Will Johnson is not a songwriter's songwriter. It's not that he doesn't compose gorgeous, complete and carefully constructed songs, that his melodies don't linger after the last notes dissipate or that his lyrics don't resonate beyond their off-hand stream of consciousness. But Johnson, co-leader of below-fi indie rockers Centro-matic and ambient twangers South San Gabriel, is not only one of rock music's most prolific composers -- writing for and releasing a dozen records over a seven-year period -- he is also one of the most inimitable and frighteningly personal writers. Don't try this at home, but take Stephin Merritt and cross him with Richard Buckner and fellow Texan Townes Van Zandt, and you start to get close to Johnson's strange... More >>>