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The Wire presents Shackleton and Inga Copeland at The Jazz Cafe

Camden's Jazz Cafe venue announce more shows for the new year

As part of an ongoing series at London’s Jazz Cafe, The Wire presents Shackleton and Inga Copeland will take place this February. The double headline gig follows last summer’s performance from Andy Stott, with more The Wire events in the future TBC.

Also forthcoming at the North London venue on 10 March will be London based duo Tomaga on a bill alongside This Heat's Charles Hayward, Ben Vince and Camila Fuchs.

The Wire presents Shackleton and Inga Copeland will take place on 10 February. Also playing on the night will be the Healthy Living DJ Sloe Loris.

A weekend of art/noise/reaction happening in Bristol

The Arnolfini to host Howling Owl’s New Year/New Noise fest

Howling Owl Records will present their fourth edition of New Year/New Noise this month. Taking place over three days at the Bristol art space Arnolfini, it promises “harsh new harsh static”, elaborating, “crisp thick brick dust clogs lung and throat. Chests tighten for tired exhalation and fragments of everything cave in”.

The first edition took place back in January 2014. “For nights afterwards, my head is full of a sinister, beehive hum: wreckage leftover from astonishing noise,” declared reviewer Charlie Fox in The Wire 361. This year's line-up features Klein, Agatha, Girl Band, Silver Waves, Johnsmith, asda, Yama Warashi and Howling Owl DJs. It will also feature a a workshop in gate-making by Champ Collective and a panel discussion on internet radio featuring Seb Wheeler (Mixmag, Tropical Waste), Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura (NTS), Leon Arifin (NOODS) and Sam Banham (BBC Introducing).

New Year/New Noise will run from 20–22 January. Weekend tickets are £15.

Domino kicks off new imprint with a Julia Holter release

Domino Documents will feature live recordings from some of the label's artists

Domino has launched a new imprint called Documents. The irregular new series of live studio recordings plans to “capture the ever-evolving arrangements of our artists and their bands in high fidelity”. On top of that, all releases will be recorded in two days or less.

Although the label counts The Villagers’ 2016 release Where Have You Been All My Life? as the honorary inaugural Document release, its first official output comes from Julia Holter on 31 March with In The Same Room. Recorded with bandmates Corey Fogel, Dina Maccabee and Devin Hoff after their performance at Green Man festival in Wales, the release comprises of new arrangements of songs taken from the previous studio releases:Tragedy (2011), Loud City Song (2013) and Have You In My Wilderness (2015).

“Holter’s Domino Documents is an essential release for anyone who has witnessed her brilliant, beguiling band on tour around the world in the last five years as well as the perfect introduction to a truly important and innovative young artist,” declares the label.

You can listen to “So Lillies” below:

Where Have You Been All My Life? is available for pre-order now.

No messing

The dirt on Einstürzende Neubauten’s new Greatest Hits LP

No prizes for guessing the right answer, but who gouged Einstürzende Neubauten’s name into the gold disc adorning the front cover of their new double LP Greatest Hits? And while we’re asking questions, what kind of ink did said miscreant use to scrawl the album’s title all over it? The compilation’s title and tracklist are taken from the Greatest Hits shows the Berlin group have been playing out in recent years alongside their more conceptual project Lament, and it mostly consists of recordings made by their current, longest lasting line-up.

CSI specialists have no doubt already deduced that the title is written in piss. It’s Neubauten founder Blixa Bargeld’s, apparently. Before you ask, yes, it’s also his handwriting, and he used a pipette, not his penis, as a pen. A footnote in the album credits acknowledges the artwork in part pays dual homage to West German agit-rock legends Ton Steine Scherben’s IV and Andy Warhol’s piss paintings.

Greatest Hits is released by POTOMAK

Mira Calix opens a portal for her new music

Mira Calix reveals her plans to curate an online portal which will also include her Warp back catalogue

Mira Calix has established a new creative platform for her recordings and other works. The portal, or “virtual gallery space” as her press release describes it, is divided into three sections: Music, Materials and Conversations.

The Music section currently features four new works including I Desire No Commendation. Inspired by a painting of Henry VIII’s last wife Catherine Parr, the track features vocals by UK artist Sarah Lucas. Another piece called Just One More Thing is performed by bassist Robert Black, founding member of the New York ensemble Bang On A Can Allstars. In addition, Calix’s Warp back catalogue is also available. The Materials section has limited edition artworks and virtual sleeve art, and Conversation will host a series of recorded talks with various friends and collaborators. Releases across all three sections will appear at regular intervals, but not to a specific schedule. Parts will be available to download for a limited period while other works are streamed.

‘‘The portal seems really appealing as a new space to share my work and those of people I admire,” states Calix. “I’ve been fascinated over the last decade by objectifying sound, with the song as a place and the challenge of building environments. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to do in the traditional stereo, album format. Most of my output has been installations, with multiple speaker systems[...]

