This issue is dedicated to the memory of astral traveling saxophone colossus PHAROAH SANDERS, with a tremendous evaluation of his most important work by the great music writer Andy Beta as the cover feature, rare images by Leni Sinclair, and a brief remembrance by film director Jeff Feuerzeig.
ALSO IN THE ISSUE:
MICK COLLINS – Tremendous career-spanning feature on the Gories/Dirtbombs frontman by the great RJ Smith, with swell photos by Doug Coombe and Steve Shaw.
LAMBCHOP – Coinciding with a great new album for Merge and an expansive theater piece surrounding it, Kathy Lindenmayer goes deep with leader Kurt Wagner and even travels to the Walker Art Center in Milwaukie for the performance.
XV – Detroit’s new no wave supergroup deconstructs the entire concept of an interview, with musician Adam Taub.
LUCY SANTE – New column is about her collage practice, which was unknown until recently. Unsurprisingly it’s great work.
JAZZ ROUNDTABLE – with Ben Jaffe, Sam Cohen, Bekah Flynn, and Makaya McCraven: New Orleans’ entire history as refracted through the work of Charlie Gabriel of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, an absolutely deep and important piece we are so stoked for.
GHOST RIDERS – To celebrate the most killer comp of ‘60s/‘70s North American downer psych-pop/ garage “Coming of Age Garage Ballads,” Glen Morren (who did the Index feature for the first issue) turns in a lengthy overview.
ERNEST HOOD: We have a great feature on the heralded Pac NW ambient composer, held over from last issue, amazing ephemera to choose from courtesy the RVNG peeps. By Robert Ham.
THE HI RHYTHM SECTION: Tennie, Charles, and Leroy! An often hilarious feature by Jason Gross from Perfect Sound Forever (one of our greatest contemporary chroniclers of unheralded sound).
EDEL RODRIGUEZ – Contemporary Cuban-American graphic artist interviewed by Britt Daniel from Spoon – they’ve collaborated together and this feature just looks so killer, wow. We are blessed to have such great design thanks to Amin Qutteineh and Roe Peterhans; you’ll want to just rip out these pages like you’re still in a dorm room.
WEDNESDAY KNUDSEN – An overview of the work of this genius rural Massachusetts-based contemporary zone folk goddess, by Michelle Dove (one of our favorite current writers).
ALPACA BROTHERS – In depth feature by Matt Goody (whose brand new book on Flying Nun’s history is a must have and we would say that even if it weren’t published by Third Man Books) on the reformed version of one of classic FN’s greatest one-off groups ever.
THINKING FELLERS – An overview related to new reissues, written by none other than your favorite writer from Bananafish.
MATTHEW DICKMAN – The great skater/poet and poet/skater, introduced by Alex Behr.
CHARLES GILLAM SR – Gabe from Desert Island interviews the New Orleans-based music obsessive and folk artist.
MIMI LIPSON – The celebrated short story writer returns with another advice column filled with warmth, humor, and even advice.
KEVIN SAMPSELL – Beautiful collages by the Portland-based artist, writer, and publisher dot the issue.
SOME CHURCHES – Amazing images of small churches, rural and urban, from the collection of the Library of Congress.
KING KONG – Former Homestead Records honcho Ken Katkin is here with ten trenchant observations on a reunion show by Louisville’s finest.