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Issue 217

March 2002

Sonic Youth
Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo talk through their involvement with the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Los Angeles, and dispense the secrets of eternal Youth. By Christoph Cox

Primer: Sonic Youth
A collector's pathway through the behemoth recorded back catalogue of the sovereigns of Daydream Nation, from Glenn Branca's guitar orchestras via the Blast First and Geffen Years, plus a host of solo side trips. By David Keenan

Sam Rivers
The Florida based saxophonist has accompanied everyone from Charlie Parker and Miles Davis to Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton, but his role in free jazz and New York's loft scene has yet to be recognised. By Andy Hamilton

Invisible Jukebox: Steinski
HipHop's Mass Media mogul and cut-up pioneer takes a "Lesson" in identifying tracks by Buchanan & Goodman, Miles Davis, Afrika Bambaataa, Junior, John F Kennedy, Cut Chemist and more. Tested by Hua Hsu

Musée Mécanique
At the edge of San Francisco's Golden Gate park, Dan Zelinsky curates an incredible collection of ancient coin-op jukeboxes and automated musical contraptions. By Jason Gross

Oslo's new Improv set: Sofa Records
Norwegian collective Ivar Grydeland, Ingar Zach and Karl Seglem are the chairmen of Oslo's new wave of sensuous Improv, via their mindful free music and consistently excellent label releases. By Ben Watson

Christof Migone
The New York-based sound artist makes intamacy an issue in various ways. By Dave Mandl

Bohman Brothers
Ben Watson gets down with the family and finds Adam and Jonathan Bohman's taste for the eccentric both hilarious and terrifying

Thomas Buckner
Three decades of work as performer, promoter and label have proven the American a one-man cottage industry for contemporary music. By Julian Cowley

Lee Gardner meets the Baltimore IDM prodigy turned self-proclaimed "Number One Entertainer"

Global Ear
Viestarts Gailitis reports from Riga's Industrial music factories

Louise Gray's life is lit up by a Marc Almond torch song

Print Run
Free Agents: A History of Washington DC Graffiti, compiled by Roger Gastman; Dondi White: Style Master General: The Life Of Graffiti Arist Dondi White, by Andrew 'Zephyr' Witten & Michael White; An Emotional Memoir Of Martha Quinn, by Alan Licht; Divine Utterances: The Performance Of Afro-Cuban Santería, by Katherine J Hagedorn; Moonchild: The Films Of Kenneth Anger, edited by Jack Hunter; In Griot Time, by Banning Eyre; Latin: 100 Essential CDs - The Rough Guide, by Sue Steward; In Their Own Write: Adventures In The Music Press, by Paul Gorman

Nanoloop and Little Sound software is creating a scene devoted to the Game Boy. By Magnus Larsson

On Location
Merz Nite, London Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Cannibal Ox + Aesop Rock, San Francisco Justice League, USA; Frequencies [HZ], Frankfurt Schirn Kunsthalle, Germany; After The Loop: Post-Techno And The Logic Of Repetition, New York PS1, USA; Brigitte Fontaine, London Royal Festival Hall, UK