July 2014
VOL. 12, NO. 6
July 2014


“John” by Cynthia Lennon

Without You I’m Nothing

by Alexandra Molotkow

Real and Metaphorical Wounds from the Wrong Side of Idolatry: Rock Stars’ Ex-Lovers Move Beyond Their Historical Footnotes

Killer Mike

Killer Mike


interviewed by Eric Ducker

“The working class is underrepresented in rap.”

Will Butler

Puppet Sounds and Tinny Noises

Marcel Dzama

interviewed by Will Butler

The artists chat about music, dance, and childhood to mark the release of the soundtrack to Dzama’s new film, included in this issue.

Reflections of Jacmel
by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
On the trail of Arcade Fire as they tour an unexpected locale: Haiti.

A new poem by Graham Hillard

Meredith Monk
interviewed by Ross Simonini
“My music is not all angelic. Some of it is dark. Some of it is funny. Some of it is very sad. Some of it is very joyous. So I feel like if I do a concert, hopefully this whole spectrum is in there.”

Forgetting the Motor City
by Douglas Wolk
Exploring the hits, misses, and mysteries of fifty years of Motown records.

Nancy Sinatra
interviewed by Erik Morse
“When I was crying at the very end of the take, Lee was celebrating in the booth. And he kept that take. But that’s what happens when you’re acting a part. You get wrapped up in it."

Glenn Branca
interviewed by Joseph Neighbor
“New ideas tend to come from people who haven’t been indoctrinated by the establishment."

Pillow of Air
by Lawrence Weschler

“I Blame Myself”: Sky Ferreira
by Martin Seay

Live From the Black Mountain Theatre, in Harlan, Ky: Jesse and the Revelator
by Jeremy Schmidt

Pamela Lu’s Ambient Parking Lot
reviewed by Amanda Davidson

The Process
interviewed by Ian S. Port
tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus discusses making the song “Left Behind.”

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

...and more.

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This whole episode (our season one finale) is a conversation between Lena Dunham and Judy Blume, in Blume’s Manhattan apartment.

Also: We asked Lena Dunham to help us score the interview, and we made this mixtape of the songs she suggested. The mix complies songs Lena thinks go well with the interview, as well as music she’s currently listening to.