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December 31, 2007

{Radiohead - In Rainbows Live Performance}

December 25, 2007

{Belle & Sebastian}

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Belle & Sebastian are offering a new song, “Are You Coming Over For Christmas?”, as a FREE download over on their official web site! Frontman Stuart Murdoch recently wrote a musical, titled God Help the Girl, which will be filmed in 2009.

Get "Are You Coming Over For Christmas?" right here

December 21, 2007

{The Weepies - "All That I Want"}

Happy Holidays from Caffeine-Headache!
We''ll be back shortly.

December 20, 2007

{Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks}

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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks will release their new album REal EMotional TRash on March 3rd. Domino Records is offering the track “Baltimore” right now as a FREE download.

Get "Baltimore" right here

December 19, 2007

{My Name is Bruce}

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The trailer for the forthcoming film My Name is Bruce recently popped up online. The film stars B-movie legend Bruce Campbell. Campbell plays himself in the movie, in which teenagers unwittingly unleash a demonic creature in a small town and the locals demand that Ash...er, Bruce save them. Campbell is known for the iconic Evil Dead movies and has also appeared (in cameos) in the Spider-Man films, the television show Brisco County Jr., and dozens of straight-to-DVD horror flicks. My Name is Bruce was originally slated for a 2007 release, but has recently been pushed back to 2008.

View the Trailer right here...

{Cloverfield}

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Five minutes of the forthcoming film Cloverfield is now online! The film is about five New Yorkers who throw a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Cloverfield is told from the point of view of their camcorder and doesn't feature any big Hollywood stars. Cloverfield is directed by Matt Reeves (The Pallbearer) and written by Drew goddard (Lost, Alias, Buffy). Look for the film in theaters on Jan. 18.

December 18, 2007

{Lost Season 4 Trailer}

December 17, 2007

{The Not So X-Mas-X-Mas Mix}

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I'm gonna take a wild guess and bet that most of you aren't in favor of the old holy jolly Christmas tunes. So for you, my meloncholy friends, I've put together a little mix I like to call The Not-So-Christmas-Christmas Mix. Enjoy.

Aimee Mann - "Clean Up For Christmas" (Fr: The Forgotten Arm)

Counting Crows - "A Long December" (Fr: Recovering the Satellites )

Joni Mitchell - "River" (Fr: Blue)

Badly Drawn Boy - "The Shining" (Fr: The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast)

Sufjan Stevens - "Sister Winter" (Fr: Peace Vol. 5)

Ron Sexsmith - "Maybe This Christmas" (Fr: Maybe This Christmas Comp.)

Aimee Mann - "Calling_On_Mary" (Fr: One More Drifter in the Snow)

{The Swimmers}

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The Swimmers sent over a nice little Motown flavored Christmas tune called "The Christmas Sound". Their new album titled Fighting Trees is due out March 8th, 2008 on Mad Dragon/Ryko Records.

Have a listen...

"The Christmas Sound"

December 12, 2007

{Readymade Holidaze Album}

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In keeping with the spirit of giving, Readymade Magazine joined forces with San Francisco's Noise Pop festival to bring you 19 FREE songs from some of our favorite bands.

The Readymade Holidaze Mix features music from: Zooey DeSchanel & M. Ward, The Finches, Thurston Moore, Oakley Hall, Gris Gris, DNTEL, Etienne De Rocher, No Age, John Vanderslice, Death Cab For Cutie, Rogue Wave, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Pinback, Matt & Kim, Menomena, Rocky Votolato, Grand Archives, Helio Sequence, and Great Northern.

Listen to Readymade's Holidaze Album right here

{Okkervil River}

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In the holiday spirit Okkervil River are offering a FREE mixtape titled Golden Opportunities over on their website. The album consists of live takes of eight cover songs & one original ("Listening To Otis Redding at Home During Christmas"). You can also download the printable artwork & liner notes (in your choice of Christmas or Hanukkah colors).

