The Ankh of Sun Ra: Hieroglyphic Being: Opening a special feature on the stellar legacy of jazz visionary Sun Ra, Jamal Moss explains how the cosmic philosophy of the master has informed his approach to house and techno, locating new pathways out of grim reality; Marshall Allen meets David Keenan; Omniverse Sun Ra the semi-legendary book on Sun Ra republished, and more. Plus: DIY musique concrète pioneer Ernest Berk, composer and video artist Christina Vantzou, tape-damaged DIY veterans Storm Bugs, Unsound’s Mat Schulz on festivals in a curatorial age. Hundreds of albums reviewed, and much more
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On the cover: 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. Plus: Arnold Dreyblatt's Invisible Jukebox, Canadian producer Ramzi, experimental composer Iain Chambers, Kink Gong aka field recordist Laurent Jeanneau, oud player Khyam Allami, the rhythmic engine of house and techno is celebrated in a new film 808, hundreds of albums, book and gigs reviewed, and much more.
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"A dizzying wealth of details of a peripatetic life in art." Daniel Spicer reports back from the first major museum retrospective of Chilean artist, writer, director and counter cultural magus Alejandro Jodorowsky
The first edition of Daniel Spicer's Brighton Alternative Jazz Festival needs to raise £3000 to get Arts Council funding
William Parker, Hamid Drake, Sarah Gail Brand Sextet, Julie Kjaer, Mette Rasmussen and more for new jazz festival
On the cover: Freedom Principles – The Wire’s contributors survey ideas of freedom in music and liberation in sound with 16 pages of essays on resistance songs, nonsense rhymes, trap rap, improv, karaoke and more. Plus: Eiko Ishibashi, Amarass records India’s folk legends, Laura Cannell, Bob Cobbing, Biba Kopf listens to the ancient songs of the Ainu people of Japan, hundreds of records, books and films reviewed, and more
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
On the cover: The Ex: Daniel Spicer travels to Amsterdam to talk DIY survival strategies with the Dutch ethno-improv-punk collective. James Hadfield on Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata's four decade career, Ian Helliwell on early DIY synthesists, guitarist Marissa Nadler gets tested by Damon Krukowski in this month's Invisible Jukebox, Nathan Budzinski on Turkish artist Cevdet Erek. Plus: Tel Aviv improvisor Maya Dunietz, Russia's Club Of Friends, composer Laurence Crane, The Colundi Sequence, Tashi Dorji, and hundreds of albums, downloads, videos and books reviewed. Plus: our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.
2013 Rewind: The Wire’s crucial review of the last 12
months in underground sound and music, including the releases
of the year, opinions and reflections from a host of musicians
and critics, and analyses of some of 2013’s most notable audio
culture trends. Plus Richard Skelton's Invisible Jukebox, Blue
Daisy, Kathy Alberici, Copenhagen's underground music venue
Mayhem, a whopping 200-plus reviews, and much more.
Jazz is radical music, so why is it funded by big business?
asks Dan Spicer.
On the cover: Matana Roberts: Daniel Spicer meets the
saxophonist, vocalist and composer whose Coin Coin song
cycle is quilting a panoramic tale of black America’s radical
history. Plus: Australian Improv trio The Necks, Buchla Box
virtuoso Charles Cohen, South African Shangaan electro pioneer
Nozinja, the White Material label, Malcy Duff, Cave, Olimpia
Splendid and more. Plus: over 150 albums, films, books and
The anti-government protests that have shaken Istanbul since the
end of May have prompted a wide range of musicians to respond with
new work, inspired and informed by the uprising in Taksim Square’s
On The Cover: Babble On! – In a 20 page special, Wire
contributors assess and rethink the relationship between
underground music and words, text and language. Including Rob Young
on songs about themselves, Ken Hollings on Cage’s pulverised
language, Derek Walmsley on dread talk, Alasdair Roberts on verbal
jousting, Daniel Spicer on hip semantics, David Toop on Improv
words and gestures, Nina Power on female machine voices, Hua Hsu on
vocalese, Marcus Boon on profane rappers, Rory Gibb on Footwork’s
vocal science, and more.
