The Wire

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Issue 272

October 2006

Pere Ubu
After 14 albums and several line-up changes, David Thomas's group continue to map out America's ghost towns and lost highways. By Phil Freeman

Rafael Toral
The Portuguese composer has jettisoned his electric guitar on the first stage of an ambitious, long-haul electronic Space Program. Dan Warburton visits mission control

Invisible Jukebox: Chris Corsano
The prolific free drummer taps into tracks by Sonny Murray, Lightning Bolt, Joe McPhee and more. Tested by Edwin Pouncey

Once Upon A Time In Melbourne
Jon Dale investigates the meta-musical enclave of the Australian city's late 70s post-punk scene, including Essendon Airport, Laughing Hands and Warren Burt

Cross Platform: Jayne Parker
Artist Jayne Parker's extraordinary films explore the physicality of musicianship. By Julian Cowley

James Blackshaw
Sam Davies drifts on the young London fingerpicking guitarist's cloud of unknowing

Russian Raster-Noton artist Ivan Pavlov talks emotional electronics with Chris Sharp

Little Annie
The New York singer tells Phil England about her latest transmogrification from punk priestess to cabaret chanteuse

Global Ear
Fred De Vries reports from Pretoria on Afrikaners against racism

Mike Barnes succumbs to the siren call of Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares

Print Run
Steve Lacy: Conversations, Edited by Jason Weiss; Background Noise: Perspectives On Sound Art, By Brandon Labelle; Cornelius Cardew: A Reader, Edited by Edwin Prévost; One Reason To Live: Conversations About Music With Julius Nil, Edited by Seth Kim-Cohen

On Screen
Harry Partch: Enclosure 7 DVD; Cut Shorts: A Collection of Short Films And Music Videos By Dave Markey DVD; Helmut Lachenmann: Furcht Und Verlangen DVD

On Site
Vinyl: Records And Covers By Artists, Barcelona, Spain; The Radio Gallery,; The Blank Tape Spillage Festival, London, UK

On Location
Supersonic Festival, Birmingham, UK; Grizzly Bear, Berlin, Germany; A Hawk And A Hacksaw, London, UK; Laibach Kunst, Birmingham, UK; David Lang & Real Quiet, New Haven, USA; Lee Konitz, Halifax, UK; John Parish, London, UK; Wolf Eyes + The Grey Daturas, Adelaide, Australia; Blind Idiot God + The Flying Luttenbachers, New York, USA