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Flaming Tunes on the Clearspot

Resonance FM's 27 May Clearspot will focus on the music of Flaming Tunes. A collaboration between the late Gareth Williams (formerly of This Heat with Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward) and Marie Currie, their album Flaming Tunes was originally self released on cassette in 1985 and is to be re-released on 10 May by Life And Living Records, click here for more details on the release and here for the Resonance show (104.4FM 8-9PM GMT).

Lux Online

London-based Lux arts agency which exhibits, commissions and distributes film and video work by contemporary artists has recently posted a selection of videos online, including the 1971 film ERTH by the late performance artist John Latham as part of a series of uploaded films in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this summer. Along with this they've also made available Luke Fowler & Kosten Koper's 2003 film portrait The Way Out which looks at the life of musician and artist Xentos 'Fray' Bentos.

Noam Chomsky On Resonance

The American Linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky on Resonance FM

London's Resonance FM show Little Atoms presented by Neil Denny and Padraig Reidy will be hosting an evening of discussion with the American linguist and activist Noam Chomsky this coming Friday, 24 April, at 7PM (GMT) on Resonance 104.4FM.

Free Radio On Screening

Free Screening of Chris Petit's road movie

As part of the exhibition Altermodern: Tate Triennial 2009, Tate and The Peckham Plex Cinema will be putting on a special screening of the little known classic Radio On. With a soundtrack featuring David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Lene Lovich, Ian Dury, Robert Fripp, Wreckless Eric and Devo, the music in Radio On provides a natural counter balance to the films austere photography and fragmented storyline.

Tickets to this free screening can be collected from Tate Britain. To claim your free ticket simply go to the member's desk at the Rotunda entrance of Tate Britain and say "Post Modernism is Dead".

If there are any tickets left on the day of the screening people will be able to collect them directly from the cinema, but to guarantee a ticket, its best to collect from Tate Britain.

London Peckham Plex, Thursday 23 April, 6.30pm

Longplayer Live

In an attempt to realise a live performance of his thousand year composition (a shortened 1000 minute version) Jem Finer is raising funds in order to buy the 236 Tibetan singing bowls needed for the concert. Interested parties can visit his website here and buy the individual bowls required. Along with having a word of their choice engraved upon the bowl, people who donate will also receive a ticket to the performance. The performance will take place at London's Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, 12 September. In the meantime Longplayer's current version in the form of an installation can be visited at Trinity Buoy Wharf in East London's Docklands.

Free Polish experimental music CD

A compilation of new Polish music exclusive to readers of The Wire

The CD is an exclusive compilation of new Polish music, put together by AudioTong Foundation and Adam Mickiewicz Institute to mark Polska! Year 2009 - more than 200 events taking place in the UK throughout 2009 showcasing contemporary culture from Poland.

The CD is given away to all The Wire’s subscribers with copies of the June 2009 issue (#304).

From free improvisation to experimental electronics, noise to avant garde jazz and electronica, Exploratory Music From Poland Vol 1 gives a full spectrum insight into the vibrant state of contemporary Polish sound art.

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Montgomery & Marley: The Legend

The Wire's own Will Montgomery and Brian Marley have teamed up to collaborate on a new CD entitled The Legend. Released by Entr'acte, the album is comprised of Marley reading from his text about an empty display cabinet, which Montgomery then recorded, filtered and otherwise manipulated. The album is in a limited run of 300, available from Entr'acte.

Cecil Taylor’s new root songs

The latest album by the great American avant jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, who turned 80 in March, is a limited edition double vinyl set...

Titled Ailanthus/Altissima: Bilateral Dimensions Of Two Root Songs, the two LP set is culled from tapes of Taylor and drummer Tony Oxley recorded during their residency at New York’s Village Vanguard in July 2008. The set, which is being issued by Triple Point Records, will be available on vinyl only in a limited run of 475 copies. More details on the record and its full contents are available at the Triple Point site. They’re taking pre-orders now.

This is Taylor’s first album since 2004’s The Owner Of The Riverbank. Meanwhile, 4 Hands, Japanese director Yasuhiko Shirai’s film documenting a 2007 concert by Taylor and fellow pianist Yosuke Yamashita, still awaits a full blown cinematic and/or DVD release.

Tortoise's Beacons Of Ancestorship

Chicago's post rockin' outfit are set to release a new album...

Chicago's post rock outfit are set to release a new album, Beacons Of Ancestorship, their first in 5 years. The album is out 22 June on Thrill Jockey Records, but they'll be including a track from it on a Thrill Jockey compilation Records Toreism which will be released on Record Store Day (18 April)

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Summer Festivals

Mr Cave & the Bad Seeds plan ahead for the summer...

...with a series of European festival performances, replacing longtime guitarist and collaborator Mick Harvey (who left the group in January) with Ed Kuepper on guitar. On the list are: 12 June Norwegian Wood, Oslo, Norway: 13 June Where The Action Is, Stockholm, Sweden: 14 June Provinssirock Festival, Seinäjoki, Finland: 19 June Southside Festival, Germany: 20 June Hurricane Festival, Germany: 21 June Dresden Junge Garde (non-festival performance): 27 June Open Air St. Gallen, Switzerland: 4 July Werchter Festival, Belgium: 10 July T In The Park, Scotland: 11 July Oxegen Festival, Ireland: 19 July Latitude Festival, UK with further performance dates to follow.