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February 28, 2004;/h3>

{     12 Favorite Live Albums     }    

01. Jimi Hendrix Experience / At Monterey
02. KISS / Alive!
03. Any Throbbing Gristle performance
04. Doors / Alive She Cried
05. Skinny Puppy / Ain't It Dead Yet
06. Johnny Cash / Folsom Prison
07. Shadow Project / In Turned Out '93
08. Cream / Live Cream
09. Black Sabbath / Live at Last
10. Butthole Surfers / Blind Eye Sees All
11. Misfits / Evillive
12. Little Feat / Waiting for Columbus
13. Ministry / In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up

Art

February 26, 2004;/h3>

{     PUTA Magazine     }    

Yes, PUTA is the Spanish word for "whore," but it is also the acronym for "Put Up Truant Art," which is exactly what this theme-based art magazine does. The double meaning comes from the idea that in our world we must all compromise our ideas and their subsequent fruits, so that commercialism may come into play and the work fit in with the common taste. In other words, we have to be art whores. Naughty, naughty indeed. Well, PUTA gives it's contributers, some famous and some not-so-famous-at-all, the freedom to express themselves however they see fit, so long as their efforts in some way tie in with the central theme designated for that issue, and are of course uncompromised.

     » PUTA Online

Interviews

{     Interview : Lance Sells     }    

We recently had the chance to bounce a few questions off a mister Lance Sells, ex-professional comic drawer-guy, now fine artist and designer extraordinare. Sells is best known online for the work at NormalNatural.net, the online sketchbook and portfolio of sorts that he maintains in his spare time. There you will find his extremely unique and thoroughly intriguing fine art, as well as a right ton of his, dare I say, more traditional comic drawings. Once I broke myself away from his site, I shot Lance some questions and then proceeded to chew on some graph paper and nervously mold my gummy eraser, hoping to get back some answers that weren't as twisted and dark as his pencil work. Read on to find out what I found in my inbox...

Music

February 25, 2004;/h3>

{     Powerslaves - an Electro Tribute to Iron Maiden     }    

Cleopatra records completely ruined one of the things that I used to completely love about music, that being one band's songs being covered by another band that has a sound completely opposite the original. You know, Minor Threat doing Monkees and so forth. Cleopatra seemingly released one cover album a week for about two years, being sure that everyone got to hear what it sounded like when some band called Pissing Shattered Glass or whatever did their earth-shattering rendition of the Beach Boys' Good Vibrations. Still, there have been a few things that have managed to side-step that stink-foot in the past few years, like my beloved Hayseed Dixie treatment of my even more beloved AC/DC, and the latest disc to slip through the noose: Powerslaves - an Electro Tribute to Iron Maiden. If you know what electro is, and you know who Iron Maiden is, then you know what this disc sounds like, no explaning needed. If you like those two ingredients, then you will like this CD, 'nuff said.

     » Buy it...

Electronics & Gadgets

{     'Trip the Light Fantastic' from Pimp Watches     }    

This watch, called 'Trip the Light Fantastic' and made by Pimp Watches in Japan, functions by displaying the time using a complex display of 72 LEDs in three colors. The little dots light up in patterns that somehow allow you to read the time in a relatively easily manner. Admittedly it is not as simple to quickly glance at your wrist and know that you're going to miss your cousin on Judge Judy, but you'll look ice cold figuring it out. The lights are bright, the styling is on some retro James Bond shit, and this piece is extremely rare. It has all the normal tricks, as well as putting on a random mini light show every minute. Very few are available, yet they're still priced nice at around $130 when available, unlike right now. Don't worry though if you can't get one now, Pimp already has the next model coming out soon, with all-new colors and another all-new way to tell the time.

     » Pimp Watches
     » Buy it exclusively at Tokyo Flash

Art

February 23, 2004;/h3>

{     Sin In Linen "Joi de Viv"     }    

Recalling the retro nostalgia of the 50's-era pin-up girl, Sandy Glaze and the gang at Sin In Linen have cooked up something hot, and invite you to "Try something new in bed!" Their first linen set, "Joi de Viv", sports the delicous pin-up art of Peter Driben, printed onto 100% cotton sateen, 230 thread count. These colors don't run, and I don't just mean these sheets are Made in America- "Viv" is an 11-color print, and practically comes to life upon the soft and comforting fabric! (insert live studio audience "oooh"s and "aaahhh"s here)

     » Visit Sin in Linen and buy your sheet set today!

