The Wire

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Issue 173

July 1998

Max Brennan Protean beatmachine Aube Naked noise emissions Ivo Perleman Jazz itinerant The Azuza Plane Rock in isolation Label lore: Bomb Hip-Hop Fast track: Harry Partch in peril

Global Ear: Fes
Peter Culshaw witnesses a unique gathering of the tribes at the Moroccan Festival of World Sacred Music

Dr John
The original Night Tripper leads Peter Shapiro on a walk through the music of New Orleans, taking in Professor Longhair, The Meters, Allen Toussaint, Mardi Gras and the origins of funk

Ken Vandermark
Mixing the precision-bombing of hard rock with the ecstatic flights of free jazz, the Chicago saxophonist is carving out a new audience for his hybrid high energy music. By Jon C Morgan

Invisible Jukebox: Spiritualized
Jason Pierce, leader of the 90s most celebrated space rockers, enters our mysterious listening booth and tries to identify tracks by Suicide, John Coltrane, Big star, Johnny Copeland, Funkadelic and more

Lydia Lunch
Once she was a Teenage Jesus, and the rest of the world were jerks. But has the former ice queen of New York No Wave mellowed in the last 20 years? david Keenan joins her in transit through europe to find out

The Secret History of Film Music
Philip Brophy savours the sound of Muzak's sweet nothings in Jacques Tati's Playtime, David Lynch's Twin Peaks and the Coen Brothers' The Big Lebowski

Gabba Gabba Hey!
The producers signed to Frankfurt's PCP label are breakbeat bezerkers, speed-writing a brand of gloomcore Techno that finds its apotheosis in the productions of the mysterious Marc Acardipane. By Simon Reynolds

Marcus Schmickler's group unites two generations of Krautrockers, but don't expect to see it play live - it only exists in the cavernous spaces of his computer's hard drive. By Rob Young