Published Aug 02, 2011Exclaim!'s August issue is hitting stands with a bang -- from interviews with Washed Out and actor/director Michael Rapaport to our cover story on 2011's biggest "underground" sensation, Odd Future. You can find all of the August issue's content right now on Exclaim.ca.
With L.A.'s Odd Future, the hype is constantly at war with the music. The rap crew went from being unknown teens and early-twenty-somethings making their own beats, lyrics and album art in relative obscurity to doing the same with the support of Kanye West, Pharrell and record companies like XL in the last year. Our August cover story features member bios, a timeline documenting the group's colourful past and present, and an interview with member Hodgy Beats.
Brazil's most notorious metal export, Sepultura, are covered in this month's feature Timeline. From humble beginnings in the mid-1980s to playing shows with Slayer, Anthrax and Metallica, Sepultura and their varying incarnations are relayed with keen interest and attention to detail. Meanwhile, the August Questionnaire finds us learning more about Fiery Furnaces' Eleanor Friedberger, who recently released her first solo record Last Summer.
This month's Interviews section leads off with a revealing talk with actor/director/hip-hop lover Michael Rapaport, who recently completed his directorial debut for the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest. Washed Out mastermind Ernest Greene tells us how he went from bedroom producer to working with Animal Collective and Deerhunter producer Ben Allen on his full-length debut, Within and Without.
The Vancouverite behind Warp-signed electronic act Babe Rainbow, Cameron Reed, opens up about his EP Endless Path and the ascent he took from sending out tracks to blogs to being on the same label as Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada. Prolific DIYers Bomb the Music Industry! speak to Exclaim! via songwriter/producer Jeff Rosenstock in an interview that touches on the band's recent dark turn and how it was incentive to go in a sunnier direction for their new record, Vacation. Similarly, Hooded Fang have summery new album out, entitled Tosta Mista, except it was recorded in the dead of winter.
In August's Music School, Ask Allison finds Allison advising a musician on properly implementing sales tax with their music. Rights Next Door examines what artists should know about royalties and the meaning of "neighbouring rights" in an article useful to any musician struggling with the business end of their craft. And lastly, in Where I Play, we talk to Canadian metal legend Devin Townsend about his production work in a piece that touches on Townsend's process and translating inspiration through to actualization.
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