JUNE/JULY 2006
The cover depicts Juana Molina surrounded by
posters of Bun B, Stephen O’Malley,
Sid Vicious, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 4, NO. 5

The Sinatra Doctrine
by Rich Cohen
The dialectics of Paul Anka’s defiant ’70s anthem “My Way”: Thesis (Frank Sinatra), Antithesis (Elvis), Synthesis (Sid Vicious).

Bulgarian Idol
by Elisabeth Vincentelli
Introducing the dizzying conflagration of pop and geopolitics that is the Eurovision Song Contest.

Some Propositions Concerning the Lounge Lizards
by Rick Moody
Your memory of the best concert you ever saw in your life is not to be trusted, but that doesn’t make the memory less important.

The Vanishing Afro-American
by Howard Hampton

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The Syncher, Not the Song
by Douglas Wolk
The key to a Moldovan-Romanian boy band’s destruction of Europe was a 99-second webcam video of a teenager from New Jersey.

Wayne Coyne
in conversation with Ben Gibbard
Sex, drugs, and the ramifications of signing to a major label.

Juana Molina
interviewed by Josh Kun
The Argentine singer’s quest to become the best listener in the world.

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Bun B
interviewed by Jon Caramanica
The Southern rap impresario, who grew up a fan of Letterman and Rich Little, went on to out-rap Jay-Z.

Don DeLillo
in conversation with Greil Marcus
Two authors of artistic responses to Bob Dylan discuss Bob Dylan’s artistic response to the world.

Stephen O’Malley
interviewed by Brandon Stosuy
Remapping the coordinates of metal with the lowest frequencies imaginable.

Famous Shovels in Twain: The 2006 Music Issue Compilation CD
compiled by Matthew Derby and Brandon Stosuy

Singing Together, Growing Apart: Breakup Duets Interpreted
by Mark Swartz with Frederick Woolverton, Ph.D.

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Andreï Makine ’s The Woman Who Waited
reviewed by Alix Ohlin

George Saunders’s In Persuasion Nation
reviewed by Adam Novy

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Rachel Sherman’s The First Hurt
reviewed by Lara Tupper

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Scott Snyder’s Voodoo Heart
reviewed by John Glassie

A. E. Stallings’s Hapax
reviewed by Milton L. Welch

T Cooper’s Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes
reviewed by Christine Lagorio

The Buddha Machine: Portable Ambient Music Generator
by Daniel Handler

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A Brief History of Rock Music
by Paul Collins

Sedaratives
by Sarah Vowell

Schema: The Ends of Innocence
by Gustavo Turner