The Wire

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Issue 290

April 2008

The Wire Tapper 19
Your track by track guide to this month's free CD

Derek Walmsley meets dubstep's prince of darkness

Religious Knives
Bruce Russell on dervish surgery in New York

Robert Hood
Detroit Technocrat lights out for the South. By Philip Sherburne

Cross Platform: Cory Arcangel
With homages to Glenn Gould and hacked video games, this visual artist converts geekiness into media savvy. By Abi Bliss

Invisible Jukebox: Michael Rother
The Neu! guitarist settles into a motorik groove with The Wire's mystery record box. Tested by Mike Barnes

Henry Grimes
Lost to the world for 30 years, the free jazz bassist has belatedly restarted his magnificent career in New York. Progress report by Howard Mandel

J Dilla
Two years after his tragically early death, Dave Stelfox pays tribute to the celebrated hiphop producer's ruff drafts, decaying textures and influential lof-fi aesthetics

Gudrun Gut
From Malaria!, Mania D and Neubauten to Ocean Club radio and Monika Enterprise, this 'dilettante' has genially hosted Berlin's new music scene for 30 years. By Philip Sherburne

The Primer: Henry Cow
A user's guide to the recordings of this nomadic, utopian outfit, including the extended Rock In Opposition family of Slapp Happy, The Work, Art Bears and more. By Philip Clark

Victor Gama finds edgy electronics and shamanic healing bedding down in Bogota, Colombia

Global Ear
Volcano The Bear's Daniel Padden hears a new world on ethnographic LPs

The Inner Sleeve
Zeke Clough on Kevin Blechdom's Eat My Heart Out

Print Run
A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM And American Experimental Music by George Lewis
20 Jazz Funk Greats by Drew Daniel
The Best Of LCD: The Art And Writing Of WFMU-FM, edited by Dave The Spazz
Mondo Exotica: Sounds, Visions, Obsessions Of The Cocktail Generation by Francesco Adinolfi

On Screen
Wild Combination: A Portrait Of Arthur Russell (Film)
Sumatran Folk Cinema + Musical Brotherhoods From The Trans-Saharan Highway DVDs Jeph Jerman & Jon Mueller
Nodes And Anti-Nodes (DVD)

On Site
Loris Gréaud, Paris, France
Instal 08 – Self-Cancellation, Glasgow, UK

On Location
Instal 08, Glasgow, UK
FWD>> + Rinse, London, UK
Earth + Sir Richard Bishop, London, UK
John Butcher & Mark Sanders + Alex Ward & Roger Turner + John Tchicai & Tony Marsh, London, UK

Soundcheck A-Z
Robert Ashley
Ashtray Navigations
Astral Social Club
Peter Beijersbergen van Henegouwen
Steven Bernstein
Birchville Cat Motel
Brethren Of The Free Spirit
Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber
William S Burroughs
John Butcher/Torsten Muller/
Dylan van der Schyff
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
The Chap
Cloudland Canyon
Mike Cooper
Karen Dalton
Datashock & Shivers
Zerfu Demissie
DJ Donna Summer
Lisle Ellis
Alec Empire
Alèmayèhu Eshèté
Silvia Fässler & Billy Roisz
Fuck Buttons
Hercules And Love Affair
Ryoji Ikeda
Liquid Liquid
Lionel Marchetti & Seijiro Murayama
Maybe Monday
Daniel Menche
Orchestra Ethiopia
Osso Exótico & z'ev
Gert-Jan Prins
Jack Rose
David Rothenberg
Roberta Settels
Sam Shalabi
Julien Skrobek
Howard Stelzer
Sun City Girls
Tau Emerald
Tickley Feather
Tricky Dilemma
Scott Tuma
Cath & Phil Tyler
Vandermark 5
Various Ambient Not Ambient
Various An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music: Fifth A-Chronology
Various An England Story
Various That Mysterious Forest Below London Bridge
Various The Garden Of Forking Paths
Kurt Weisman
Willits & Sakamoto