Issue 141

November 1995

Cover Story: Marc Almond

Features: Stockhausen - versus the Tecnocrats; Space Rock Stateside - Tortoise, Labradford, Jon Spencer; Jaz Coleman - Orchestral Manoeuvres; Eddie Palmieri, Andrew Poppy, Wayne Shorter, Mark Isham

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Issue 145

March 1996

On The Cover: Tortoise

Stuck To The Cover (UK Only): Resurgence - free 16-track CD

Features: Faust, A-Z of Electro, Mixmaster Morris's Jukebox, John McLaughlin, Les Baxter, Sonic Boom, T Power

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Issue 146

April 1996

On The Cover: Yoko Ono - A life in flux

Features: Techno theories - Mille Plateaux, Alec Empire, Oval; Who Needs Record Companies? An anarchist's guide to starting your own label; Courtney Pine's jukebox, Mark Stewart, Harrison Birtwistle, New Kingdom, Larry Heard

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Issue 149

July 1996

On The Cover: Stereolab - Switched On Science

Features: Joe Zawinul, Paul Schütze , Ice T's Jukebox, Derek Bailey, His Name Is Alive, Breakbeat descendants: Jake Slazenger, Plug, Witchman, Squarepusher

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Issue 150

August 1996

STUCK TO THE COVER: Bim Sherman - Extracts from the album Miracle

ON THE COVER: 150 Essential Objects of Musical Desire

FEATURES: Omni Trio, .O.rang, James Dillon, The Black Dog, Lee Ranaldo in Jajouka, Basic Channel, Barry Adamson's Jukebox

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Issue 154

December 1996

ON THE COVER: The Illbient Ambience - featuring Byzar, Wordsound, Sub Dub, Soundlab, Bill Laswell, Ben Neill, DJ Olive

FEATURES: Jeru The Damaja, James Chance, Charlemagne Palestine, Scanner, Stockhausen, Eric Drew Feldman, Paul Schutze

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Issue 155

January 1997

On The Cover: 96 Rewind - Records of the year: charting 12 months of underground music activity

Features: Laibach, Khan & Jammin' Unit, Prince Paul, Harold Budd's Jukebox, Dom & Roland, John White, Kreidler, Nippon noise squad

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Issue 157

March 1997

On The Cover: Panasonic and the warped world of weird audio

Features: ESP-Disk, Laika, Bill Drummond, Airo Moreira's jukebox, Jungle Brothers, Underdog, Metamkine

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Issue 159

May 1997

ON THE COVER: Photek - Suburban Samurai

FEATURES: Robert Fripp, Jeff Mills, Ennio Morricone, Merzbow, Tipsy, Third Eye Foundation, Sonic Boom's Invisible Jukebox

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Issue 164

October 1997

ON THE COVER: Plaid - electro-lite fixtures

FEATURES: Graham Haynes, Neubauten, Stereolab's jukebox, Yusef Lateef, Pauline Oliveros, To Rococo Rot, Spread The Virus: William Burroughs infects the world of music

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Issue 167

January 1998

ON THE COVER: 97 Rewind - Charting 12 months of essential music with Autechre, Mouse On Mars, John Fahey, Evan Parker, Porter Ricks, Robert Wyatt and more

FEATURES: Mark Hollis, Mati Klarwein, Tortoise Invisible Jukebox, Drexciya, Ralf Wehowsky, Add N To X, Morgan Geist, Xenakis

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Issue 168

February 1998

On The Cover: Matthew Shipp - Pushing the Boat Out

Features: Fred Frith, Lalo Schifrin, The Primer: Field Recordings, Julian Cope's jukebox, Hugh Davies, Req, Kevin Ayers, Tortoise & Mouse On Mars, Holger Hiller

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Issue 170

April 1998

+ The Wire Tapper 01

On The Cover: Tony Conrad. Without the Buffalo violinist there would have been no Velvet Underground. Richard Henderson meets the Minimalist drone king who discovered a whole new musical universe in a single note

