Monday, March 30, 2009

Vinylmore 2 Tiny Town

mowedbycows, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Opening this Friday is Vinylmore 2: Tiny Town!

Starts at 8pm. It's First Friday in Hampden!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Weekend Sewing

This afternoon from 4 - 6pm, author Heather Ross of Weekend Sewing will be doing a sewing demo in the store.

Come by and hang out and get some ideas for quick projects for easy Spring or Summer pieces!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Money For Nothing

Be in a Double Dagger video!

Friday, March 27, 2009

New Ugly Dolls

newuglydoll, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

They are your friends.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

March Baltozine Round-Up, Part 2

Keeping track of new magazines that come in that talk about Baltimore stuff. For more on, by, or about area artists, check out the following issues below.

Blurt #1
Dan Deacon - Bromst Score: 8 out of 10
"... On Bromst Deacon makes neither pure electronic music nor experimental noise rock. But his ability to reference both of these niches without being completely at home in either is what keeps his work so interesting." -Jonah Flicker

Pontiak - Maker Score: 7 out of 10
"... it's clear that Pontiak diverge from their psych-rock contemporaries in their ability to drape volume-dealing trippiness atop tightly wound aggression. Classic rock bangs up against free-noise chaos, homespun folkiness is rendered hostile by maxed-out reverb and fuzz, and, by teh time the epic title track closes out the disc, a thorough brain-scrubbing has been delivered alongside a brutal ass-whupping." -Jason Ferguson

Maximum Rocknroll #311
China Martens - The Future Generation #16
"But overall, The Future Generation is a good resource for those who are raising children in alternative communites." -Diane Anastasio

E: The Environmental Magazine #2
"A Cut Above: More Hair Salons Are Going Green" by Ashely Verese
An article about eco-friendly hair salons features our own local Sprout.
"... Melissa Daum, manager of Sprout: An Organic Salon in Baltimore says she likes that her clients aren't accosted with the smell of ammonia when they walk inside. Instead, they're greeted by natural fragrances like flowers and coconut. ..."

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bar Bacon Comedy

barbaconcomedy, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Tonight at the Golden West Cafe! 11pm!! Oh, the comedy.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Your Zine In Our Store

consignmentmail, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

So, you've made a zine or something, and you're wondering how to get it on our shelves.

Here's everything you need to know.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you with a new project of mine - Beardymore.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Hampden Cab Stand

For visitors' convenience, we now have a brand new cab stand in Hampden.

It's located on the northeast corner of Roland Ave. at the intersection of Roland and W. 36th St. by the Royal Farm Store.

So if you need a cab in Hampden, which in the past hasn't been the easiest thing to get, you now have a starting point to find one.

It's just been installed and taxi companies are just now being informed of it so that they can check frequently to see if anyone needs a ride.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Spring Events

VINYLMORE POSTER, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

We have a bunch of events and Atomic Books sponsored events happening. Check it out!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Closed Caption Comics #8 Release Party

Friday, March 13, 2009
$5. 10PM. The Annex. 4th Fl. Copycat Bldg.
Baltimore. 419 E Oliver St
Our friends at Closed Caption Comics collective are having a release party to celebrate their newest issue, Closed Caption Comics #8.

It's a night of bands, puppets, and humiliation featuring a horde of human disgrace...
Witch Hat
Hitty Titty
Ra Khuit Noor
Brendan Sullivan
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Pre Lay
Dead Journal

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Movie Screen

Our friend, Joe, helped us install a new movie screen at the store in mere minutes! Atomic Movie Club coming soon! And by "movies", we mean video games.

This was my original shot. Our friend Scott spruced it up a bit with his topical humor.

Anyone else want to take a shot?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Let's Hang Zipper Pulls

letshang, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

How can you not smile at a double scoop ice cream cone with such sweet staches?

Friday, March 06, 2009

What's So Baltimore About It?

It's always nice to read a positive article about Baltimore, especially when it starts with us.

There I was, a Washingtonian in the middle of Charm City, minding my own business as I browsed through the offerings at Atomic Books, when what to my wondering eyes should appear but . . . another Washingtonian.
This Story

"Elliott?" I said.

My friend lives in Dupont Circle, so it was a bit of a shock to run into him 35 miles from home, in a Baltimore shop specializing in comics, art books, 'zines and art toys.

