"The Woman Who Knows Too Much": For over two decades, she has terrified and enraptured audiences with plague masses, homicidal love songs and sensational vocal and piano acrobatics. Meet DIAMANDA GALAS: avenging queen of the damned, obvious musical genius and the only person alive who's a fan of both Doris Day and Vlad the Impaler. By John Payne, with photography by Susanna Howe.
"Guerrilla Warfare": What happens when bands play live where they're not supposed to? Paul Moody dissects the London GUERRILLA GIG scene of the early '00s spawned by the Libertines. Plus: No Age's recent daylight guerrilla gig by the L.A. River, with photos by Joshua Pressman.
"Reign of Blood": Erik Morse tells the amazing-but-true, blood-drenched story of how fictional pulp criminal FANTOMAS begat numerous classics of early cinema and inspired the most revolutionary art movements of the 20th Century.
"The Girls Who Fell To Earth": Clothes make the alien. Photography and styling by Molly Frances and Mark Frohman.
"Do the Math": When the Man went after Dave Reeves, Dave took notes. Here's what you should know about LA County Men's Jail: how to get in there, what to do while you're in, and so on...
"Applied Magic(k)": How to use a magic wand, by The Center for Tactical Magic.
Zodiac by Molly Frances: 2008 is a '1 year' in numerology. Time to draw up those blueprints for the future of you.
"The Analog Life": The debut of a new column by ERIK DAVIS exploring cultural life outside the ascendant empire of the digital.
"21 Recently Discovered Delights": Farmer Dave Scher waxes enthusiastic about aging, elliptical machines, using your left hand and more.
"Where'd You Get That Name 'Arthur' From?": If you don't know, now you do. Art by Joseph Remnant.
Plastic Crimewave salutes the late CHARLIE NOTHING
"Strings" by PShaw: the final episode
"People Are Talking About" by Brian J. Davis
"Bull Tongue": Columnists Byron Coley & Thurston Moore review the latest burps and gurgles from the deep underground.
C & D: Two pseudonymous know-it-alls get their comeuppance while still having the last word on new records by The Carbonas, Beach House, Cloudland Canyon, Clark, Earth, Dead Meadow, Graveyard, Monade, The Dirtbombs and a live one by Harmonia. Stephen Malkmus makes a cameo, discussing the meaning of golf.