Yesterday's stars at today's prices
If you've never tried Pappy Van Winkle's Bourbon, there's a good chance you won't this gift giving season. Liquor stores are reportedly running out of the bourbon before it even hits shelves, no thanks to the distillery in Kentucky that bottles only 7,000 cases a year.
You've gotta feel bad for the New York City Girl Scouts. Door-to-door cookie sales just aren't as fun when you're riding up and down in apartment building elevators. But those enterprising little ladies have found a solution. Pop-up shops throughout the city where they'll be selling their beloved ... More >>
Most New Yorkers are pretty O.K. about renting things, at least when it comes to our living spaces. As for those living spaces, we're pretty resigned to them being on the small side -- so small that we might have to rent additional storage space for, say, our skis or summer wardrobes or collection o ... More >>
Credit card debt? What credit card debt? Oh, pour yourself another drink. The latest fun -- and healthy! -- thing we're all doing under the influence of a little boozin' is...shopping on our own personal computers, from home, at night, after a hard day's work, with the jug of wine next to us. In a f ... More >>
Here is a fellow casually talking on his old-world landline, which is attached to his new-world iPhone. Remember landlines, how good they felt next to your ear, how solid and sturdy and there? We were so young and innocent then! Don't you want to relive those days? This guy does.
Jonathan May-Bowles, the man who famously threw a pie in the face of Rupert Murdoch during the media mogul's hearing last month, has just updated his blog from jail. Bowles, who often goes by the name "Jonnie Marbles," posts on a blogspot domain called "Anarch*ish*." He has posted twice since ... More >>
Plus: 'New Prints 2011/Summer' at the International Print Center; Luca Pizzaroni at Fred Torres Collaborations
Our poll winner and his runner-up James Murphy turn their private flaws into public triumphs
Michael Falco for The New York TimesThis weekend's best story comes courtesy of the New York Times, whose Sunday business section features the jaw-dropping story of Vitaly Borker, a resident of Sheepshead Bay, and his online eyeglass store DecorMyEyes. What makes Borker special is his blatant ... More >>
Consider the shark jumped. The $3 canned beverage, both caffeinated and alcoholic, has already been banned in New York, with distributors halting their local deliveries on Friday, and now we here at Runnin' Scared are moving to ban the drink from the internet. Our teeth are shivering from the sugar ... More >>
If it worked for M.I.A., why not YLT? The beloved New Jersey outfit will kick off CMJ next week in the best possible way, playing a free show on Tuesday at Brooklyn Bowl opened by none other than SOTC favorites Screaming Females. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m., which is slightly more mercifu ... More >>
We bet this phone has a 212 number.If you have an iPhone 4, you're sort of cutting-edge, but if you have an iPhone 4 with a 212 number, you're a walking statement of ironic cool, one toe in the future with a nod back to the landlines of yesteryear, because 212 area codes are the techy rich ki ... More >>
If this doesn't say it all, don't know what does Wyclef's Yele charity has recently drawn a firestorm of criticism, but he's not the only musical figure trying to mobilize folks and funds on behalf of Haiti. There's also an impressive number of benefit concerts and music events happening in the cit ... More >>
Angostura: Are we short or not?Panic over the Angostura Bitters shortage has gripped the city and its $15 cocktail-drinking populace. A company spokesperson told the New York Post recently that, while production was back up and running, it wasn't expected to be back to normal until early next ... More >>
This naked chick will save another.Alex Gardega, the artist whose nude Rachael Ray portrait is up for bid on eBay (currently going for $107.50), says he will put the money he gets from selling his art to good use. "I am using the proceeds to save a chicken I adopted that was loose on the str ... More >>
Can we get one more Michael Jackson story in before the holiday? You bet! A homeless shelter in Paterson, New Jersey claims to have the 35mm original of Michael Jackson's Thriller video, and seeks a buyer. Eva's Village Healthcare for the Homeless says former CBS Records president Walter Yetnikoff ... More >>
Stock up on sneakers and hip-hop
Just a few more SOTC posts on this dude and he'll pass Asher Roth! The Fader, as part of their Icon Issue devoted to Mr. Byrne, is offering a two-part guided-tour of his studio digs/"insane office," wherein religious pamphlets commingle with mushy peas, scalp splashes, and Dave's Rock 'n' Roll H ... More >>
The new non-Comedians collaboration between the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle and John Vanderslice is a split LP, tremendously named Moon Colony Bloodbath, loosely billed as "concept record about organ harvesting colonies on the moon." The cover art, which you should picture on the front of an LP, ... More >>
In what an internet judge might charitably deem second- or third-degree community blogger service, we direct you to the Animal Crack Box 3LP Animal Collective TEST PRESSING!! auction currently underway over at eBay. Catsup Plate, the auctioneer here, patiently explain: For our upcoming 3LP boxed se ... More >>
The marriage of a lowbrow chain and an upscale avant-garde brand? Off with their clothes and into my shopping bag!
Christie's Nov. 24 "Pop Culture: Punk/Rock" auction is now available for online inspection. The sale features "a collection of memorabilia from the Ramones to The Clash and The Sex Pistols". The venerable auction house is older than the United States, so this is presumably not their first sale to da ... More >>
The conventional wisdom is that the internet is all-powerful, and therefore immune from the slump that's affecting boring old companies in the tedious real world. But Brand Republic reports that Amazon has just taken a billion dollars off its 2008 revenue projections -- a 14 percent shave. And Yahoo ... More >>
A sticky web of sale, resale, and photos of a Park Slope painter's work
Sex and the City had its New York premiere last night, and more than a thousand fans were turned away because Radio City Music Hall was filled to capacity. The Daily News referred to the overbooking as "THEIR 'SEX'LESS NIGHT," while the Post simply mentioned the locked-out fans in its coverage of th ... More >>
A soiree that exists only to give you the business on your wedding day
Trent makes a middling ambient record. So can you, incidentally.
Gorgeous crate-digger mag Wax Poetics teaches us to value the artifact as much as the art
Emperor reigns. J Mascis rocks. And Panda Bear goes all California.
Seeing Paul Weller in concert now necessitates selling your car, your furniture, and possibly your soul
Ho ho hee hee ha ha to the funny farm where life is beautiful
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