Twelves

February 22, 2004;/h3>

{     12 Hip-Hop Classics that Sample the Same Damn Song     }    

(James Brown's Funky Drummer Edition)

Born Killer Scarface
Fight the Power Public Enemy
Fuck the Police NWA
Give the Drummer Some Ultramagnetic MCs
Its a Demo Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
Jackin For Beats Ice Cube
Momma Said Knock You Out LL Cool J
Oodles of O's De La Soul
Original Gangster Ice T
Run's House RUN DMC
Self-Destruction Stop the Violence
Shadrach Beastie Boys

By Eric in Twelves
Twelves

February 20, 2004;/h3>

{     My Favorite Japanese Gum, Candy and Beverage Names     }    

1. Pocari Sweat (beverage)
2. Whiteen (gum)
3. Creamy Ball (chocolate)
4. Calpis (beverage)
5. Juicy Melon (gum)
6. Dew-Dew (candy)
7. Collon (chocolate)
8. Post Water (beverage)
9. Nicodass (gum)
10. Jiwa Jiwa (candy)
11. Trickle (gum)
12. Milky (candy)

Film & TV

{     Good Eats     }    

If you've seen ads for the program you may be aware that it is being promoted as a "cooking show for men." This may actually be a fairly apt description, though I might prefer the term "thinking man's cooking show," but then again I like to use "thinking man's" as an adjective so liberally that some of the magic may have worn off by now like so much hastily applied and cheaply produced gold leaf. The show is (probably) more likely to appeal to men than similar shows not because host Alton Brown presents recipes for traditionally male fare (think deep-fried, think steak) but because he "looks under the hood" at what makes food work.

     » Recipes and show schedule at foodnetwork.com

     » Buy it...

Film & TV

February 19, 2004;/h3>

{     Danger: Diabolik     }    

Somewhere between campy and cool, between hero and villian, between Connery's Bond and Adam West's Batman lives a man named Diabolik. Italian schlock-horror maestro Mario Bava brought this character to startling life in his 1968 film Danger: Diablolik. Equal parts comic book and pulp novel, the film oozes with color and style, boasting an absolutely devastating psycho-pop soundtrack composed by Ennio Morricone (who scored The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.) A flop at the box office, Danger: Diabolik has never really gotten it's due. Underappreciated does not begin to describe it- this film has suffered distribution problems, a retooling of the soundtrack which substitutes bland spy jazz for Morricone's moody themes, and little hope of new life in the dvd format, among other trials and tribulations.

     » Buy it...

Music

{     Electrelane "the power out"     }    

Electrelane, the all girl foursome from Brighton, England, has recently released their second full-length album titled the power out. On this new work, you'll hear at least four different languages, and an array of spacey, swirling, hauntingly beautiful melodies combined with a gritty rock style producing lush sounds that remain true and simple. Each song is quite different from the next. The quartet employs guitars, tweaky electronics, drums (though mostly snare), lots of keys and even some sax to create the follow-up to their debut Rock It To The Moon.

     » Electralane on toopure.com

     » Buy it...

Clothing

February 18, 2004;/h3>

{     Stolen Shirts     }    

The word is already on the street, but just in case you don't already know, Thomas Brodahl of Surfstation ( link ) fame and Xtrapop ( link ) notoriety has released Season 3 of his Stolen Shirts series. Flaunting six new shirts for the dudes, but nuttin' fresh for the chicks, our man TB has taken the testosterone road this time 'round. How so you ask? Dude is selling a muscle-t. As in no sleeves. In black. As in metal as fuck. The rest of the shirts are all great and stuff, which is totally fine and I would love to have each one, but sleeveless?!?! Nobody does sleeveless!

     » visit Stolen

Interviews

{     Interview : Crownfarmer     }    

Since the year 2000, Bob Kronbauer has been pulling the reigns at a suave little company he calls Crownfarmer, successfully cultivating a clothing brand known for being one of the most fresh labels any hip young thing could wear. Having a very tongue-in-cheek take on design, Bob makes clothing with simple uplifting messages and triple-take vibes, where no matter what 'season' you buy from, it always feels like Spring.

Recently, somewhere between working at the Girl Skateboards Art Dump, pimping his Crownfarmer swag, editing Crailtap.com, taking photos, and riding in vans with his famous skate buddies, Bob managed to find some time to answer a few questions we threw at him. The guy has a lot stashed up his sleeves and has some giant ideas, so read on....

