The Wire

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Issue 328

June 2011

The poster boys for the ATP generation tell Daniel Spicer about life after Tyondai Braxton, the Prog-pop equation, and working with Gary Numan

Invisible Jukebox Demdike Stare
Hexing the Mancunian electronic duo with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Joseph Stannard

Sea shanties
Clive Bell dons his sou’wester and gets press-ganged into investigating the unlikely resurgence of nautical folk songs in Britain

Simon Reynolds reflects on how the digital revolution has led to a tail-chasing obsession with the past, and a climate of excess, in the music of our time

Collateral Damage
Chris Cutler presents the artist’s case against indiscriminate filesharing

Matana Roberts
The saxophonist traverses American history by communing with her black ancestors. By Phil Freeman

Joe Muggs meets DJ/producer Scratcha/Soule Power, fritzing the edges of London’s pirate scene

Global Ear Hong Kong
Andy Hamilton & James Steintrager find expats and locals fighting musical complacency in the ‘Asian World City’

Cross Platform Caroline Bergvall
The London text-sound artist’s Middling English explores linguistic slippage. By Will Montgomery

Paul Hegarty traces an ecstatic continuum between two My Bloody Valentine gigs 18 years apart

The Inner Sleeve
Will Holder on a Yale Symphony Orchestra poster

Print Run

New music books: Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction To Its Own Past by Simon Reynolds
Pocket: 1 – Around edited by Yeung Yang
Sound edited by Caleb Kelly
The Blue In The Air by Marcello Carlin
Don’t Call Me Urban!: The Time Of Grime by Simon Wheatley

On Screen
Films & DVDs: We Don’t Care About Music Anyway Film
Brian Eno 1971–1977: The Man Who Fell To Earth DVD
The Colors Of The Prism, The Mechanics Of Time Film

On Site

Exhibitions, installations, etc: Bernhard Leitner in Vienna

On Location

Festival and concert reviews: Belbury Youth Club Brighton, UK
Numina Lente New York City, USA
Wet Sounds London, UK
Wiley London, UK
More Soup And Tart London, UK
Karlheinz Stockhausen Sonntag Aus Licht Cologne, Germany

Soundcheck A–Z
Muhal Richard Abrams
Marisa Anderson
Kate Bush
Frieder Butzmann
Rhys Chatham
Cut Hands
Baby Dee
Vladislav Delay Quartet
Durrty Goodz
Mark Fell
Ford & Lopatin
Jonny Greenwood
Keiji Haino/Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi
Roy Harper
Iggy And The Stooges
Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang
George Khan
Leyland Kirby
Jason Lescalleet
Zdenĕk Liška
David Lumsdaine
Radu Malfatti & Keith Rowe
Roberto Mallo/Miguel Prado/Ryu Hankil
Shinji Masuko
Efrim Manuel Menuck
Thurston Moore
Jon Mueller
Psychic TV
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Gyan Riley
Matthew Shipp
DJ Sniff
Colin Stetson
Ghédalia Tazartès
Jonny Trunk
Various Michelangelo Antonioni: Trilogy And Epilogue
Various Global Communication: Back In The Box
Various Nigeria 70 – Sweet Times: Original Afro-funk, Highlife And Juju From 70s Lagos
Various Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s MoWest Story 1971–1973
Various Watch The Closing Doors: A History Of New York’s Music Melting Pot, Volume 1