Friday, December 10, 2010

Hard Boiled Gift Certificates

This year we have something different for gift certificates. I found a bunch of colored vinyl 45s with no labels and so I am using them as Gift Certificates. They can be purchased in any denomination.

Friday, October 29, 2010

14th Anniversary party

Hard Boiled's 14 Anniversary Party this Wednesday at Butterfly Social Club
(Grand and Halstead). Starts at 8pm. At 10pm I will dj a live
soundtrack to John Woo's masterpiece Hard Boiled. $4 beer and shot

Friday, October 22, 2010

Hard Boiled update 10-22-10

I'm starting to order new items again on a limited basis. I have put lots of used books, videos and LPs out in the last couple of weeks. I also have Hard Boiled t-shirts available in the store.

Murralin Lane - Our House CD On 12K.

Seaworthy & Matt Rosner - Two Lakes CD On 12K.

Giuseppe Ielasi - Tools CD On 12K.

Sun City Girls - Funeral March LP Their last studio album.

ID & Skinnz - Offshore 12" Dubstep.

Badawi & Shackleton - El Topo 12" Dubstep.

Terry Callier - What Color Love LP Classic Chicago soul from 1972.

Umberto - Prophecy LP Goblinesque synths.

Cyrus & Tunnidge - Lights 12" Dubstep.

Akira Rabelais - Caduceus CD On Samadhi Sound Records.

Jakes & Darqwan - Time Ends 12" Dubstep.

Philip Jeck - An Ark For The Listener CD On Touch Records.

Ugly Things - Most recent issue with the Kinks on the cover.

Wax Poetics - Most recent issue with Augustus Pablo on the cover.

There is a Children's Halloween Parade that will close down Roscoe on Sunday from 1-4pm. There will be no parking on the street but tons of free candy.

Also the store will be celebrating 14 years in business on Wednesday November 3rd with a party at the Butterfly Social Club (Grand & Halsted, next to the Funky Buddha). I will be screening some Hong Kong gangster films and djing a live soundtrack to the movie Hard Boiled. More details to come.

Thanks to everyone who wished Heather and I well with our marriage.


Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hard Boiled t-shirts

Made some t-shirts for the store. I have XL and L in dark blue, light blue, green, red, orange, white, and black. They are $10 each. Also the store celebrates 14 years in business next week.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Endhiran - Bollywood sci-fi

Bollywood sci-fi action flick opens today in the Chicago burbs. Endhiran is the biggest budget Indian film. Special effects by ILM and Stan Winston's company. Action choreography by Yuen Wo Ping. Music by A.R. Rahman. It looks pretty bizarre/fun.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New David Mamet short with Kristen Bell and Ricky Jay

David Mamet's Lost Masterpieces of Pornography - June Crenshaw: Sex Kitten To The Supreme Court. With Kristen Bell. Done for Funny Or Die.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Out take from David Bowie's Low

Out take from Bowie's Low album. Originally found on

Jennifer Lynch's Hissss,

Jennifer Lynch, David's daughter and author of the "Secret Diary of Laura Palmer" has made a Bollywood horror film "Hissss". The behind the scenes photos that I've seen show some impressive were-snake creatures. Stars Irrfan Khan and Mallika Sherawat. Lynch's previous film was "Surveillance". Found on

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Johnnie To's Vengeance at the Gene Siskel this week

Johnnie To's Vengeance is screening at the Gene Siskel this weekend (Saturday @5:15, Mon +Wed @6pm. Johnnie To is my favorite current Hong Kong filmmaker. He directed The Mission, Election 1 & 2, Exiled, and pretty much every good Hong Kong gangster film in the last decade. Vengeance is good but suffers from having a good portion of it's dialog in English. But it is a rare opportunity to see a Johnnie To film on the big screen.

Friday, August 6, 2010

New Tsui Hark film, trailer, Detective Dee

Tsui Hark was one of my favorite directors. From 1983 to 2002 he made many amazing films, The Blade, The Swordsman series, The Once Upon A Time In China series, Green Snake, Time & Tide, to name a few. He has made some ok movies in the last 5 years but his new film, Detective Dee, looks like a return to form. It stars Andy Lau, and has martial art choreography by Sammo Hung.

Closing early this weekend for Retro On Roscoe

The store will close early Saturday and Sunday due to Retro On Roscoe. You don't have to pay the $5 suggested donation if you tell them you are going shopping.

