Smart, funny, fearless. Spy Magazine was ahead of its time. Quick to pounce on celebrity scandal and dripping with sardonic humor, the 80s/90s-era mag died an untimely death. But thanks to the magic of the internet, Google Books has now put the entire back catalog online. Donald Trump, Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Bill & Hillary—they all got put through the ringer. Click through an issue and ask yourself why this kind of jacked journalism isn’t happening now.
The old Beastie Boys. Talk about a blast from the past. These whitebread, hip-hop pioneers haven’t dropped a new record since 2007, so you know they’re gonna funk shit up on their new 16-song release Hot Sauce Committee Part 2. The boys have always been unpredictable; what kind of weirdness did they whip up with featured guest artists like Nas and Santigold? Guess we’ll have to wait until May 3rd to find out.
While you’re cruising this web site, some sleazy cyber-criminal could be hacking into your bank account and decrypting your lame passwords for a major rip-off scam. It happens every single day. Wired Magazine Senior Editor, Kevin Poulsen’s new book sheds some light on the billion-dollar business of online crime. It also follows the criminal investigation of Max Butler, a larger-than-life hacker, who stole access to 1.8 million credit cards. Feeling vulnerable? Well, you are.
Another true and horrifying tale, Chopper is the shocking story of an Australian murderer, psycho and national hero, Mark “Chopper” Read. The petty criminal takes his quest for prison infamy to depraved and violent lows that in some unbelievable way are a bit humorous. Telling you that in one scene he cuts his own ears off with a razorblade won’t spoil it. That’s actually one of the flick’s milder moments.
An impressive list of innovative contemporary artists jumped at the chance to work on this retro 3D art book with renowned designer/artist, Tristan Eaton. Over 100 pieces from artists as various as Shepard Fairey, Eric White, Tokidoki, Ron English, Claw Money and others are rendered in classic 3D style. The book includes a pair of blue & red glasses and features a historical account on the history of this 50s-era form by cultural critic, Carlo McCormick.
The Game is a hell-ride of a flick by the director of Seven and featuring Michael Douglas & Sean Penn. These three facts alone make it a worthy choice for your movie queue. Douglas is a successful, but lonely, businessman lured into a unique “game” by his brother Sean Penn. But rather than fun and adventure, the game gets real weird, real fast, quickly turning into a chaotic fight for sanity and survival.
From his solo-stardom in the 70s & early 80s to his glory days with hard-rock legend Van Halen and beyond, the life of Sammy Hagar has been a wild ride. Imagine the backstage scenes at stadium shows in the 80s: drugs, groupies—and mountains of money pouring in. Hagar tells these tales the way they must be told: first-hand & uncensored.
Featuring the work of such notable street artists as Banksy, Barry McGee, Raymond Pettibone & NeckFace, this ultra-limited edition book also features over 4000 sticker designs arranged by theme and category. It also includes a collection of 23 individual, artist-designed die-cut stickers. Only 300 of the hand-numbered books will be made. Good luck getting your hands on one.
When you can’t quite put your feelings into words, get some help. The Lines For All Occasions book set will help you talk your way through life’s trickiest situations. These four, handsomely bound hardcover books will help you manage a break-up, learn skills for better lying, get new pick-up lines, even learn a few new insults or excuses. No matter the occasion, don’t be at a loss for words.
Director Danny Boyle is one-of-a-kind: 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, remember Trainspotting? If you dig the frenetic, fast-paced style and sick humor, plus crave some bullets & blood, Shallow Grave will work for you. Of course it’s an action thriller and the tale involves roommates, a corpse & a bag of money. Hold on tight!