Issue 379

September 2015

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Julia Holter
The US songwriter-musician abandons the home studio and heads into the great wide open for her latest and most accomplished avant pop adventure. By Frances Morgan

Blurt
Ted Milton’s jazz-punk renegades have remained discordant and defiant for four decades, as a new album and book of the ex-puppeteer’s collected lyrics attest. By Daniel Spicer

Music With My Insane Friend
Melbourne duo James Wilson and Simon Bereux kick through the boundaries of rock, improv and electronic music. By Ben Watson

Invisible Jukebox Arnold Dreyblatt
The minimalist composer seeks nodal excitation in The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mark Smith

Bites
Ramzi
The Canadian producer celebrates sonic biodiversity. By Adam Harper

Iain Chambers
The experimental composer takes it to the bridge. By Jennifer Lucy Allan

Kink Gong
Field recordist Laurent Jeanneau reworks the sounds of his travels. By Steve Barker

Khyam Allami
The oud player’s Alif project reconfigures Arabic music. By Clive Bell

808
The rhythmic engine of house and techno is celebrated in a new film. By Robert Barry

Global Ear Lima
The archive releases of the Buh label are reigniting avant garde impulses in the Peruvian capital. By Russ Slater

The Inner Sleeve
Klara Lewis on Micachu’s Feeling Romantic Feeling Tropical Feeling Ill

Epiphanies
Lebanese vocalist Abdel Karim Shaar clears a pathway to the soul for Radwan Ghazi Moumneh aka Jerusalem In My Heart

On Screen
New music books: two psychedelic histories, music by animals, Léon Theremin fictionalised, Nintendo music and more

Print Run
New films and DVDs: Leah Gordon’s Haitian adventures and Hustlers Convention revisited

On Site
Recent exhibitions: Pavel Büchler’s (Honest) Work and Caesura: A Forum

On Location
Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Terraforma, Cannibal Ox, Shirley Collins, Matana Roberts and Maria Chavez, Temples and more

Soundcheck
Battles
Daikyofuroshiki
Destruction Unit
Amir ElSaffar
Erraunt
Jürg Frey
David Grubbs & Susan Howe
Helena Hauff
Helen
Hilde Marie Holsen
Idjut Boys
Low
The Master Musicians Of Bukkake
Mercury Rev
Paul Metzger
Micachu And The Shapes
Midday Veil
Phil Minton
Tristan Murail
Hermann Nitsch
Public Image Limited
Palmistry
Pole
DJ Richard
John Russell
Sabbath Assembly
Slayer
Terepa
Various µ20
Vibracathedral Orchestra
Otomo Yoshihide

The Boomerang
Peter Brötzmann/Joe McPhee/Kent Kessler/Michael Zerang
Pierre Henry
Alan Jefferson
Kåre Kolberg
Iggy Pop
Savant
Helge Sten
Morton Subotnik
Cecil Taylor
Universal Indians And Joe McPhee
Various Introducing M-Base: Brooklyn In The 1980s
Frank Zappa