Thursday, 21 May
*Hardcover, 160 pages,12 inches x 9.75 inches, 134 images reproduced in full colour* "Jim Linderman has arranged a storyboard of sorts that dramatizes the spirit, if not the chronology of rock and roll. Poetically, the photos evoke without naming, and have little to do with conventional iconography of the birth of rock and roll. Instead they document, and celebrate, the pure but indefinable essence of rock. Wherever there is an urge to make acoustic or electric music——whether helping at a rent party, busking in front of a crowd, or testifying in the name of Jesus——there’s an un… Read more
Thursday, 14 May
This months issue blows the cover on artists aliases, pseudonyms and alter egos. There are also features on the new South African jazz of Nduduzo Makhathini and Tumi Mogorosi, global ear in Hanoi, and a piece on recording Newcastle's ship-building past. All the usual news, reviews and regular features, too.
Thursday, 07 May
"‘White Glove Test: Louisville Punk Flyers 1978-1994’ is a rich visual history of an ephemeral and overlooked art form: the DIY concert poster. Beautiful, funny and profane, the collection of more than 700 flyers compiled here vividly represent the golden age of this fugitive street art, revealing a neglected facet of punk’s expressive force. Clipped, collaged and photocopied, meticulously hand- painted and lettered, or designed on a glowing computer screen in the early days of desktop publishing, these flyers were outsider broadcasts stuck to phone… Read more
Thursday, 16 April
RosUS jazz saxophonist sports some dope sunglasses on the cover of this month's edition, and speaks to Howard Mandel inside. Chicago footwork pioneer RP Boo does the Invisible Jukebox, and you'll also find key features on Legowelt, Harry Bertoia, plus Global Ear in the U.A.E., plus all the usual news, reviews and listings.
Thursday, 12 March
**Includes a 20-track Wire Tapper CD** In support of her debut on 4AD, Holly Herndon fronts the April 2015 Wire issue. Alsi includes features on Moondog, Lightening Bolt, Jlin, Model 500 and John Wiese. This issue includes The Wire Tapper 37 free CD with 20 tracks by Ricardo Donoso, Kevin Hufnagel, Manuel Zurria, Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere, among many others.
Thursday, 12 February
Chris & Cosey peer from their sofa on The Wire's March 2015 issue. They give an intimate interview with David Keenan alongside key features on Jazz bassist Cecil McBee and NYC saxophonist Steve Coleman, plus coverage of Mumdance, the Sacred Tapes label, and Sleaford Mods tested by the Invisible Jukebox. All the usual news, reviews and listings, too.
Thursday, 22 January
A gleeful Mica Levi appears on the cover of this month's edition (about time too) and gives her most in-depth interview to date inside. John Carpenter is tested by The Invisible Jukebox; Novelist is covered alongside the updated Javanese traditions of Senyawa and Heather Phillipson's "waywards narratives" in the Bites section; Red Bull receive some great advertising from Derek Walmsley in Tokyo; Hiphop mixtapes in The Primer spotlight. All the usual news, reviews and listings, too.
"Tristan Perich’s new book 0.01s captures the inner workings of 1-Bit Symphony over the first hundredth of a second after it is switched on. In just 0.01 seconds, its processor executes 80,000 computational cycles, enough information to fill a 695-page book with austere tables of numbers and machine language, beautifully chronicling the way computation works. Both a composer and visual artist, Tristan Perich has printed this processor simulation in mesmerizing detail, along with the complete source code of 1-Bit Symphony, its memory contents, and an in… Read more
Thursday, 08 January
*Includes full album download code redeemable from the label* "To accompany the album 'Whelm' Douglas Dare presents a poetry book which includes full 10 track album download of Whelm. It was in November last year that the duo Douglas Dare and producer/percussionist Fabian Prynn decided to record an album, and by January they were listening to it. Finding themselves out of the home-studio for the first time, the pair recorded much of the album in Flood’s studio Assault & Battery in West London. Other touches were recorded back in Fabian’s home. With the comfort of familiar songs from h… Read more
Issue Fourteen of the Praxis Records-related Datacide magazine for noise and politics. Features 76-pages of essays on everything from Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill Update to 'Dancing with Death: The Excremental, the Sacred & Ecstatic Community in Free Party Culture', thru Resisting Police Corruption and Violence in Hackney in the 1980s and 1990s, plus book reviews on Paul Huxtable and Al Fingers, Sound System Culture: Celebrating Huddersfield's Sound Systems, and loads of news, reviews and charts for the politicised raver.
