July 2014

The cover art is by Marcel Dzama.
VOL. 12. NO. 6


Reflections of Jacmel
by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
On the trail of Arcade Fire as they tour an unexpected locale: Haiti.

Without You I’m Nothing
by Alexandra Molotkow
Exploring a seldom-considered but surprisingly fruitful literary micro genre: the memoirs of rock stars’ ex-lovers.

Forgetting the Motor City
by Douglas Wolk
Exploring the hits, misses, and mysteries of fifty years of Motown records.


“I Blame Myself”: Sky Ferreira
by Martin Seay

Live From the Black Mountain Theatre, in Harlan, Ky: Jesse and the Revelator
by Jeremy Schmidt

Pamela Lu’s Ambient Parking Lot
reviewed by Amanda Davidson


A new poem by Graham Hillard


Puppet Films and Tinny Sounds
Marcel Dzama 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.

Killer Mike
interviewed by Eric Ducker
“The beats will tell me what to do."

The Process
by Ian S. Port
tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus discusses making the song “Left Behind.”

Meredith Monk
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.”

Nancy Sinatra
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."

Glenn Branca
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

Real Life Rock Top Ten
by Greil Marcus

What the Swedes Read
by Daniel Handler

edited by Alvin Buenaventura