The Dropkick Murphys have been making sing-along drinking music for over 15 years. Their raw, honest sound blends a punk rock ethos with flavors of traditional Irish work-songs and manly whiskey-soaked melodies. Going Out In Style is their seventh studio record and the band’s first new release in three years. This record gives you the DM’s at their technical best but nothing, absolutely nothing, beats their live show.
Spring is just around the corner and that means Grilling Season will soon be upon us. Quit fooling around with that old kiddie grill and go big this season. Viking has teamed up with Frontgate to create a professional-quality stainless steel grill with all the tech features serious backyard chefs demand. It’s a massive 62” wide with a cooking surface of 836 square inches. That’s big enough for Brontosaurus burgers or a whole rack of Flintstone ribs.
Butts are gross. Not the ones Sir-Mix-A-Lot sings about, the other ones, cigarette butts. But these aren’t the real, stinky kind. They’re just magnets, perfect for sticking pictures to your fridge. No carcinogens, no hacking cough, just a sorta sick novelty.
Even if you do manage to get it in the mail on time, a last-minute birthday card from the drug store doesn’t say much. The good men at Forgetful Gentlemen make fine stationery that will give your correspondence an upgrade. Their letterpress printed card set contains 12 hand-printed cards for occasions like Birthday, Get Well, Love & Congratulations. The cotton Italian paper stock has a smooth, luxurious texture complimenting even the worst chicken-scratch.
From across the room you may not recognize this as a complete home sound system. It looks more like some cubic sculpture from the 80s. Actually, it’s a Swiss designed iPod/iPhone dock, speakers, CD, AM/FM radio and amplifier all in one. Color choices include red, black, white & walnut. The six internal speakers pack a full-spectrum punch and the ultra clean design makes it blend in with any décor.
Photojojo makes a bunch of cool lenses that attach magnetically to your iPhone. Their latest, an 8X telephoto lens turns your phone camera into a long-range lens. When your shoot is over, just pop the lens off and stick it in your pocket. And check out the other lenses they make if you’re a serious phone photographer.
Italian eyewear maker, Persol, is known for classic frames—refined styles fit for bad-ass dudes like Steve McQueen and James Bond. Hell, even little Hollywood turds like Zac Efron are hip to the Persol pedigree. Their latest collection takes design cues from classic roadsters with sweeping raked frames & metallic trims. Just the thing for weekend rides in your convertible.
Sports-watching food should break free into it’s own distinct food group: hot wings, pizza, beer, pretzels and of course almighty Nachos would stand atop this pyramid of game day pleasure. How do you do your nachos, gourmet or ghetto? Fresh cilantro, avo and beans or nuked cheese sauce and jalapeños? If you don’t have your own custom nacho technique already, get on it. The big game is just a few days away.
For a few minutes, you’ll almost take this movie seriously. But then Kurt Russell’s bungling character Jack Burton, a truck-driver turned cowboy/kung fu crime fighter gives it away. This 1986 semi sci-fi film by the director of Halloween is thrilling but not in the edge-of-your-seat way, it’s more wacky/stupid. Like, “is this a joke?” ironic funny. Jacki Chan style fight scenes, lots of bullets & swords. Follow it through its ridiculous twists & turns, while admiring the “talents” of 80s vamps Kim Cattrall & Suzee Pai.
Pain In The Ass #567: tangled extension cords. Fix it with these bendable wire gear ties from Nite Ize. They come in a variety of sizes & colors to suit your cord-untangling needs. If you’re a MacGyver, they can be twisted into shapes for other purposes, like a makeshift tripod for your camera or a stand for your iPod. Really.