In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <http://www.perfectsoundforever.com>, you'll find (among other things):
ASYLUM STREET SPANKERS
Not Just Old-Timey Novelty- an appreciation and interview by Michael Layne Heath
"'The Spankers got started when my friend Guy Forsyth and I were sitting around one night, complaining about how loud our respective bands were. So we thought, 'why not go the other way and start a jug band?' So Guy pulls out all these CD's of old 'hokum jazz,' blues and jug band music that he had kept in a bookcase.'"
Morning Phase & Desert Voyages by Owen Watson
"Greeting the recent release of Beck's new album Morning Phase are rumblings that this is the 43 year old's sequel to his similarly tuned 2002 album Sea Change: another reverb-soaked record heavy with lament and airy symphonic composition. But a close inspection finds the sequel tag to be a reductionist way of looking at the work."
Wired in the '70's by Sam Leighty
"He had always liked jazz, classical and different kinds of unusual music from all over, including Indian and Mid-eastern music. He had been drawing on this mixture of styles since his days with The Yardbirds. As the '70's unfolded, he developed a strong infusion of jazz in his playing, beginning with his first album of that decade."
Untangling R&B Divas by Peter Crigler
"Once upon a time, En Vogue were hailed as one of the greatest female R&B groups of all time. But then the shit hit the fan amidst pregnancy, egos and money. Now there are two different versions of the group, both touring third-rate venues. What a sad, sad state of affairs. How did it get this bad, you might ask?"
Heshers in the Early Web by Brett Stevens
"We are drowning in information, not starving for it. But before this was commonplace, a cutting edge of innovative hackers forged a network of sites, conference calls and hidden caches of information. They then used this cobbled network to find information on music, including heavy metal. Especially heavy metal."
The Reggae Lion of Nasvhille by Rev. Keith A. Gordon
"Aashid Himons was a giant of a man with a leonine head haloed by a mane of lengthy, graying deadlocks, Himons was a force of nature, a charismatic musical alchemist that pursued his muse wherever it might take him. That's not the best
formula for success in the music industry, yet Himons managed to forge a career that spanned five decades, influenced countless other artists, and forever changed the image of Nashville from that of the home of country music.."
Finnish Avant Electronix by Michael Freerix
"Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a visual artist and musician living and working in Berlin. Since her debut in 2004, she has released four album-length works on Finland's Fonal Records and one CD on Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, as
well as a series of singles on labels such as Not Not Fun and Root Strata. She earned quick praise in the international music press for her unique vocal style and daring DIY approach to music composition..."
The Good/Bad/Ugly of Rap-Metal by Peter Crigler
"Most people look at Faith No More and Rage Against the Machine as the 'forefathers' of the scene- maybe think of them as rap-rock's Neil Young. Many people including my friends were directly influenced to start playing music because of these bands. Eventually, FNM and RATM moved away from rapping in their songs at all, particularly FNM. But their influence was already showing. Then KoRn came around in 1994 and proceeded to spawn everything that came afterwards."
Video Interview- Electro-pop duo by Robin Cook
"Taking their name from a cute, exotic cousin of the giraffe, Okapi Sun produces impeccable, pristine electro-pop. Originally, Army brat Dallas and German-born Leo met in Berlin. They later joined forces in sunny San Diego. The captivating single "Johnny Kiss" gives you an idea of what they're capable of. The duo's debut album, Techno Prisoners, is out now."
Its Brooklyn Connection by Amauta Marston-Firmino
"'Chicha' is a musical invention from the borderlands, a musical style that is a lot like the people here. It is neither Peruvian nor Brazilian--born in the jungle and yet totally outside of it. It mixes the tropical energy of cumbia, and the Caribbean with the post-industrial malaise of garage rock. The story of chicha begins in Pucallpa, nestled between the jungle and the mountains, where a young mane named Juan Wong Paredes played saxophone for fun..."
Interview- Jazz Theory by Jason Gross
"Even though he had over two dozen albums to his name, history is going to remember jazz pianist/composer/arranger George Russell for something other than the music that he made. Instead, Russell's 1953 book The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization is what history will remember him for and he knew that. There, Russell made the radical leap in music theory to ditch chords for scales, finding there was a great freedom to this new way of seeing and making music."
From Folk To Electronic By James Paton
"Following on from some of the critical acclaim that was directed towards Boards of Canada's excellent Tomorrow's Harvest, I found myself inexplicably drawn towards taking stock of some of Scotland's finest musical treasures from the last thirty years or so, albums that critics evidently dismissed... I intended to to remind others of Scotland's fine musical heritage."
Biography Excerpt by Greg Kot
"From longtime Chicago Tribune columnist and author (who's also written a Wilco bio, Learning How to Die) comes a bio of legendary soul singer Mavis Staples. As primary singer for the Staples Singers, Mavis grew up in public, singing gospel songs with her family and helping to make a name for themselves in that market. When the Staples came over to Stax Records, they were cutting more secular material and the label also had plans for Mavis herself..."
Poet/Performer- interview by Glenn Morrow
"The poet Anne Waldman is well known as the founder (along with Allen Ginsberg) of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University. For many years, she also ran the St. Mark's poetry space. With her son, the musician Ambrose Bye she has a record label that releases spoken word work with musical accompaniment. As a poet, she has published over 40 books including The Iovis Trilogy, a nearly thousand page epic poem."
Interview- Vinyl Nirvana by Marc Philips
". For a long time, I've been championing David Archambault and his Vinyl Nirvana site. Vinyl Nirvana has been around for almost as long... I immediately bookmarked it once I saw all of Dave's amazing restoration projects. I was particularly fascinated with all of his AR turntable restorations--I've owned both an AR-XA and an ES-1 and I'm still a big fan of these designs."