Thursday, April 30, 2009

Weekend Event Schedule

Tomorrow night is our Rock Band competition, fundraiser for Ride the Feast! This year, we'll have an Atomic Dream Team Band in the mix. It's First Friday so there's tons of stuff to see and on the Avenue, down Chestnut and up Falls Road.

Saturday, is Free Comic Book Day! We'll have free comics and tons of stuff on sale.

Sunday, Found Magazine will be here at 3pm! A little afternoon delight!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Free Comic Book Day


mutant0, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

This Saturday is Free Comic Book Day. It's like a national holiday for comics.

And this year, we decided to put together a comic/humor anthology mini, old skool zine style called Mutant #0. Who knows, we may keep this title going.

So come by the store and pick up a free copy along with a whole slew of other free comics from majors (Marvel, DC, etc) to minors (Fantagraphics, Drawn Quarterly) to indies (Tugboat Press, Adhouse Books) to micros.

And if you can't be around this Saturday, starting Friday, if you place an order online you can add a free copy.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Found Magazine - The Denim and Diamonds Tour


Founddenimanddiamondstour, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Next Sunday!

And tonight, the Microcosm Bunch is here!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rock For The Feast Benefit


Our Final Show, originally uploaded by lisa_h.

This Saturday at the Metro Gallery.

And this next Friday at Atomic Books for more rockin and benefittin and Brewer's Art beer, which just got Esquire's vote for Best Bar in America.

Gamma Mutant Space Friends


gammaspacefriend, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Tara McPherson's new series from KidRobot goes on sale today!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Random Links Wednesday!

Feeling nostalgic for old skool bloggy linkage and so here's some interesting stuff from our great blogroll:

The top selling 33 1/3 books so far.

Publishing isn't just economically dangerous.

Against all odds, Buenaventura Press is trying to keep comic books alive.

Kitty Wigs!

Tweet of the Morning.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Festival Check 2009

Baltimore is Festival City! From now through the Fall there'll be a festival (or multiple festivals) almost every weekend. Almost every neighborhood in the city has their own festival, as well as these major ones:

May The Sheep & Wool Festival
May The Maryland Film Festival & Videopolis
May SoWeBo Festival
May Maryland Deathfest

June Honfest

July Artscape
July Otakon

September Hampdenfest
September High Zero Festival
September Baltimore Book Festival
September Small Press Expo
September Horrorfind Weekend

October Baltimore Comic Con


And if you're coming to town, we have a handy list on our links page for places to check out and things to do.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Teabagging Defined

John Waters: "Teabagging" is by my definition the act of dragging your testicles across your partner's forehead. In the UK it is dipping your testicles in your partner's mouth. I didn't invent the term or the act but DID introduce it to film in my movie "Pecker." "Teabagging" was a popular dance step that male go-go boys did to their customers for tips at The Atlantis, a now defunct bar in Baltimore. Hope this helps.

Zombies On The Radio

Hey, pssst! Benn's reading about Zombies on WYPR's The Signal. Show starts at Noon!

Shhh! You don't want the Zombies to hear...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rock Band Competition


rbcompetition, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

This coming May First Friday is our annual benefit for Ride the Feast and our Team Atomic Fundraiser.

These are the rules:

1. It's $5 for your band to play per song. It's all for our charity - Moveable Feast.

2. One person bands are allowed. But you must play at least 2 instruments. I mean, come on.

3. Sign up will only take place that night. So the earlier you get there the better. It starts at 7pm.

4. You can play in more than one band.

5. You can play the songs on any level you choose.

6. DLC songs will be available for play as well as the standards.

7. Songs will be chosen AT RANDOM for your band to play. But don't worry, songs that are too short or too long have been taken out of the pool in order to keep the score potential fairly even.

8. The winning band is determined by the highest band score.

9. Yes, you can bring your own guitar controller.


The winning band will be receive a $100 Atomic giftcard for each member, plus a goodie bag of other prizes.

So come on by! There'll be other raffles and fun for those of you not in competition and beer donated by the always awesome Brewer's Art.

April Baltozine Roundup Part 2

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

Ghettoblaster #21
Arbouretum - Song Of The Pearl
"Presented in its own package, Song Of The Pearl, could be the new hipster obsession or the perfect birthday present for the crusty old psychedelic blues rock revivalist." -Jesse Raub

Edie Sedgwick - Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer
"If you haven't been paying attention to this guy before, I highly suggest that you start. This is easily one of the best albums of 2008." -Joel Kopplin

The Utne Reader #153
Smile, Hon, You're In Baltimore! was nominated for Best Zine in Utne's Independent Press Awards for 2009.






High Times #401
This issue has an article about the Michael Phelps bong incident called "Bongs Away!" by David Bienenstock.

"Michael Phelps' multimillion-dollar toke proved even costlier for eight innocent bong-standers - but it may have also planted the seed of future reforms."