Web

{     Cosplay.com     }    

They aren't overweight nerds in Klingon headgear. They aren't desperate geeks trying to secure the attention of anyone who will look. They aren't "recreationists" lost in the past or some imagined future. Most of the kids featured at cosplay.com defy every tradition of sci-fi fantasy costuming, while doing it better than anyone ever has before. They are the future of fashion, the future of fetish and they are smart as hell. Costume play, or cosplay for short, is a tradition that started with obsessive fans of anime overseas, constantly one-upping each other with increasingly elaborate reproductions of their favorite character's look and style, often gathering at appreciation conventions to show off. Once the trend hit stateside and things got organized, American fans were meeting and beating the efforts of their Eastern counterparts. Cosplay.com serves as a forum for all fans of the genre, and features monthly galleries and interviews with some of the best the field has to offer.

     » Visit cosplay.com

Articles

February 17, 2004;/h3>

{     Madvillain     }    

By now, everyone is familiar with the story of Metal Face Doom. Think of Kool Keith, switch Ultramag, coke addiction and Black Tail in exchange for KMD, alcoholism, and Marvel Comics, add in a splash of Ghostface Killah, and you're beginning to get the picture. With the death of brother Subroc in 1994, the once playful Zev Love X took a darker turn in his solo Fondle'em releases throughout the late 90s, gaining an ever-expanding cult following. As an MC, Doom's strengths are his unique voice, his distinct mumble-type delivery, and clever almost acrobatic wordplay deeply rooted in Golden Era '89 NY hip-hop. Although mainly thought of as an MC, Doom's beats have been pushed to the forefront in recent years with his Special Herb series and Nastradoomus remix projects. Behind the boards, Doom's production style encompasses dirty/dusty cartoon and read-a-long storybook samples, blaring horns, rickety pianos, and almost a complete lack of choruses and/or hooks. Doom's production style, largely dependent on each project's persona, seems to switch from creepy cartoon soundtracks to a more crisp production style reminiscent of 1980's soul/R&B. It can be argued that what James Brown is to Public Enemy, Anita Baker is to MF Doom.

By Eric in Articles
Twelves

February 16, 2004;/h3>

{     12 Sexually Dubious Children's Book Titles     }    

1. Superfudge, Judy Blume
2. The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth George Speare
3. Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Rhoald Dahl
5. anything Dick and Jane
6. The White Stag, Kate Seredy
7. The Girl who loved Wild Horses, Paul Goble
8. Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak
9. Sarah, Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan
10. Ramona and Her Father, Beverly Cleary
11. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, JK Rowling
12. The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander

This list provided by the magnanimous and most humorous Cram Bearaclaw, aka Trig Palin, my brother and fellow reader of fine children's literature.

Games

{     Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (GBA)     }    

Imagine this: a race of interstellar explorers land on earth and persuade or capture a group of schoolchildren to transport them throughout the galaxies and study their psyche, biology, and behavior. Well-meaning yet befuddled, almost grandmotherly, these aliens want nothing more than complete comfort from their guests, yet are completely at a loss to provide the comforts of home for these human subjects. They hold an ersatz focus group to determine what might assuage the feelings of homesickness and learn that Earth children are completely nuts for something they call a "video game." Further tests and inquiries are made. The essential structure of a video game is derived. A fractured history of gaming is plied from the excitable youngsters. Based on this knowledge the planet-hopping scientists create their best attempt at a video game. The game they create might play something very similarly to Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$.

     » Nintendo of America's official Wario Ware site

     » Buy it...

Music

February 15, 2004;/h3>

{     Moonbabies 'The Orange Billboard'     }    

How long is long enough to hear a song before you know it's your new favorite song? And how long does one song have to be your favorite song before another can replace it? And how good must that song be? These are all questions I have been forced to answer since listening to the third full length release, titled 'The Orange Billboard,' from the Swedish duo unfortunately identified as Moonbabies. Consisting of profound harmonies, shimmery guitars, light electronic undertones, and soft vocals both breathful and breathtaking, this is pop of the best sort. Highly recommended. Oh, and the answers to those questions? 19 seconds, 19 seconds, and really, really fucking good.

     » Buy it...

