summer album of the week, 06/11/11

richard thompson: hand of kindness (released june 1983)

richard thompson: hand of kindness. released june 1983.

Though not exactly Richard Thompson’s solo debut album, Hand of Kindness was his first album after nearly a decade’s worth of incendiary British folk-rock with ex-wife Linda Thompson. But the record is still packed with pals, including three Fairport Convention mates, Celtic fiddle great Aly Bain, a then known John Hiatt on backing vocals and a saxophone duo that brings Hand of Kindness within spitting distance of American R&B. The result: an album of love-gone-wrong songs full of brassy soul. Unveils Its Holiday 2011 ‘Most Wanted’ List.

Health & Beauty Close-Up October 3, 2011, a destination website which provides information, entertainment, and services on what’s fun for children and their families, has announced its Holiday 2011 Most Wanted list, naming the 18 toys predicted by the editors to top holiday wish lists.

Hosted by Jim Silver, editor in chief, and Chris Byrne, content director aka The Toy Guy, the press conference kicked off a day-long event featuring a “who’s who” of manufacturers and entertainment companies. Participating companies exhibited a wide range of new toys, video games, and entertainment products that will hit store shelves in time for the holiday crunch, the Company noted in a release. site monster high wiki

Known as the official kick-off to the holiday family entertainment editorial season, the press conference addressed the current state of the toy industry, consumer trends, and those toys that will be exciting kids and the culture at large in the fourth quarter. In addition to unveiling the Most Wanted list, the Time to Play team announced its annual hot list for family friendly video games, The Power Ups. Games featured on the list are predicted to be the hottest titles this holiday season with fun appropriate content for kids of all ages.

“Companies recognize that families are looking for value,” said Jim Silver, editor in chief “Parents – and kids – can find value in a $10 toy or a $100 toy but what makes something a ‘keeper’ is whether or not kids will play with it for more than 15 minutes; true value is about providing longevity in the home.” “We are excited to see manufacturers continuing to respond to the realities of the economy and offering a low cost of entry into their hottest brands without compromising play,” said Chris Byrne, content director “That means that virtually all kids can engage with the hottest properties and be part of something that’s cool in their world and in the culture at large.” Predicted to be the most popular and best selling toys of Holiday 2011, the products named to the Time to Play Most Wanted list appear in alphabetical order: here monster high wiki

ANGRY BIRDS KNOCK ON WOOD GAME (Mattel/Ages 5 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $16) BEYBLADE METAL FUSION (Hasbro/Ages 8 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $5.99 – $39.99) BIG ACTION CONSTRUCTION SITE (Fisher-Price/Ages 3 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $59.99) DAGEDAR (Cepia/Ages 4 years & up /Approx. Retail Price: $4.99 – $19.99) FYRFLYZ (iStar Entertainment/Ages 8 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $10) HOT WHEELS WALL TRACKS (Mattel/Ages 4 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $29.99) INNOTAB (VTECH/Ages 3 & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $79.99) LALALOOPSY SILLY HAIR DOLL (MGA/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $34.99) LAZER STUNT CHASER (Thinkway Toys/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99) LOGO BOARD GAME (Spin Master/Ages 12 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99) LEAPPAD EXPLORER (LeapFrog/Ages 4 & up/Approx. Retail Price: $99.99) LEGO ALIEN CONQUEST & NINJAGO LINES (LEGO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $3.49 – $119.99) LITE SPRITES (WowWee/Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99) MONSTER HIGH DEAD TIRED LINE (Mattel/Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.49) NERF VORTEX LINE (Hasbro/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $12.99 – $49.99) REDAKAI (Spin Master/Ages 6 years & up/Approx. Price: $5.99 – $19.99) SPY NET STEALTH VIDEO GLASSES (Jakks Pacific/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99) 3D BREAKTHROUGH PUZZLE (MEGA Brands/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99) ((Comments on this story may be sent to

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