Raised in Sri Lanka and London, rising star M.I.A.'s pop instincts, radical consciousness and proudly pan-ghetto sound have no easy origin. Piotr Orlov interviews the defiant singer/MC in depth and at length (seriously! the Q & A alone is 5,500 words!). With photography by W.T. Nelson.
Author/scholar/poet Peter Lamborn Wilson (Avant Gardening: Ecological Struggle n City and World, Drunken Universe: An Anthology of Persian Sufi Poetry, Atlantis Manifesto) on something better than political activism and other forms of contemporary 'futilitarianism': U.S. seccessionist movements.
Techgnosis author Erik Davis investigates spiritual hedonism, artistic communion and shared bohemian poverty in two of Northern California's legendary Marin County enclaves. With photography by Michael Rauner and Stephen Frisch. Plus, a look at Zen teacher/poet/Druid Heights resident Alan Watts' recently reissued recordings.
A visit with today's Scandinavian black metalists by Stacy Kranitz, with an introduction by Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal author Ian Christe. Featuring King ov Hell and Gaal of Gorgoroth, Satyr and Frost of Satyricon, Fenriz of Darkthrone, Frode Glesnes of Einherjer, Nattefrost of Carpathian Forest, Hymr and Lindheim of Helheim, Jyri Vahvanen of Battlelore, Nebelhexe of Hagalaz Runedance, Mortiis, and Blasphemer of Mayhem.
John Payne on the season's prog by MAGMA and THE MARS VOLTA
"Sigil Logo" artwork by Sam Ott Comics by Ben Katchor, David Lasky, Vanessa Davis, Josh Miles, Chris Wright and Becky Stark & Ron Rege
PLUS columnist DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, columnist DANIEL PINCHBECK, answerman T-MODEL FORD, and, in the kitchen, guest chef MIKE PATTON.
Columnists Byron Coley & Thurston Moore appreciate the latest mindzaps from the deep underground, including work by Electrophilia, Burmese, Sighting, Michael Yonkers, Jack Rose, Sun City Girls, Paivansade, Hevoset, Edward Ka-Sepl and Martijn de Kleer of Legendary Pink Dots, Songs of Norway, Christus & the Cosmonaughts, Daniel Menche, Dreamcatcher, JMSTWGHRPR, Lee Ranaldo, Ira Cohen, Spacemen 3 & the Birth of Spiritualized by Erik Morse, Jonas Mekas, Dame Darcy, Miss Satanica, The Lamps, Volt, Weirdo Begeirdo, Foot Village, My Sexual Dad, Blab, Peter Bagge, Prague Literary Review, This Magazine Should Be Read Loud, Fish Piss, Ron Lessard at RRRecords, Ugly Things, The Misunderstood, The Loons, Sword Heaven, 16 Bitch Pile-up, Simon Joyner, Dennis Callaci, Hototogisu, Sexy Prison, Glass Candy, Hive Mind, Chinaboise and Mt. Gigantic.
C & D get their faces melted by the new SLEATER-KINNEY album...and also check out new stuff from Oneida, Angels of Light, Boredoms, Brain Donor, Turbonegro DVD documentary (!), BBQ, Radar Bros., Lee Perry, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Animal Collective and Vashti Bunyan, Colleen, The Geto Boys, Neil Hamburger, Yellow Pills, The Ponys, Spoon, Death in Vegas and Josephine Foster.