VOL. 12, NO. 6
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
interviewed by Eric Ducker
“The working class is underrepresented in rap.”
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
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.
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."
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
Pamela Lu’s Ambient Parking Lot
reviewed by Amanda Davidson
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
A monthly podcast from THE BELIEVER and KCRW
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.