MOJO Issue 198 / May 2010

MOJO Issue 198 / May 2010

FREE CD! HEAVY SOUL: 15 guitar-funk freak-out gems featuring Funkadelic, Black Merda, Betty Davis, Marion Black, Aaron Neville, Curtis Mayfield & many, many more! PAUL WELLER: As he prepares for the release of one of the most important albums of his career - the adventurous, shape-shifting Wake Up The Nation - Paul Weller looks back on his 33-year journey through sound. “There’s still more to find out,” he tells MOJO’s Lois Wilson.

MGMT: Behold the new kings of 21st Century psychedelia! As they ready their stunning second album, Congratulations, the Brooklyn due meet MOJO in their hometown to discuss the making of a modern masterpiece.

STEVE ALBINI: From ‘80s noise guitar hero to premier sonic architect, Steve Albini has played a key role in making some of the most important records of the last 25 years. “I prefer not to be credited,” he tells MOJO’s Keith Cameron.

JANIS JOPLIN: She was the razor-voiced Texas girl who walked the line between west coast hippie icon and hard-drinking Queen Of The Blues. 40 years after her death and with the help of her nearest and dearest, MOJO’s Mark Paytress traces the making of her best album and the events that led to her tragic demise.

LOWELL GEORGE: As head honcho of Little Feat, Lowell George was the singer-songwriter-guitarist who put Southern boogie into west coast rock, picking up an army of fans along the way; Led Zeppelin and the Stones among them. This month, MOJO’s Michael Simmons looks back on the journey of a much-loved musician who lived his life on the edge.

ARTHUR RUSSELL: 18 years after his death, Arthur Russell is today rightly regarded as “Dylan and Coltrane wrapped into one”. MOJO’s Kris Needs charts the life and times of the man who mapped the new wave/disco revolution that conquered New York in the '70s and '80s.

REVIEWED! John Grant reveals his classic debut / Paul Weller’s Wake Up The Nation / Caribou / MGMT / Avi Buffalo / Shutter Island OST / Eluvium / Strange Boys / The Fugs / Caravan boxset / Hawkwind at the Beeb / Metal Machine Music reissued / Kris Kristofferson / Koko Taylor / Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds go deluxe / John Cale live.

PLUS! How to Buy Frank Zappa / New Orleans music drama from the creators of The Wire is go / International Record Day approaches / Farewell, Mark Linkous / In the studio with Blondie / Neu! Return / Robbie Robertson speaks / The MOJO Honours List 2010 is go!

AND FINALLY…who had their life changed forever by The Fall’s Hex Enduction Hour? MOJO has the answer.