Perfect Sound Forever- Aug/Sept 2010 issue now online
In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever, you'll find (among other things):
The devil & end of history
"Every generation demands something stronger. Bigger and badder. If you want to understand Chuck Berry, listen to the Rolling Stones. If you want to understand the Rolling Stones, listen to AC/DC. If you want to understand AC/DC... listen to AC/DC."
Sun Ra, Outkast, Kool Keith get down
"Sun Ra perceived the black people as a nation on the edge of history; still living within a segregated cultural mythology existing parallel to the modern world. He also saw the potential that this cultural mythology could afford: "Myth speaks of the impossible, of immortality. [Black people] need to try the impossible.""
Life with/out Janis & Big Brother
"Big Brother was... a great band with a strong and growing fan base in the Bay Area. The partnership lasted only until the end of 1968, when Janis left the group to go it alone. One of those who were there to watch it all happen from start to finish was the Big Brother drummer, Dave Getz. I recently interviewed Dave..."
Ultra rare punk/post-punk
"The age of the collectors: those born between 1955 and 1965 have emotional memories attached to glam rock, as an equally strong musical connect to that of punk, possibly stronger as these memories pre-date their first punk experiences...."
Secrets of rhyme & groove
"If you're expecting a printed Jay-Z biography after In My Lifetime, Hard Knock Life, and The Life and Times of S. Carter, Volumes I, II and III, respectively, then I hope you're medicated for ADD. What's more fascinating is the musical construction of Jay-Z's verse--his actual rhyme, rhythm, and pitch scheme. It's the essence of the artist himself."
OFF ISLAND CHINESE SINGERS
A video/musical match-up
"Taiwan born Jay Chou's "Hair Like Snow" and Hong Kong born Jacky Cheung's "Song of Trouble" are two modern Mandarin pop songs that critique 21st century existence."
OLLY THE OCTOPUS
UK folkie protest
"Meet Olly the Octopus, a protest singer who famously sung a song entitled “London’s New Mare” in the middle of Boris Johnson’s first mayoral assembly in Bromley back in November 2008 and also sung other songs expressing his political views. He is currently living proof that music can be used by a musical individual to express opinions and thoughts about the world today."
PINK STAINLESS TAIL
Aussie psych-garage madness
"Whilst taking their name from a legendary Red Krayola song, and pledging their allegiance to the psychedelic garage sounds of the '60's, the band sound more like an amalgam of the Fall, early Wire, Swell Maps, Tall Dwarfs, the early Happy Mondays and of course liberal smidgens of Birthday Party hysteria, minus the narcotic swagger."
Solo years Part II & interview
"We will look at the releases that, while solo efforts in spirit to varying degrees, have the outward characteristic, so crucial in the rock world, of a band effort rather than a solo effort. Pollard was kind enough to send me his thoughts on some of these real and imagined configurations."
South African underground
"Curious as it may seem, the fact that the first release by Shifty Records, a South African record company whose significance far outweighs its fame, was by not by a South African artist at all, or even recorded in South Africa, somehow typifying the Shifty method."
"Sinkovich is one of the best, most respected musicians from one of America's best music cities. So how has his new band, the Poison Arrows, gone ignored, and what does that say about how the music industry and the Chicago scene operate in the present day?"
Guitarist retrospective & interview
"The music that the Wisconsin guitarist (b. 1954) has recorded over the past 33 years traces a remarkable path beginning with fertile hybrids, travelling across the Atlantic to the Munich studios of ECM and ranging wider and deeper into the Far East, merging studio technology, impressive technical facility, imagination and feeling."
Its musical legacy
"Twenty years ago, our imaginations were ignited and seduced by that infamous phrase- 'she's dead, wrapped in plastic.' Twenty years ago, David Lynch's Twin Peaks gave birth to a mythology that still resonates: Twin Peaks folklore is being reinterpreted and redistributed throughout our culture to this day. "
DJ Ruler Why speaks
"Originally from San Antonio, Ruler Why (aka Ryan Staton) has been freestyling since he was in high school, but he didn't seriously consider hip hop as a career until he saw Wu-Tang Clan in 2005. Since then, he's been recording beats and mining archives and cultivating a unique sound for the Vultures that suggests a dramatic, Old-Hollywood sense of grandeur."