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March 30, 2007;/h3>

{     Easter Labbit     }    

easter.jpgWell boys and girls, it is that time of year again. Yes I am speaking of everybody’s favorite holiday, “Easter”…. Ok, maybe not but it does not mean that you can not at least pretend to be interested. This year with a wonderful lovable Easter Labbit by your side you will not have to pretend. Designed by the one and only Frank Kozik for the season, these will not be around all year. So stop what you are doing and get yourself, and loved ones a Easter Labbit today. Have a Happy Easter boys and girls!

- Take a Easter Labbit home!

By Manuel in Singles
Singles

March 28, 2007;/h3>

{     Deuce Seven / 27     }    

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So, I've been seeing the work of this guy, Deuce Seven (27), popping up here and there lately, and apparently dude went from Minnesota zero to NYC art hero in a half-second, and deservedly so in my opinion. His work is bright, bold, unique, and simply appeals to most every eye. The flip is that there are accusations and drama in the mix, with Billy'burg snitch-talk and such making his ears hot. My guess is that true or not, he's been killing it in NYC so hard, so fast that backlash and burns are most likely due to his unique style attracting so much attention in a (I'm gonna say it) New York minute. Read: jealousy.

Check out this article in the Village Voice on "The New King of NYC Street Art", then hit this Flickr search for tons of examples of his work, including the occasional diss.

Singles

{     Timbaland w/ M.I.A.     }    

So, the powers that be decided to leave a certain lady Mathangi Arulpragasam - aka M.I.A. - off the US version of the new Timbaland album, apparently opting instead for a craptastic track with the Tiny Dancer himself, Elton John. No, really, they did. So, in an effort to balance things out once again, I give you this: Timbaland feat. M.I.A. "Come Around".

Now, let's keep it legal: Buy "Timbaland Presents Shock Value" at Amazon.com.

Reviews

March 27, 2007;/h3>

{     Gama-Go     }    

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Few people will be inclined to represent a yeti as a fashion statement. If that’s not your particular cup of tea, how about squiring a “Rat Pack” era, smoking “Dirty Bird” about as your new icon of choice? These are two of the mainstays used as representation for the Gama-Go product line.

Gama-Go was started in late 2000 by Greg Long and Chris Edmundson as a out-of-home business to showcase some close friend’s artwork. The line has since burgeoned into a perfect outlet to find clothes that showcase your own unique styling (or even decor).

With arrival of spring and summer around the corner, why not get the gear that will be the plumage to attract the opposite sex. My personal favorite piece of apparel offered by Gama-Go is the “Pack O’Smokes Track Jacket.” This comfortable and high quality piece of merchandise isn’t just for the the avid runner who, after their brisk jog halfway around the track of life wants to show their contempt for the fellow health enthusiasts by saying “That’s right, there’s a pack of smokes in my pocket. What of it?”

And why not carry around your items of cool in one of their messenger bags, showcasing the Dirty Bird, Deathbot, or my weapon of choice, the Yeti (disclaimer: Yeti can not be held responsible for what is carried in bag, but will assure that you mean business when you carry him around). On a special note, I was told to expect a 400 page hardcover book (by Last Gasp Productions) titled “Limited Edition, Art and Design of GAMA-GO,” containing over 6 years (around 600 designs) to be released soon as well.

With a line of great, quality shirts and tees, not to mention amusing other accessories (after all, who wouldn’t want to bring a gun pillow to a pillow fight...better then bringing a knife pillow to a gun pillow fight) Gama-Go is a great place to pick up amusing, stylish gear to fill your house, closet, and overall life with.

Check out Gama-Go...

Twelves

March 21, 2007;/h3>

{     Top Twelve Voices (Singers)     }    

Short and sweet list of my top twelve favorite voices or singers, if you will. They are in no particular order and I know that I may be leaving some real great ones out, but at Crown Dozen it's about the twelves! So, without further adieu, here goes:

1. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
2. Johnny Cash
3. Dax Riggs (Acid Bath/Agents of Oblivion)
4. Anticon)
11. Dose one (Anticon)
12. Khaela Maricich (The Blow)

Yeah, just as I suspected, there are ton more that I can think of right now that I really wish I could add. For the time being though these will do.

