Issue 203

January 2001

Iceland's New Horizons
The ocean-size post-rock of Sigur Rós is detonating a musical volcano in Iceland's frozen wastes. Rob Young travels to Reykjavik to meet the group, plus the Kitchen Motors collective and composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson

Rewind 2000
Spooling back through the year in music: The Wire's Records Of The Year compiled from votes of The Wire's crack writing squad. Plus: writers and musicians list their Pros and Cons of 2000

Invisible Jukebox: Mark E Smith
The Fall's gruff guru gets grumpy about records by Charles Bukowski, Eminem, Iggy Pop, Prince Jazzbo, Spiders, DJ Scud and more. Tested by Edwin Pouncey

Amiri Baraka
The performing poet, publisher and pamphleteer who bridged Beat, black power and free jazz recalls his days of fire with Albert Ayler, Sunny Murray and The New York Art Quartet. By David Keenan

David Grubbs
Since moving to New York, the former Gastr Del Sol guitarist and composer has sought out softer but no less daring settings for his lyrical experiments in language and tonal levitation. By Christoph Cox

Tangent: Smiling Faces Sometimes
In our series taking a sidelong glance at music, Peter Shapiro reveals how psychedelic soul artists from The O'Jays to Sly Stone peeled away the Smiley stickers papering over the grim truth of Nixon's America

Barbara Morgenstern
Natalie Gravenor speaks with the German chanteuse whose quirky romanticism inspires back-up production from Pole and Robert Lippok

Ko Ishikawa
Charles Curtis
Global Ear
Epiphanies
Print Run
Cross Platform
On Location