Subscriptions and renewals to the Believer (one year; nine issues) are on sale today for $40. Subscribe now and begin with the July/August Music Issue, featuring:

The 2012 Believer Music Issue Tape compiled by Calvin Johnson
Liner notes for Love Songs for Lamps, a cassette compilation of tape-only releases, included free with each issue (download code also included, for those who’ve lost their Walkman)!

The Talk That Does Not Do Nothing by Peter Coviello
Fighting over music (often drunkenly, with the same person, for twenty years) is a valid critical enterprise; it is also a type of love song

“Excerpt of a Longer Recording”: a new poem by Bob Hicok

The Woodstock of the South by Rachael Maddux
A rock festival’s unmaking of an American town

Beat Boutique by Lindsay Zoladz (FULL TEXT)
To delve into the history and holdings of music libraries is to greatly complicate one’s understanding of the term selling out

Lucinda Williams interviewed by Madeleine Schwartz (FULL TEXT)
“When the muse hits me, or the mood, or whatever it is, I get my guitar out and I empty it out.”

The Male Soprano by Anthony Heilbut
A history of the quixotic and nature-defying feats of the men who soar higher than Maria Callas and Mariah Carey

Dinks in a Time Warp by Brock Clarke
A band that makes you nostalgic for the grim old days

Moby interviewed by Andy Beta

“No one knows how the world works. No one feels comfortable.”

Wes Borland microinterviewed by Cole Louison 

This interview took place while Borland was in Florida visiting his parents

Real Life Rock Top Ten by Greil Marcus

Jody Williams interviewed by David Beal
The legendary blues guitarist comes back to the stage

Reviews
Jeremy Schmidt on El-P, Reese Okyong Kwon on David Ruis, Martin Seay on Bon Iver, and Daniel Levin Becker on Sun Kil Moon

Schema: Odd Time Signatures in Popular Music by Dave Mandl

“Comics” edited by Alvin Buenaventura

What the Swedes Read by Daniel Handler

Brian Chippendale interviewed by Ross Simonini
“If, when walking in a dark corridor, you lose your balance and find yourself falling into a large cardboard box, do not resist.”

Musin’s and Thinkin’s by Jack Pendarvis

and much, much more