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by Emily F. Popek

11 Aug 2009

Ad Boy is little more than a scrapbook, albeit a bright, shiny and reasonably well-organized one. This collection of images, depicting characters dreamed up to shill for everything from spark plugs to soft drinks, offers plenty of colorful eye candy, but little in the way of context, to say nothing of analysis.

Ad Boy is like a companion volume to Dotz and Husain’s earlier work, Meet Mr. Product, if not for the fact that the two books contain some of the very same characters. If anything, Mr. Product stands out as a stronger work, offering as it does more in the way of context and analysis.

The rear cover blurb suggests that “illustrators, graphic designers, advertising enthusiasts, and nostalgia buffs” are the book’s target audience, but the latter two categories may be disappointed by how little they learn about these mascots and the companies they represent. Each image is accompanied with a company name, a date and an indication of where the image appeared. For example, we’re told that a fellow named Quisp, who sports a propeller on top of his head and a goofy facial expression, was found on a “water decal” in 1972 to promote Quisp cereal.

by Rob Horning

11 Aug 2009

Elsewhere on PopMatters I have a column that encorporates a review of Chris Anderson’s Free. It also touches on the jobless recovery, though I wonder whether I carried that line of thinking too far.

And on the off chance you were enticed by the title of this post because you thought it would lead to Paul Rogers, here you go.

by PopMatters Staff

11 Aug 2009

Malcolm Middleton
Waxing Gibbous
(Full Time Hobby)
Releasing: 11 August (US)

SONG LIST
01 Red Travellin’ Socks
02 Kiss at the Station
03 Carry Me
04 Zero
05 Stop Doing Be Good
06 Don’t Want to Sleep Tonight
07 Shadow
08 Ballad of Fuck All
09 Box and Knife
10 Made Up Your Mind

Malcolm Middleton
“Carry Me” [MP3]
     

by PopMatters Staff

11 Aug 2009

The Almighty Defenders
The Almighty Defenders
(Vice)
Releasing: 22 September 2009 (US)

It’s the collaboration of the Black Lips, King Khan, and Mark Sultan.

SONG LIST
01 All My Loving
02 The Ghost With the Most
03 Bow Down and Die
04 Cone of Light
05 Jihad Blues
06 30 Second Air Blast
07 Death Cult Soup n’ Salad
08 I’m Coming Home
09 Over the Horizon
10 She Came Before Me
11 The Great Defender

The Almighty Defenders
“Bow Down and Die” [MP3]
     

“Bow Down and Die” [MP3]
     

by Matt Mazur

11 Aug 2009

Hitting the stores in October is this nice-looking behind the scenes film takes a look at Johnson’s 2008 world tour with an accompanying CD of live music. All of the proceeds from the tour and this film project are being donated to Kokua Hawaii Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Family trust, which continues to distribute endowment’s to Jack’s favorite environmental charities…

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The Bric-a-Brac of Games

// Moving Pixels

"In gaming generally, relevant and irrelevant objects are forever separated because mixing them up might be too confusing for the player.

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