As the image above might suggest—‘nuf sed (to quote Marvel comics).
By Fred Mills & Stephen Judge
We are officially at the printer and soon enough an army of cute young men in tight brown uniforms and driving neat brown trucks will be delivering boxes of our 14th issue right to our doorstep. We can’t wait. How do we love ourselves? Let us count the ways:
JASON ISBELL: Our 2013 Artist Of The Year. NICK ZAINO talked to Isbell about his masterful album Southeastern and the groundswell of acclaim that has accrued in its aftermath.
SPECIAL AMERICANA SECTION: In 2013, the “A” word isn’t necessarily synonymous with twangin’ and strummin’—as evidenced by the diverse sounds of Amanda Shires, Gov’t Mule, Kenny Roby, Barrence Whitfield and Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion.
MOBY: Longtime Contributing Editor A.D. AMOROSI sat down with the influential sonic auteur to discuss the twinned powers collaboration and, er, domesticity. Wait, what?
THE BEATLES: Amorosi also embarked upon a Fab Four mini-odyssey, probing the moptops’ early years and talking to both Yoko Ono and Beatles biographer Larry Kane.
MEGAFAUN: The North Carolina band’s multitasking muse is busier than ever these days, with members engaged in a host of projects—including a new collaboration with savant Arnold Dreyblatt. JORDAN LAWRENCE investigated.
THOSE DARLINS: STEVE WILSON put the Nashville combo on the couch—term used loosely—to find out how they made one of the best damn albums of the year in their masterful Blur The Line.
CHEETAH CHROME: What befits a punk legend the most? How about a new solo record and an appearance in the new biopic CBGB? Our resident punk expert JOHN B. MOORE talks Dead Boys, Harry Potter, and more.
THE REPLACEMENTS: A story from the deep, dark archives of Blurt editor FRED MILLS, in which he found himself thrust into the chaos of the original foursome’s rise to prominence, mid ‘80s style.
TOMMY KEENE: In our latest installment of the “Damn, Wish I’d Written That Song” the pop/rock legend outlines five classic tunes he’d mortgage his house to have his name affixed to.
ETHAN JOHNS & HEADY FWENDS: You think YOU know some cool people? Allow Contributing Editor LEE ZIMMERMAN to enlighten you…
ROBBIE FULKS: Senior Editor RANDY HARWARD gets the last word from the roots-rock singer/songwriter on everything from aging to politics to the Bible to Saturday morning cartoons.
EMEFE: Afrobeat never sounded sweeter, particularly when it mixes up in wild style with indie rock. Contributing Editor JENNIFER KELLY knows of what she writes.
There’s tons more. What, you ask? Like our usual roundup of pure products for now people, aka “The Goods”, as well as fresh installments of the artist-penned “The Most Fucked Up Thing I’ve Ever Seen” (both overseen by Senior Editor Randy Harward); a look back at our memorable trip to Austin for SXSW 2013; letters from the readers, and our snide replies; some 40-odd (and some not-so-odd) reviews of CDs, Books, DVDs and film; coverage of The Hickoids, Oblivians, Andrew WK, Black Hearted Brother, Califone, the Distractions, Joe Sib, King Khan, Merry Clayton, Parquet Courts, Robert Wyatt, the Stones Throw label, Temperance League, the Coen Brothers, Big Star and Lee Hazlewood; and just the random crap that we throw in to fill up those blank spaces on the pages.
A BIG thank-you to the long-suffering cadre of contributors without whom we could never pull all this off. And an equally huge thanks to the label folks, publicity reps and advertisers who have consistently supported us over our 5 ½ year existence. You know who you are, and we hope you know your encouragement means a hell of a lot to us.
Hope to see everyone in Austin next March during SXSW. We are already brainstorming our annual multi-day day party at the Gingerman Pub.