« November 2006 | Main | January 2007 »

December 28, 2006

{Arcade Fire}

62_arcade_fire_150905_L.jpg

You've probably heard how The Arcade Fire uploaded the wrong song to iTunes on Tuesday (December 26). The track "Intervention" was supposed to be uploaded as a charity single but instead fans got a taste of a new track "Black Wave/ Bad Vibrations" two days earlier than planned.

Here's "Black Wave/ Bad Vibrations" (Courtesy of Badminton Stamps)

Here's a live KCRW version of "Intervention" (Courtesy of Let's Sexy Fighting)

Forgot how cool this band is? Watch this and get excited all over again...

December 26, 2006

{James Brown}

james_brown.jpg

By now you've all heard that the Godfather of Soul hass passed after being hospitalized with pneumonia. Bag of Songs posted 30 of JB's finest tunes! Go give 'em a listen right now, with your bad self.

December 22, 2006

{Grindhouse}

grindhouse.jpg

Yes, I've mentioned Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's Grindhouse double-feature at least a few times before, but now there's an extremely cool official trailer to feast your eyes upon.

View the Trailer

December 21, 2006

{Transformers}

transformers-movie-wallpaper-original-640.jpg

Autobots and Decepticons bring their battle to earth. The Transformers trailer finally made it's way unto the net this week and it doesn't look half bad.

View the Teaser Trailer

{Hostel 2}

hostel22.jpg

The sequel focuses on three girls who are studying in Italy for the summer and they get lured back to a lot of familiar places. It turns out that the Slovakian stopover is actually part of a chain and you'll see the ins and outs of the whole organization and how they get people and kill them. "Hostel 2" starts immediately where the first film left off.

View the Teaser Trailer

December 20, 2006

{Little Miss Sunshine}

little-miss-sunshine-wallpaper-7.jpg

Last night I picked up a newly released copy of Little Miss Sunshine and I laughed and cried all over again. It was just as entertaining the second time around, only the 4 alternate endings were nothing special.

Here's a couple of the soundtracks best...

DeVotchka - "Til The End of Time"

DeVotchka - "You Love Me"

Hear more from DeVotchka's MySpace

View the Trailer

Purchase the DVD

{Tracey Thorn}

1075364523_l.jpg

I've been listening to alot of vintage Everything But The Girl lately. Their down-tempo grooves provide a nice laidback soundtrack during this busy holiday season. I recently discovered that Tracey Thorn has been working on a solo project of her own. The album titled Out Of The Woods is an eclectic batch of tunes to be released early 2007.

Here's one such song...

"It's All True"

Here's a couple of my favorite mellow EBTG tracks...

"Mirrorball" (off the album Walking Wounded)

"25th December" (this appropriately titled track is off the album Amplified Heart)

Purchase Everything But The Girl albums here.

Hear more from Tracey Thorn's MySpace.

December 19, 2006

{Memphis Giveaways}

B000GPPPEA.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_V40662218_.jpg

Memphis is a Canadian indie band that features Stars frontman (Torquil Campbell), Metric guitarist (Chris Dumont). Apparently they've been together for a couple of years already, however I didn't hear about them until I recently recieved their press kit in the mail (from their wonderful publicity team over at Good Fences). I've been meaning to post about this album for awhile now, but I've been getting sidetracked due to the holidays. Memphis recently released their second album titled A Little Place in the Wilderness, and it's a pretty pleasant listen all the way through.

Don't take my word for it, hear for yourself...

"Incredibly Drunk on Whisky"

"I'll Do Whatever You Want"

***********GIVEAWAYS***************

I've got a couple cd's (complete with a cool notepad, poster, and buttons) to giveaway to the first couple emails. SORRY, ALL OUT.

Hear more from Memphis' MySpace.

December 18, 2006

{Best Albums of 2006}

cassette.pl.jpg

Well, everyone else is doing it so why should I be an exception. Now I don't pretend to have heard all the great albums released this year, I didn't give some albums the time they deserve and I missed some altogether, but I did compile a list of Caffeine-Headache's Top 50 Album Picks of the Year (in no particular order).
Nothing extensive, just links to songs, in case there's some albums you might have missed.
Here goes...

