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Issue 400

June 2017

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Wire 400: The Wire celebrates its 400th issue with a series of special essays surveying the still fertile territory between word and sound. By Clive Bell, Alexander Hawkins, David Keenan, Meredith Monk, Chal Ravens, Greg Tate and David Toop

Matt Loveridge: Having retired his Team Brick moniker, the Bristolian polymath has splintered himself into parallel personas including MXLX, Knife Liibrary, Fairhorns and Gnar Hest, each with their own ambitious sonic agenda. By Noel Gardner

Weasel Walter: Demanding the unreasonable and refusing to accept reality have resulted in several decades of unboundaried noisemaking for The Flying Luttenbachers’ aggravator-in-chief. By Marc Masters

Bites: Discwoman: The intersectional collective and booking agency are transforming dance culture. By Aurora Mitchell

Nick Hakim: The New York based vocalist and sound manipulator drags R&B into the twilight zone. By Neil Kulkarni

Peter Kutin & Florian Kindlinger: The Austrian duo investigate the tonal properties of bullets on glass. By Tristan Bath

Svart Records: The Finnish label explores psych, metal, electronics and as yet unnamed genres. By Noel Gardner

Global Ear:
Yerevan: The relative isolation of the Armenian capital has birthed a self-contained music network. By Ella Kanegarian

Invisible Jukebox:
Louis Moholo-Moholo: The South African jazz drummer gets in the swing of The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Mike Barnes

The Inner Sleeve: Jon Forss on Suede’s Coming Up

Epiphanies: Keith Rowe finds guidance in Chinese wisdom

On Screen: New films and DVDs: Florian Kläger, Tobias Adam and Markus Milcke’s A Story Of Sahel Sounds; Hazel Hill McCarthy III’s Bight Of The Twin

On Site: Recent exhibitions and performances: FMP: The Living Music, Munich, Germany; Khaled Kaddal, London, UK

Print Run: New music books: free jazz and harmolodics, prog rock, Japanese art punk memories, and more

On Location: Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: Big Ears, Borealis, Thundercat, Joe McPhee, and more

Soundcheck: Ellen Allien, Chino Amobi, Huxley Anne, Caterina Barbieri, Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury, Bonaventure, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bottle Tree, Anders Brørby, Cakewalk, Shanti Celeste, Dale Cornish, Dale Cornish & Phil Julian, Carl Craig, Crescent, Taylor Deupree, Aaron Dilloway, Dread, Bob Dylan, faUSt, Will Guthrie, Peter Jakober/Ensemble Hiatus, Kasai Allstars & Orchestre Symphonique, Kimbanguiste, Joey LaBeija, Kendrick Lamar, Jlin, The Last Sound, Daniel Levin/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Chris Corsano, Eliza McCarthy/Oliver Coates, Alex Mincek, Juana Molina, Thurston Moore, Richard Moult, Chris Newman, Jérôme Noetinger/Anthony Pateras/Synergy Percussion, Octo Octa, Old Tower, Anthony Pateras, Prescott, Gavin Prior, Queen Kopetzky, The Radiophonic Workshop, Raphael Rogiński, Paul Rooney, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Oumou Sangare, Eric Schaefer, Shelter, Slackk, Staub Quartet, Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, Storm Bugs, Véronique Vilhet & Dominique Grimaud, WaqWaq Kingdom, Nate Wooley, Żywizna, Various Exotic Ésotérique Vol 2, Various Jungle Judgin’/Holypalms Remix Compilation

The Boomerang: Marc Barreca, Brother Ah, Donald Byrd, Alice Coltrane, Miles Davis Sextet & Duke Ellington Orchestra, Deathprod, Bob Downes, Shamek Farrah, Flying Saucer Attack, Ragnar Grippe, Pep Llopis, Michele Mercure, Wolf Vostell, Barney Wilen