Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice …If the films by Tim Burton have transported you to other worlds you’ll most likely enjoy reading about the oddball director/artist. Renowned film critic Antoine de Baecque covers Burton from every angle; from his childhood to his offbeat blockbusting to his place in Hollywood history.
To fully appreciate this book, maybe watch the Cocaine Cowboys doc first. It will introduce you to Jon Roberts who was one of the prime movers of Columbia’s Medellin cartel in the 80s. Years later he spilled his guts to journalist Evan Wright. American Desperado is Robert’s tale of life as one of the biggest drug criminals of all time.
How much do you love The Walking Dead? Enough to read the actual stories the TV series is based on? All 1088 pages of it? Okay, you must really be a fanatic.
If New York City is the global epicenter of cocktail concoction then the infamous PDT Speakeasy in the East Village is ground zero. This bartender’s guide from Please Don’t Tell’s mixmaster Jim Meehan elevates drinkcraft to a fine art. It includes recipes for all 304 drinks the PDT offers, plus rich illustrations, advice, and classic techniques.
A ghost of technology past has been resurrected in the AirCassette, a new iPhone/iPod App. It’s simple. It makes your iTunes tracks appear to play on an old school cassette on your screen. A bit of nostalgia without the muffled hiss of the old tape deck, sounds good.
If you absolutely must go back to Rockville for the holidays, go well armed. R.E.M.’s forthcoming release Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011 combines the bands’ best from both their IRS Records and Warner Bros. years, for a first-ever complete retrospective.
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Black Sabbath. Quit faking that you know something about them and read this book. It’s not Ozzy’s incomprehensible babbling, Iron Man is the legend and lore of the greatest heavy metal band of all time told from Tony Iommi’s perspective. The fact that you draw a blank on Iommi’s name is reason enough to read it.
For a cartoon band, The Gorillaz have made some badass beats. The new singles collection pulls together 15 of their most colorful cuts, remixes, and collabs—like Danger Mouse, Ike Turner & Mos Def—and showcases a decade of musical innovation, Gorilla-style.
Parents know Pixar. Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Cars, etc. But this book isn’t for the kids. The art behind these blockbuster animated movies is nothing short of spectacular. This book digs deep into the film-making process at Pixar and includes color-scripts and amazing development art for every Pixar flick ever made.
Toronto bands today are a dime a dozen yet ironically, they all sound like the same band. Canadian pioneers Rush, however have a very distinct sound. One that’s helped them sell a jaw-dropping 40 million records. This new 3-box “Sectors” set chronicles their Mercury Records years. Each set contains 5 albums in their entirety.