Thursday, 23 January
A rather special edition of The Wire this month featuring the notoriously media-wary Jandek's first ever interview, given to David Keenen. It's an iconoclast-heavy issue, in fact, with Russell Haswell making for a typically entertaining Invisible Jukebox, and Shock Records founder, former Whitehouse member and Skullflower lynchpin Stefan Jaworzyn filling us in on his current practice - imminently due on record via BEB - plus informative interviews and features on Visionist, Madeira's art scene, Manchester Noise Above Noise events, Moodymann, the Multiple Tap festival, and Metalheadz alongside all the usual news, reviews and listings.
Thursday, 02 January
**257-page book with 45-minute CD. A remarkable book documenting the little known 1970s video work by idiosyncratic artist and musician, Charlemagne Palestine through interviews, essay, still photographs, and the audio soundtracks to 'Body Music I', 'Body Music II', 'Island Song', 'Running Outburst' and 'Tying Myself Up'.** "Privately issued by the artist in collaboration with alga marghen, "Running and Chanting and Falling and Ranting" is quite a unique book presenting Charlemagne Palestine complete video production. “Body Music I” (1973) and “Body Music … Read more
Wednesday, 13 November
Demdike Stare give their best glares on the cover of November's Wire issue! Inside they chat about "spinechiller soundtracks, hardcore treasures and the pleasures of tension" in a 6-page spread with Joseph Stannard. There's also feature on NYC New Age pioneer, Laraaji, and an in-depth discussion with Heatsick and Helm (aka Birds Of Delay) along with a Cross Platform on Hair Police's Robert Beatty and an Invisible Jukebox with NYC turntablist Maria Chavez, plus all the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know. Always worth a gander.
Thursday, 17 October
*Includes a 20 track Wire Tapper CD* Laurel Halo features on the cover and in conversation with Jennifer Lucy Allan, alongside Archie Shepp's Invisible Jukebox, and articles on Sam Shalabi, jar Moff, Magik Markers, David Dunn and a 20 track Wire Tapper CD.
Thursday, 12 September
American composer, saxophonist and vocalist Matana Roberts featues on the cover and in discussion in this months Wire issue. Shangaan Electro's Nozinja is tested by the Invisible Jukebox, and Philadelphia's modular experimenter Charles Cohen is given an overdue spotlight. This issue also covers everything from Brooklyn's White Material techno unit to Britt Brown on Tim Hecker, Adrtian Shaughnessy on ECM, Australian jazz trio, The Neck, a feature on Antwerp's legendary Dennis Tyfus and his Ultra Eczema label, plus Robert Haigh ov Omni Trio's recent solo piano music and all the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know.
Thursday, 05 September
Uk's street-culture mag got you covered with new hero Danny Brown on the cover and in interview. Plus the magazine chats with primo B-Boy, Edan; 'im from the Streets, Mike Skinner; the legendary James Lavalle chatting about his seminal Mo'wax label; Gold Panda and Mount Kimbie cover the electronic angles; and there's much more on Kilelr Mike, Thundercat, Big Daddy Kane, Kon and all the reviews, tips and culture you need.
Monday, 26 August
**Twenty-four 15" x 22.75" pages (16 colour, 8 b/w), broadsheet format now with 50% more pages** Arthur Magazine returns with a bumper edition of underground reportage. Headline feature is an extensive, unprecedented tête à tête between MV/EE's Matt Valentin and Byron Coley discussing the psychedelic steward's 20+ year career, illustrated by Arik Roper, plus articles on Californian psych-rockers Feeding People; Aromatic Aphrodisiacs; Austin Grossman on the weirdness of playing and making computer games; the centre for Tactical Magic on Anarcho-Occultism; interview with esoteric map-maker David Chaim Smi… Read more
Thursday, 15 August
Bristol's new school - Young Echo + Livity Sound - look so solid on the cover of this month's edition of the Wire magazine and give a great interview with Rory Gibb amidst the clamour of St Paul's carnival. There's also a excellent User's Guide To the extensive works of influential post-punks, Cabaret Voltaire, and articles by Julia Holter and Theo Parrish on Linda Perhacs and Biggie Smalls, respectively, plus features on the recent spate of Devo reissues; Japanese noise legends, Hijokaidan; West Country electronic anarchics, Hacker Farm; and Algerian beat-maker, El Mahdy Jr, beside all the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know.
Thursday, 11 July
August's issue of the essential music monthly features a 20-track cover CD with music by Nils Frahm, Ritornell, Bernhard Weiss, and the Dust-To-Digital label, among others. Chicago Underground Duo's trumpet virtuoso and free jazz legend Rob Mazurek stars in the cover and in interview, alongside features on Hamburg's incredible DJ, Helena Hauff, New York's famed theatrical vocalist Meredith Monk, and Anne Hilde Neset's chat with Denmark's first electronic composer, Else Marie Pade, plus Circle frontman Jussi Lehtisalo doing the Invisible Jukebox, and all the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know.