Get the Golden Opportunities Mixtape right here

December 11, 2007

{This is England}

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I was super excited that Shane Meadows' This is England was released stateside on DVD (exclusively through Netflix) last week. I posted about this film earlier in the year when it released overseas and was anxiously awaiting a theatrical release in the US. To my surprise Netflix released the film on their own. The film won numerous awards upon it's release, the cinematography alone is worth noting, and as much as I try not to look at Rotten Tomatoes reviews, it received a remarkably high rating. I highly recommend checking this one out.

Preview the awesome soundtrack, which features tunes from: Toots & The Maytals, Soft Cell, The Specials, Dexy's Midnight Runners, Percy Sledge and more right here

Last week I posted a David Ford cover of The Smiths "There is A Light", this week it's another cover of The Smiths that was featured in the finale of This is England.

Clayhill - "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want"

View the Trailer (although hit doesn't do it justice) right here...

December 10, 2007

{Favorite Albums of the Year}

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Everybody else is making lists and Caffeine-Headache is no exception. Here's Caffeine-Headache's 25 Favorite Albums of the Year, in as best an order as we could manage ...

The National - Boxer (Key track: "Slow Show" courtesy of Anyone's Guess)

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Key track: courtesy of "Underdog" )

Feist - The Reminder (Key track: "My Moon My Man" courtesy of Anyone's Guess)

Patrick Wolf - The Magic Position (Key track: "Accident & Emergency" The Muso)

Wilco - Sky Blue Sky (Key track: "Impossible Germany" The Muso)

The Veils - Nux Vomica (Key track: "Advice for Young Mother's To Be" courtesy of Worlds Fair)

Bloc Party - A Weekend in the City (Key track: "Uniform" courtesy of Nasty Panda)

Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger (Key track: "Two" courtesy of Hipster Runoff)

Jens Lekman - Night Falls Over Kortedala (Key track: "The Opposite of Hallelujah")

The Perishers - Victorious (Key track: "Carefree" courtesy of Puddlegum)

Laura Veirs - Saltbreakers (Key track: "Don't Lose Yourself" Neiles Life)

Kanye West - Graduation (Key track: "The Good Life" Cafe Eclectica)

Travis - The Boy with No Name (Key track: "My Eyes" courtesy of The Canals)

The Thrills - Teenager (Key track: "Nothing Changes Around Here" Neiles Life)

Josh Ritter (Key track: "To the Dogs or Whoever" courtesy of Allans World)

Richard Hawley (Key track: "Tonight the Streets are Ours" courtesy of Quick Before it Melts)

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork (Key track: "Fancy Footwork" courtesy of Free Indie)

Once Soundtrack (Key track: "Falling Slowly" courtesy of The Late Greats)

Common (Key track: "The People" courtesy of Neiles Life)

Wynton Marsalis (Key track: "Where Y'all At")

The Go! Team (Key track: "Wrath of Marcie" courtesy of This is Ugly Talented)

Atmosphere (Key track: "Sunshine" courtesy of Berkeley Place)

Interpol - Our Love to Admire (Key track: "Pioneers to the Fall" Secretly Belgian)

Pelle Carlberg - In A Nutshell (Key track: "Clever Girls Like Clever Boys Much More Than Clever Boys Like Clever Girls" Quarter Life Party)

Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido - S/T (Key track: "Escribeme Pronto" courtesy of Burros y Perros)

Here's 25 More Albums we really liked...

Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Roddy Woomble - My Secret is My Silence
Kings Of Leon - Because Of The Times
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - 100 Days, 100 Nights
Manu Chao - La Radiolina
Beirut - The Flying Club Cup
Pleasure - Pleasure 2
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
Lucinda Williams - West
Voxtrot - S/T
Mark Ronson - Version
The Clientele - God Save The Clientele
Gogol Bordello - Super Taranta!
Cafe Tacuba - Si No
Junior Senior - Hey Hey My My Yo Yo
Ferraby Lionheart - Catch the Brass Ring
Elliott Smith - New Moon
Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha
Earlimart - Mentor Tormentor
M.I.A. - Kala
Bill Callahan - Woke On A Whaleheart
Rilo Kiley - Under The Blacklight
The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
Little Dragon S/T

December 06, 2007

{Crown Dozen's Holiday Gift Guide}

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Every year my old friends, whom I used to write for, over at Crown Dozen post an extensive Gift Guide for you're holiday shopping. I'm talking ten pages of great gift ideas such as: Seasons 1 & 2 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Don Pendleton’s Little Giants Clock, Criterion Collection's Berlin Alexanderplatz, Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series, Ale Swearengen Beer Holster, or Star Wars "Chubby" Nesting Dolls.

