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Issue 253

March 2005

MF Doom
Hua Hsu investigates the many personae of one of HipHop's most mysterious figures.

Bill Fay
Rob Young talks to the creator of two recovered 70s masterpieces of British apocalyptic singer-songwriter music

Jojo Hiroshige's Osaka noise unit celebrates 25 years of bucking Tokyo's cultural dominance. By Alan Cummings

James Tenney
American electronics pioneer triumphantly reconciles experimentalism with timeless composition. By Philip Clark

Invisible Jukebox: Ken Vandermark
The Chicago reedsman tussles with tracks by Evan Parker, Parliament, The Thing and more. Tested by Mike Barnes

M Ward
Anne Hilde Neset tunes into the utopian radio transmissions of the Portland, Oregon crooner

Colin Potter
The UK underground producer blurs the lines between soundscaping and field recording. By Rob Young

Wally Shoup
The free sax veteran ignites a coast to coast conflagration with Chris Corsano and Thurston Moore. By David Keenan

Global Ear
Avi Pitchon investigates the ambiguities of Berlin's new-Industrial scene

Teenage runaway Michael Gira loses his psychedelic lunch at a Belgian rock festival

Print Run
Improvised Music From Japan 2004, edited by Yoshiyuki Suzuki; Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the HipHop Generation, by Jeff Chang; Spacemen 3 and the Birth of Spiritualized, by Erik Morse and The Queer Composition of America's Sound: Gay Modernists, American Music and National Identity, by Nadine Hubbs.

Cross Platform
Julian Cowley is granted a peek into the wonderful and frightening world of London based musician, film maker and Klinker Club founder Hugh Metcalfe.
Plus: reviews of Berlin Super 80; Looking For A Thrill and The Magic Sun on DVD; Kill Yr Timid Notion audio visual festival and Carsten Nicolai's Anti Reflex exhibition, as well as David Shrigley on Will Oldham in The Inner Sleeve

On Location
Noise Against Fascism, Washington DC Black Cat, USA; Julian Cope & Band + Comets On Fire, London Royal Festival Hall, UK; Steve Reich, London Barbican Hall, UK; Kenny Wheeler 75th Birthday Concert, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, UK, and The Sound of Heaven and Earth, London Tate Modern, UK