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September 29, 2005;/h3>

{     Garga-Death     }    

gargamelnapalmdeath_large.jpgThis little bit of fantastic hideousness was spawned from the minds of Japanese toy-masters Gargamel as part of a collaboration with Shane Embury of Napalm Death. Apparently our boy Shane is a bit of a kaiju and j-toy fetishist, and this deliciously wicked creation was offered at Napalm Death tour dates throughout Japan, in a limited edition of 150. A few have made their way Stateside, so now we can all share in the pure unadulterated evil that is Garga-Death.

     » pick one up from Ningyoushi.com

By Adam in Toys
Music

September 28, 2005;/h3>

{     Napalm Death - The Code is Red... Long Live the Code     }    

188233-0-300-0-300.jpgSpecial Guest Review by the she-wolf of metal "Dizzy" Lizzy Rachtman. The new Napalm Death album "The Code is Red... Long Live the Code" is kicking my pussy off. Aside from some iffy Jello Biafra appearances it's a solid evolution from the OG Hardcore Punk-influenced Death Metal they pioneered across the pond (while Slayer manifested it here.) The production really makes all the difference, vastly increasing it's palatability compared to the old stuff. There's a video for "The Silence is Deafening" out now that uses CGI to create heat waves coming off the band as they play the song on an all white sound stage. It kind of focuses on which band member the vocals are coming from and makes them look really brutal. Very nice. They're so old and ugly too. That's great, because it makes all the fucking Avenged Sevenfold new-wave gothed-out young-imitator type-shits look like they're starring in tampon commercials by comparison. It proves with a full abundance of evidence that having sleeve tats and eye liner doesn't make you metal, but years of disenfranchisement creating the rusty bolts of discontent which hold your blackened soul together does. Long live the Code....

     » EnemyOfTheMusicBusiness.com

Twelves

September 27, 2005;/h3>

{     Half Dozen Things I Kinda Remember (1)     }    

1. Getting hit by car while riding bike, 1987
2. Giving a classmate a jailhouse tattoo, 1988
3. Lighting a "jumping jack" and it landing in sister's hair, 1989
4. Having cat hang from my bare chest with it's claws, 1985
5. Seeing ET's glowing finger on the drive-in screen from the highway, 1982
6. Not getting what the big deal was about Star Wars, 1983

Reading

September 26, 2005;/h3>

{     Suggestion - by Illegal Art - Chronicle Books     }    

0811847497_largesuggestion.jpgIt's almost too simple an idea: ask a bunch of notoriously opinionated New Yorkers to give suggestions... on anything. Then collect those handwritten notes, sort by the location in which they were given, add in some quality black and white photos and suddenly you've got an amazing little bit of cultural anthropology on your hands. By leaving the suggestion topic open-ended, the collective who masterminded this street-level project (Illegal Art) were able to capture an incredible range of responses, from the inevitably crass to the downright sublime. Illegal Art representatives gathered the suggestions by carrying around a large white box with the word "SUGGESTION" painted on the side (pictured here on the book's cover), asking passersby "Hey, would you like to make a suggestion?" and pretty much just leaving it at that. Sometimes the participants drew their own conclusions; for instance many of those polled on the Staten Island Ferry assumed that the suggestions should relate in some way to the ferry service being provided, and mentioned things like "cheaper fares" and "cleaner restrooms" in addition to the ubiquitous "free beer" and "legalize marijuana". Others saw this as an opportunity to comment on current events, or to offer up little nuggets of conventional wisdom.

     » Illegal Art
     » Chronicle Books

Film & TV

September 25, 2005;/h3>

{     Mysterious Skin     }    

myst-skin.jpg "Fuck me up the ass with your hot teenage cock." So, finally Greg Araki got the idea to remove his tongue from his cheek and make a film that makes you bite your tongue. Where his previous films like Nowhere, Doom Generation, and Splendor were all Generation-X artifact draped in camp and great soundtracks, Mysterious Skin even spirals along something very similar to a "plot." By dropping the camp that ran integrally thru his other movies, Araki has used this film to turn those cliches into something else. Araki looks at child abuse, turning tricks in small towns, and alien abductions (which apparently to those who choose not to accept it are just a metaphor for having been sexually molested) with an unflinching intensity that brings Todd Solondz to mind. This is easily his most cohesive film to date, although not everyone will want to watch a movie about a baseball coach who molests his team, or see Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Third Rock From The Sun) getting beaten over the head with a shampoo bottle while being raped in the bathtub, and there are admittedly way too many shots of men with mustaches looking back over their shoulders from the doggy position.

     » Buy it...

Singles

September 20, 2005;/h3>

{     Hot Ghetto Mess and Chav Scum     }    

Cultural trainwrecks are your best entertainment value, whether in the US: HotGhettoMess or the UK: ChavScum

Art

{     NoStore     }    

nostore.jpg NoStore is a new ongoing and always evolving charity project featuring some of Crown Dozen's favorite artists selling their work and wares with 50% of the the money getting mailed off to various non-profit and just general do-good type places of the artists' choice. The store currently features works by the likes of Jon Burgerman, Niko Stumpo (of Aiko fame), TADO, Mauro Gatti, and Peskimo, with many more artists in the works. This is a great chance for you to get some limited edition work for your walls for a low, low price and not only make your home look better, but make someone else's life better as well. It's a good thing, go spend some money.

