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The Wire presents three shows at The Jazz Cafe

As part of our Wire 400 celebrations, we've lined up a series of shows at the North London venue

Next month we kick off our Wire 400 programme of special events with the first in a three-part series at London venue The Jazz Cafe.

First up is a live performance from The Necks on 3 May, which forms part of their UK/Europe tour promoting new album Unfold, released via Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ imprint.

This is followed by a set from The Wire 356 cover star Matana Roberts on 17 May, and a visit from Ethiopian keyboard/accordion player Hailu Mergia (supported by DJ Philou Louzolo) on 23 May.

Tickets for the events can be purchased via The Jazz Cafe.

Load Records RIP

The influential US noise rock label gasps its last

The Providence, Rhode Island based label that released music by underground darlings such as Lightning Bolt, Black Pus, Arab On Radar, Ultralyd, Khanate, Excepter, Metalux, Landed, Six Finger Satellite, Sightings, Noxagt, Prurient and more, has folded.

“After 24 years of Load Records its [sic] time to move on,” said a message circulated via the label’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.“Will be contacting bands to arrange next steps. Thanks for a great ride.”

Founded by Ben McOsker and Laura Mullen in 1993 to release the Just Like Anybody Else Would/Bender 7" by Boss Fuel, Load soon established a reputation for brilliance with a steady stream of cutting edge noise, rock and electronics, much of which was harvested from the fertile Providence underground scene.

The label’s final release was, aptly enough, an album by the band Finished.

Mutek announces its 2017 line-up

The first wave of acts announced for this year's festival includes Daphni, Robert Henke, Marie Davidson, Aurora Halal, Detroit Swindle, Fis, Murcof and Rroxymore

The 18th edition of Montreal's long-running MUTEK festival begins on 22 August. This year also happens to be the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, and to mark the occasion MUTEK will run one day longer than usual. The festival, the announcement continues, has also “refreshed its commitment to live performance at the intersection of music, visual art and technology”.

The line-up so far is as follows: Africaine 808, Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy, Anchorsong, Aurora Halal, Daphni, Detroit Swindle, Fis, Graham Dunning, Harvey Sutherland, Herman Kolgen, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Marie Davidson, Michela Pelusio & Glenn Vervliet, Murcof & Jimmy Lakatos, Nicola Cruz, Robert Henke, Rroxymore, Sarah Davachi, Sculpture and Zip.

Listen to a preview below:

MUTEK 2017 runs from 22–27 August. More information coming soon.

Major exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! launched in Paris

A chronological tour of Jamaica's musical and political evolution is currently running at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris

The new exhibition Jamaica Jamaica! is now open in Paris. Running until 13 August, it documents the political and musical history of the island. The exhibition is presented in seven parts – Rebel Music: The Multiple Heritage Of Slavery; The Soundtrack To Independence; Studio One, The Black Ark And King Tubby's Studio: A production Circuit Like Nowhere Else In The World; Jamaica's True Instrument; The Intertwined Destinies Of ‘Jah, Rastafari’ and Marcus Garvey; Bob Marley And The Wailer, Political Hostages In A War Between Neighbourhoods; and Jamaican Music After Marley.

Some of the works on display are on loan from Jamaican institutions such as the National Gallery in Kingston, and have never been exhibited in Europe before. These include contributions from Mallica ‘Kapo’ Reynolds, Evadney Cruickshank, Sidney McLaren, Karl Parboosingh and others. In addition, the exhibition showcases mural art from Kingston, album covers, flyers, music, graphic design, fashion and contemporary art from Tony McDermott, Xavier Veilhan, Nik Nowak, Leasho Johnson, Beth Lesser, Patrick Cariou and more. Also featured are paintings and murals created on site by Danny Coxson, a sound system that visitors can operate, instruments such as Peter Toshʼs M16 rifle guitar, King Tubby’s customised mixing desk. Other attractions include a disco every Friday evening, and reconstructions of studios such as Studio One, the Black Ark and King Tubby’s studio, as well as rare and unpublished audio clips and footage of Bob Marley And The Wailers.

