Sometimes, like little tiny gold coins or drizzle, good music falls from the sky and into our laps. We were all having a sort of humdrum early ’07, plaintively listening to Konvicted b-sides and, like, “12:51,” when the sky turned grey and a whole gripload of really good music started raining from the heavens. We’re not saying we weren’t all jazzhands and smiles, collecting the tunes in buckets, but it was overwhelming. Which brings me to the subject matter of Issue 45: The Just Another Issue Filled with Amazing Jams, No Big Deal Issue. Legions of heartbreakers and the heartbroken have been following Smog genius Bill Callahan as he’s woven his spell of song over the last 20 years. We were curious to see what would happen when we put the man’s new album, Woke on a Whaleheart, on ye olde hi fi and it was weird because all of us started holding hands immediately, searching for grace in the unseen. Actually. Obviously, we put him on the cover.
For the last couple months we’d been alternately throwing some D’s and throwing some cheese, listening to Mobile’s young gun rapper Rich Boy and his cache of remixes when it dawned on us that it was time to shine the light on his (and several other artists’) Not So Secret Weapon: producer Polow Da Don. Polow’s been crafting heatrocks for everyone from Fergie to Ludacris to the Pussycat Dolls to (gasp!) R Kells himself and we’re pretty damn near convinced that he’ll be a household name ohhhh, sometime around yesterday-which is [cough] why you’ll also find him gracing our back cover. And in the frenzy that resulted from this monsoon season of new music, we also dipped into the maniacal rock frenzy that is ATL’s Black Lips, the one-drop rastafari thesis of Jamaica’s Gyptian (serious times!), Animal Collective’s Panda Bear and his new set of blissed-out good vibes and the growling, vicious return of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy. Folks, when I say it’s raining I mean It. Is. Coming. Down. Out. There. Bring an umbrella, pull on the galoshes, put the cat indoors. What’s an April shower when you’ve got us?