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August 31, 2007;/h3>

{     Municipal Waste "Headbanger Face Rip" video     }    

Here's a little math assignment for you kiddies. What does Troma Team Pictures plus a song off Municipal Waste's new album "The Art of Partying" equal?

I know it's a tough one...Give up? Here's the answer:


     » Municipal Waste

By Aaron in Singles
Singles

August 30, 2007;/h3>

{     Kanye West "Good Life" (MP3)     }    

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I don't really need to say much, except that this is the new Kanye track that played on the credits of this past Sunday's episode of Entourage, and I love, love, love it. It's called "Good Life" and features the well-vocoder'd T-Pain. The track is off West's new album Graduation, out September the 11th. 'Nuff said.

     » Kanye West "Good Life" (zShare MP3 Link)
     » KanyeWest.com

Singles

August 29, 2007;/h3>

{     José González "Teardrop" (MP3)     }    

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José González, a Swedish-born singer-songwriter, first found success in 2003 with the European release of his album Veneer, which subsequently bounded upward with a 2005 release in the UK and finally the States in 2005. A soft singing and strumming soul, delivering epic songs played with a classical guitar approach - his work is a floating carpet ride of ascension over soaring mountain crests and swooping, soft brushes with the tops of golden wheat fields and tall, tall grass. It takes you there.

That said, you may know of González thru his cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats" (yes, HE is covering The Knife, not the other way around), or possibly Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" and Bronski Beat's "Smalltown Boy;. I'm always a sucker for a good cover of an already favorite song, and González is one that consistently delivers. His new album titled In Our Nature brings many, many more beautiful José writings, my favorite being "Down The Line", but the track I want to shine my light on here is his astounding cover of Massive Attack's "Teardrop". A notoriously powerful and moving song, originally sung by Elizabeth Fraser (of the Cocteau Twins) for Massive Attack's album Mezzanine, José does it right by me and I think you'll enjoy it as well. Also linked below is my favorite track of his from Veneer, titled "Crosses". Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

     » Teardrop (MP3) - from In Our Nature
     » Crosses (MP3) - from Veneer

     » JoseGonzalez.com
     » Myspace.com/JoseGonzalez

Singles

August 27, 2007;/h3>

{     Jen Stark     }    

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Yeah, the image above is composed entirely of cut, colored paper. What else is there for me to say? Please check out the work of artist Jen Stark (be sure to allow the rollover images to load while viewing each piece!).

Singles

August 25, 2007;/h3>

{     'Art Class' by Ben Davis on artnet.com     }    

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This article on the class issues involved in the art world is a good primer for newcomers. Moreover, amidst the broader market's volatility of late, it serves as a sober warning for all of us as we stare out over the precipice of another art season.


     » Art Class

Singles

August 22, 2007;/h3>

{     "Barf 3D" from Beautiful/Decay     }    

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Dig out your 3Ds, 'cause James Callahan, the retarded genius of Barf Comics non-fame, just lined up and out a new tee for Beautiful/Decay. Rotten-fingered James knocks out a gnarly skull horking up all kinds of red-and-blue goodness - kitten heads, razors, hogs, dinos, Spy-VS-Spy, chainsaws, and on and on, most of them spewing a spray of their own. This shirt would be my new fave even if it was not in 3D, but you give it that extra-bonkers emetological 3D perspective and you've got some Creepshow -slash- Stand By Me goodness that makes a dude like me's jeans tight.

Get your heave on at the: Beautiful/Decay Online Shop

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Twelves

{     Top 12 stoner rock bands     }    

This is my list of the top 12 stoner rock bands off the top of my head, even though I like way more than just 12 of them. Also, these are bands that I think the stoner-rock/metal/sludge/southern/doom novice would be wise in listening to so they could get a feel of what this genre is all about. I am straight-edge but I listen to stoner-rock. It's ironic and we'll leave it at that. In no particular order, here they are:

1. Sunn O)))
2. Weedeater
3. Rwake (pronounced 'wake')
4. Bongzilla
5. Sleep
6. Om
7. Dove
8. Floor
9. Eyehategod
10. Melvins
11. Lesbian
12. Buried at Sea

- Contributed by Jerry: admit2nothing.blogspot.com

Reviews

August 21, 2007;/h3>

{     Julian Velard "The Movies Without You" E.P.     }    

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Sometimes it's almost crushing to hear what constitutes pop music these days. Between the horrible R&B thug ballads and manufactured super-groups created as much by the television shows that featured them as the evil super computer that Sony records owns (I swear it's true, I'm not a conspiracy theorist), it sometimes feels as though all heart and soul has been sucked out of popular music.
I can remember as a child listening to the radio on long trips with my parents and having the interior of our car filled with the sweet sounds of Hall and Oats, Steely Dan, The Commodores, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson (circa "Off The Wall" I.E. pre-crazy), and a plethora of other musicians who, even though they were making music for the masses it wasn't music meant to be thrown away after a single listen. Since I long for a day when I can confidently turn on my radio, have a smile cross my face and feel the desire to sing along to the sounds pouring from my speakers I am now going to tell you about a man I met while in New York.


