Wire Magazine 419 – Rewind 2018



  • January 2019
  • 28 × 23 × 1 cm

Inside this issue:

2018 Rewind: the year in underground music:

Releases of the year: We asked our contributors to nominate their top ten records, CDs, downloads and streams of the year, then we counted up the votes

Critics’ reflections: Our contributors look back on 2018’s cultural highs and lows

Black Noise: Reclaiming the racket. By Moor Mother

Climate Sounds: Blowing hot and cold. By Lewis Gordon

Minimal Rock: Beat the repeat. By Marc Masters

Jazz & Protest: Freedom fighters. By Daniel Spicer

Four/Four: Deconstruction time again. By Chal Ravens

Columnists’ charts: Our specialist critics select music that rocked their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to the outer limits

Artists’ reflections: A cast of 2018’s most active movers and shakers shine the spotlight on their cultural year

Archive releases of the year: Our contributors voted for their top ten archival records, CDs, downloads and streams, and we counted them all up


Kepla & DeForrest Brown Jr: The transatlantic duo document the passage of the black body. By Emily Pothast

Still House Plants: Lo-fi, post-punk and improv meet in the Glaswegian trio’s music. By Claire Biddles

Jasmine Guffond: The Berlin based artist bitcrushes herself into oblivion. By Abi Bliss

Big Joanie: Handclaps and punk praxis drive the London DIY trio. By Claire Sawers

Global Ear: Brasilia: Artists in the Brazilian capital find private solutions to public problems. By Phil Jones

Invisible Jukebox: Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore: Will the The Wire’s mystery record selection force the US folk duo to give up the ghost? Tested by Abi Bliss

The Inner Sleeve: Ectoplasm Girls on Tårtan

Epiphanies: Vietnamese guitar music sends Elliott Sharp on a fantastic voyage

Reviews Index:

Print Run: The Downtown Pop Underground by Kembrew McLeod; Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir Of Recording And Discording With Wilco, Etc by Jeff Tweedy; Buffy Sainte-Marie: The Authorized Biography by Andrea Warner; After LA by Paloma Parfrey; A Hidden Landscape Once A Week: The Unruly Curiosity Of The UK Music Press In The 1960s–1980s, In The Words Of Those Who Were There edited by Mark Sinker; Music By The Numbers: From Pythagoras To Schoenberg by Eli Maor

On Screen: Cristian Vogel & The Automatic Message Agnete And The Merman; Tom Surgal Fire Music

On Location: Cropped Out 8, Louisville, US; Abdullah Ibrahim, Leuven, Belgium; Out.Fest, Barreiro, Portugal; Todd Barton + Thank You, Merciless Onlookers, London, UK; Éliane Radigue + Hildur Gu∂nadóttir, London, UK; Semibreve, Braga, Portugal; Le Guess Who?, Utrecht, Netherlands; Modularias, New York, US

On Site: Ivor Cutler: Good Morning! How Are You? Shut Up!, London, UK; From The Port To The Bridge, Greenock, UK; Eavesdropping, Melbourne, Australia


Shohei Amimori, Martin Archer, Autechre, Beans, Maja Bugge, Don Byron & Aruán Ortiz, Ron Caines – Martin Archer Axis, Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/ Matthew Putman/Hilliard Greene/ Federico Ughi, Brian Chase, dBridge, Demdike Stare, Rachel Eckroth, Delroy Edwards & Dean Blunt, Marianne Faithfull, Ellen Fullman & Okkyung Lee, Ross Goldstein, Ricardo Dias Gomes, Jasmine Guffond, Gudrun Gut, Maria w Horn, Hprizm, Icky Reels, Ken Ikeda & Eddie Prévost, Eiko Ishibashi, Jarboe, Elizabeth Joan Kelly, Caroline Kraabel, Okkyung Lee, Donny McCaslin, Joe McPhee & Hamid Drake, NO Moore/John Edwards/Eddie Prévost, Kelly Moran, Oneohtrix Point Never, Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, Overlook, Åke Parmerud, Eddie Prévost & John Butcher, Rattle, S Araw Trio XII, Colin Self, Silent Servant, Síria, Sone Institute, Tyshawn Sorey, Still House Plants, Akio Suzuki & Aki Onda, Talibam!, Kai Whiston, Tom White & Stuart Chalmers, White Boy Scream, Whose Hat Is This?, Mars Williams, Teresa Winter, Wume, Various Folklore Tapes: Aid To Practice (Museum Of Witchcraft And Magic Storeroom Tapes), Various Girih: Iranian Sound Artists Volume I–IV, Various 20 Years Of iDEAL Recordings: The Black Book, Various Two Spirits.

The Boomerang:

Deben Bhattacharya, Cave In featuring Steve Brodsky & Adam McGrath, Eric Dolphy, Milford Graves, Roland Kayn, Various The Man From Mo’Wax, Joe McPhee, Michele Mercure, Charles Mingus, Per Nørgård, Os Mutantes, Preacherman, Éliane Radigue, Jean C Roché, Denis Wise, Various Venezuela 70 Vol 2 – Cosmic Visions Of A Latin American Earth: Venezuelan Rock In The 1970s & Beyond.

Rewind Illustration by Jean Jullien