angry holiday gift guide, part 4

Thinking of what to get that special someone this holiday season? In the spirit of goodwill and consumer-driven celebration of religious holy occasions, I've been throwing out some fun/cool gift ideas. Here's round four, in no particular order:

Know Better Learn Faster / Thao
Not only is Thao's latest album -- her third with the Get Down Stay Down -- a work of musical magic, it gives me an excuse to post this rad-ass album cover. Self-described as a "breakup album," it's got Thao's unmistakable husky croon over a more layered, sophisticated sound, in songs delving into the hurts and heartaches of a bad relationship. You know what Thao's talking about.

Scuba Cat T-shirt
Some kitties will go to great lengths to find some fresh fish snacks... Get this cool t-shirt, along with an assortment of other cute designs on shirts, prints and cards from Hamburgerpanda, aka Cindy Yep, whose work is inspired by science fiction, nature, and Asian pop culture -- "Unusual flavor for everyday life." Right now through Christmas, if you use the code "FREESHIP09" in the Message to Seller box when you order, you'll get free shipping.

Home Boy / H.M. Naqvi
H.M. Naqvi's debut novel is a coming-of-age story in the tradition of Catcher in the Rye and Bright Lights, Big City, following the misadventures of three Pakistani Musketeers in New York City before and after 9/11 as their lives are transformed by history -- from a party boys in millennial Manhattan to detainees -- along with the city they call home. The Huffington Post just named Home Boy one of the The 10 Best Books of 2009. I recently started reading it, and I'm really enjoying it.

Paper Heart
The quirky Sundance Film Festival favorite, starring and written by that lovable comic weirdo Charlyne Yi, follows her search to understand the meaning of true love, and somehow making a romantic connection along the way. Part scripted, part documentary, and part homemade paper puppet show, it's a cute a little movie that genuinely defies description. The DVD includes a "making-of" featurette, live musical performances, deleted scenes and more.

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