Josh Ritter - Animal Years

Suggested Listening: "Wolves", "Thin Blue Flame", "Girl in the War"
RIYL: Ron Sexsmith, M. Ward, Bruce Springsteen

Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope

Suggested Listening: "Fidelity", "Samson" (Courtesy of Kwaya Na Kisser)
RIYL: Stars, Tori Amos

Snow Patrol - Eyes Open

Suggested Listening: "Chasing Cars" (Courtesy of The Underrated Blog), "Hands Open" (Courtesy of I Guess I'm Floating)
RIYL: Travis, Badly Drawn Boy, U2

Sean Hayes - Big Black Hole and The Little Baby Star

Suggested Listening: "Fucked Me Right Up", "Calling All Cars"
RIYL: Brett Dennen, Josh Rouse, Jolie Holland

The Submarines - Declare A New State!

Suggested Listening: "Peace & Hate" (Courtesy of The Yellow Stereo), "Vote" (Courtesy of Rewritable Content)
RIYL: Starlight Mints, Sufjan Stevens, Postal Service

The Dears - Gang of Losers

Suggested Listening: "The Ballad of Humankindness", "There Goes My Outfit" (Courtsey of Obscure Sound)
RIYL: The Decemberists, Morrissey, Blur

Ed Harcourt - The Beautiful Lie

Suggested Listening: "Visit From The Dead Dog", "Good Friends Are Hard To Find"
RIYL: Badly Drawn Boy, Josh Rouse, Rufus Wainwright

Basement Jaxx - Crazy Itch Radio

Suggested Listening: "Hush Boy" (Courtesy of The Yellow Stereo), "Hey You" (Courtesy of MOKB)
RIYL: Dizzee Rascal, Daft Punk

Placebo - Meds

Suggested Listening:"Follow the Cops Back Home" (Courtesy of Indoor Fireworks) , "Meds" (Courtesy of The Rich Girls Are Weeping)
RIYL: Oasis, Muse

Joanna Newsom - Ys Suggested Listening: "Emily" , "Peach, Plum, Pear" (Courtesy of Side One, Track One)
RIYL: Bjork, Beirut, Devendra Banhart

Thom Yorke The Eraser

Suggested Listening: "Harrowdown Hill", "Atoms for Peace" (Courtesy of Phish & Chips)
RIYL: Radiohead, Aphex Twin

Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country

Suggested Listening: "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" (Courtesy of Who Killed the Mixtape), "Let's Get Out Of This Country" (Courtsey of The Laws Have Changed)
RIYL: Belle & Sebastian, Acid House Kings

Badly Drawn Boy - Born in the UK

Suggested Listening: "The Way Things Used To Be", "Promises" (Courtesy of Speed of Dark)
RIYL: Kings of Convenience, Oasis

Cat Power - The Greatest

Suggested Listening: "Lived in Bars", "The Greatest" (Courtesy of Sand is Overrated)
RIYL: Beth Orton, Laura Veirs

Cansei De Ser Sexy - S/T

Suggested Listening: " Let's Make Love And Listen To Death From Above", " I wanna be your J Lo" (Courtesy od To Die By Your Side)
RIYL: Stereo Total, Bonde De Role

Ben Kweller - S/T

Suggested Listening: "Sundress", "Thirteen" (Courtesy of Toga Toga Toga)
RIYL: Wilco, Big Star

Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat

Suggested Listening: "Big Guns" (Courtesy of Water All Around), “Rise Up With Fists!” (Courtesy of The Yellow Stereo)
RIYL: Rilo Kiley, The Elected

Joseph Arthur - Nuclear Daydream

Suggested Listening: "Black Lexus" (Courtesy of The Rock Insider), "Enough To Get Away" (Courtesy of The World Forgot)
RIYL: Gomez, M. Ward

M. Ward - Post War

Suggested Listening: "Chinese Translation" (Courtesy of Each Secure Note), "Post War" (Courtesy of Bows Plus Arrows)
RIYL: Iron & Wine, Sufjan Stevens

Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds

Suggested Listening: "FutureSex/LoveSound" (Courtesy of All Time Champion), "LoveStoned"(Cacophony & Coffee)
RIYL: Prince, Michael Jackson

Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo

Suggested Listening: "Backyard Betty", "What it Look Like" (Courtesy of Nialler9)
RIYL: Peaches, Aceyalone

Beirut - Gulag Orkestar

Suggested Listening: "The Canals of Our City" (Courtesy of Music is Not Dead), "Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)" (Courtesy of Untitled)
RIYL: Patrick Wolf, DeVotchka

Mountain Goats - Get Lonely

Suggested Listening: "Woke Up New", "Wild Sage" (Courtesy of Indie For Bunnies)
RIYL: Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes

Ron Sexsmith - Time Being

Suggested Listening: "All in Good Time", "Never Give Up"
RIYL: Josh Rouse, Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann

Phoenix

Suggested Listening: "Long Distance Call", Phoenix (Courtesy of The Neiles Life)
RIYL: The Strokes, Tahiti 80, Hall & Oats

Bob Dylan - Modern Times

Suggested Listening: "Ain't Talkin", "When the Deal Goes Down" (Courtesy of Phish & Chips)
RIYL: Bob Dylan

Damien Rice - 9

Suggested Listening: "9 Crimes", "Grey Rooms"
RIYL: Ray LaMontagne, Ryan Adams, David Gray

Sufjan Stevens - Avalanche

Suggested Listening: “The Henney Buggy Band”, "Pittsfield"
RIYL: Iron & Wine, Polyphonic Spree

Herman Dune - Giant

Suggested Listening: "I Wish I Could See You Soon" (Courtesy of Musikoon)
RIYL: Jens Lekman, Belle & Sebastian

Los Campesinos - Hold On Now Youngster

Suggested Listening: "You! Me! Dancing!" (Courtesy of Nothing But Green Lights), "Death To Los Campesinos" (Courtesy of Tommy Shots)
RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, The Go! Team

Julieta Venegas - Limon Y Sal

Suggested Listening: "Canciones De Amor"
RIYL: Aterciopelados, Ely Guerra

Archie Bronson Outfit - Derdang Derdang

Suggested Listening: "Dart For My Sweet" (Courtesy of We Say Disco), "Dead Funny" (Courtesy of MOKB)
MLIYL: Clinic, Franz Ferdinand

Clinic - Visitations

Suggested Listening: "Visitations", "Animal/Human" (Courtesy of Music Slut)
RIYL: Sonic Youth, Radiohead

Owen - At Home With

Suggested Listening: "Bad News", "The Sad Waltzes Of Pietro Crespi" (Courtesy of PodBop)
RIYL: Death Cab For Cutie, Mountain Goats

Jeremy Warmsley -The Art of Fiction

Suggested Listening: "Dirty Blue Jeans", "Modern Children" (Courtesy of The Daily Growl)
RIYL: Tom Vek, Talking Heads

Lady Sovereign - Public Warning

Suggested Listening: "Ch Ching" (Courtesy of Music Collective), "Love Me or Hate Me" (Courtesy of Ben Loves Music)
RIYL: The Streets, Dizzee Rascal

Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton - Knives Don't Have Your Back

Suggested Listening: "Doctor Blind", "Our Hell", "Reading in Bed" (Courtesy of Sound Gym)
RIYL: Beth Orton, Portishead

The Long Blondes - Someone To Drive You Home

Suggested Listening: "Separated by Motorways", "Once and Never Again" (Courtesy of Inkiostro), "Giddy Stratospheres", "Weekend without Makeup" (Courtesy of Sound Gym)
RIYL: Bloc Party, Pulp, Human League

The Black Keys - Magic Potion

Suggested Listening: "Your Touch" (Courtesy of False 45th), "You're The One", "Black Door" (Courtsey of Neiles Life)
RIYL: The White Stripes, Kings of Leon

El Perro Del Mar - S/T

Suggested Listening: "God Knows", "I Can’t Talk About It" (Courtesy of Convert Curiosity), "Coming Down the Hill" (Courtesy of 5 Acts)
RIYL: Isobell Campbell, Jens Lekman

Jarvis Cocker - Jarvis

Suggested Listening: "Black Magic" (Courtesy of Ear Farm), "Running The World" (Courtesy of Mister Brightside)
RIYL: Pulp, Blur

