The Art of Atari is a hefty coffee table book that brings the art of Atari game boxes back in all their full-color, over-the-top glory. This is a must have for gamers, designers and fans of 80s pop culture.
Omaha NE’s David Nance recorded the 15 songs for his new album in a single day. Here’s one of them.
Graphic novels are the perfect format for learning and Box Brown is a great teacher. His history of the highly addictive and mega-selling game Tetris is both educational and entertaining.
Hey! Listen to this single off Nathan Xander’s new album, Blue House [Trailer Fire Records]. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. We reviewed Xander’s self-titled full-length a few years ago and this song is further proof of what we said then: “Nathan Xander’s songs are simple but smart, sparse but with space and definitely get to the heart of matters of the heart.”
My only question is, What took them so long? If you haven’t seen the high scoring and completely entertaining King of Kong: Fistful of Quarters, then you should. In a nutshell, it’s a fascinating documentary about two video game rivals locked in a quest for Donkey Kong dominance.
Carl Mahogany is a midlevel country music artist who tries his best to live a hassle-free existence of which he is only marginally successful. Full of great dialogue, humorous observations and dry wit, The Essential Carl Mahogany is a strong debut.
Scottish cartoonist Tom Gauld’s short graphic novel Mooncop is funny, touching and a bit sad, yet still completely charming in its monochromatic coloring and simple drawing and writing style.
The Circle Jerks were one of the more popular SoCal hardcore bands in the 1980s. They played loud and fast and sent mosh pits into overdrive, but the band is also at least partly responsible for steering hardcore in the direction of tuneless, mindless, metal-tinged palp. That aside, they were an influential band and huge by 80s underground standards. This book from Microcosm is an interesting side note—not just to the Circle Jerks story, but to the greater L.A. punk rock history as well.
Not sure if you are an omnivore, herbivore or carnivore? If you follow a vegan diet, then you are an herbivore and Microcosm Publishing has cookbooks for you. Many in fact, but two of their latest titles come from the cheffing and illustrating duo of Automne Zingg and Joshua Ploeg.