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Issue 342

August 2012

Ariel Pink
The Haunted Graffiti artist gets mature, with songs about Jewishness, nymphomania and the beta male revolution. By Nick Richardson.

Maria Minerva
Estonia’s theoretician-goddess is flying the flag for the ‘female loser’ with her solipsistic take on endtimes disco. By Nina Power.

Buddy Pipp
Val Wilmer tells the story of a Ghanaian drummer and percussionist whose unsung presence reveals new information about British Afrojazz.

Invisible Jukebox Peter Cusack
The British field recordist and improvisor points his shell-likes at The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Phil England.

Kassem Mosse
Gunnar Wendel energises Berlin dancefloors with drum machine duels and organic House. By Rory Gibb.

Peter Ablinger
The Austrian composer makes the weather with his full-spectrum actuality recordings. By Andy Hamilton.

Global Ear Bamako
Christopher Kirkley watches spontaneous Balani Shows combusting the streets of Mali’s capital city.

Cross Platform Dani Gal
Scrutinising the historical record via documentary LPs and Foley soundtracks. By Zakia Uddin.

TM Wolf on the Wu-Tang Clan’s vocal collage that triggered off the idea for a novel of overlapping voices.

Print Run
New music books: the paintings of Bitches Brew artist Mati Klarwein; a study of Brazilian carioca; the garage punk ephemera of Johan Kugelberg; Christof Migone’s book as sonic artwork and Kodwo Eshun’s dissection of Dan Graham.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Jonas Braasch’s Sonic Territories; a workshop with director Peter Watkins.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Sounding The Body Electric 1956–1984 in Łódź, Poland; Soundworks in Paris.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Hidden Depths Of Hyperdub, Match & Fuse, Sparks, Vatican Shadow, a Luc Ferrari tribute and more.

Collateral Damage is on hiatus for August, and will return in September.

Reviews Index A–Z
The Beach Boys
The Big Eyes Family Players & Friends
Blanche Blanche Blanche
The Bohman Brothers
Benjamin Brunn
Austin Cesear
Bob Chance
Chris Corsano
Peter Cusack
Matthew Dear
Dan Deacon
Diagram & Moliné
Bill Fay
Reinhold Friedl
Guess What
Holy Other
Icebreaker with BJ Cole
Willie Lane
Jon Mueller & James Plotkin
No Neck Blues Band
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
William Parker
Michael Pisaro/Toshiya Tsunoda
DJ Rashad
Anthony Reynolds
Jocelyn Robert
Roxy Music
Adrian Sherwood
Soft Mirage
Henry Threadgill Zooid
The Tobacconists
Ryan Truesdell
Damien Valles
Various Bass Culture Volumes 1–4
Various Country Funk: 1969–1975
Various Echtzeitmusik
Various Fukushima!
Various The Roots Of Drone
Various Strange Passion: Explorations In Irish Post-Punk DIY And Electronic Music 1980–83
Various TV Sound And Image
Various Weirdlore: Notes From The Folk Underground
Rudi Zygaldo