The Wire

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Issue 341

July 2012

Low End Theories
The Wire’s 22 page celebration of the booming 
culture of Bass, from the Big Bang to the Brown Note. Writers pick their world-shaking bottom-end experiences, plus Joe Muggs meditates on bass weight, David Toop channels deep-end mythologies, Will Montgomery detects infrasound pressure, 
and Dave Tompkins hoovers up Miami Bass.

With a fresh line-up and dynamic new album, Keiji Haino’s group refuse to lie low. By Alan Cummings.

Duane Pitre
Bill Meyer meets the US mosher-turned-minimalist who’s bringing microtones to the marshes of Louisiana.

Invisible Jukebox Reinhold Friedl
Zeitkratzer’s extended-technique maestro sticks his head inside The Wire’s mystery record box. Tested by André Vida.

Maia Urstad’s floating radios; Punk In Africa documentary; Madalyn Merkey’s vocoder visions; SoundFjord’s Sound//Space activity zone; plus Unofficial Channels.

Collateral Damage
Mixtape giveaways on hiphop blogs allow major labels to cherrypick rap talent, claims Andrew Nosnitsky.

Global Ear Istanbul
Matthew Collin turns on to Replikas, the Turkish rockers reanimating the spirit of Anadolu psych.

Cross Platform Ian Rawes
Recording London’s neglected spaces reveals the secret patterns of the city. By Nathan Budzinski.

Laetitia Sadier motors through a string of musical revelations, from Blondie and The Sperm Wails to Jorge Ben.

The Inner Sleeve
Islwyn Watkins on a photograph of Jeff Nuttall.

Print Run
New music books: a life of Futurist Luigi Russolo, and a history of New York’s late 1970s new wave and Rio de Janeiro’s 1990s carioca scene.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Bristol Arnolfini’s film/video exhibition Superpower: Africa In Science Fiction; The Grateful Dead on DVD.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: A Survey Is A Process Of Listening in New York; Charlotte Prodger in Glasgow.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Geoff Mullen, Lil B, Planet Mu and Philip Glass in London; Questlove’s Shuffle Culture in New York, :zoviet*france: in Newcastle upon Tyne, and more.

Soundcheck A–Z
Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra
Sir Richard Bishop
Cannibales & Vahines
Cooly G
Dale Cornish
Robert Curgenven & Richard
Mario Diaz de Leon
Dirty Projectors
Kyle Bobby Dunn
Failing Lights
Esther Ferrer
Julo Fujak
Golden Retriever
Suzuki Junzo
Key Of Shame
Thomas Köner
Andrzej Korzynski
Mark Leckey
Anne Lockwood
Daniel Menche
Madalyn Merkey
Mi Ami
Micachu And The Shapes
Mission Of Burma
R Stevie Moore
Outer Space
Theo Parrish
Anthony Pateras
Jessica Pavone
Peaking Lights
Laetitia Sadier
Richard Skelton
Patti Smith
Mika Vainio/Kevin Drumm/Axel Dörner/Lucio Capece
Various This Ain’t Chicago: The Underground Sound Of UK House & Acid 1987–1991
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Bobby Womack