What’s that coming in on the end-of-summer breeze? The texture of culture this week is grit and dust: the obscuring swirls of a film noir video game, the accumulated grime of 1967 New York City (on TV) and the supernatural underbelly of modern-day Hollywood (in comics), and the funk of 40,000 dilapidated vinyl records.
EILON PAZ: DUST & GROOVES
Brooklyn photographer Eilon Paz has spent years taking pictures of vinyl record collectors. This photo book also includes interviews with some notable crate-diggers — both generalists (?uestlove of the Roots, seen in his legendary room of LPs) and specialists (Dante Candelora shows off his world-class collection of Sesame Street records). (August 25)
Grant Morrison and Frazer Irving’s Hollywood-as-Babylon comics miniseries, collected here, is bizarre, convoluted, and utterly gorgeous: a story about a dying, dissolute screenwriter teaming up with a fictional sci-fi hero he’s created to save the universe. Irving’s digital artwork renders impossible spectacles in fine-grained, psychedelic color. (August 25)
Edward Burns writes, directs and stars in this TNT series, set in 1967, about NYC vice cops who — surprise! — have their own ethical dilemmas and gray areas. The cast also features Boston Public’s Michael Rapaport and 30 Rock’s Katrina Bowden; for viewers who prefer to binge than to nibble, the first four episodes will be available on demand the day after the premiere. (August 25)
There aren’t a lot of video games in black and white, but this sidescrolling puzzle game (for iOS, Steam and PS4) is set in the 1930s, and its imagery (as well as its plot, about espionage and saboteurs) draws heavily on the misty, gray-toned look of movies like The Third Man. The voice cast includes Wolf Kahler, a.k.a. Col. Dietrich from Raiders of the Lost Ark. (August 27)
DESTROYER: *POISON SEASON*
The Canadian singer releasing a high-profile album this week is The Weeknd, but another one — Vancouver’s Dan Bejar, who’s been recording as Destroyer for close to 20 years (and also performing with the New Pornographers) — has come up with this precise, acid-tongued, dramatically arranged set of songs, drenched in the rock history he can’t help but put scare quotes around. (August 28)