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Sun Ra Arkestra touches down in East London

Nathan Budzinski



On 20 and 21 October saxophonist Marshall Allen returns to London’s Café Oto with the full Sun Ra Arkestra in tow to play two exclusive UK shows. And readers of The Wire can get special discounts on tickets to both performances.

Full details on the shows are available here:

20 October
21 October


Readers of The Wire can buy discounted tickets here:

20 October
21 October

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Tom Lax on WFMU Brian Turner show

Derek Walmsley

It's about this time of year that I usually point in the direction of Brian Turner's show on WFMU, where they get Siltbreeze's Tom Lax in to do a DJ set. As usual, it's the most crazy screwed up rock tunes, found down the back of the sofa, perfunctorily straightened out and slapped on the turntable. Awesome stuff can be heard here.

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Instant Chavirés petition against funding cuts

Nathan Budzinski

Paris's Instant Chavirés venue, which was one of the host venues for The Wire's 20th anniversary concert series in 2002, has had to cancel its autumn season of events as a result of having much of it's funding cut. The venue has launched an online petition to campaign against the cuts. More information here and you can sign the petition here.

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Win tickets to see Touch’s Suffolk Symphony

Nathan Budzinski

Commissioned by Faster Than Sound and Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk Symphony is a special residency and new work by the self-styled sonic and visual production company Touch. Inspired by the historic coastline of Aldeburgh and its surrounding area, including Aldeburgh Music's rich history, Touch will create a new audio-visual symphony using only locally sourced sounds and images. Beginning on 16 August, Philip Jeck, BJ Nilsen, Jon Wozencroft, Philip Marshall and Mike Harding will go on a week-long treasure hunt in the area to unearth old records, field recordings, home-made sounds and images to create a new multimedia piece, culminating in its first performance on 22 August as part of the Snape Proms.

Directed by Mike Harding with sound by Philip Jeck and BJNilsen and images by Jon Wozencroft, the whole week will be documented for an interactive website by Philip Marshall. The residency will feature workshops and presentations by Philip Marshall and Mike Harding, including interviews with the other artists and a Touch showcase, culminating in the performance which will take place in the recently converted industrial space of Snape’s Hoffmann Building. Suffolk Symphony will be subsequently released through Touch.

We have two pairs of tickets to the performance of Suffolk Symphony on 22 August to win. Click here to enter.

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Into The Vortex tickets on sale now!

Nathan Budzinski

Get your tickets now...

The Wire presents Into The Vortex, a three day festival (9-11 October) featuring some of the best music out there curated by The Wire and hosted by London's excellent Vortex Jazz Club. Regular tickets are available at £12 a night or £30 for the entire weekend here. But, if you're a subscriber to The Wire, we've organised an exclusive discount of £10 a night or £25 for the weekend! Click here if you're a subscriber to get your discounted tickets (Please bring along your subscriber number with you to the event along with your discounted tickets)


9 October: NEW PLANES OF ECSTASY
Richard Youngs & Heather Leigh Murray
Astral Social Club
The Skaters

10 October: NEW STATES OF SONG
The One Ensemble
Band Of Holy Joy
Alasdair Roberts

11 October: NEW REALMS OF THE UNCANNY
Broadcast (live) & Julian House (Ghost Box) (film)
The Caretaker
Thomas Ankersmit

All of this + The Wire Sound System DJs spinning selections of the best new sounds out there!

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MJ

Derek Walmsley

Amid news that Michael Jackson's death has led to the biggest record company payday in years, we've stumbled across surely the weirdest and most subversive Michael Jackson related compilation. No MJ himself, but all sorts of extraordinary cover versions, hiphop and R&B; namechecks, etc etc. More of a collage than a mix per se, plunderphoning the vaults of the King of Pop. Download here

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Derek Walmsley

The excellent Wayne And Wax blog on the RIAA versus Joel Tenenbaum case. For those not in the loop, Tenenbaum has been found liable of sharing copyrighted music at a cost of $22,500 per track. That's not a typo - $22,500 per track. Wayne Marshall took part in the case as a witness, it seems, and his insider info is well worth your time.

I wonder if there any tracks I pay that much for? I guess "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy, Hallogalo by Neu!, "Fisherman" by The Congoes, "Warpdrive" by DJ Crystl, "Good Morning Captain" by Slint. Perhaps one of those ultra-long John Coltrane Live In Japan tracks – at least that might help get my $22,500 dollars worth.

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