The Wire

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Issue 310

December 2009


The New York 'freak styler' MC and former Jungle Brother documents life on the edge through a surrealist fog of text. By Derek Walmsley

David Keenan talks freeform ethno-primitivism with The Hunter Gracchus, Harappian Night Recordings, Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides and Chora

A user's guide through the maze of live and studio records that has proliferated in the 40 years since In The Court Of The Crimson King. By Joseph Stannard

The No Fun festival founder, label boss and Noise supremo enjoys an oscillation orgy with The Wire's mystery record selection. Tested by Alan Licht

The Iceland based Australian producer's wolf howls and machine screams grab Mark Fisher by the throat

Julian Cowley gets swept up in the torrential flow of the Ukrainian pianist/composer's continuous music

Daniel Lapotin's Hypnagogic electronics view the future through a 90s hiphop lens. By David Keenan

Black Metal symbolism infiltrates the shamanic practices of this Italian musician and performance artist. By Anne Hilde Neset

Getting his head together in the country, Cyclobe's Stephen Thrower learns how to just say Yes

Ryan Gander on Neil Young's On The Beach

Maryanne Amacher, Dãm-Funk, Kode 9's Sonic Warfare, Trimpin and more

Jack Sargeant stumbles over the cutting edge of Improv at a seditious barbershop in the suburbs

Freedom Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965–83 compiled by Gilles Peterson & Stuart Baker
Love Sex Fear Death: The Inside Story Of The Process Church Of The Final Judgment by Timothy Wyllie
Noise & Capitalism edited by Anthony Iles & Mattin
The Ashgate Research Companion To Experimental Music edited by James Saunders

All Tomorrow's Parties (DVD)
Damon & Naomi 1001 Nights (DVD)

Expo Leeds, Leeds, UK
Martin Creed, London, UK

Blixa Bargeld & alva noto + Soap & Skin, Copenhagen, Denmark
Incubate Festival 2009, Tilburg, The Netherlands
Punkt, Kristiansand, Norway
Celestial Mass: Magma + Chrome Hoof & JP Massiera, London, UK
Ear To The Earth, New York City, USA

Matias Aguayo
Alarm Will Sound
Tony Allen & Jimi Tenor
Thavius Beck
Black Pus
Black To Comm
Peter Brötzmann
Nicholas Christian/Matt Milton/Eddie Prévost/Bechir Saadé
Cobra Killer
Bill Dixon
Kevin Drumm
Josephine Foster
Lisa Germano
Davy Graham
Rachel Grimes
Group Doueh
Etienne Jaumet
Jason Kahn & Ryu Hankil
The Mancini Project
Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
Daniel Menche
Phill Niblock
Steve Noble & Mal Pelo
Nobuyasu Furuya Trio
On Fillmore
Israel Quellet
Nadia Ratsimandresy & Matteo Ramon Arevalos
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Erik Satie
Simon Scott
September Collective
Sun Ra
Sun Ra And His Myth Science Solar Arkestra
Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra
James Tenney
Various The Byg Deal
Various Celestial Mass: Sonic Deceptions Of Outer Space From The Vaults Of The Finders Keepers Family 1969–2009
Various Freedom, Rhythm & Sound: Revolutionary Jazz In The USA 1963–82
Various The Harmonic Series: Musical Works In Just Intonation
Various Psych Funk 101
Various Tokyo Flashback 7
Matthew Welch
Edward Williams