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.
Through interviews with musicians, writers/artists and recording engineers, David Ensminger documents the history of the Rockford scene and paints a picture of a typical American city full of bored and restless youth with more energy and creativity than they knew what to do with.
The Central deliver a new twelve-song album from their home base in Madison, Wisconsin. The general population of the great “Cheese State” apparently bought the Trump line of gaudy merchandise hook, line and sinker, but I won’t hold that against this band or the 77 square miles surrounding its capital city.
Once upon a time twelve years ago, Pepe was a perfectly happy stoner slacker frog who lived with his stoner slacker buddies Landwolf, Andy and Bret. He’s come a long way since.