Walking Dead trailer

Here is a crappy cell phone copy of the Comic Con trailer. The image quality may suck but the tv show looks pretty good. It starts in October on AMC.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Diplo is having a block party at the Hideout

Diplo is having a block party at the Hideout, Aug 21. His Major Lazer set was one of the highlights at Pitchfork. If you go to his website you can sign up for a free ticket to the show. From Chicagoist > Pitchfork

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I'm djing at the Hideout Wednesday July 21st

I'm DJing at the Hideout on Wednesday July 21st at 9pm with Darren Johnston Quintet and then Good For Cows. I will spin before, between and after the bands. The show is a critics choice for the Reader. Here is some footage of Good For Cows.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Closed this weekend for Pitchfork

The store will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Pitchfork. We will have a booth at the North end of the tennis courts. Stop by and say hi.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Dogtooth trailer

New bizarre Greek moving playing at the Gene Siskel Film Center starting on Friday. It is about a family that keeps it's children isolated from the world. Check out the trailer.

Ebert gave it three stars

Die Antwoord playing the Double Door July 14th

South Africa's Die Antwoord is playing the Double Door. They are sort of a cross between Aphex Twin videos and Ali G. I have no idea how the show will be, they made their US debut at Cochella.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Insanely impressive stop motion graffiti by Blu

It must have taken 1000's of hours of work to make this short film. Very impressive.

Found on

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

I just finished Paolo Baciglupi's first novel "The Windup Girl" and I liked it as much as I liked William Gibson's "Neuromancer". The Windup Girl is set in a dystopian future Bangkok where global warming is threatening to flood the city, oil has been used up, pandemics run rampant in humans and plants, agriculture is controlled by corporations and political factions are tearing the city apart. The book has many interesting ideas, energy is stored in springs (compressed using human or animal power), and wars fought over bio-diversity. There's lots to think about after reading this novel and I don't want to spoil the joy of reading it.
You can buy from Amazon or get it from the Chicago Public Library

Instore at Hard Boiled Records on Friday

My friend Clark Paterson is playing at the store on Friday July 2nd at 6:30.
Here is a video of him performing at Sylvie's.

You can check out more info about Clark here

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sound added to the site

Added sound to the website. For that version go to the revamped Hard Boiled site

Warren Ellis' FreakAngels online comic

Warren Ellis is one of the best comic book writers working these days. He does high profile work (Astonishing X-men) to pay the bills, but most of his current output is for indie comic book companies that allow him and the artists to maintain ownership of their work. He also has a popular blog that is always worth daily reading. For the last two years he and Paul Duffield have published a weekly web comic called FreakAngels, 6 pages every Friday.
FreakAngels is the story of a group of superpowered twenty somethings who have flooded London and destroyed the UK government.

FreakAngels starts here

Hand painted movie posters

Heather and I went to the Primitive art space a couple of weeks ago to check out the hand painted movie poster from Ghana. Primitive has a couple of hundred hand painted posters painted on the back of used flour sacks. The posters are mainly from American action movies, Hong Kong kung fu, a few Bollywood, and Nigerian religious dramas (which are usually part horror or action movies). The paintings were made as advertising for video screenings of the movies in rural Ghana. Traveling projectionists would go town to town and put up the posters to advertise the nights video projection.

The prices start at $7000 and go up to $30,000 for a really nice King Kong (1977 version) poster that could be a Lee Perry album cover.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Early short films from Bong Joon Ho

The first of 4 short films from the director of The Host, and Mother.

Originally found on

Crazy lipsync video from the Phillipines

It starts out bizarre and gets really weird after 3:30.

Thanks to Niall

Thursday, May 20, 2010

New David Lynch short film

It's better than Inland Empire.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Rough Trade store and label documentary

Really interesting documentary on the Rough Trade store and the diy movement and then the history of the Rough Trade label. Originally found on

Friday, April 30, 2010

Joy Division and New Order live concerts

Check out this site for free downloads of Joy Division and New Order concerts. I own many of these on cassette.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Record Store Day

Saturday is Record Store Day and we are opening at 10AM. I don't have much of the Record Store Day exclusives, if there are titles that you are looking for I suggest Permanent Records (Chicago & Damen - and they will be open at midnight, tonight). Items are already selling for $50 and more on ebay.

At Hard Boiled the first 100 customers will get a gift bag slightly stuffed with stickers, buttons, posters, promo cds and vinyl. And if you are on this list and come by on Saturday I after I run out of gift bags I will make one up for you on the spot.

I do have a ton of used new arrival LPs and 45s. I just bought a stack of promo Rolling Stones releases, a Wilco 10" from 1997, The Kinks Village Green reissue with bonus 45, Beatles originals and reissues.

V/a - Pommegranates CD Comp of Iranian pop and funk from the 1970's.

Spacemen 3 - Perfect Perscription LP

Spacemen 3 - Performance LP

Wax Poetics - new issue

John Lee Hooker - I'm John Lee Hooker LP Reissue of his first album. On VeeJay.

