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December 31, 2006;/h3>

{     "Dizzy" Lizzy Rachtman's Top 12 Metal Releases of 2006.     }    

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An ordered account of all that I heard and loved in the world of metal in the past 365 days. Most subgenres both false and troo included.

1. Deicide "The Stench of Redemption"
2. Mastodon "Blood Mountain"
3. ISIS "In the Absence of Truth"
4. Lamb of God "Sacrament"
5. Melvins "(a) Senile Animal"
6. Cult of Luna "Somewhere Along the Highway"
7. Made Out of Babies "Coward"
8. Converge "No Heroes"
9. Napalm Death "Smear Campaign"
10. Zao "The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here"
11. Scissorfight "Jaggernaut"
12. Dragonforce "Inhuman Rampage"

Twelves

December 27, 2006;/h3>

{     Top Twelve Lyrics of the Moment (Veronica)     }    

01) "Just a loser in my fuck me shoes." Soft Cell
02) "Wamp Wamp, what it do, what it do." Clipse
03)"All the ladies if you with me, grab your titties for B.I.G." Notorious B.I.G.
04) "I wanna be near you, and blink in your light, and toast marshmallows on a cold, dark night." Bell X1
05) "Ice me. Wife me. You ain't gonna have me." Mary. J. Blige
06) "That's right, I'm the one that's tattooed on his arm." Kelis
10) "Well he's my boy of gold and he's not very old." Freiland
07) "Rub that shit it's yours bitch. Grab this dick it's yours bitch." Lil' Jon
08) "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above" Cansei De Ser Sexy
09) "So come on boy just take us home, to the city that's where we belong." Lo- Fi-Fnk
11) "You just another dog chasin' the cat." Lil' Kim
12) "Love will tear us apart." Joy Division

Reviews

December 24, 2006;/h3>

{     Ed Hardy     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/edhardy1-thumb.jpgHere I am again showing my fascination with the tattoo culture, bringing to the table California’s Ed Hardy. Truly a fixture in the fashion world, Ed Hardy is the brainchild of fashion designer Christian Audigier who has turned this line into a must have amongst celebs and rock stars alike (just check out the appearances on their homepage). After leaving fashion giant Von Dutch Christian decided to immortalize tattoo legend Ed Hardy by creating one of a kind designs that fill each garment with a world of color, design, and old school tattoo goodness.

     » Ed Hardy Online

Singles

December 21, 2006;/h3>

{     Lowbrow Lunchboxes     }    

LB_craola.jpgWhat kid didn't want the super rad lunchbox growing up. Shit, I can remember as recently as a few years back combing ebay for a "Leave it to Beaver" lunchbox so I could show up to work with the baddest lunchbox on the block... and maybe the only one. But Beaver will have to take a back seat these days as Dark Horse has just released the newest artist additions to there already dopetastic lunchbox line, featuring artists Greg Simkins, Joe Ledbetter, Shag, Amanda Visell, and a few more all-stars from last years show at La-La Land Gallery in Los Angeles. So if you like to eat lunch in style than you are in luck because these lunchboxes have just set the bar.

     » Buy a box

Twelves

Singles

December 19, 2006;/h3>

{     Eboy First Snow wrapping paper     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/EboyFirstSnow2-thumb.jpgI love the Eboys! You probably do, too! Therefore, maybe you will be happy to know that Eboy has pulled yet another great pixel graphic on the theme of snow, which is printed in the form of a lovely wrapping paper! An unexpensive way to get pixel art up your walls (unless you decide to be generous and really wrap some gifts with it). Many other Eboy pieces are available over at Summer Seventy Three with some other great wrapping art by Jon Burgerman and others, and they sell lampshades, cushions and greeting cards as well!

     » Buy at Ninenteen Seventy Three

By Tacita in Singles
Reviews

{     Resist Today     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/Resist%20Today%203-thumb.jpgI love it when I purchase a shirt and just know that I have something that is so unique and different that no matter what bar I choose inebriate myself in, I am confident in my individuality. Thanks to Resist Today, I have that shirt that makes me feel pretty stylish, but that will all change once people realize what they have been missing. Their designs are true pieces of art, and the shirt acts as a canvas for some up and coming artists to showcase their work.

     » Resist Today

Reviews

{     To Die For     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/To%20Die%20For%202-thumb.jpegI have always been intrigued by the tattoo culture, but due to my law studies and job I don’t think getting a full sleeve just doesn’t seem that likely in my future. That’s OK though because lucky for me there are some brands out there creating some intense clothing inspired by the world of tattoo art. Pulling designs from some of the greatest artists in the industry, To Die For is an up and coming line that is sure to turn some heads really soon. They just dropped their winter line, and were kind enough to send me some of their latest digs, which are just phenomenal.

