The Wire

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Magazine

Issue 196

June 2000

Bites
Arovane Scrap merchant Erik M Turntable war vet Hamza El Din Flood refugee Tisziji Munoz Galactic guitarist

Pole
Berlin based Stefan Betke stumbled on his trademark crackling electronica almost by accident. As his ~scape label gears up to suggest new electronic orientations for club. Rob Young hears his plans for the future

Harry Smith
As compiler of the 1952 Anthology Of American Folk Music, the reputation of this high priest of underground music, film and anthropology is assured. In our two-headed tribute, Philip Smith traces the occult threads through Smith's life and work, while Peter Shapiro explains why 'primitive music' refuses to die

People Under The Stairs
Fresh outta Los Angeles, the duo of Thes One and Double K are amassing vinyl stock as part of their campaign to turn Old School rap into True School HipHop. By Mosi Reeves

The Primer: Beyond The Velvets
A user's guide to the solo recordings of Lou Reed, John Cale Nico and Moe Tucker, after the breakup of the most iconoclastic art rock group in history. By Biba Kopf

Invisible Jukebox: Yo La Tengo
The Hoboken hobos turn themselves inside out trying to identify tracks by David S Ware, Lou Reed, Half Japanese, Television Personalities, Moondog, Sonny Sharrock and more. Tested by David Keenan