By Garrett in Music
Games

February 11, 2004;/h3>

{     EarthBound / Mother 2 (SNES)     }    

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System has oft held a special place in the hearts of console roleplaying game connoisseurs for the two (US)/three (JP) excellent Final Fantasy installments; the action RPG(Role Playing Game)s The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Secret of Mana; and what is considered the single greatest console RPG(Role Playing Game) ever crafted: Chrono Trigger. However there is another less well-remembered gem in the SNES(Super Nintendo Entertainment System) library that you need to know about. We in the United States know it as EarthBound (if we known it at all) while our friends on the other side of the Pacific call it Mother 2. As the Japanese title implies this is actually the sequel to a game released for the Famicom and "very nearly released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (See the Nintendo Power preview!)":http://starmen.net/mother1/images/publication/eb0preview.jpg. Almost immediately after turning on your SNES(Super Nintendo Entertainment System) you should realize that you are starting a game quite unlike any you have ever played. Instead of being set in a quasi-Medieval world like most roleplaying games EarthBound exists in a contemporary setting. Saving your game is accomplished by calling your perpetually absent father on the telephone who also deposits money in your banking account based on the number of enemies you have defeated. Automobiles, televisions, and other modern devices are commonplace. Eagleland seems a thoroughly banal location, but under the surface lurks the weirdest damn game ever made.

     » A comprehensive guide to all things Mother
     » Search for 'EarthBound' on eBay

Art

February 10, 2004;/h3>

{     Morning Craft     }    

Keeping everything warm and cozy in this hard, cold world is a little crew that goes by the name Morning Craft up in that strange, strange place named Oregon. Two little birdies, names Betsy and JD, have gathered a bunch of extremely talented artists, designers, and most importantly, crafters to crank out a wide range of hand-made goodies for you and I to drool over, and (surprise!) buy. Among the wide range of items available at Morning Craft are various housewares, toys, paper goods, jewelry, and many, many other wearables and curios. Very, very nice stuff, and well-priced as well I might add. My fave you ask? Why the Luxury Skull Pillow you see here! How victorian-black-metal of me, eh?

     » Get Morning Craft-y

Toys

February 9, 2004;/h3>

{     Andy Warhol Banana Plush     }    

Okay, I'm about to utter the funniest sentence I think that has come out of my mouth in months, so here goes: It doesn't matter how many albums you have, you are still not a true Velvet Underground fan unless you own a Andy Warhol Banana Pillow. Oh wait, I mean, Plush! Oh when, when will I learn? So, all silliness aside, I'm not going to come at you with the whole "now you too can now own a piece of pop art history" angle, but what I will say is that this damn thing is ice cold. You can buy them in 12, 24, and 36-inch sizes, each one super-duper silkscreened. But here comes the banger, each one has little zippers so you can pull back the peels and reveal a pink 'nana hidden inside! Just like Warhol used to make! Listen kids, Cracker Jacks ain't got shit on this! I ordered the 12-inch version and I love it, and so does every person that comes over. My only complaint is that I wish I had ordered the 36-inch so I could actually toss it on my couch and use it, because this little guy just looks kinda puny. Oh well, it's still worth the super-cheap price of $16!

     » Order at Ningyoushi

Music

February 6, 2004;/h3>

{     TV on the Radio "Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes"     }    

Funny thing about the age of MP3 is that we don't listen to full albums as much as we used to. With CDs and a push of a button we were taken right to the beginning of the songs we wanted to hear, thus making it very easy to own albums with only 3 good songs. But now we have MP3s, gigs and gigs of songs by artists we barely know, and usually just one-off tracks, rarely a whole album. Instead of wanting to hear a new album these days, we just check a few tracks. Nobody needs to even bother hearing the crap filler anymore. Who has the time? We don't even have to find out what sucks, we just see which tracks the most people have and don't even mess with the rest. So the labels cry, and the artists whine, but there are still full albums out there to love. Full albums with solid tracklists, not a bum song in the bunch. Albums that we will buy and listen to over and over, even once we've moved on and MP3s feel like our crusty cassettes feel now. They're called 'good fucking albums,' and if you look hard enough you can still find a few here and there.

     » Tour dates

     » Buy it...

