The Wire

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Issue 336

February 2012

Lil B
Lisa Blanning travels to San Francisco for an audience with the Based God, who’s subverting hiphop with complex notions of sexuality and race.

Keith Fullerton Whitman
Derek Walmsley hears tales of modular madness, computer geniuses and pinball wizardry from the New England composer/archivist.

ICES Festival
In 1972, maverick impresario Harvey Matusow staged a carnival of experimental music and art in London that’s never been surpassed. Story by Julian Cowley.

Invisible Jukebox Charles Hayward
The avantist drummer of This Heat, Massacre, About Group and more drops a beat with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes.

Collateral Damage Terre Thaemlitz
We’re too quick to assume digital culture only equals online culture, argues Thaemlitz.

Global Ear Delhi–Jaipur
Dave Stelfox follows the peripatetic brass bands blasting mutated wedding music around North India.

Cross Platform Ian Helliwell
The Brighton boffin celebrates electronica’s hobbyist years in a new documentary. By Joanne Lee.

Los Llamarada
Byron Coley mourns the demise of a heroic, Mexican avant rock outfit, victims of social decline.

Part-time Sex Worker Daniel Martin-McCormick channels YouTube effluent into the rickety House structures of his latest project. By Robin Howells.

A Barbara Hepworth sculpture connects the dots between meditation and folk protest for Linder.

The Inner Sleeve
Jeremy Deller on The KLF’s “Last Train To Trancentral” video.

Print Run
New music books: a new conception of Infinite Music, South African jazz women, and a Source magazine compendium.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Kevin Coyne live; Peter Vogel’s The Sound Of Shadows.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard in London; a Sound Art Theories Symposium in Chicago.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Caroline Kraabel, Balam Acab, Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO, AraabMuzik, Mika Vainio, Annie Gosfield and more.

Soundcheck A–Z
The Automatics Group
Belbury Poly
Olivia Block & Greg Kelley
Ido Bukelman
David Cain & Ronald Duncan
The Caretaker
Carlos Casas
Cheater Slicks
Mike Cooper
Adrian Corker
Karen Dalton
Daniel Davidovsky/Ofer Bymel/
Ido Bukelman
Demdike Stare
Ehran Elisha/Harold Rubin/
Haim Elisha
Ferran Fages
Father Murphy
Ido Govrin
John Harvey
Charles Hayward
Florian Hecker
RM Hubbert
Hanne Hukkelberg
The Humble Bee
Julie Mittens
Yoni Kretzmer
Felix Kubin
Graham Lambkin
Eric Lunde
Francisco Meirino
Geoff Mullen
Jérôme Noetinger & Will Guthrie
Duane Pitre
Francis Plagne
Olaf Rupp
Scarcity Of Tanks
Markus Schmickler
Scrambled Eggs And A Trio
Richard Skelton
Burkhard Stangl
Surplus 1980
John Tilbury & Keith Rowe
Per Tjernberg
Various Bossa Jazz
Various Disktopia Volume 1
Various Sound Art@Het Apollohuis
Jason Urick
White Out
John Wiese
Mia Zabelka