Black Sabbath - s/t LP

Black Sabbath - Masters Of Reality LP

Lali Puna - Our Inventions LP Their first album in 5 years. On Morr Music.

Carl Craig & Martin Von Oswald - 10" On Deutsche Grammaphone.

Carl Craig & Martin Von Oswald - 12" RMX On Deutsche Grammaphone.

V/a - Fight On LP Blues comp on Mississippi Records.

Mekuria & The Ex - Moa Anbessa LP One of the stars of the Ethiopiques series teams up with avant garde Dutch punks.

Soundproof Productions - 3 Degrees 12" Dubstep

Can - Tago Mago CD

Can - Ege Bamyasi CD

Can - Soon Over Babaluma CD

Can - Soundtracks CD

Can - Delay CD

Jana Windern - Energy Field CD On Touch Records.

Eleh - Location Momentum CD On Touch Records.

Fennesz - Szampler CASSETTE

Delta Funktionen - Rad P2 12"

Shindig - Psychotic Reaction special issue.

Joker - City Hopper 12" On Tectonic.

Fucked Up - Couple Of Tracks CD/LP

Harlem - Hippies CD/LP

Ted Leo - Brutalist Bricks CD

Ted Leo - The Oldest House 7"

Arthur Russell - Calling Out Of Context LP

Titus Andronicus - The Monitor CD

Jonsi - Go LP/CD Singer for Sigur Ros.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Used vinyl new arrivals

Got in some good used LPs today in preparation for Record Store Day. Wilco promo only 10" from 1997, Dylan reissued on Sundazed, Brian Wilson's Smile, Pebbles Vol.2, Minutemen, Lush, Beatles reissues and originals, Syd Barrett tribute and more.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot is on Hulu

This is definitely worth watching. A drunk teenage crowd interviewed before a Judas Priest concert in 1986.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

11th Dream Day and Yo La Tengo at the Hideout

From the Carrot Top Blog 11th Dream Day is playing every Sunday in May and May 16th they are playing with the Condo Fucks aka Yo La Tengo. This show will sell out. Tickets are only $8 at the Hideout site

Friday, April 9, 2010

tons of used lps bought today

Here is some of the stuff that I bought today. Trashwomen - Live, Teengenerate/ Rip Offs split, GG Allin - Brutality, Butthole Surfers - Cream Corn, Hank Williams - Very Best, Esther Philips - Burnin'. Ray Charles and Betty Carter, several Charlie Parker lps, Sonny Stitt, Dead Kennedys - Frankenchrist, Modern Jazz Sextet, Jimmy Smith, several James Brown LPs. I also bought tons of 45s. I put out 30 James Brown 45s today. I have tons of used new arrival 45s. If you still have money left over from CHIRP you should stop by the store.


Monday, April 5, 2010

Liquid Liquid on Jimmy Fallon

10 years ago if someone told you about an appearance on a late night talk show and you didn't see it you would have to keep track of reruns and hope that you still remembered to record it. Now with youtube and hulu etc you can watch Liquid Liquid on the Jimmy Fallon show from April 2nd.

Bollywood acid house from 1982

Bollywood Acid House from 1982.
Charanjit Singh Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat. I should have the reissue vinyl for the in next week.
I am impressed. And according to the it is not a fake. The label that is reissuing this is the same label that put out the 2 Bollywood funk comps that we carry.

News article from the

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Soup and Bread at the Hideout

Heather, Niall and myself are making soup for the Hideout's Soup And Bread this Wednesday. We will be serving Mexican Corn soup (vegetarian) and Beef Stew. From 5:30 to 8pm. It is free but a hat will be passed to raise money for the Hull House food pantry. I will also give out 20% off everything at Hard Boiled coupons to anyone that shows up.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New martial art movie

I don't know when it will come to Chicago (if ever) but if you get the chance you should watch Merantau, a new film from Indonesia. The action is very similar to Ong Bak 1, but with better acting. Here is the trailer.

Friday, February 26, 2010

New layout for the store

Hard Boiled Update 2-26-10

The store's layout has changed quite a bit. The records are now on one side of the store and books line the other. With 45s and cds down the middle.

Johnny Cash - American VI CD

Yeasayer - Odd Blood CD

The Clean - Mister Pop LP On Morr Music.

Sun Ra - Sound Sun Pleasure LP

Sun Ra - My Brother The Wind LP

V/a - Nigeria Afrobeat Special CD New comp of 1970's Afro Funk. On Soundways.