Features: The Primer: Captain Beefheart, Phuture, The Creators, David Thomas's Jukebox, Charles Bullen, The Pastels, Death Songs, Global Ear: Siberia, Jan Kopinski, Loren Mazzacane Connors, The Secret History of Film Music

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Issue 172

June 1998

ON THE COVER: John Martyn - The Man Who Fell To Earth

FEATURES: Richie Hawtin, P-Funk, Sun City Girls. Jesus & Mary Chain's Jukebox, Gary Lucas, Ikue Mori, Don Byron, Cut Chemist, Brian Eno

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Issue 182

April 1999

+ The Wire Tapper 03

On The Cover: Arto Lindsay - Working alongside the great Brazilian singer Vinicius Cantuaria, the former No Wave guitar hero is reinventing bossa nova as a lifestyle soundtrack for rootless cosmopolitans everywhere. By David Toop

Features: Genesis P-Orridge, Luc Ferrari, Rhys Chatham, Natacha Atlas's Jukebox, Captain Beefheart, Robin Rimbaud on Glenn Branca, Vinicius Cantuaria, Undercurrents #4: Listening Aids, Simon Reynolds on two-step Garage

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Issue 187

September 1999

On The Cover: Gang Starr - The ten-year HipHop reign of DJ Premier and Guru has seen their dextrous cut-ups and content enriched raps become a touchstone for producers worldwide. By Sasha Frere-Jones

Features: Undercurrents #9: Automating The Beat; Ectomorph, Joe Gallivan, FX Randomiz, Invisible Jukebox: John Paul Jones, Augustus Pablo

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Issue 195

May 2000

On The Cover: As London's Hayward Gallery hosts the largest retrospective of sonic art the UK has ever seen, we present a guide to the visualisation of multiple, hybrid soundworlds

Features: Brian Eno, Christian Marclay, Evan Parker's Jukebox, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Laurie Anderson, Dylan Group, Iain Ballamy

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Issue 202

December 2000

ON THE COVER: Zakir Hussain - In Shakti, the West Coast based percussion virtuoso established the tabla as a frontline solo instrument. Now he's conducting East-West summits with Mickey Hart, Talvin Singh, Bill Laswell and more. By Richard Henderson

FEATURES: Christian Wolff, HIM, Invisible Jukebox: Otomo Yoshihide, Primer: British Folk, Beta Bodega Coalition, Rob Ellis, Bill Wells

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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 205

March 2001

ON THE COVER: Talvin Singh - With the release of his second album Ha, the multitasking tabla master has been promoted to the global music elite, hanging with cronies from Bill Laswell and Sakamato to Andrew Lloyd Webber. By Peter Shapiro

FEATURES: Ornette Coleman, Tangents: The Blank Generation, Invisible Jukebox: Stephen Malkmus, Phill Niblock, John Wall, Future Pilot AKA, Thighpaulsandra, Joy Division

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Issue 207

May 2001

+ The Wire Tapper 07

ON THE COVER: Generative Music - Oval, Brian Eno, Autechre, Evan Parker and Michael Prime are only a handful of contemporary artists whose approach to systems, evolutionary processes and technology are advancing the musical zeitgeist. By David Toop

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Current 93, Tangents: Apocalypse poetry, Keith Tippett, Bardo Pond, 20 years of Touch, Artistic Heritage Ensemble, All Tomorrow's Parties, Håkan Lidbo, Cannibal Ox, Khan, Plastic People Of The Universe

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Issue 210

August 2001

ON THE COVER: Acid Mothers Temple - Beneath the psychedelic gimmickry, Makoto Kawabata's cosmic revellers are sky-kissing troubadours at heart. David Keenan unravels the 23 year trip that transformed teenage noisefreak Kawabata into AMT's high priest of drone

