FILTER Issue 40
Broken Social Scene: The Revolving Kingdom
On stands May 28, 2010
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Take another look at that cover. Yes, you're seeing it correctly—we’ve gone horizontal for our 40th issue. We thought, upon this grand occasion, that—besides being the only way to fit all seven members of Broken Social Scene on the cover—it was fitting to offer something special for you to hold on to. FILTER’s updated new look—complete with full-page anniversary collages of eclectic FILTER shenanigans through the years, cover photos that almost were, and every review score ever printed in our pages—is specially-designed as a landscape to celebrate the places we've been, and to launch us off to the places we’re going.
The amazing content remains; we’re just looking at it from a new perspective. So, at 40, we’re not over the hill...we’re still climbing. Here’s to you for joining us along the way.
Gracing the cover of our landmark issue is the only band around lively, vibrant, and large enough (quantity-wise) to fill the new cover’s spacious plane—the Toronto-based Broken Social Scene. A revolving musical kingdom where the king (co-founder Kevin Drew) shares the ruling duties with his cohorts, Broken Social Scene has acted as its own independent machine since its formation in 2001, jump-starting the careers of several notable musicians, including Feist, Metric, and Stars. Although the constant flow of arrivals and departures might slow the band’s journey forward, Broken Social Scene came together to build Forgiveness Rock Record, an album that revives the group’s orchestral flare and lo-fi sensibility yet seems to expand on its sonic reign. “I think it was great, because it felt like I could make music for the sake of making music again,” Drew says. “In five years, we’d all gotten over the whole aspect of letting our old stuff define us. It was so freeing.”
Also in this issue, FILTER recruited renaissance man Will Oldham to don yet another creative hat and dial up his favorite musician, country music legend Merle Haggard, for an insightful look into the brain of a person who not only stays good but gets better at what he does, as a singer and as a writer. We also explore the cultural elements, socio-political influence, and behind-the-scenes production of HBO’s recently premiered post-Katrina New Orleans drama, Treme, with series creators David Simon and Eric Overmyer and cast member Wendell Pierce; fiction and television writer Jonathan Ames and The National’s Matt Berninger discuss their shared appreciation of Tennessee Williams, the relationship between sadness and humor, and the effects of alcohol on the writing soul; and British rock icons The Jam re-live England’s burgeoning 1970s, chart out their bumpy ride to success, and prove that longevity can suit an old punk rocker.
In addition, L.A. locals Warpaint invite you into their limitless dreamscape; writer/director Edgar Wright discusses fanboys, the 1990s, and his new film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, with the help of actor Michael Cera; and we take you to the frigid climate of Copenhagen, Denmark, to find out what makes the Danish indie rock scene tick—or doesn’t. We get to know Born Ruffians, Flying Lotus, Phosphorescent, Delphic, and re-visit with Orbital. Plus, the landscape layout makes for grand vistas for illustrations by world renowned artists Sammy Harkham (Crickets) and Dean Haspiel (American Splendor), a story on the Neil Young-inspired comic book art of Cliff Chiang, and a special illustrated review drawn by Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy, Little Things). And if that wasn’t enough, a comic strip EndNote about Flea and Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin will have your guts busted and your high-art-production-value-bar forever raised.
The Revolving Kingdom: Changing Seasons with BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
TREME: Old City, New Story
How Did You Find Me Here? Questions Put to MERLE HAGGARD by WILL OLDHAM
Mistaken for Strangers: JONATHAN AMES Meets
THE NATIONAL’S MATT BERNINGER
Neil Young’s Greendale: A Trip to the Double E with Comic Book Artist CLIFF CHIANG
WARPAINT: Gravity Bites
Youth in Revolt: The Fire and Passion of THE JAM
Snow and Smørrebrød: Three Cold Nights in Copenhagen
GETTING TO KNOW
YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW
SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD: A conversation with writer/director EDGAR WRIGHT plus MICHAEL CERA
By JEFF GARLIN