View Crown Dozen's Extensive Gift Guide right here

{Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay}

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The red band trailer (which means you have to be 18 and over to view it) for Harold & Kumar 2: Escape from Guantanamo Bay recently popped up online. It is clearly funnier than the 'made for tv' trailer, so sit back and laugh it up for a few minutes.

View the Trailer right here...

{David Ford}

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Amidst all the albums I listen to throughout the year, some are bound to get lost in the shuffle. David Released in the US earlier this year, Ford's Songs for the Road is a a well crafted album which I am now spending some quality time with.

Listen to standout tracks "Decimate" and "Go To Hell" courtesy of Heartache with Hard Work

Here's another highlight, a piano cover of a classic by The Smiths...

"There is a Light That Never Goes Out"

Hear more from David Ford's' MySpace

Purchase Songs for the Road here

Here's a live clip of David Ford performing "Cheer Up (You Miserable Fuck)"...

December 04, 2007

{Morrissey}

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The LATV Network will be broadcasting two of Morrissey's recent Southland performances tomorrow night at 9 p.m. The Morrissey concert special will air December 5th, at 9:00 p.m. PT and will also feature an interview by Beto Cuevas, the lead vocalist of the Chilean rock group La Ley.

Filmed onsite at the Santa Barbara Bowl, Morrissey expresses his views on the Latino fascination with his music, his position on animal rights, as well as politics in the U.S. The special features concert footage from the gig at the September 29th Santa Barbara Bowl show and the October 11 performance at the Hollywood Palladium. The special will feature Morrissey classics as well as the unreleased track "All You Need Is Me."

Link to LATV's site right here

Here he is on Carson Daly performing "All You Need is Me"

December 03, 2007

{Late Night Sounds Dec. Mix 07}

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

Last mix of the year! The December Late Night Sounds Mix features music from: an upbeat folk tune from Herman Dune, indie-pop from The Real Weld Tuesday, Brit-pop from The Panics, more indie-pop from Kyle Andrews, a track from singer/songwriter Meiko, electro pop from Shugo Tokumaru, garage rock from Ida Maria, and dancefloor friendly tune from Villains. Give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...

Mp3: Late Night Dec. Mix 07

Tracklisting:

1. Herman Dune - "Suburbs with You" (Get the download from Blog This Way)

2. The Real Weld Tuesday - "Last Words" (Get the download from Heartache with Hard Work)

3. The Panics - "Don't Fight it"

4. Kyle Andrews - "" (Mp3 courtesy of Out the Other)

5. Meiko - "How Lucky We Are" (Get the download from You Crazy Dreamers)

6. Shugo Tokumaru - "Button" (Get the download from Let's Pretend We're Bunny Rabbits)

7. Ida Maria - "Oh My God"

8. Villains - "Thrilla" (Get the download from Missing Toof)

{CH Christmas Gift Guide}

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

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{Edible Shot Glasses}

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Drink in the New Year and then eat the evidence with these fun Edible Shot Glasses.

Order from Perpetual Kid

{Tom Perotta}

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From the author of Little Children and Election comes The Abstinence Teacher, which exposes the emotions that run beneath the surface of the modern American family life and explores the complex spiritual and sexual lives of ordinary people.

Listen to an Mp3 from the audio book and order from here.

{Diana Camera by Lomo}

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The Diana, considered a toy by some and the simplest camera by art school students is making a comeback. The Diana has been out of production for over 25 years, until recently.