Reviews

March 18, 2007;/h3>

{     SprayGraphic     }    

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In a time of a politically aware generation of youths, finding the means to express your contempt or disapproval while not being seen as a zealot does seem to represent a bit of a challenge. How to make a proper statement of your anti-conformist ways without seeming like your life is angled to the extreme left is a considerable quandary.

Enter SprayGraphic apparel. SprayGraphic is a company dedicated to “developing thought provoking style” and letting your opinions be not just heard but seen and worn. To highlight a company for their artistic ingenuity is one thing but SprayGraphic goes the extra mile by practicing what they preach. They currently are active in donating both money and clothing to several different kinds of charitable foundations.

There product line currently spans into various styles of shirts, jackets, dresses, and accessories catering a variety of apparel to both men and women. After putting some of their tees through the wear and wash test, I did notice some fading but nothing considerable. All and all a worthy buy for your artistic politically aware wardrobe (and hey, did I mention the charitable foundations that will benefit to?).

Check out SprayGraphic Apparel...

Interviews

March 17, 2007;/h3>

{     Interview : Kenneth Lavallee     }    

Kenneth Lavallee lives in the cold, cold north - Winnipeg, Manitoba to be exact. He draws amazing and creepy images that I love, and not nearly enough people know who he is. His work has been featured on posters, in magazines, on album covers and recently in the new book "Beasts!" from Fantagraphics Press, next to artists such as Jeff Soto, Glenn Barr and Tim Biskup. The dudes at Oddica.com interviewed him last year and we're reprinting it here for no other reason than we think he's rad and Oddica is too.

Singles

March 14, 2007;/h3>

{     Leah McSweeney (of Married to the Mob) Interview     }    


Check out this rad interview with Married to the Mob creator and designer, Leah McSweeney, over at Worship Worthy. MOB is what I consider the foremost female streetwear clothing line right now, setting the bar high for all the soon-to-follow labels. Check the Most Official Bitches at MarriedtotheMobNYC.com and be sure to read some of the other great pieces at Worship Worthy, entirely female authored with a tight focus on NYC fashion and culture.


Reviews

{     Kindred Market     }    

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They call themselves the lumberjacks, one can only imagine why. I call them purveyors of artistic apparel. In using a unique form of blending the vintage images of days (long) past, the folks at Kindred Market have developed a line of clothing that truly stands against the critics eye. For instance, one shirt titled “Cartography on a Dollar a Day” couldn’t be anymore appropriately titled as it contains what can only be described as a veritable sailing map of yore (or as the lumberjack’s describe it as “Here we see the adventures of Renaldo and Amadeus Hazzenfeffer carefully charting the open waters surrounding their Paradisio.”).

Whatever their mission, their products are definitely quality. All of their shirts are made on 100% cotton fine jersey material with a distinctive inking that makes the contrast between the art and the shirt flow smoothly. The prices for the fruits of the lumberjacks’ toils is a reasonable twenty-five dollar range.

Check out Kindred Market...

Reviews

March 10, 2007;/h3>

{     New York Art Fair Roundup     }    

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If... one follows the logic of Einsteinian Relativity (General or Special take your pick) one is lead to the truth that there is no such thing as "now". For Einstein and other physicists this understanding developed as a result of observing discrepancies in measurements of time, space and light. I won't get into a lengthy explanation of exactly why but the point is events occur, they can be observed and valued differently, and there is no absolute frame of reference. The bottom line: objective simultaneity simply isn't so.

So blah, blah, blah, we are led to the basic truth that subjectivity is the only 'is'. Any douche who ever took LSD or philosophy 101 has been introduced to this set of concepts. But in terms of the field of cultural production, when looking at the notion of "now" we encounter something a little different. For us it's more specific and definitely way more at the mercy of subjectivities than reality in general.

Constantly being reported on, ruminated over, and discussed, the museum 'now', the gallery 'now', and the art fair 'now' are all different things; as are the critic's 'now', the artist's 'now', the publicist's 'now' and the historian's 'now'. In our little art world it is this discussion which gives 'now' it's power. This is mostly because all the various forces that understand and shape 'now' grapple with the procession of images, ideas and objects in a similar vein.

