A close encounter with the enigmatic psychedelic folk adventurer BEN CHASNY of Six Organs of Admittance and Comets On Fire.
Controversial novelist and visionary J.G. BALLARD wonders if something fundamental has gone awry in America. Interview by RE/Search's V. Vale, with an introduction by author Michael Moorcock.
MEDITATION as a subversive activity, by Michael Brownstein. Illustrated by John Coulthart.
Filmmaker Jessica Yu talks with Trinie Dalton about exploring the life and work of the mysterious artist HENRY DARGER in her innovative new documentary, Into the Realm of the Unknown.
From Sharron Kraus and Albert Ayler to Lindsay Lohan and Savage Pencil, "Bull Tongue" columnists BYRON COLEY & THURSTON MOORE reflect on "80 Goddamn Good Things of 2004."
James Parker on heavier metal by HIGH ON FIRE, DEAD MEADOW, JESU and OM.
"Hotel & Farm" by BEN KATCHOR, "What Is Wrong With This Picture #3" by JOHN LURIE and "Peace Comics" by BECKY STARK & RON REGE.
BRENDAN BENSON explains how a proper cup of tea is brewed.
A special feature on making art in troubled times, featuring new comics by Chris Wright, Brian Ralph, Dan Zettwoch, Megan Kelso, Ben Jones, Paul Lyons, David Lasky, Tom Hart, Vanessa Davis, Greg Cook, Marc Bell, Amy Lockhart and John Hankiewicz. Edited by Tom Devlin.
New Arthur columnist DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF on re-inventing the collective for the 21st century. Illustration by Jack Pollock.
Weird War vocalist IAN SVENONIUS has a conversation with the Secret Service.
Plus: answerman T-MODEL FORD, a horoscope by BECKY STARK and the return of bickering review crew C & D, who this time round give their takes on new releases or reissues from Nina Simone, Antony & the Johnsons, The Kills, M. Ward, Fiery Furnaces, Louis XIV, Kings of Leon, Wolfmother, Parchman Farm, Heartless Bastards, Sunday Nights: The Songs of Junior Kimbrough, Love's a Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa, The Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown, Kasabian, Coyote, Mirrors, Jennifer Gentle and The Bird Show...