     » Visit the NoStore

Film & TV

September 15, 2005;/h3>

{     Directors Label Series Boxed Set (Vol. 4-7)     }    

directors.jpg The original trio of dvd volumes released under the Directors Label Series featured videos from Chris Cunningham (the genius behind those mindbending Apex Twin videos), Spike Jones (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), and Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). This time around the collections (Volumes 4-7) feature the works of Anton Corbijn (Nirvana, Depeche Mode, Echo and the Bunnymen, U2, Nick Cave, Henry Rollins, Joy Division), Jonathan Glazer (Jamiroquai, Radiohead, Blur, Massive Attack, Richard Ashcroft), Mark Romanek (Fiona Apple, Eels, Johnny Cash, Sonic Youth, Beck), and Stephane Sednaoui (Tricky, Bjork, R.E.M., Mirwais, Garbage). These discs are also sold seperatly, but there's no denying that all four of these discs are must haves. My favorite director of the first collection was hands down Chris Cunningham, with this collection it's a toss up between the works of Jonathan Glazer or Anton Corbijn. Who wil your favorite be? Pick 'em up and find out. - Written by Jay, read more of his reviews at Caffeine-Headache.net.

     » View trailer

     » Buy it...

Singles

September 11, 2005;/h3>

{     Last 40 on LJ     }    

Last 40 pics on LiveJournal - potentially VERY NSFW

Reading

September 10, 2005;/h3>

{     The Drama (6)     }    

There are a shit load of art magazines out there. Some are of the xerox route, and some are so filled with cheesy ads that you don't really get a sense of the art inside. With the 6th issue of the Drama out now, you really get a wonderfull feeling for all of the artists involved. And while most magazines feature one or two big names, and only have little snippets about current events.. with the Drama you really get a sense of each artist. They ask insightfull questions and feature a great mix of up and comers who all seem to be going wonderfull places. Even all of the ads seem to be designed by artists, so all of the pages flow together lovely. And in addition to the Basic magazine full of interviews and reviews, there is a great section in the back called THIS IT which is it's own precious collection of comics and drawings. Drama #6 is a must have for all magazine buffs, art freaks and any one looking for quality content and design. - Contributed by Dustin: DustinAmeryHostetler.com

     » Pick it up today!

Reading

{     paris underground     }    

PU-06.gifGo deep under paris, and check out 500 years of graffiti. This book is chock full of crazy interesting pictures, and some interesting stories about the history of Paris. A book for history buffs and street art fans alike. - Contributed by Dustin: DustinAmeryHostetler.com

     » Buy it...

Notice

{     ATTENTION : Mailing List     }    

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Twelves

September 9, 2005;/h3>

{     The 12 Funniest Things I've Ever Heard Sperm Called     }    

1. Baby Batter
2. Nut Butter
3. Man Chowder
4. Rope
5. Fuck Vomit
6. Love Snot
7. Dude Milk
8. Dick Syrup
9. Uncle Mary's Magical Elixir
10. Sea Monkey Gumbo
11. He-Goo
12. Cream of Manshroom Soup

Reading

September 6, 2005;/h3>

{     Super #1 Robot - Japanese Robot Toys 1972-1982 - Chronicle Books     }    

Aesthetically, this photo-collection of classic Japanese toy robots is a double-fisted rocket-punch knock-out. Photographer Tim Brisko furnishes sublime shots of some of the most revered pieces from the Golden Age of Japanese toys, accompanied by the scholarly illuminations of 'bot lovers Matt Alt and Robert Duban, with additional input from industry legend Saburo Ishizuki. It's amazing how far this book's appeal extends beyond the usual target-audience for all things robotic, plastic, die-cast, and Japanese; Brisko's moody photography and the editorial contextualization of the subject matter lift these pieces out of the toybox and into the realm of serious art and design, where they belong.

     » Super #1 Robot

Toys

September 2, 2005;/h3>

{     Circus Punks     }    

minipunks.jpg Just what are Circus Punks? Well, you take 1 part knock down doll, 2 part underground artist, combined with 1 part "damn, why didn't I think of this" and your begining to get the idea. These custom knock-down doll's are available in countless crazy designs by artists from around the world. These big hairy dolls that you try to knock down have been around for over a hundred years and are now given a modern twist by artists who still print, sew, and asemble them by hand. There are over a hundred different artists (Gary Baseman, Tim Biskup, The Clayton Brothers, Camile Rose Garcia just to name a few) who create thier own designs for the punks and more are added all the time so check out the all they have to choose from. - Written by Jay, read more of his reviews at Caffeine-Headache.net.

     » Buy


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