The Elected - Sun, Sun, Sun

Suggested Listening: "Not Going Home", "Did Me Good" (Courtesy of Sand is Overrated)
RIYL: Rilo Kiley, Matt Pond PA

Two Gallants - What the Toll Tells

Suggested Listening: "Steady Rollin" (Courtesy of Fabulist), "Las Cruces Jail" (Courtesy of The Punk Guy)
RIYL: Bright Eyes, Langhorne Slim, Violent Femmes

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan - Ballad of the Broken Seas

Suggested Listening: "Ramblin Man" (Courtesy of Training Ground) , "(Do You Wanna) Come Walk With Me?" (Courtesy of Timedoor)
RIYL: The Gentle Waves, Screaming Trees, Tom Waits

The Coup - Pick A Bigger Weapon

Suggested Listening: "Laugh Love Fuck" (Courtesy of Macktronic), "My Favorite Mutiny" (Courtesy of The Mark Out)
RIYL: LA Symphony, Mos Def, Funkadelic

Tahiti 80 - Fosbury

Suggested Listening: "Big Day", "Here Comes"
RIYL: Phoenix, The Go! Team

Squarepusher - Hello Everything

Suggested Listening: "The Modern Bass Guitar" (Courtesy of Nialler 9), "Welcome To Europe"
RIYL: Aphex Twin, Luke Vibert

Man Man - Six Bag Demon

Suggested Listening: "Engrish Bwudd" (Courtesy of The Muso), "Van Helsing Boombox" (Courtesy of Underrated Blog)
RIYL: Tom Waits, Captain Beefheart

The Decemberists - The Crane Wife

Suggested Listening: "Yankee Bayonet" (Courtesy of Bows + Arrows), "Summersong" (Courtesy of Fabulist)
RIYL: Ben Kweller, Death Cab, Morrissey

Los Bunkers - Vida De Perros

Suggested Listening: "Llueve sobre la ciudad" (Courtesy of The Yellow Stereo), "Te Vistas Y Te Vas"
RIYL: El Otro Yo, Supergrass

December 14, 2006

{Inland Empire}


We've mentioned Inland Empire many a time before (see here). Now Lynchians rejoice! The film will finally release in select theaters this weekend. This is an official trailer.

December 12, 2006

{Tahiti 80}

tahiti80.jpg

I've posted about Parisian indie popsters Tahiti 80 before (see here), but their publicity team ( over at Plus 1 Music) sent me yet another track to share, so enjoy...

"Here Comes"

You can hear more from Tahiti 80's MySpace.

Order the album here

{Faces on Film}

1254479039_m.gif

Dovecote Records sent over some new Faces on Film tunes. The Boston four-piece are currently finishing their follow-up to 2005's album Seven Sisters. Here's a few unmixed tracks...

"Archers"

"Famuos Last Words"

"Friends with Both Arms"

Hear more from Faces on Film's MySpace.

{The Lost Room}

lost-room-061211.jpg

Did anyone catch part one of Sci Fi Channel’s The Lost Room miniseries last night? Let's do a quick re-cap then, shall we.

Plot Summary (thus far):
Homicide detective Joe Miller (Peter Krause) stumbles upon a key that turns any door into a gateway to a mysterious motel room that’s been frozen in time. Whoever holds the key is able to access the room from anywhere, and no matter what you do inside it (sleep in the bed, set fire to the carpet, etc.) the room always “resets” itself to its original configuration the next time you enter.

We haven't been clued in to all the details, but we do know that something very bad happened in Room 10 of the Sunshine Motel, outside Gallup, New Mexico. The repercussions have been destroying lives and twisting reality ever since. Room 10 and many of it's seemingly ordinary objects (a pen, a comb, and so on) have unique abilities. The pen burns things from the inside out. The comb stops time for five seconds when you run it through your hair. Just holding one of these objects makes you a target for murder and legions have formed to collect all the objects...some for power, others to prevent them from being used.

Part Two of The Lost Room airs tonight. The mini-series stars (2006 Emmy nominee for Six Feet Under) Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies, Kevin Pollak, Margaret Cho, and Elle Fanning.

Visit Sci-Fi's Lost Room page to catch clips, learn more about the objects in the lost room, and get a general rundown.