RSD - Over It 12" Dubstep

The Wire #313 - new issue

Vladislav Delay - Tummaa CD

The Ex - The Convoy Tour DVD 25 years of the best Dutch punk band.

V/a - Electric Cambodia LP Comp of pre Khymer Rouge rock from Cambodia.

Darkstar - Aidy's Girl 12" On Hyperdub.

Also on Saturday night (midnight) Facets is showing one of the best Korean films of the last 10 years, Save The Green Planet and one of my friends is going to leading a discussion about the film. For more info check out.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Punk rock to download

Here is a link to a blog with 3 cds worth of good punk rock pre 1989.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Hard Boiled Update 2-5-10

Some new stuff here and some changes in the store's layout.

King Midas Sound - Waiting For You CD New dubstep on Hyperdub.

V/a - Pop Ambient Vol. 10 LP+CD The latest is dreamy electronic ambience from Kompakt Records.

V/a - Electric Cambodia CD Compilation of 1960's Cambodian rock and roll. Put together by Dengue Fever.

Monolake - Silence CD

V/a - Shir Hodu CD Compilation of Jewish songs from Bombay in the 1930's.

Oh No - Dr. No's Ethiopian 2xLP Oh No remixing Ethiopian Jazz and Funk from the 1960's and 70's. On Stone's Throw.

B12 - Archive Vol. 2 2xCD

B12 - Archive Vol. 3 2xCD

Spacemen 3 - Perfect Prescription CD

Spacemen 3 - Performance CD

V/a - Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 1 CD Compilation of minimal synth, darkwave music from the 1980's. On Stone's Throw.

BJ Nilsen - Invisible City CD On Touch Records.

Stefan Goldman - Haven't I Seen You Before CASSETTE On Tapeworm Records.

Tongues Of Mount Meru - The Delight Assembly CASSETTE On Tapeworm Records. Features Lasse Marhaug.

Wire - New issue

Wax Poetics - New issue with Fela Kuti on the cover.

Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Band - You Are So Beautiful LP 180 gram reissue of 1971 funk classic.

Clue Kid - Chicken Foot 12" Dubstep.

Cotti - Calm 12" Dubstep.

Broadcast & The Focus Group - Investigate Witchcults of the Radio Age CD On Warp.


Thursday, February 4, 2010

What if famous directors directed the Superbowl?

From via
What if Tarantino, Goddard, Wes Anderson and Werner Herzog directed the superbowl? The Herzog bit at the end is the best. Grizzly Man meets the Fridge.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Inglorious Basterds

I watched Inglorious Basterds last night. I liked it but did not think it was a great film. Better than Death Proof but not by much. I might have liked it better if I hadn't read the script and knew what was going to happen. When I saw the soundtrack listing when the movie came out I did wonder if the "Eastern Condors Theme" was from the Sammo Hung film and it was. He takes the music from Sammo's jumping on metal springboards to kill a guard before he kill his friends. and uses for Eli Roth's buddy taking out one of Hitler's guards. I doubt many people would have gotten the reference and of course "Eastern Condors" is basically a remake of "the Dirty Dozen". The music starts at around 4:20 into the clip.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Big River Man

I can't tell if this a fake documentary or a real film but I really want to see it.

True Legend 2010 kung fu film in 3-D

Yuen Wo Ping returns to directing after spending most of the last decade doing action choreography for the Matrix and Kill Bill films. True Legend stars Chiu Man Cheuk who was the bad guy in Fong Sai Yuk and features Michelle Yeoh and David Carradine. Some of the action scenes were filmed in 3-D. Here is a trailer for it.

Hard Boiled Update 1-8-10

Here are the new arrivals this week.
Orchestre Poly-Rythmo - Echoes Hypnotiques 2xLP on Analog Africa.

Twinsistermoon - Hollow Mountain CD

V/a - 5 Years Of Hyperdub 2xCD

Monolake - Silence 2xLP

Rev. Louis Overstreet - s/t LP Gospel reissue on Mississippi Records.

Clara Rockmore - Art Of The Theremin LP On Mississippi Records.

Spacemen 3 - Sound Of Confusion CD Reissue on Fire Records. One of my favorite records of the 1980's

Can - Soon Over Babluma CD Lower price reissue of classic Krautrock band

Can - Soundtracks CD

E-Man - s/t CASSETTE Limited release of 1984 project by Biosphere.

Wax Poetics #38

Yeti #8

2562 - Unbalance 3xLP Dubstep

Clouds - Spat 12" Dubstep

Quest - Stand 12" Dubstep.


Saturday, January 2, 2010

Neil Gaiman's Statuesque

Here is the short film written and directed by Neil Gaiman for Sky TV in the UK. It stars Billy Nighy and Amanda Palmer.