Issue 262

December 2005

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All copies of this month's issue come with a free 16 track CD, the latest volume in our ongoing series of new music compilations. The CD features tracks by Oren Marshall, Dirty Projectors, Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid, This Heat, Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano and more

Lightning Bolt
Alan Licht visits the Rhode Island duo who are reconfiguring US Hardcore with their breakneck drum and bass thrash

Ken Hyder
Will Montgomery follows the Scottish percussionist's quest for the link between Improv and shamanic trance

Vashti Bunyan
Rob Young meets the forgotten 60s pop star turned singer-songwriter now championed by the free folk generation

Invisible Jukebox: Ray Russell
The veteran rock Improv guitarist tussles with tracks by 801, Slim Harpo, Hendrix and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

Primer: Jamaican Deejays
Brian Marley toasts the titans of talkover, including I-Roy, U-Roy, Big Youth, Dr Alimantado, Dillinger, Trinity and more

Tujiko Noriko
The Japanese electronic musician and film maker's naive charm belies a touch of steel, discovers David Stubbs

Susanne Brokesch
Since moving to Brooklyn, the Austrian artist matches her electronica to the paintings of Paula Brook. By Louise Gray

Kang Tae Hwan
The pioneering Korean sax improvisor recalls the tribulations of blowing free under martial law. By Alan Cummings

Global Ear
Jon Dale discovers that anything goes in the Sydney underground

Epiphanies
Andy Hamilton learns the true meaning of improvisation from saxophonist Lee Konitz

Print Run
Soft Machine: Out-Bloody-Rageous, by Graham Bennett; Richard Cook's Jazz Encyclopedia, by Richard Cook; Body And Soul: Jazz And Blues In American Film, 1927-63, by Peter Stanfield; The Velvet Lounge: On Late Chicago Jazz, by Gerald Majer

Cross Platform
Rodney Graham: Pablo Lafuente investigates rock's role in the Canadian artist's work. Plus: Woyzeck in London, Nuit Blanche in Paris and Cameron Jamie in Venice; Crossing The Bridge and Dave Markey on film; Einst├╝rzende Neubauten and So Wrong They're Right on DVD; The Music Library in print. Plus, The Inner Sleeve: Phill Niblock on Duke Ellington's Black, Brown And Beige

On Location
Instal 05, Glasgow, UK; Xenakis, London, UK; Kronos Quartet, London, UK; Karlheinz Stockhausen, London, UK; Terry Riley, Los Angeles, USA; Erstquake, New York, USA