Detroit/Nashville-based Third Man Records—that champion of many things analog—is launching a lavish new quarterly magazine called Maggot Brain, which former Seattle music journalist/Stranger freelancer Mike McGonigal will edit. Named after a stone classic album and song by Motor City psychonauts Funkadelic, the print-only zine is not the first literary endeavor McGonigal has helmed; he also edited the great, eclectic publications Chemical Imbalance (1984-1994) and Yeti (2000-2013). In addition, he published a 33 1/3 book on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless in 2007.
The inaugural issue of Maggot Brain will run over 100 pages and feature articles on cosmic-jazz legend Alice Coltrane, UK post-punk misfits Swell Maps, J Dilla’s radical hip-hop monument Donuts, the Gits' Mia Zapata, Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, the late Daniel Johnston, Nigerian desert-blues ensemble Les Filles De Illighadad, the greatest pranks by British electronic-music mavericks the KLF (written by former Stranger contributor Michaelangelo Matos), and other pieces about art and literature. As usual with a McGonigal zine, there will be previously unpublished archival material to peruse.
McGonigal (who is, full disclosure, a friend of mine) is blessed with excellent, wide-ranging taste in music, literature, art, and film, so it's great to see him heading up such an ambitious project while being funded by an independent juggernaut like Third Man. You can order a copy of the first issue of Maggot Brain here and purchase a four-issue subscription here. Hit it, but don't quit it.