Thursday, 11 December
The Wire's annual round-up rewinds the last year of releases in underground music. Crammed with charts, essays and reflections alongside an Invisible Jukebox with Alasdair Roberts; cross-platform in Lagos; global ear in Bratislava; and all usual news, reviews, listings etc.
Thursday, 13 November
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* "This 360 page deluxe hardback book - a massive 12x12” - features the amazing artwork of thousands of disco record cover designs from the 1970s up to the mid-1980s. The record cover designs amount to a unique visual history of disco culture. Featuring over 2,000 album cover desig… Read more
December's issue focusses on "freedom principles: strategies for liberating sound and music", with a particular emphasis on Improv, Karaoke, Psychedelia, Plunderphonics, Free Rock and Outward Bound Jazz. Peter Zummo is tested in the Invisible Jukebox, Biba Kopf listens to the ancient songs of the Ainu people of Japan, and Francis Gooding covers India's folk legends Amarass. Includes all the usual news, reviews, listings etc.
*Part painstakingly researched biography, part personal memoir of caring for Frank through the final decade of his life. Softcover, 255 pages. Precedes the early 2015 release of a triple volume set of reissues* "The story of Jackson C. Frank is tragic. The victim of a school fire in his youth, struggling with homelessness and mental illness throughout his life, half-blinded in old age before his death in 1999, Frank met continuous obstacles. And yet he enjoyed a shining moment with the release of Jackson C. Frank on Columbia Records in 1965. The … Read more
Thursday, 06 November
*Due to the size and weight of this item we can only ship to UK & Ireland, USA, Benelux, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain Denmark, Australia, Japan and New Zealand. If you are in another country please contact us for postage costs* "‘90 Degrees Of Shade: Image And Identity In The West Indies - 100 Years Of Photography In The Caribbean’ celebrates over 100 years of photography in the Caribbean. From calypso kings to Vodou priests, revolutiona… Read more
Thursday, 30 October
*540+ Pages, 325 Songs Discussed & Dissected, Over 350 Images and Interviews With: Ice Cube, 3rd Bass, Stetsasonic, Mantronix, Naughty By Nature, Raekwon, Mf Doom (Kmd), Dr. Octagon, Dj Jazzy Jeff, The Coup, Edo G, Lord Finesse, Mos Def & Talib Kweli, Company Flow And Dozens More* "Coleman’s latest offering presents never-before-told, behind-the-scenes histories on albums ranging from influential ‘80s masterpieces like DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince’s He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper and 3rd Bass’ The Cactus Album to ‘90s classics like Ice… Read more
Thursday, 16 October
*Includes a 20-track Wire Tapper CD* Richard Dawson, he of 'The Magic Bridge', appears on the jacket of this month's edition with half his face covered by a 20-track copy of the Tapper 36, including music from Susanna, Der Plan, Esa Shields RapoonTomaga and many more. There's also an Invisible Jukebox with Cooly G, Belgian composer Moniek Darge in cross-platform, articles on Katei Gately, Ascetic House, Beatrice Dillon, and a fine primer on Autechre's myriad remix works. All the usual news, reviews, listings, too.
Thursday, 11 September
Robert Fripp on the cover of this month's edition, talking about "the ongoing saga of the reformed group and the legacy of their vast archives.Also features on Pharmakon; "master inventor" Bruce Lacey; Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar; Gazelle Twin, Jeremiah Cymerman. A global ear on DSarmstadt,Grumbling Fur do the Invisible Jukebox, and all the usual news, reviews and (incomplete) listings.
Thursday, 14 August
Dean Blunt fronts the September issue of The Wire. David Keenan talks black metal, free jazz and life after Hype Williams with the mercurial East Londoner. There's also an interview with David Rosenboom, a primer on Pharoah Sanders, a typically ace interview with the man like Slackk, Justin Broadrick does the Invisible Jukebox, and there's much more on Drew Mulholland, Catherine Lamb, Sarah Angliss, and all the usual news and reviews.
