Wednesday, 29 July
*Long-awaited documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the Modular Synthesizer...Feat: Trent Reznor, Gary Numan, Carl Craig, Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen / Language: English Subtitles: Spanish / Region: All Regions / Number of discs: 1 / Studio: First Run Features / Run Time: 96 minutes* I Dream of Wires is a new documentary about the rise, fall and rebirth of the machine that shaped electronic music: the modular synthesizer.Exploring the synthesizer's history, the film reveals how innovators like Robert Moog helped build the… Read more
Monday, 27 July
**Includes downloads dropped into your account on purchase of the tape** Just as you thought they'd run out of narcs, Cerberus Future Technologies catch a 3rd wind of 'Frequency Adjustments' to keep the party bent. Ringmaster, Ste Spandex parts the waves with the bugged out hypno-canter of 'Red Lights', opening a portal for his other aliases and collaborations to stream forth, from the Chicago bumpty bump of 'Sex (Untucked)' featuring Sarah Bates to the freeform synth and drums freak-out, 'OSC Mix' with Nova, plus stacks of grease from Montauk Boys, Kindred Dicks, Skanky Magic, and Licking Mirrors. A big tip to fans of Ron Hardy, Jamal Moss, Danielle Baldelli, drugs.
Thursday, 23 July
Yorkshire's psychedelic supremos, Ashtray Navigations are fused on this months cover and unpackage their 20 year oeuvre inside across interview and a primer. There's also a necessery commemoration to Ornette Coleman, R.I.P., plus features on the revival of Bristol's Flying Saucer Attack, plus a copy of the Wire Tapper 38 with tracks by Guapo, Simon H and Phil Minton, Ambrosia(@), and many more, plus all the usual news, reviews, listings etc.
"Death Is Not The End compile 10 of Washington Phillips' 18 known recordings, made between 1927 and 1929. These musical sermons feature Phillips' voice self-accompanied by a mystery instrument that been the subject of some debate - having been identified as a Dolceola, a Celestaphone, two Celestaphones tuned in octaves attached side-by-side, or a Phonoharp. Many consider it to be an instrument entirely home-made by Phillips himself. Either way, these recordings remain some of the most unique and understated gospel recordings from this period, and perhaps ever."
Thursday, 16 July
"Sliding up from the old heart of the Bay Area are a special new band. Hands up for the sweet and sour popsicles of Peacers. Carrying on like rock and roll never happened already, Peacers unpack a century’s worth of progress in fresh tunage. With time short, Peacers grab what scraps they can through the closing window and dance beneath the demeaned sky, with one flag waving free. Peacers’ debut is a dash through the gutted and the gutter, all of which is written home about with a gleeful cock of the skull and twinkle in eye, unmistakably out of the poison nib of Mike Donovan, whose hits with Sic… Read more
Thursday, 09 July
*Manuscript scores of Tabula Rasa and Cantus. Complete Study of Frates, Cantus and Tabula Rasa. Audio CD, text and photo's from the original 1984 album** CD with 208-page book. The original recording is accompanied by facsimiles of Pärt’s handwritten manuscripts for “Tabula rasa” and “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten” published for the first time, as well as study scores of the album’s four works, Arvo Pärt’s complete ECM discography with corresponding publishing details, and a new essay by Paul Griffiths.
Thursday, 25 June
"HD+ is a data DVD, documenting Uwe Schmidt's aka Atom TM's visual aesthetics for the first time. The conceptual engagement with and the critical yet diverting examination of pop music that's always delivered with a twinkle in the eye is a central topic of the musician's diverse creative work and certainly included in this visual presentation of it. Together with the second remix EP'Riding the Void' to be released this summer, "HD+" marks the provisional completion of Atom TM's "HD" cycle. Besides tracks from the "HD" album (r-n147), the video collection does as well contain tracks from other Atom ™ recor… Read more
Edition of 35. Pro dubbed on Jelly Red Shells. Housed in double sized case. Inlay printed on 300gsm recycled paper.
Edition of 35. Pro dubbed on translucent purple Shells. Housed in double sized case. Inlay and linear note inserts printed on 300gsm recycled paper.
Edition of 35. Pro dubbed on Rustic Yellow Shells. Housed in double sized case. Inlay printed on 300gsm recycled paper.
Thursday, 18 June
The first full instalment of psychotomimetic disco-not-disco recordings by The Zest, hatched at the Heavenshulme base of Ste Spandex and Cerberus Future Technologies. "Featuring South Lancashire's most adept Etheric Noblemen... All compositions have been radionically tapped in real-time from the infinite sonic wisdom of the cosmos and dimensions beyond. Magnetically captured by the divine technological wonders of VHS and its equally majestic audio equivalent - the C90 Cassette Tape. For the listeners' full enjoyment, safety and peace of mind - full assurance is given that during the proce… Read more
Thursday, 11 June
Mark Fell appears on the cover this month and gives an extensive, in-depth interview with Dan Barrow. Inside, you'll also find a useful primer on the nebulous works of Keiji Haino, and Joshua Abrams undertakes the Invisible Jukebox. Global Ear is cocked to Shenzen, China, and you'll also find features on the firing Lisbon sound surrounding Príncipe Discs; Oren Amarchi collaborator, Crys Cole; and all the usual news, reviews, charts and listings.
Gifted & Blessed presents a sterling document of his on-the-fly machine skills with 'Live in London'. Recorded at a warehouse in the UK capital, November 2013, it 'fesses up 80 minutes of adroit drum machine programming and analogue synthesis breaking down to 17 individual tracks, segueing and orbiting L.A.-style beats, crystalline electronics, and celestial techno gilded with a unique touch and logic. Live-O.