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Laurie Anderson, Primer: Morton Feldman, Fennesz, Rune Lindblad, Prefuse 73, Hamid Drake, Delia Derbyshire, Björk, Sonic Youth, Sonar 2001

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Issue 214

December 2001

ON THE COVER: Mercury Rev - Ten years of turmoil, substance abuse and swirling guitars may sound like your typical sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll tale, but David Keenan hears how encounters with the US avant garde influenced their New York State of mind

FEATURES: Primer: Music of Islam, Invisible Jukebox: Kirk Degiorgio, Cornelius Cardew, Playgroup, Madlib, Axel Dörner, Alog, Jim O'Rourke, Coil, No-Neck Blues Band, Shoji Hano, DJ Shadow

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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 219

May 2002

ON THE COVER: John Oswald - Canada's prince of plunderphonia recalls his battles with the majors for his artistic right to reclaim his sound environment from the noise pollution of pop by recycling it through his plunderphonics system. By David Keenan

FEATURES: Shirley Collins, The Fall, Invisible Jukebox: El-P, Hillbillies, The Primer: The Old, Weird America, Jewelled Antler Collective, Mission of Burma, Mick Beck, Vinko Globokar

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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 222

August 2002

ON THE COVER: Tom Waits - Barfly, beatnik, hobo, hipster, Weimar cabaret singer, Stallone co-star, Harry Partch fan: the chronicler of the American underbelly has been playing confidence games with his identity and music since the 70s. By Phil Freeman

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Arthur Lee, William Parker, Lou Harrison, Leif Elggren & CM Von Hausswolff, To Live & Shave In LA, Boom Bip, Tchad Blake, Kevin Drumm, Peter Hammill, Sonic Process

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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 226

December 2002

ON THE COVER: Jackie-O Motherfucker - From their base in America's far North West, the ramshackle free rock collective has developed a liberating aesthetic of harmonious noise as a bulwark against the forcces of conservatism and commodification. By Edwin Pouncey

FEATURES: Keith Levene, Erstwhile in Tokyo, Invisible Jukebox: Kevin Ayers, Acoustic Ecology, Hrvatski, Fursaxa, Soft Pink Truth, Beth Gibbons, Tony Conrad & Faust, Mark E Smith

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Issue 228

February 2003

ON THE COVER: Lou Reed - The great naysayer has just delivered his most sprawling work since Metal Machine Music: a sonic drama based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. In New York, he reflects on a lifetime of imbalance. By Alan Licht

FEATURES: Alan Silva, Primer: Mutant disco, Invisible Jukebox: Spring Heel Jack, Supersilent, Helmut Lachenmann, Out Hud, Charalambides

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Issue 230

April 2003

ON THE COVER: Autechre - With their new album Draft 7.30, Autechre's Sean Booth and Rob Brown continue pursuing their oblique strategies in electronica, delivering on the decade-old Artificial Intelligence manifesto: never look back. By David Stubbs

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Colin Newman, The Magic Band, Primer: Fluxus music, Tom Cora, Donna Summer, Califone, John Tilbury

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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 234

August 2003

ON THE COVER: New Weird America - Sunburned Hand of the Man are spearheading the groundswell of the US free folk revolution. By David Keenan

FEATURES: Primer: Fela Kuti, Robert Ashley, Phew, Mike Paradinas, The Pastels, Niobe, Cedric Im Brooks, Tu m'

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Issue 235

September 2003

ON THE COVER: Matmos - David Toop tries to keep the peace as Björk confederates Drew Daniel and MC Schmidt recreate the Civil War

FEATURES: Kaffe Matthews, Invisible Jukebox: David Byrne, Mike Kelley, Ron Geesin, Borah Bergman, Robert Wyatt, Erase Errata, Leafcutter John, Eric Glick Rieman

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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 241

March 2004

ON THE COVER: cLOUDDEAD - anticon's central trio ponder their disenchantment with HipHop and life under Schwarzenegger. By Rob Young

