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Issue 346

December 2012

Scott Walker
In a rare interview, the singer and composer talks Mike Barnes through his ambitious, brutal and absurdist new album, Bish Bosch.

Peter Brötzmann redux
In a follow-up to the November issue’s cover story, David Keenan presents further words of wisdom from his extensive interview with the German improvisor.

Wyrd sounds from the West Country
Matthew Ingram visits Hacker Farm HQ and meets a motley crew of electronic musicians and culture jackers including Farmer Glitch, Kek-W, IX Tab and Kemper Norton.

Invisible Jukebox Pinch
The Bristolian dubstep producer and Tectonic boss has his chest rattled by The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Joe Muggs.

Cross Platform Jonas Mekas
The film maker’s 60 year career runs parallel to the history of New York’s art and music avant garde. By Nick Cain.

David S Ware
The freeform sounds and spiritual journey of the late saxophonist, as remembered by his colleagues William Parker and Steven Joerg.

Alisdair McGregor & Howard Jacques’s radical radio dramas; 1000 year old audio in Pictures Of Sound; new growths from London’s Slowfoot label; and Fontanelle’s reanimation of 70s fusion.

Global Ear Mexico City
Gabriel Stargardter hears cumbia sound systems pumping rebel music into the capital’s toughest district.

Laina Dawes salutes the heavy music that shaped her identity while growing up as a black female rock fan.

Print Run
New music books: the musical world according to David Byrne; Ted Gioia’s guide to jazz standards; Daniela Cascella on listening and memory; and a collection of Improv interviews.

On Screen
Films & DVDs: Alan Lomax’s Ballads, Blues And Bluegrass, and The Passion Of Joan Of Arc soundtracked by Loren Connors.

On Site
Exhibitions, installations, etc: Jack Kerouac and Amiri Baraka in London; Doug Aitken & Terry Riley in Arles.

On Location
Festival and concert reviews: Voices And Echoes, Semibreve, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, L’Audible, Blackest Ever Black, Pete Swanson and more.

Soundcheck A-Z
1982 + BJ Cole
Oren Ambarchi & Robin Fox
Oren Ambarchi & James Rushford
Baby Dee & Little Annie
Peter Brötzmann & Jason Adasiewicz
John Cage
Clubsound Witches
Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille
Cults Percussion Ensemble
Cut Hands
Death Grips
Kevin Drumm
Lawrence English
Ryan Francesconi & Mirabai Peart
Matthew Friedberger
Frisk Frugt
Victor Gama
Lee Gamble
Girls Girls Girls
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Charles Hayward
Boris Hegenbart
Hello Skinny
Holly Herndon
Rev Charlie Jackson
Jeff Keen
Felix Kubin
Lean Left
Living By Lanterns
Alfonso Lovo
Christian Marclay/Toshio Kajiwara/DJ Olive
The Sha
Mark Stewart
Various Paul Buff Presents Highlights From The PAL And Original Sound Studio Archives
Various Dual Form
Various Imaginational Anthem 5
Ricardo Villalobos
Scott Walker
Wolf Eyes
Neil Young
Richard Youngs