Related events include the Jamaica Weekend running from 21–23 April, which features concerts, workshops, talks and more, with Sista Blunty, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Brigadier Jerry, Johnny Osbourne, Jah9, Inna De Yard and others.

Jamaica Jamaica!, curated by Sébastien Carayol, runs until 13 August at Cité De La Musique-Philharmonie de Paris.

Bologna's Live Arts Week VI takes place this April

Xing presents the sixth edition of Live Arts Week. Watch a video of artist Anastasia Ax performing earlier this year

Live Arts Week VI is set to take place this April. Taking place in Bologna, the festival is built around a marathon of performances at former Modern Art Gallery Ex GAM, as well as other events at various venues across the city.

“This event dedicated to live arts, hosts a blend of new productions that revolve around the presence, performance and perceptual experience of sounds and visions” explains the festival, saying it plans to give a space for “existential athletics”.

The line up features Maria Hassabi, Alexandra Bachzetsis, Mette Edvardsen, Lorenzo Senni, Anastasia Ax with C. Spencer Yeh, Ulrich Krieger, Valerio Tricoli, Cristina Kristal Rizzo, Ashes Withyman Moore, Nicolàs Lamas, Mattin, Prurient and others.

Watch a video of Anastasia Ax with Lars Siltberg performing Katarsis at Göteborg Konsthall earlier this year. She'll perform with C Spencer Yeh on 29 April.

Live Arts Week VI takes place in Bologna between 26–29 April.

Thanatopolis II: An Evening with AutopsiA

South London's Iklectik art space will host the evening curated by Alexei Monroe, author of AutopsiA Thanatopolis

Following on from the first UK exhibition of the Eastern European industrial art collective at London's Horse Hospital, Iklectik in Waterloo will host a night of films and music by the group. Curated by Alexei Monroe, author of the Autopsia monograph AutopsiA Thanatopolis (Divus 2016), many of the films have never before been screened in the UK. They're described by the venue as working with “ghostly ‘electronic frescoes’ [to] reveal a further, fascinating layer of their work”. On top of this, Monroe will give a lecture.

The event also marks the release of Damnatio Memoriae, which features recordings based on a 2016 sound installation Autopsia mounted at The Museum of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia.

The event will start at 7pm on 12 April.

The Wire hits its 400th issue

The June edition of The Wire will be the magazine’s 400th issue. To mark this landmark occasion we'll be co-presenting a series of events taking place at various venues from London to Shenzhen. We'll also be hosting Wire 400 content online, and of course, producing a special 400th edition of the 'zine!

Coming next month, the June edition of The Wire will be the magazine’s 400th issue. To celebrate, we’re getting together with a few friendly venues, promoters and festivals to co-present a series of live events under the Wire 400 banner.

In May these will include shows by The Necks, Matana Roberts and Hailu Mergia at London’s Jazz Cafe; Einstürzende Neubauten at Newcastle’s Boiler Shop; the trio of Keiji Haino, Merzbow and Balázs Pándi at Berlin’s St Elisabethkirche; the Syn/Cussion Festival For Percussion & Electronics, also in Berlin; the 4th Tomorrow Festival in Shenzhen, China; two evenings at London’s Iklectik Art Lab, with Electric Indigo and CRU magazine; and the Trip Metal Fest RVA! at Strange Matter in Richmond, Virginia. June shows under the Wire 400 banner include Baba Yaga’s Hut presentations of Melt-Banana at The Garage, and Zu, Tomaga and Pierre Bastien at London Fields Brewhouse; Saturnalia Festival at Milan's Macao; a one-off performance by Diamanda Galás at London’s Barbican; 33 33’s Aki Onda performance at South London Gallery; an all-day block party hosted by the High Focus label in Bristol; and the Terraforma Festival in Milan. More Wire 400 shows will be announced as they are confirmed between now and the end of June.

You can keep up to date about new additions to our 400th issue celebrations, from online features to special editions of our weekly radio show on Resonance FM, via our newsletters, and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Mixcloud.

