The Wire

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Issue 308

October 2009

Collaborating with hauntologists The Focus Group, Warp's defining post-rock duo summon an occult pop laden with psychedelia. By Joseph Stannard

On the eve of his Metal Machine Trio tour, The Velvet Underground veteran takes a walk on the wild side of The Wire's record collection. Tested by Alan Licht

A surreal dream set the Romanian composer on his lifelong quest to liberate sound's rude splendour from 400 years of classical tradition. By Philip Clark

Derek Walmsley takes a crash course in subatomic physics in preparation for a rare face to face encounter with the US expat Techno boffins

David Keenan takes a trip with The Cosmic Couriers, Witthüser & Westrupp, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel and more to recover the music that Krautrock forgot

Phil Freeman pays tribute to John Coltrane's interstellar drum partner, who died in August

Nick Richardson gets a fit of the cosmic giggles from the loopy psych of the Los Angeles hypnagogic popster

A dingy no-go area of Leeds gets a sound and light makeover from the Berlin based creator of sonic environments. By Louise Gray

Lisa Blanning visits the foothills of Morocco's Rif Mountains to hear The Master Musicians Of Joujouka

Tickley Feather, Joy Orbison, Sonic Explorations, the new cassette underground and more

Director Peter Strickland on how cutting his Katalin Varga film to Nurse With Wound tracks, among others, ruined some of his favourite music

Christian Marclay on Herb Alpert's Whipped Cream & Other Delights

Memoirs Of A Geezer: The Autobiography Of Jah Wobble
Rock/Music Writings by Dan Graham
The Supremes: A Saga Of Motown Dreams, Success And Betrayal by Mark Ribowsky
Christina Kubisch: Stromzeichnungen/ Electrical Drawings edited by Wulf Herzogenrath & Ingmar Lähnemann
From Jazz Funk & Fusion To Acid Jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene by Mark ‘Snowboy' Cotgrove
The Ballad Of Britain: How Music Captured The Soul Of A Nation by Will Hodgkinson
Creative Life: Music, Politics, People, And Machines by Bob Ostertag

Derek Bailey (DVDs)
DJ Spooky's Rebirth Of A Nation (DVD)
William Hooker: The Symbol Of The Unconquered (DVD)

Seripop, Gateshead, UK
Sound Escapes, London, UK

The Green Man Festival, Powys, UK
Rhys Chatham + Liquid Liquid, New York City, USA
Charles Hayward & Tatsuya Yoshida, London, UK
Kasai Allstars, London, UK

All Killer
Area C
Atlas Sound
Jean Baudrillard
Blast 4tet
Cold Cave
COUM Transmissions
Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras
Alec Cheer & Alistair Crosbie
Alistair Crosbie
Rhodri Davies & Gregory Büttner
Walt Dickerson 67
James Ferraro
Forest Creature
Fuck Buttons
Bruce GIlbert
How the East Was Won 1989–2009
Michael Hurley & Ida
Philip Jeck
Tori Kudo
Goh Lee Kwang
Sebastian Lexer
Francisco López
Lydia Lunch & Jacob Kirkegaard
Mission Of Burma
Hudson Mohawke
Brendan Murray
Os Mutantes
Pastels & Tenniscoats
John Pilcher & Martin McKelvey
Alasdair Roberts
Keith Rowe & Sachiko M
Akira Sakata/Chikamorachi
Shit & Shine
Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith
Space Weather
David Sylvian
The 13th Floor Elevators
Three Score And Ten: A Voice To The
Tickley Feather
Jonny Trunk
Tumbélé: Biguine, Afro & Latin Sounds
From The French Caribbean 1963–74
Mika Vainio
The Vitamin B12
Gary War
Andrew Weatherall
White Out (with Jim O'Rourke & Thurston
The Wingdale Community Singers
Andrew WK
Richard Youngs