Since this year promises to be a big one for Baltimore arts, I'll try and keep track of new magazines that come in that talk about Baltimore stuff. For more on, by, or about area artists, check out the following issues below.
Giant Robot #58
"Lungfish - A lot of bands would come out with a new record and tour every year. Not Lungfish. I wish I had followed them around a little more when they finally came out." -Ben Clark
My Generation: A Guide To Girly Band Names
In an article that associates Barbie Dolls with bands based solely on their names, they bring in local band Ponytail...
"The Barbie They Deserve - For the obvious: Ponytail Barbie #850 in original swimsuit." -Henry Freedland
Venus Zine #39
She Said, He Said: Beach House vs. Wavves by Noreen Sobczyk
"I think after being quite psychedelically drunk one night in Buffalo, I threw up in the Niagara Falls in front of a group of Japanese tourists on a bridge. There was nowhere else to turn. I was trapped. Orange puke from buffalo wings. I laughed about it later - after the horror wore off." -Victoria Legrand
Art School Confidential: Venus Zine Infiltrates The Halls Of Art Schools Throughout The Land
"The people at MICA 'tend to have rather extreme or exaggerated personalities,' according to Catherine Yard, a fibers sophomore." -Jenny An
Christian Siriano: Style and Substance?
"A reality that opposes Siriano and the rest of his peers ... is that both youth and success are fleeting - and even more so when presented in tandem. While aware of this, Christian's optimism may be the most stylish thing about him." -Eavvon O'Neal
"Dan Deacon Is Just A Big Nerd"
This is a profile/interview with Dan Deacon.
"That last part is key to understanding the 27-year-old Baltimore resident who, in recent years, has attracted a throng of devout supporters with feel-good party songs and high-energy shows that oftentimes include human tunnels and interactive games that stimulate even the most wilted wallflowers." -Selena Fragassi
A Dan Deacon profile/interview which features awesome photos by Josh Sisk
"To put it a certain way, Dan Deacon is very, very good at making people do shit. Like, say, making them leave a venue in the middle of a show. Everyone." -Michael Byrne
And in this piece, Dan also gives a shout out to Baltimore band Future Islands in "Dan Deacon's 10 Poorly Juxtaposed Pieces Mixtape":
7. Future Islands "Little Dreamer"
"This track should be a classic. The vocals just float atop the perfect bass and keyboards. One of my favorite songs from a current band." -Dan Deacon
When I saw that AP had an article titled "100 Bands You Need To Know '09," I thought for sure it would be a treasure trove of Baltimore-area bands. Double Dagger. Wye Oak. Arbouretum. Lo Moda. Future Islands. Weekends. Imperial China. Caverns. Vincent Black Shadow. Soft Cement. And that's just off the top of may head - and all deserving to be on any serious music mag's radar. (Psst - editors, if you want your "Bands to Watch in '09" articles to carry any credibility - they need to contain at the very least one of these bands.) Sadly, AP totally missed the opportunity. Their list contains not one Baltimore band.
The Rock Bible: Unholy Scripture For Fans & Bands by Henry H. Owings/Chunklet
(lots of Baltimore people, including me, are Chunklet contributors)
"Always wondered about the rules to living like a rock god? ... your band can truly live the coveted lifestyle."
Dan Deacon - Bromst Score: 4.5 stars out of 5
"On Bromst, Deacon's confidence shines thorugh as he effortlessly combines extremes: Glitchy synthesizers meet meditative chants, hyperactive arpeggiators meet droning vocals, challenging song structures are filled with huge cadences and addictive melodies that warrant repeat listens." -Luke Jaxon
hip Mama #42
"The True Story of the Future Generation" by China Martens an article by local author China Martens about her zine and book, The Future Generation
"I was in new territory and felt like a total minority. Most punks weren't parents and most parents weren't punks. I know from all my best experiences in the anarcho-punk scene that we needed to work together to support each other to create change." -China Martens