So, 2013. Some amazing music was made, and heard. Here’s ten of the best, below. See you in 2014.
10. Dobie, We Will Not Harm You
9. Thee Oh Sees, Floating Coffin
8. QOTSA, Like Clockwork
7. Goodie Mob, Age Against The Machine
6. Factory Floor, Factory Floor
5. The Stepkids, Troubadour
4. Mikal Cronin, II
3. Deerhunter, Monomania
2. Bosnian Rainbows, Bosnian Rainbows
1. The Icarus Line, Slave Vows
Read my feature on Los Angeles psych-garage visionary Tim Presley and his White Fence project in Loose Lips Sink Ships, with excellent photos from Steve Gullick.
My Mary J Blige feature can be found in the latest issue of MOJO, on sale now. If you want to read the inarguable queen of street soul discuss hair metal, christmas and the concept of music as salvation from emotional turmoil, get thyself to a newsagent pronto.
Continuing the soft-open of the “seventh issue” of the reanimated Loose Lips Sink Ships, genius photographer Steve Gullick and myself are very proud to announce the publication of our latest feature, a profile of elfin guitar pop wunderkind Mikal Cronin. Mikal has released two solo albums to date, and both are precious, wonderful things you should definitely listen to.
You can find the feature here.
“I just want to leave a little mark on the world with my emotions. Yeah. No bullshit. I just wanna bare everything! Because we’re gonna die soon! Someday. You might as well bare everything, and leave your little mark there. Like a star. Oh, I feel like a hippy…”
– Teri Gender-Bender
The latest feature in the rejuvenated, reanimated, resuscitated Loose Lips Sink Ships – Bosnian Rainbows. Omar Rodriguez Lopez’ post-Mars Volta outfit – fronted by Le Butcherettes’ incandescent Teri Gender-Bender, and featuring paradigm -shifting drummer Deantoni Parks and suave synth bod Nicci Kasper – released one of the finest albums of the year, in the form of their self-titled debut album, which also contained my favourite song of 2013, Turtle Neck. Read their story, in-depth (very much in-depth), at the link above.
In the dog days of this Summer, I had the marvellous fortune to travel to Lisbon and enjoy a weekend in the blazing sun with genius photographer and all-round lovely bloke Andy Cotterill. Somewhere in-between sunning ourselves by the pool in one of the city’s most luxurious hotels and hurtling down the motorway at nosebleed velocity with our loyal but bonkers cab-driver, we interviewed the reformed, resplendent Goodie Mob, whose new album, Age Against The Machine, is one of the year’s best. You can read up on all our adventures in the latest issue of MOJO, which also includes excellent features on Paul McCartney, Queen’s Roger Taylor and Earl Sweatshirt. Buy it, it’s the world’s greatest music magazine.
Also this week, Kerrang! run my feature on the making of Nirvana’s In Utero, for which I interviewed surviving members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, along with sleeve designer Robert Fisher. It’s a story involving Steve Albini, Seahorses and the burning down of the Republican Party HQ in LA, so get the latest issue if you want to read it. Just don’t blame me for the final sentence of the feature, which I did not write.
Seven or so years after our last print edition, Loose Lips Sink Ships – the ‘zine I edit with genius visionary photographer Steve Gullick – is returning to your lives. Find our first two features – interviews with Duluth, Minnesota’s Low, and peripatetic composer/crooner Dirty Beaches – at our website here. More will follow, along with a crazy plan to maybe somehow print all this stuff up on some dead trees somehow.