ARTHUR BEST OF 2007 LISTS No. 16: Arik Roper

12 good things of 2007, in no particular order
by Arik Roper

-Habibiyya –If Man But Knew.The reissue with bonus tracks plus a lotta liner notes. Awesome.

Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets. Serious knowledge from a man who could help save the world by showing us how to use fungi to repair the land. This should replace the bibles in hotel rooms.

– Boredoms 77 Boa Drum -Perfect weather, amazing outdoor festival. (If you couldn’t get in the park after waiting in line for 6 hours, this may have been one of the worst days of the year.)

The Source Book – More than you ever expected to know about Father Yod , his restaurant, and what exactly the deal was with all the girls.

– Om –Pilgrimage. Return of the heavy innerspace album.

Pan’s Labryrinth . Great symbolism and message.

Eastern Promises. Intriguing characters and tattoos.

– Jodorowsky box set. I finally have a legit version of Holy Mountain now.

– The Japanese art wing at the British Museum. Inspiring.

– Led Zeppelin reunion. I wasn’t there, but it happened and I like knowing that.

– Successfully growing mushrooms in my apt. Magic can happen in a plastic tub.

– Steve K’s Golden Age of VHS at Anthology Film Archive in NYC. Beautiful grainy vhs action blown up to cinema-size entertainment. Like flipping through cable channels with 250 other people in the room.

Arik Roper is an artist, designer and major contributor to Arthur. He did the still-available ArthurFest poster, the still-available Comets On Fire/Growing tour poster, the still-available No Neck Blues Band tour poster and the much coveted “Tuff Wizard” Arthur t-shirt design. His illustration work has appeared in Arthur No. 12 (Pinchbeck column), No. 13 (Pinchbeck column), No. 14 (Pinchbeck column), No. 16 (Pinchbeck column), No. 17 (Pinchbeck column), No. 18 (Pinchbeck column), No. 20 (post-Katrina New Orleans), No. 22 (Jeremy Narby painting), No. 23 (Belong painting) and No. 27 (Om and Six Organs of Admittance painting).

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith.

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