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February 16, 2008
Ted Kooser's Valentine Poems - the former Poet Laureate has been penning V Day verses for the past 20 years.
December 16, 2007
New Magnetic Fields Song - "California Girls" from the upcoming Distortion disc.
December 14, 2007
thesixtyone - Interesting music "discovery" system. Not sure how well it will actually work, but if the interface is any indication, it has a good shot. Very slick.
December 8, 2007
I'm Not There - Jon Brooks on the new Todd Haynes film.
December 5, 2007
Top 100 Indie Albums - List-lovers take note: Here's some food for thought from Blender (and some commentary from John Sellers). How many do you own?
December 4, 2007
Starstruck - This 1982 Gillian Armstrong film is on cable this month and the songs are more than worth enduring the kitschy plot. Still great 25 years later.
The King of Kong - the most suspenseful movie I've seen in a long time -- a real nail-biter. DVD on Jan. 29.
November 26, 2007
Desert Bus for Hope - Playing the most boring video game in history, all for charity. This is pretty awesome.
Passing by - cool video site for armchair travelers.
100 Notable Books of the Year - from The New York Times.
November 21, 2007
Chain Factor - a nice number-based tile game with a lot of replay value.
November 17, 2007
With Mustache, Without Arrow - funnyman Steve Martin has a couple of books coming out this year.
November 13, 2007
LARPs on Film - Darkon debuts this week on IFC.
Ira Glass - Jesse Thorn interviews the creator of This American Life.
I Want To See That! - get a group together to see new movies.
November 6, 2007
Scott Heiferman: "calling" - nice rant on head-shakingly sad marketing.
October 26, 2007
X-COM: UFO Defense - download a really classic turn-based strategy game. (Win only.)
October 18, 2007
He Said/She Said - Two nugget authors start a movie-review site and look at Lars and the Real Girl, the new Ryan Gosling movie.
October 17, 2007
Pacemaker - this little DJ gadget looks pretty awesome.
December 19, 2006
Groove Truffles - music history through chocolate sounds amazing.
I Like Ur Art - Saatchi creates a MySpace knockoff for artists.
December 18, 2006
Kozyndan documentary - nice 20-minute film about the illustrating couple known for epic, absurd panoramas and some lovely album artwork.
December 13, 2006
Is it just me - or is this December turning out to be a really dark month? I'd never met Leslie, but I knew her work. She'll be greatly missed.
December 11, 2006
Year in Ideas - the always fascinating list from The New York Times.
December 10, 2006
It's that time again - Rex (Fimoculous) Sorgatz is compiling one list to rule them all.
December 7, 2006
Serious Eats - nice new site from Ed Levine and company, featuring great video content and food-blog aggregation
June 25, 2006
Chowhound Redesigns - all hail the new C|Net overlords.
April 19, 2006
April 18, 2006
The Streets - new disc streaming on myspace.
April 17, 2006
Neptune Navigator - fan-writ Veronica Mars "newspaper" on LJ.
April 16, 2006
Sid N Susie - Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs album, streaming for your pleasure.
April 10, 2006
Showtunes - by Stephen Merritt
Gilmore Girls - season finale w/Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Joe Pernice, and Sparks. Wha???
Van Hunt - sophomore album, sounds funky.
Gnarls Barkley - nice song
April 1, 2006
March 30, 2006
A Sad Development - they've made a terrible mistake.
January 31, 2005
Tony Takatani - a Murakami story is adapted to the screen
January 21, 2005
Morning News Tournament of Books - February Frenzy
January 13, 2005
Tim Booth - the lead singer from James puts out a solo album
JPG - Heather and Derek's magazine is out
December 9, 2004
November 28, 2004
Math in the Movies - I think they may have omitted Rushmore
Froogle Shopping Lists - public and private wishlists, courtesy of Google, just in time for the holidays
jay is - cool blog on gaming, with emphasis on Flash
Nothing Wrong - amazing art installation of color-sorted used books
eBay Pulse - buzz data from the world of auctions
November 10, 2004
November 2, 2004
CHOW - a new food mag is added to the menu
Incredibles Merch - it does seem like a pretty amazing tie-in blitz
October 21, 2004
A Christmas Song - from the Long Winters
2004 Restaurant Guide - from Gourmet magazine
October 13, 2004
CMJ Music Marathon - the annual NYC showcase starts today and KEXP has been having some great live sets.
