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Kaiser music on Herzog Encounters film

Werner Herzog's new feature film, Encounters At The End Of The World, will feature the music of Cuneiform associate Henry Kaiser

Werner Herzog's new feature film, Encounters At The End Of The World (opening in the US this month), will feature the music of Cuneiform associate Henry Kaiser in collaboration with his friend David Lindley. Kaiser also produced the movie and did all of the underwater photography; as well as appearing as a character on camera. This being their fourth collaboration, Kaiser and Herzog decided to uncover some of the polar mysteries of Antarctica, one of Earth's least explored territories.

Sonic Youth's Other Side

Improvised Roskilde live performances to be released on a CD-only self release

The next installment of Sonic Youth's series of experimental and mostly instrumental releases is 'Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth' and will be available July 28 2008 in a CD-only edition self-released on the band's own SYR label. This disk presents the complete 'Other Sides of Sonic Youth' improvised live performance from the 2005 Roskilde Festival in Denmark, featuring Sonic Youth (with Jim O'Rourke) and guests Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, and Japanese sound artist Masami Akita (aka Merzbow). The single piece performed was a structured improvisation which for 60 minutes added and subtracted musicians one by one until only Masami was left onstage.

The Necks see hear

See and hear The Necks in recent concert performances

For the first time ever, video footage of an entire Necks concert - that's two whole sets - can be viewed online. Their March concert at The Factory in Sydney, Australia, as part of the Places and Spaces series, can be seen here. And last month The Necks played three sellout shows at The Vortex, in London. UK listeners can hear "Locksmith", one of the sets from that night, tonight (Friday 13th June) on BBC Radio 3's Jazz on 3 from 11.30pm. The show will also be available for listening on the internet for one week. Go to and click on 'listen to the latest programme'.

Resonance rewind in June

Resonance FM will be celebrating their 10th anniversary this month

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Resonance FM have announced they will only be broadcasting material from their first ever broadcasts (June 1998) from 9-15 June. As a result regular shows, including The Wire's Adventures In Modern Music show, will be postponed for a week, returning as normal the week beginning 16 June. The Resonance team welcome cakes, gifts and cards to Resonance FM, 144 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB...

Fund a Longplayer bowl

Help fund a performance of a 1000 minute section of Jem Finer's Longplayer

A performance of a 1000 minute section of Jem Finer's thousand year long musical composition Longplayer is now in the planning stages. Based on Jem Finer’s graphic score for 234 bowls and six players, the concert is scheduled to take place at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm, London, in September 2009. In order to fund the building of this instrument and the production of the event, The Longplayer Trust is inviting donations on a bowl-by-bowl basis. When you fund a bowl, it will be engraved with a word of your choice and a premium ticket for the performance will be reserved in your name.

Longplayer has also now got a brand new website which has been redesigned as well as rewritten.

Longplayer can be heard in the lighthouse at Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, where it has been playing since it began in December 1999. It can also be heard at several other listening posts around the world, and globally via a live stream on the Internet. At the time of writing, the Longplayer had been playing for 8 years, 156 days, 02 hours, 28 minutes and 40 seconds...

Clear Spot Specials

Tune in to two special Clear Spots on Resonance FM featuring Lydia Lunch and Diamanda Galas

Listen to two special editions of the Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM featuring Lydia Lunch and Diamanda Galas.

The first Clear Spot 'Bullet Ghost' is on tonight (Wednesday 21 May) at 8-9pm BST, in which James DC interviews the performer/musican/artist/writer/provocateur Lydia Lunch about her music and life, to tie in with her new book of poetry and photography 'The Gun Is Loaded'. Tracks from her new album 'Ghosts Of Spain' will be interspersed throughout. The second, 'Ghosts Of The Guilty', is on tomorrow night (Thursday 22 May, 8 - 9pm) featuring Diamanda Galas. James DC interviews the musician and singer about her music and recent tour performing her new album 'Guilty Gulity Gulity', selected tracks of which will be played throughout.

Both shows are broadcast on Resonance 104.4FM in London or listen globally on (follow simple instructions on the website).

'Harmony-rebels' gig

Former Wire intern breaks cover

Frazer King, Manchester’s rising ‘new harmony-rebels’, who count The Wire’s former intern, Jack Hardiker, among their ranks, headline a night of singer-songwriters-meet-dubstep-dons type action in East London later this month. Ironically (at least we hope so) titled Original Raggamuffins: S Manchester Badboys Meet S London Nuttas UPTOWN, the night also features Daisy & Archie, Kwake & Risk, Mr Hovis, King Solo-mon, Dark and various other utterly unknown quantities. London George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, E1, 24 May, £6/5 NUS, £4 before 8pm.

Krautrock drummer dies

Klaus Dinger dies aged 62

Klaus Dinger, a founding member of legendary German bands Kraftwerk and Neu!, has died at the age of 61.

The influential multi-instrumentalist, who spawned a thousand imitators with his massively influential 'motorik' drumming style, died of heart failure on March 20, according to a recent statement from Neu!'s record label Gronland.

Ear's Boris

Boris have made a song about a man's ear - which was bitten off at their gig

Japan's premiere noise-making trio Boris have made a song about a man's ear - which was apparently bitten off at one of their gigs.

When Denton, Texas resident Josh Baish went to a Boris gig he was assaulted by four men, who broke one of his ribs and bit a chunk out of one of his ears. But while loading out after the gig, Boris found the missing piece of the man's ear and returned it to him. And then wrote a song about it.

The song in question is on the b-side track of Boris's recent "Statement/Floorshaker" 7", which features the telling line: "I found a ripped ear on the floor/ This must be yours".

Unfortunately for Baish it wasn't possible to re-attach the ear, but he keeps its remnants on show behind the bar at his venue Rubber Gloves, in Denton.

My Name Is Albert Ayler

More screenings for acclaimed documentary

More Stateside screenings have been announced for Kasper Collin’s acclaimed documentary on the life and music of the star-crossed pioneer of “free spiritual music”. New York Anthology Film Archives, 18-22 April