Thursday, 04 June
*Collection of three documentaries about Haitian art, music and culture made over an 11-year period. Includes ‘A Pig’s Tale’ (52 min): A feature-length documentary linking Haitian pigs, Vodou and North American economic imperialism, commissioned for Channel 4. ‘Atis Rezistans: The Sculptors Of Grand Rue’ (32 min): Contemporary Haitian artists Celeur, Eugène, Claude and Guyodo all grew up in Port au Prince. Their work references their shared African and Haitian cultural heritage and a dystopian sci-fi view of the future. A multi-layered film, a p… Read more
Thursday, 28 May
Best Available Technology reveals another batch of blunted deconstructions with 'Excavated Tapes 1992 - 1999 (Vol.2)' via Astro:Dynamics. Following on from BNJMN's more recent deconstructions and outings for Left Blank and Styles Upon Styles, it sounds out ten cryptically crushed and frayed off-beats and ambient enigmas operating in their very own time-and-place quite unlike most else out there. They range from unstable equations such as the ghostly, fragmented 'Sncs9' thru to recursive lower case shoegaze styles in its longest piece, the five minute 'Si… Read more
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
"The latest long playing release to emerge from Jane Weaver’s fertile Bird Records (via Finders Keepers) comes from tantrum-pop super hero and long-term spar Tender Prey – personally known amongst Cardiff watering holes and DIY studios as Laura Bryon or Le B. This long anticipated feature-length offering entitled Organ Calzone captures the inimitable drummy saccharine tinged pow-wow punk heard at her celebrated live shows (including repeat invites to Festival No 6 and Green Man) thanks to the recordings skills of Steven “Sweet Baboo” Black and the unanimous gushing encouragement of vir… 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.
Ilyas Ahmed really finds his voice in th captivating songs of 'I Am All Your Own', his first solo album since 'With Endless Fire' (2012). Rather than his usual instrumental arrangements, or the wordless poems of his Visitor duo-mate, Liz Harris a.k.a. Grouper, the Ahmed's dreamy, folk-tinged vocals are front and centre against wide, plush backdrops of his multi-tracked acoustic and electric strings blown out like some Fripp & Eno or Lawrence English composition. "Written and recorded entirely on 12-string and electric guitars, I Am All Your Own was recorded using a 4-track cassett… Read more
"Jessica Pratt’s self-titled 2012 debut has been much-murmured about. People respond to the austere, pristine clarity of the performances, the gentle strength, marvelling at how much comes from so little: just a voice and a guitar or two. They remark on the timeless nature of the songs and the voice, scrupulously informed by the folk rock of ages past but sung without bags (none in hand, nor beneath eyes). They speculate on just who is the personality behind this Jessica Pratt? It is hard not to respond to the sound of her music, not to want more right away. Two years on and… Read more
Thursday, 07 May
*Six Organs' Ben Chasny introduces a new approach to playing and composing music - The Hexadic System doesn’t require the use of a computer or an internet hookup. All that the interested player will need is a copy of ‘The Hexadic System’ book and a regular deck of playing cards* The struggle of habit is a problem in all walks of life, particularly creative work. We don’t always have an instinct to question the systems we are taught but consider the old adage about history being written by the winners. What does that imply about the processes with which we learn? Have alternate teaching… Read more
"‘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, 09 April
"Although the title may be humorous, the first release from the trio of tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae, guitarist David Birchall and drummer Andrew Cheetham is no laughing matter; especially when it displays such a beguiling amount of telepathic interplay. ‘Erich Frohm Where’ sets the tone for the entire cassette, given a synopsis of what to expect on both sides. The simmer begins with Andreae’s burnt saxophones tones that shade and colour in indistinguishable fashion Birchall’s droning feedback squall as Cheetham flitters i… Read more
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.
**Two-part 11 x 11" print and download plus interview cassette** "Brittle Love is a suite of songs scratched together from the teary depths of a computerised pop dream. From a few raggedy Technicolor melodies bloom luscious strings, xylophones, and drum machines. But something’s not quite right: you can almost hear the sticky-tape holding together the synthesisers, the vocals are forever slipping away from the beat. This is pin-point electronic music put together with Early Learning Centre scissors, a pot of PVA glue, and a page of Lonely Hearts classifieds ripped from a regional newspaper. J… Read more
Thursday, 26 February
*Limited to 100 copies* "Horace Sprott performed on Volumes 2, 3, and 4 of folklorist Frederic Ramsey, Jr's Music of the South series of field recordings released in 1955 on Folkways. 'Ain't This a Mean World' pulls together tracks from all three of these volumes. Ramsey Jr. met Sprott in Marion, Alabama in 1954 and subsequently recorded seven sessions with him in April and May of that year. Born some time between 1886 and 1890 in Talladega Forest, Alabama, Sprott learnt the old religious songs of the bush arbor and the plantation from his mother and grandmother, and from h… Read more
Thursday, 19 February
**Edition of 150** 'ZA86' presents reporter Nigel Wrench's remarkable documentation of South Africa under apartheid in 1986, using tapes unlocked for the first time from a Cape Town cellar. Released to mark the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, 'ZA86' offers a detailed portrait of a critical point in the regime's final and most oppressive years, built using extracts edited from nine tapes out of the unique cassette archive of Turnstyle News. From street level perspectives of white right wingers and 19 year old platoon leaders to the funeral of TV cameraman and a May Day… Read more
Captivating improvisations consolidating dextrous free-jazz, rock and electronics by Oakland, CA, USA's Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Trammel aka Black Spirituals. Currently in the midst of a massive Euro tour with Earth, the duo collude with The Tapeworm to present this damn fine expo - 150 copies for the merch-stall and 50 for everybody else - of a coversant sound inspired by roots American black music whose relevance is still striking today. Trammell's percussion and Watkins' electronics play out a dynamic relationship of expressive ritual… Read more
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.