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June 27, 2006;/h3>

{     20 Jazz Funk Greats     }    

sabbath.jpg One of CrownDozen.com's favorite MP3 blogs is without question the inimitable 20 Jazz Funk Greats, however today they officially went above and beyond their normal call of duty and dropped one of my favorite blog posts of all time-time-time-time (that was kind of like a text-echo). It starts out all normal and good, but about halfway through this little jam turns into a work of wordsmithery that will make even the most dense thesaurus feel like the tracklist of a James Blunt album. What are they talking about? 20 Jazz Funk Greats speaks of Sabbath. How? Like this, on Ozzy: "That fact is melted into a black jewel and burned into my forehead. Ozzy's voice can make you feel like you've lost a child and are too numb to care. It's a question of scale; the pistoning riffs make Ozzy's voice sound tiny by comparison, like a Lovecraft protagonist dwarfed by the incomprehendible cosmic horrors surrounding him. Like a 'to scale' drawing of a man next to a dinosaur in a kids picture book. Except it isn't a dinosaur, it's a fucking nebula." Go there for the Sabbath, stay there for the solid and unwaveringly good MP3 taste.

Singles

June 22, 2006;/h3>

{     Dayton Rims     }    

Damn. Have you ever really just looked at this shit? Seriously. I've never cared, but Dayton rims are INSANE hot. Next time you hear someone talk about throwin' some D's, this is what they mean - Rockin' Dayton Rims.

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PLUS, go to Pitchfork, get some Rich Boy mpFree, and "Throw Some Ds" on that bitch!

Singles

June 19, 2006;/h3>

{     Regina Spektor     }    

Just a quick note to let you guys know that Regina Spektor has a new video out for "On The Radio", the first single off her spektakular new album. Here are some quicktime video links: small : medium : large

Singles

June 15, 2006;/h3>

{     José Parlá - June 13th     }    

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Via Hypebeast: Brooklyn artist José Parlá just opened a new show at 181 Martel in LA that is an exhibition of new works by "June 13th," a collaboration between Dr. Romanelli and José Parlá. Via the 181 page: "This compilation introduces a number of unique collaborations with Visvim, Anachronorm, and Dita; some of the world’s freshest and most innovative brands." Enough text, just check out what I think is the raddest leather jacket I have ever seen:

jose

Singles

{     Muttpop     }    

How shit-hot is this El Panda figure from Muttpop?!?!? More info below the image...

Check out the development of the figure at the El Panda Blog on Vinylpulse.com. I want. I want. I want.

Singles

{     We Are Aiko     }    

I often think about how much I absolutely adore the work of Niko Stumpo aka Abnormal Behavior Child aka WeAreAiko and I think you should too. The clothing the kid is producing is completely a style all his own - messy, fresh, fun, and straight-up rad. The guys stuff is hot, but the girls' clothing is the for reals besterest. Unfortunately right now you can only buy the wares in his store in Amsterdam, and a limited selection at Subnormals but I hear that will soon change. Go check it out...

Clothing

June 14, 2006;/h3>

{     Flying Coffin     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/05/coffin-thumb.gif Straight out from under the Space Needle, brandishing all the right wrongs, comes Flying Coffin for your tee desires. The line is the product of this dude Jason that moved to Seattle four years ago from Hawaii. I guess guy was going a little nuts from some kind of tropic withdraw and decided to start up a little t-shirt company of his own - not to insinuate that they're at all bad, but they're most definitely not very happy and Hawaii-esque. Maybe on second thought he was going through some kind of weird sunshine withdrawal that forced his head to ooze out some of the insane ideas that he's worked into his designs, because these pieces are pretty nuts. Coconuts?

     » Flying Coffin - Wooooooosh!!!!!
     » Buy on K-K-K-K-Krudmart.

Singles

{     Fall Out Fuckers     }    

Fuck You, You Fucking Fuckers. Die. - Fall Out Boy play "Love Will Tear Us Apart". (Actually, don't even click it.)

Brought to our attention by Today's Headlines at TheMorningNews.org.

Singles

{     My Morning Jacket     }    

Amazing. Check out this video of My Morning Jacket performing 'Gideon' on Letterman the other night... with the Boston Pops. Such a HUGE performance from the dudes - love it.

Brought to my attention by the ever-wondertastic Yewknee.com, and if you're looking for an mpfree of the performance you can go check out Culture Bully.

