Thursday, 08 May
"Originally screened in the UK on Channel 4, ‘When Bjork Met Attenborough’ follows Bjork and Attenborough as they investigate and discuss the connection which exists between music and nature. Narrated by Tilda Swinton and inspired by Bjork's technological project ‘Biophilia’, which Attenborough provided a spoken introduction for, the film is a unique encounter between two of the most iconic thinkers of our time. Author and professor of neurology and psychiatry Oliver Sacks explains the extraordinary beneficial effects music has on our brains and explains why performing and engaging with music is something all if us should take more seriously…"
Astro:dynamics follow up their Alis and Vaghe Stelle releases with a suite of oneiric ambient pop experiments recorded to tape by former Simian, Simon Lord. Employing the unique fidelities of an old Tascam 4-track cassette recorder, Lord Skywave presents nine gauzy sketches of wispy synthlines and multi-tracked vocal harmonies imbued with a certain pastoral English quality and frayed Radiophonic electronics lending themselves to comparisons with everyone from Walls' Alessio Natalizia, Ekoplekz and The Boats.
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.
**Hypnagogic fug beats for fans of Actress and Opal Tapes** "Astro:Dynamics continue their run of form in 2014 by following releases from Alis and Vaghe Stelle with the debut release from the ever elusive Rasul Gafarov's Nenado moniker. Based in central Russia, Rasul has previously appeared on an erratic flow of 12"s under the name Lenta - including split 12"s with Software's Huerco S on the Other Heights label, and Ahu (the house/techno side project of Touch's Sohrab) on Iran's Shahr Farang label, and has performed rare shows at the likes of acclaimed Moscow club ARMA17. Whilst his work as Le… Read more
Thursday, 06 March
All region DVD documenting a 5 song performance by John Foxx at RTVE's Madrid TV studio in late 1983 during The Golden Section Tour. Includes brilliant versions of 'Twilight's Last Gleaming', 'The Hidden Man', 'Pater Noster', 'Systems Of Romance', 'Your Dress'.
Thursday, 27 February
"Small Path Music was shot on location in Southeast Asia in 2010 with Laurent Jeanneau on his relentless quest to capture audio recordings of vanishing indigenous music from ethnic groups of this vast region. The documentary (shot over a period of eight months) takes us travelling with Laurent in the field through remote northern Laos and Yunnan Province of Southwest China and invites us into the world of the folk artists he explores. From shamanic rituals to love songs, historical epics to lamentations, his microphones document what he discovers there. Laurent tell… Read more
Thursday, 20 February
**Audio DVD** "Francisco López is an artist who has continued to challenge listeners with the fringes of acoustic perception over his long career. 'Presque Tout' is a collection of works spanning 20 years of sonic activity. This 7 hour long edition presents some of the artist's most tantalizingly subtle pieces. Culled from many obscure and out-of-print editions, most of these compositions have been unavailable commercially for years. Presque Tout also contains the stunning new 3 hour work "Untitled #313." This data DVD edition contains 7 hours of audio files (uncom… Read more
Thursday, 06 February
"It's simple. I broke out and broke back to my earlier days: A triangle of risk, improvisation and joy -- as I say, very simple. My rules to myself were: No plan, no notes, no ideas, no microphones; except for Jane 1 I stuck to it. My other rule -- the most important one -- was: At least one piece per day, finished, mixed and not to be revisited again. Jane 7, 8, 9 were done in one day... Brad Ellis was my guide through this: An untiring day, ready to go again... To quote a letter to me from Mark Tobey: ... "It fell off the edge of my brush."" -- Harold Budd
Thursday, 30 January
**Inlay illustrated, designed and printed by SAVWO** Reel Torque's tertiary tape captures Windy City sorcerer Jamal Moss (Hieroglyphic Being, The Sun God) putting Teenage Engineering's Op.01 synthesiser thru its paces in an hypnotic hour long improvisation. Whilst Jamal's best known for jamming on vintage kit in classic Chicago style, the 'Acid Symphonic Op.01 Concert' is testament to an intuitive approach and fluidly psychedelic vision that can be practically applied to any bit of kit, proving the old adage; it's not what you use but how you use it that really … Read more
Astro:dynamics present quite easily the best material we've heard so far from Sabina Plamenova aka Alis yet, a lovely suite of lo-fi dream-pop sketches recorded during downtime around a show in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. The music stands in stark contrast to her recent dancefloor moves on Don't Be Afraid and her own Opit label, erring closer to the psychedelic dub tropes of Negra Branca's amazing 'NB' LP, but juxtaposing her tender, soulful vocal loops against colder, minimalist ambient techno space where she lets her voice ring out like the plainsong of Julianna Barwick. It reveals a qu… Read more
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
**Limited edition of 500. This edition is a data DVD containing high resolution audio/visual files. Fascinating and beautiful audio-visual project exploring the synergy and light and sound in four pieces pairing sound by CoH, Asmus Titchens and Francisco Lopez with video documentation and sound by Paul Prudence, and Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand. Data DVD edition of 500** "The fluidity and even the granularity of light can be unfolded by the senses through active attunement coupled with meticulously orchestrated conditions. Though formerly considered impossible to imagine, let alone percei… Read more
Thursday, 14 November
"Over the course of four albums The Books eschewed genres and pigeonholes so effortlessly and earnestly that they ultimately pioneered a new genre (or three) in the process. And for all the speechlessness their recordings inspired, their videos were every bit as beguiling: a surreal mix of bizarre found footage, home movies, and psychedelic animated imagery that fit their music so well that the two became virtually inseparable in their live performances. Freedom From Expression collects every video ever made by the Books, compiled in chronological order. Itʼs enormously satisfying an… Read more
Thursday, 07 November
Thursday, 31 October
**Edition of 300** '1812' is an immersive audiovisual work by intrepid Spanish director and visual artist Carlos Casas. It's his third audiovisual work released via the Von archives, following the densely psychedelic 'Choir' and engrossing 'Vezdekhod' collaborations with Nico Vascellari and Prurient. Taking the as yet unparalleled vision of Sergey Bondarchuk's staggering and hugely influential 1967 film rendition of Lev Tolstoy's classic 'War & Peace' novel, Casas annihilates and implodes the narrative with an impenetrable and multi-layered collage intending to redress the way we perceive film and p… 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, 10 October 2013
"Cave return following their ‘Neverendless’ album. ‘Threace’ is a real ‘back to the lab’ kind of album for Cave. They have spent more time on these new sounds than they had before - which is saying a lot! All Cave music grabs at your ears and the soft tissue within, and yet this time it's just so much more crystalline, bottom-booting and all-consuming than ever before. Threace comes on guitar up and jelly tight, saving the keys for colour commentary among the beats. Jeremy and Cooper explore their six-string relationship, finding shared space, ducking, parrying, working the edges, and finally twinni… Read more
"Mike Donovan’s debut comes following a distinguished run of tunesmithing for noise-popster poster boyz Sic Alps, so he’s well prepared to go the solo route with a sack full of songs. Lyrically, Mike’s sharpened the lead for a less random line drawn in the sand - allusive trips, lost in crystal canyons, turning a phrase with an acid flick of the wristwatch. Guitars intersecting in the manner of the old loom The Stones once used, weaving in blue. Where rubric becomes fabric becomes freecidelic. Confronting the empty in acrostic (inner) space, WOT is Plastic Ono dyspeptic arrhythmia. The dream is … 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
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