The Believer Music Issue...is out!
Hats off to Dizzyhead Brandon for putting the excellent CD together—it includes toe-tappers from Yacht, Oxford Collapse, Page France, Deerhunter, I'm From Barcelona, Clogs, and more...you can sample the startling Sufjan track here.
Among the readable treats in the issue: Joe Hagan's quest to Cleveland in search of Bill Fox, a superreclusive power-popster-turned-plangent-folkie (who also appears on the CD with a lovely song called "My Baby Crying")—this is truly a must read; an interview with the guy from Of Montreal (also on the CD) and the artist formerly known as Terence Trent D'Arby; Miranda July interviewing Khaela Maricich from The Blow (yes...also on the CD!); a bonbon in the shape of Dave Tompkins's ruminations on the vocoder; Mr. Paul Collins on "rock's rarest instrument," the Birotron; and more. Worth $10?! I'd say YES.
Buy it here!
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Also: the new Bookforum is out...pieces include Luc Sante on Simenon, a glimpse at Kurt Andersen's bookshelves, Michael Wood on DeLillo, my intern of yore Janine on Wayne Koestenbaum, my other intern of yore Carla on Anne Fadiman, Ben Strong on Richard Lange...You can also read my review of Matthew Sharpe's Jamestown.