     » Julian Velard's MySpace
     » Official Julian Velard Site

Singles

August 17, 2007;/h3>

{     Board Bangers "Cause The Beat's Hot" (MP3)     }    

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I can't make up my mind if it's horrible or genius (and it's no El Chombo "Macarron Chacarron", or Rap Cat for that matter), but this new Board Bangers track just must be heard at least once. The Board Bangers are the latest hip-hop kids to jump on the skate-wagon in order to score some mall-money dollars, and from what I can tell they're not as bad as their image projects. That said, the real money-maker for me is the fact that the track linked below, "Cause the Beat's Hot," samples the motherfucking MEOW MIX JINGLE. That's right. Click, click: "'Cause the Beat's Hot" (MP3)

Interviews

{     Interview : Dear Earthling     }    

Dear Earthling

Jeremiah Hammer, aka Dear Earthling, has been one of my favorite customers, supporters and just a cool dude to chat it up with since I opened up Schmancy in 2004. It has honestly been a pleasure to see artists in the Seattle area blow up and to feel like I got to be apart of that process. Jeremiah is no exception. He is a very passionate artist, motivated and yet still very humble. It’s impossible not to like the guy and I continue to be on the sidelines cheering for him. The layers in his work are breathtaking and will definitely make a lasting impression on even the most uneducated art/toy viewer. It was a great pleasure to take a little time with him to conduct this interview and learn just a little more about the man behind Dear Earthling.

Check out his show going up at Schmancy this Friday, August the 17th!

Singles

August 15, 2007;/h3>

{     The Tough Alliance "Taken Too Young" MP3     }    

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Sometimes the aim for reality feels too unrealistic. Sometimes you have to indulge in sweet distractions, gentle escapes and beautiful illusions to be able to stand this excuse for an existance. Sometimes you're just too young.

That's the text accompanying this new track from The Tough Alliance, the Swedish electro-pop baseball-bat swingers. The Toughies are an odd thing honestly, their sound is soft and poppy at times, but similar to Hot Chip in the sense that under that droning pop is a dark side. They're known as hooligans on and off the stage - their shows often turning into 'First Class Riots', however their sound is similar to what music might be playing in your head if you awoke in a tall-grass field, your blurred eyesight trying to focus on the rising sun - calm, sleepy, pretty. Um, but mix that with New Order and children's jumprope songs. Their videos often display old footage of things like dolphins and picnics juxtaposed with the duo euro-pop'ing along with a thuggish swagger.

Odd, but wonderful, and a CrownDozen.com favorite. Check out their several EPs and albums as they will not disappoint. But back to the reason for this post, today TTA dropped a new mp3 on the site of their label, Sincerely Yours. It's called
Taken Too Young, with guest vocals by Swedish singer Victoria Bergsman of The Concretes, Taken By Trees, and "Young Folks" fame. Superb stuff...

Singles

{     Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22     }    

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Just in time for his court case to finally hit the stand, so will the new DVD for R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" series. Chapters 13-22 will hit shelves August 21st via Jive. Now, that's great and all, but what's even better is that IFC is premiering a new chapter from the series each day on IFC.com - for FREE! They're already on Chapter 15 as of this posting, and there's even an RSS feed you can subscribe to so as to be notified when the next chapter is up. To put the cherry on top is the fact that Mr. Piss himself is intro'ing and outro'ing each chapter on IFC - it's some classy stuff.

That all said, I know some of you are giving this post the evil-eye right now and looking to delete CrownDozen.com from your bookmarks, but trust me - "Trapped in the Closet" is perfect in so many ways. It's impossible to really describe just how it works or how good it is, or to even explain why. Just watch one episode and you'll understand. Trust me. I bet you'll end up buying the DVD for yourself or someone you know...
If you don't then you're crazier than a fish with titties.

Singles

August 14, 2007;/h3>

{     Readymechs / Speakerdogs     }    

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After just getting back from seeing Daft Punk in NYC (yeah, I'm bragging) I have to say that I'm going to be broke-phi-broke for a while. How am I going to satisfy my craving for new junk to put on my shelves without spending my non-existent cash? With foldable flatpack figures from Readymech.com and Speakerdogs dude!

You just go to their site and download the PDFs for free, print them corndogs out onto some nice thick cardstock paper, cut 'em up and get your ass to foldin'. Before you know how much time you've blown you've got a fresh stack of limited edition, one-of-a-kind, not-available-in-stores, 'imported' toys to clutter up your house! Cost: $Free!

