences during Hurricane Sandy and the group's perseverance in the face of adversity. The documentary shows how the music community came together to help the band and ensure their trip wasn't a total disaster.

You don't need to be a fan of heavy, uncompromising music or Sofy Major to enjoy this doc, which is more about resiliency, community and helping each other out than it is about music.


Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 30, 2014 C15


Updated on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 8:46 AM CST: Adds links, adds video

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