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
"Until we have a feature film in which Bill Callahan’s words are spoken by the true and deep characters who exist within the songs, the best format will be this lyric book — wait, no, the best format will always be the albums featuring the songs, since they are sung by Bill Callahan, the author and singer, in his own inimitable and completely individual fashion. ‘I Drive A Valence’, however, which spans two decades of Smog / Bill Callahan songs, is a fairly unforgettable look-see; in fact, it’s a definitive-yet- concise trip through the mirror, collecting the lyrics to 70 songs and p… Read more
*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.
**Expanded A5 booklet edition 2014, including interview with Eric Persing, creator of the Alpha Juno's infamous "Hoover" patch, plus download code** For the past three years experimental computer music cell, Evol has been de-constructing rave culture icons under radically different compositional strategies. On a 7" and 10" for the Alku imprint, they've been caught f**king with air-horns and the classic hoover, or mentasm sound - a preset originally called the "What The?" patch developed by Eric Persing for the Roland Alpha Juno synth and most commonly associated with early '90s rave Tech… Read more
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, 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, 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 2013
*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 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
Thursday, 15 August 2013
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