‘Mad Men,’ Björk & Time Machines: This Month’s Best iPhone Apps

Björk’s: Biophilia [Free] Who else but Björk Guðmundsdóttir could mutate the tap-tap familiarity of mobile apps into something that’s literally out of this world. Her app promises to explore the relationship between “musical structures and natural phenomena” (oh, Björk), functioning as a hand-held portal into the universe of the Icelandic curiosity’s seventh studio album. With a three-dimensional galaxy as your map and 10 constellations as your compass, tap on stars to unlock different experiences, including interactive art, essays, and musical notations. Björk plans to release 10 of these—one for each song on Biophilia—but you’ll have to access them through the original app. Yes, we’re just as blissfully confused as you are.

iMuscle [$1.99] Personal trainers of the world, meet your master. With cutting-edge 3-D technology and over 450 high-definition animated exercises, iMuscle threatens to put professional gym rats out of work. Users can identify and target trouble muscles by zooming in, and then proceed to rip them to sexy shreds. When your pudgy pals demand to know the secret to your success, get them to download the app, so you can share your customized routine. This multi-user option—where friends can keep track of each other’s workouts—will finally answer those age-old questions: Who is the fairest—and ttest—of them all?

AMC Mobile [Free] When you’ve got an addiction, the best thing to do is to feed it, right? Introducing AMC Mobile, your new quick fix for Walter White withdrawal. This in-depth app takes you behind the scenes of the network’s four original and wildly popular dramas—Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and The Killing—with cast interviews, sneak peeks, and inside looks. AMC Mobile also does justice to the network’s roots: the silver screen. Theatrical and DVD reviews are there for the reading, as is news on festivals and new releases that might be coming soon to a theater near you. Now you can kiss the shakes goodbye during those dreaded between-seasons hiatuses.

Video Time Machine [Free] Because not everyone can afford a DeLorean, Video Time Machine lets you obliterate the space-time continuum through a collection of more than 10,000 hand-picked videos dating all the way back to the 19th century. Unlike the digital wasteland of sneezing cats and newsroom bloopers that is YouTube, VTM is curated and organized by categories and dates, so you can pinpoint your favorite monochrome cigarette commercial, or that championship-clinching buzzer-beater. Warning: You will get sucked into a deep, dark vortex of Bogart trailers, so if you have an assignment due or a wife in labor, proceed with caution.

Seafood Watch [Free] It was only a matter of time before the sustainable food craze infiltrated the world of seafood-related mobile applications. Seafood Watch is the place to discover the source of that juicy halibut fillet splayed across your finest china. Brought to you by the fin-tastic folks over at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Seafood Watch recommends the best places in your ’hood for ocean-friendly seafood, and rates which fish to eat and which to avoid based on how they traveled from the water to your plate. For sushi savants, a specialized guide lists fish by their Japanese names and their market names, in case you’re into that sort of thing. A built-in GPS system comes in handy when looking for your next bite.

Mad Men Cocktail Culture [$.99] Mad Men has done for the martini what Sex and the City did for the cosmo, but this app merely takes the smash series’ trademark tipple as its starting point. From there, your spiritual knowledge is put to the test in a series of bartending-based challenges centered on drinks from the 1960s. What goes into a proper Tom Collins? Which glass should one use for a Whiskey Sour? It’s a drinking game without the drinking. Share your results on Facebook, and prove once and for all that when it comes to mixing and pouring make-believe cocktails on your iPhone, Don Draper’s got nothing on you.

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