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Current Issue 370

December 2014


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

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Issue 369

November 2014

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On the cover: The Newcastle singer and guitarist Richard Dawson weaves his songs from the landscapes and social histories of North East England. By Abi Bliss; the multi-instrumentalist and artist Alfred 23 Harth; Cooly G takes the Invisible Jukebox test; a Primer on Autechre remixes; composer Moniek Darge; Kenny Wheeler remembered; Katie Gately; Ascetic House; Selvhenter and more. Plus hundreds of releases, gigs, books and films reviewed. AND our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire

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Issue 368

October 2014


On the cover: Robert Fripp: The King Crimson guitarist talks to Mike Barnes about the ongoing saga of the reformed group and the legacy of their vast archives. Inside: David Keenan on Pharmakon aka Margaret Chardiet’s visceral electronic music; artist and master inventor Bruce Lacey; Grumbling Fur take the Invisible Jukebox test; Adam Bohman's surreal sonic and visual collages; The Tuareg singer and guitarist Mdou Moctar; Jeremiah Cymerman; Gazelle Twin. Plus: hundreds of albums, gigs, films and books reviewed, and much more.

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Issue 367

September 2014


On the cover: Dean Blunt: David Keenan talks black metal, free jazz and life after Hype Williams with East London’s shapeshifting samplist. David Rosenboom: From brainwaves to stellar oscillations, the US composer finds sonic inspiration in all possible worlds. Phil Freeman's Primer on the career of the freewheeling saxophonist, Pharoah Sanders. Plus: Justin Broadrick's Invisible Jukebox, Jad Fair's Inner Sleeve, London grime producer Slackk, Brooklyn's Sound And Chaos studio, Drew Mulholland, Catherine Lamb, heaps of reviews, news and more.

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Issue 366

August 2014

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On the cover: St Vincent: The Tulsa born guitarist and songwriter’s restless anxiety derails and undermines conventional songforms – by Joseph Stannard. Andy Hamilton speaks with electronic music pioneer Trevor Wishart, Rory Gibb interviews London producer Lee Gamble, Bernie Krause's Invisible Jukebox, plus Filastine, Günter Schickert, Huddersfield sound systems and much more – not to forget hundreds of albums, downloads, videos and books reviewed. Plus: our latest 20 track CD, free to all readers with The Wire.

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Issue 365

July 2014


On the cover: Yoshimio: Dancing to a different drum, the Boredoms player is bringing gamelan to her group OOIOO. By James Hadfield. Plus: Frances Morgan visits Stockholm’s electronic music studio on its 50th birthday; Kek-W meets the Argentine wanderer, Alan Courtis; Rory Gibb on DJ Taye; Jennifer Lucy Allan on Karen Gwyer, Clive Bell on the International Nothing; Fire! Orchestra’s Sofia Jernberg; Shanghai’s noise unit Torturing Nurse, plus news, bountiful reviews and much more.

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Issue 364

June 2014


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

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Issue 363

May 2014


On the cover: The Compiler: A 22 page survey of paradigm-busting compilations, anthologies, mail order lists, mixtapes and other collections. Plus: Val Wilmer reveals the true story of the Sun Ra Arkestra leader’s formative years in the Paris interzone; Okkyung Lee's Invisible Jukebox; Inga Copeland; Officer!; Nat Birchall; Jack Ruby and more

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Issue 362

April 2014

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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.

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Issue 361

March 2014


On the cover: Darren Cunningham’s soundworld filters South London angst and atmos into abstract private dance music. By Derek Walmsley. Plus: Jandek redux with David Keenan, a Steve Lacy Primer, Ellen Fullman gets the Invisible Jukebox treatment, Gnod, Specter, David Blamey, Beatriz Ferreyra, reviews and much more.

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Issue 360

February 2014


On the cover: Jandek: In a world exclusive, the fabled representative of Corwood Industries talks face to face for the first time. By David Keenan. Plus: Edwin Pouncey on the extreme sonics of the former Skullflower guitarist Stefan Jaworzyn, UK noise maker and computer composer Russell Haswell takes The Wire's Invisible Jukebox test, London producer Visionist, Multiple Tap's new Japanese sounds, and over 100 album, gig, film and book reviews.

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Issue 359

January 2014


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.

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