ATOM AND HIS PACKAGE: Hair: Debatable: CD/DVD

Final show from the outsider artist (and certified high school teacher), who sings and plays guitar to songs he wrote on sequencers. The current Atari-Nintendo restructure dance scene probably owes him some credit. Catchy, hilarious, and – as evidenced in the bonus DVD – entirely humble. With songs about friends, street hockey, parties at the North Pole, how stupid the team name of the Washington Redskins is, the efficiency of the metric system, and moving, Atom is the high-pitched bedroom nerd who makes punk anthems through his own tight universe. It’s infectious. I challenge you to not sing along to “Happy Birthday, Ralph, I love you, even though you are fucking disgusting.” High quality DVD also includes a couple of documentaries and a music video.

 –mike (Hopeless)