The Wire

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Issue 306

August 2009

The 'human record crate' behind Quasimoto, Yesterdays New Quintet and Beat Konducta tells Lisa Blanning about ancient grooves and future hiphop

How James Ferraro, Spencer Clark, Pocahaunted, Emeralds, et al are floating beyond Noise to a dreampop hallucination of the 1980s. By David Keenan

A user's guide to the golden age of UK post-bop and elastic rock 1964–76, featuring John Surman, Mike Westbrook, Nucleus and more. By Rob Young

Invisible Jukebox: Sleazy Peter Christopherson

The co-founder of Throbbing Gristle and Coil member stands on the threshold of identifying The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes

Exploring sonority from squeezebox Improv to invented 'funky machines'. By David Stubbs

The all-female Tokyo power trio's monolithic motorik is gaining them a worldwide following. By David Hickey

Nick Richardson laps up the whiplash wit and Kaliinspired wisdom of Chrystal Belle Scrodd

The Berlin sound artist on amplifying the inner life of stones and the music of colours. By David Keenan

David Crosbie negotiates the complex hybrid musics of a developing Central American nation

Graphic novelist Warren Ellis on musical communion with a sense of place with Sigur Rós and Julian Cope

DJ Spooky on Alex Steinweiss, designer of the first record sleeves

Loops: Writing Music, Issue 01 by Lee Brackstone & Richard King (Editors)

From CBGB To The Roundhouse: Music Venues Through The Years by Tim Burrows

The Blue Moment by Richard Williams Paul Panhuysen: The Game & The Rules by Yvan Etienne (Editor)

The Philosophy Of Improvisation by Gary Peters

Central Bazaar (DVD)

Points On A Space Age (DVD)

Les Grandes Répétitions/Trans Und So Weiter, Paris, France

Rock-Paper-Scissors: Pop-Music As Subject Of Visual Art, Graz, Austria

Varèse 360°, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Meltdown, London, UK

Sonatas, Pianos, Machines And Interludes, London, UK

Equinox Festival, London, UK

Primavera Sound 09, Barcelona, Spain

Mutek, Montréal, Canada

The Multiplier 6, London, UK

Synch, Athens, Greece

Cut & Splice: Living Rooms, London, UK

Henk Badings
Derek Bailey & Agustí Fernández
Bizzy B
Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair
The Blasting Concept
Hans Burgener
The John Butcher Group
Sylvain Chauveau
Bob Cobbing
John Coltrane
Creative Outlaws: UK Underground 1965–71
Gareth Davis & Steven R Smith
Destroy All Monsters
Le Drapeau Noir
Dropp Ensemble
Echo Expansion
Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh
Peter Evans
Tim Friese-Greene
Alfred Harth's Just Music
Alfred Harth & Nicole van den Plas
Paul Hartsaw's SocioCybernetic Music Machine
Helado Negro
The Hunter Gracchus
Peter Kolovos
Ikue Mori
Musique Pour Statues Menhirs
Nurse With Wound
Christine Ödlund
Moritz von Oswald Trio
Daniel Padden & Sarah Kenchington
Pan Sonic & Keiji Haino
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
Lee Patterson
Polwechsel & John Tilbury
Raks Raks Raks: 17 Golden Garage
Psych Nuggets From The Iranian 60s
The Right Moves
Tom James Scott
Omar Souleyman
Susanna And The Magical Orchestra
Masayuki Takayanagi
Take Me To The Water: Immersion
Baptism In Vintage Music And
Photography 1890–1950
Team Brick
Träd Gräs Och Stenar
24 Carat Black
David S Ware Quartet
Wolf Eyes
World Sanguine Report
Robert Wyatt
Richard Youngs