The Wire

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Issue 337

March 2012

Joseph Stannard finds out why the Seattle slowrockers are away with the fairy folk and investigating the Old, Weird Albion.

King Tubby
A guide to Osbourne Ruddock’s studio mutations and earth-shaking roots riddims, which transformed Jamaican music and beyond. By Michael E Veal.

Julia Holter
The Californian lo-fi goddess moulds Cageian aesthetics and classical mythology into her DIY sound forge. By Adam Harper.

Invisible Jukebox Ghost Box
Belbury Poly’s Jim Jupp and The Focus Group’s Julian House are spooked by The Wire’s uncanny record selection. Tested by Rob Young.

Collateral Damage Vicki Bennett
A world of high bandwidth is good news for recombinant artists everywhere, says Vicki Bennett.

Cross Platform Haroon Mirza
The UK based artist’s latest installations are random acoustic sculptures forming resonant environments. By David Toop.

Global Ear Ethiopia
Terrie Ex & Andy Moor chronicle The Ex’s pathfinding tours of the Horn of Africa, building relationships with local musicians and audiences.

The Bristol based Multiverse duo make shattered Techno out of ruined buildings. By Jennifer Lucy Allan.

Phil England hears audio fog on the Tyne emanating from the veteran post-Industrial duo’s danceworks.

Matthew Ingram’s youthful attempts to meet his 1970s rock heroes ended with a human encounter with Tom Verlaine.

The Inner Sleeve
The Numero Group on The Magic Of The Majestic Arrows.

Print Run
New music books: jazz cosmopolitanism in Ghana, a history of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, a theory of Jamaican sound systems, a John Coltrane graphic novel, plus essays on Ligeti.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: A Tribe Called Quest and Shazzula on DVD.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Luke Fowler and Toshiya Tsunoda in Bielefeld; Hanne Darboven in London.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: PAN Festival, Supersimetria, Eskimo Dance, Gottfried Michael Koenig, Nate Wooley.

Soundcheck A–Z
Oren Ambarchi
Oren Ambarchi & Thomas Brinkmann
Masaki Batoh
Andrea Belfi
Blood Stereo
John Cage
Eric Chenaux
Suzanne Ciani
The Cramps
Dirty Three
Jon Dræby
Mark Ernestus presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck
Mats Gustafsson/Paal Nilssen-Love/Mesene Asmanaw
Keiji Haino/Jim O’Rourke/Oren Ambarchi
Jenny Hval & Håvard Volden
The Internet
Jason Kahn
Eyvind Kang
Little Skull
Lund Quartet
Moon Wiring Club
Mouse On Mars
Napalm Death
Stephen O’Malley & Steve Noble
Jim O’Rourke
Lee Ranaldo
Eric Glick Rieman
Tom James Scott
Shit & Shine
Sissy Spacek
Mark Stewart
Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras meet The Congos
Jozef Van Wissem & Jim Jarmusch
Various Friends & Family
Various Grubenklang.reloaded
Various I Have My Liberty! Gospel Sounds From Accra, Ghana
Various Jende Ri Palenge: The People of Palenque
Various Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974–1984
Various SID Chip Sounds: The Music Of The Commodore 64
Yair Yona
Richard Youngs
John Zorn