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January 27, 2011

{      CrownDozen on Tumblr: Moving on...      }    

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Many loyal readers have asked why posting on CrownDozen has crawled to molasses-like speeds recently and while I can't nail it down to one or even a few specific things, I can say that personally it just wasn't fast enough anymore when I wanted to put something up.

To remedy this we first thought of moving CrownDozen to a few other content management systems, but none really seemed to work well enough for us. After a few re-envisionings failed the frustration settled in and we thus settled on, you guessed it, a Tumblr site - they just make it sooooo damn easy.

Our move to Tumblr is indeed temporary and will only be done while we begin a very real rebuilding and revamp of CrownDozen for the first time in SEVEN years, so that we may continue to keep you guys updated on all the things we love, only much more easily and thus much, much more often.

I must say that in an age where web design turns stale in nanoseconds, I still believe the design of CrownDozen stands up quite well today, and thus we're having a hard time moving all the posts to a new site. We're going to leave the "old" site as is for the time being, and while the CrownDozen.com URL will continue to direct you to the "old" site, most all new posts will appear at CrownDozen.tumblr.com for now (the RSS feed will now incorporate both sites).

So hook up a new bookmark, enjoy the new posts, and let us know if you have any questions or input! Keep in mind the new Tumblr site is indeed a work-in-progress, so be easy ;)

Thank you for reading and sticking with us at CrownDozen, it's just gonna get better!
   - GSB

By Garrett in Notice

January 17, 2011

{      "Dizzy" Lizzy Rachtman's Top 12 Metal Releases of 2010.      }    

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1. Krypts "Open the Crypt" (demo)
2. Agalloch "Marrow of the Spirit"
3. Howl "Full of Hell"
4. Alcest "Ecailles de Lune"
5. Kylesa "Spiral Shadow"
6. Ceremonial Execution "Death Shall Set us Free"
7. Consciousness Removal Project "Do You Ever Think It’s the End of the World?"
8. Melvins "The Bride Screamed Murder"
9. The Secret "Solve et Coagula"
10. Julie Christmas "The Bad Wife"
11. Unearthly Trance "V"
12. Kvelertak "Kvelertak"

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By Aaron in Music

October 19, 2010

{      Shobaleader One      }    

Check out this video for "Megazine", the lead single off the new nine-song mini-album from Tom Jenkinson a.k.a. Squarepusher's new side-project Shobaleader One. The story is that a group of undisclosed but supposedly big players got in touch with Jenkinson and wanted to create an actual band based on a past effort of his, 'Just A Souvenir', a concept album inspired by a "daydream about watching a crazy, beautiful rock band play an ultra-gig.". For more info read this Q & A with Tom on WARP.net.

Squarepusher presents Shobaleader One - Megazine (taken from d'Demonstrator) from Warp Records on Vimeo.

{      El Guincho "Bombay" (NSFW)      }    

I've been addicted to El Guincho's "Bombay" (from his new album "Pop Negro") for weeks and while the video is a bit old news by now, last night I was showing it to a friend and felt it necessary that I post it here for any others of you that may have missed it. While the video is very NSFW, it's also required viewing, so make it happen.

EL GUINCHO | Bombay from MGdM | Marc Gómez del Moral on Vimeo.

Download: El Guincho "Bombay" (Mediafire MP3)

July 15, 2010

{      Cut Copy "Where I'm Going"      }    

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WHOA. Not only did Cut Copy just, *SURPRISE*, drop a new song out of nowhere on their site for free, but it's like they decided to say "Hey, you know how it's summer and everyone is doing that synthy, lofi, but totally Beach-Boy-biting stuff? Let's show 'em how you make a glowing, hifi Beach Boys Summer jam to end all jams."

Success.

It's got shimmery Tanlines-ish sounds, Beach Boy "wooo-hooo-hooooo"'s and all the catchiness that's missing out of 80% of the songs in that little genre, filled with plenty of that trademark Cut Copy goodness and thrown in the air like a beach ball.

Sign up your email and download it for free at CutCopy.net. Like, now.

May 4, 2010

{      Parra x Madlib      }    

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Shit-hot shirt from Para for Stones Throw hot shit Madlib.

May 3, 2010

{      George Condo for Supreme      }    

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Whoa, you gotta check these new decks '80s NYC artist George Condo just designed for Supreme... Released in-store on May 6th.

- George Condo for Supreme (via mashKULTURE.net)

May 2, 2010

{      Oh Snap! Tees      }    

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Really loving the simple photo-based tees from Oh Snap! The tees all feature large, front-only prints of great shots by various photographers, dye-printed on slim-cut tees with a super-soft vintage feel, making them kinda perfect for summer days spent kicking around porches and yards in cutoffs and flip-flops...

Get 'em at OhSnapProject.com, and be sure to check out their photography blog while there as well, some really choice selections.

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- Buy these tees and more at OhSnapProject.com

{      Ratatat "Neckbrace" from 'LP4'      }    

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Kinda super-loving this new leak from Ratatat, their 'LP4', which was supposed to have been released after 'LP3' a few years back, but for some reason never was. It's a pretty straight-forward Ratatat record with a couple oddball tracks welcome-ly veering a bit left of their normal sound, nothing too new or wildly adventurious, but a very nice addition to the collection of we Ratatat fanatics. We're loving it thru and thru.

Enjoy my fave for the minute, 'Neckbrace' below...

- Ratatat "Neckbrace" (Mediafire MP3)

Okay, I can't help it, here's another, 'Bare Feast':

- Ratatat "Bare Feast" (Mediafire MP3)

April 22, 2010

{      The XX 'Islands' Video      }    

Simply Amazing video for The XX "Islands" (Mediafire MP3).

April 21, 2010

{      JanSport Heritage & Urban Framework Packs      }    

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Really loving these new limited lines from JanSport, a label I haven't thought twice about since High School. They've introduced the Heritage line, a modern and honest re-issue of JanSport original silhouettes from their '67 roots that reflect the outdoor functionality and aesthetics at the core of the brand, and the Urban Framework line which takes the classic stylings of their outdoor day and hiking packs from years past and updates them with contemporary designs, fabrics and features.

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The Heritage pieces all come in great bright Spring/Summer colors with JanSport woven labels, antique brass metal zippers, weathered Cordura and other classic touches, while the more modern Urban Framework series have been reinvented with modern details, materials and urban finesse, utilizing anodized aluminum frames, durable nylon ripstop, ballistic fabrics, zip pockets, leather accents, and all the comfort synonymous with JanSport.

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Check them all out under 'Limited Editions' on JanSport.com.

April 12, 2010

{      Health - 'We Are Water' video      }    

HEALTH "We are Water" from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.

You may have heard already today, but there's a new video for HEALTH's "We Are Water" off of their 2009 album 'Get Color' and it's directed by Eric Wareheim of Adult Swim's notriously hilarious Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!

So what does he do to get the laughs this time? Not. A. Damn. Thing. The video is straight horror, and it's wonderful. Gory, gory wonderful. Check it out above, and see more of Eric's videos after the jump...

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