     » To Die For

Reviews

December 17, 2006;/h3>

{     Four Christmas presents to make the kids happy and freak the parents out     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/KidsGifts-thumb.jpgChristmas approaching and with it the hideous series of family gatherings, when you are supposed to hand a nicely wrapped gift to that unbearable niece of yours who last year vomited fruitcake and lemonade on that pair of Vans you were so happy to have found under the three. Do you know why she did it, by the way? Because that cheap DVD you got her really sucked: kids are still able to distinguish between the good, the bad and the ugly, you know? Heck, they are usually better than adults! Hence, if this year you want to protect your new shoes, jeans and bag, you better step up and get her a better present.

     » Teddy Scares
     » Gun Ruler by Atypyk
     » Brio Networkers
     » Mark Gonzales Megga America Communion Priest
     » More priesthood by Mark Gonzales

Reviews

December 15, 2006;/h3>

{     An Evening With The Evens     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/dis_bp_even1-thumb.jpg Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina are bothered by the standard rock show format -- where the band is bathed in light, the audience quiet in the dark, reverently gazing upward at their inaccessible idols. Maybe to MacKaye and Farina this situation mirrors the way our country is run: politicians, operating in their desires and not obligated to anyone, like the band onstage, decide what's happening next -- dictating to us what we should think, feel, do. And so, MacKaye and Farina's band, The Evens, turn on two bright white lamps before playing a note. They can see every face. Singing along, yelling out, dancing, and pretty much any other direct reaction are all very much encouraged. The Evens are trying to jab us out of a coma. They're aghast at the war, disgusted by George Bush, and tired of watching America slip deeper into its stupor. But they still have hope, and hope was the main theme of their set last night as AS220 in Providence, RI. I'll get back to that in a minute. In the meantime, I'll tell you how much I liked The Evens' sound. There was MacKaye's jangly, driving guitar, and his dynamic vocals, which created in me a fierce nostalgia for Fugazi. And that Amy Farina! She is a freaking joy to watch and hear. Her voice is strong and striking. Her drumming is crisply intricate, and full of really beautiful layers. The songs drop out, slow way down, and then come back in with a force that makes you want to vigorously defile George Bush. Such charisma. Anyway, that lovely hope enveloped the room, and I felt sort of indebted to the band, who made this world-weary, cynical audience feel like engaging in a group hug. Go see 'em, or get their records, for your attitude's sake. - Written by Vikki Warner

     » The Evens' Dischord Records page
     » The Evens' Southern Records page

Reviews

December 11, 2006;/h3>

{     Miami Art Fair Roundup.     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/Miami%20beach-thumb.jpg With between 13 and 16 art fairs plus a hundred or so independent curatorial projects, group shows, parades, concerts, parties, and prayer meetings all going on this week in Miami it was impossible to see everything under the south Florida sun. But I, with notebook, a few double shots of espresso, pen and cab cash in hand got around to as much as I could in the little time I had. Here's what I liked:

By Aaron in Art, Reviews
Clothing

{     The String Republic     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/DOBERMAN-thumb.jpgViva La String Republic! Shoes have never seen design and frugality like this; I mean these foot warmers are made of good old fashion hemp…These custom made vintage espadrilles were the in fashion of France in the 70’s (my mom informed me) and thanks to Stef at TSR you can own a one of a kind pair for yourself. I personally never would have thought something like this would A be comfortable, and B look good but when you take some of the best artists in the world and commission them to decorate the tops you know for sure its gonna be sweet.

     » The String Republic

By Alex in Clothing
Notice

December 8, 2006;/h3>

{     CrownDozen.com Gift Guide 2006     }    

C12 Gift Guide Ho, Ho, YO! It's time again for the CrownDozen.com Gift Guide! Just like last year, we made a list and... that's right, you know the rhyme. We'll be adding to it as the days roll past up 'til the big morning, so be sure to bookmark it and check back! ›› CrownDozen.com/GiftGuide Happy Holidays Y'all, CrownDozen.com

By Garrett in Notice
Singles

December 7, 2006;/h3>

{     Eboy - around the world on a flying pixel carpet     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/EboyVenice-thumb.jpgIf you have not checked them out yet, make sure you do now and if you can afford the cash (it's less than 20! It is not as if you will go broke for it), get one of their posters as well. Because Eboy, this German gang of pixel maniacs generating ultra cool digital art, is likely about to enter in the honour league of modern urban art. So far, they are having a collection of posters for sale, each one dedicated to a different city or landscape, real or imaginary: Cologne, Berlin, New York, London, Venice (which you see in the picture), plus a FooBar and Superbroncobattle scenes. Look well at each image, because part of the greatness is in the surreal, bizarre situation you can spot in them: dinosaur invasions, alines with mice heads visiting the earth, helicopters landing on the head of the Statue of Liberty... and much more!