Twelves

{     12 Best Puppets Ever     }    

1. King Friday the 13th
2. King Kong
3. Kermit
4. Triumph
5. Thunderbirds
6. Punch & Judy
7. Henrietta Pussycat
8. Bert
9. Lambchop
10. Oscar the Grouch
11. Sifl & Olly
12. Lady Elaine Fairchild

Twelves

{     Thongue-thwisters     }    

1. Legend tripping
2. Rubber baby buggy bumpers
3. We reweave rips
4. The black bloke's back brake block broke
5. Round and round the rugged rock the ragged rascal ran.
6. Red lorry, yellow lorry
7. A black bug's blood
8. Road-roller repeated
9. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
10. The sixth sick sheikh's sixth sheep's sick
11. I slit a sheet, a sheet I slit, upon a slitted sheet I sit.
12. He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts

Twelves

February 5, 2004;/h3>

{     12 band names that aren't search-friendly     }    

1) love
2) ride
3) air
4) books
5) can
6) felt
7) low
8) palace
9) the fall
10) pulp
11) unicorns
12) nipples for days

Twelves

{     north carolina is so cool     }    

1) the wake forest ghetto zoo
2) watch airplanes all day, flying in & out of RDU.
3) art-o-mats
4) there's a whirlygig farm
5) the tree with the guitar in it, just up the street
6) museums galore. ones with dinosaurs are preferred.
7) twisty tiny trees that look like japanese paintings
8) the night sky is always full of shooting stars. maybe i just missed them all before.
9) wandering wildlife. they fear no cars 'round here.
10) one, two, three college radio stations.
11) train sounds, all day and night
12) not-crowded beaches full of vanished colonies and pirate-related shipwrecks. hurrah!

Twelves

{     12 moments of rock-related confusion (chronological) (aka aggravation or enlightenment)     }    

1) The album cover of Bowie's Low. Try explaining to a 5 year old that it isn't her best friend's mom.
2) The discovery that Rocky Raccoon wasn't actually a raccoon. Not so cute anymore.
3) Hearing "Lola," being seven, having Dad explain (roughly) what it was all about. Darn you again, David Bowie.
4) Sgt Peppers, the movie.
5) "Bad Music for Bad People." On our 8th grade class's KY field trip, my Walkman broke. Some boy named Jeremy loaned me his and that was the tape inside. Confusing, and then awesome.
6) The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Upside Down." Noise as music, and lovely too.
7) Seeing the video for the Cocteau Twins' "Carolyn's Fingers." What kind of Snow White-ish, bluebirdy stuff was this? I hated it, and then I loved it.
8) Spacemen 3 : "Performance." The Tower Records in Nashville had an imports section. It was the first I had seen, and that was the tape I bought. Minimal rock that forever changed what I listened to.
9) Listening to "Loveless" on cassette. I kept taking the tape out because it sounded like it was getting destroyed.
10) Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea." I thought it was gonna sound like the Olivia Tremor Control. It didn't.
11) You should've seen my scowly look when I first heard Of Montreal's "The Gay Parade." Especially "Fun Loving Nun." The biggest wtf? of my life.
12) I am most recently confused by the baffling critical adoration of the Decemberists. I don't understand it at all.

Art

February 4, 2004;/h3>

{     Takashi Murakami Superflat Museum Convenience Store Edition     }    

Pop Art has found it's messiah in the form of Takashi Murakami. Often referred to as "The Japanese Warhol", Murakami has managed to parlay his love of native pop culture into a globe-spanning career that has brought him success, fame, and fortune. His sculpture "Miss ko2" sold for $567,500 in November of 2002, setting a personal sales record at Christie's auction house. His recent collaboration with designer Louis Vuitton has resulted in a fashion craze as well as spawning an elaborate gallery show including a 10 minute animated feature broadcast as part of the installation. While he may the darling of the art and fashion world, Murakami has stayed closely tied to the culture that he draws inspiration from- the decidedly lowbrow mediums of animation, manga and the hyper-cute illustrations of mascot characters that accompany all things Japanese. He's created a movement called Superflat, a collective of artists and designers who create work that seems rooted in simple presentation styles and that draws directly from the well-spring of Japanese pop-culture. There is nothing terribly obscure about this work, and Murakami seems to make a point of cultural accessibility. To that end, he has collaborated with toy manufacturers Kaiyodo and Takara to bring forth a line of shokugan (meaning "snack toy") figures bearing the title Takashi Murakami's Superflat Museum. The figures range in height from 1" to 4" and include reproductions of some of his sculptural work as well as figures brought to life from his paintings and drawings. The current incarnation of Superflat Museum, known as the Convenience Store Edition offers 6 different designs randomly packaged with certificates of authenticity, mini-portfolios including information about the work that inspired them and interviews with Murakami, as well as two peices of chewing gum. Importer Ningyoushi's Workshop is one of the only English retailers to offer the figures, retailing them for $15 at their on-line store ningyoushi.com. Now you can have a reproduction of the sculpture "Hiropon" (pictured above) for a fraction of the $380,000 price tag of the original.

