In their heyday, The Smashing Pumpkins were mockingly called The Monkees of the grunge era, the REO Speedwagon of the 90s. And yet their songs are some the era’s most memorable. With Billy Corgan still fronting the band, Oceania is their first new album in 5 years. And you can bet that the critics are going to be a lot nicer now.
Most of us just had a youthful infatuation with Sigourney Weaver but for those among us who are more into the fantastic “world” of Aliens with its weaponry and dazzling sci-fi technology, this book is its own kind of porn.
Apparently there’s more to magic than macho man Criss Angel’s silly TV tricks. In Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind, writer Alex Stone explores the strange and fascinating underground world of magic.
Between marriage and having babies, your friends are dropping like flies. And for those upcoming farewell occasions like bachelor parties and due dates, you need gifts for your soon to be locked-down bros. The practical guidebooks to manhood in this series are the perfect way to say good luck and goodbye.
The original Wii gaming console was awesome because, among other things, it got grandma off the couch and up dancing. And with the upcoming release of the next-gen Wii U, a system Nintendo is calling a “Swiss Army Knife” for games, things are gonna get even wilder. There are few concrete details but we know 20+ new games are in development.
American culture is in large part, car culture. Pulitzer Prize-winning author & car nut Paul Ingrassia’s new book Engines of Change: A History of the American Dream in Fifteen Cars, explores the cultural significance of 15 important cars, from the Model T to Mustang to the Prius.
Not long ago, dudes were the only ones daring enough to step to street meat but the advent of the gourmet gastro-truck in recent years has transformed street food from ghetto to fabulous. This book by food authority John T. Edge delivers 150 recipes from America’s best restaurants on wheels.
Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album was the 1975 follow-up to the band’s Dark Side Of The Moon and it instantly shot to #1 on the charts all over the world. This new Blu-ray video release compiles interviews and archive footage to show the band’s process of recording one of rock’s most enduring albums.
Christopher Nolan directs dark, mental movies. If you enjoy his signature style in movies like Memento, Inception, & Insomnia or his pair of Batman films, The Dark Knight and Batman Begins; you’ll want to pre-order this soon-to-be-released limited edition Blu-ray box set. The widescreen, director’s cut versions of these movies are delivered exactly how Nolan envisioned them.
If the very word poetry sets your teeth on edge, you may just be the perfect audience for this new book of linguistic ninja vomit from low-brow postmodern poetic genius Michael Robbins. Alien Vs. Predator is a new collection from the young New Yorker-published poet who is turning bloody chunks of pop culture into art that regular poetry people are sure to hate. Photo credit: New York Times
A couple of excerpts…
On Motorhead, Leppard, and
Zeppelin and Mayhem …
after the Fat Boys called it quits,
before the rapper from Mobb Deepmet up with the Alchemist.