The Wire

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Issue 293

July 2008

Mark Stewart

The former Pop Group and Maffi a godfather talks up his new outernationalist album and warns against being absorbed into a consumerist 'flatpack reality'. By Mark Fisher

The trumpeter Bill Dixon has always patrolled the borders of tonality, from his 60s work with Archie Shepp and Cecil Taylor to his current, monumental Darfur. By Phil Freeman

Australian improvising trio Chris Abrahams, Tony Buck and Lloyd Swanton explain how their weightless, long-haul explorations achieve lift-off. By David Stubbs

The Sheffield digital duo attempt to click with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Derek Walmsley

This Scottish wunderkind’s bass-heavy ‘aquacrunk’ is the perfect beat for Glasgow’s busy party scene. By Lisa Blanning

Why the Austrian trumpeter rejected Reductionism in favour of more eclectic, promiscuous fusions. By Nick Cain

Joanne Lee meets Zoe Laughlin, curator of a London research project into the sound of everyday stuff

Pianist Vijay Iyer on how a single chord by Cecil Taylor turned his life upside down

Steinski on Dr John’s Gumbo

Renegade: The Lives And Tales Of Mark E Smith, by Mark E Smith with Austin Collings
Leonardo Music Journal Volume 17, edited by Nicolas Collins
American Composers: John Cage, by David Nicholls
Music For Vagabonds: The Tuxedomoon Chronicles, by Isabelle Corbisier

Radio On (DVD)
Musician (DVD)
Joy Division (Film)

Hans Schabus, London, UK
Pere Ubu, London, UK

The AACM Book Release Concert, New York, USA
Merzbow + Satori + Sutcliffe Jügend, London, UK
Termite Club 20th Anniversary Festival, Leeds, UK
No Fun Fest 2008, New York, USA
Wire + Sylvester Anfang, Leuven, Belgium
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Vienna, Austria
Swedish Outsiders, London, UK

Marc Almond with Michael Cashmore
Robert Ashley
James Blackshaw
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Alexei Borisov & Anton Nikkilä
Carla Bozulich
Anthony Braxton
The Bug
Burning Star Core
By Any Means
Kid Creole
Bill Dixon
Free Kitten
Dan Friel
Kenneth Gaburo
Ron Geesin
Russell Haswell
Sekkutsu Jean & Kawabata Makoto
Fergus Kelly
Lau Nau
Daunik Lazro & Phil Minton
Dominique Leone
Michael Maksymenko
Joe McPhee & John Heward
Phil Minton
Simone Massaron featuring Carla Bozulich
The Mole
Thurston Moore
Toshimaru Nakamura
Toshimaru Nakamura & English
Charlemagne Palestine
People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge And The Early Worm
Huan Qing
Terry Riley
Terry Riley with The Paul Dresher Ensemble
Janek Schaefer
Cyrill Schläpfer
Scorch Trio
Tamio Shiraishi & MICO
Shit And Shine
Girolamo de Simone
Skeletons Out
Sonic Youth
DJ Spooky
Venetian Snares
Esther Venrooy
Esther Venrooy & Heleen van Haegenborgh
Simon Wickham-Smith
Dennis Wilson