The 400th issue of The Wire will be on sale from 11 May.

Thanks to all the above festivals, promoters, venues and musicians for helping The Wire mark its 400th issue. All events produced by organisations above – contact venues and promoters directly for ticket details.

Clipping named Hugo Award finalists

Splendor & Misery is the first album to be nominated for the top science fiction award since 1971

Following a determined fan campaign, voters from the World Science Fiction Convention have selected Clipping's album Splendor & Misery as one of six finalists in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category of The Hugo Awards.

The album tells a story of interstellar slave ships, abduction and lovesick AIs; Rob Turner, writing in Wire 381, describes it as "Afrofuturism via nerdcore, trading the wonkiness and frazzle of Sun Ra and Dr Octagon for the lofty perspectives of Stanley Kubrick and Samuel Delany. The latter gets a nod in one of Diggs’s denser freestyles (“I got a pocket of stars”) while Kubrick provides the other main plot point: a sentient computer that goes haywire."

The Hugos are the top honours for science fiction writers and editors. Splendor & Misery is the first album to be nominated for a Hugo since the nominations of Blows Against The Empire by Paul Kantner and Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers by The Firesign Theatre, both in 1971.

Read the full list of Hugo nominations on the Tor books website. The final round of voting will close on 15 July. Winners will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland on 11 August.

Watch the video for Clipping's "True Believer":

Wire subscribers can read Rob Turner's review of Splendor & Misery here.

Superior Viaduct to release Tony Conrad's Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain

The previously unreleased 1972 recording also features Rhys Chatham and Laurie Spiegel

Superior Viaduct has announced the release of the previously unissued live recording of the 1972 premiere of Tony Conrad's Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain. Performed at New York venue The Kitchen, Ten Years originally connected Conrad’s film making and music experiments in long duration sound of a kind that he’d begun conducting in the 1960s with Theater Of Eternal Music. The event comprised of film installation and minimalist score for amplified strings.

Edited by Jim O'Rourke, the recording features Conrad on violin, with Rhys Chatham on a six foot long strip of wood with bass strings, electric pick-up, tuning keys, tape, rubber band and metal hardware, and Laurie Spiegel carrying out an arrhythmic bass pulse. The record also includes sleevenotes by Rhys Chatham and Andrew Lampert.

"Ten Years began with image before sound," writes Lampert, "a row of quadruple projections arranged side-by-side, all the shuffling stripes cascading into each other. Over the next two hours the music throbbed and the projectors incrementally shifted inwards, their beams gradually uniting to form one pulsating, overlapping picture."

And Chatham comments, "When I first listened to this recording after not hearing it for over 40 years, it transported me back to the early Kitchen and the heyday of early minimalism, played outside The Dream Syndicate."

Tony Conrad’s Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain will be released in double LP and double CD formats 19 May (North America) and 26 May (Europe). Preorder via Superior Viaduct.

Corsica Studios co-founder Amanda Moss has died

The co-founder of the London based independent arts organisation and club space lost her battle to cancer on 3 April

Amanda Moss, artist and co-founder of London's Corsica Studios, has died following a battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer. Diagnosed last year, a GoFundMe campaign had been set up to raise funds to pay for treatment in Germany. An important figure on the London club scene, Amanda dedicated her life to supporting creative arts in the city. The news was announced this morning via the campaign page:

“It is with great sadness that I have to let you know that Amanda's health deteriorated rapidly over the weekend and at 8.30 pm yesterday evening she passed away peacefully.

“Amanda's family and I would like you all to know how much we appreciate the numerous messages of support, donations and fundraising activities that have been offered over the last few months as they really gave her a chance to try the treatments she needed and to face this illness on her own terms. She was incredibly brave but unfortunately some battles are too big and, despite her determination, positivity and will to succeed, this was one that she just couldn't win.

“Amanda was courageous, dignified and beautiful to the end and wanted everyone to know how much your support and generosity meant to her during her illness. She felt very loved by you all and it goes without saying that she will be greatly missed.

“Adrian, Darren, Yvonne and the family.”