Thursday, February 26, 2009

Oh, Daisy Chen

Daisy Chen, a first-year Medill graduate student, says she never goes to bookstores. "I really don't buy any books, my whole life. There is no need for me to buy books because you can get everything online."

Another death of the independent bookstores article.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Price of a First Class Stamp

It's hard to keep up with the cost of a First Class Stamp. The price will go up again May 11th.

I Love You, Man

We've got some free passes for I Love You, Man (Starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel) here at the store. They're for tomorrow night at 7:30pm at White Marsh. Come by and get one!

February Baltozine Round-Up Update

As we can't catch everything, and new magazines come in every week, we'll be updating our monthly Baltozine Round-Up. So if we miss anything, please let us know in the comments section.

Maximum Rocknroll #310
Deep Sleep - Manic Euphoria EP
"... Manic Euphoria is like a six-track mini-album full of great lyrics and a perfect mixture of melody and angst that will leave you satisfied in the end." -Bob Goldie

(thanks for the heads up, Tony)

Juxtapoz #97
Profile of Mollie Goldstrom featuring her piece, "Obstructionists IV"
"Mollie Goldstrom is a printmaker and member of Closed Caption Comics, a group of Maryland Institute College of Art alumni who collaborate on a biannual comics anthology of the same name." -Caleb Neelon

(thanks for the tip, Molly O.)

AmericanStyle #66
A look at the loft of (with lots of photos) of Beth Piver and Andy Vick in Cumberland MD.
"When Beth Piver and Andy Vick found their two-story loft space in a brick bulilding in downtown Cumberland, MD, it was a blank canvas. The 6,000-square-foot space was airy, open and painted a crisp white - and covered in 'acres of mauve carpet,' Piver says. In lieu of replacing it or refinishing the floors underneath, Piver saw the carpet as a design challenge. Today, it's the last thing you notice. Painted mannequins greet you at the entrance to the thrid floor, the couple's main living space. Blue and purple faux fur covers the walls of their bedroom. ..." -Claire Patterson

Friday, February 20, 2009

Ugly Dolls Blind boxed

uglydollblindbox, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Coming soon! Ugly Dolls in a new vinyl blindboxed form!

Our site has been up and down rather randomly this past week and we're looking into that.

But you can always call us (410-662-4444) or IM us (atomicbooks) to place an order or check on titles!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Diamond - Too Big To Fail?

Does the comics industry need a bailout?

This would be an excellent time to start a comics distro.

Hint, hint!

Jin & Jam #1

jinjampostcard, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Back in stock and so awesome.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February Baltozine Round-Up

Since this year promises to be a big one for Baltimore arts, I'll try and keep track of new magazines that come in that talk about Baltimore stuff.

In Mojo #184:
Crazy Dreams Band - s/t
Score: ***

"Absurdist synth-rock is the modus operandi for this groovy project featuring Baltimore's performance art chanteuse Lexie Mountain. Backed by a low-slung rhythm section, harmonica, lap steel, 'guitar machete' and some fabulously wayward lead Moog lines, her blues wail suggests Patti Smith fronting Trans Am, peaking on the 10-minute Nightcrawler." -Manish Agarwal

In Filter #34:
Arbouretum - Song Of The Pearl Score: 83%
"...Song Of The Pearl is a very solid and accessible record. ... Arbouretum, however, keeps its doom-folk straightforward enough for the appreciation of stoners and serious musicians alike. But while the melodies and rhythms won't escape most listeners, it is the aforementioned instrumental prowess and attention to detail that help build appreciation with each listen." -David C. Obenour

Dan Deacon - Bromst Score: 85%
"Dan Deacon has two distinct lenses through which he can be viewed: the perpetual child genius, looking to recreate the rapture of some Nintendo loop he heard when he was five, and the impressive electronic composer, creating ecstatic moments with junky synths and solid training. Bromst helps him to shorten the distance between the two. ..." -Sam Roudman