“It occurred to me that a digital portal allows me to release standalone, longer pieces of music without forcing them into traditional formats. Digital gives me the freedom and the opportunity to build a new environment, one where discourse, visual art, text and music can sit side by side with intimacy and immediacy.”

Calix's portal is hosted by Bleep, and content is already available to view. But the portal launch proper happens in the form of a live stream on 6 January.

Manuel Göttsching doubleheader confirmed for 2017’s Convergence festival

The German composer brings the The Ash Ra Tempel Experience and E2–E4 to London’s The Barbican

As part of 2017’s Convergence festival, German composer and multi-instrumentalist Manuel Göttsching will present two projects in one night at London’s The Barbican. The evening will open with The Ash Ra Tempel Experience, featuring Ariel Pink (vocals, bass), Shags Chamberlain (keys, synthesizer) and Oren Ambarchi (drums) alongside Göttsching on guitar. This new incarnation of Göttsching’s legendary early 1970s group Ash Ra Tempel first came together in Melbourne 2015 to play music from Schwingungen (1972) and Seven Up, the 1973 album Ash Ra Tempel made with Timothy Leary. In the second half, Göttsching will perform his E2–E4 solo album in its entirety.

E2–E4 + Ash Ra Tempel Experience will take place on 22 March 2017. An Ash Ra Tempel Experience live album will follow later in the year.

Klub Katarakt: International Festival For Experimental Music

The Hamburg based festival will take place this January and feature works by John Cage, Michael Maierhof, Éliane Radigue and others

Klub Katarakt: International Festival For Experimental Music will take place in Hamburg this January. The festival, which has reached its 12th edition, was launched in 2005 as a platform for the composers collective Katarakt, who are dedicated to exploring new dimensions of perception. This year the event will feature works by John Cage and Éliane Radigue with artists on the line-up including Michael Maierhof, Thomas Ankersmit, Anton Kaun, F#X, Nika Son, Phuong-Dan, Carol Robinson, Julia Eckhardt, Rhodri Davies, Erik Drescher, Robert Engelbrecht, Volker Hemken and others. There will also be a short film program curated by Giuseppe Gagliano and Jan Feddersen alongside the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg. Some of the recent films being screened include Karin Fisslthaler: Brainbows, Siegfried A Fruhauf: Vintage Print, Rainer Kohlberger: Not Even Nothing Can Be Free Of Ghosts.

Klub Katarakt is directed by Jan Feddersen, Robert Engelbrecht and Ernst Bechert. it will take place from 18–21 January.

New book and concert series celebrate Can's 50th anniversary

The Wire's Rob Young has penned a new biography of the legendary rock outfit while London’s Barbican host The Can Project

To celebrate Can’s 50th anniversary, which falls in October 2017, Faber & Faber are publishing a new book devoted to the Cologne rock legends. The book will be split into two volumes – one is the first complete authorised biography of the band by The Wire’s Rob Young, and the other is a collage of thoughts, visuals and interviews written and collated by Irmin Schmidt and former Electronic Beats Editor Max Dax.

In April 2017 London’s Barbican will host The Can Project, featuring Irmin Schmidt with London Symphony Orchestra/Thurston Moore and special guests. The show will be preceded by a Q&A with Rob Young, who will also read from the book, and there will also be a screening of Can’s 1972 performance at the Cologne Sporthalle on 8 April, 7.30pm.

Sons D'Hiver jazz and improv festival returns for its 26th edition

Happening just outside of Paris, the festival features Roscoe Mitchell Sextet, Wadada Leo Smith, Archie Shepp and more

The 26th edition of Sons D’Hiver festival opens on 13 January. Translating as Sounds Of Winter, the annual jazz and improv festival will be held at various venues in Val-de-Marne just outside Paris. The programme includes Sylvaine Helary & Dan Weiss, Wadada Leo Smith & Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell Sextet paying tribute to John Coltrane, Aron Ottignon Trio, Craig Taborn, Archie Shepp playing Sidney Bechet, and more.

Sons d'hiver runs from 13 January–5 February. Tickets are on sale now.

Launch for Salomé Voegelin and Thomas Gardner’s new sound art book

David Toop and Claudia Molitor are among the featured contributors in the forthcoming book Colloquium: Sound Art–Music

The new Zero Books publication Colloquium: Sound Art–Music will be launched in February. Edited by Wire contributor Salomé Voegelin and Thomas Gardner, it features contributions from David Toop, Volkmar Klien, Aura Satz, Leigh Landy, Cathy Lane, Simon Emmerson, Claudia Molitor, Kathy Hinde, and others. The book materialised out of a debate about the relationship between sound art and music, which took place at London College of Communication in 2012. The publication aims to “open up the continuum between concert hall and gallery space, between record collection, radio, sound and the everyday”. The launch will take place at LCC on 1 February, 7pm.