October 12, 2004
Free Captain Sensible... - ...mp3 of "Wot!" courtesy of Silence is a Rhythm Two
October 11, 2004
Frank Black Francis - Frank Black revisits some Pixies songs.
October 10, 2004
Chris Ware - a new monograph is available from Yale University Press
October 9, 2004
Award Winning Grilled Cheese - with mango salsa. mmmmm.
Katamari Damacy - cool-looking, yet bizarre, rolling ball of junk game.
Going Postal - Cory gushes over the new Terry Pratchett book
Bioshock - upcoming game from the makers of the excellent System Shock.
October 8, 2004
Ray Lamontagne - sounds good. Appearing in Seattle tonight.
Mighty Goods - this aptly named blog offers shopping nuggets.
October 7, 2004
Poetry Starts Spending Some Coin - doling out $100 million isn't easy
October 5, 2004
Litquake - the SF lit festival is coming, bigger and betterer this year
September 27, 2004
Crooked Rain x 4 - Pitchfork reports that Pavement's classic is getting special treatment for its 10th anniversary
September 24, 2004
Kleptones Breakdown - Andy Baio is listing the sources for "A Night at the Hip-Hopera," the amazing mashup set that he's also mirroring while the Kleptones recharge their bandwith mojo
September 22, 2004
Booker Prize - the short list has been announced
Mr. Show - the fourth season is out on DVD
September 20, 2004
Wings of War - new WWI flying game reminds me of one of my childhood favorites, Ace of Aces - a playable demo is now available
Periodic Table of Candy - stuff you can't eat on the South Beach diet; they've cruelly omitted Vc (Violet Crumble)... mmmm.
Radosh on Borat - in The New Yorker
Ali G - Slate profiles his methods of deception
Another Trailer - for The Incredibles, which you can see before its release date if you make a donation to 826 Valencia, Dave Eggers' SF-based writing center for kids
September 19, 2004
A Night at the Hip-Hopera - a great Kleptones mashup featuring Queen and a bunch of pop-cult dialogue, on par with 2 Many DJs
The Incredibles - trailers are online, look great
JPG - Heather and Derek unveil the details of their photo magazine
September 18, 2004
End of the Century - a doc about the Ramones
Johnny Ramone - rest in peace
The Post Punk Kitchen - public-access cooking show straight outta Brooklyn (with a kick-ass theme song)
September 17, 2004
John C. Reilly - interviewed in the A.V. Club
I Will Survive - the Russians love Gloria Gaynor, apparently, and who doesn't, really?
September 16, 2004
Weboggle - addictive online wordgame
September 14, 2004
30-Minute Meals - William Grimes wants 1-star dining at home, and pronto
Parking Lot - enjoyed seeing the premiere last night, which offered Michael Jackson fans in their own inimitable words. The show comes from the creators of Heavy Metal Parking Lot and airs on Trio, a network I'm starting to like a lot, despite the fact it's facing extinction
September 13, 2004
Bittman on NPR - Melissa Block talks to Mark Bittman about simple cooking
September 10, 2004
Cooking for Engineers - for the analytically minded chef, with very cool recipe charts
September 9, 2004
September 8, 2004
Last Plane to Jakarta - updates its fleet to Movable Type, complete with RSS feeds
3 Great Covers - of Modest Mouse, the Beach Boys, and U2. Do not miss these.
September 6, 2004
TiVo + Netflix - get your movies via broadband
Vote or Not - $100k sweepstakes for registered voters
September 5, 2004
Interrotron - fascinating Errol Morris machine for interviewing subjects and getting them to look straight into the camera [via pullquote]
September 4, 2004
September 3, 2004
The Bad Plus - been hearing a lot about these jazzbo cover dudes lately
T. Rex - "Baby Boomerang" covered by The Shins
SFist - a San Francisco blog from the makers of gothamist. (Don't let the masthead confuse you, I am not married to the executive editor.)
September 2, 2004
Future Soundtrack for America - good stuff from Long Winters, Mike Doughty, Elliott Smith, et. al.
Pet Drawings - from Sleater-Kinney fans
September 1, 2004
iTunes Affiliate Program - who knows, maybe the Nugget will become a member
The Vendor Chronicles - ballpark briefs from Dan Hoyle
In the World of HIm - new Sally Timms record coming in two weeks
August 31, 2004
Stephen Elliott - at the Republican National Convention
Movable Type 3.1 - new version of the software that runs this site
Lots of Great 80s Commercials - where's Happy Fun Ball? Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
August 30, 2004
The Recent History of Rock - PopMatters is going through the 21st Century, release by release
August 29, 2004
Fimoculous - Olympics over. Rex back.
