July 27, 2009

fun with facial hair...

remember Wooly Willy...

not that, get your mind out of the gutter...the toy that gave you hours of fun by moving magnetic shavings around to make different facial hair configurations...well now, there's Furry Jimmy...your new digital friend...


start with the all American classic...The Youklis...


or go casual with The Weekender...


you can go all the way with The City Gentleman...


need a quick halloween costume? don't be a pirate, again! try on one of America's most beloved characters...The Lincoln...

(or Amish, if you prefer...)

there's the perennial Fu Manchu...


it's still not too late to go to Comic-con as your favorite comic book super hero...

(the boys in legal said we can't use the real name, so we just call this one Chops...)

add a few chin whiskers...and you've got a Reverse Fu Manchu...


wanna scare the young punks in your neighborhood...nothing beats The Enforcer...


if you really want to make people poop their pants, you can't go wrong with The Cleric...just add a robe and a towel and terrify your friends...


but nothing beats America's all time favorite...Der Fuhrer...


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July 22, 2009

July 17, 2009

today's cool shit...roller derby movie...


i'll ignore the fact that Drew Barrymore is directing...you had me at Ellen Page...

July 13, 2009

my favorite songs of the year...so far...

let's catch up, shall we...here are 20 songs released this year that i enjoy very much, and i think you might too...

right now this is my top contender for album of the year...i can't stop listening to it...


although the new joint from Mos Def is quietly sneaking up on it...


as is the new one from Mark Oliver Everett...or Mr. E...

it's a concept album about a special kind of love...well, i'll just let Mr E. explain it...

"I was thinking 'what happens when the young 'Dog Faced Boy' (of the SOULJACKER album) grows up?' -- He tries to function in society. But he can't get past the fact that he's still likened to an animal," Everett says. "I was thinking about where he goes from there as he gets older, and it occurred to me that the best a dog faced boy could hope for would be to grow into something that can just squeak by in society with some semblance of dignity. I figured the best he could do was to become a dignified old werewolf."

speaking of concept albums, the latest from The Decemberists is getting a lot of ink for daring to be unified story in this age of playlists and choose your own mixes...it smells like rock opera to me...which is not a bad thing...as long as the music is good...and this album just didn't connect with me...except this compelling little ditty about a man who murders his three children...

maybe i need to give this one a second chance...

no one knows about second chances better than Bettye Lavette...maybe you were like me when she showed up at the Obama Presidential Inaugural Celebration...Bettye who?

but her rendition of A Change is Gonna Come piqued my curiosity...and i found this soul chestnut on a sampler from her label, Anti...

it's recycled from 2007 release The Scene of the Crime, but hey, never too late for second chances right...especially when retro soul is such a hot trend...

and no one is doing retro soul better these days than Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears...


then there's this bit of blue eyed soul from Jarvis Cocker that won't let me go either...

this is my kind of singer/songwriter smart, funny, and brave...

and my favorite singer/songwriter has been on repeat since February...


Mr. Justin Townes Earle is doing right by his bloodlines with a great version of one of my favorite American stories...

Justin Townes Earle~They Killed John Henry from LaundroMatinee on Vimeo.




i was lucky enough to get my hands on the (0) release from local band Wentworth Kersey...they have good internet presence...but nothing embeddable...check out Adore, its a great track...one part spaghetti western, one part Leonard Cohen, and one part dreamscape...i hope to hear much more from these guys...

meanwhile M. Ward keeps churning out his country flavored power pop...
the man is a machine of goodness...

and A.C. Newman is a welcome addition to my heavy rotation...


and Busdriver is finding a permanent place on my heavy rotation with his newest...


Depeche Mode is bringing back that old school new wave flavor...


the search has ended...we have a new heir to the title of the Queen of Rap...Ms. Tiye Phoenix...

all fakes, frauds, and pretenders should just sit down...

other new...to me...stuff includes...

The Thermals...


N.A.S.A....


and The City Champs...


finally, let's wrap up with some hard to find internet download stuff...

dj BC mashup Shorty Shutup (The Tings Tings vs Busta Rhymes vs The Zombies)...


and Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse...i told you about this last month...

the track Little Girl is one of my favorites...

July 10, 2009

today's cool shit...Favreau & Vaughn...


i know, i know...i just love it when these guys work together...

the new micro-patronage...pt 2...

Forget thinking you are going to make any real money from record sales,” wrote Reznor on his message board. “Make your record cheaply (but great) and GIVE IT AWAY [as DRM-free MP3s] … Collect people’s e-mail info in exchange (which means having the infrastructure to do so) and start building your database of potential customers. Then, offer a variety of premium packages for sale and make them limited editions / scarce goods.”

It’s a play straight out of Anderson’s playbook (and, in fact, Anderson cites Nine Inch Nails as an example of a business that understands “Free”).

To put it into practice, Reznor advises that bands distribute through Amazon, TopSpin or Tunecore; set up a simple, Flash-free site outside of MySpace (which he says is “dying and reads as cheap / generic”); never abuse their mailing list; use free tools from Twitter, Flickr, Vimeo, YouTube and SoundCloud; and give people a reason to keep coming back to their site (Reznor’s own forums are an example of this strategy).

However, Reznor says the strategy of giving away music in return for e-mail addresses, then marketing pricey box sets and other premium goods to those e-mail addresses only makes sense if a band wants to keep all its money and stay in control of its image.
"(click for full article)

this can work for printed media too...

July 9, 2009

today's cool shit...fashion fail...


if it's not enough for you that someone thought mens trousers needed...a third leg...let's add to it by mentioning that this bit of hilarity came from one of the godfathers of the Black Panther Party...Mr Eldridge Cleaver...apparently, this was another way to...stick it to the man...or something...

"My design had to do with an argument against what’s being done with our clothing. Who controls our clothing? If you notice, the clothing industry is dominated by homosexuals. They want men and women to look basically the same."
(scroll to the end of the interview for full blown insanity)

July 8, 2009

your lyric of the day...

"if you are to fall in love
then where should you stand to begin with?
and when the fall is done
how bad should you plan to get injured?
and if you land on your feet
do it count as a fall or a jump?
and do it feel like a fall
when the hands that pushed you are holding you up?"

Pistola, Mos Def

July 7, 2009

Son (Chapter 2) cover...



in case you were wondering...

July 2, 2009

today's cool shit...Busdriver...

Kanye wishes he was this talented...

imagine the Talking Heads trapped inside the body of Charles Mingus...

July 1, 2009

today's cool shit...well, maybe not...

it's official...Pixar has run out of ideas...