This month's copy of The Believer brings their annual music issue, and unfortunately our inner hater's first impulse is to bring up the disappointments: the tepid interview of Karen O by Sleater-Kinney's Carrie Brownstein that's all too concerned with “discourse”, or the deserved but predictable adoration of Smoosh (how quickly Rachel Trachtenburg has been forgotten).
But before we filed it away in the bathroom magazine rack next to water-damaged copies of Los Angeles magazine's “Escapes” issue and a New Yorker from October 2004, we dug into the type of articles that The Believer does best.
Douglas Wolk's treatise on the Fall's history as told through their Peel Sessions appearances was extra solid, as was John McMillan's exploration of the Donovan-inspired legend that smoking banana peels gets you wicked high. These pieces had us feeling mighty fine and quirkily edumacated, but then to top it off we got hit with Devendra Banhart's crooked bar band take on Antony & The Johnson's “Fistful Of Love” from the included CD where Believer-favorites 69 each other. Wowsers, that's a jam right there - it makes up for the inclusion of Patton Oswald and Aimee Mann STILL talking about the 2004 Presidential election.