FEATURES: Györgi Ligeti, Art Bears, Mars, Invisible Jukebox: Four Tet, Olga Neuwirth, Double Leopards, Bernhard Gál, A Hawk And A Hacksaw

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Issue 247

September 2004

ON THE COVER: Derek Bailey - Free improvisation's wittiest and wiliest thinker has been rejuvenated since his move to Barcelona. By David Keenan

FEATURES: Tim Barnes, Jac Berrocal, Invisible Jukebox: Chris Watson, Kenneth Anger, Mira Calix, Felix Kubin, Thomas Melchoir, Text of Light, Björn Olsson

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Issue 253

March 2005

ON THE COVER: MF Doom - Hua Hsu investigates the many personae of one of HipHop's most mysterious figures.

FEATURES: Bill Fay, Hijokaidan, James Tenney, Invisible Jukebox: Ken Vandermark, M Ward, Colin Potter, Wally Shoup, Hugh Metcalfe

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Issue 262

December 2005

+ The Wire Tapper 14

ON THE COVER: Lightning Bolt

FEATURES: Ken Hyder, Vashti Bunyan, Invisible Jukebox: Ray Russell, Primer: Jamaican Deejays, Tujiko Noriko, Susanne Brokesch, Kang Tae Hwan

PLUS: Wire Tapper 14: All copies of this month's issue come with a free 16 track CD, the latest volume in our ongoing series of new music compilations. The CD features tracks by Oren Marshall, Dirty Projectors, Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid, This Heat, Nels Cline/Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano and more

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Issue 264

February 2006

ON THE COVER: Edan: The Boston DJ/MC/producer trawls widely, from Old School hiphop to 60s freakbeat heroes. By Hua Hsu

FEATURES: Derek Bailey 1930-2005, Invisible Jukebox: Steve Reid, Bardo Pond, Battles, Birgit Ulher, Sleeparchive

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Issue 272

October 2006

ON THE COVER: Pere Ubu - After 14 albums and several line-up changes, David Thomas's group continue to map out America's ghost towns and lost highways. By Phil Freeman

FEATURES: Rafael Toral, Invisible Jukebox: Chris Corsano, Once Upon A Time In Melbourne, Cross Platform: Jayne Parker, James Blackshaw, COH, Little Annie

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Issue 276

February 2007

ON THE COVER: Seismic Performances: 60 Concerts That Shook The World! From gigs in defunct power stations to New York squats and Siberian festivals, The Wire's team of writers remember the performances that changed their lives

FEATURES: Invisible Jukebox: Bert Jansch; The Primer: Adrian Sherwood & On-U Sound; Cross Platform: Shinro Ohtake; Infinite Livez, Richard Skelton, Alan Vega

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Issue 277

March 2007

ON THE COVER: Nick Cave's revitalised cowboy outfit draws its rock power from improvisation, Warren Ellis's violin loops and the spirit of ecstatic jazz. By Keith Moliné

FEATURES: Peter Hammill; Once Upon A Time In Cairo; Invisible Jukebox: Rachid Taha; Paul Burwell 1949-2007; Robert Horton; Polly Shang Kuan Band; Cross Platform: Ray Lee

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Issue 281

July 2007

On The Cover: Throbbing Gristle - The four "wreckers of civilisation" return with their first new material since breaking up in 1981. David Stubbs finds out how their uncompromising stance has matured

Features: Keijo, Robin Williamson, Invisible Jukebox: Peter Rehberg, Daniel AIU Higgs, Skull Disco, Cross Platform: Mathieu Brand

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Issue 290

April 2008

+ The Wire Tapper 19

On The Cover: Gudrun Gut - From Malaria!, Mania D and Neubauten to Ocean Club radio and Monika Enterprise, this 'dilettante' has genially hosted Berlin's new music scene for 30 years. By Philip Sherburne.

