Wednesday, June 02, 2004

ARTHUR is a really fine, if not overly plugged in/elitist art rag, and it's free (or at least it was in stores at one time). Thurston Moore and Byron Coley write the reviews column (which has covered everything from Wolf Eyes/Black Dice to the incredible Don't Forget to Boogie! solo album by Tetuzi Akiyama on Idea Records and the amazing Sun City Girls 2LP reissues in Eclipse). In terms of presentation and coverage, you won't find a more well assembled subcultural chronicle than this one. I've read articles on old guards like Sun Ra and the MC5, and features on up and comers like Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, "sexual artists", etc. Now, they're even releasing CD's on the inhouse Bastet imprint, first of which is a modern underground folk sampler compiled by the one and only funky chipmunky, Devendra Banhart, and the second a live album by the phenomenally righteous downtuned ambient sludge monster, SUNNNO))), which just might be the coolest wolfer-rattling noise demon to make a guttural howl since Masami Akita sodomized Dylan Carlson in a Turkish prison.

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