On the cover: Ashtray Navigations: Phil Todd’s slime-surfing DIY outfit have been reverberating for 21 years, a constant presence in Yorkshire’s ever-bubbling psych underground. By Alex Neilson. Bristol's Flying Saucer Attack and members of Movietone, Crescent and Third Eye Foundation tell Joseph Stannard the story of the West Country’s cosmic reverse. Frances Morgan takes a trip through Yorkshire Psychedelia. Plus: Mark Perry's Invisible Jukebox, Brooklyn rapper Ka, Ethiopian producer Mikael Seifu, artist Charlotte Prodger, confrontational music in Łódź, hundreds of albums, book and gigs reviewed, and much more. And don't forget our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.
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David Keenan talks about the reasons behind the closing of the Glasgow underground music shop he ran with Heather Leigh
Coventry arts centre The Tin working on a programme with Neilson, beginning with 26 October show.
Listen to music from a new project by Alex Neilson, Sybren Renema and Lucy Stein, mixing references to medieval music, sea shanties and field hollers with the ecstatic cry of 1960s fire music.
On the cover: Ben Frost: The Australian composer combines elemental harshness and emotional heft in music designed to overwhelm. By Dan Barrow. Plus: Dan Wilson looks at theatrical inventions of the Victorian era, Philip Clark speaks with Orphy Robinson, Mike Heron's Invisible Jukebox, Golden Teacher, Franck Vigroux, Hailu Mergia, album, book and live reviews, and much more
Lou Reed died on 27 October, 2013. Musician Alex Neilson on how
1978's Take No Prisoners intensified and counter acted
his prejudices about Reed
Alex Neilson, author of The
Wire 349 Collateral Damage article on the connections
between folk music and the future promised by digital culture,
chooses five highlights from the newly digitised Topic label.
Alex Neilson's Trembling Bells have launched a new site which
includes downloads of tracks recorded with Bonnie 'Prince'
As the Topic label prepares to put its vast archive online, Alex
Neilson sees unexpected connections between folk music's pluralist
roots and the new routes promised by digital culture.
On the cover: Scott Walker – In a rare interview, the singer and
composer talks Mike Barnes through his ambitious, brutal and
absurdist new album, Bish Bosch. Inside: Peter
Brötzmann redux, Wyrd sounds from the West Country, Jonas
Mekas, David S Ware, Pinch, the Slowfoot label,
Fontanelle, and much more.