December 11, 2006

{Late Night Sounds Dec. Mix '06}

232364866_m.gif

The Late Night Sounds is a (roughly 30 min.) monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar artists, both past and present.

This month's mix features a playful Canadian pop ditty from Memphis, Swedish folk from Herman Dune, indie pop from Tim Williams, a rarity from singer-songwriter David Brusie, an unreleased new wave track from Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee, indie-rock from Los Campesinos, a psychedelic rock tune from the Archie Bronson Outfit, and a Brit-pop gem from Bernard Butler, give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Sounds December Mix '06

Tracklisting:

1. Memphis - “Incredibly Drunk on Whiskey” (Get the download from Caffeine_Headache)

2. Herman Dune - "Your Name/ My Game"

3. Tim Williams - "Novel" (Get the download from Caffeine-Headache)

4. David Brusie - "Understood"

5. Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee - "Let Me Take You Out" (Get the download from her MySpace)

6. Los Campesinos - "Sweet Dreams"

7. Archie Bronson Outfit - "Dead Funny" (Get the download from Weiterdreh & Nachklapp)

8. Bernard Butler - "Not Alone" (Get the download from Idolator)

{Tim Williams Giveaways}

991642358_l.jpg

The folks over at Dovecote Records are really great. They've been sending me alot of good tunes lately, so it's about time I start spreading the news.

Tim Williams' Merchant Heart EP won me over on the first listen with some nice pop songs. The opening track "Novel" being the highpoint.

Williams plans to began working on his second full length album in July. “If you do it right, it shouldn’t happen overnight,” he says, “I planned this for the long haul.” Williams is quick to note his admiration for artists like Will Oldham and the breadth of their work, something he intends to accomplish. With artists like that, he says, when a new record comes out, “people respect it and they want to hear it, because they know the body of work.”

Have a listen...

"Novel"

***********GIVEAWAYS***************

I've got a couple Merchant Heart EP's and seven inch singles (“Novel” b/w “I Am Wearing It”) to giveaway to the first couple peeps to drop me an email.
SORRY, ALL OUT.

Purchase the album and hear more from Tim Williams MySpace.

December 08, 2006

{Crown Dozen Gift Guide}

page_1.gif

I posted a Caffeine-Headache Gift Guide earlier in the week, but I also contributed a few of those Christmas ideas to Crown Dozen's (very cool and lengthly) Gift Guide. It's seven pages long, so head over and give it look!

December 07, 2006

{Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee}

1041912963_l.jpg

Some have called Elizabeth Harper 'The Female Morrissey'...and while that might be a stretch, she definitly has a gorgeous voice and similiar vocal stylings. She's currently signed to UK indie label Angular Records. The album is available as an import or (now) through iTunes.

Here's a couple of gems (the first from the debut album, the second unreleased)...

"Trouble in the Place"

"Let Me Take You Out"

Get more info from Elizabeth Harper & The Matinee's MySpace.

December 06, 2006

{James Kim Memoriam Video}

120606_james.jpg

The story of James Kim's death really tugs at my heart. For some strange reason I can't help but see something of myself (or my own family) in his.

Great things happened for James Kim, he was a senior editor at CNET, an avid tech geek, a music lover, and co-owner (with his lovely wife) of an apocatherapy shop, and a clothing store in San Francisco called Doe (See photos). He seemed like a fun guy to be around and a great family man...the kind of man most would wish to be.

Watch the James Kim Memoriam video.

{Damien Jurado}

710743439_l.jpg

Damien Jurado's sad song "Ohio" (from 1999's Rehearsals for Departure album) is amongst my favorites. I'm also a very big fan of his last album, 2005's 'tribute to jealousy' titled On My Way To Absence.

After almost ten years, Jurado has been releasing numbers of albums, EPs, and singles. On his latest album titled And Now That I'm In Your Shadow, Jurado gets a little help from (now permanent members) Eric Fisher and Jenna Conrad. Damien is no longer a solo artist but a band, so rarely from now on will any live performance be a one man show.

In fact, the singer-songwriter's first recording sessions with a full band were so productive, there was enough material for two albums. 'Shadow' will be followed by the second (and more upbeat) batch of songs in early 2007. And Now That I'm In Your Shadow released last month, so I'm a little late getting around to this one, but better late than never.

