The Wire

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Issue 288

February 2008

Whether as Luomo, Uusitalo or Delay, Finnish electronica producer Sasu Ripatti has always avoided slipping into generic blueprints. By Philip Sherburne

The New York avant power trio explain to Marc Masters how their customary clouds of distortion and overdrive were parted by new producer Andrew WK

The London quintet hatch a witty hybrid of urban electronic musics, taking in everything from minimal Techno to Puerto Rican reggaeton. Dave Stelfox enters their hit factory

The Improv trombonist, AACM originator and computer music pioneer blows hot and cool over The Wire’s mystery record box. Tested by Brian Morton

The twining harmonies of this husband and wife duo recall the heyday of English pastoral folk song. By Nick Southgate

How MC Annette Henry’s uncensored stream of Jamaican patois is enlivening the dubstep scene. By Lisa Blanning

The San Francisco fuzz quartet conjure transcendent incantations from traditional tools. By Chris Sharp

La Fura Dels Baus’s post-Industrial Wagner Ring cycle and Hideaki Takahashi’s ‘media opera’ update the medium for the digital age. Report by Biba Kopf

Drew Daniel enjoys messy fiestas in Baltimore’s unlicensed avant music clubs

Nick Sylvester on a turbulent relationship with the trumpet

Aluk Todolo
Nils Henrik Asheim & Paal Nilssen-Love
Atlas Sound
Autistic Daughters
Baby Dee
Anthony Braxton
Sylvain Chauveau
Chris Clark
Angharad Davies & Tisha Mukarji
Frank Denyer
Aaron Dilloway
Bill Dixon with Exploding Star Orchestra
Eleanoora Rosenholm
Diamanda Galás
Alastair Galbraith
Frode Gjerstad & Paal Nilssen-Love
Globe Unity Orchestra
Cosmic Dennis Greenidge
Haswell & Hecker
Achim Kaufmann/Frank Gratkowski/Wilbert
de Joode
The League Of Automatic Composers
Tony Malaby/William Parker/Nasheet
Lasse Marhaug & Paal Nilssen-Love
John Martyn
Merrell, Baker & Jordan
Moon Wiring Club
Steve Moore
Mr 76ix
The New Blockaders
One More Grain
Pere Ubu
Gyan Riley
Paul Rutherford
Wally Shoup/Chris Corsano/Paul Flaherty
Spring Heel Jack
Moe! Staiano’s Moe!kestra!
Topias Tiheäsalo
Various: Black Mirror
Volcano The Bear
Yoshi Wada
Xiu Xiu

Damon & Naomi select sleeves by Frank Sinatra and Sandy Denny

The Source: The Untold Story Of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13 And The Source Family, by Isis Aquarian with Electricity Aquarian

Miles, Ornette, Cecil: Jazz Beyond Jazz, by Howard Mandel

Mingering Mike: The Amazing Career Of An Imaginary Soul Superstar, by Dori Hadar

Live At The Masque: Nightmare In Punk Alley, by Brendan Mullen with Roger Gastman

Throbbing Gristle: Building TGV: The Video Archive Of Throbbing Gristle 1979–1981 and 2004–2005 (DVD)

Tobor Experiment: Tech Stuff DVD: Video Manual Of Electronic Music (HBK+DVD)

Russell Haswell & Florian Hecker, London, UK

The Saragossa Manuscript with The Recording Angel Ensemble, London, UK

LMC 16th Annual Festival Of Experimental Music, London, UK

Don’t Look Back: Genius/GZA plays Liquid Swords, London, UK

Lou Reed & John Zorn New York, USA

Tetuzi Akiyama & Herve Boghossian + Mark Wastell & Joachim Nordwall + z’ev & Osso Exótico + Stephen O’Malley & Oren Ambarchi, London, UK