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BaltoZine Roundup: 2014 Finale

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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.

In the current issue of Under The Radar [#43], the Top Albums of 2014 feature both Future Islands' Singles and Wye Oak's Shriek in the top 10.

About Future Islands' Singles:
"This Baltimore trio has been working hard touring, recording and generally kicking ass for eight years. However, it was a performance on Letterman and sick dance moves that finally put these synth-poppers in the national spotlight they've long deserved. ..." -Austin Trunick About Wye Oak's Shriek:
"...Wye Oak jettison the guitar and drums-dominated pop which has defined their prior three albums, instead favoring silvery synths, sawing cello, and a bedrock foundation of bass. The results dazzle ..." -John Everhart There's also a Q&A with Wye Oak'…

Introducing The Atomic Books Drone Initiative

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In the fourth quarter of 2013, online mega-retailer Amazon startled many Americans when it announced its intention to violate public airspace and use its own unmanned drones to deliver tchotchkes, gizmos and gadgets, quickly, cheaply and dangerously.

Atomic Books owner Benn Ray says, "Once we heard Amazon's plans, we immediately began working with our drone-enthusiast friends to launch a fleet of Atomic Books drones as quickly as possible. And we're very pleased to announce the first of these will take to the Baltimore skyline today, with dozens more scheduled to come online by the end of the third quarter of 2014."

Ray explains that Atomic's drones won't be delivering books, "It's not our intent to use these drones to deliver books to consumers. We love the post office and fully intend to keep using them. Plus, using unmanned drones to deliver items just seems ill-advised. The Atomic Books drones fleet exists to protect Baltimore from Amazon's …

BaltoZine Roundup: Eat & Drink Edition

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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.

There are two regional recipes in America's Test Kitchen: Hometown Favorites.


Baltimore Pit Beef:
"Pit beef, Baltimore's signature sandwich, starts as a massive spice-rubbed beef roast that's grilled over a hot fire until it's thoroughly charred on the outside and a juicy medium0rare on the inside. Locals top the beef with sliced onion and plenty of tiger sauce (a horseradish-spiked mayonnaise), but what really sets apart pit beef is the salty, spicy, nearly blackened crust. ..." Authentic Fried Chicken And Gravy:
"... While other regions of the country rely on a thick buttermilk batter and a deep-fat fryer to deliver a crusty crunch, Maryland chicken is simply seasoned, floured, and shallow-fried. This cooking method results in crispy,…

Scott Wiener's Baltimore Pizza Crawl

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Recently, pizza expert Scott Wiener, author of Viva La Pizza: The Art Of The Pizza Box was at Atomic Books to give a great discussion of the history and art of pizza boxes as well as the pies that come in them.

While he was in town, he took a quick tour of some of Baltimore's pizza joints.

Scott, on his Scott's Pizza Tours blog, explains:
"I recently spent 24 hours in Baltimore while in town for an awesome book event at Atomic Books. I hit 6 different pizzerias ranging from hometown classics to late-night fallbacks and a couple in-between. Here’s my road report… Baltimore, you truly are one strange pizza town. ..." Be sure to read his full report.

Atomic Bestsellers 2013: Ongoing Comics Series/Mini-Series

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These are the 30 best selling comics ongoing/mini-series at Atomic Books in 2013.

1. Adventure Time (Boom Entertainment)
2. Walking Dead (Image Comics)
3. Batman (DC Comics)


4. Sandman: Overture (Vertigo)
5. Saga (Image Comics)
6. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9 (Dark Horse Comics)

7. Bravest Warriors (Boom Entertainment)
8. Chew (Image Comics)
9. Kick-Ass (Marvel Comics)

10. Mind Mgmt (Dark Horse Comics)
11. Haunted Horror (IDW Publishing)
12. Trillium (Vertigo)

13. Creepy Comics (Dark Horse Comics)
14. Baltimore (Dark Horse)
15. Detective Comics (DC Comics)

16. Fables (Vertigo)
17. Hellboy (Dark Horse Comics)
18. The Wake (Vertigo)

19. Swamp Thing (DC Comics)
20. Animal Man (DC Comics)
21. MAD Magazine (EC Comics)

Atomic's 2013 Best Sellers: Single Issues/Mini Comics

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