Thursday, 24 July
*A Guide to 60 Independent Labels in a beautiful letterpress canvas sleeve, 128 pages with design and layout by Kim Hiorthøy* Over the last 20 or so years we have witnessed an explosition in music related books, this one being a most welcome addition that fills a hole in that ever growing library. Born out of necessity and a love of the music and the records, the aim of this book is to offer a guide to a selection of independent labels and their releases of free jazz and improvisation between 1965 and 1985, with 1965 being the year when ESP-Disk' started … Read more
Thursday, 10 July
*Includes a 20-track Wire Tapper CD* August's edition is fronted by multi-instrumentalist St. Vincent, who's also interviewed by Joseph Stannard inside. Lee Gamble gives one of his most in-depth interviews in advance of his new gear for PAN, and electro-acoustic composer/improvising vocalist Trevor Wishart details his ideas of "elitism for all". Californian sound artist/recordist Bernie Krause submits to the Invisible Jukebox, and there's more on Huddersfield's sound system culture, Günter Schickert's new trio, Ziguri, and all the usual new, reviews, listings that you need to know
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, 22 May
"204 page book by Chris Hewitt - the first factual book on how a Manchester boy into Biggles and William books and visiting bus garages would become a world renowned engineer who produced Joy Division, New Order, Pauline Murray, Stone Roses and Happy Mondays and many more. Hannett's weird ways of studio working are examined in detail. Pleasures of the Unknown reveals new details of Hannett’s life on almost every page. Many are surprising, and all of them intriguing. The book covers a wider remit than the film, with more in depth interviews and discussions of Hannett's product… Read more
Thursday, 15 May
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
*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
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
**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
*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
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
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 2013
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 2013
**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 2013
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 2013
**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 2013
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 2013
"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.