Right now, the news of the birth of the literary love child of Faber & Faber and Domino Records has made me happier than if that stalk were to drop a swimming pool onto the toasting tarmac outside my flat. Yes, two of the UK’s most exciting independent creative names have got it together, and the fruit of their toils is Loops, a twice-yearly journal of music-related textual gubbins available in the form of 224 glorious pages.
“Free from the shackles of release schedules,” say the journal’s creators, “Loops provides a space for artists to publish tour diaries, non-sequiturs and think-pieces and an opportunity for writers to stretch out and go off-map to share their thoughts and ideas.”
Issue 1’s release-unleashed contributors include Nick Cave (who presents his article ‘The Death of Bunny Munro’), Nick Kent (on Nick Drake) and some people not called Nick, including, of course, the culture-corpse vulture of the blogosphere, one Maggoty Lamb.
And (in case you aren’t already wiping the flecks of excitement-/heatwave-induced sweat from your keyboard…) readers also receive their own code with which to crack into the free Domino Records sampler. Loops, welcome to the world.