An offer nobody can refuse; a look behind the scenes of the Coppola masterpiece. "It's dangerous to be an honest man." Michael Corleone, Godfather III. The Godfather Family Album ($28) is an inside look at one of the greatest franchises in movie history. Steve Schapiro was the special photographer who had unprecedented access to the sets and locations of Francis Ford Coppola's iconic Godfather trilogy. Schapiro had the enviable opportunity of witnessing some of the most legendary actors in cinematic history giving some of their best ever performances. Schapiro has immortalized Brando, Pacino, De Niro, Caan, Duvall and Keaton in images that have not only become iconic but are also instantly recognizable and have been imitated endlessly. For the first time Schapiro's finest shots from all three movies are brought together in one volume. Your coffee table doesn't want this book, it NEEDS it.
Genius and Heroin ($15) asks the provocative questions; what is the price you pay for brilliance? And why do so many of those considered to be creative genius' also have a self destruct button? From Caravaggio to Janis Joplin from Charlie Parker to Jack Kerouac and Kurt Cobain, so many artists and authors through history have popped pills, injected, binged and poisoned themselves in the name of their art. With full illustrations this book itself is addictive as you read through the messy lives of some of the most iconic figures that have played a part in our lives. It is entertaining and also thought provoking and tries to get into their psyche and discover why they took the path they did.
To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Mercedes Benz G-Class, Mercedes will be releasing the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 35 ($130K). You'll be able to pick up this luxury vehicle in ether G350 or G500 models, in either mystic white or palladium silver metallic paint finishes. The Edition 35 will feature 18-inch 5-spoke light-ally wheels in bright black, a chrome package that comes as standard, a sports package with AMG wheel-arch flaring and high-grade leather upholstery for the interior.
Based out of Stockholm Note is a design studio that works in the fields of architecture, interiors, products, graphic design and design strategy. They've come up with a concept for the urban bike rack that beautifully mixes minimalism and maximalism. The Hook Bicycle Stand ($TBA) is unobtrusive but made from a broad band of metal which gives it substance. Can't wait for these to be available so I can throw a couple in my garage.
The Shure MV88 IOS Microphone ($149) allows you to capture studio-quality sound on the go with any Apple device that has a Lightning connector. The Shure MV88 mounts with a 90-degree hinge to provide flexible microphone positioning. It also comes with five DSP preset modes that can be accessed via the Shure Plus MOTIV recording app. You can make real-time adjustments with the app including mic gain, stereo width, and 240bit/48 kHz recording. And if you want to take a hands-off approach the app will automatically adjust EQ, compression and limiting for the best results.
The HP Chromebook 11 ($279) will be released later this month and if you'r looking for an inexpensive web book then this just might be the ticket. The Chromebook comes in 11" or 14" HD display versions. Its engine is the Samsung Exynos 5250 processor and has 2GB of RAM, and a 16GB SSD storage option. Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 4G. With your purchase you also get 100GB of Google Drive storage for two years. The HP Chromebook 11 is great machine for the price if you're interested doing simple productivity or web browsing related activities. If you're into gaming or using resource intensive apps, then I would look elsewhere.