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Issue 315

May 2010

Electronic body music and consciousness-altering improvised marathons collide in this Brooklyn sextet’s discordian disco noise. By Phil Freeman

Daniel Carter
The quixotic New York saxophonist has blown up a soundstorm with everyone from Test to Sonic Youth, and isn’t afraid to keep the funk. By Daniel Spicer

Seoul music
Nat Roe reports on South Korea’s newly unleashed experimental Improv scenes, from shamanic freeplay to disembowelled hard drives

Invisible Jukebox: August Darnell
Mr Kid Creole discovers The Wire’s mystery record box is a wonderful thing, baby. Tested by David Stubbs

In Leipzig, Steve Barker tunes in to the global reverberations emanating from this digital dub crew

Lil B
Andrew Nosnitsky enters the ‘based freestyle’ universe of the eccentric Californian rapper

Toro Y Moi
The LA chillwave auteur refracts R&B and 1980s pop through a distorting FX-haze. By Joseph Stannard

Cross Platform: Craig Baldwin
Ken Hollings marvels at the Californian film maker’s repurposed cinema and speculative histories

The Inner Sleeve
Aaron Dilloway on Drunks With Guns

John Wiese on The Haters, William Burroughs, Virgo, Hypnagogic pop videos and more

Global Ear: Vancouver
How the Lighta! Sound are importing dubstep into Canada’s Winter Olympic city. By Jenny Charlesworth

Mark Pilkington on out-of-body experiences courtesy of Kraftwerk, Charles Hayward and others

Print Run
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Cracked Media: The Sound Of Malfunction by Caleb Kelly
Syd Barrett: A Very Irregular Head by Rob Chapman

On Screen
Cafe Concrete, Plymouth City Project (DVD)
Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines And Mystery Of Raymond Scott (DVD)
Decoder (DVD)
Blank Generation (DVD)

On Site
The Anarchy Of Silence: John Cage And Experimental Art, Oslo, Norway

On Location
The Poetics Of Space: Sonic Acts XIII, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
DOOM, London, UK
The Compass Series Presents: Nord Rute featuring Plaid, Synnøve Persen & Ross Adams, London, UK
AV 2010 Festival, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne/ Sunderland/Middlesbrough, UK
The Gluts’ Cafe Carbon, London, UK
No Fun Acid + Oneohtrix Point Never, London, UK

Soundcheck A-Z
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Pascal Battus & Christine Sehnaoui
The Black Dog
Demdike Stare
Herb Diamante And Friends
Dolphins Into The Future
Max Eastley
Elektro Guzzi
Elite Barbarian
The Fall
Flying Lotus
Forest Swords
Masayoshi Fujita & Jan Jelinek
Kenny Graham And His Satellites
Matthew Herbert
Daniel Higgs
Iggy & The Stooges
Henry Jacobs
Konono No 1
The Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble
Lazer Crystal
LCD Soundsystem
Clara Maïda
Sei Miguel
Rova & Nels Cline Singers
Talibam! & Alan Wilkinson
JG Thirlwell
Jo Thomas
The Tivoli vs Cabaret Voltaire
Rafael Toral
Trembling Bells
Various Backstreet Brit Funk: Compiled By Joey Negro
Various Elektronische Musik:
Experimental German Rock And Electronic Musik 1972–83
Various Greenberg: Original Motion
Picture Soundtrack
Various Paper & Plastic
Various Rumba Blues: How Latin Music
Changed Rhythm And Blues Volume One 1940–1953
Various Terrace Industry: M Squared Box 1980–1983
Various Test Tone Anthology
Josef van Wissem
Young Jazz Rebels