The Believer

Ninety-first Issue: The Music Issue (July / August 2012) + CS

$12.00


The Believer is a monthly magazine where length is no object. It features long articles, interviews, and book reviews, as well as poems, comics, and a two-page vertically-oriented Schema spread, more or less unreproduceable on the web. The common thread in all these facets is that the Believer gives people and books the benefit of the doubt (the working title of this magazine was the Optimist).

On each issue, Charles Burns's illustrations adorn the cover; our regular raft of writers, artists, and photographers fill the pages; and the feel of the Westcan Printing Group’s gorgeous “Roland Enviro 100 Natural” recycled acid-free heavy stock paper warms your heart.

The July / August 2012 issue of Believer magazine includes the tape Love Songs for Lamps, a cassette compilation of cassette-only releases curated by Calvin Johnson, included free with each issue (download code also included).

The artists featured on the cassette tape include: Hysterics, the MemoriesShana Cleveland & the SandcastlesSovietTomorrow's TulipsLaura Leif and Amber PhelpsSkrill MeadowMom, White Rainbow, Broken WaterShivasRuby FrayBaby IslandErin EarthlingMargy PepperHappy NooseLovers Without BordersMansion MusicSewn Leather, Priests & more!

Table of Contents:

  • 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
  • Jody Williams interviewed by David Beal
  • The legendary blues guitarist comes back to the stage
  • Reviews
  • Jeremy Schmidt on El-P, Reese Okyong Kwon on David Ruis, Martin Seay on Bon Iver, and Daniel Levin Becker on Sun Kil Moon
  • Schema: Odd Time Signatures in Popular Music by Dave Mandl
  • “Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura
  • What the Swedes Read by Daniel Handler
  • 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.”
  • Musin’s and Thinkin’s by Jack Pendarvis