The Wire’s essential review of the year’s best music, including the Top 50 Releases of the Year, writers’ and musicians’ reflections, and essays on 2011’s key developments, including Mark Fisher on the crackle of dissent, David Keenan on the sedition of song and Philip Clark on the liberation of sounds, plus views from the office.
Invisible Jukebox Michael Chapman
The veteran folk guitarist and improvisor becomes a fully qualified survivor of The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes.
Spencer Clark | James Ferraro
The ex-Skaters talk about their separate Fourth World and Far Side Virtual second lives. By Daniel Spicer.
Clive Bell meets the prolific DJ-turned-Noise artist who has worked with Merzbow, Autechre, Sensational and more.
Dan Barrow enjoys a sun salutation and enters the wormhole with Warp’s conscious beatmaker.
James Kirby argues for the controlled flow of free downloads to promote a better understanding of the artist’s work.
Brisbane Daniel Spencer gatecrashes the house shows, pub gigs and bedroom blowouts of Queensland’s capital city.
Cross Platform Claudia Molitor
Philip Clark meets the German born conceptual composer who treats scores as standalone artworks.
Mute Synth, Wist Rec, the Norient film festival and the British Music Collection, plus Unofficial Channels: RawRaw.
Adam Harper on the transformative potential of Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise graphic score.
The Inner Sleeve
Daniel Lopatin on John Oswald’s Rubáiyát.
New music books: photographs from the New York vogue scene, record covers by Robert Crumb, histories of The Fugs and UK pirate radio, and Edwin Prévost on meta-music.
Films & DVDs: The New York Dolls and Cabaret Voltaire’s Johnny YesNo.
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Pipilotti Rist at the Hayward Gallery.
Festival and concert reviews: Cut And Splice, Colour Out Of Space, Negativwobblyland, Harold Budd + The Necks, and Carl Stone.
Blues Control & Laraaji
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Yves De May
Fourth World Magazine Presents
Mark Van Hoen
Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music
The Thirteenth Assembly
Jennifer Walshe & Tomomi Adachi
Van Deferens Organization
Various Life Is Dance!
Chris Watson & Marcus Davidson