Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Best of Baltimore Magazine Cover Contest

Did you know that the crime map of Baltimore spells out "Best of Baltimore"? It was a secret message from criminals this whole time! (cover by Exit 10)

We have our favorite, vote for yours here.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Baltozine Roundup: Beach House, Lower Dens, and more

The new Under The Radar (#41) features a profile of Lower Dens by John Norris. Confusingly, the magazine identifies them as a Fort Worth, TX band even though we think of them as a Baltimore band (interestingly, so too does Lower Dens who list Baltimore as their hometown on their Facebook page). 
"The themes are not unrelated to the topics explored on the next album from Dan Deacon, Hunter's former Baltimore roommate, with whom she shared more than one lengthy conversation about such matters. But while the electro Pied Piper's assessments of the state of the world tend to be grim, Hunter's own view is more hopeful."

There is also a Beach House profile by Matt Fink.
"The way people listen to music is at the very heart of the varied interpretations swirling around the fourth Beach House record, and on first listen, Bloom does, indeed, sound fairly similar to Teen Dream. The same sort of dreamy guitars and keyboards color nearly every track, the same understatedly ingenious melodies provide the human pulse, the same gorgeous clouds of reverb float over Legrand's softly emotive vocals. But like all Beach House albums, it sounds different on the second and third listen and fifth..." 

In the review section, Beach House's Bloom rates an 8/10 by J. Pace.
"It's like a blurry, haunting Polaroid. It's the Beach House effect - the intoxicating cocktail of Legrand's voice and relatable lyrics, the reverb-soaked guitar and organ arrangements, and, yes, those dusty old beats just barely audible beneath."

Lower Dens' Nootropics rates an 8/10 by Hays Davis.
"The end result is an intriguing, ambitious set of songs that reward those who opt for full immersion, rather than cherry-picking tracks, with each listen."

And Arbouretum's split with Hush Arbors, Aureola, rates a 6/10 by Frank Valish.
"...Arbouretum's tracks take the prize, but both bands offer folk/psych goodies to forget yourself to."

And finally, Mark Redfern's SXSW recap includes Dan Deacon's performance.
"Deacon made up for it by organizing a dance competition in the middle of the audience with such bizarre instructions as, 'This side of the room dances like Avatar was actually good and this side of the room dances like the mom in Big.'"

Bust #75 has a profile of Beach House's Victoria Legrand by Eliza Thompson.
"'[Our music] gets a whole other life for us,' [Legrand] says. 'It's not ours anymore. People always blow my mind with things they say about the songs.'"

Thompson also reviews the new Beach House record, Bloom:
"With each new release, it feels like Baltimore's Beach House develops their sound into something bigger."

In Filter (#48), Dope Body's new record Natural History gets a rating of 84%.
"...Natural History is an invigorating listen, which may say as much about today as it does about the band." -Jon Falcone

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Comics To Come

The second half of 2012 is shaping up to be an awesome one for alternative comics lovers. New books are promised by Robert Crumb, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Charles Burns and more.

Here is a list of 20 books currently slated to come out by year's end that we're excited to see. Please keep in mind that release dates are tentative, and in the world of alternative comics, tentative release dates mean super-tentative.

And we're regularly updating our Coming Soon section on our website with more awesome titles.

Chester Brown: Ed The Happy Clown (Drawn & Quarterly) Due out June 5.

Joe Sacco: Journalism (Metropolitan Books) Due out June 19.

Dan Zettwoch: Birdseye Bristoe (Drawn & Quarterly) Due out June 19.

Kevin Huizenga: Gloriana (Drawn & Quarterly) Due out July 3.

James Kochalka: American Elf Vol. 4 (Top Shelf) Due out July 25.

Seth: Pallookaville #21 (Drawn & Quarterly) Due out August 21.

Los Bros Hernandez: Love & Rockets: New Stories #5 (Fantagraphics) Due out September 5.

Gabrielle Bell: The Voyeurs (Uncivilized Books) Due out September 11

Chris Ware: Building Stories (Pantheon) Due out October 2.

Charles Burns: The Hive (Pantheon) Due out October 9.

Noah Van Sciver: The Hypo (Fantagraphics) Due out October 17.

Johnny Ryan: Prison Pit Book 4 (Fantagraphics) Due out October 17.

Richard Sala: Delphine (Fantagraphics) Due out October 17.

Robert Crumb: The Crumb Compendium (Fantagraphics) Due out October 19.

Daniel Clowes: The Daniel Clowes Reader (Fantagraphics) Due out October 24.

Jim Woodring: Problematic (Fantagraphics) Due out October 24.

Adrian Tomine: New York Drawings (Drawn & Quarterly) Due out October 30.

Gary Panter: Dal Tokyo (Fantagraphics) Due out October 31.

Lilli Carre: Heads or Tails (Fantagraphics) Due out November 7.

Ron Rege, Jr.: The Cartoon Utopia (Fantagraphics) Due out November 21.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

release party with TOM NEELY & ED LUCE
Thursday, May 24.
7PM. Atomic Books.
Hampden, Baltimore.
To celebrate the release of the new ongoing comic book series Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever #1, cartoonists Tom Neely and Ed Luce will be here to show, discuss and sign copies.
Adult refreshments will be served.