July/August 2011
July/August 2011
The cover depicts:
Martha Wainwright, Trey Anastasio,
KPop Idol Daesung of the band Big Bang,
Julianna Barwick, and David Byrne.
Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 9, NO. 6

The Fickle Needle of Fate
Who the Hell Puts a Turntable
in a Car’s Dashboard?

by Paul Collins

The Farting Bedpost
A Cultural History of the Bassoon
by Eileen Reynolds

Ain’t I Worth A Dime
Phone Calls, Broken Connections, and Busy Signals in Song
by Hua Hsu

Mashup City
Architecture Steals from Contemporary Music
by Marshall Brown

Sweethearts of the Occult
Despite Increasing Fame, the Churchgoing, Gospel-Sampling, Lo-Fi Horrorcore Band Salem Remains an Enigma
by Rozalia Jovanovic

Korean Idol
The Highly Structured World of Kpop and Its Fandom
by Frances Cha

No Dickheads, Please
by Ronnie Scott

Hello, Brother and Ashulia
new poems by Zubair Ahmed

My Apocalypse and Meant
new poems by Rae Armantrout

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

The Only Unpunished Rapture on Earth
The 2011 Believer Music Issue CD
compiled by Ross Simonini

Trey Anastasio
interviewed by Ross Simonini
“I try to remember how insignificant my experience is, and how people’s experiences with music are their own thing.”

Martha Wainwright
interviewed by Davia Nelson

Brian Eno in conversation
with David Mitchell

David Byrne in conversation
with Tom Zé

Julianna Barwick
micro-interviewed by David Givens

What the Swedes Read
A monthly column by Daniel Handler

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
by Jack Pendarvis

with guest columnist John Roderick

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Schema: Fast Food in Pop Music
by Meagan Day