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Issue 314

April 2010

Tapper 23
The latest volume in our series of free compilations featuring 20 new, rare or unreleased tracks by The A Band, Raymond Dijkstra, Rolf Julius, Han Bennink, Clogs and more

Konono No 1
In Kinshasa, Nick Richardson meets the group who amplified the African thumb piano and their extended 'Congotronics' family, including Kasai Allstars

Invisible Jukebox: Joanna Newsom
The harpist has one on us as she dips into The Wire's mystery record box. Tested by Amanda Petrusich

The Primer: Giacinto Scelsi
Andy Hamilton freefalls through the alien soundworlds of the Italian proto-spectralist composer who spent his life in search of music's third dimension

Edgard Varèse
Ken Hollings takes a sideways view of the sonic pathfinder's progressive utopian visions of a sentient, spatial, scientific music

Matt Wuethrich journeys without a map through the deep analogue electronic drones and enigmatic variations of this wilfully anonymous artist

DJ Stingray
Derek Walmsley Skypes Detroit's Sherard Ingram about Urban Tribe and his Drexciya connections

Stefan Goldmann
The Berlin Minimal Techno head explains why he cut a meta-mix of Stravinsky's Rite Of Spring. By Rob Young

The Gaslamp Killer
Discovering rap was the road to salvation for this DJ/ producer primed in San Diego punk. By Lisa Blanning

Global Ear: Thessaloniki
How to survive in recession-hit Greece by shuffling between Improv and art events. By Kostas Kokkas

Cross Platform: Raymond Scott
Director Stan Warnow on his film about his electronic music polymath father. By Richard Henderson

Hearing Culture Club by chance, Brandon LaBelle decides Boy George is good enough to eat after all

The Black Dog, Giuseppi Logan, Bedroom Community, Träd, Gräs Och Stenar and more

The Inner Sleeve
Stephen O'Malley on Herbie Hancock's Thrust

Print Run
Thelonious Monk: The Life And Times Of An American Original by Robin DG Kelley
Pierre Schaeffer: Polychrome Portraits edited by Évelyne Gayou
Left-Handed Blows: Writing On Sound 1993–2009 by Bruce Russell

On Screen
135 Grand Street, New York, 1979 (DVD)
Frank Zappa, The Freak-Out List (DVD)
Send + Receive: 10 Years Of Sound (DVD)
Felix Kubin, Fernsehpropheten (DVD)
Mariano Equizzio & Franck Vigroux, The Nishiazabu Affair (DVD-R)

On Site
Florian Hecker, London, UK
Speaking Out: The Spoken Word In Artistic Practice, London, UK

On Location
The Ex with Brass Unbound, Glasgow, UK
Peter Brötzmann, London, UK
Transmediale/Club Transmediale, Berlin, Germany
Hotel Pro Forma & The Knife, Stockholm, Sweden
Luck In The Valley: A Jack Rose Record Release Party and Memorial Concert, Philadelphia, USA
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band, New York City, USA

Souncheck A-Z
A Broken Consort
Muhal Richard Abrams & Roscoe Mitchell
Viv Albertine
Mulatu Astatke
Steffen Basho-Junghans
Kath Bloom
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & The Cairo Gang
John Cage
Ken Camden
Tristram Cary
Barry Chabala/Michael Pisaro
Sylvain Chauveau
Francis Dhomont
Leif Elggren
The Family Elan
Morton Feldman
Carlos Giffoni
Michael Gira
The Glands Of External Secretion
Stefan Goldmann
Harvey Milk
Heather Leigh
Mark Van Hoen
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Yannis Kyriakides
Elodie Lauten
Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra
Jamie Lidell
Lindstrøm & Christabelle
The Giuseppi Logan Quintet
Matrix Metals
Kouhei Matsunaga
Seijiro Murayama
Seijiro Murayama & Soundworm
Sunny Murray/John Edwards/Tony Bevan
The New Monuments
Roland Ramanan Tentet
Jonas Reinhardt
Small Black
Kim Doo Soo
Sudden Infant
Mika Taanila
Prins Thomas
Mayo Thompson & Sven-Åke Johansson's Quintett
Tongues Of Mount Meru
Mika Vainio/Kouhei Matsunaga/Sean Booth
Various Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas: Tropicalia Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967–1976
Various The Minimal Wave Tapes Volume One
Various Pomegranates: Persian Pop, Funk, Folk And Psych Of The 1960s And 70s
Vibracathedral Orchestra
David S Ware