Skyscraper #22 / $4.99 / 2:00 / 124M / http://www.skyscrapermagazine.com /Â
Skyscraper is the same that it always was. It does not make sense to change something that works so well time after time. What I really appreciate about Skyscraper is that the editors have laid out this issue so that readers have to go through bands they have never heard of (Such as Grizzly Bear, Akimbo, Shooting At Unarmed Men) before going to the more major interviews and features (Built to Spill, Cursive, and Tortoise). Of course, the layout is sharp and clean and the pictures even more so. Skyscraper could use this format until #30 and it would not show even the least wear. Sure, this issue may be five dollars after tax, but there is so much time and care present in this issue. Whether it is hand-stakingly creating a discography for the acts they feature or doing a piece about tape labels, the work done on Skyscraper by its writers is top notch. The reviewers are long enough for individuals to actually get an appreciation for the band that is being featured. This is in stark contrast to other zines, which give readers less than 100 (And sometimes, less than 50) words to judge a band. There is a reason why this magazine is so large at the present; it is just that good. Along with zines like The Big Takeover, Skyscraper does a valuable service to those fans of rock, indie, punk, and even some metal; make sure to pick this issue up for the latest and greatest in all of those genres.