Judith Juilerat: Sinister Lullabies

The harshly beautiful music of Judith Juillerat speaks pointedly of rain-damp alleyways in Berlin or Cologne, so it’s a shock to find out that she operates light years away from Germany’s …

Magic Pony's Favorite Things

In 2002, Kristin Weckworth and Steve Cober started their own fantasyland called Magic Pony. The storefront/art gallery–located on Queen Street in Toronto, Canada–stocks the cutest things on the planet…

Touré Guide: A Different Hip-Hop

Touré, the single-named author of Never Drank the Kool-Aid (Picador; softcover, $15), doesn’t have a problem getting close to his interview subjects; he gathers tales over games of hoops with Pr…

E-40: Tell Me When to Blow

When I finally catch up with E-40 after two weeks of phone tag, rescheduled appointments, and missed connections, the first thing he does is apologize. “I ain’t had time to crack a sunflow…

Shy FX: Still Funky

On “Don’t Rush,” from Shy FX and T Power’s new album, Diary of a Digital Soundboy, R&B vocalist Di reprises the smooth sound that made the production duo’s ubiquitou…

Growing: Hardest Working Drones

Close your eyes and imagine that you’re in an igloo. You’re all by yourself. It’s pitch black. Then you start to hear the sounds in your mind, rekindling the sensations of love, life…

Deerhoof: Sonic Grenade

Mixing bits of rock ‘n’ roll ammunition with nursery-rhyme vocals, San Francisco quartet Deerhoof taps into something explosive yet comforting, a sonic grenade thrown into the field of all things clic…

Sublight Records: Twisted Fairy Tale

Aaron Rintoul has a tip if you want to visit Winnipeg. He recalls an incident where a man convicted of robbing a Pizza Hut in Arkansas was legally forbidden from entering Canada. No red tape could sto…

Bwana Spoons: On Zines and Doo-Doo

Like some bizarre, forest-dwelling cartoon character, Bwana Spoons exists in a world of his own. No matter what medium, the playful surrealism of Spoons’ work is marked by sincere abandon and a …

Eliot Lipp Takes Flight

On the cover of Tacoma Mockingbird, a photo of Eliot Lipp is superimposed on a shot of an industrial Los Angeles skyline, his body bisected by a thick yellow line that busts a serious ’80s graph…

Kick Game: Provocative Sneaker Pimps

With the sneaker-collecting hustle running rampant–spanning everyone from junior high kids to corporate execs–we got to thinking about the people behind the shoes themselves. So we hollered at Undftd&…

Ghislain Poirier In The Studio

The second half of 2005 brought a hat trick of major accomplishments for Montreal-based MC-turned-producer Ghislain Poirier. He started his “irregular monthly” at Montreal’s Zoobizar…

Amina: Whisper To A Scream

Amina has already discretely seduced their way into hearts and record collections via collaborations with Efterklang and The Album Leaf, and, most famously, as the string section for Sigur Rós. Now th…

Jammer: Jammed Frequencies

A menacing string B-line kicks in as a budget camera shot pans around a shabby street in London’s East End. Viewers prepare themselves for the kind of gritty, voyeuristic journey around a UK hoo…

Stereo Total: Utopian Lounge-Punks

“It wasn’t love at first sight, musically,” says Brezel Göring of his first forays into music-making with girlfriend and Stereo Total co-conspirator Françoise Cactus. Eventually, the…

Oliver Wang: Crate Digging

San Francisco writer/DJ Oliver Wang has always had his taste-making hands in every pot on the stove–from contributing to NPR and Vibe to maintaining blogs for MSN, Napster, and his own critically vaun…

The Gossip: Soulful Rebellion

Somewhere out there, Etta James and Iggy Pop are scratching their heads and asking, “How in Christ’s name does The Gossip come up with this shit?” This Portland-by-way-of-Arkansas th…

Me Magazine: Creating Cover Stars

They say you can learn a lot about people by meeting their friends, and Me Magazine ($8, subscription $25)–run by former Index/Visionaire/V Magazine creative Claudia Wu–is proof that “they”…

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