July/August 2012
July/August 2012

Cover illustrations: Charles Burns!
VOL. 10, NO. 6

Love Songs for Lamps
Compiled by Calvin Johnson
Liner notes for Love Songs for Lamps, a cassette compilation of cassette-only releases, included free with each issue.


The Talk That Does Not Do Nothing
by Peter Coviello
Fighting over music (often drunkenly, with the same person, for twenty years) is a valid critical enterprise; it is also a type of love song

“Excerpt of a Longer Recording”
A new poem by Bob Hicok

The Woodstock of the South
by Rachael Maddux
A rock festival's unmaking of an American town

Beat Boutique
by Lindsay Zoladz
To delve into the history and holdings of music libraries is to greatly complicate one’s understanding of the term selling out

The Male Soprano
by Anthony Heilbut
A history of the quixotic and nature-defying feats of the men who soar higher than Maria Callas and Mariah Carey

Dinks in a Time Warp
by Brock Clarke
A band that makes you nostalgic for the grim old days

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

Musin’s and Thinkin’s
with Jack Pendarvis

with guest columnist Jemaine Clement

Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby

Jody Williams on His Return
by David Beal
The legendary blues guitarist comes back to the stage

Lucinda Williams
interviewed by Madeleine Schwartz
“When the muse hits me, or the mood, or whatever it is, I get my guitar out and I empty it out.”

Brian Chippendale
interviewed by Ross Simonini
“If, when walking in a dark corridor, you lose your balance and find yourself falling into a large cardboard box, do not resist.”

interviewed by Andy Beta
“No one knows how the world works. No one feels comfortable.”

Wes Borland
micro-interviewed by Cole Louison
This interview took place while Borland was in Florida visiting his parents

Jeremy Schmidt on El-P

Reese Okyong Kwon on David Ruis

Martin Seay on Bon Iver

Daniel Levin Becker on Sun Kil Moon

Schema: Odd Time Signatures in Popular Music
by Dave Mandl

Future Music, Second Movement
A Believer Collaboration with The Art Guys

edited by Alvin Buenaventura