Stacy Peralta - interviewed on Elvis Mitchell's The Treatment
Yellow Fever - Rob Walker on "Live Strong" bracelets
Math is Chard - Alice Waters wants to weave food into the high school curriculum
August 28, 2004
kottke reads gatsby - everyone should read it once a year
Red Alert - brilliantly funny stuff from zefrank
August 27, 2004
The Middle Eats - baba ganouj blog
August 26, 2004
Court and Spark - SFGate talks up their new album
Wild Type - I love new magazines
Twilight Singers - two covers (Blige and Bjork) from their upcoming record, She Loves You
Miroslav Sasek - artist behind the "This is..." kids books
How to Fold a Shirt - she's good
One-Pot Meals - rice, potatoes, pasta -- from eartheasy
Cool Speakers - limited edition woofers available at Kid Robot
August 25, 2004
iron and wine - live sets, bonus tracks, etc.
August 24, 2004
The 33 1/3 Series - there are now more than two dozen to choose from
AtariAge - cool vintage gaming site
Opening Hooks - a database of first lines
Kerry on the Daily Show - a much better choice for an interview than, say, Da Ali G Show
Royal Tenenbaums' World of Futura - typography in the Wes Anderson film
August 23, 2004
Cult Television - from the BBC
August 13, 2004
Mix Tapes - don't get the girl
Julia Child - we've lost a great chef and author
August 12, 2004
Vintage Ads - remixed, at Worth1000
Francisco Goldman - interviewed by Susan Choi in The Believer
August 11, 2004
Collagemania - blog dedicated to the art of assemblage
The Streets, Dizzee Rascal - by SF/J in the New Yorker
Booknotes - the long-running C-SPAN show is getting taken out of circulation
Donald Justice RIP - we've lost a poet
August 10, 2004
Gypsy Boots RIP - inspired the classic song "Nature Boy"
MP3 Blogger Roundtable - in The Morning News
eGullet Goes Non-Profit - here's the announcement
August 9, 2004
Animal Collective - reviewed by George Chen
Last Plane to Jakarta - now, with user forums
Docs on the Horizon - Blogumentary, The Joystick Generation, et. al.
Celebrity Novels - movie stars go from lens to pens
August 8, 2004
100 Overlooked Films of the 1990s - the Nugget didn't overlook Safe, The Sweet Hereafter, In the Company of Men, or Joe Versus the Volcano, to name just a few
NPR - get Fresh Air and more via RSS
144 Billion - how we could have spent the money we used to liberate Iraq
August 6, 2004
Creep - cool animation of the Radiohead track
July 31, 2004
Shopsin's Menu - complete culinary insanity [pdf]
Garden State - Zach Braff's film blog
The Smaller Picture - creating fonts by consensus
The Problem With Music - by Steve Albini, from The Baffler
A William Maxwell Portrait - essays remembering a great writer
July 30, 2004
Donnie Darko - Salon explains the film in layman's terms
Electronics Blogcast - Amazon.com is syndicating Engadget and Gizmodo
Dirty South - reviewed in The New Yorker
Flavor of the South - Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers in the Winston-Salem Journal
July 29, 2004
Make - magazine coming in 2005 about DIY tech
July 28, 2004
Transporation Futuristics - planes, trains, automobiles, and monorails!
July 27, 2004
Top 100s - books, film, tv, music, people, etc.
