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'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

SFT plays

Simon Fisher Turner is to play "For Blue" at London's Serpentine Gallery this month

Simon Fisher Turner, a long-standing collaborator with Derek Jarman, created the musical score for some of his most celebrated films. "For Blue" is a new reworking of Blue's soundtrack presented live in the Serpentine Gallery, with special guest narrator, Black Sifichi. Simon Fisher Turner's musical work is part of the Serpentine Gallery's exhibition dedicated to Derek Jarman that runs from 23rd February until 13th April, featuring rarely seen films from the director's Super-8 archive, an installation of his film Blue(1993), as well as a selection of his paintings. London Serpentine Gallery, 14 March, 7pm, £5/£4. More info here

Call for Sounding Out

Sounding Out 4 - an international symposium on Sound in the Media - is calling for papers and presentations

Sounding Out returns to University of Sunderland’s Media Centre in September 2008, hosted by the Centre for Research in Media & Cultural Studies. The conference aims to promote links and dialogue between practitioners, students and academics concerned with SOUND as communication, entertainment and creative practice across various media: including film, radio, television, video, audio-books, electro-acoustic music, sonic art, new digital media and computer games. Sounding Out 4 is particularly interested in the twin themes of sound and memory, sound and history, but these are by no means exclusive say organisers. The deadline if you'd like to present a paper is 14 March 2008. Send your abstract of no more than 150 words to John-Paul Green, SOUNDING OUT 4, The Media Centre, Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, St Peter’s Way, Sunderland, SR6 ODD, United Kingdom or email

Daydream Nation artwork for sale

Sonic Youth's album artwork expected to fetch millions at auction

The classic album artwork adorning Sonic Youth's sixth major album Daydream Nation will be put up for sale at Sotheby's in London next week. Avant-garde German artist Gerhard Richter's photo-painting, Kerze (Candle), is likely to sell for several times its catalogue price of £2.5m. Last year, the band re-released a deluxe version of the double album, complete with live versions and extra studio material. They have also embarked on a world tour, performing the album in its entirety. Sonic Youth memorabilia fans with a spare few million to burn should head for Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction, London, 27 February.

New Limited Edition T-Shirt

Grab the new Limited Edition T-Shirt now, before it goes!

The latest Limited Edition T-Shirt is now on sale in the Shop. It's a new piece of artwork from the Finnish sonic explorer (member of Kemialliset Ystävät, Tomutonttu, Avarus, etc), and is printed in pink and blue on a black shirt with The Wire url printed in blue on the right sleeve. It's a limited edition of 100 shirts, so grab yours before your size sells out! Buy it here.

Noisy boilers wanted

Got a noisy boiler? A hissing heater? An strange sounding radiator? Then sample your offending receptacle and get it played out on Resonance FM

An unusual call for submissions has been made by Ascoms, a music producer, who is producing his second show for Patrick 'Murmer' McGinley's regular Resonance FM show 'Framework' to be broadcast some time in the Spring.

His previous show for Framework, 'It's Great to Reverberate', was an hour long excursion into the sonic properties of refrigerators, featuring sound contributions from all over the globe.

This time the focus will be on central heating systems. Interested individuals should record five to ten minuets [sic] of their central heating system, for example radiators, boilers, electric fires etc and send to Ascoms via email. For more information, contact Ascoms directly:

Children's Concert at Roulette

New York's Roulette is hosting an all-ages concert featuring Shinkoyo Art Collective founders Matt Mehlan and Doron Sadja

On Saturday 9 February Roulette will host a Free Music FunHouse for all ages, featuring and "extraordinary extravaganza of wacky sounds, video clones, Frankenstein instruments, and guests galore". The event is put together by Shinkoyo Art Collective, record label, and performance space
(ParisLondonWestNile) founders Matt Mehlan and Doron Sadja who will also lead the group in a free multimedia improvisation, discuss why music is fun, free and easy, and teach all in attendance how to use everyday items to annoy your parents. New York Roulette, 9 February, 2-3pm, $5.