The Wire

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Issue 295

September 2008

Mark Fisher talks experimental music and radical politics with the multinational audio activists

The British Improv pioneer explains to Julian Cowley why funk and freedom go together

Nick Cain meets a Parisian eccentric whose ethnographic forgeries conjure parallel worlds

Invisible Jukebox: Daniel Johnston & Jad Fair

The US rock outsiders put their heads together to identify the contents of our mystery record box. Tested by Mike Barnes

The London dubstep duo bring documentary realism to their sonic remapping of the city. By Chris Sharp

Clive Bell gets horny over the collagist/broadcaster’s collection of gramophones, Stroh fiddles and wax cylinders

The Puerto Rican pair avenge Hitler’s attack on art with a Cageian take on his favourite music. By Marinus de Ruiter

In Beijing, Lawrence Li monitors an underground drift from laptops towards ‘real’ instruments

Brian Eno’s Obscure label strengthens the resolve of LAFMS founder Tom Recchion

Fonal Records head Sami Sänpäkkilä on Pekka Streng

The Empty Page: Fiction Inspired by Sonic Youth, edited by Peter Wild
Goodbye 20th Century: Sonic Youth And The Rise Of The Alternative Nation, by David Browne
Psychic Confusion: The Sonic Youth Story, by Stevie Chick
On Some Faraway Beach: The Life And Times Of Brian Eno, by David Sheppard
This Is Your Brain On Music: Understanding A Human Obsession, by Daniel Levitin

Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto The Ship Of Fools (DVD)
See You At Regis Debray (Film)

David Byrne: Playing The Building, New York, USA
Oramics: The Life And Works Of Daphne Oram, London, UK

Venn 2008, Bristol, UK
Terrastock 7, Louisville, USA
Sparks, London, UK
On The Outside, Gateshead, UK
My Bloody Valentine, London, UK
Sónar, Barcelona, Spain
Three Blows, Edinburgh, UK
Original Silence, Warner Jepson

Ilyas Ahmed
Paolo Angeli/Evan Parker/Ned Rothenberg
Esteban Algora/Alessandra Rombolá/
Ingar Zach
Basic Channel
Billy Bao
Black Pus
Blevin Blectum
Jaap Blonk & Dylan Nyoukis
The Caretaker
Rhodri Davies/David Lacey/
Dennis McNulty
Kyle Bobby Dunn
Lawrence English
eRikm & Akosh S
Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne
The Fugs
Daniel Marcellus Givens
David Grubbs
Jonathan Harvey
Stephen Haynes/Taylor Ho Bynum
Hetero Skeleton
The Howling Hex
Warner Jepson
Mazen Kerbaj/Birgit Ulher/
Sharif Sehnaoui
Lukas Ligeti
John Martyn
Stephan Mathieu
Mercury Rev
Will Montgomery [Heribert Friedl]
Nurse With Wound
Original Silence
Tony Oxley & Derek Bailey
Jim O’Rourke
William Parker 44
Red Krayola
Howard Riley
Sao Paulo Underground
Sic Alps
Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
Sonic Youth with Mats Gustafsson
and Merzbow
Spontaneous Music Ensemble &
Hans Tammen
Various Direct Action Dubmissions
Various Give Me Love: Songs Of The
Brokenhearted Baghdad 1925–9
Various Indigenous Dublands
Various Wierd Compilation Volume
Two: Analogue Electronic Music 2008
Christian Weber
Jozef van Wissem
Michael Yonkers with Blind Shake
Your Hand In Mind
z’ev Vs Pita