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The Big Takeover #76 About to Ship! Special 35th Anniversary Issue!

Big Takeover #76 - Special 35th Anniversary Issue
9 May 2015

Once again the big news is that Big Takeover #76 Spring 2015 issue, OUR SPECIAL 35TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE, was completed in Brooklyn, NY, and Oakland, CA this month! The issue stars Belle and Sebastian on the cover, and features the concluding part two of our awesome, long interview with The MuffsKim Shattuck, as well as fabulous history interviews with Dick Taylor and Phil May of 1960s British Invasion stars The Pretty Things, and all four original members of the 1976-1978 The Damned and original L.A. punk legend Chris D. of The Flesh Eaters, while catching up with Sloan, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Frank Black, and Swervedriver. And there’re shorter chats with His Name is Alive, Ex Hex, Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me), Title Fight, The Lees of Memory, The Martinets, Guster, Simon Joyner, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Northern Star Records, Bayonet Records, and more!

It will begin shipping any day now, so you should see it quite soon! And remember, we only come out twice a year, every Spring and Fall, so you don't want to miss one of our jam-packed 150-page issues! Below is a quick description of its contents.

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And since the issue will soon be shipped to subscribers and stores, now is an excellent time to order it if you would like to receive it, or subscribe if you've been meaning to, or renew your subscription if it has run out.

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Lastly, remember, Big Takeover makes the perfect gift for that music loving friend or family member, for Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Graduation Day, or just cause! A Big Takeover subscription—or back issues, t-shirts, CDs (Springhouse, Even Worse, Last Burning Embers, Doug Gillard, EDP, Non-Linear Thinkers), and our other fun stuff like Big Takeover beer cozies, magnets, buttons, signed posters, etc.—might be just the thing! (Even for babies and little children: in addition to our four men’s and three women's sizes, we now offer six children's sizes, 2T, 3T, 4T, and onesies 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months! For the cool kid in your world!)

Anyway, here, again, is a fuller list of what's in the new issue. Can’t wait for you all to read it:

Interviews: Belle and Sebastian (cover) * Sloan * The Pretty Things * Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) * Frank Black * Swervedriver * The Damned * The Muffs pt. 2 * The Flesh Eaters' Chris D. * His Name is Alive * Ex Hex *Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me) * Title Fight * The Lees of Memory * The Martinets * Guster * Simon Joyner * Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires * Northern Star Records *Bayonet Records * and more!

Editorials: Rabid: “35 Years of Gratitude: We Love You” * Sommer: “The Dawn of Hardcore Punk In New York City, and my Part in Its Downfall” * Kelson: “Audio: Club Sound Improves While Home Listening Worsens, and What You Can Do About It.”

Live Reviews: Allah-las * Allo Darlin’* Alvvays * The Dickies * The Dictators * Jet Black * The Muffs * The New Lines * Pale Lights * Sloan * Slowdive * Soft Science * Swervedriver * T.S.O.L * The Twerps * Ultimate Painting * The Waldos

CD Reviews: Adolescents * American Darlings * Art Bergmann * Best Coast * Blur * Built to Spill * Chatham Rise and thelightshines * Cheatahs * Chrome * Leonard Cohen * Death Cab for Cutie * The Decemberists * D.O.A. * Dot Dash * Faust * The Flaming Lips * The Furious Seasons * Girlschool * The Granite Shore * The Go-Betweens * Screaming Jay Hawkins and the Fuzztones * Idlewild * Iron and Wine * The Kinks * Lead Belly * Leatherface * Tim Lee 3 * Man Sized Action * The MC5 * Don McGlashan * Modernettes * Modest Mouse * The Monochrome Set * Willie Nelson & Sister Debbie * The New Dylans * 93millionmilesfromthesun * No Joy * Novella * Panda Bear * The Paranoid Style * Robert Pollard * The Popguns * The Primitives * Really Red * Red Lorry Yellow Lorry * Todd Rundgren * Ty Segal * Ron Sexsmith * The Shadows of Knight * Sleater-Kinney * Soft Machine * The Sonics * The Standells * Christopher Paul Stelling * Sweet Madness * The Twerps * The Urinals * Sam Vicari * Wire * VA - millions like us; the story of the mod revival 1977-1989

Hope you all pre-order it, or buy it when it's out! And/or hope you subscribe, as that is still by far the best way to support the print magazines you love if you want them to keep going. It means a lot to them!

And hope you can share the gift of reading with your friends!

Jack R