The Wire

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Issue 303

May 2009

Ghost Box label founder Jim Jupp lifts the lid on his hauntological hobby. By Mark Fisher

Adam Stonehouse busts his brand of outsider rock for frat parties turned sour. By Nick Richardson

Sense and stupidity collide in this hyperactive Canadian’s ‘stand up noise’ act. By Susanna Glaser

Nick Cain meets the Manchester improvisor who turns burning nuts and fizzing aspirin into audio gold

Jace Clayton and Javier Martinez enter the Peruvian pirates’ paradise of the Polvos Azules shopping mall

The New York playwright and director saturates his experimental theatre with artful sound, from Philip Glass to John Zorn. By Alan Licht

The Devo founder and film composer gets his swelling itching brain around The Wire’s mystery record box. Tested by Richard Henderson

Clive Bell reports on the tour featuring Syria’s Omar Souleyman and the Saharan Group Doueh, sponsored by Alan Bishop’s gonzo World Music label

Celebrating five years of the Hyperdub label, the philosophy don of dubstep invites Derek Walmsley to a seminar on sonic warfare and futurist dance moves

From Phuture’s “Acid Tracks” to AFX’s Analord series, one abused Japanese bass synthesizer spawned an enduring electronic revolution. By Peter Shapiro

Momus on the spiritual benefits of turning down the volume

Terry de Castro on Table Of The Elements’ Guitar Series Volumes 3 & 4

Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits by Barney Hoskyns
Reggaeton edited by Raquel Z Rivera/Wayne Marshall/Deborah Pacini Hernandez
Sonic Mosaics: Conversations With Composers by Paul Steenhuisen

Grails Acid Rain (DVD)
Rachel Shearer Fakerie (DVD)
Llik Your Idols (DVD)
1,2,3, Whiteout (DVD)

Matt Stokes, London, UK
Ujino Munetero, London, UK

BLOC Weekend, Minehead, UK
Instal, Glasgow, UK
Haptic + Interbellum, London, UK
Haswell & Hecker, London, UK
Nadja, London, UK
The Human Voice In A New World, New York, USA
Belbury Poly, Youth Club Night London, UK

Peter Ablinger
Seth Josel
Laurie Scott Baker
Borah Bergman Trio
Brand Neu!
Isobel Clouter & Rob Mullender
Fire On Fire
The Flow Trio
Flower Corsano Duo
Full Blast
Gamelan Son Of Lion
Grizzly Bear
Hildur Gudnadóttir
A Hawk And A Hacksaw
Florian Hecker
Lars Horntveth
Kid 6
Steve Lacy
Alan Licht
Majutsu No Niwa
John McGuire
Guido Möbius
Heath Moerland
Das Mollsche Gesetz
Mordant Music
Joe Morris/John Voigt/Tom Plsek
My Cat Is An Alien & Enore Zaffiri
Hermann Nitsch
The NMC Songbook
Stephen O’Malley
Omar S
Open Strings: 1920s Middle Eastern
Recordings/New Responses
Fabio Orsi & Valerio Cosi
Our Love Will Destroy The World
Evan Parker & John Wiese
Pioneers: The Beginning Of Danish Electronic Music
Odean Pope
Quicksilver Messenger Service
Sore Eros
Spectra: Guitar In The 21st Century
Sunburned Hand Of The Man
The Super Vacations
Chriss Sutherland
Talk Normal
Tectonic Plates Vol 2
The Thirteenth Assembly
Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone
Tribute To Gustav Metzger
Yoshi Wada
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Wooden Shjips