a week of new things you need


• A.R.E. Weapons (Rough Trade)--NYC noise punks get mad press cause they're super-hip and include Chloe Sevigny's brother. Will the music stand the test--or are they just the obscurant's Strokes?

• Anomoanon Asleep Many Years in the Woods (Temporary Residence)--Palace Bros.' Will Oldham pairs up with about 9000 of his actual brothers for Ned Oldham's plaintive, country-tinged project.

• Cursive The Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek)--Emo's sexiest, crackliest voice, Tim Kasher, leads his band for their most powerful record yet. I can't get it off my stereo.

• The Thermals More Parts Per Million (Sub Pop)--Local, enthusiastic, and gritty pop-punks' first Sub Pop release totally obliterates depression.

• Throwing Muses Throwing Muses (4AD)--Kristin Hersh's pop trio is back, this time with appearances by Hersh's half-sister/old-school TM member, Tanya Donnelly.


• Army of Darkness (1993)-- This latest version of the cult classic starring Bruce Campbell features the theatrical version, as well as the director's and "bootleg" cut.

• The Osbournes: First Season Uncensored (2002)-- Not only will you be able to hear all the dirty words, but you can use the "closed captioning" feature to finally understand what the fuck Ozzy is saying!

• Quest for Fire (1982)-- Ugh! Rae Dawn Chong make good cavegirl! Where am fire? Must bang on ground with bone! UGH!!

• The Ring (2002)--In this new DVD, Naomi Watts stars as the reporter who discovers a killer videotape and wishes she still had her old Beta machine.


• Predator MQ-1B (Air Force)--This unmanned 26-foot drone serves double duty as hitman and spy plane. Able to lock onto a target five miles away, the drone launches Hellfire missiles faster than the speed of sound (a target can't hear it coming). In November, a CIA-operated Predator in Yemen hunted down and obliterated a jeep carrying six suspected al-Qaida operatives.

• Nanotech Suit (US Army)--Developed by MIT, these are modern-day suits of armor for infantry. The bodysuit can morph to improve camouflage; harden to provide a splint for broken limbs; and, with a "micromechanical sensor," absorb light so that a soldier appears invisible. Scientists are also developing "smart suits" which create artificial muscles to give soldiers ten-foot vertical leaps.

• Clotting Bandage (US Army)--With two proteins (thrombin and a common blood serum) woven into its gauze, this bandage almost instantly stops bleeding. A scab forms within seconds.