"What are you doing here, man?" I managed to stammer.

"Hanging out," Elliott answered. And then: "I'll tell you something. They don't have anything like this in D.C."

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Seen On The Ave

LOST, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

March 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. For more on, by, or about area artists, check out the following issues below.

Giant Robot #58
Flash Back
"Lungfish - A lot of bands would come out with a new record and tour every year. Not Lungfish. I wish I had followed them around a little more when they finally came out." -Ben Clark

Paste #51
My Generation: A Guide To Girly Band Names
In an article that associates Barbie Dolls with bands based solely on their names, they bring in local band Ponytail...

"The Barbie They Deserve - For the obvious: Ponytail Barbie #850 in original swimsuit." -Henry Freedland

Venus Zine #39
She Said, He Said: Beach House vs. Wavves by Noreen Sobczyk
"I think after being quite psychedelically drunk one night in Buffalo, I threw up in the Niagara Falls in front of a group of Japanese tourists on a bridge. There was nowhere else to turn. I was trapped. Orange puke from buffalo wings. I laughed about it later - after the horror wore off." -Victoria Legrand

Art School Confidential: Venus Zine Infiltrates The Halls Of Art Schools Throughout The Land
"The people at MICA 'tend to have rather extreme or exaggerated personalities,' according to Catherine Yard, a fibers sophomore." -Jenny An

Christian Siriano: Style and Substance?
A profile/interview.
"A reality that opposes Siriano and the rest of his peers ... is that both youth and success are fleeting - and even more so when presented in tandem. While aware of this, Christian's optimism may be the most stylish thing about him." -Eavvon O'Neal

"Dan Deacon Is Just A Big Nerd"
This is a profile/interview with Dan Deacon.
"That last part is key to understanding the 27-year-old Baltimore resident who, in recent years, has attracted a throng of devout supporters with feel-good party songs and high-energy shows that oftentimes include human tunnels and interactive games that stimulate even the most wilted wallflowers." -Selena Fragassi

XLR8R #125
"Ring Leader"
A Dan Deacon profile/interview which features awesome photos by Josh Sisk
"To put it a certain way, Dan Deacon is very, very good at making people do shit. Like, say, making them leave a venue in the middle of a show. Everyone." -Michael Byrne

And in this piece, Dan also gives a shout out to Baltimore band Future Islands in "Dan Deacon's 10 Poorly Juxtaposed Pieces Mixtape":
7. Future Islands "Little Dreamer"
"This track should be a classic. The vocals just float atop the perfect bass and keyboards. One of my favorite songs from a current band." -Dan Deacon

AP #249.2
When I saw that AP had an article titled "100 Bands You Need To Know '09," I thought for sure it would be a treasure trove of Baltimore-area bands. Double Dagger. Wye Oak. Arbouretum. Lo Moda. Future Islands. Weekends. Imperial China. Caverns. Vincent Black Shadow. Soft Cement. And that's just off the top of may head - and all deserving to be on any serious music mag's radar. (Psst - editors, if you want your "Bands to Watch in '09" articles to carry any credibility - they need to contain at the very least one of these bands.) Sadly, AP totally missed the opportunity. Their list contains not one Baltimore band.

The Rock Bible: Unholy Scripture For Fans & Bands by Henry H. Owings/Chunklet
(lots of Baltimore people, including me, are Chunklet contributors)
"Always wondered about the rules to living like a rock god? ... your band can truly live the coveted lifestyle."

Dan Deacon - Bromst Score: 4.5 stars out of 5
"On Bromst, Deacon's confidence shines thorugh as he effortlessly combines extremes: Glitchy synthesizers meet meditative chants, hyperactive arpeggiators meet droning vocals, challenging song structures are filled with huge cadences and addictive melodies that warrant repeat listens." -Luke Jaxon

hip Mama #42
"The True Story of the Future Generation" by China Martens an article by local author China Martens about her zine and book, The Future Generation
"I was in new territory and felt like a total minority. Most punks weren't parents and most parents weren't punks. I know from all my best experiences in the anarcho-punk scene that we needed to work together to support each other to create change." -China Martens

Monday, March 02, 2009

No Logo - March Reading Club Pick

This month for Reading Club, we're reading No Logo by Naomi Klein.

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