Thursday, 16 May
**72 page book + digital release mastered by Helmut Erler at D&M (redeemable from unique code printed inside rear cover) / 14 x 19cm / black & white printing / 2013 first edition of 50 handnumbered copies + 10AP / perfect bound / soft cover** "The 61 pages that make up the score for Tztztztzt Î Í Í … were interpreted and performed by three vocalists: Ben Vida, Tyondai Braxton, and Sara Magenheimer. Utilizing envelope following, vocoder analysis and trigger sensing the recordings of these performances were analyzed and converted into control sources. Thes… Read more
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 March
**Includes free Wire Tapper CD with music from Factrix, Sepalcure, Hanno Leichtmann, Eluvium, MIR and more** April's edition of The Wire stars new music composer Jakob Ullman sharing space with a free, 20-track Wire Tapper CD on the cover. He's also discussing his studies of sacred music and Stasi interrogation methods with Nick Cain inside, along with Mika Vainio's fascinating Invisible Jukebox appearance and articles on New York street dancer Storyboard P and that city's multi-instrumentalist improvisor, Ashley Paul. Global Ear looks to Alabama's Sonic Frontiers series. All the usual news, reviews and listings included. Always worth your time.
**First edition of 150 copies. Digital print on FSC-certified paper with letterpress cover. Hand-bound with 100% recycled hemp twine in Japanese three-hole technique. Housed in biodegradable eco-clear pouch made from plants** Lovely art publication of commissioned photographs taken by sound artists, documenting "the various objects in our world that playback pre-recorded sounds at the push of a button or the winding of a gear… In this exhibition, photography is not an end but a means for capturing that silence, as if to suggest a recontextualizing of the audio machine into a purely visual spa… Read more
Thursday, 14 February
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
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, 17 January
Cinematic soundsmith Oneohtrix Point Never lands his first Wire cover and chats to Derek Walmsley on February's edition of Wire magazine. There's a really interesting article by Mark Fell about the creative merits of working within limited technological parameters, while Ricardo Villalobos is in the Invisible Jukebox hotseat and Amsterdam's renowned STEIM institue is subject to an extended profile. Cross Platform covers covers the sound art performance of Cara Tolmie and the electronica scene of Tbilisi, Georgia is surveyed in Global Ear. All the usual news, reviews and listings also feature.
Thursday, 10 January
Music/art/culture rag, Arthur Magazine, makes a welcome return after 4-year hiatus in the form of a super-nice newsprint edition crammed with amazing artwork by comic legend Rick Veitch and editorial content from the likes of Byron Coley and Thurston Moore. It's a more humble new look for the magazine but they've somehow kept their premium values intact with impressively precise and flawless printing. Factor in esoteric and wide-ranging content including a "definitive interview and discography" for the late, great Jack Rose, an in-depth discussion on dreams with the aforementioned Rick Veitch, plus Moor… Read more
Thursday, 08 November
**Beautifully produced and extensively researched. Mad knowledge! Weighs 2.4kg!** "Reggae Soundsystem 45 is a stunning deluxe 500 page flexibound book that features over 1000 full size record label 45 rpm single designs that span the history of reggae music. The book is compiled by the renowned author and reggae expert Steve Barrow (Rough Guide to Reggae/Blood and Fire Records) and Stuart Baker (Soul Jazz Records). Text by Steve Barrow and Noel Hawks. As well as the stunning full-size 45 desig… Read more
Thursday, 11 October
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
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
**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
Thursday, 24 May
*130 page book bound in soft cover* A wild trip through memory lane to an era filled with sleazy films, loud garage rock and industrial music experiments. Between 1985 and 1988, Swedish writer and photographer Carl Abrahamsson published his own fanzine Lollipop. The FanzinEra book contains photos & text from some of the interviews. Included in the book: Iggy Pop, The Cramps, Gun Club, Sonic Youth, Joe Coleman, Lydia Lunch & much 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
The annual rundown of the Wire's favourite releases of 2011, plus tonnes of genre and guest charts.
Thursday, 08 December 2011
**Handsome 200-page deluxe 24x30cm flexibound book with stacks of stunning photos by Chantal Regnault circa 1989-92, with intoductory essay by Tim Lawrence. Ha!** "Voguing came out of the extraordicary house ballroom scene that emerged in Hralem, New York int he 1980s where men competed against one another for their dancing skills, the realness of their drag and their ability to walk on a catwalk runway like a model. Voguing erupted into the mainstream in 1990 when Madonna's song Vogue became number one in over 30 countries. The year before Malcom M… Read more
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!
Thursday, 24 March 2011
**Hardback edition from the Finders Keepers Forgery, highly recommended!** "Shrouded in the same brand of mystery and contradiction that forms its tangled plot, Ritual, the 1967 debut by RADA-trained playwright David Pinner is commonly recognised by cult cinema fanatics as the original seed that grew into the towering movie enigma The Wicker Man. Four decades since it first hit the bookshelves, rediscover this true modern rarity and historical keystone in the well-trodden bridge between occult fiction and cinematic pop culture. Set against an enclosed rural Cornish landscape, Ritual follows the t… Read more
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Another sturdy edition of The Wire, featuring Deerhoof on the cover, an engrossing Invisible Jukebox with Hype Williams, a label profile of the ubiquitous Tri Angle records, plus a tribute to Captain Beefheart and pieces on Matthew Shipp, Vanessa Rosetto, Morton Feldman and the usual extensive reviews.
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
INSIDE THE BOOK: 36 pages from Internet monsters EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!; interviews with musician ROBERT SCOTT (the Clean, the Bats) and writer AMELIA GRAY; music profiles of S. Fla's finest, THE JACUZZI BOYS, and UK '90s cult band DISCO INFERNO; FICTION BY STACEY LEVINE; photographs by TED BARRON and GRACIE REMINGTON; art by SAUL CHERNICK, PAVEL TCHELITCHEW, CASSIE RAMONE, ILYAS AHMED.
ON THE CD: Noveller, O Paon, Alkibar Gignor, the Weeds, Electric Blood, the Clean, the Bats, Robert Scott, Jousting Vandals, Joan + Anthony, Heavenly Dreamers, Jacuzzi Boys, Abba Ag Gargando, Daniel Kroha, the Gories… Read more