Wordcount - great visual survey of the English language
The Prisoner - playing now on BBC America
Patton Oswalt - archived audio of his interview on Fresh Air
July 22, 2004
Speedology - Speed Levitch's book on New York; and here's a short film he did with Richard Linklater last year
Mr. Leahy and Mr. Cheney went head-to-head in what can only be described as a "take no prisoners" freestyle rap battle
Merge Records - for their 15-year anniversary they have a compilation and a series of shows in Chapel Hill
Best Shatner - sublimely ridiculous cover of Pulp's common people (w/Joe Jackson)
More Shatner - Kirk has a paintball movie ("Set your DVD players to stun!" -- actual promotional copy)
Shatner - Kirk has a weblog
July 21, 2004
Webnote - an online tool for taking notes
Spamusement - cartoons derived from subject lines of spam
July 19, 2004
John Cheever - a dozen stories read aloud, some by Cheever himself; you can also download it from iTunes
Box Doodles - cool art bits on found canvases
Elliott Smith - the Times on his final recordings
July 18, 2004
Glastonbury - Badly Drawn Boy's diary of the festival
Dance Voldo Dance - videogame characters dance to Nelly; a must-see for fans of Soul Calibur
A.I. Web Game - behind the scenes of the ground-breaking A.I. online scavenger hunt
July 16, 2004
Entourage - a new show with, egads, an original premise; gotta love HBO
July 15, 2004
CopyEditor Plugin - interesting proposal from Matt Haughey (see today's nugget) about group edit permissions across web applications
Ali G - interviewed in the NYT
Field Tested Books - Coudal's charmingly brief reviews of vacation reading
Jim DeRogatis - the Chicago music writer interviewed at mediabistro
Best Songs 2004 - from NPR's All Songs Considered
July 14, 2004
Golden Apples of The Sun - streaming compilation features Joanna Newsom, Iron & Wine, and others [via waxy]
Flickr - they keep adding kick-ass new features; a color meme is making the rounds; would everyone on the Internet please join Flickr now
July 13, 2004
Words Without Borders - international literature zine
Jesco White - discusses the high price of notoriety
July 12, 2004
It's Official - Nigella Lawson weirds me out
New Discoveries in Ghosts - a Harper's article from 1852
Tuesday Releases - The Roots, The Fiery Furnaces, United States of America (re-issue), They Might Be Giants, Joan Armatrading, and Lt. Uhura
Call and Response - new album, tour, glowing reviews
Bourdain Cookbook - coming this fall
July 11, 2004
shorts - some nice films from ruben fleischer, including one for the girls guitar club; plus he's got videos
Bob Peak - a tribute to his classic movie poster art
U Saved Me - John Darnielle on R Kelly's new single
Air Guitar - is it a sport or an art?
More Coogan - seems he can behave badly in real life, too
Protest Music - Annalee Newitz on mash-ups
July 10, 2004
Remail - IBM Research thinks about email
John Peel mp3s - sessions from The Shins, The Fall, and many others
Dan Chaon - debut novel reviewed in the Times
July 9, 2004
Oddhoo? - i bet this kind of press release will soon be nothing more than a fond memory...
ArtsJournal Blogs - art, culture, music, dance, etc.
Iowa City - NYT visits the home of the Writers' Workshop
Funfurde - furniture and design blog
Jamie Oliver - the naked web site
July 8, 2004
Michael Moore - started a blog on July 4
Bloggers Burnout - Wired states the obvious
July 7, 2004
commute - going to work in nyc
Winnebago Man - not since Kasey Kasem...
Asian Ribs - very sweet
Spider-Man 2 - done entirely with Legos
Words of Tomorrow - McSweeney's will soon publish The Future Dictonary of America
Annotated Beastie Boys - dropping some science on BB lyrics
Heavy Metal Parking Lot - it rules
Joanna Newsom - harpist, warbler, great lyricist -- in heavy rotation here at Nug HQ
ASCII Rock Vids - MIDI + ASCII = FUN
July 6, 2004
Eruption - Van Halen via violin
The Spec Spot - the best we've got since adcritic went pay?
1980s Videogames - play 'em in your browser
Franz Ferdinand - live mp3s from Glastonbury 2004
July 5, 2004
Giant Robot - article from the NYT on their 10th anniversary
Fat Planet - "new international music" mp3 blog
July 2, 2004
Rock Paper Saddam - funny funny funny
July 1, 2004
Rilo Kiley - new songs, ripped from KCRW
June 30, 2004
Kids In The Hall - The Onion A/V Club interview
Little Quill - help finance a documentary on The Wrens
Pink Grease - retro-rock-tronica sounds a little like Duran Duran
Felice - a restaurant non-review from the NYT
June 29, 2004
The Walt Whitman Archive - poems, manuscripts, and even audio
Listen to This - Cool Tools recommends a book on pop music
Weird Foods - alternative cuisines from around the world [site currently hosed]
June 28, 2004
Surfergirl - TV/pop-cult blog from Slate
Sasha Frere-Jones - another (New Yorker) music writer
The Rest is Noise - Alex Ross, music writer for The New Yorker
June 27, 2004
June 23, 2004