Thursday, 12 June
The Boredoms drummer Yoshimi P-We is on the cover and in interview about her gamelan playing in 00I00 this month. Currently touring Europe, Argentina's Alan Courtis is subject of an in-depth survey of his itinerant agenda, and there's a fascinating piece on Stockholm's EMS studios and its clients. Also, conceptualist Basque sound artist Mattin visits Lagos, Butterz do the Invisible Jukebox, and there's features on Chicagi footwork yunger, DJ Taye, Karen Gwyer, and Shanghai-based noise unit, Torturing Nurse, plus all the usual news, reviews, listings etc.
Thursday, 29 May
*Deluxe/Heavyweight 12” x 12” large format 200 page hardback book* ‘Black Fire! New Spirits!’, features hundreds of stunning photographs of radical and revolutionary jazz musicians whose work defined black America in the 1960s - John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Roland Kirk, Yusef Lateef, Alice Coltrane and many, many more. In the 1960s and into the early 1970s, jazz music in the USA was in an almost constant state of revolution with the music and lives of African- Americ… Read more
Thursday, 15 May 2014
Ben Frost on the cover of June's Wire issue and an in-depth interview with Dan Barrow covering his unique oeuvre. There's also a great piece on suave Ethio-funk artist Hailu Mergia - who's due to tour UK soon - alongside an enlightening article on the Italian Futurists' visit to the UK in 1914, a piece on Glasgow's incendiary Golden Teacher troupe, and more on Kasai Allstars, Jon Hassell, Global Ear in Rome, and all the usual features, news and reviews.
Thursday, 01 May 2014
*160 pages, hardcover. 500 COPIES only* "Amon Duul is one of the most important acts in psychedelic and progressive music of the 20th century. This is the story of their formative years (1968-72) and their unparalleled musical expression. Limited edition printing of 500 copies. Hardcover, 160 pages, Many rare illustrations and photos. The German rock band Amon Düül II quickly rose to prominence in West Germany due to their energetic live performances and the pioneering debut album Phallus Dei in the late 60s. They were frontrunners in what would be te… Read more
Thursday, 17 April 2014
The Wire praises "Game-Changing Compilations, Anthologies, A-Chronologies & Lists" with 22 pages of their writers reflecting on what, for many of us, were and are portals to brave and exciting new worlds in May's edition. Beside that, Okkyung Lee undertakes the Invisible Jukebox and former Hype Williams, now solo, provocateur Inga Copeland talks about her upcoming, John T. Gast-produced album with Joseph Stannard, and there's fascinating articles on '70s New Yorker, Jack Ruby, Officer!'s avant garde indie, and a Global Ear on Delhi. All the usual news, reviews and listings you need to know, too.
Thursday, 27 March 2014
**CD + 50-page book of texts, images and "audio cookbook"** "The culmination of a year's worth of sound experiments with machines of a bygone era, The Otolith Sessions sees Elsie Martins 'Atom Eye' project realise it's most ambitious and complete work to date. A meticulously programmed full length as opposed to a collection of tracks the album develops and unfolds with a palpable sense of purpose and adventure over the albums six storied compositions. The visceral nature of the beautiful but abstruse music is no fluke but a deliberate result of the unhurried nature of the albums writing… Read more
Thursday, 13 March 2014
*Includes the cover mount WIre Tapper 34 CD featuring Roj, Marsen Jules, Islet, Mesak and more...* Globe-trotting Dutch anarcho-punks The Ex stare down from the cover of this months issue. They give an extensive interview on "DIY survival strategies" alongside an excellent Mark Fisher article on Seaford Mods, a feature on Florian Hecker's "Philosophical acoustics", Drew Daniel on Slint, an invisible jukebox with Marissa Nadler, and a primer on early DIY synthesists beside all the usual news, reviews and listings.
Thursday, 23 January 2014
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 2014
**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
Thursday, 12 September 2013
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.
Monday, 26 August 2013
**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