Sunday, December 5th, 2004
I Am Trying To Break Your (Music With) Heart
The new Big Takeover is out, and it’s like a Christmas present just for me. Besides the Wilco cover story, there’s interviews with American Music Club and Sloan (amongst many many others). While it’s only semi-annual, The Big Takeover is one of my favourite magazines. Spider-whomping thick (this issue is 302 pages long), they cover a hugely eclectic range of artists, the only criteria for which is that they create “music with heart”, as per the magazine’s slogan. Interviews are often huge in length and contain almost the entire transcript of the conversation verbatim – they read more like conversations between friends than interviews between publication and artist. The passion and love that editor Jack Rabid and his crew have for the music they cover is evident in every word – they’re never sycophantic, no matter how legendary their subject, but always respectful and honest and the artists usually respond in kind resulting in more insightful interviews than you might get in other publications. And if you’re into reviews, there’s scads – 125 pages this time around. I think they review pretty much everything and anything submitted… it can be a tough slog, but I’ve found some great stuff buried in there. It’s not a cheap mag ($10 in Toronto), but it’ll keep you busy for a long time.
I’m going through one of those periods where every CD I own seems to be scratched. How this can be, I do not know. Can anyone comment on the effectiveness of any of these remedies?
Traveler’s Diagram has his year-end list up. There’s some pretty heavy Canadian content on there, but justifiably so. In all objectivity, Canadians kicked some musical ass this year.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists tonight! They’ve even corrected the misspelling of “pharmacists” on their website. Bravo, Ted.
np – Interpol / Antics