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Festive 50

A festive 50 from The Wire and Borderline radio

In what has become something of a Xmas/New Year tradition, Borderline: Musik Für Grenzganger, a show on the German radio station Freies Radio Kassel 105.8 FM, will broadcast a series of programmes in December and January based around The Wire’s top 50 records of the year for 2007. The shows will go out between 8-9pm CET, with the first broadcast on 21 December and the remainder on 28 December, 4, 11 and 18 January. The shows will be available as Real Audio streams at www.borderline-extra.de three days following the original broadcast.

70 Years of David Behrman

Veteran composer and artist David Behrman is to celebrate his 70th Birthday at
New York's Roulette

David Behrman has been actively composing and creating sound and multimedia installations since the 1960s. Founder of the Sonic Arts Union (together with Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, and Gordon Mumma), he has also had a continuous association with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company since 1970 in which he currently serves on the Music Committee. New York Roulette, December 16, 8pm, $15 ($10), members free. More info here: http://www.roulette.org/

David Tibet Special Event

David Tibet has been invited to to curate a special all day event as part of the 13th annual Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands held April 2008

David Tibet has been invited to curate a special day-long event at the Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland. Current 93 will be performing as well as special guests Tibet has invited. OM are confirmed to appear and Tibet is also in the process of discussing the appearance of two or three more of his favourite artists.

Of the event, which will take place April 20, 2008, at the 013 Club in Tilburg, Tibet says "Roadburn is perhaps the pre-eminent festival of doom, stoner, psychedelacidic and othercoloured metal, and I am very touched and happy to have been invited by Roadburn to bring some of those artists whom I love to a festival whose work I have long admired."

Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.roadburn.com or
www.myspace.com/roadburnfestival. for more information.

Savage Pencil Speaks

The Wire’s editor-in-chief Tony Herrington is to host a gallery discussion with The Wire’s resident cartoonist and illustrator Savage Pencil this Friday

The Wire’s editor-in-chief Tony Herrington is to host a gallery discussion with The Wire’s resident cartoonist and illustrator Savage Pencil as part of the exhibition SAVAGE PENCIL PRESENTS CREATURES OF THE NIGHT, a solo show featuring new and commissioned drawings, sculpture and illustrations that underline the artist’s interest in the imagery and iconography of Black Metal and the occult. The talk will cover all aspects of Savage Pencil’s work and takes place at 96 Gillespie Gallery, 7 December, 7pm, and entrance is free. The exhibition runs at 96 Gillespie until 9 December (open Thurs-Suns, 2-6pm, free).

Infinite Livez @ Open Sauce

UK hiphop original Infinite Livez is the co-host of a new London club night named Open Sauce

UK hiphop original Infinite Livez is the co-host of a new London club night named Open Sauce dedicated to “experimental and improvised, electronic hip hop music featuring some of the worlds finest purveyors of leftfield music all mashed up with our resident group of abstracticons”. The opening night is billed a series of sound clashes: Remdog Vs Kiss Akakbusi featuring Infinite Livez and DYSU (Big Dada); Man One Vs Passive 6 5ive; plus DJ Grizzly. It all happens at Life, 2-4 Old Street, London EC1, 13 December, 10pm-2am, free before 11pm, £3 after.

My Bloody Valentine return

My Bloody Valentine return to play concerts in the summer of 2008

My Bloody Valentine are returning to play in Summer 2008 across the UK with confirmed dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow. The following three dates have been announced: London Roundhouse 20 June, Manchester Apollo 28 June and Glasgow Barrowland 2 July. Tickets go on sale this Friday, 16 November. Tickets for all shows will be available at www.seetickets.com and venue box offices.

The Wire 25 was a blast. Now relive it here.

The Wire magazine's 25th anniversary season - a month-long series of concerts held at various London venues - is now over... but you can relive your favourite moments here...
Go to all your images from the events here!
Check videos of Matmos, Laub, LauNau and more here!
And look out for streams and further videos in the next couple of weeks...

The Wire magazine's 25th anniversary season is now over

For archived videos, photo galleries & streams from selected events in the season:
*go to www.thewire.co.uk/articles/250/
*go to www.thewire.co.uk/articles/the_wire_25/

The Wire 25 was curated by Electra and The Wire, in association with the Contemporary Music Network

*go to www.electra-productions.com
*go to www.cmntours.org.uk

D.I.Y. or Die - free film download

D.I.Y. OR DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist is being offered up for free download by the film's director

Director Michael W. Dean is giving away his entire film D.I.Y. OR DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist free on Zune Marketplace and Zune.net . The film is billed as a celebration of the artistic underdog and features interviews and performances from: Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), J Mascis (Dinosaur jr.), Jim Rose (Jim Rose Sideshow), J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Richard Kern (Filmmaker),Ron Asheton (Stooges), Madigan Shive (Bonfire Madigan), Dave Brockie (Gwar), Craig Newmark (founder Craig's List) and more.

The film will be downloaded as eight episodic chapters over eight weeks' time. Seven extras from the DVD (including interviews with Ian MacKaye, Steve Albini, and Lydia Lunch) will also be available for free download, one per week, after the final chapter of the film posts. Microsoft's Zune Marketplace launches November 13 and Zune.net launches the week after.

Donald Ayler 1942-2007

Donald Ayler, the trumpet playing younger brother of saxophonist Albert Ayler, has died.

Donald Ayler, the trumpet playing younger brother of saxophonist Albert Ayler, died on 21 October following a sudden heart attack. Donald’s buzzing, declamatory trumpet playing, which was part Holy Roller primitive, part avant garde firebrand, was an integral component in the groups led by Albert during 1965-8, animating the ecstatic mood of such landmark recordings of the new jazz as Spirits Rejoice, Bells, Live In Greenwich Village and Love Cry. In 1967 Donald, who was born 5 October 1942 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, had what he referred to as a "nervous breakdown" (in fact he suffered with mental illness for most of his life). This factor, coupled with his sacking from his brother’s group circa 1968, and then Albert’s mysterious death in 1970, effectively forced him to quit music for good (although in the early 80s he did re-emerge briefly to work with a new group in Florence, Italy). Donald appeared in Kasper Collins’s recent documentary My Name Is Albert Ayler where he spoke movingly and eloquently about the music he and his brother had made together four decades earlier. He died at the care home in Northfield, Ohio where he had been resident for some time.

Photo by Val Wilmer shows Donald and Albert Ayler, circa 1966

The Wire 25 Gallery - your pictures!

Add your own photos to The Wire 25 gallery.

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