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Issue 242

April 2004

The Tokyo psychedelic speedfreak scene's most otherworldly group tell Edwin Pouncey spooky stories

The artist, rapper, graf Writer and Gothic Futurist warrior talks up his war of the words. By Greg Tate

Invisible Jukebox: Luc Ferrari
The electronics pioneer gets cut-up over tracks by Gastr Del Sol, Kagel, Ashley and more. Tested by Dan Warburton

Jack Rose
Drone group Pelt's self-styled Dr Ragtime revitalises US free folk with his kaleidoscopic picking. By David Keenan

Primer: Cecil Taylor
Brian Morton celebrates the free jazz pianist's 75th birthday with a guide through his tumultuous back catalogue

Dean Roberts
Rob Young considers the various incarnations of music cocooning the fragile beauty of the guitarist's work

The Chicago quartet swallow the Heaviest influences to make their own instrumental post-hardcore. Edwin Pouncey explains

A tale of two sisters and the space in between. By Anne Hilde Neset

Global Ear
In Phnom Penh, David Crosbie witnesses Cambodian artists rediscovering their roots

Samantha Brown learns how not to lie from an Elizabeth Cotten song

Print Run
Beglad: An Incredible String Band Compendium, edited by Adrian Whittaker; Stomp and Swerve: American Music Gers Hot 1843-1924 by David Wondrich; Autumn Rhythm by Richard Meltzer

Cross Platform
Julian Cowley examines artist Bill Fontana's sonic readymades, and hears how his environmental art makes sound travel at the speed of light
Plus: 3rd Annual Berlin Biennial; Haack: The King of Techno; Juneau/ Projects/: Motherf**king Nature; and DVDs The Blues and Interface. And Kim Gordon's Inner Sleeve featuring Chet Baker & Art Pepper

On Location
Brian Wilson: Smile, London Royal Festival Hall; Henry Grimes & William Parker, Philadelphia University of Pennsylvania; Nobukazu Takemura and The Child's View Band, London Union Chapel; Subcurrent Festival, Glasgow CCA