Moving through the mysteries of the zeitgeist with helmet, fork, and magnifying glass, we want for various reasons to know what IS, what's "good", what it means, how we measure up, what our contribution can be, and what's next. This revs the visual culture engine to the speed of light on a path whose erratic twists and turns are similar to the frizzy grey that once emanated from Einstein's skull.

Which brings us to this 'now': 2007, the beginning of March, a week after the conclusion of another set of art fairs and one artist's completely subjective attempt to measure up some artworld time, space, and light.

Singles

March 8, 2007;/h3>

{     Neurosis Water Is Not Enough     }    

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Here is a link to the track 'Water is not Enough' off the new Neurosis album 'Given to the Rising' set to be released in May.

We've been given word that there will be a return to the heavy energy forsaken for atmosphere and tension on the last few outings. If this track is any indication there will be a masterful balance struck between these bipolar musical moods. Enjoy the madness.


     » Water Is Not Enough
     » Neurosis
     » Neurot Recordings

Singles

March 7, 2007;/h3>

{     Kozik's "Necromorth the Christraper" Ningyo/Gosho Release Party and Signing     }    


When?
Friday March 9th, 2007
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM signing by Kozik
Where?
Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Whuh?
First off, kudos must be doled out in good measure to Monsieur Kozik for crafting the finest product name for a piece of collectible vinyl that I've seen in, well, ever. This tasty bit of corpse-painted sacriliciousness is brought to you by Super Rad Toys and 3DRetro.com, and would make the perfect gift for a loved one this coming Easter holiday.
Necromorth the Christraper is limited to 500 pieces, and whether you're a fan of Kozik, black metal, or incredibly smooth collectible vinyl toys in general, you best snatch one up before they're all gone.


     » FrankKozik
     » SuperRadToys.com
     » 3DRetro.com

By Adam in Art, Singles, Toys
Singles

{     Dalek’s Ningyo/Gosho Release Party & Signing     }    


When?
Saturday, March 10th,
2:00 – 6:00 PM
3:00 – 5:00 PM Dalek Signing
Where?
Tradition
2895 Agoura Road
Westlake Village, CA 91361
Whuh?
The second of two huge events popping off this weekend for Super Rad Toys, Saturday night's shindig focuses in on their collab with streetwear mavericks Tradition and art-lord Dalek. This is Dalek's stab at SRT's Ningyo/Gosho design, and he's taken the chubbly-bubbly character concept and made it uniquely his own with an eyeball emblazoned vest/coat and a smiley-faced pair of undergarments. This version is limited to 200 pieces.


     » DalekArt.com
     » SuperRadToys.com
     » Tradition

By Adam in Art, Singles, Toys
Reviews

{     Peel     }    


Hold onto to your Aeron chair and panties, because you are about to have your mp3 bloggin', music nerd world rocked.

Peel allows you to add in all your frequented mp3 blogs and will automatically download the tracks for you. No more blocking out two hours every Friday morning for blog downloading. Peel will check every 30 minutes for new postings and download directly into folders on your desktop automatically labeled with the blogs name, or directly to an itunes playlist titled Peel. If you prefer to be more selective, you can also preview and listen to the tracks in the application and manually download.

There is nothing better than coming into work each morning, turning on your computer and having little new music surprises waiting for you. This is the best app you will download this year.

Singles

March 2, 2007;/h3>

{     GelaSkins     }    

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In today's world the iPod culture is everywhere. It’s hard to enter a civilized society that is not populated with the musical revolution’s greatest ally. The only true cost of carrying your iPod with you wherever you go is the inevitable wear and tear that can befall it. To leave scratch marks on your jeans is one thing but leave them on a $249 to $349 piece of electronics is a travesty.

To those of us who seek iPod protection and individual expression look no further then GelaSkins. This company provides a way to express your personality through your iPod, much the way musicians do with cover art. With the contributions from various artists and designers all over the world, Gelaskins offers a wide variety of cases for many models of iPod, created by artists such as Audrey Kawasaki, Nate Williams, Ralph Steadman, Yumiko Kayukawa and many others. The art work on each case is totally unique and magnificently worthy of displaying.


     » Go to Gelaskins.com


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