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Premillennial Maakies: The First Five Years
Premillennial Maakies: The First Five Years
by Tony Millionaire
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fear of being near you sober., November 5, 2009
This eventually would go on, in my opinion, to be the best American comic strip since Krazy Kat. Here you can read where it all began, including, again in my opinion, its awkward first year or so. Don't worry, it eventually gets better. Way better.

Love Visions
Love Visions
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tina Goes to Work, October 14, 2009
This review is from: Love Visions (Audio CD)
Good in the same way that The Ramones or Hasil Adkins are still good decades after they started recording. Music made by people who aren't necesarrily the smartest, but are at least wise enough to know killing brain cells is way more fun than expanding minds. Once it gets you and you get it, you'll be humming it for years.

Platters Du Jour
Platters Du Jour
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not from Australia, June 30, 2009
This review is from: Platters Du Jour (Audio CD)
But, I grew up loving both kinds of music, i.e. garage & punk. This is the first time I've ever heard this band, although they've fallen into that "but heard of 'em" category for at least a few years. Good stuff, building off influences, but just basically doing their own thing with those. Makes me kinda wish I was born in Australia instead of Missouri. Well, except I think the midwest is awesome, and producing bands that sound a lot like what Oz was producing twenty years ago.

12 Days on the Road
12 Days on the Road
by Noel E. Monk
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Sex Pistols wanted to be cowboys, but the cowboys didn't want to be Sex Pistols, January 9, 2009
This review is from: 12 Days on the Road (Paperback)
One of my favorite anecdotes about Sid Vicious is from "Please Kill Me," where he's singing Jim Reeves' songs, drunk in a stairwell. Punk and roots music aren't that far removed, and the Sex Pistols on paper should have been huge in the south, populated by their supposed target audience- poor, angry people who love music at a gut level, but they were just too alien for most good 'ol boys.

Murder City Devils - Rock & Roll Won't Wait
Murder City Devils - Rock & Roll Won't Wait
DVD ~ Murder City Devils
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3.0 out of 5 stars Murder City Devils DVD, July 9, 2008
I really dug these guys when they were around, and its interesting to see what they are like as people, too. The thing thats been cool with punk rock from day one is how your favorite bands are also your peers. I'd still dig them for their music alone, but its a little relieving to see that theyre not douches, too. That being said, I gotta remind you that I am a big fan of their music and I can see how if youre not, you probably would not enjoy this as much as myself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm gonna murder you with my ball, July 9, 2008
This review is from: Murderball (DVD)
I watched this on my cable's On Demand because of the scene at the end of Knocked Up where the fat kid from Superbad and Scorcese on coke are in wheelchairs. Honestly, I thought I would like it and kill an hour and a half all at the same, but was expecting it to be a celebration of America's love of all things "extreme." I expected it to be 11 on a nu metal scale of 1-10, which still left room for unintentional funny. But I was surprised by the realness and heart the film Murderball has. I honestly could describe it as touching. Touching.

Best of the Worst 93-97
Best of the Worst 93-97
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peepin' and Hidin', February 28, 2008
This review is from: Best of the Worst 93-97 (Audio CD)
The Oblivians were one of the best and most overlooked bands of the 90's. It's too bad they didn't wear flannel or try to combine lame metal with non existant rapping skills, but them's the berries, folks. The liner notes mention how the members, on tour with an earlier version of the band, brought only one mix tape with them- one side Rolling Stones, the other Pussy Galore. This perfectly describes what you'll find here. They were doing this in the early 90's! Now think of all the bands like the Yeah Yeahs Yeahs and Deerhunter who are doing essentially the same 10-15 years later and tell me they weren't ahead of their time! I would personally pick up any of their albums first, like the amazing gospel album with Mr. Quintron, but if you find this in the used bin you could do much, much worse.

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)
Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)
by Anthony Bourdain
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars This thing of ours, February 3, 2008
In another of Bourdain's books, The Nasty Bits, he includes an article about books about the kitchen lifestyle that he turns to in the toughest times. When you've worked a gruelling a double, body exhausted from the day and the night before when you actually had a night off and spent it more than likely overdrinking and drugging, and now you have to deal with the owner and his half realized "vision of culinary exquisiteness." It's these little things that anybody who has ever worked in a restaurant back or front of the house can relate to. Among these he lists several including Down and Out in London and Paris and Flash in the Pan. Go ahead and add this masterpiece and the other book I mentioned, Nasty Bits, to this list. This is what Bourdain truly excels at when writing. True, he is also good with traditional food criticism, he is interested and therefore writes more interestingly about the overall lifestyle of a restaurant lifer.

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (The Best American Series)
The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (The Best American Series)
by Dave Eggers
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some of it is more nonrequired than you may think, August 5, 2007
This is a good enough read mostly for the fact that you can skip whatever you don't care enough about and read only what peaks your interest. It's even better if you did like me and got it from the library.

The first section is good with all the Onion articles and Daily Show transcript. Then I also enjoyed Julia Sweeney's essay about letting go of God like he was almost an imaginary friend. Also, The Innocents and one or two of the other comics were good. False Cognate as well, was superbly done. And Kurt Vonnegut, c'mon, the man could find something interesting to say about parting your hair, let alone creative writing, which he did know quite a bit about. The best was the diagram of Kafka.

Too many of the stories unfortunately deal with Iraq and the Middle East in general, however, and this is the part I meant when you are able to skip over uninteresting parts. This is no doubtdue to the selection committee is mostly high school area kids from the Bay Area. You take that impressionable age group and you throw in a democratic selection process so everyone gets a say, you're going to wind up with a message along the lines of "Uh, this is like real important to us, man. Cuz". Yeah, you kiddies mean well, but teenagers, if you're going to attempt vague hippie-esque techniques, don't forget the dope, guns, and f'ing in the streets.

Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool
Hustler Days: Minnesota Fats, Wimpy Lassiter, Jersey Red, and America's Great Age of Pool
by R. A. Dyer
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars He had an army and dead nuts, then he dumped on the on the locksmith good. Real good, see., July 28, 2007
Who wouldn't want to be a pool hustler, being rich without ever having to work a day in your life? It's an exciting fantasy. To live in Little Egypt during the early 40's shooting pool with Minnesota Fats would've been incredible. Or riding with Sonny Barger in the mid 60's or any other kind of walk on the wild side fantasy one could concoct.

The author clearly feels the same way in a midlife crisis sort of way. The subject matter is definitely fascinating, but I wish R.A. Dyer could've taken himself out of the text more. The book reads like he learned all his tough guy speech patterns from Scorcese films.

Another thing that would've helped the prose is to explain the games more within the text. To an outsider it could get difficult during the game decriptions. It've been nice to not have to constantly check the glossary in the back.

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