The Wire

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Issue 296

October 2008

This month's free CD features tracks by Grails, Mike Osborne, Paavoharju, Pantaleimon, MoHa!, Zavoloka and more. Full track by track in the magazine.

From Detroit to Berlin, from Plus 8 to Minus, the former Plastikmans life and music remain in constant flux. By Chris Sharp

The Acid Mothers Temple guitar guru has a melting moment with The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Alan Cummings

The latest project by this London musician celebrates two decades of analogue synthesis. By Robert Barry

A user's guide to the roads less travelled in the long career of Canada's finest guitar vet. By Joseph Stannard

The F-IRE Collective saxophonist and Sleepthief leader talks a good game with Mike Barnes

Norway's Black Metal boffin tells Phil Freeman she isn't about to give up
the day job

Lisa Blanning on the LA collective who combine technology, eco-consciousness and textiles

David Grubbs on Royal Trux, Taku Sugimoto and the art of keeping it brief

Owen Hatherley hears the sound of marching feet on London's streets

Can artworld recreations of radical performances do justice to anarchic spirits? By Deborah Nash

Ken Hyder, Liquid Liquid, Fractured Records, Andy Warhol

Helsinki Derek Walmsley reports on the rise of skweee's irreverent, downtempo beats

Jason Jägel on John Coltrane's Olé

The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture And The Avant
edited by David W Bernstein

The Gun Is Loaded by Lydia Lunch

Tuned City: Between Sound And Space Speculation edited by Doris Kleilein, Anne Kockelkorn, Gesine Pagels and Carsten Stabenow

John Cage Variations VII: 9 Evenings Theatre And Engineering DVD
Henning Lohner The Revenge Of The Dead Indians: In Memoriam John Cage DVD
Karlheinz Stockhausen Helicopter String Quartet DVD

Fabien Giraud & Raphaël Siboni Last Manoeuvres In The Dark Paris, France
Wet Sounds London, UK

On Location

Supersonic Festival Birmingham, UK
Ellen Fullman + The Hilliard Ensemble + Nils Henrik Asheim Stavanger, Norway
Pentangle London, UK
800 Years Of Minimalism – The Spiritual Transcendent New York, USA
Soundwaves Festival Brighton, UK

Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno
Kevin Ayers
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy with Harem Scarem & Alex Neilson
Joshua Burkett
Butthole Surfers
David Byrne & Brian Eno
Christina Carter
Eric Chenaux
Bill Cole Untempered Ensemble
Hugh Davies
Hugh Davies/Adam Bohman/Lee Patterson/Mark Wastell
The Dead C
Dot Rotten
Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels
John Eckhardt
Lawrence English
Forerunners: Swedish Electronic And Concrete Music 1955-65
Burnt Friedman & Jaki Liebezeit
Fred Frith
Gang Gang Dance
Hair Police
Karl Hector & The Malcouns
Lejaren Hiller
Hush Arbors
Mikko Innanen
Jackie-O Motherfucker
Kasai Allstars
Lydia Kavina
Mike Kelley
México Electroacústico 1960 –2007
Juana Molina
Mordant Music
Mouthus & Yellow Swans
Mr Dorgon
Nagisa Ni Te
Professor Theremin's Amazing Etherwave Marvel
Peter Rehberg
The Residents
Sonny Rollins/Don Cherry Quartet
Jon Savage Presents Dreams Come True
Seed Records Volume Two
The Sound We Are Now
Sudden Infant
'Blue' Gene Tyranny
Trevor Watts & Peter Knight
Seymour Wright
Yellow Swans
Yo Majesty
Frank Zappa
Hector Zazou & Swara