My Bloody Valentine's fluff-on-the-needle sound changed rock music forever. Then they disappeared. Ten years later, MBV's Kevin Shields explains almost everything. Text and photos by Hua Hsu.
Paul Cullum considers jazz genius/Afro-futurist Sun Ra's landmark feature film Space Is the Place on the occasion of its Director's Cut DVD release.
This summer, underground psych bands Sunburned Hand of the Man, Comets On Fire and Six Organs of Admittance ventured across the continent in a traveling caravan of mindblowers. Tony Rettman reports live from the scene. Photos by Don Harney, Mike Galinsky and others.
In an exclusive excerpt from Chapel of Extreme Experience: A Short History of Stroboscopic Light, Flicker and the Dream Machine, author John Geiger explains the role of the legendary Dream Machine in the consciousness exploration of the '60s by folks like Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Aldous Huxley and Allen Ginsberg.
"Never Mind SARS": Two entries from the just-published The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, by authors Steve Aylett and Brian Evenson.
"I was at home but I didn't have anybody teach me nothin'." Infamous 78-year-old Mississippi bluesman T-MODEL FORD weighs in on the home schooling debate.
Controversial provocatuerix Peaches (wo)manhandles the problems that Arthur readers find themselves saddled with.
'SEX $75': Photography and text from turn-of-the-century Los Angeles by Susannah Breslin. "Sex was everywhere, every time I turned my head. Nobody else appeared to notice."
Charles Bronson, Dark Buddha: An appreciation of a life, by author Joe Carducci (Rock & the Pop Narcotic).
Comics by Sammy Harkham ("The Golem Will Never Die"), Gary Panter ("Smoke Wagon") and Jordan Crane ("Keeping Two, Part 6").
Reviewage of recently released subcultural musical/textual/visual artifacts by Byron Coley & Thurston Moore. Including: Raymond Dijkstra and Timo van Luyk, Charlemagne Palestine, Tony Conrad, Steve MacKay, The Radon Ensemble, Bastard Noise, Smegma, Solid Eye, Afri Rampo, Richard Meltzer, Ed Pinsent, Tetuzi Akiyama, Splendor Mystic Solis, Tuck Tuck Tuck, Irving Stettner, Mineshaft zine, Wildflowers zine, Andy Clausen, Barbara Manning, Glands of External Secretion and Decaer Pinga, Fast Forward, Valerie Webber, Mouvement Lent (Slow Movement), Steven Heller's new book on avant-gardemagazine design, Paper Rodeo paper, T.L.Kryss, Peter Brotzmann and Walter Perkins and Japanther.
A horoscope by Ian Svenonius (Make-Up, Scene Creamers/Weird War).
Cantankerous duo C & D comment on new records by The Hidden Hand, The Raveonettes, Ween, Terry Hall & Mushtaq, Brant Bjork, PFFR, The Rapture, Erase Errata, PrettyGirls Make Graves, High Llamas, Festival in the Desert, House of Low Culture, The Dirtbombs, Dufus, James Blood Ulmer, Robert Wyatt.