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Williams-Sonoma Collection: Cookies
Williams-Sonoma Collection: Cookies
by Marie Simmons
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 13.71
53 used & new from CDN$ 1.27

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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out, cookie monster!, Nov. 19 2003
The recipes in this cookbook are very straightforward and easy-to-follow. And at this price, it's totally worth it, because you'll definitely find at least two or three recipes you'll fall in love with. I personally love the Gingersnaps, and they've been a big hit with my family as well. Give yourself a little extra time the first time you prepare any of these recipes: they're not hard, but you'll definitely get better/faster at it the more you do it. Highly recommended for anyone, whether you're a master chef or just a beginner -- the great photos and straightforward directions are perfect for any skill level!

Physiognomy: The Mark Seliger Photographs
Physiognomy: The Mark Seliger Photographs
by Eric Bogosian
Edition: Hardcover
9 used & new from CDN$ 26.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous photographs., Nov. 12 2003
This book is goregeous to look at: the photographs are amazing (and printed HUGE so you can get a good look at the detail), and Seliger's ideas are phenomenal -- who would've thought to dress the cast of Seinfeld up as the characters from Wizard of Oz? Genius!
Whenever I have friends over to my home, people inevitably end up flipping through this book and being fascinated by the photography inside. Every time I look at it, I notice something new, or another photograph catches my eye, no matter how many times I've seen it before. This is a book you will look through many times, and whether you're a fan of the musicians and actors (and other famous folks) that Seliger photographed or you're a shutterbug yourself, you'll find something to take away from these amazing pieces of art.
My only complaint is that the book is a little odd-sized and probably won't fit on a standard size bookshelf (luckily, Amazon gives you the dimensions here, so that's a help).

Know By Heart
Know By Heart
Price: CDN$ 17.93
16 used & new from CDN$ 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Sending me a postcard from the sands...., Nov. 7 2003
This review is from: Know By Heart (Audio CD)
This is AmAnSet's most easily accessible album, by far. It features a couple of instantly catchy short pop songs as well as some instrumentals and longer pieces -- definitely a culmination of their growth as musicians through all their albums and EPs up to this point.
The American Analog Set is definitely a band to be experienced live -- as beautiful as this album is, seeing them perform these songs live (and completely CLICK as a live band, flowing from one song to the next smoothly and effortlessly) will bring the music to a whole different level. [Also note: any band that tours with a vibraphone has my undying support!]
For the record, one of my friends deemed this the "makeout album of the year", which is probably the best description you'll ever hear. Highly, highly recommended.

Making Handbags: Retro, Chic, Luxurious
Making Handbags: Retro, Chic, Luxurious
by Ellen Goldstein-Lynch
Edition: Paperback
20 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

4.0 out of 5 stars Wanna make a handbag? This is a good place to start., Nov. 6 2003
The reviews for this book seem to be split between people who love it and people who hate it. Yes, this book is not perfect. It is confusing at times, and it is a little difficult to take their "requirements" and translate it to make a bag that's not EXACTLY like the one that's pictured, especially if you've never done anything particularly crafty before.
However, it has a lot of great pictures and great ideas, and just reading through the "how to" gave me some ideas on how to make my own bag that combined elements of many of the bags that were pictured. What's good about this book is it doesn't try to take too much on: It walks you through how to make bags in 4 specific categories, and then it shows you variations on those four.
At $14 (as of Nov 2003), you're not going to find a good book that's cheaper. It's not perfect, and it does have its limitations, but this is a good place to start for someone trying to figure out what they want to do and wanting to explore some ideas further.

Meadowlands
Meadowlands
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 38.95
3 used & new from CDN$ 33.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Emo-pop at its finest., Oct. 30 2003
This review is from: Meadowlands (Audio CD)
The Wrens are one of those bands that the hipsters love to champion (you'll find their albums sitting right next to Broken Social Scene's), and this album is proof of why. After a ridiculously-long time (which started with their record label dropping them, changing their name to Wind-Up Records, and signing post-grunge radio-faves Creed), the Wrens are back with "The Meadowlands" which simultaneously sounds nothing and everything like their previous albums.
And, in a sense, we're lucky that they've had so long to work on it, because these 13 songs are well worth the excruciating wait. The Wrens have mastered an emo-pop that's much more interesting than most of the self-absorbed weepy stuff that's so trendy now. Sure, they're bemoaning the ups and downs of the past 7 years, but they're not at all whining about it. Take their own words for it: "I'm nowhere near / what I dreamed I'd be / I can't believe / what life has done to me." That, my friends, is the Wrens.