     » Eboy site

Twelves

December 6, 2006;/h3>

{     Twelve Non-Traditional Christmas Movies     }    

We've all seen A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life and even Bad Santa enough times by now to be thoroughly sick of them, so why not start some new Holiday movie traditions with these films that are set during the time of Yule?

12. Rocky IV
11. Long Kiss Goodnight
10. Love, Actually
9. Ghostbusters II
8. Lethal Weapon
7. The Ice Harvest
6. Better Off Dead
5. Die Hard
4. Less Than Zero
3. Trading Places
2. Edward Scissorhands
1. Gremlins

Singles

December 5, 2006;/h3>

{     Young Lovers     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/young-lovers-07-tshirts-thumb.jpg Young Lovers just set a few more tees free into the eyes of babes, T-shirts for undistinguished gentlemen, filthy lovers, and guitar weilding gutter-trash every one of you. You'll look scuzzy and totally pickupable wearing one of the latest from these 40-swillers. The collection's also got the best title I've heard in a minute, The ‘Eat your eyes’ collection. Nasty. What are they saying? They're saying that the latest collection of t-shirts from Young Lovers can be likened to ripping your eyes out of your head and eating them. Mean, bold, piping hot, graphic, and tastes so, so damn good. You've got a croaked mouse, diamond 'burgers, year book hotshots, and other bones getting rattled. Oh, and all Young Lovers tees are made in strictly limited editions of 100.

Singles

{     The Quiet Life     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/quietlifehol06-thumb.jpg CrownDozen.com buddies The Quiet Life have just released their Holiday '06 collection, which is of course totally laced up. Rad new tees, slick hoodies in great materials, sweaters, and more. The new duds also include a first for them - a few Quiet Life cut n' sew pieces. Primo yo. And in order to wrangle you in and show you just big a sweetheart the QL is, they're giving everyone a deal where if you spend $75 (which is totally easy to do in a 'I want that, and that, and that, and that' kinda way) then you get a free tee! Check the site for instructions and to soak up the Quiet Life goodness. Also of note is they're having a 'Make A Video' contest where you can, um, make a video for QL endorsed band the Poo Poodles and win The Quiet Life swag, shoes from Lakai, CDs and of course FAME!!!

Reviews

{     Rhythms Del Mundo - Choose to help the Earth     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/RhythmsDelMundo-thumb.jpgPremised that this kind of music does not exactly meet my liking and that suggesting something I do not love seems wrong to me too, I must still go ahead and tell you to get this CD. Rythms Del Mundo is a unique collaboration between the Buena Vista Social Club not-young-anymore lads and some of the largest selling Western (English mostly, to be exact: the project was born and developed in the UK) artists, who lent some of their most famous tracks to be worked on by the Cuban musicians. What's particularly interesting is the fact that, the project being born in the UK, there is almost no pop track in the album (and in my eyes, that's always a good thing): the preference has been given to independent, rock artists such as Artic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Franz Ferdinand and even Radiohead (together with more obvious choices like Coldplay, U2, Sting and a Spanish cover of Killing Me Softly by Fugees).

     » Vidoes, documentary and words on Rhytms Del Mundo site
     » More about APE and their commitment

     » Buy it...

Singles

December 1, 2006;/h3>

{     Louie Cordero     }    

http://www.crowndozen.com/main/archives/upload/2006/12/louiecord-thumb.jpg Found via Supertouch, Louie Cordero is a painter, sculptor, and musician who has spent his life working in Manila, Philippines. His work is, as ST put it, "an incredibly unique amalgam of his disparate graphic influences, filtered through a distinctly non-American eye" - meaning it looks shit hot. His most recent piece is a roughly six-foot sculpture of of zombie head. Super-stylized and beautifully painted, it's the perfect undead acid-trip, a 3D cartoon out of a sixties brain-eater pulp comic. I can't stop looking at it. I can't stop wanting it. I can't stop loving it. Just go look for yourself. And then when you're done looking at his zombie bust, head over to this page from the Jonathan Levine Gallery to see more of his work. His paintings are fantastic as well....


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