Issue 174

August 1998


ON THE COVER: John Fahey - Music In The Raw

FEATURES: Herbie Hancock, Talvin Singh's jukebox, Hawaiian Apocalypse, Musique Concrete, Arnold Dreyblatt, James Ruskin, Ganger, Alice Coltrane, Kraftwerk

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Issue 176

October 1998


ON THE COVER: Harder! Faster! Louder! - Electronica's new extremists: V/VM, Speedranch, Skam, Matthew Harden, Fat Cat and more!

FEATURES: Ravi Coltrane, Chris Watson, Tom Hodgkinson, Underground Soundtracks, Toru Takemitsu, Derrick May's Jukebox, Bernard Parmegiani

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Issue 184

June 1999


ON THE COVER: Stockhausen - Interstellar Fugitive

FEATURES: Kraftwerk, Neu!, La Dusseldorf, The Dead C, Tropicalia, Ozomatli, David Toop on Fela Kuti, Stock, Hausen & Walkman's Jukebox, Solid Eye

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Issue 197

July 2000


ON THE COVER: Tongue-twisting with Anti-Pop Consortium, Mike Ladd, Sonic Sum, Dose One

FEATURES: Sun Ra, Stockhausen, Parliament, Hawkwind, William Hooker, Toshimaru Nakamra, Reynols, Kim Gordon's Jukebox, 23 Skidoo

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Issue 199

September 2000


On The Cover: Royal Trux. These tramps were born to burn: Neil Hagerty and Jennifer Herrema pour their shared affinity for scuzzy art, musique concrete and harmolodics into high-octane trailerpark rock noise. By Edwin Pouncey

Features: Burnt Friedman, Francisco Lopez, Sunny Murray's Jukebox, Tangents #2: Back To The Roots, Luther Blissett, Joseph Suchy, Lois V Vierk

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Issue 204

February 2001


ON THE COVER: Tortoise - Climbing out of their shells, Chicago's premier post-rockers reveal to David Keenan how their new album redefines their standards even as it reaffirms their hardcore roots

FEATURES: Primer: The Residents, Secret Museum of Mankind, Invisible Jukebox: Gary Lucas, Bob Ostertag, Lesser, Peaches, Japanorama live

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Issue 209

July 2001


ON THE COVER: Radiohead - At their Oxford base, Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood tell Simon Reynolds about dissent in an apathetic age, the secrets of their studio techniques and how to stay off-message while under corporate manners

FEATURES: MicroHouse, Arthur Doyle, Invisible Jukebox: Pauline Oliveros, Tangents: Metropolis and the Man-Machine, Jacques Attali, Four Tet, John Hudak, Fennesz, Chrome

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Issue 213

November 2001


ON THE COVER: Jim O'Rourke - His recent appointment as Sonic Youth's fifth member hasn't cured avant music's most workaholic producer. David Keenan hears about O'Rourke's new LPs of Southern fried boogie and Mego electronica, and why Chicago sucks

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Lol Coxhill, Kaija Saariaho, The Soviet noise network, Bobby Conn, Nagisa Ni te, Blectum From Blechdom, Charley Patton, Dave Douglas, Manhattan Stories: Lee Ranaldo, Stephen Vitiello, Skiz Fernando, Alan Licht and more

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Issue 215

January 2002

+ The Wire Tapper 08

ON THE COVER: Le Tigre - With roots in Riot Grrl but advancing into electropunk, IDM, and interventionist art, Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman and JD Sampson's trio are agitating at ground zero of a female music explosion. By Joy Press

STUCK TO THE COVER: The Wire Tapper 8 - Our series of free new music compilations continues with new work from artists including Fog, Set Fire To Flames, Noxagt, 23 Skidoo, Cornelius, Xinlisupreme and many more

FEATURES: Cabaret Voltaire, Don Letts, 2001 Rewind, Badawi, Zeitkratzer, Sand, No-Neck Blues Band, Coil, Cornelius, Uri Caine, Evan Parker, Nobukazu Takemura, John Cale, Australian post-punk

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Issue 218

April 2002


ON THE COVER: Alice Coltrane - In an exclusive interview at her California home, Edwin Pouncey explores the cosmic jazz legend's ongoing quest for universal consciousness, from her part in Coltrane's ecstatic jazz through an illustrious solo career

FEATURES: Steve Beresford, Invisible Jukebox: David Grubbs, Bootlegs & plagiarhythms, Rebuilding Berlin Techno, Taylor Dupree, Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunn 0))), Boards of Canada, Antipop Consortium, Reynols, Vinko Globokar, Frank Zappa

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Issue 221

July 2002


ON THE COVER: Keiji Haino - Alan Cummings penetrates the universal consciousness of the Tokyo shaman, who has conducted a 30 year quest to outdo the Big Bang with his Fushitsusha and Aihiyo groups, solo guitar noise, percussion rituals and DJ sets

FEATURES: John Coltrane, Primer: Nurse With Wound, Wordsound, Philip Jeck, Invisible Jukebox: Simon Fisher Turner, DJ /Rupture, Goodiepal, DJ Spooky, Peter Brötzmann, Musique Actuelle

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Issue 223

September 2002


ON THE COVER: Boredoms - Yamataka Eye and Yoshimi P-We's 16 year old avant institution has a new lease of life. They tell Edwin Pouncey how they've streamlined their anarchic punk into a disciplined percussion frenzy... by turning the group into a turntable

FEATURES: Atom Heart, Invisible Jukebox: Charlemagne Palestine, Primer: Miami Bass, Yasunao Tone, Earle Brown, Cheb i Sabbah, Eliane Radigue, Mike Westbrook, Ladyfest, Zappanale, RJD22

