The Wire

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Issue 251

January 2005

LCD Soundsystem
LCD frontman and DFA co-producer James Murphy brings meta-disco back to NYC.

2004 Rewind
The Wire's writing team look back to the year in music; plus selected artists' reflections on the past 12 months

Invisible Jukebox: Glenn Jones
The Cul De Sac guitarist tries to identify tracks by Fahey, Partch, The Stooges and more. Tested by David Keenan

Taking in Xenakis and Lou Reed, Reinhold Friedl's Berlin ensemble patrols New Music's extremes. By Julian Cowley

Joanna Newsom
With her harp and waiflike voice, San Francisco's songstress is beguiling the free folk movement. By Marc Masters

Nils Økland
The Norwegian Hardanger fiddle virtuoso restrings Scandanavia's lost improvising traditions. By Clive Bell

My Cat Is An Alien
Turin's Opalio brothers plot a quixotic course through three millenia of cosmic music. By Tony Herrington

Urban malaise is the ever potent fuel that fires the angry HipHop of Will Brooks' New Jersey crew. By Mosi Reeves

Osaka's breakaway thrash duo spearhead Japan's latest playpen punknoise rampage. By David Keenan

Global Ear
Rhama Khazam maps the new sound art networks spreading across Paris

The Dead C's Bruce Russell on New Zealand electrouacoustics pioneer Douglas Lilburn

Print Run
Frank Zappa: A Biography, by Barry Miles; This Is Serbia Calling: Rock 'n' Roll Radio And Belgrade's Underground Resistance, by Matthew Collin; The Penguin Guide To Jazz On CD (Seventh Edition), by Richard Cook & Brian Morton

Cross Platform
Physics and poetics coincide in Ron Kuivila's open field sound installations. By Julian Cowley
Plus: reviews of the Creativity Now Conference, New York; Miles Davis on DVD; Ryoji Ikeda's installation at New York's JFK Internationl Airport; Lydia Lunch on DVD and more. Plus Inner Sleeve with Mego's Peter Rehberg on Ø's Røntgen

On Location
Helsinki's Avanto Festival plus London Musicians' Collective's 13th Annual Festival of Experimental Music; Sam Rivers Trio & Rivbea Orchestra; Cecil Taylor/Bill Dixon/Tony Oxley + Anthony Braxton Quintet; and more