Thursday, 13 June
**Florian Hecker presents a typically complex visual and text accompaniment to his most recent major work, 'Chimärisation' for Editions Mego. Includes the original experimental libretto 'The Snake, The Goat and the Ladder (A board game for playing chimera)' written by Iranian author and philosopher Reza Negarastani. 304 pages, 6 x 9" book with 474 colour illustrations, 30 black / white illustrations** "Chimerizations feature a radically new form of documentation of Florian Hecker's sound works that dramatize the phenomenon of Auditory Chimaeras. “Chimeras are integrated bodies that synt… Read more
Incomparable kiwi trio The Dead C are on the cover of this months Wire, and in conversation with David Keenan ahead of their upcoming Euro tour. Peerless and prolific mastering engineer Rashad Becker ov Dubplates & Mastering gives a rare interview in anticipation of his incredible debut LP, and Pangaea represents for Hessle Audio with frank chat in the Invisible Jukebox section. A user's guide to Don Cherry illuminates the free-jazz trumpeter's borderless world, and there's much more on Ryoko Akama, Hong Kong's noise scene, and cautious celebration of the rise of vinyl by Numero Group's Ken Shipley and Rob Sevier. All the usual news, listings and reviews included.
Thursday, 16 May
June 2013 issue of the monthly essential pits their writers in "decoding the word in underground music…from Fluxus to Footwork, John Cage to Corrupted, meta-pop songs to punk mantras, and beyond". There are also features on the upcoming and hugely promising Mississippi Records tour of Europe and a fascinating piece on the fog horn performance at Souter Point lighthouse in Newcastle, England. Jaap Blonk doing the Invisible Jukebox, besides more on the reissue of London Posse's 'Gangster Chronicle' reissue, an interview with etheric Japanese singer, Sachiko, and the noise scene in Newcastle. NSW. All usual news, reviews and listings also included.
Wednesday, 08 May
**Softbound 192-page book printed on glossy, heavy duty paper with oversized cover flaps - one housing a 7" with four exclusive songs** Yeti return with a crammed 13th edition housed in "wraparound" cover by Geneviève Castrée. Inside you'll find classic posters from the Christchurch, NZ '80s scene, originally designed and printed by Stuart "Kawoski" Page of Axemen, plus a lengthy oral history of American shoegaze rockers Codeine by Mike McGonigal; a batch of recent paintings by David Moreno; introduction to the great/forgotten Surrealist writer Gisele Prassinos by Sarah Lippincott; found photos selecte… Read more
Thursday, 25 April
The Wire gathers all members past and present of the mighty Wolf Eyes for an extensive feature looking at the over 1000 (!!!) albums released between the various members in the last couple of decades. Rabih Beani aka Morphosis also stars in a feature interview with Rory Gibb discussing his passions for Sun Ra, Lebanese folk and raw techno. Oval takes on the Invisible Jukebox and regular features cover Ljubljana hardcore punk and rap scenes, Woodstock's Creative Music Studio, and all the usual news, listings and reviews.
Thursday, 11 April
"It's about a race war and it happens in Florida. And the Jewish people sit in trees. And the black people are run by M.C. Hammer. And the whites are run by Vanilla Ice. I wanted to write the Great American Choose Your Own Adventure novel." - Harmony Korine, addressing a national television audience, 10/17/97 Back in print from Harmony Korine, 'A Crackup At The Race Riots' was originally published by Mainstreet / Doubleday in 1998. Korine's first novel presents fragments of a portrait in multimedia: print, photographs, drawings, news clippings, handwriting, a poem, attempt… Read more
Thursday, 14 February 2013
Sax power player Mats Gustafsson stars on the cover of The Wire's March issue and in the main interview. Former NYC punk and singer Little Annie is tested by The Invisible Jukebox and you'll find further features of Powell, Ergo Phizmiz and the wonderful Lonnie Holley further in, alongside articles on DIY music culture in Honduras and a primer on US hardcore.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
UK-based beats and culture magazine fronts its 7th issue with Flying Lotus on the cover and in interview. There are also interviews and features with further west coast hip hop types DJ Shadow, Ice-T, Kendrick Lamar, and Shepard Fairey, while the UK gets a look-in courtesy of Brainfeeders British ambassador Lapalux and UK Rap stalwarts Jehst and Kashmere, and it all gets a bit mental on a phone interview with Lee "Scratch" Perry.
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Peter Brötzmann mans the cover of this months Wire. His lung busting catalogue, life and attitudes on art are explored in depth at home in Wuppertal with David Keenan, alongside feature articles on Jamaican dub pioneer Niney The Observer, and avant-garde filmmaker Stuart Wynn Jones. Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille face off with the Invisible Jukebox and you'll also find articles on Holly Herndon, Robin The Fog, and Schimpfluch, beside all the usual news, reviews, and listings.
Thursday, 16 August 2012
September's issue places Josephine Foster on the cover and in conversation covering her spellbinding mix of lieder, opera, folk and psych. Grime's elder statesman gives an enlightening Invisible Jukebox session and Robert Hood discusses his new album and Detroit. Elsewhere, Crass's Penny Rimbaud & Gee Vaucher talk about their current actions, and we're introduced to the work of unsung UK composer Terence Dwyer. Includes all usual reviews, listings and comment. Always worth your time.
