The Wire

The world's greatest print and online music magazine. Independent since 1982


Issue 324

February 2011

Now in their 16th year, the mercurial rockers have shapeshifted into a disciplined global mobile unit. 
By Joseph Stannard

Invisible Jukebox: Hype Williams
Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt stop being polite and ‘get reel’ with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Lisa Blanning

Matthew Shipp
How the broadminded New York pianist peeled away from the jazz fleet to sail in the open waters of Thirsty Ear’s Blue Series. By Phil Freeman

Captain Beefheart
Richard Henderson, Brian Morton, Savage Pencil, Gary Lucas, Mike Barnes and Byron Coley pay strictly personal tribute to the departed Don Van Vliet

Vanessa Rossetto
The Texas based artist tells Nick Cain about composing and improvising with quotidian sounds

Tri-Angle Records
Derek Walmsley bags a rare interview with the man behind the London spectral pop label

Global Ear: Stockholm
The Swedish capital’s new Audiorama is the latest in a long line of electronic live spaces. By Robin McGinley

Martin Kippenberger, Tape Crackers, 
The A Band and more

Salomé Voegelin kneels in the presence of Morton Feldman’s contemplative masterpiece Rothko Chapel

The Inner Sleeve
Crass’s Gee Vaucher on Yoko Ono’s Fly

Print Run
The Man Who Recorded The World: A Biography Of Alan Lomax by John Szwed
Generacja by Michał Wasążnik & Robert Jarosz
The Music’s All That Matters by Paul Stump
As Loud As Possible edited by Steve Underwood & Chris Sienko
Changing The System: The Music Of Christian Wolff edited by Stephen Chase & Philip Thomas
The Record: Contemporary Art And Vinyl edited by Trevor Schoonmaker
Fanzines by Teal Triggs

On Screen
The Table DVD
John Duncan The Tailing DVD
The Rise And Fall And Rise Of Sensational DVD

On Site
Exhibitions and installations: TONSPUR_expanded ∞ The Loudspeaker in Vienna

On Location
Pour Albert Ayler Paris, France
Oceans Of Silver And Blood & The New String Theory & Claudia Molitor/Lotte Anker Huddersfield, UK
Shift Festival Of Electronic Arts Basel, Switzerland
MazaJ: Festival Of Experimental Middle Eastern Music London, UK

Soundcheck A–Z

A Hawk And A Hacksaw
Martin Arnold
Bryce Beverlin II
Kelan Phil Cohran & Legacy
John Coltrane
Miles Davis
Fripp & Eno
Susie Hodder-Williams & Chris Caldwell
Hype Williams
Masami Kawaguchi’s New Rock Syndicate
Eric La Casa
Mamiffer/House Of Low Culture
Daniel Menche
Metal Mountains
Alex Monk
Moon Wiring Club
Steve Moore
Pauline Oliveros
Theo Parrish
Michael Pisaro & Taku Sugimoto
Pierre Schaeffer
Sex Worker
Sissy Spacek
Six Organs Of Admittance
Howard Skempton
The Skull Defekts
Smoke Jaguar
Toro Y Moi
Various Darmstadt Aural Documents Box 1: Composers – Conductors
Various Dirty Water: The Birth Of Punk Attitude
Various Music For Merce (1952–2009)
Various Trax 25