Reviews

June 10, 2006;/h3>

{     Mark Z. Danielewski's The Fifty Year Sword     }    

The enigmatic Mark Z. Danielewski is trying his hardest to maintain the cult status earned by his first novel. Taking ten years to complete, House of Leaves was published way back in 2000 but the pandemonium caused by the book only seems to resonate with more fervor with each passing year as knowledge of the book is spread exponentially by word of mouth. This post-modern horror novel coils and spins and ties knots in itself with two simultaneous narratives and a multitude of footnotes and indices. One narrator writes with a pretentious academic cadence while the other spits and raves like a lunatic. For those of you who waded through House this short story will seem like an appetizer for his next novel which comes out later this year. In keeping with his layered, multi-faceted approach to writing in which many different (sometimes conflicting) points of view are presented, Danielewski offers us The Fifty Year Sword. The shtick with this one, however, is that there are now five different narrators all telling one coherent story. We are never told their names; instead Danielewski indicates the various interjections with five different colored quotation marks. The plot is far too strange to try to summarize but it all wraps up very neatly when compared with House. In fact, everything about the book, from its odd shape to the twelve gorgeous prints by Dutch artist Peter van Sambeek, even the “happy” ending, calls to mind a twisted and fanciful children’s book where the themes of delayed gratification are taught hand in hand with revenge.

     » spreekt u het Nederlands? The Fifty Year Sword

Singles

June 9, 2006;/h3>

{     Zao "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here"     }    

Pennsylvania based Zao teamed up with Steve Albini on their new album and it fucking kicks ass. It's absolutely amazing what Albini can do by recording a band. Zao have gone from being a pretty good hardcore crossover outfit to a full fledged force of nature with Mr. Big Black Shellac tweaking the knobs. Way to kiss that played out metalcore label goodbye Zao!

You can listen to the whole album (set to be released stateside June 13th) in it's entirety courtesy of the band and Ferret Music here.

Singles

June 6, 2006;/h3>

{     Zombie Halloween     }    

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So, apparently Rob Zombie is resurrecting Michael Myers for a new 'Halloween' movie, to which we for one say 'hell yeah'. He first sought the approval of Mr. Carpenter himself on making the flick before dropping word of his plans on the internets. After a night of festering horror-geek webbitching, Zombie tucked and rolled on the initial backlash saying, "I am not making 'Halloween 9.' That series is done, complete, over. But what I am doing is starting totally from scratch. Call it a remake, an update, a re-imagining or whatever, but one thing that [is] for sure is this is a whole new start — a new beginning with no connection to the other series. That is exactly why the project appeals to me. I can take it and run with it." We'll watch it.

Read the full article on MTV.

Singles

June 2, 2006;/h3>

{     YO GABBA GABBA!     }    

I kinda want to cry a little because this is so cool. Seriously. I just can't think of how to show you how excited I am to see this: YO GABBA GABBA!

YO GABBA GABBA! is a live-action program for young children hosted by DJ Lance Rock that looks like it, and I'm not joking here, could be the best thing in the genre since Sesame Street. The characters have a fantastic toy aesthetic, the sets looks like they're straight out of the Art Dump, it looks like Paul Frank's Julius is involved, Lifelong Friendship Society is doing some animations, and they've already got the Biz to drop in on an episode! For really, it just might work. I swear I can see this blowing the *F* up. The only thing I can't find out is where it's going to be seen!

Here's a pic to tease you:

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For the love of all things holy, take the time to go through ALL of the production photos - unreal! (TIP: there's a little arrow in the bottom-right corner that makes it easier) I am so pumped to see this somehow, some way. So, if you'll excuse me, I've gotta go adopt a kid or something...

Singles

{     Yeah Yeah You     }    

Wanna be in the new video for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs? All you have to do is send them a video of yourself performing the single "Cheated Hearts". So pull out the high-top turq & yellow chucks, make a dress out of socks, and dress up as your favorite Yeah, because you're about to get famous for two seconds (and you don't even have to show your boobs to the Cobrasnake)! Click here for details...

Singles

{     Vincent Gallo Merchandise     }    

I don't know, this could be old news to most everyone, but I just found out that Vincent Gallo is apparently selling tons of his own personal junk online for top dollar. The best part is that you can also purchase an evening with Mr. Gallo himself for just $1million ...or.... you can buy some of his very own sperm and make a little Vinny yourself! Ladies - click, click, charge!

Excerpt from page: I, Vincent Gallo, star of such classics as Buffalo 66 and The Brown Bunny have decided to make myself available to all women. All women who can afford me, that is. For the modest fee of $50,000 plus expenses, I can fulfill the wish, dream, or fantasy of any naturally born female. The fee covers one evening with Vincent Gallo. For those who wish to enjoy my company for a weekend, the fee is increased to a mere $100,000. Heavy set, older, red heads and even black chicks can have me if they can pay the bill. No real female will be refused. Class!

Clothing

June 1, 2006;/h3>

{     Ambiguous     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/06/54-thumb.jpgAmbiguous is a word that can be used to talk about something doubtful or uncertain, and in another sense open to various interpretations. Well doubtful and uncertain are words missing in the clothing company Ambiguous’ dictionary, and with a fresh look in 2006 they are certainly on top of their game. I first heard of Ambiguous while combing the pages of a surf mag back in the late nineties, nothing too fantastic basic logo designs on t-shirts and hoodies, but now? Wow is all I can say…They are truly stepping up the creative juices creating comfortable and affordable digs that you will feel like a rockstar! They also have a full line of denim, boardshorts, pants, and outwear along with bright, in your face, T designs that will blow your mind.

     » Ambiguous


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