The Wire

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Issue 335

January 2012

2011 Rewind
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.

Kouhei Matsunaga
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.

Collateral Damage
James Kirby argues for the controlled flow of free downloads to promote a better understanding of the artist’s work.

Global Ear
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.

Print Run
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.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: The New York Dolls and Cabaret Voltaire’s Johnny YesNo.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Pipilotti Rist at the Hayward Gallery.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Cut And Splice, Colour Out Of Space, Negativwobblyland, Harold Budd + The Necks, and Carl Stone.

Soundcheck A–Z
Black Bananas
Blues Control & Laraaji
Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet
Rhys Chatham
Co La
Richard Dawson
Yves De May
Peter Evans
Felix’s Machines
Fourth World Magazine Presents
Robert Haigh
Hair Stylistics
Joe Harriot
Russell Haswell
Hobo Sonn
Mark Van Hoen
Imanaren 58
Indignant Senility
Eli Keszler
Land Equivalents
Robert Lippok
Aki Onda
Daphne Oram
Omar Souleyman
Juma Sultan’s Aboriginal Music
Pete Swanson
Tanya Tagaq
The Thirteenth Assembly
Adachi Tomomi
Jennifer Walshe & Tomomi Adachi
Pete Um
Van Deferens Organization
Various Life Is Dance!
André Vida
Chris Watson
Chris Watson & Marcus Davidson
Bill Wells