In Spin (March 2009):
Dan Deacon - Bromst 8/10
"Even at his most contemplative and nuanced, Deacon remains a DIY trickster at heart." - Charles Aaron

In Roctober #46:
Edie Sedgwick - Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer
"Whoa! This is surprisingly fun and absurd and ridiculous and joie d' vivre and bitchy funny for a Dischord release. Infact, it's all those things for any kinda release. ... This record will make you dance... really strangely." -Waymon Timbsdayle

Pontiak - Sun On Sun
"A fable in which a magical drum makes gravity malfunction so that extreme heaviness loses its traditional weight.... or does it?" -Waymon Timbsdayle

Thank You - Terrible Two
"This sounds like a computer model of DNA looks; a twisting confusing collection of colorful little balls that is dizzying and hypnotic. Not to say this has little balls, this has very big balls." -Waymon Timbsdayle

In Maximum Rocknroll #310:
Ubangis - Drop Another Coin
"Surf-ish guitar and neo-rockabilly elements about here, making it easy to make a Cramps reference (covering Johnny Cash's song from the sleaze noir classic Five Minutes To Live makes such a comparison even easier), with a big dose of late-'90s Fonzie Punk..." -Dr. Dante

Ubangis - Exploit Yourself
"Simultaneously over-produced and badly produced garage that harks back to the bad ol' days of the '90s." -Sean Dougan

Monday, February 16, 2009

Scott Pilgrim - The Movie

michael2, originally uploaded by radiomaru.

Coming 2009!?

Michael Cera IS Scott Pilgrim!

Dead Air - The End Of Analog Party

The End of Analog is coming. Are you ready?
8PM. $6. Metro Gallery. Station North, Baltimore.
1700 N Charles St.
Scott and Tom from Atomic TV have put together a new "media maxi-pad absorbing the continual flow of pop Culture" especially for the event.

Good-bye analog, hello digital! 11:59:59pm February 17, 2009 is currently the legal deadline for TV broadcasters to switch from over-the-air analog broadcast to digital, leaving traditional TV sets unable to receive broadcast TV. Dead Air marks this momentous cultural and historical occasion taking a look back at analog and forward to digital -- how we use it, abuse it, love it, and hate it-- the flaws, joys, (dis)advantages, and beauty of it all.

The exhibition kicks off on Feb 17 with THE END of Analog Party, a rock 'n roll multimedia circus including music by Baltimore's art rock super-stars Lo Moda and Plans Plans plus DC's Edie Sedgwick (Discord Records), with original site-specific visual accompaniment created by Joe Reinsel, Chris LaMartina and Guy Werner.

Baltimore underground weirdos and movers-and-shakers mix with indie music videos, Mexican wrestling, classic commercials and other ephemera. News anchors meld, stutter, and fight static in rhythmic gestures. George Bush slowly morphs into Barack Obama. Garbled, static-y footage follows a man in a suit on an ambiguous chase. Dead Air presents five single channel video works by artists Vin Grabill, Atomic TV, Phil Davis, Kristen Anchor, and Preston Poe.
BANDS: Lo Moda, Plans Plans, Edie Sedgwick
VJS: Joe Reinsel, Chris LaMartina, Guy Werner
...and more.

Happy Presidents Day

An oldie but goodie perfect for the day - Washington by Brad Neely:

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Craft Goes Online Only

Like a lot of magazines right now, Craft is ceasing it's print publication. But at least it'll live online, unlike the growing pile of dead magazines and newspapers.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Kill Audio Signing


Claudio Sanchez, lead singer of Coheed & Cambria, will be here at Atomic Books Friday the 13th, from 2:30 to 4pm, signing some of his comics and his new toy, Kill Audio.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Story of O - February Reading Club Pick

This month for Reading Club, we're reading The Story of O. How romantic!

Discussion will be the last Wednesday of the month, here at Atomic, 7-9pm!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

prideandprejudiceandzombies, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Zombies are everywhere...but did you think they'd invade classic lit?