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Singles

{     Drifter • Late Summer o7'     }    

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Summer is winding down, despite the days that feel like walking on the surface of the sun. Soon it’ll be back to the frigid and cool weather that the cynic in us all revels in. Before that happens though, Drifter has dropped some pretty nice threads on us.

There are designs that you see and immediately think, “Man, that’s f*ckin clever.” and then there are shirts that you see and think, “It’s just cool.” For a long time, Drifter’s staple has been there ability to take a poignant image and blend in something to complete the impact of the design on anyone who lays eyes on it.

By A.J. in Singles
Reviews

August 13, 2007;/h3>

{     SEIBEI     }    

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If there was ever a fledgling clothing company that we at CrownDozen.com wanted to safely keep under my wing, it would be the creative kids at SEIBEI. I'll start out by saying that there may be other labels out there with more groundbreaking designs, more cause behind their effect, or higher-quality garments, but when it comes down to brass tacks then SEIBEI is simply making rad tees with rad designs using great, bright colors.

Singles

{     Traffic Torino Free Festival     }    


Summer! Lovely crazily hot season populated by mosquitoes and other lovely critters. I love you. Also because summer happens to be the season of the music festival of long standing European tradition (and more recently exported to North America to cash your bucks).

Glastonbury, Roskilde, Benicassim, Wertcher, Sonar... and the city ones: Rock En Seine, Lovebox, Marsatac... All the best indie/electronic/punk rock (and just a neglectible minority of boring pop) packed into 3 or 4 intense days of listening, rain (Glastonbury) or shine (Benicassim).


By Tacita in Singles
Singles

August 12, 2007;/h3>

{     Jeremy Fish-Kings and Queens     }    

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Jeremy Fish is usually good for putting out some fresh prints every year. They are generally pretty well done. I must say this latest 4 pack titled "Kings and Queens" is among my favorites to date, not only because they are super dope but they are also printed on wood. Everyone knows that Jeremy Fish has a history with wood. Over the years Jeremy has rocked some inventive skate graphics for the like of Think, Real, Element, the now dead Unbelievers, and most recently his newest venture, Superficial with clothing and skateboards in the mix. Lets not forget his super fresh carved skateboard paintings, historic skate comics. Gallery throw ups deserving of canvas, canvas's deserving of museums and commercial work that does not seem to show much compromise. Jeremy's progression is pretty apparent. This particular print 4 pack is a testament to that. Exhibiting classic Fish flourish frame, trade mark gold metallic ink, with the usual, un-usual, obscure creatures and gnomes interacting in all kinds of productive ways. These wood prints are flawless, delivered in a custom printed box signed by Jeremy Fish and numbered in a low edition of 100. I would not sleep too hard, they will not last long.


     » Buy Kings and Queens
     » Jeremy's latest show
     » Superfishal

By Manuel in Singles
Reviews

August 11, 2007;/h3>

{     cutandpaste07     }    


Random wall (or not so random since high up there sits an original Banksy...), not random city (London), interesting experiment on display. Cutandpaste07 is an original art contest that puts a twist into paste-ups. White paper and glue are still into the picture but the idea now is to be creative framing something inside a given silouette, cut out from a sheet of white paper.

In words it sounds pretty weird but have a look at the pictures and you will get the point.
Spreading quickly all over London, the contest is open to anybody anywhere: just cut, paste, snap a photo, submit and you could win 1000 British money. Not bad uh? Or if you are lazy, just browse the pictures already uploaded and vote for the best


     » cutandpaste07

By Tacita in Art, Reviews
Reviews

August 10, 2007;/h3>

{     T-Post     }    

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I can’t stress how important it is you read this review.

One of the coolest trends has been the t-shirt subscription services. This has been either hit or miss, depending on where you get them. With T-Post you can be absolutely certain that you’re going to get a hit...like being blindsided by a bulldozer.

Based in Sweden, T-Post is absolutely original, distinguishing their product by using a clever grab: each shirt’s design is based off a current news story and they print the inspiration (the story chosen) on the inside of the shirt around the collar. Their most recent release is that of a (true story) Russian soldier who decided to become a rogue ninja and pillage villages in Northern Italy. Unfortunately for him, he walked into the wrong field meeting not the bounty he had hoped for but the barrels of an elderly and spirited farmer’s shotgun which led him to question his newly chosen career as he waited for the police to take him in.

Anyways, T-Post works like this: every six weeks you get a new shirt with the afore mentioned method choosing the design. Each shirt is top notch, high quality stuff. The design work, as you can plainly see, is just totally worth the wait. Be sure to check these guys out and give em’ your business.

Check Out T-Post...


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