     » Buy Takashi Murakami's Superflat Museum figures from ningyoushi.com
     » Takashi Murakami at Marianne Boesky Gallery (see the gallery show)
     » official Superflat Museum site (hope you read Japanese)

Twelves

February 3, 2004;/h3>

{     Famous Suicides     }    

1. Judas Iscariot
2. Ian Curtis
3. Kurt Cobain
4. Mark Rothko
5. Jim Jones
6. Vincent van Gogh
7. Rozz Williams
8. Virginia Woolf
9. Elliott Smith
10. Sid Vicious
11. Mohammed Atta
12. Ray Combs

Twelves

{     Wizards, Magicians, and Witches     }    

1. Merlin
2. Wizard of Oz
3. Wicked Witch of the West
4. Gandalf the Grey
5. Doctor Strange
6. Baron Mordo
7. Harry Potter
8. Fairuza Balk
9. Doctor Fate
10. Marie Laveau
11. Aleister Crowley
12. Jimmy Page

Film & TV

{     The Five Obstructions     }    

5ob.jpg Lars Von Trier is a name commonly thrown about by smarty-pant collegiate barrier breakers as well as the psuedo-pixie fans of Von Trier's Bjork bummer, "Dancer in the Dark." Yet, Von Trier is one of the most exciting and talented people in modern film. The Danish Czar of the now-disbanded Dogmesecretariat who's "inaccessible" works have been increasingly flirting with mainstream success, "The Five Obstructions" will be overlooked by Von Trier's other release this year, the also excellent Nicole Kidman-helmed "Dogville". Von Trier's work, ranging from post-apocalyptic expressionist cop thrillers and 5-hour made-for-tv hospital dramas to musical sequences utilizing 100 different cameras and tales of parapalegic sexual frustration, will never be considered mundane. "The Five Obstructions", which Von Trier calls his first "dogumentary", delivers on its promise of a unique viewing experience.

     » Danish Film Institute's "The Five Obstructions" Page
     » Von Trier Fan Site
     » Dogme95 site

Art

{     Scott Radke     }    

Interested in seeing great art from someone in the Mid-West?, this is it. Scott is a self-trained artist in the Cleveland area who's mediums range from traditional illustration with paint & canvas & murals etc., to sand sculpture, marionettes, as well as collaborations with his Dance Choreographer/Wife Sarah Morrison in her modern dance projects by making Masks and costumes. This guy is amazing!

     » scottradke.com

Music

February 2, 2004;/h3>

{     Air: "Talkie Walkie" (Astralwerks)     }    

I first heard "Talkie Walkie" at Drag City, where I am a lousy, useless intern one day a week. Sez label owner Rian Murphy (when queried as to what he's playing on the coveted stereo), "It's the new Air record." The employee who inquired remarks oh-so nonchalantly, "Sounds hot." Rian snappily retorts, "It's a hell of a lot better than the last one." I agree, but not because I'm one of those people who couldn't fully accept 2001's "10,000 Hz Legend" due to the fact that it didn't sound exactly like "Moon Safari." (These nonprogressive types need to move on in to Air's 21st century. It is a sneaky and coy place to live; a place where one might twirl their moustache.) There is no definite single, not even a "Radio #1" or "Sexy Boy." This is fine. "Talkie Walkie" doesn't boast prominent guest vocalists; in other words, no Beck or Buffalo Daughter. They still use touring buddies Jason Faulkner and percussionist Joey Waronker, and the female vocalists can barely be differentiated from the whispery voices of the men of Air. So, why should you want to listen to the new record again?

     » Buy it...

Other

February 1, 2004;/h3>

{     ELECTRA "Rat Fink" Bike     }    

In tribute to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, whom passed a little while back, Electra Bicycle Company has released a souped up version of their already badass bikes, called of course, the Rat Fink. Electra has been making bikes for two decades now, and are a getting to be a damn big name when it comes to wanting a bike ride with style. They've got three main styles to choose a bike from, each of them broken into several custom rides that will fit just about anybody.

     » Electra Bikes


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