Every Wednesday, we’re bringing you a classic MAGNET story on your favorite artists from before they were famous. This week, Devendra Banhart (issue #58, April 2003), written by John Darnielle (Mountain Goats).
“I’m terrible at guitar, though I play all the time, and I don’t think of myself as a writer, though I write all the goddamn time.” —Devendra Banhart
That was then, this is now-ish. Read our 2013 cover story:
Hopefully, you’ve already read our review of Freedom’s Goblin, the great new Ty Segall album; if not, it’s here waiting for you.
Segall and White Fence will bring Joy to the world on July 20 via Drag City, and Segall is currently on tour in Europe, with a solo-acoustic series of gigs planned this fall in the U.S. So it’s the perfect Wednesday to head the Wayback Machine straight at this extremely prolific, 30-year-old Cali boy who’s responsible for more good-to-great music in just a decade than most rock ‘n’ roll lifers are in an entire career.
Last year, we asked superfan Fred Armisen to interview Segall for a MAGNET cover story, and after reading it, you’ll find it tough to figure out who’s the bigger music geek: Ty or Fred:
We love all our MAGNET Feedback children equally, but we do have to say we’re particularly proud of our little Mickey for the job he did on his latest homework assignment. You probably know Mickey better by that name he insists on going by: Deaner. He’s that bad kid in the back of the class who drinks whiskey, smokes dope, plays his guitar way too loud and hangs out with that other troublemaker Aaron. Although we think Aaron (a.k.a. Deaner’s “brother” Gener) has cleaned up his act for good after his last semester in reform school.
So we decided to point our “Wayback Wachine” at Ween this Wednesday. Can we get an, “All hail Boognish,” ladies and gentlemen?
Note: The above cover has been out of print since you were still wearing short fancy pants, so scan courtesy of some dude on eBay selling the issue for $8.50. Worth every damn penny, Pandy. Cover photo for MAGNET by Christian Lantry.
First off, our career-overview feature spanning 1984-2007:
Hopefully, you just read our brand-new feature on the Low Anthem. In case you didn’t, it’s here. Now, we’re taking a look back at a band MAGNET has embraced since we first encountered them more than a decade ago.
We named the band’s sophomore album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, the best album of 2009: