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Resonance FM & the Community Radio Funds budget

A call by London's Resonance FM to support a campaign for greater public investment in community radio...

London's premiere community arts radio station is asking the listening public to lend support to a campaign for greater public investment in community radio. The Community Radio Fund was set up in 2004 with a budget of £500'000 to be distributed amongst 14 community radio broadcasters, but since then the fund has had to support an increased number of over 200 community broadcasters with the same budget. Resonance FM is asking all eligible supporters to sign a petition for a budget increase here.

Subscriber Special: Below The Radar Volume 1

The Wire launches Below The Radar, a major new series of free download compilations

With the September 2009 issue, The Wire has launched Below The Radar, a major new series of free download compilations made available exclusively to all the magazine's subscribers worldwide.

Compiled and produced by The Wire staff, each volume of Below The Radar will act as a showcase for all manner of underground, outsider and experimental sounds.

Below The Radar Volume 1, released to subscribers via the carrier sheet accompanying their September issue, features new or exclusive tracks by: Concern, Starving Weirdos, Harappian Night Recordings, Dredd Foole & Ed Yazijian, Mark Wastell, James Ferraro, Uton, Ghedalia Tazartes, Richard Skelton, Brian Morant, Sudden Infant, Gareth Davis & Steven R Smith, LSD March, Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides, The Hunter Gracchus, Seymour Wright, and more...

The first volume in the series coincides with the publication of the September 2009 issue. Subsequent volumes will be issued on a quarterly basis.

Here's how it will work: with their copy of the September 2009 issue, all subscribers will be issued with a url for a dedicated Below The Radar webpage, plus a user name and password. Once logged in to the webpage, they will be able to download all the tracks on the compilation. The webpage will also include a set of sleevenotes that will contain biographies and images, links and contact information for all the featured musicians. Logged in subscribers will be able to view the sleevenotes online and/or download them as a pdf file.

To make sure you get access to the first volume of Below The Radar, subscribe now:

NB the second volume of Below The Radar will be made available to subscribers to coincide with the publication of the January 2010 issue of The Wire.

Remembering Hugh Hopper

Read Julian Cowley's 2005 interview with Hugh Hopper, who passed away this year

Former Soft Machine bassist Hugh Hopper died of leukaemia on 7 June 2009. He was 64 years old. Starting out as Soft Machine’s road manager, he joined the group on bass after Kevin Ayers’s departure in 1969, and recorded with them from Volume Two through to Six. Since the release of his 1973 debut solo album, 1984, an inspired mix of loops and hefty James Brown basslines, he has released more than 30 albums, either under his own name or as part of a range of projects including Hopper Tunity Box, Soft Heap, Soft Machine Legacy, Soft Mountain and Clear Frame. To mark his passing we have reproduced Julian Cowley's Hugh Hopper article from September 2005 (The Wire 259). You can also listen again to these unreleased tracks featuring the musician.

Sound Traces

An online exhibition of LMC archive materials curated by David Toop...

Musician, author and contributor to The Wire David Toop has curated an online exhibition of archival materials related to the London Musicians Collective. Comprised of four sections, "Music Context", Public & Private", "Space & Performance" and "Technology", Sound Traces investigates the LMCs history since its beginnings in the mid 1970s with examples of their leaflets, posters, pamphlets, photographs and other material produced over the years. Hosted by London College Of Communication's Creative Research Into Sound Art Practice.

Bruce Russell Limited Edition T-Shirt

A new piece of artwork from The Dead C polymath.

Printed in white on a black shirt with The Wire url printed in white on the right sleeve. Limited edition of 100 shirts. Price (including postage and packing): £20 for UK, £22 elsewhere. Subscriber discount: £2 off per shirt. Click here to visit our online shop.

Exclusive ticket offer: Tatsuya Yoshida live in London

Discounted tickets for readers of The Wire

Tatsuya Yoshida is one of the most innovative drummer/composer/improvisors in the Japanese avant garde, pushing a unique brand of high energy music that is a mixture of contemporary composition, hardcore and Prog rock.

Best known for fronting the drums and bass duo Ruins, Yoshida has led many other groups and collaborated with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Keiji Haino, Otomo Yoshihide, Acid Mothers Temple and many more members of music's experimental jet set.

Over the weekend of 8 & 9 August, Yoshida takes up a two day residency at Cafe Oto in East London, where he will be playing solo (drums, vocal, electronics) as Ruins - Alone, and collaborating with various special guests drawn from the UK underground.

Tickets for each night normally cost £8, or £14 for a two day pass.

But in an exclusive offer, readers of The Wire can get a special discount on tickets, ie £6 per night, or just £10 for a two day pass.

For more information on the event click here:

To buy discounted tickets, click on the links below.

Tatsuya Yoshida, Sat 8 Aug: £6.00

Tatsuya Yoshida, Sun 9 Aug 09: £6.00

Tatsuya Yoshida, two day pass: £10.00

Free Leaf sampler

Exclusive music by Murcof and more on Leaf free download sampler

In March 2009 Leaf released a download sampler called Don't Run Over The Birds, Please. The compilation is now available as a budget-priced download from the likes of iTunes, Bleep, Boomkat, eMusic and Other Music. But the sampler will also be available for FREE to subscribers of Leaf's newsletter until the end of August. To be added to The Leaf Label’s info mailing list sign up at: and follow the instructions to get the free downloads.

New Thurston Moore book

Grunge by Thurston Moore and Michael Lavine due out September

Written by Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore and filled with images from legendary Sub Pop staff photographer Michael Lavine, Grunge, out in September on Abrams Books, promises a "a real insiders look at the influential early '90s' scene".

Underwater Leafcutter gig

Don your swim gear for Leafcutter's latest venture - tonight

Leafcutter and friend Tom Haines will be performing their first ever underwater gig (as part of Wet Sounds 09) tonight (Wednesday 22 July 2009). Also playing will be Francisco Lopez & Stefano Tedesco, and Sonic Fiction.
The inimitable musician writes in his email newsletter that "our music, split into desecrate scenes, can be heard half in the air and half under the water. I would think one ear in and one ear out of the water might be a good listening position". The mildly improbable venue for this event is Clissold Swimming Pool (63 Clissold Road, London, N16 9EX) and the advice is to get into the pool at 7.30pm in time for the gig playing at 8pm. Tickets here or you could chance it with limited availability on the door.

Avantgarde Festival

Book tickets now for Faust-curated festival

This event, organised by Faust’s Jean-Hervé Peron takes place on a farm in northern Germany with one of the best line-ups of the summer including Faust, Nurse With Wound, Helena Gough, Peter Blegvad Trio, James Johnston & Philippe Petit and more. Advance booking essential. Schiphorst Steinhorster Weg 2, 28–30 August, €60–€50/festival pass