Although it's already been blazing hot on a level that makes the doomsayers in our office predict a city-wide blackout any day now, we're officially not allowing summer to start until June 22nd, when The FADER #68—aka The FADER's Summer Music Issue, aka over 100 pages of wall-to-wall jams—hits stands. Conveniently, that's right after summer actually begins, but let's pretend it's starting because of us. As you've no doubt already seen above, we wrangled four artists with four of the most eminently listenable, exciting, addictive albums of the year into this crazy quadrant-gatefold cover situation. We've got MIA's controversial global pop (insert truffle fry joke here if that's still your thing), Ariel Pink's warped vision of the last three (or so) decades of music, Wavves' snotty SoCal punk taken to the next level and, of course, our current king of pop, The-Dream. It's all here, along with stories on Freddie Gibbs, Sleigh Bells, Active Child, Tame Impala, Best Coast and so, so, so much more. Both physical and digital versions of the issue drop June 22nd, so keep your eyes to your local newsstands and, of course, this very website. After the jump, check out each individual cover, because that stuff up above is kinda small.
Premiere: The FADER Issue 68 Featuring MIA, Wavves, Ariel Pink and The-Dream
June 08, 2010