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Parade o’ Shoes: Elizabeth Grogan of SubSlab

Friday, January 15th, 2016

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Photograph by Andrew Gregory

Elizabeth Grogan of SubSlab at “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” a benefit for WEXT-FM at the Celtic Hall in Albany on June 20, 2015.

UPCOMING: SubSlab plays the Winter Warm-Up concert at The Linda in Albany at 8pm on Saturday (January 16), joining Bryan Thomas, KoriSoron and North & South Dakotas in a benefit concert for WAMC-FM. Admission is $10.

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Merry Christmas: Mr. B, the Gentleman Rhymer’s “Oh Santa”

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide: Power Nap Head Pillow

Friday, December 18th, 2015

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Available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95, it’s the Power Nap Head Pillow – a head-enveloping pillow that blocks out noise and light to create a private zone for catching a quick power nap.

Designed in Spain, the cozy cocoon fits snugly over the head and neck while leaving a large opening for the nose and mouth. The pillow allows users to tune out their surroundings, creating a dark, quiet micro-environment ideal for achieving a restful sleep whether stranded in a crowded airport, recharging between meetings at work or during “Drums/Space” at Dead & Company concerts.

Pockets over the ears muffle ambient sound and serve as a place to tuck hands while leaning forward over a tray table or desk. The soft pillow cradles the head with more than 4″ of hypoallergenic stuffing and collapses for easy packing and storage. It can also be used as a standard pillow. Includes storage bag.

And chances are damn good that if you’re wearing one of these, nobody – repeat, nobody – is gonna bother you…

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask
Like/Dislike Stamps
Album Cover Art Blankets
Three-Player Circular Chess Set

Holiday Gift Guide: Three-Player Circular Chess Set

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

circularchessset

The more the merrier, right?

Well then, why not put a new spin on an old classic with a Three-Player Circular Chess Set ($49.95 from ThinkGeek.com)?

Finally, a chess variant board has been developed that accommodates three players – without compromising any of the rules, strategies or competitive challenges that make chess such a beloved game. And Three Player Circular Chess adds one more massive wrinkle: the circular board. But don’t worry, there are trajectory lines crossing through the center to help guide piece movement (and, of course, instructions, too).

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask
Like/Dislike Stamps
Album Cover Art Blankets

Holiday Gift Guide: Album Cover Art Blankets

Monday, December 14th, 2015

sonic-youth-dirty-throw-blanketsWhat’s on your bed?

How about a cozy Talking Heads’ Remain in Light blanket?
Or maybe My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless?
The Pixies’ Doolittle?
Neutral Milk Hotel’s In the Aeroplane Over the Sea?
The Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots?
Wilco’s Star Wars?
Sonic Youth’s Dirty?

A selection of 34 different album covers – from Pavement to Beach House – are available from NICEALB, and the blankets come in three different sizes: 51″ x 60″ ($49), 68″ x 80″ ($79) and 88″ x 104″ ($129).

And maybe you’d like a couple of matching throw pillows, too…

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask
Like/Dislike Stamps

Holiday Gift Guide: Like/Dislike Stamps

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

dislike

Ever wish that real life was more like Facebook? Of course you have…

well, now it can be with a set of Like/Dislike Rubber Stamps ($16.19 from Amazon.com). Feel free to print your personal opinion – thumbs up or thumbs down – on all sorts of actual two and three dimensional items with just a flick of thw rist.

NOTE: Not recommended for fine art in galleries or museums.

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control
Dove Mask

Holiday Gift Guide: Dove Mask

Monday, December 7th, 2015

dovemask

The website for the fine folks at Archie McPhee has long been one of our go-to first clicks when searching for unique and off-the-wall gifts.

Our recommended selection for this holiday season is the Dove Mask ($29.95), a realistic, latex white dove mask that fits neatly over the head of most adults.

Olive branch not included.

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug
“Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control

Holiday Gift Guide: “Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control

Friday, December 4th, 2015

OK, OK, OK! Enough with all the “Star Wars” hype. What about “Star Trek”?

“Phasers on stun…”

The “Star Trek” Phaser Universal Remote Control – available for $149.99 from Sharper Image – is the ultimate way to control your home media systems. Based on 3D-laser scans of the last remaining “hero prop” from the original television series, it’s 100% faithful to the ones carried by Kirk and Spock themselves.

A flick of the wrist is all it takes to turn your devices on or off, change the channel or adjust the volume. It features multi-color light beams, authentic sound effects and spoken prompts to guide you, and it’s compatible with all home entertainment equipment that uses standard infra-red remote control, including most televisions, DVD players, Blu-ray players, stereos, cable boxes and other set-top boxes.

It comes complete with a magnetic display stand and collector’s case.

2015 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
Ticket Stub Diary
Elliott Landy’s “The Band Photographs, 1968-1969”
Museum of Political Corruption Coffee Mug

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