Thursday, 13 September
Album number four from America's "toppermost of the poppermost", Sic Alps, and number two for their pals at Drag City. The small stars and stripes on the front cover gives good indication of what's in store; they've largely dropped the distortion and upped the country/Americana quota, becoming a much more "mature" prospect than their endearing garage exploits for Siltbreeze, Woodsist, Important et al. It's essentially American pop music with heaps of classic references regurgitated in their knowing style, a sound which apparently caused Stephen Malkmus to claim they would be "one of the most im… Read more
Berlin-based avant-garde singer/artist BRM presents a homage to Andy Warhol in 'Five Takes'. Starting out predominantly electronic, with glitching, detailed production offered by producer/soul singer Waterson and subtly underlining her Billie's classic croon, each take progressively sheds those synthetic layers through the process, revealing an final take where the rollign drums, fluttering organ and location recordings being us closer to a "reality". Recommended.
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.
**DVD PAL. 16:9. German with English subtitles. 41 minutes. Region Code free** 'Parameter' is a documentary film about the music and practice of Macro label owner, DJ and producer, Stefan Goldmann. The press notes allude to Goldmann as "Techno's most restless innovator" which is probably more hyperbolic than true, because to be fair, his profile outside of Berlin isn't so noticeable (to us, at least). But for what it's worth, this is probably one of the best DVDs on the Berlin Techno thing that we've seen: Goldmann gives lucid, intelligent and straightforward answers to director and intervie… Read more
Tuesday, 14 August
Striking debut release by London's Midnight Davis, landing on the discerning Five Easy Pieces imprint. 'Aftershocks' is much more melancholic than anything previously on the label, channelling the ghosts of British indie, pop, and rave into dubbed-out and dystopian electronic scapes. The likes of James Blake, Cloud Boat and Holy Other are all apt comparisons for this sound, in as much that they express that unique bedroom spirit, but Midnight really stakes out his own take on that aesthetic with 'Aftershocks', from the dank and isolated '90s Trip-Hop gloom of 'Letting It Flow' to the l… Read more
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
Tuesday, 03 July
"The early music of Silver Jews is back in print for the first time in a long while. 'Early Times' presents all the songs from the original 7" EP 'Dime Map Of The Reef' and the 12" EP 'The Arizona Record', newly remastered. Just a few guys in a room - baby versions of the David Berman, Stephen Malkmus and Bobby Nastanovich that we know today."
Thursday, 28 June
*Fully compatible with PAL systems.* "This DVD contains all the Bauhaus promotional videos and live performances recorded at the Old Vic Theatre, London in 1982. Originally released on two VHS tapes, this is a contemporaneous document of the first incarnation of this legendary band who stole the show with their performance at Coachella 2005. When they disbanded in 1983, members Peter Murphy, Daniel Ash, David J, and Kevin Haskins found success both as solo artists and as members of Love And Rockets, Tones On Tail, and Dalis Car. However, there’s a certain night music that only happens … Read more
Thursday, 21 June
*NTSC DVD compatible in the UK* "‘Toward The Within’ was recorded in one take in November 1993 in the Mayfair Theatre in Santa Monica, California, and was released by 4AD as an album and a video (VHS and Laserdisc) a year later. It was the last major event to take place in the Mayfair Theatre before it was severely damaged in an earthquake in January 1994 and had to be closed indefinitely. The video was filmed by producer Mark Magison, known for his work on 1992’s ‘Baraka’, and contains interviews with Lisa Gerrard and Brendan Perry, as well a music video for ‘Yulunga (Spirit Dance)’,… Read more
Thursday, 14 June
A new edition of Björk’s ‘Later With Jools Holland’ DVD, updated with six new songs from Björk’s last two appearances on the show. Now alongside ‘Hyperballad’, ‘Possibly Maybe’ and ‘Hunter’ you will find ‘Crystalline’, ‘Declare Independence’, ‘Earth Intruders’ and more. This DVD can be read on both PAL and NTSC systems.
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.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
"Chilly Gonzales left Canada for Berlin in 1998. Daft Punk, Bjork remixes did him well, but it wasn't enough. So on to Paris, and collaborations with Feist on her Let It Die and The Reminder albums. Solo Piano then became Gonzales' own best selling album, introducing Gonzo to an audience who actually buy music sometimes. The piano pieces were used in documentaries, in films. But to fully satisfy his insatiable ambition, only one thing was left to do and he did it in 2009: Chilly Gonzales broke Guinness' World Record for longest solo concert with 27 h… Read more
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.