Stuck To The Cover: The Wire Tapper 19: the latest volume in our series of free new music compilations.

Plus: Dave Stelfox's tribute to hip hop producer J Dilla, Michael Rother of Neu!'s Invisible Jukebox, the return of free jazz bassist Henry Grimes, Philip Clark's Henry Cow primer and more!

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Issue 295

September 2008

On the cover: Ultra-Red - Mark Fisher talks experimental music and radical politics with the multinational audio activists. Other features include interviews with Trevor Watts, Ghédalia Tazartès, Daniel Johnston and Jad Fair's Invisible Jukebox, Dusk & Blackdown, Aleks Kolkowski, Allora & Calzadilla in Cross Platform, Global Ear from Beijing, Sonic Youth and Brian Eno biographies reviewed in Print Run, Venn Festival, My Bloody Valentine and Sonar reviewed On Location and more. Subscribe now!

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Issue 296

October 2008

+ The Wire Tapper 20

On The Cover: Richie Hawtin - he has the technology. Stuck To The Cover: The Wire Tapper 20 - a free 19-track CD featuring music by Grails, Mike Osborne, Paavoharju, Pantaleimon, MoHa!, Zavoloka and more. Plus, Makoto Kawabata's Invisible Jukebox, Benge, The Primer: The alternative Neil Young, Ingrid Laubrock, Runhild Gammelsaeter, Lucky Dragons, David Grubbs on brief encounters and more.

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Issue 325

March 2011

On the cover: The sound-sculpting Detroit DJ ties knots in the timelines of black music history with his 12" re-edits and freefloating rhythms. By Derek Walmsley. Plus: Michel Chion's Invisible Jukebox, Alternative Cambridge, David Bedford, Mizz Beats, Natalie Beridze and much more.

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Issue 332

October 2011

On the cover: Christian Marclay: David Toop meets the Swiss-American champion of the Venice Biennale to discuss DJing, video editing, downtown adventures and radical scores. Plus Hieroglyphic Being, Bill Orcutt, Chris & Cosey's Invisible Jukebox, Shabaka Hutchings, Raime, Sun Araw in Jamaica, Ed Atkins and more.

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Issue 335

January 2012

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.

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Issue 336

February 2012

On the cover: Lil B – Lisa Blanning travels to San Francisco for an audience with the Based God, who’s subverting hiphop with complex notions of sexuality and race. Plus: Keith Fullerton Whitman, Julian Cowley on Harvey Matusow's 1972 ICES Festival, Charles Hayward's Invisible Jukebox, Terre Thaemlitz's Collateral Damage, Ian Helliwell, Los Llamarada, Ital, Linder, Jeremy Deller and more.

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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 306

August 2009

On The Cover: Madlib - The 'human record crate' behind Quasimoto, Yesterdays New Quintet and Beat Konducta tells Lisa Blanning about ancient grooves and future hiphop. Plus: Hypnagogic pop, British visionary jazz Primer, Sleazy Peter Christopherson's Invisible Jukebox, Andrea Parkins, Nisennenmondai, Diana Rogerson, Rolf Julius 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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Issue 346

December 2012

On the cover: Scott Walker – In a rare interview, the singer and composer talks Mike Barnes through his ambitious, brutal and absurdist new album, Bish Bosch. Inside: Peter Brötzmann redux, Wyrd sounds from the West Country, Jonas Mekas, David S Ware, Pinch, the Slowfoot label, Fontanelle, and much more.

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Issue 305

July 2009

On The Cover: Moritz von Oswald - Basic Channel's reclusive co-founder breaks cover to tell Philip Sherburne about the dub-Techno interface and his trio with Vladislav Delay and Max Loderbauer. Plus Pierre Henry, Ramleh, Ran Blake, Ariel Pink's Invisible Jukebox, Lucas Abela, Giuseppe Ielasi, Cooly G, Jacob Kirkegaard and more.

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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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