Thursday, 26 July 2012
**Excellent 190-page hardback biography with 22-track 'Greatest Hits' CD documenting Bunny Lee's foundational work in establishing the reggae scene both at home and abroad. Includes chapters of King Tubby, Pama Records, Lee Perry, Niney and more, plus nuff unseen photographs** "In a career that has lasted for over forty years Bunny 'Striker' Lee has faithfully met the needs of his audience for music that accurately reflected their concerns and, in the process, enjoyed huge hits and provided work for dozens of sin… Read more
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
Bonafide ledges allegiance to all strands of underground Hip Hop and street culture, and their mutual relatives. Their latest issue stars Doom's mask on the cover and the man himself in interview, beside features on Juan Atkins, Lex Records, Rusko, Pete Rock, Adult Swim and graffiti from Daim and Sick Boy. Ch-ch-check it oot, pal.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
"A decade in the making, Soul Cal is the definitive survey of America's best independent 70's soul-ensembles. Profiled within this album and book are the bands that transitioned from funk to disco; the bands that kept up the backbeat as rhythm moved to the back- seat. Collected here for the first time are the musical dreams of dozens, dreams that were deferred but were never discarded. From the positively-funky sound of Luther Davis' "You Can Be a Star" to the airtight hi hats and space-bass that guides Pure Essence's "Wake Up," Soul Cal offers the enthused a chance to listen, read and reflect on this great burst of black American creativity."
Thursday, 15 March 2012
*Comes with a bonus Wire Tapper CD* Sun Araw's on the cover of this month's Wire, and in conversation on "the theories of Marshall McLuhan, deep focus production, and a vision of paradise" with Derek Walmsley. Also, the hyper-complexities of Conlon Nancarrow's life and work are revisited by Philip Clark, disco legend Tom Moulton does the Invisible Jukebox, and Simon Reynolds ponders our interconnected musical landscape under the heading "We are all David Toop now". All the usual reviews, listings and regular discourse feature, too.
Thursday, 16 February 2012
A stately-looking Earth adorn March's edition of Wire magazine and inside discuss their shift into new realms with Jospeh Stannard. Elsewhere, KIng Tubby is the subject of this month's primer; :zoviet*france: disclose their current sonic whereabouts; Ghost Box undertake the Invisible Jukebox; Julia Holter gives an extensive, intriguing interview; Vicki Gittens of People Like Us contributes to the ongoing 'Collateral Damage' discourse. The usual features, reviews and listings also feature.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
Based G, Lil B lords it over the Bay Bridge on the front cover of February's Wire edition. He features in an extensive interview, while Keith Fullerton Whitman gives a fascinating discussion with Derek Walmsley and Daniel Martin-McCormick sheds light on his Ital and Sex Worker sound. Also, This Heat drummer Charles Hayward is tested by the Invisible Jukebox and Terre Thaemlitz contributes to the ongoing discourse surrounding digital music and culture in the excellent 'Collateral Damage' section. All the usual reviews, features and listings, too.
Thursday, 15 December 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
This deluxe 200 page hardback 12"x12"book features hundreds of stunning full size record cover designs from the legendary Studio One Records. Described by Chris Blackwell as The University Of Reggae, Studio One is by far the most important record label in the history of Reggae music, an A-Z of Jamaican music as iconic as Motown was to soul, or Blue Note for Jazz. The book features classic artwork from Bob Marley And The Wailers, Horace Andy, Alton Ellis, Freddie McGregor, The Skatalites, Marcia Griffiths, Burning Spear, The Heptones, Toots and the Maytals and many … Read more
This month The Wire features DJ Rupture on the cover and in conversation with Peter Shapiro talking about post-colonial cultural hybrids and his recent version of The Shining soundtrack set in a Dubai. Also, Gang Gang Dance step up to the Invisible Jukebox, David Lynch is interviewed for the Cross Platform column, David Toop analyses The Beach Boys' 'SMiLE' sessions, and Drew Daniel of Matmos proposes a radical philosophy of "queer sound", besides all the usual reviews, listings and columns.
Thursday, 14 July 2011
11th issue of the excellent Yeti publication. "On the CD: all rare/unreleased music - this time, we asked a dozen people for tracks that are as long as their respective track numbers, so that track 12 is 12 minutes long and track 4 is 4 minutes long and you probably don't need any more examples than that. The result is a 78-minute-long disc featuring Snake Hole, Sloppy Heads, Johnita and Joyce Collins, Atole, Gospel Creators, White Rainbow, The Dirashi Tribe, Roy Montgomery, Golden Retriever, Oneida, Phill Niblock, and Happy New Year. Inside the book: interviews with Phill Niblock, Roy Montgomery, and B… Read more
Thursday, 19 May 2011
June's edition features cover stars, Battles dipped in paint and interviewed. Demdike Stare are challenged to the Invisible Jukebox, Simon Reynolds reflects on nostalgia in the digital revolution, Joe Muggs chews the fat with Scratcha DVA, and you'll find further reading on Sea shanties, Hong Kong's musical underground, Matana Roberts, Caroline Bergvall, and all the usual reviews, news and listings. Always recommended - but especially so for the Demdike!