Paper Magazine

Dan Deacon - Bromst
"Nearly every song becomes its own epic. If 2007's Spiderman Of The Rings was the equivalent of one of Deacon's legendary Baltimore basement shows, Bromst is a more grown-up house party, encompassing the attic studio, the play room and everything else but the kitchen sink."
-Alex Pasternack

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!


HappyEaster, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Easter Sunday

We will be open from 11am - 3pm this Easter Sunday, April 12th!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Microcosm Tour 2009


microtourposter, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

April 26th, 7-10pm, at Atomic Books, we'll be hosting multiple Microcosm authors who'll be on hand to teach/show their work:

JOHN ISAACSON: teaching basic screen-printing from his book DIY Screen-printing
SHELLEY JACKSON: teaching basic bicycle maintenance from her book Chainbreaker
JOE BIEL: playing "If It Aint' Cheap, It Ain't Punk: Fourteen Years of, Plan-it X Records" documentary video
JOSHUA PLOEG: preparing or'derbs and displaying his cookbook "In Search of the Lost Taste"
MOE BOWSTERN: reading from her book Xtra Tuf about commercial fishing

Sunday, April 05, 2009

April Baltozine Roundup

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

Wonka Vision #44
Edie Sedgwick - Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer, Score: 3 out of 5
"...Moyer seems to be onto something singular and compelling." -Kevin Nelson




Dig This Real #5
"Todd P's Brooklyn vs. Baltimore Showdown" show review by Lauren Piper
DJ Dog Dick: "DJ Dog Dick followed suit with some dance music that heated up the entire building, which was huge."
Future Islands: "Their dance-y, sedated synth-pop blazed through the venue and though it was completely dark, I know dancing occurred and smiles appeared."
Double Dagger: "They rocked the crowd with winding loops and spastic bass lines, the energy was unbeatable, so much so that I couldn't take anymore after they played."

Mojo #186
Pontiak - Maker, Scrore: 4 out of 5
"...delivers nuanced amplifier worship in excelsis." -Manish Agarwal





Signal To Noise #53
Susan Alcorn - Curandera
"...it proves Alcorn's compositional and improvisational mastery is just as potent when she moves into interpretation." -Jon Dale

Lafayette Gilchrist - Soul Progressin'
"...Gilchrist grew up with hip-hop and funk and isn't afraid to mix it up. He can be both heady and down-home." -Bill Barton

Darsombra - Nymphaea
"In its methodology, this is something a bit more radical than your basic remix record, and parts of it are definitely worth your time." -Jason Bivins

Zomes - Zomes
"These 16 brief affirmations-all written and performed by guitarist/organist Asa Osborne, formerly of Lungfish-spool by slowly like grainy Super 8film reels of fluttering jellyfish, none lasting long enough to overstay its welcome." -Ray Cummings

Skyscraper #30
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
"The strength of technology is its liberating power and on Merriweather Post Pavilion Animal Collective sounds as free as they ever have to pull more relaxed shapes." -David Nadelle

Dan Deacon - Bromst
"A high voltage blast of bubblegum techno laden with bruising beats and tripped-out keys..." -Toby Rogers

Edie Sedgwick - Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer "...hilarious and artfully crafted around brilliant pop hooks and angular melodies." -Bryan Levine

Music for Robots

Double Dagger - More
"One thing I do like is bands like Double Dagger, who rip their sound from '90s bands like Fugazi and other screaming bands that had something to say. They rep Baltimore hard, and do that whole '90s talk/sing thing and it is fucking awesome. It's one of those records that just jumps off the stereo at you, pulling you away from your work because it's a sound you've been waiting for. ... It is highly recommended." -Mark

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Vinylmore 2 Reception


vinymore2reception2, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Thanks for coming out last night! It was fuuuuun.

The Vinylmore flickr set has more photos from the reception and more details of the toys in the exhibit will be following in the days to come.

The toys will be in the display cases until the end of the month!

Friday, April 03, 2009

First Friday - Vinylmore 2


vinylmore2, originally uploaded by sugarfreak.

Tonight is First Friday here in Hampden and there's lots going on up and down the Avenue, off on Chestnut and up Falls Rd.

We're having the opening of Vinylmore 2 - Tiny Town - over 50 local artists (comic artists, painters, illustrators, tattoo artists, graphic designers, photographers and more) have created toys from figures that are 4 inches or smaller. Starts at 8pm!

Next door at doubledutch boutique they're having their monthly party as well, with a sale and a dj, drinks and snacks. Starts at 6.

A few doors down, El Rancho Grande is having an opening reception for artists Timothy Quinlan and Brooke Wagner. Starts at 7pm.

And there's plenty more going on in the rest of the hood.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Fountainhead - April Reading Club Pick

This month for Reading Club, we're reading The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.

This ain't no April Fool's joke!


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