Split (Ep) (1+ Tracks)
Split (Ep) (1+ Tracks)
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 94.95
2 used & new from CDN$ 68.41

4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but short EP., Oct. 29 2003
This review is from: Split (Ep) (1+ Tracks) (Audio CD)
This EP features four tracks from 2 Ohio bands: One song by The Six Parts Seven ("A Blueprint of Something Never Finished", which is re-mixed by Dave Bazan of Pedro the Lion on their CD "Lost Notes from Forgotten Songs"), and a three-song performance by the Black Keys from a WMBR radio session in May of 2003. Their songs include a song that has only been released on an early 7" (on Alive Records). Live recordings are always a plus -- especially from bands like the Black Keys who reach their peak when performing outside the studio -- and the fact that this is a radio recording means that the quality is great. Recommended for fans of either band, although be warned that this EP clocks in at just under 17 minutes.

Discretion Grove (1+ Tracks)
Discretion Grove (1+ Tracks)
Offered by bestcdheadcanada
Price: CDN$ 6.44
7 used & new from CDN$ 3.51

4.0 out of 5 stars More Malkmus is such a good thing!, Oct. 28 2003
While "Discretion Grove" is probably not the single I would've picked from Malkmus's first solo album, the two B-sides on this single are excellent. "Sin Taxi" is melodic and rockin' -- with a wee hint of trippy psychedelia in the middle. "Leisurely Poison" is short (just over a minute and a half) and has a bit more of a Pavement flair than the other two songs. Both b-sides are worth hearing!

Only W/Laughter Can You Win
Only W/Laughter Can You Win
Price: CDN$ 15.37
22 used & new from CDN$ 7.23

3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful songs, not different from first album., Oct. 24 2003
I loved Rosie Thomas's first album "When We Were Small" and was quite looking forward to this one as well. It's beautiful in many of the same ways -- her sweet voice just washes over you (the lyrics are easy enough to pay attention to OR ignore completely -- despite the opinions of the other reviewers here, I don't think I've distinctly heard the word "God" once yet and I've been listening to the CD all day), and the instrumentation is simple and melodic.
My biggest complaint is that it is too similar to her first album. I didn't want or expect something wildly different, but I feel as though her style hasn't grown or changed in the year and a half since "When We Were Small" came out. If you loved WWWS and are looking for something very similar, you'll love "Only With Laughter Can You Win". If you're satisfied with having just one album in this style, then stick with WWWS.

Sweet Sixteen (2002) (Widescreen) [Import]
Sweet Sixteen (2002) (Widescreen) [Import]
DVD ~ Martin Compston
Price: CDN$ 16.17
29 used & new from CDN$ 1.12

5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal movie., Oct. 23 2003
This is a phenomenal movie about a 15-year-old boy named Liam who is trapped in a culture and lifestyle of crime (in an early scene, his grandfather and his mother's boyfriend demand that he smuggle drugs to his mother in prison), when all he dreams about is creating a home for his mother, his sister, and her child. Liam is destined to repeat the same mistakes that he is fighting so hard against, and all we can do is sit back and watch him struggle with the rock-and-a-hard-place decisions with which he is faced.
This may sound like your typical "good boy falls in with the wrong crowd" film, but it is far from predictable, and the story and acting are excellent. Director Ken Loach does a fantastic job with a cast that is new to the acting world (sadly, this film will be overlooked because it features no "big names"), and they portray the culture and lives of these characters quite convincingly.
Highly recommended, and it is worthwhile to listen to Loach's commentary track as well.

Hell Among The Yearlings
Hell Among The Yearlings
Price: CDN$ 14.01
29 used & new from CDN$ 8.94

5.0 out of 5 stars Same great style, much darker than her first album., Oct. 17 2003
This album features more of the same solid songwriting, harmonizing, and instrument-playing from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings that can be found on other Welch albums. However, the subject matter is MUCH darker -- just look at some of the song titles: "I'm not afraid to die" prety much sums it up. There are songs about attempted rapes ("Caleb Meyer"), the dark and dingy lifestyle of being a miner, and depression, and the songs themself are much mellower than her others ("My Morphine" will lull you to sleep, yodels and all).
If this is your first introduction to Welch, you may want to check out her other albums first (her debut "Revival" would be a good place to start). If you like really dark alt-country songs, then this is the album for you.

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