Cover illustration and lettering by PAUL POPE.
John Payne visits with a true master: JON HASSELL, composer, trumpeter and visionary theorist-enacter of a sensual new kind of music. Plus, a beginner's guide to Hassell by John Adamian, and a provocative new essay by Hassell himself. Photography by W. T. Nelson.
Stricken by skin cancer, David Reeves journeyed to IQUITOS, PERU. There, he found witchdoctors, ayahuasca, deluded gringos, fears of American 'facepeelers,' the legacy of the CIA, the boat from Werner Herzog's Fitzcarraldo, a shantytown built on water and more. Photography by Simon Lund.
Could it be that SERIAL MONOGAMY is at the root of all of our civilization's problems? Columnist DANIEL PINCHBECK is on the case.
Swedish psych-pop wunderperson DUNGEN and Earth's finest living crooner RICHARD HAWLEY get to work in their respective kitchens.
Arthur assembles its knights for a Round Table discussion on the gems worth checking out in THE GRATEFUL DEAD's vast catalog. Up for the task are members of Animal Collective, Comets On Fire, Brightblack Morning Light and the Duna Records braintrust as well as Barry Smolin, Erik Davis, Michael Simmons, The Seth Man and Daniel Chamberlin.
ALAN BISHOP of Sun City Girls speaks with Brandon Stosuy about terrorism, travel, clueless Americans and curating the cut-up world music collages of his Sublime Frequencies label.
Oliver Hall encounters AFRIRAMPO, Osaka's number one freedom paradise rock duo in downtown Los Angeles. Photography by W.T. Nelson.
New full-page comics by Keith Jones ("Bacter-Area"), Vanessa Davis ("Preparation Information"), Chris Wright ("Letter to Rachel") and David Lasky ("Diary of a Bread Delivery Man").
New artwork by John Lurie, Able Brown and Dennis Culver.
After a controversial sabbatical, 85-year-old bluesman T-MODEL FORD returns to the counselor's desk.
Columnist DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF wonders if some techniques of persuasion are so inherently wrong that they should never be used, no matter how noble the purpose.
"Bull Tongue" columnists BYRON COLEY & THURSTON MOORE review the latest emanations from the underground, including new stuff from Picks & Lighters, Zaika, The Friday Group, Christina Carter/Andrew MacGregor, My Cat Is an Alien, Sun Ra: The Immeasurable Equation book, Richard Youngs, Andrew Paine, Alexander Neilson, Trinie Dalton, Vee Dee, Karate Party, Human Eye, Klyd Watkins, Charles Potts, Ex-Cocaine, Wayne Rogers, Marco Fursinato, Paul Metzger, Paper Rodeo mag, Roktop mag, Modern Arf mag, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Leprechaun Gathering, Whysp, French Sex Murders dvd, Dangerous Seductress dvd, Lady Terminator dvd, Samara Lubelski, Bummer Road, Nemo Bidstrup, Dream Magazine, zine, Prague Literary Review, La Societe des Timides a la Parade des Oiseaux, Legendary Pink Dots, Ka-Spel, Current 93, Kemialliset Ystavat, Maniacs Dream and Paul Flaherty/Chris Corsano.
C & D come to important understandings about new audio and video recordings, including new makings from Ween, Shel Silverstein, Devendra Banhart, Silver Jews, Sinead O'Connor, Terry Reid, The 88, Flamin Groovies, The Time Flys, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Chris Cunningham, Bjork, Birds (feat. Cotton Casino, ex-Acid Mothers Temple), August Born, Coco Rosie, Modey Lemon, Sonny Sharrock and Earthless, plus a quick look at the Dick Cavett Rock Icons DVD set featuring Sly & the Family Stone, David Bowie and Janis Joplin.