Hear "Denton, TX" and the classic "Ohio" (Courtesy of Who Killed the Mixtape)

Here's one from Secretly Canadian Records...

"What Were the Chances"

Here's another of my new favorites...

"There Goes Your Man"

Hear more from Damien Jurado's MySpace.

{Turistas}

touristas_200611081732.jpg

Turistas opened in select theaters last week, the film has been reffered to as 'Hostel set in Brazil'. I dunno, doesn't look quite as appealing, but I've been wrong before.

Plot outline: Three Americans travel to Brazil for fun, adventure, and the promise of foreign pleasures. Only a dark secret waits for them in the lush jungle and underground caverns of the Brazilian mountains.

View the trailer.

December 05, 2006

{Unknown}

unknown_l200611011555.jpg

In Resevoir Dogs fashion...Five men wake up in a locked-down warehouse, none of them able to remember how they got there or even who they are. They soon realize that they were all part of a kidnapping - without having the slightest idea of which side they were on. Sounds interesting enough, right.

Unknown features a great cast that inlcudes: Jim Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Joe Pantoliano, Barry Pepper, and Jeremy Sisto. The film released in very select theaters back on November 3rd, so you'll have to be sure and keep an eye out for this one when it releases on DVD.

View the trailer

{The Soft Lightes}

23835078_l-1.jpg

These guys are all the rage right now...just one listen to their infectious pop tunes and you'll be humming along too. The Soft Lightes used to be The Incredible Moses Leroy. Their rhythm section is the two guys from El Ten Eleven. I find myself listening to their Heart Made of Sound EP over and over again. This is easily my favorite track...

"Microwave Song"

Also hear "Girl Kills Bear (Lo Fi Fnk Remix)" (Courtesy of Gorilla Vs Bear)

Here's the video for "Heart Made of Sound"...




Hear more from The Soft Lightes' MySpace

December 01, 2006

{CH Christmas Gift Guide}

Alright, it's that time of year again, so quite procrastinating and get a jump on that X-Mas list. Here's over a dozen ideas to get you in the spirit...all without even having to get up off your seat!

present.gif

{Nara Glasses}

nara_glasses.jpg

Drink in the New Year in style this year with these neat glasses from acclaimed artist Yoshitomo Nara.

Order from Cereal Art

{This American Life: Stories of Hope & Fear}

talhopefear.jpg

Everyone's favorite weekly public radio show, This American Life, has a new two-disc collection of episodes called Stories of Hope & Fear. This cult-like program includes stories from TAL veteran's David Sedaris, Jonathan Goldstein, and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgeman. The collection also features music from Thurston Moore, Blonde Redhead and RZA. This would undoubtedly make a perfect soundtrack for a long drive to those wonderful in-laws of yours.

Order from Amazon.

{(W)rapping Paper}

Wallpaper.tiff

Let your friends know you really care by wrapping their presents in well known rap lyrics. Choose from Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby", House of Pain's "Jump Around", Sugarhill Gang's "Rappers Delight", or my favorite NWA's "Straight Outta Compton". The (W)rapping Paper is close to being produced, sign up on the mailing list for updates.

Order from Si Hill Design.

{The Ex Voodoo Knife Set}  

KNIF-1000.jpg

This artsy knife set comes with a Knife Holder & 5 Stainless Steel Knives, plus it let's your guests know that you are not someone to be messed with!

Order from Perpetual Kid.

{iKaraokee}

prod_ikaraoke_main.jpg

Now you can bring the fun of karaoke into your home. iKaraoke sends the music from your iPod to your stereo minus the lead vocals. Now you can sing along to all your favorite indie tunes and sad bastard music...say 'thank you Griffin Technology'. The bad news is that this doesn't ship til January.

Order from Griffin Technology.

{I Like You by Amy Sedaris}

ilikeyou.jpg

In the mood for entertaining? Well, you will be after reading (or listening to) this. Actress, author, and comedienne (and sister of author David Sedaris) Amy Sedaris has just released a new book titled I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. It is an "entertaining guide to entertaining" and includes recipes, meal plans, decorating suggestions, music choices, conversational ice-breakers, and hospitality tips to create the perfect evening at home. Whether it's an intimate night for two or a luncheon for twenty, Sedaris offers her own advice to make guests feel welcome and the host look good. I Like You is the essential handbook for full-scale entertaining the Sedaris way.

