After a long, hot summer it’s time to slow your drinking down a bit. Delivered to your door, the complete, idiot-proof beer making kits from Craft a Brew are a good way to bench your liver while learning the fundamental secrets of the brewer. Follow the simple instructions and in a few weeks your first gallon will be ready.
For those ultra-crispy limited-edition kicks, it may seem like in-box storage is the only option, but what’s the fun of that? If you want to show off some shoes, the Shrine Rack elevates your footwear fetish to its proper place in your home. These stainless steel racks let you put your Dunks on the wall, displayed like the true works of art they are.
With his hard-luck lyrics and legendary on-the-edge lifestyle, Johnny Cash was destined to be an enduring cult icon. To many he was the last American badass (sorry Kid Rock). Through his songs, a couple movies and various biographies about the Man In Black, we’ve learned part of the story behind this enigmatic man. Now his son has written a book that paints a unique portrait of his inner life, that of a creative, spiritual, and deeply passionate badass.
Look, we know as well as you do that beers can be opened with almost anything. A toothpick, lighter, seatbelt buckle, or any of the real versions of the tools these beer openers are fashioned after. But it takes technique. If you have a friend or loved one who actually requires a special implement to open a beer bottle, get them one of these hand-forged mock tool beer openers, it’ll make him or her feel a bit better about their sad self.
By the 1970s, decades of divestment and inner-city strife had taken its toll on New York City’s South Bronx. Burned out buildings, street crime and unrestrained violence ruled the streets. The cops couldn’t keep up and NYPD’s South Bronx precinct became known as Fort Apache; an outpost under attack. In this hard-boiled 1981 police drama, Paul Newman plays a veteran cop trying to maintain his humanity in a brutally hostile corner of the Big Apple.
Even if you know nothing about jazz, you know you should know about Miles Davis. This new 22-disc collection from Sony links the many stages of this jazz giant’s inexhaustible output into a full-spectrum catalog of his finest works. In a consistently progressive career spanning six decades, Miles redefined and redirected the jazz movement no less than four times. This collection will entertain and educate you with the best of our wholly American art form called jazz.
Johnny Depp dressing up like a swashbuckler is sweet, but real pirates, like the ones roving off the coast of war-torn Somalia, are scary. For years they’ve been hijacking million-dollar tankers in international waters but when they captured a U.S. ship, America finally took notice. Somalia’s seas are considered the most dangerous in the world. Journalist Jay Bahadur risked his life to infiltrate the underground world and bring back the real story of modern piracy. Shocking and true.
Is it safe to assume we all know what it means when the “turtle pokes it’s head out of the shell”? Okay, good. Well, apply that principle to a pen and you’ve got the basic premise behind Turtle Pens. They’re refillable and made of stainless steel and they also come packaged in a sturdy stainless case.
Yes, we know it’s hard to believe but some of us who use Macs also occasionally use numbers. Adding, subtracting, you know. But if you have the wireless Mac keyboard you’ve got only the top-row numbers to work with; not ideal. You number-crunchers will jump with glee at this new app that turns your Magic Track Pad into a number pad with the ability to add custom shortcut buttons. And don’t worry, setting it up is way easier than addition
Sorry. If you were hoping for another folksy dose of ghost-written autobiographical fantasy from our ex-president Dubya, you’re bumming. This is actually a CD from the 90s British pop band Bush. 15 years ago, they were very adept at writing perfect radio songs. Will their winning formula still compute in 2011? Listen and decide for yourself.