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FILTER Issue 34

Morrissey Rising
On stands February 13, 2009

 

FILTER Issue 34

Though Morrissey fits the incongruous mold he holds heaven-high for others, there’s a central irony in his idealization of peculiarity: Droves of nondescripts have, over the years, appropriated his pop-up pompadour, his codified vegetarianism and his boredom with the ordinary; not as their own, but as homage. Fans with this and a different degree of commitment sometimes thrust themselves toward the Morrissey of midlife at concerts, landing on stage and enveloping him in their arms. Each one has become a blip among millions. Here, FILTER finds the man behind the mythology at our very own front door for a closer look.
 
Elsewhere, in our tribute, Tears for Fears recounts times past, bringing out the best in all that surrounds it. Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons basks in the sunlight above ground. Funny guy Zach Galifianakis grills Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene fame. Also, Sam Spiegel, half of the collabo-mania project, N.A.S.A., and Fatlip of The Pharcyde rap about busting through the musical atmosphere.

Additionally, Henry Selick sets his art in stop-motion, Great Northern heads into new territory, Howling Bells lets its creativity ring, and we take a photographic rail trip to the Trans Musicales de Rennes in the Brittany region of France. Plus: Vetiver, Heartless Bastards, Asobi Seksu, Bell X1, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Sunshine Cleaning, Sugar, and an EndNote to introduce Robert Popper’s literary alter ego, Robin Cooper.

COVER
MORRISSEY Rising

FEATURES
To Infinity and Beyond! N.A.S.A. & FATLIP’s Bizarre Ride II Outerspace

ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS: Beginning to See the Light

Wading Through the Water: ZACH GALIFIANAKIS Interviews BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE’s KEVIN DREW

Start, Stop: The Art of HENRY SELICK

F-STOP
Into the GREAT NORTHERN: A Land of Love and Music

Change is All Around Us: The Ringing of the HOWLING BELLS

TRIBUTE
Sowing the Seeds, Reaping the Rewards: TEARS FOR FEARS Let It All Out

SOUND ESCAPES
Last Train to Brittany: Sights from TRANS MUSICALES DE RENNES

GETTING TO KNOW
VETIVER
HEARTLESS BASTARDS
ASOBI SEKSU
BELL X1

YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW
…AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD

FLICKER
SUNSHINE CLEANING:
A conversation with actor STEVE ZAHN

SUGAR: A conversation with writers/directors RYAN FLECK and ANNA BODEN

ENDNOTE
by ROBERT POPPER’s Literary Alter Ego ROBIN COOPER

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