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Wire Cover Stars On Last FM

A new Last FM tag to follow the sounds coming from favourite cover beauties of The Wire...

Wire reader Luka Ivanovic has set up a new Last FM tag to follow the sounds of former cover beauties from past issues of The Wire. As of this article going live, the top artists playing are (in eclectic order): Radiohead: Björk: Sigur Rós: Aphex Twin: Michael Jackson: Cleveland Watkiss: DJ Shadow: Philip Glass: Sonic Youth: Portishead Click here for more info

Form 696

A Petition to scrap the London Met's controversial Form 696...

A Petition to scrap the London Met's controversial Form 696 online at the website of the Prime Minister's Office has attracted over 10'000 signatures. Form 696 requires all club promoters and licensees within London's 21 boroughs to report to police 14 days in advance of their planned event with the names, addresses, aliases and telephone numbers of performers, and along with this applicants are asked to note the "music style to be played/performed (eg Bashment, R'n'B, Garage)". According to the petition creators, the form also requires "most worryingly, the likely ethnicity of their audience" and that "failure to comply could result in fines or imprisonment." at this time the form available from the Met website now simply asks "Who is the target audience? (Include here if Birthday Party)". The petition continues: "The 696 Form can only serve to deter the staging of live musical events - a positive form of activity in London and all cities - stifle free expression and quite possible penalise certain genres of music and ethnic audiences. It is an intrusion too far."

David Toop: I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Belgian based label of things arty, Sub Rosa, are set to release a DVD documenting a tour through David Toop's record collection...

Belgian based label of things arty, Sub Rosa, are set to release a DVD documenting a tour through David Toop's record collection. Entitled "I never Promised You A Rose Garden: A Portrait Of David Toop Through His Records Collection" the portrait was filmed this past year at his North London home by the film-makers Guy-Marc Hinant and Dominique Lohlé over the course of three immersive days.

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Music From The Isle Of Dogs

Trinity College Of Music, in association with the residents of the Isle Of Dogs, has recently launched a website which maps the Isle sonically...

The website collects different sonic ephemera from around the East London isle and links them together via an interactive website. The project was realised by the college along with Isle Of Dogs residents as part of an ongoing community music project which attempts to map out both the musical history and contemporary soundscape of the isle. For more information, click here

Zeitkratzer: Feldman V Whitehouse In Marseilles

European soloists ensemble zeitzkratzer have announced a 2009 tandem performance of the work of the late New York Modernist Morton Feldman and William Bennett of power electronics outfit Whitehouse. The juxtaposition of both musician's work is an attempt to highlight the focus upon the sonics of music making found in the work of both artists, or the "total abdication of compositional structures but complete and exact control of the SONIC side." Performed as part of Marseilles' Festival Les Musiques, May 14, 2009

Yes Snow Show: Michael Snow At The BFI

Canadian avant garde artist, experimental film maker and musician Michael Snow will be exhibiting several of his works at the BFI Southbank Gallery in London from 5 December until February 2009. The programme will include a survey of his film works from the 60s until now, presented in the BFI's gallery space. Alongside the exhibition will be a series of film screenings, including his seminal 1967 film "Wavelength"

Philip Jeck: CODA

Acclaimed artist Philip Jeck unveils CODA, a new live piece

Acclaimed artist Philip Jeck unveils CODA, a new live piece specially commissioned for DING>>DONG and FACT’s key event for the Transition Weekend. Philip Jeck and Vergil Sharky present a blurry post-New Year code to Liverpool 08, reflecting on Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture, Each event seen or heard, whether you were there or not, is transfigured into a full stop to a momentous year. Jeck and Sharkey’s play a multi-instrumental composition, not quite a requiem, incorporating Woolworth’s boom boxes, 60s and 70s record players, antique dulcimers, keyboards retro guitars, found video and photographs in a hubris-free Christmas and New Year confection. Liverpool FACT, 10 January, £10.00/£7.00 (Members & concs)

Davy Graham has left the stage

Folk legend passes away

Davy Graham passed away in his home after a brief battle with lung cancer on Monday, 15th of December 2008. As a singer and arranger Davy Graham revolutionised guitar playing in the early '60s and enjoyed a long career as England's greatest: if often over-looked, guitarist. Revered by several generations of guitarists, he invented the Folk-Baroque style, invented a modal tuning system for the guitar called DADGAD and composed the signature tune of the '60s folk revival, Anji. Credited for sparking the 1960s folk revival in England, he has inspired artists and fellow players such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Paul Simon. "I wanted to be Davy Graham," John Martyn once said. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin have cited Graham as an influence to their music. Folk Rock bands such as Fairport Convention and Pentangle also show large Graham influence. Graham first came to the public's attention at the age of 19 in a BBC documentary and continued to play the guitar until the end. During his lifetime he released 16 records and toured all the way up until 2007.

Haunt At 176 (Tonight)

The Wire's own Mark Fisher, aka K-punk, will be participating in a night exploring 'immaterial presences' along with paranormal investigator Alan Murdie. There will also be a performance by boyleandshaw of Spectres of Vinyl and Damascus Tonight, Thursday 11 December, doors 6pm, event starts 7pm