Watch Dirt, a portrait video of performance artist
Vicky Langan. Langan is the subject of an article by Daniel Spicer
in The Wire 350.
Stream a live interview hosted by The
Wire's Daniel Spicer on 12 November, 2011 as part of the
Colour Out Of Space festival in Brighton, UK.
On the cover: The Wire’s essential
review of the year’s best music, including the Top 50 Releases of
the Year, writers’ and musicians’ reflections, and essays on 2011’s
key developments, including Mark Fisher on the crackle of dissent,
David Keenan on the sedition of song and Philip Clark on the
liberation of sounds, and views from the office. Plus Michael
Chapman's Invisible Jukebox, Spencer Clark & James Ferraro,
Gonjasufi, Kouhei Matsunaga, Claudia Molitor and more.
On the cover: Manuel Göttsching - The Ash Ra
Tempel guitarist reveals how he made electronic masterpiece
E2–E4, influencing 30 years of repetitive House and trance
rock. By Keith Moliné. Plus Spinn & Rashad's Invisible Jukebox,
Grouper, Sandwell District, a Turkish psychedelia Primer, Roger
Reynolds, André Vida, Nathalie Djurberg and more.
Compiled and annotated by Daniel Spicer,
author of the Turkish psychedelia Primer in The Wire
Winebox Press is featured in an Unofficial
Channels article by Daniel Spicer in The Wire 329.
On the cover: The poster boys for the ATP
generation tell Daniel Spicer about life after Tyondai Braxton, the
Prog-pop equation, and working with Gary Numan. Plus Simon Reynolds
on Retromania, Clive Bell on sea shanties, Demdike Stare's
Invisible Jukebox, DVA, Mantana Roberts, Caroline Bergvall and much
Read the full transcript of Daniel Spicer's
interview with Kommissar Hjuler, featured in The Wire
Read the full transcription from Daniel
Spicer's interview with the quixotic New York saxophonist
On The Cover: Excepter - Electronic body
music and consciousness-altering improvised marathons collide in
this Brooklyn sextet’s discordian disco noise. By Phil Freeman.
Plus Daniel Carter, Sweet Seoul Music, August Darnell's Jukebox,
Jahtari, Lil B, Toro Y Moi, Craig Baldwin in Cross Platform, Aaron
Dilloway on Drunks With Guns, John Wiese on the Haters, Virgo and
Hear the sounds of Brighton's Colour Out Of
On the cover: Caledonia dreaming: How Glasgow
has become the UK's experimental free folk capital, with Alasdair
Roberts, Trembling Bells, The Family Elan and more. By Rob Young.
Plus Marina Rosenfeld, The Thirteenth Assembly, The Moodies, Dylan
Nyoukis's Invisible Jukebox, Geiom, Sebastian Lexer, Yabby You,
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot in Cross Platform, Alan Moore on John
Clare, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard on Adam And The Ants and
Sunn O))) Monoliths And Dimensions
Black Dice Repo (Paw Tracks)
Zola Jesus The Spoils (Sacred...
On The Cover: Sunn O))): Stephen O'Malley & Greg Anderson's drone project opens Heavy Metal to the realms of cosmic jazz, experimental rock and spectral music. Joseph Stannard meets the meta-Metal masters.
Stuck To The Cover: Free 21 track CD - Tony Bevan/Chris Corsano/Dominic Lash; Barbara Morgenstern; Felix Kubin; Sheik Anorak & Weasel Walter; Sweet Billy Pilgrim and more.
Features: Sudden Infant, Magma, Adrian Utley's Invisible Jukebox, Susanna, White, El-B, Jeff Keen, Ian Penman on Nick Cave, Sunny Murray on film, Simon Fisher Turner on cassette memories.