Monday, 13 February 2012
**Hand-wrapped cassette with free download code redeemable from the label** Lo-fi, noisy garage rock from Shanghai's Xiao Zhong & F aka Pairs. They've been making a heavy impression upon their home city's music scene and this debut album of urgent, acutely melodic, yet f**ked noise pop should see them going places.
Thursday, 19 January 2012
**DVD documenting Radiohead's 'From The Basement' performance of 'King Of Limbs', including unreleased songs 'The Daily Mail' and 'Staircase', plus bonus track 'Supercollider', housed in an embossed, 32 page hardback book of photos from the recording session**
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
Swiftly following his brilliant 'Tape Crackers' DVD, director Rollo Jackson linked with Dancehall institution The Heatwave to celebrate the UK's deeply rooted soundsystem culture. Spanning all flexes since the rave era, in just over an hour 'Showtime' features in-depth interviews and performances from the likes of Wiley, General Levy, Stush and Skibadee, charting an oral history of UK music from a bassbin perspective. It documents an airhorn-fuelled party held on 15th June 2011 where, in a rare instance, Grime spitters… Read more
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, 03 November 2011
"Shot live for TV by the legendary German music show “Rockpalast” this DVD represents the earliest example of a complete Fahey concert performance. The multi-camera filming features detailed close-ups of Fahey’s playing style giving fans a rare insight into what Pete Townsend has called the William Burroughs of the guitar. Fahey’s 1978 visit to Europe saw him in fine wild form performing an 11 track set and as an incredibly rare bonus a short interview with the maverick iconoclast. All Regions DVD In CD Digipak. Year: 1978 Month: 03 Day: 17 Location: Audimax Hamburg John Fahey… Read more
Monday, 31 October 2011
"Kevin Coyne remains one of the UK’s greatest lost cult talents; one of John Peel’s all time favorite musicians, and an acknowledged artistic hero of contemporary talents as diverse as Will Oldham & John Lydon.His then record company Virgin described him as the ultimate anti-star.This super rare recording was shot live in 1979 for the legendary German TV music programme “Rockpalast” when Kevin was at the height of his considerable performing powers.The DVD features some 18 songs from across his then career (1973 to 1979) and serves as almost a personal greatest hits set, … 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, 06 October 2011
Fierce County's debut release for Bomb Shop contains four tracks of exquisitely crafted modern folk, recorded and produced by Rough Fields. Fierce County are Benjamin Clough, Chris Rice and Tim Mosley. Their ethos is simple; play anywhere they are welcomed and record only live, with each take appearing totally unique and fiercely proud of its imperfections
Thursday, 25 August 2011
"For 19 years, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Mark Kozelek has toured solo and as front man of both Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. Until now, he has never given filmmakers access into his life on the road. Filmed during portions of Mark Kozelek’s European and North American tours of 2010 and 2011, this is a rare glimpse into Mark’s backstage areas and passenger seat travels. Shot in black and white, this dynamic film captures the fast paced travel of a singer on a solo-acoustic journey, giving viewers an inspirational look at its high points, and also a stark view of its mundane rea… Read more
Thursday, 14 July 2011
Amazing collection of poetic documentaries, long un-seen television reports and rare silent film footage revealing just how powerful and enduring the folk traditions of Great Britain are. From the sexy, savage' Cornish May Day rites of Alan Lomax's Oss Oss Wee Oss, to Jeremy Deller and Alan Kane's footage of ferociously fought traditional football; from children's games in London's bombed East End to intricate sword and step dances - this double-disc set of newly remastered films is accompanied by an illustrated 58-page booklet including detailed notes and essays by folk… Read more
The fifth volume in the COI collection, Portrait of a People, proudly looks at Britain and its people. Promoting an idealised notion of Britain has often been at the forefront of COI film production: from encouraging immigration to redefining the nation, the titles in this collection are by turns affectionate, humorous, informative and stirring. Together they paint a fascinating and revealing portrait of a people. Highlights include: Come Saturday (1949), a lovingly-shot picture of the English at play; Oxford (1958), a look at the traditions and students of Oxford University; Dateline… Read more