Issue 299

January 2009

The Wire’s review of the year’s best music, including our Top 50 Records of the Year, writers’ and musicians’ reflections, plus Joseph Stannard on the year in riffs, Simon Reynolds on archival glut, Nick Cain at music’s outer limits and Lisa Blanning on the dancefloor

Invisible Jukebox: Animal Collective

The post-psychedelic ensemble gather round the campfire with The Wire’s mystery record box. Tested by Alan Licht

Nick Richardson gets lost in the Kosmische-inspired drone of Ohio’s analogue converts

Derek Walmsley on how the Bristol bass technician’s sound is rooted in futurist beats and the idea of perpetual motion

The Swiss film maker reflects on the ‘sound film’ he made with electronics duo Voice Crack . By Jon Dale

Hugo Wilcken explains how Joy Division brought visions of post-industrial Europe to the beaches of 80s Sydney

Eric Dawson discovers an underground scene inspired by Cormac McCarthy and Sun Ra at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains

FM3’s Buddha Machine II and Ken Hollings’s Welcome To Mars

Blevin Blectum on Jim Copp and Ed Browns’s East Of Flumdiddle and A Fidgety Frolic

Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981): A Life Unfinished by John Tilbury

It Still Moves: Lost Songs, Lost Highways, And The Search For The Next American Music by Amanda Petrusich

Siena Jazz Eye edited by Enzo Gentile and Francesco Martinelli

Songs They Never Play On The Radio by James Young

Mark Fell: Attack On Silence (DVD)

Notes On Marie Mencken (DVD)

ScrapCycle, Silent Barn, New York, USA

Yoko Ono, Frieze Art Fair, London, UK

Unsound, Krakow, Poland

The Bug, London, UK

Ear To The Earth 2008, New York, USA

Release The Bats, London, UK

Leon Michener, London, UK

Drifting And Tilting: The Songs Of Scott Walker London, UK

Keith Tippett, London, UK

Animal Collective
Antony & The Johnsons
Jochen Arbeit
Astral Social Club
Atom™
Robbie Avenaim
Ran Blake
The Blithe Sons
Brown Wing Overdrive
John Butcher
RP Collier
Noah Creshevsky/If, Bwana
Anders Dahl
David Daniell
Arthur Doyle Trio
John Edwards
Eleh/Pauline Oliveros
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Fennesz
Fly Girls! B-Boys Beware: Revenge Of The Super Female Rappers!
Chris Forsyth
Geeneus
Keiji Haino
Carolyn Hume
Philip Jeck
Arsenije Jovanovic
Zbigniew Karkowski/Tetsuo Furudate
Zbigniew Karkowski & Daniel Menche
Imai Kazuo Trio
Lithops
Los Llamarada
Merzbow
Messthetics Greatest Hiss
Hudson Mohawke
Rudolf Moser
MV & EE with The Bummer Road
My Cat Is An Alien/Loren Connors And
His Haunted House Band
My Cat Is An Alien/Mats Gustafsson
My Cat Is An Alien
1970s Algerian Proto-Rai
Underground
No Neck Blues Band
Max Ochs
Omit
OWL
Anthony Pateras & Robin Fox
Richard Pinhas & Merzbow
Ramona Ponzini & z’ev
Porn & Merzbow
Henri Pousseur
PTV
Quivers
Helmut Schaefer
Irmin Schmidt
Secret Abuse
Six Organs Of Admittance
Skream
Skullflower
Soundboy’s Grave Gets Desecrated
By Vandals
Steam-Group + Sven Åke Johansson
Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu
Throbbing Gristle
THU20
Rafael Toral
Tzitziki
Nimrod Workman
Xela