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New Big Takeover Issue 58 at Printers: What's in It and What to Do Now to Get It!

21 April 2006

A nine-day trip to San Francisco, during which I was ill with a nasty cold/flu for the last several days (my thanks to LAURA WATT, BRAD POST, and SUSAN LEFF for taking me in and looking after me!) and my continued illness for three more days upon traveling back here to New York left me unable to post on my blog for the past month. But now that I am on the mend and able to write once more, I am happy to let you know that the promised spring Issue 58 has indeed been completed with our esteemed art director ADAM SYMONS and is well into the printing process—it should be appearing in mailboxes and stores quite soon. Hurrah! Were I not underneath the weather (man was it rainy in the Bay Area!), I’d be well into the shot of Jack or glass of bubbly that has marked completion of all our prior issues, 57 times over. [Is that to say that you were an underage drinker when BT 1 came out in 1980?! -ed.] I intend to take my sips and gulps as soon as health permits!!! (Who wants to join me, in person if you’re a friend, or in spirit?)

There are five things pertaining to the issue that I should mention right away while we wait for it to arrive:

Anyway, now that those more pressing items have been dispatched, I will, as promised, tell you all a little more about the contents in upcoming Issue 58. I will save the full lowdown and quotes and all that good stuff for when the issue is actually out and hitting the stores, but here’s the “sneak peak” list of who is interviewed in its pages:

FRANZ FERDINAND (the Scottish band, not the assassinated Austrian archduke) is our cover story (in this part, we speak to singer/guitarists ALEX KAPRANOS and NICK MCCARTHY), and there will also be chats both great and small with THE DECEMBERISTS (Part 2), FLAMING LIPS, NEW YORK DOLLS, X-RAY SPEX’s POLY STYRENE, EDITORS, SUFJAN STEVENS, JON AUER, BOB GELDOF, IVY, SMALL FACES’ IAN MCLAGAN, BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, ROBERT POLLARD, BUZZCOCKS, GRANDDADDY, HIS NAME IS ALIVE, CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN, TOM VERLAINE, THE CLIENTELE, MARK MOTHERSBAUGH of DEVO, ARAB STRAP, ELBOW, (NEWTOWN) NEUROTICS, THERMALS, JOHN KASTNER, SATAN’S PILGRIMS, BOB GRUEN, BOSS MARTIANS, and MADLIFE.

There will also be editorials by MICHAEL B. ACKERMAN, TIM SOMMER, KELLY CALLAN, and myself, as well as tons of reviews, live reviews, letters, the latest installment of the great KARL HEITMUELLER’s “You Don’t Like Anything” comic, some humor, and a final political word. Maybe having so much to read will keep you up at night!

Well that’s it for now. I’m still not 100% recovered; I should take my nighttime knockout cold stuff and hit the hay. But I, along with our many contributors and staff, can’t wait for you to see our latest efforts.

Ah-choo! More to come! Now where’s that Nyquil… (sniff)

 

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