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emo diaries chapter 2

Friday Music Find: Deep Elm Records goes “Name your price”

Deep Elm Records, which turns 20 years old next year, today announced that all 200+ of its albums are available on a “name your price, no minimum” basis: “If you have means please show them love by naming your price. If you do not have any means, in exchange for each download we kindly request that you post, share, tag and tweet to tell your friends about each album as our bands depend on your word of mouth.”

Deep Elm is known for its long-running line of free samplers as well as the series “The Emo Diaries” and “This Is Indie Rock.”

Need somewhere to start? May I suggest the excellent “Low Level Owl” by The Appleseed Cast:


Games people (can) play (by themselves)

Lonely? Bored? Well, the 2013 Solitaire Print and Play Contest is here to help you stave off boredom (and burn through all of your printer ink). This year’s winner is Maquis, a “solitaire worker-placement game with variable goals and a play time of approximately twenty minutes. The player places his resistance agents on spaces around town to achieve his goals – blowing up trains, publishing underground newspapers – but at the same time Milice collaborators and Wehrmacht soldiers patrol the area.”

New to print-and-play? Board Game Geek has a good primer. Here’s a good list of games, ranked by enthusiastic players.

Friday Music Find: “Untouchable” by Anathema

Give me 12 minutes, and I’ll give you what might be your next favorite band: This is the remarkable Liverpool band Anathema.

The band is led by two brothers, Vincent and Daniel Cavanagh. Anathema was a critically acclaimed heavy metal band throughout the 90s, but at some point the brothers were bitten by a bug that veered them in a more orchestral, artsy direction. Continue reading


Your favorite childhood book, perhaps?

This lovely little comic made the rounds a few years ago, but I was reminded of it today and felt it was time for another look. If you are a lover of books, or if you are the sentimental type, I think you will fall in love with it. (If you are both of those things, well …)

It was written and illustrated by Darko Macan, a Croatian artist whose work spans multiple forms and genres. His credits run from Star Wars to The Sandman to Mickey Mouse to Captain America to many, many comics in his native language. He’s been nominated twice for an Eisner Award.

This piece stands on its own, and is a beautiful thing.