The Wire

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Issue #386

April 2016

Cecil Taylor: As he prepares to take up residency during New York Whitney Museum’s exhibition devoted to his work, free music’s most uncompromising piano great shares words of wisdom with Phil Freeman

Mike Cooper: The colourfully shirted and widely travelled UK guitarist, whose work spans exotica, blues and ambient, explains his wanderlust to Clive Bell

J Dilla Primer: The reputation of beatmaker/rapper James Dewitt Yancey has shown no sign of diminishing in the ten years since his death. Jordan Ferguson presents a user’s guide to his ever-expanding catalogue

Eartheater: The cyborgian ecstasies of Guardian Alien’s Alexandra Drewchin unite the animal with the mechanical. By Chal Ravens

Linafornia: The battle-winning Los Angeles beat scientist gets old spool. By Daisy Hyde
Beep: Film maker Karen Collins tracks the history of video game sounds. By Sara Drake
Hanna Silva: The Birmingham artist breaks language open from the inside. By Julian Cowley
Signor Benedick The Moor: Epically inclined DIY maverick exceeds to succeed. By Joseph Stannard

Global Ear: In the tiny village of Pigna, a family of musicians and artists kickstarted a Corsican cultural revival through its makeovers of traditional song. By Alessandro Michelucci

Invisible Jukebox: Glasgow’s Golden Teacher learn a lesson or two from Stewart Smith
The Inner Sleeve: Susanna on Tod Dockstader’s Eight Electronic Pieces
Epiphanies: Tresor founder Dimitri Hegemann recalls Berlin’s techno revolution as the underground institution celebrates its 25th anniversary

On Screen: Paul Marchand & Stephen Kijak’s Jaco: The Film
Print Run: Norient’s global perspectives on new music, Jonny Trunk’s library favourites, Scandinavian jazz, Tiny Tim, and more
On Site: Charlemagne Palestine in the Netherlands, Matt Copson in London
On Location: L’Ocelle Mare, Sonica 2016, This Is Not This Heat, Jerusalem In My Heart, Actress with The London Contemporary Orchestra, and more


Louise Gray on PJ Harvey, Tristan Bath on Chicago label Hausu Mountain, Simon Reynolds on Kanye West, Rob Young on Bitchin Bajas & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Peter Shapiro on Larry Levan.

Plus: Anenon, Babyfather, Bang! Bros, The Body, The Body & Full Of Hell, Boreal Network, Boris with Merzbow, Gonçalo F Cardoso & Ruben Pater, Clark, Dalhous, eMMplekz, Mats Erlandsson, Future, Freddie Gibbs, Gnod, Golden Teacher, Händer Som Vårdar, Davey Harms, Tim Hecker, The Heliocentrics, Tim Hodgkinson, Horse Lords, Immix Ensemble & Vessel, Ital Tek, C Joynes & Nick Jonah Davis, Kerridge, Konono No 1, Kowton, Lamont, Thomas Lehn/Richard Scott/Axel Dörner, Linus + Økland/Van Heertum, Daze Maxim, Memotone, Not Waving, Pharoah Chromium, Francis Plagne, Iggy Pop/Tarwater/Alva Noto, Radiator Greys, Colin Stetson, Susanna, Lloyd Swanton, Trembling Bells, Wormed, Miki Yui

The Columns by Joseph Stannard, Joe Muggs, Steve Barker, Kek-W, Francis Gooding, Jack Law, Daniel Spicer, Jim Haynes

Size Matters by Byron Coley

The Boomerang: Craw, Herbie Mann, Chris Marker , Chris McGregor & The Castle Lager Big Band, Mood II Swing, Blind Alfred Reed, The Third Eye Foundation, Träd, Gräs Och Stenar