Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Putting the pieces back together

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Stitches Release Date: 2009-11-25 Publishing House: W.W. Norton & Co. Rated: NONE List Price: 24.9500 Edition: Hardcover Genre: Graphic Novel At age 14, writer and illustrator David Small’s neck was sewn up “like a bloody boot,” his voice temporarily gone after surgeries to remove a cancerous growth that resulted from...

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The Very Very Best of Gleeson

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The Very Very Best of Gleeson Composer: Gleeson Conductor: Gleeson Label: Almost There Release Date: 2009-11-25 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording As you might expect from an album that collects songs written over a period of 15 years, the debut from South Texas rock four-piece Gleeson covers a lot of...

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Before I Self Destruct

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Before I Self Destruct Composer: 50 Cent Conductor: 50 Cent Label: Interscope Release Date: 2009-11-25 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording For-the-ladies jams are few and far between on Before I Self Destruct, 50 Cent’s fourth album. As the cavalcade of pre-release mixtapes suggested, Destruct is an unabashedly militant for-the-streets disc;...

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Attention Defecit

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Attention Defecit Composer: Wale Conductor: Wale Label: Allido/Interscope Release Date: 2009-11-25 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Rapper Wale hit the buzz jackpot with last year’s terrific Mixtape About Nothing, 70-plus minutes of rhymes and samples tied together with a Seinfeld theme. On his official debut, the 25-year-old Washington, D.C., native...

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Ignore the Ignorant

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Ignore the Ignorant Composer: The Cribs Conductor: The Cribs Label: Warner Bros. Release Date: 2009-11-25 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording v class="story"> British rockers the Cribs loaded 2007’s Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever with razorblade vocals and guitars. On this follow-up, they get a little poppier and a lot moodier, thanks...

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Mercado de Paz/Peace Market

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-11-25 v class="story"> Fine, upstanding, worthwhile-to-the-community organizations like the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center gotta weigh in early on in the holiday season against the big mega-titans of consumer commerce in order to be contenders. So strap on yer wallet and peruse their annual Peace Market this...

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Pig Tales

The Scientists (doctors of drinking)

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-11-25 According to its charmingly outdated homepage, Rascals Bar is the “Home of Wild Pig Sex.” Illustrating this claim: a cartoony drawing of a raccoon having interspecies intercourse with a pig (doggy-style, of course). The pig looks contented (or possibly drugged) and the raccoon — who must...

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Chicken a la king

Travels with Frenchie

Posted on Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-11-25 It’s the end of the month and therefore another installment of Travels with Frenchie, the monthly food series in which a trio of culturally mismatched San Antonians explores the city in search of dining adventure. As always, the culinary vice squad consisted of: Frenchie (aka Fabien...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Beauty and the Beast

Posted on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-11-24 Ever wonder why Beauty and the Beast is the “tale as old as time?” While the publication of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve’s La Belle et le Bete dates only to 1765, the story was a pre-existing fairy tale. An English translation appeared in 1757, as well as...

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Del Castillo w/ Red Abbey

Posted on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-11-24 class="story"> Being taken under the wing of director Robert Rodriguez hasn’t hurt Latin rockers Del Castillo one bit, but they were doing just fine on their own. What started as a family CD project erupted into one of the most talked-about Austin bands in recent history. Willie...

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