Thursday, November 29, 2012

Friday Night At Atomic: So Say The Waiters!

This Friday, November 30, the Atomic Fiction Series presents author, Justin Sirois, and special guest, writer & publisher Adam Robinson, at 7PM here at Atomic Books.

Justin's new book, So Say The Waiters, is about characters involved with the development and popularity of kidnApp, a cell phone app and social network that allows people to kidnap each other for fun.

Baltimore Chop says "So Say the Waiters could easily be the next Repo Man."

Be sure to check out Baynard Woods' review of the book for the City Paper.

Co-hosted by Kathy Flann and Benn Ray.

Adult beverages will be served.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Baltozine Roundup: Fangoria, Under The Radar and more

The Baltozine Roundup is a regular feature wherein we take a look at what national periodicals are saying about Baltimore-area arts, events, people, and places. Be sure to pick up the magazines and read the full articles.

Fangoria (#318) talks to John Waters and looks back over 40 years of filth since the release of Pink Flamingos.
"... Inspired by a healthy mix of underground art films and down-and-dirty exploitation movies ("At the time, most people didn't see both," Waters claims), this gang stumbled into something new: Comedy used as a weapon. Shock as joyous entertainment. It was a movie designed to rile up and torture the audience while still offering something resembling a fun night at the movies with surprisingly little icky aftertaste - a film that, according to Waters, "always played better the fancier and smarter and richer the  neighborhood was. ..." -Phil Brown

Under the Radar (#43) has a cover feature on Animal Collective.
"... Making a commensurate commercial follow-up [to Merriweather Post Pavilion] seemed secondary for Animal Collective. If you've been paying attention to the band's entire career, then the visceral and dense new album, Centipede Hz, isn't exactly a curveball dropping out of the ether. ..." -John Everhart

Ghettoblaster (#33) gives the new Lungfish release, A.C.R. 1999 a "LOUD" rating.
"Lungfish is a band whose intricacies are veiled in a haze of cyclical rhythms and melodies that repeat without hesitation, creating a mantra-like effect that can cause one to miss the complexities that have evolved in their music over the span of eleven albums. ..." -Ian Thomas

WeTheUrban (#5) has a profile on the work of local artist Beth Hoeckel.
"... [an] artist who regularly plays with the idea of perception and false reality, oftentimes fooling with the juxtaposition between foreground and background objects by having subjects stand on edges of cliffs, hold the moon, or gaze into literal deep space. ... Absolutely amazing collages without the use of digital technology (something you don't see too often these days). Superb." -Willie Greene

Friday, November 09, 2012

Ben Claassen's Forecasting Buttons

For the post two Presidential elections, local cartoonist Ben Claassen has made presidential buttons of the candidates, and we sell them at Atomic.

Then we tally the button sales like votes before the election, to see which campaign gets the most votes.

For the second election in a row, Ben's button's have predicted the winner!

Now, we're not saying these buttons are as good as Nate Silver or Paul The Psychic Octopus or even 7-11 coffee cups - but Ben might just be on to something here.