As we all know, arts and crafts should be tedious, painstaking, and (of course) ultimately boring as hell. Matt Maranian presents some Maker MayhemRead the rest
Automobile-Sized Refrigerator: When a cooler just isn’t cool enough. By Matt MaranianRead the rest
Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties – an illustrated, aural, and written history of Harlem’s early jazz scene
“The Roaring Twenties began with Prohibition and ended with the stock market crash. In the years between, New York experienced an unparalleled revolution in ways of life, language, and music.”
For jazz, the epicenter of the revolution was Harlem.
Created by German illustrator Robert Nippoldt with text by Hans-Jürgen Schaal, Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties is a beautifully produced over-sized, cloth-bound walk through the history of Harlem and its transformation from a peaceful village on the outskirts of New York City into “America’s black Paris.” Woven through 144 pages of ogle-worthy, award-winning design, we experience a Harlem alive with inspiration, invention, and unparalleled talent. We meet its key players through 24 extraordinary biographies of Harlem’s jazz luminaries, and learn how the limits of the early recording process shaped the sound of the first jazz records ever pressed; why Louis Armstrong had to record without tuba or percussion in 1925; and why clarinetist Prince Robinson’s legs had to be bound together before he could begin a studio session. We’re introduced to each of the twenty recordings included on an accompanying CD –including the first commercially released jazz recording ever made, 1917’s Livery Stable Blues – by way of histories and narratives connecting the dots between these pivotal pieces and their place in the annals of jazz. The book even maps historic Harlem’s nightclub, theater, and dance hall scene.
Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties celebrates time and place without ever sugarcoating the often harsh realities and egregious adversities faced by the legendary community of artists who created a uniquely American genre of music. It’s an adventure in art, words, and sound that successfully manages to blur the line between a ‘Jazz for Dummies’ treatment and a collection for the seasoned aficionado.
Radiant Heated Dog House: Because shoving Rover’s paw in a light socket wouldn’t be cruel enough. By Matt MaranianRead the rest
Burnt Matchstick Easter Decorations: When celebrating the Resurrection means looking no further than your ashtray. By Matt MaranianRead the rest
Tin Foil Pigtail Wig: Because mom waited too long to buy you a Halloween costume. By Matt MaranianRead the rest
Not as hot as it looks. Good on anything. Cures all that ails you. A recipe by Matt Maranian.Read the rest
Home Target Range! What could possibly go wrong? asks Matt Maranian.Read the rest
Matt Maranian finds that there’s a lot to learn about the history of pin-up magazines, more than you’d ever imagine, and this set leaves no stone unturned and no skirt unlifted.Read the rest
If you’re buying press-on fingernails and fake eyelashes and nylon wigs to glue onto human figures made of old queen-size support pantyhose, Matt Maranian has a warning for you…Read the rest
Anyone who’s ever spent a weekend at the lake with a toddler knows that toddlers are terrible beach company, writes Matt Maranian. They never sit still, they never shut up, they’re too small to carry an ice chest full of beer, and if you’re the adult responsible for ensuring their safety, it’s a pretty much a given that you’ll never get a moment’s peace.Read the rest
In his never-ending quest to legitimize cookies as a breakfast food, Matt Maranian has reimagined the dough from a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe into a nutritious breakfast biscuit.Read the rest