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.
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
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
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
11th issue of the excellent Yeti publication. "On the CD: all rare/unreleased music - this time, we asked a dozen people for tracks that are as long as their respective track numbers, so that track 12 is 12 minutes long and track 4 is 4 minutes long and you probably don't need any more examples than that. The result is a 78-minute-long disc featuring Snake Hole, Sloppy Heads, Johnita and Joyce Collins, Atole, Gospel Creators, White Rainbow, The Dirashi Tribe, Roy Montgomery, Golden Retriever, Oneida, Phill Niblock, and Happy New Year. Inside the book: interviews with Phill Niblock, Roy Montgomery, and B… Read more
Thursday, 09 June 2011
"'Go Live' is a film / live album double pack of Jónsi's hugely acclaimed solo show of 2010. This beautifully conceived package includes reworked live versions of all of the tracks from the Sigur Rós singer's debut solo album, 'go', as well as versions of all the other new songs he's been playing on a tour that's taken in four continents. The live audio part of the package is the entire Jónsi hour-and-a-quarter live concert as played this summer, and features more exclusive content, including 'stars in still water', 'saint naive', 'icicle sleeves' and 'new piano song', as well as a powerful live version… Read more
Thursday, 19 May 2011
June's edition features cover stars, Battles dipped in paint and interviewed. Demdike Stare are challenged to the Invisible Jukebox, Simon Reynolds reflects on nostalgia in the digital revolution, Joe Muggs chews the fat with Scratcha DVA, and you'll find further reading on Sea shanties, Hong Kong's musical underground, Matana Roberts, Caroline Bergvall, and all the usual reviews, news and listings. Always recommended - but especially so for the Demdike!
Monday, 21 February 2011
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Tuesday, 04 January 2011
Stunning CD/DVD package of 17 original Afro-Peruvian recordings made in spring 2010 by Secret Stash label owners Eric Foss and Cory Wong. It comes not long after their ace 'Peruvian Funk' LP but documents a rather more unique and entirely indigenous sound which has been in evolution ever since the first Spanish conquistadors brought West African slaves to the mines and plantations of Peru some 500 years ago. Despite being stripped of their traditional musical instruments the displaced population developed a complex percussive music based around a style of precise foot tapping called Zapateo,… Read more
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
INSIDE THE BOOK: 36 pages from Internet monsters EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!; interviews with musician ROBERT SCOTT (the Clean, the Bats) and writer AMELIA GRAY; music profiles of S. Fla's finest, THE JACUZZI BOYS, and UK '90s cult band DISCO INFERNO; FICTION BY STACEY LEVINE; photographs by TED BARRON and GRACIE REMINGTON; art by SAUL CHERNICK, PAVEL TCHELITCHEW, CASSIE RAMONE, ILYAS AHMED. ON THE CD: Noveller, O Paon, Alkibar Gignor, the Weeds, Electric Blood, the Clean, the Bats, Robert Scott, Jousting Vandals, Joan + Anthony, Heavenly Dreamers, Jacuzzi Boys, Abba Ag Gargando, Daniel Kroha, the Gories… Read more
Monday, 06 December 2010
Since the late 1970s, the identical twin Quay Brothers have made a unique contribution to animation in general, and the puppet film in particular. Filtering arcane visual, literary, musical, cinematic and philosophical influences through their own utterly distinctive sensibility, each quay film rivets the attention through hypnotic control of decor, music and movement, evoking half-remembered dreams and long-suppressed childhood memories, fascinating and deeply unsettling in turn. This two-disc set contains thirteen of their classic short films in brand new restor… Read more
Established in 1946, the Central Office of Information (COI) was a successor to the wartime Ministry of Information and was responsible for producing thousands of films which celebrated Britain, its people and their achievements. This second volume in the COI Collection surveys the subjects of architecture, design and fashion. Highlights include: Designing Women (1948), Joyce Grenfell takes us through the dos and donts of home furnishing; Brief City (1952), modernist architecture and design on show at the Festival of Britain; Design for Today… Read more
The provocative work of multi-award-winning animator Phil Mulloy stands as a model of satiric grotesque unparalleled in British animation. The antidote to all that is kitsch and sentimental, these direct, witty and acerbic fables, drawn in brush and ink, perceptively comment on human nature and challenge contemporary values. Having worked as a writer and director until the late 1980s, his six-part series for Channel Four, Cowboys (1991), brought his work to national and international prominence. The success of these highly amusing 'takes' on generic codes and conventions, and their addre… Read more
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Soul Underground covered the explosion in dance music and club culture of the 1980s and 90s in a way that no other publication was able to. In an era that gave us rare groove, go-go, hip hop and house, the magazine delivered consistently brilliant writing about the artists, DJs and clubs at the heart of these scenes (which established titles like NME and Melody Maker largely sidelined). Collecting the best pieces from the magazine as well as all its charts, rare photos and hand-picked news stories, Catch The Beat is a unique and evocative record. It wa… Read more
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Featuring visual appendages to the new single, Ed Holdsworth's video of 'Sit Down Stand Up' and an excerpt from 'The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth Of All Time'.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
"This dvd tells the story of buckdancing legend Thomas Maupin, who, at the age of 70, remains one of the greatest old-time dancers in America. The film presents a portrait of a man in the twilight of his life reflecting back on his legacy as a father, teacher, and artist. Numerous awards, trophies, and plaques lay stacked in a dresser in rural Tennessee where Thomas spends his weeks tending his garden, feeding the animals, and fixing the occasional lawnmower. However, on the weekends, Thomas travels all over the South performing anywhere there’s a band and… Read more
Wednesday, 03 November 2010
We don't stock a lot of books - but this is just such an enjoyable read we thought it needed to be done. Here are the salesnotes - but seriously, get it! "As the son of the legendary showbiz lawyer Marty Machat, Steven grew up with people like Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Frankie Valli and Sam Cooke. Growing up in that environment, it wasn't surprising that he followed his father into the business and by the time he was in his late 20s, he was proud to see his name alongside his father's on the brass plaque outside their Broadway offices. But Steven discovered from a young age that … Read more
Thursday, 14 October 2010
This month's Wire boasts features on Irish composer/conceptual artist Jennifer Walshe, Belgian composer Wim Mertens, plus interviews with Bjorn Torske and Turner Prize nominees The Otolith Group. You'll also find a primer devoted to Detroit legends Drexciya, and an Invisible Jukebox with experimental pianist John Tilbury.