July/August 2013
July/August 2013
This issue’s cover art is by Tony Millionaire.
VOL. 11, NO. 6

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Forget All That and Just Wail
compiled by Ross Simonini
A collection of music that orbits around jazz, compiled by Ross Simonini

Out of the Woods
by Casey Jarman
The story of “The Singing Logger,” who flirted with fame and sang for Johnny and June before returning to the forests of Oregon.

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The Man with the Million-Dollar Voice
by Tony Scherman
C.L. Franklin brought the blues to the pulpit and became one of the most influential preachers of his generation.

Just Kidding, Love Sucks
by Tavi Gevinson
A seventeen-year-old feminist on the empowerment, passion, genius, and perfection of the music of Taylor Swift.

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Wanted: Macho Men with Mustaches
by Nicole Pasulka
How the Village People brought regulars from New York City’s gay bars into the hearts and homes of mainstream America.

Sounds of Our Times
by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Emory Cook’s high-fidelity recordings not only captured the sounds of the world but helped shape it.

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At Eight Pounds You Burst Out
A new poem by Kirsten Andersen


Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

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Scott Walker
interviewed by Erik Morse
Sitting down with pop music’s most frustratingly elusive icon.

Ishmael Butler
interviewed by Chris Estey
The man behind Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces talks New York in ’89, Miles Davis, and music that’s meant to be given away.

Antony Hegarty
interviewed by Henry Giardina
“Re-anoint Jesus as a girl, put in a female pope.”

Leslie Feist
interviewed by Claudia Dey
“It didn’t feel like pop music to me. It felt like this laser-beam lasso, like a weird weapon on a set list.”

The Process
by Ross Simonini
A conversation with the artist Lizzi Bougatsos about her piece Good Hair


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Martin Seay on The Mountain Goats’ “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton”

Andrew Simmons on Bill Fay’s “The Never Ending Happening”

Ian S. Port on Marnie Stern’s “Proof of Life”

Daniel Levin Becker on Dads’ American Radass (this is important)


Schema: Two Decades in the Life of a Super-fan
by Jon DeRosa

“Comics”
edited by Alvin Buenaventura