Here's some audio clips (courtesy of her website)...

"Introduction"

"Introduction (Continued)"

Planning A Party

Party Log; Grieving

"Grieving (Continued)"

"Recipe for Paul's Zucchini Fritters; Amy's Success Story (cupcake business)"

Order from Amazon.

{The Double Life of Véronique}

359_box_348x490.jpg

Have a film snob for a friend? Why not get he or she this new set from The Criterion Collection. This 2-disc release of The Double Life of Véronique marks the DVD debut of one of the seminal arthouse works of the '90s, and the last of the major films by director Krzysztof Kieslowski (The Decalogue, Three Colors Trilogy) to make it to DVD. Criterion’s impeccable standards of quality and high-def transfer do justice to film’s striking visuals, shot through a yellow filter and drained of the color blue. This is an essential purchase for fans and collectors as well as a great introduction to Kieslowski’s work.

Order here.

{Peter Greenaway: The Early Films}

greenaway_large.jpg

If that last DVD didn't interest you perhaps this new collection will. Peter Greenaway (8 ½ Women, The Pillow Book, Lumière and Company) has often been reffered to as 'one of the most inscrutable, brilliant and possibly deranged mind in modern cinema'. A perfect gift for the movie buff in your life, this 2 DVD set features Greenaway's early films inlcluding the full-length The Falls.

Order here.

{Sympathy For The Record Industry Cover Art}

solonglp.jpg

You can get great artwork on LP from some of 'low-brow' arts finest like: Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia, The Clayton Brothers and others. I've got a nice little collection building up myself, although I have yet to open any of the records to hear any of the music, which is a shame...or isn't, I dunno.

Order albums here.

{Champloo Samurai}

images-2.jpg

Got an Anime addict for a friend? Then no doubt he (or she) would dig this collection. Champloo Samurai's story revolves around three people (Mugen as the wild warrior, Jin a well-mannered swordmaster, and Fuu a ditzy waitress) who come together as the adventure unfolds. This is directed by Shinchiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Animatrix), designed by Kazuto Nakazawa (Kill Bill Vol 1) and Mahiro Maeda (Last Exil, Vlue Submarine 6).

Order here.

{The Curse of THe Golden Flower}

mcjdhjj.jpg

The Curse of the Golden Flower opens in select theaters Stateside on December 22nd, but if your impatient like me you can find the import (with the appropriate region code) on ebay or your local Asian video store. The plot centers around a volatile balance of power between a King (Chow Yun Fat), a Queen (Gong Li), and his three sons. Betrayal, deceit, and passion unfold, pitting one against another. This wonderful piece of moving art includes many of the creative team behind Hero and House of Flying Daggers. The film marks the reunion between director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) and his muse (and former lover) Gong Li...and with a budget of $45 million it is the most expensive Chinese film to date.

View the trailer.

{Apartment Therapy}

10010688.jpg

From not enough space and too many things to not knowing what color to paint the living room walls, many of us struggle with their apartments/homes. Now Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan shares do-it-yourself strategies to transform your apartment into a well-organized, beautiful place that suits your style and budget.

Order here.

{DVD Fish Tank}

FishTank.tiff

Don't you hate it when you throw a party and your guests end up watching TV? Then why not turn your TV into a conversation piece with DVD Fish Tank. It's exactly like it sounds, pop in the disc and real fish swim around your screen. It's great for drunk adults and children alike, plus it's alot less work than maintaining a real tank.

Order here.

{Six Feet Under Box Set}

109489.jpg

Quite possibly the best television show...ever! Alan Ball's (American Beauty) compelling drama digs where others fear to tread, whether dealing with the family funeral parlor business, personal issues, or each other. If you've already seen the Fisher family: Ruth (mother), Nate and David (sons), and Claire (daughter) then go through the emotions all over again. This unbelievably cool package and contains 25 discs (5 discs per season), plus lots of other goodies.

Order from Movieweb.

Hosting by Yahoo!