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Originally produced in hong kong in the 1960's the diana has become a cult classic, known for producing soft and dreamy images due to light leakage. A light, inexpensive medium (120 film) format camera, the 'new' diana has 4 f-stops and comes with a booklet, camera strap and lens cover. An additional change is that the camera has a removable lens, allowing for pinhole camera action!

Order from Unica Home.

{Marcel Dzama Ghost Salt & Pepper Shakers}  

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Marcel Dzama's whimsical Sad Ghost Salt & Pepper shakers would make a nice addition to anyone's place.

Order here.

{Steve Martin's Born Standing Up}

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This is a memoir, but is also an illuminating and funny guidebook from an insightful stand-up comic.

Read an excerpt here.

Read Three Bonus Deleted Passages from Steve Martin's Born Standing Up (On Returning to Disneyland, On Meeting Diane Hall, and On the Kennedy Assassination) and purchase a copy from Amazon or order the audio book from iTunes.

{Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!)}

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Looking for some laugh-out-loud reading (or listening)? Then Stephen Colbert's I Am America (And So Can You!) is just what Caffeine-Headache prescribes.

Listen to some hilarious audio clips and order from Amazon.

{Night on Earth}

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Have a film snob for a friend? A DVD from The Criterion Collection usually does the trick. This recently released '90s arthouse film by Jim Jaramusch. Criterion’s impeccable standards of quality and high-def transfer always do film's justice.

Order from Criterion Collection.

{If....}

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That last DVD a bit too modern for you? Lindsay Anderson’s If.… is an anarchic vision of British society, set in a boarding school in late-sixties England. Before Kubrick made A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell made quite an impression as Mick Travis, who, along with his school chums, trumps authority at every turn, finally emerging as violent savior against the games of one-upmanship played by both students and the powers that be. The film artfully mixes color and black-and-white as audaciously as it mixes fantasy and reality, If…. has a climatic conclusion that will undoubtedly bring the events at Columbine to mind.

Order here.

{Adrian Tomine Optic Nerve series}

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I'm currently obsessed with Adrian Tomine. I really enjoyed his latest graphic novel Shortcomings and I want to checkout some of his Optic Nerve graphic novels (some of which are out of print). If you haven't read any of Tomine's stories then now is a good time to start!

Read a preview of Shortcomings here or preview some of his other works here.

{Surburban Glamour}

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Suburban Glamour is the new full color, four-issue Image Comics miniseries by Phonogram co-creator Jamie McKelvie. Writer-artist Jamie McKelvie told CBR News "I've been describing it as Chynna Clugston's 'Blue Monday' meets Jim Henson's 'Labyrinth'".

Read some passages and order the graphic novel here.

{Death Bed The Bed that Eats}

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Looking for something ridiculous? Possibly a white elephant gift? It doesn't get any more ridiculious than Death Bed The Bed that Eats. It's a story about...a bed...that eats. Nuff said.

Order Death Bed The Bed that Eats here.

{Viva Pedro - The Almodovar Collection}

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Our favorite Spanish director Pedro Almodovar broke into the art-house mainstream with manic dramedies about women and their various problems with men. This collection includes Talk to Her, Bad Education, All about My Mother, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Live Flesh, Flower of My Secret, Matador and Law of Desire.

Order The Almodovar Collection here.

{Twin Peaks - The Definitive Gold Box Edition}

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Argueably one of the best television shows...ever! David Lynch's definitive Twin Peaks Gold Box Edition includes, for the first time ever on DVD, the original and the European version of the pilot. This 10-disc groundbreaking series will feature all 30 newly re-mastered episodes and is loaded with exclusive featurettes, new interviews, introductions and much more.

Order from Amazon.

{Heifer Organization}

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Indeed I've saved the best for last. For those on your gift list who seem to have everything or who want for nothing (material wise) maybe donating in their name to the Heifer Organization would be a good idea. Heifer’s approach is to help people obtain a sustainable source of food and income. The "Charity Choice" Gift Card is another great option that you could redeem at any of 75 nonprofit organizations. The beauty of the Gift Card is that the gift card lets recipients support a cause that has special meaning to them. Get more info on the "Charity Choice' Gift Card here

Donate here.

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