The Wire

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Issue 319

September 2010

A survey of the past percolating into present-day music, from Hypnagogic pop to samizdat reissues, analogue synthesis, creative quotation and more

Paul Burwell
Three years after his death, Julian Cowley pays tribute to the British percussionist, inventor and Bow Gamelan Ensemble founder’s liberating spirit

Graham Simpson
Exclusive interview with the original Roxy Music bassist, who fell out of history after discovering Sufism and psychedelics. By Stephen Thrower

Invisible Jukebox: Mordant Music
The London hauntologist shows disturbing symptoms after being treated with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Joseph Stannard

Lisa Blanning listens to the crackling of the former 4AD singer and transgender warrior’s soul

Odd Future
The cantankerous teens are grafting a mutant third limb on LA’s hiphop scene. By Andrew Nosnitsky

LA Vampires
Amanda Brown’s post-Pocahaunted project comes slathered in sleazy dub. By David Keenan

Ignaz Schick’s Echtzeitmusiktage, the art of Greensleeves LPs, artists making music in Cambridge, William Bennett and Florian Hecker at Tate Britain’s The Real Thing event

Global Ear: Boise
Dustin Verburg unveils a testy experimental music festival blazing through Idaho’s City of Trees

Cross Platform: Aura Satz
The London based sound artist sculpts a macabre, mechanical art of memory from phonographic objects. By Philip Clark

Tim Lawrence on Arthur Russell’s avant disco

The Inner Sleeve
Mark Leckey on a record that wants to remain invisible

Print Run
New music books: a history of British visionary music, John Cage’s 4'33" analysed, essay collections on David Byrne and The Fall and more

On Screen
Boredoms, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Shizuka on DVD

On Site
Sound art exhibitions by Chelpa Ferro and at Systematics

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Sub:stance in Berlin, Anthony Braxton feted in NYC, Cage’s Indeterminacy in London, Faust’s Avantgarde Festival in Germany and more

Chris Abrahams
Thomas Ankersmit
A Qui Avec Gabriel
Big Boi
Alessandro Bosetti
Bryan And The Haggards
Monte Cazazza
Rhys Chatham
James Chance
Dirty Projectors & Björk
Ensemble Economique
Marcus Fjellström
Alastair Galbraith
Bruce Haack
M Holterbach & Julia Eckhardt
Hype Williams
Toshiaki Ishizuka & Masayoshi Urabe
Jüppala Köäpiä
Hiroki Komiya
Magnetic Man
Tony Marsh
Mit Nye Band
Michael Moser
Seth Nehil
The New Blockaders
Moritz von Oswald Trio
Pale Sketcher
Pan Sonic with Keiji Haino
Evan Parker & Sten Sandell
William Parker
Kevin Parks & Joe Foster
Lee Perry & The Upsetters
So Percussion & Matmos
Soul Center
Urban Tribe
Various An Anthology Of Noise & Electronica Music/Sixth A-Chronology
Various Ecstatic Music Of The Jemaa El Fna
Various Long Division, With Remainders
Various Musica Improvvisa
Various New Directions In Experimental Music
Various Philly ReGrooved: Tom Moulton Remixes
Various /2009/
Various Unrock Series Setbox
Various Viva Negativa! A Tribute To The New Blockaders: UK
Wildbirds & Peacedrums