If you're still in a post-Thanksgiving malaise, we discovered some cool stuff to make your Monday brighter. Here's what our Express staff writers are currently obsessed with:
The best of the Record Store Day Black Friday releases is probably the Asobi Seksu/ Boris split 7". The bands — the former a delightful NY shoegaze outfit, the latter a kick-ass Japanese sludge/drone/experimental group — cover each other with the tracks "Neu Years" and "Farewell." Each reimagining has its own distinct flavor, but both remain faithful to the stubborn beauty and energy of the original. Fun Fact: Boris took its name from a song by Melvins, who, by the way, are signed to Emeryville's own Alternative Tentacles record label. — Lenika Cruz
Can’t stop listening to this YouTube mashup of LCD Soundsystem and Miles Davis. — Ellen Cushing
If you have not yet read Fiona Apple's four-page letter about why she had to cancel part of her tour to be with her dying pitbull, pull out the tissue now. — Whitney Phaneuf
Wish I had started listening to it before I compiled my Best of 2012 list. But Container Ships by Kowloon Walled City is seriously stuck in my head. — Kathleen Richards
Quiet as it's been kept: Erykah Badu is ringing in 2013 at the Fox Theater, along with Oakland's The Coup. Tickets for the New Year's Eve concert went on sale at StubHub before they were officially released, so make sure to check the official ticket sources before spending twice as much buying from a scalper. — Alison Peters
Survived the long drive from the Bay to LA for Thanksgiving with Hot Cheetos and Takis while listening to the twelve-year-old anthem "Hot Cheetos and Takis." "Snacks on snacks on snacks" = prerequisite to making it through the Grapevine. — Azeen Ghorayshi
My latest ins-pie-ration (bad puns included) came from the ladies at Tangelwood Baked Goods in Maine. From a maple buttermilk pie to a caramelized garlic and goat cheese tart, they've got it all — and their step-by-step instructions are (verifiably) fool-proof. — A.G.
I made Derby Pie for our EBX officegiving and was reminded of how disgustingly good it is. Pecans, bourbon, and chocolate: What could POSSIBLY be better? Here’s Queen Martha’s recipe. — E.C.
I mentioned this in my column a couple weeks back, but the Maple Old Fashioned at Hopscotch is really, really good. — E.C.
I can't wait for The Hobbit!!!!! I am a dork!!!! It premieres Friday, Dec. 14. — K.R.
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