The Wire

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Issue 284

October 2007

The Wire Tapper 18 The latest volume in our ongoing series of new music compilations, The Wire Tapper 18 is given away free with all copies of The Wire 284, October 2007.

Robert Wyatt
In a revealing interview, the garrulous singer and his wife Alfreda Benge discuss the troubled backdrop to his latest album Comicopera. By David Toop

Invisible Jukebox: Han Bennink
The puckish Dutch percussionist drums his fingers to The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Dan Warburton

The all-singing, all-stripping hardcore heavyweights are the music world's answer to Fight Club. Singer/slugger Eugene Robinson breaks the only rule to Phil Freeman

Once Upon A Time In Bristol
Out of St Pauls's claustrophobic mix of reggae, post-punk and hiphop, Smith & Mighty, The Wild Bunch and more spun a protective web of maternal bass. By Peter Webb

Walter & Sabrina
Keith Moliné enters the sleazy, insidious world of the London nihilist rock duo

Shape Of Broad Minds
Nick Sylvester hears about psychedelic hiphop from Philadelphia's Jneiro Janel, the fresh prince of Viberia

Ute Wassermann
The German Improv vocalist pushes her body to extreme limits to generate multiphonic ululations. By Julian Cowley

Cross Platform: Camille Norment
The American installation artist uses sub-bass and vanishing mirrors to play with racial identity politics. By Louise Gray

Global Ear
Alex V Cook digs for emerging music in post-Katrina New Orlean

Kevin Martin on Swans, digidub and how The Bug got into the bassbin

Print Run Re-Make/Re-Model: Art, Pop, Fashion And The Making Of Roxy Music (1953-1972), by Michael Bracewell; Extract: Portraits Of Soundartists, bdited by Heribert Friedl & Raphael Moser; Powerpop, New Wave, NWOBHM, Indie Singles In The Years Of Anarchy, Chaos and Destruction, Volume 1: UK/Ireland, by Mario Panciera; Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes: In Search Of Blind Willie McTell, by Michael Gray

On Screen Play Your Own Thing: A Story Of Jazz In Europe - DVD, Johanna Went Club Years - DVD + CD, Earle Brown Tracer - DVD

On Site Edwin van der Heide The Speed Of Sound/ Sound Modulated Light, Berlin, Germany; Leafcutter John Soundtrap II, London, UK

On Location Synch, Athens, Greece; Sonic Youth plays Daydream Nation, London, UK; Palimpsest Festival, Cambridge, UK; Konono No 1 + Bass Clef + Appleblim, Bristol, UK; MIA, London, UK

Soundcheck A-Z
Gustavo Aguilar, Susan Alcorn, Oren Ambarchi, Martin Archer/Chris Bywater/, Neil Carver/Chris Meloche/UTT, Devendra Banhart, Black Dice, Charalambides, Vic Chesnutt, Loren Connors, Eric Copeland, Karen Dalton, Einstürzende Neubauten, Eyes Like Saucers, Family Underground, The Fiery Furnaces, Flying Lotus, Reinhold Friedl, Erik Friedlander, Burnt Friedman, Ghost, Gérard Grisey, Harmonia 58, Harm Stryker, PJ Harvey, HATI, Michael Hurley, Giuseppe Ielasi, Mikko Innanen & Innkvisitio, Kamikaze Ground Crew, Hideaki Kondo, Steve Lacy-Roswell Rudd Quartet, Samara Lubelski, Magik Markers, Mersault, Thelonious Monk, MV & EE With The Golden Road, O-Type, Photek, Pram 54, Prefuse, Michael Prime, The Red Krayola, with Art & Language, Roam The Hello Clouds, Softwar, Sonde, Soy Un Caballo, Karlheinz Stockhausen, The Stumps, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Supersilent, Talibam! 56, Mike Tamburo, TECK, Tenniscoats, Asmus Tietchens, Various Bangkok Archive, Various People Take Warning:, Murder Ballads And, Disaster Songs 1913-1938, Ricardo Villalobos, Mark Wastell, Marc Wilkinson, Wolfmangler, Wzt Hearts and more...