The Wire

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Issue 271

September 2006

Kool Keith
Hiphop's premier streetwise satirist and scatologist, Dr Octagon, is back - just one of the former Ultramagnetic MC's raft of comeback projects in 2006. By Peter Shapiro

Nick Cain traces the 15 year development of Christina and Tom Carter's stream of cathartic song and crepuscular suburban blues

Primer: AMM
A user's guide to the recordings of a British free music institution, including solo projects by Eddie Prévost, Keith Rowe, John Tilbury and more. By Philip Clark

Merce Cunningham
Since his groundbreaking choreography with John Cage, Merce Cunningham's long career has always married New Music with motion. By Ken Hollings

Invisible Jukebox: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
The pioneer of Industrial music, performance and now pandrogyny works her way through tracks by Mark Perry, Patti Smith, Charles Manson and more. Tested by Alan Licht

Cross Platform: Ira Cohen
Underground film maker, poet, photographer and multimedia shaman Ira Cohen has finally released his 1968 masterpiece on DVD. By Edwin Pouncey

Digital Mystikz
Chris Sharp blags some rare facetime with DMZ's Mala and Coki, South London's dubstep dreamers

Marc Masters talks contrarian circuits with the style-mashing New York Techno/rock quartet

Jason Lescalleet
This New England Improv sound manipulator's compositions capture the sound of decay. By Jon Dale

Global Ear
Sharif Sehnaoui overhears the destruction of Beirut's soundworld

Michael Bracewell recalls a night of heady pleasures in the company of Lindsay Kemp

Print Run
Linder: Works 1976-2006, Edited by Lionel Bovier; The Wisdom Of Sun Ra: Sun Ra's Polemical Broadsheets And Streetcorner Leaflets, Edited by Anthony Elms & John Corbett; The Dawn Of Indian Music In The West: Bhairavi, By Peter Lavezzoli; The House That Trane Built: The Story Of Impulse Records, By Ashley Kahn

On Screen
The Atrocity Exhibition & Stereo/ Crimes Of The Future; Die Tödliche Doris: Gehörlose Music; Phai Ta Khon: Ghosts Of Isan

On Site
Sonambiente Festival, Berlin, Germany; The Show's The Thing, London, UK

On Location
Campfire Sounds 2006 Festival, Acra, USA; Futuresonic, Manchester, UK; Planningtorock, London, UK; The Dirty Three, Adelaide, Australia; Carla Bozulich, Berlin, Germany; Kosmische Tenth Birthday Party, London, UK; Tom Verlaine, London, UK