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Issue 283

September 2007

PJ Harvey
Moving back to her homeland Dorset's chalky soil prompted alt rock's 50 Foot Queenie to recast her death-rattle songs as skeletal piano dirges. By David Stubbs

Oren Ambarchi
The Australian guitarist swings like a pendulum between textural Improv, collaborations with Keith Rowe and Sunn O))) and unashamed pop songwriting. By Jon Dale

Charlotte Moorman
Brian Morton commemorates the cellist who ritually adorned herself with TV sets, covered herself in chocolate, or performed naked works by Nam June Paik and more

Paul Bley
To mark Bley's 75th year. Andy Hamilton reassesses the pianist's career, his role in early 60s free jazz, and electronics improvisations at the dawn of the 70s

Invisible Jukebox: Sir Richard Bishop
The Sun City Girls' hermetic Hindu hobo meditates on The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Marc Masters

Cross Platform: Daft Punk
Anne Hilde Neset talks to Thomas Bangalter about the French Techno duo's new cyborg road movie, Electroma

Starving Weirdos
The northern Californian freeform soundscaping duo are rad, bad and dangerous to know, says Keith Moliné

UK Grime's ailing condition is being nursed back to health with Soulfood from this ex-Roll Deep MC. By Dave Stelfox

Lost In Hildurness
David Stubbs goes deep in the wood with the Icelandic cellist who has worked with Mùm, Pan Sonic and Throbbing Gristle

Global Ear
Ang Song Ming pinpoints the creative heartlands of Singapore

Derek Walmsley's mind melts in the heat of Senegal's early 80s lo-fi funk rhythms

Print Run
Japrocksampler: How The Post-War Japanese Blew Their Minds On Rock 'N' Roll, by Julian Cope; Living Electronic Music, by Simon Emmerson; Galactic Zoo Dossier #7, edited by Plastic Crimewave; Supersonic Visuals For Music, edited by Robert Klanten & Hendrik Hellige

On Screen
Sergei Eisenstein Strike/Battleship Potemkin/October, DVD; Science Is Fiction: The Films Of Jean Painlevé, DVD

On Site
Silence. Listen To The Show, Turin, Italy; Shadowed Spaces: Sean Meehan/ Tamio Shiraishi/Ikuro Takahashi, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

On Location
Birmingham, UK; Liquid Architecture 8, Brisbane, Australia; Ornette Coleman Quartet, London, UK; Nuit Bleue, Arc-Et-Senans, France; Schimpfluch-Gruppe
Adelaide, Australia; Boredoms: 77 Boadrum, New York, USA; Cecil Taylor Quartet with Anthony Braxton, London, UK

Soundcheck A-Z
The Ace Of Clubs, Animal Collective, Hans Appelqvist, Astral Social Club, Derek Bailey, William Basinski, Bexar Bexar, Sir Richard Bishop, Matthew Bourne, Peter Brötzmann Octet, Tony Buck/Cor Fuhler/Anna Zaradny, Bumps, Cadence Weapon, Neil Campbell, Tom Carter/Robert Horton/Lisa & Lee Ann Cameron, Tom Carter/Robert Horton/Michael Shannon, Thanos Chrysakis, Circle, Lol Coxhill & Steve Miller, ESG, Scott Fields Ensemble, The Flying Luttenbachers, The For Carnation, fORCH, Fovea Hex, Hildur Gudnadóttir/BJ Nilsen/Stilluppsteypa, Haswell & Hecker, Giuseppe Ielasi & Nicola Ratti, J Dilla, Jason Kahn/Norbert Möslang/Günter Müller, Knell, Tomas Korber/Christian Weber/Katsura Yamauchi, Ferdinand Kriwet, Neil Landstrumm, Liars, Annea Lockwood, Mattin & Matthew Bower, Merzbow, MIA, Charles Mingus Sextet, Thurston Moore, MUTA, Mu-Ziq, Nurse With Wound, Oh No, Pauline Oliveros, Evan Parker/John Edwards/Chris Corsano, Patten, Steve Peters, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, RST, Marcus Schmickler &, Hayden Chisholm, Shape Of Broad Minds, The Sound Of Aircraft, Attacking Britain, Sunroof!, Susanna, Taurpis Tula, Trim, Underground Resistance, Uton, Various Now We Are Ten, Various Rinse 01, Various Tokyo Flashback 6, Rolan Vega, Weasel Walter, White Noise, Yellow Swans, Yesterdays New Quintet, Zeitkratzer featuring Lou Reed and more...