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Issue 224

October 2002


ON THE COVER: Suicide - Blank indifference, riotous mobs: for 30 years Alan Vega and Martin Rev have survived them all. In New York, Alan Licht hears how their latest album American Supreme ties up the loose ends separating proto-punk and electroclash

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Tony Allen, John Stevens, Mr Lif, Video Arcadia, Alan Lomax, Deerhoof, Jazzkammer, BARK!, Hiener Goebbels, Derek Bailey

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Issue 232

June 2003


ON THE COVER: Yo La Tengo - In New York, David Keenan sups with the 20 year old avant rock trio who got hip to free jazz

FEATURES: The Ex, Invisible Jukebox: David Sylvian, Mauricio Kagel, Primer: Soft Machine, Nina Simone, Asmus Tietchens, Sightings, Cliff Martinez, Semiconductor

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Issue 233

July 2003


ON THE COVER: Michael Gira - From public sex god to Angel Of Light: Gira outlines how far he's come since flying away from Swans. By Alan Licht

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Daevid Allen, Stereo and the Space Age, Off Site: Japanese whispers, Arne Nordheim, Borbetomagus, Animal Collective, Sam Shalabi, MF Doom, Lydia Lunch's epiphany

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Issue 238

December 2003


ON THE COVER: Raster-Noton - Sound sculptor and electro-minimalist Carsten Nicolai tells Ben Borthwick about the art of number crunching

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Will Oldham, Z'ev, 'Blue' Gene Tyranny, Luigi Russolo, Larsen, Wolf Eyes, Busdriver, Ergo Phizmiz

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Issue 239

January 2004


ON THE COVER: 2003 Rewind - The Wire's crack writing squad select the year's best records; plus critics', singers' and players' pros and cons

FEATURES: Arthur Russell, Jerome Noetinger, Paal Nilssen-Love, Matt Rogalsky, Invisible Jukebox: Damon & Naomi, Basil Kirchin, Matthew Bourne

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Issue 256

June 2005

+ The Wire Tapper 13

ON THE COVER: Laugh Till It Hurts - The best music is as serious as your life, which is why laughter is one of its most important components. In a 14 page special, our squad of correspondents get their laughing gear around a century of sonic wit and musical jesters from Aphex to Zappa. Plus: David Stubbs explains how humour and music make for unlikely bedfellows, and David Toop muses on the comedy of the grand piano and the misery of Max Wall

FEATURES: Tod Dockstader, Mark Stewart, The Books, Cooper-Moore, Clemens Gadenstätter

PLUS: The Wire Tapper 13 - This month's free cover-mounted 20 track double CD is available in shops worldwide and features tracks by Matt Elliott, Kid 606, Nick Castro, Junkboy, Juana Molina, Alexander Hacke, Akinori, Pajo, Tu'M and more

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Issue 271

September 2006


ON THE COVER: Kool Keith - Hiphop's premier streetwise satirist and scatologist, Dr Octagon, is back - just one of the former Ultramagnetic MC's raft of comeback projects in 2006. By Peter Shapiro

FEATURES: Charalambides, Primer: AMM, Merce Cunningham, Invisible Jukebox: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cross Platform: Ira Cohen, Digital Mystikz, Excepter, Jason Lescalleet

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Issue 273

November 2006


ON THE COVER: Joanna Newsom - On her new orchestral album Ys, the Californian harper's epic tales have been enhanced by collaborations with Van Dyke Parks, Steve Albini and Jim O'Rourke. By Rob Young

FEATURES: Lasse Marhaug, Haunted Audio, Christof Kurzmann, Invisible Jukebox: Om, Cross Platform: Mika Taanila, Victor Gama, Colleen, Tovah Olson

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Issue 275

January 2007


ON THE COVER: The Wire’s review of the year’s best music, including Top 50 Records Of The Year, writers’ and musicians’ reflections, and surveys of the state of sonic art in 2006

FEATURES: Matt Valentine & Erika Elder, Faust, Gary Smith, Carla Kihlstedt, Peter Evans, Strange Attractor

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Issue 314

April 2010

+ The Wire Tapper 23

On The Cover: Konono No 1 - In Kinshasa, Nick Richardson meets the group who amplified the African thumb piano and their extended 'Congotronics' family, including Kasai Allstars. Stuck To The Cover: Wire Tapper 23 - free 20-track CD featuring The A Band, Raymond Dijkstra, Rolf Julius and more. Plus: Joanna Newsom's Invisible Jukebox, Giacinto Scelsi Primer, Edgard Varèse, Eleh, DJ Stringray, Stefan Goldmann, The Gaslamp Killer and more

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Issue 315

May 2010


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 more

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Issue 318

August 2010


On the cover: Chris Watson - Ken Hollings meets the sound recordist and Cabaret Voltaire founder whose mic penetrates the wild places humans can't reach. Plus: Howard Riley, Surgeon, Chicks On Speed, Rhodri Davies's Invisible Jukebox, Peter Shapiro on Cosmic Disco, Julian Lynch, Helena Gough, Terror Danjah

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Issue 323

January 2011


On The Cover: The Wire’s essential review of the year’s best music, including the Top 50 Records of the Year, writers’ and musicians’ reflections, and essays on 2010’s key developments. Plus: Giuseppe Ielasi, Electronic Voice Phenomena, Scanner's Invisible Jukebox, Peter Christopherson, Lichens, Pat Maherr and much more

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Issue 331

September 2011


On the cover: My Cat Is An Alien - Ken Hollings visits the Italian duo’s Alien Studios in Turin to hear how they harness the music of the spheres with rayguns and cosmic drones. Plus Alan Howarth's Invisible Jukebox, Prurient, Fela Kuti in London, Herb Diamante, Andy Stott and much more.

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Issue 352

June 2013


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.

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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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