ISSUE 55

 

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FEATURES

THE OCTOPUS PROJECT
The Austin quartet makes staying positive look—and sound—easy. Is there something wrong with them, or is it us?

FRED ARMISEN
SNL-player Fred Armisen's alter-ego, Jens Hannemann takes prog drumming to a new level.

BEIRUT
Zach Condon, the man behind Beirut, got famous by peddling souvenirs from places that don't exist. Now he's moving on to more familiar settings without sacrificing an inch of mystery.

TONY WILSON
Factory Records founder Tony Wilson isn't here to kick around anymore. But that doesn't mean we should stop kicking.

G&D
Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins find life, love and a brand-new strain of uplift funk from way back when.

SOUND LIVING
Eco-visionaries Frank and Lisa Mauceri set a new green standard by marrying conservation with music.

DEPARTMENTS

ffwd
Toolkit with White Williams, Tigarah, Black Ghosts, Darkon, Sally Shapiro, Grayskul, Hand Job.

how'd you do that?
How Lucky Dragons, aka Luke Fishbeck, makes group therapy fun.

reviews: books
Adrian Tomine's Shortcomings, Seconds of My Life, Francis Als, The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, Yahowa 13 and the Source Family, White Rapids, After the Deluge, Ronald Reagan: A Graphic Biography, Curse and Berate in 69+ Languages, The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, Taking Things Seriously: 75 Objects With Unexpected Significance, Black and White and Blue: Adult Cinema From the Victorian Age to the VCR, Eye Mind: The Saga of Roky Erickson and The 13th Floor Elevators, the Pioneers of Psychedelic Sound

reviews: dvds
Manufactured Landscapes, Demetri Martin: Person, U.F.O.'s at the Zoo: The Legendary Concert in Oklahoma City, Interkosmos, Experiments in Terror II, Caligula, Upright Citizens' Brigade: Season 2, Into Great Silence, Tribulation 99, Cinema 16: European Short Films, Treasures III: Social Issues in American Film 1900-1934, Vintage Erotica Anno 1960, Child Murders

reviews: music
DiskJokke (lead review), Robert Wyatt, Goldfrapp, Brad Laner, Dub Trio, Holy Fuck, Hot Chip, Realistic, Growing, Cryptacize, Young Marble Giants, Modeselektor, Angels of Light, Turzi, Blue States, PO, Prints, Baby Elephant, Extra Golden, Essential Dub, Ticklah, Fog, Prefuse 73, Cloudland Canyon, Sunset Rubdown, The Most Serene Republic, Le Loup, Deer Tick, Tunng, Black Lips, Metamatics/Norken, Well Deep: 10 Years of Big Dada Recording, To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisie, Clare & The Reasons, White Rainbow, Castanets, edIT, Basement Apartment, M83, Pearlene, The 1900s, Oakley Hall, Comedy Death Ray, The Soda Pop Kids, The Kings of Electro, Dirty Projectors, Greta Gertler & The Extroverts, 4 Bonjour's Parties

Photo credits (top, from left): Jordan Hollender (Fred Armisen); Drew Reynolds (The Octopus Project); Robin Laananen (Tigarah).