Wire Magazine 420

Tony Herrington (Ed.)


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  • January 2019
  • 28 × 23 × 1 cm

Inside this issue:

Joe McPhee: The tireless reed player’s multi-decade career serves as a road map of the international avant garde, encompassing performance, recording and cross-genre collaborations. By Daniel Spicer

Michael Snow: With upcoming exhibitions in Lisbon and London, the Canadian audiovisual polymath cuts a striking figure in the past and present of experimental art while keeping a keen eye on the future. By Julian Cowley

Tuareg Guitar: A user’s guide to the rugged North and West African strain of desert blues, as popularised by Tinariwen, Bombino, Mdou Moctar, and more. By Francis Gooding

Achim Zepezauer: The sky’s the limit for Dortmund’s fruit machinist-composer. By Robert Barry

Orgue Agnès: The French-Belgian trio purvey fermented funk. By Clive Bell

Stuart Chalmers: Yorkshire’s tape scavenger heads for the cave. By Tristan Bath

Ain Bailey: The London based DJ and artist makes music communal again. By Frances Morgan

Global Ear: Colombia: Champeta is a catalyst for big time sensuality in the coastal port of Cartagena. By Patrick McMahon

Invisible Jukebox: Steve Gunn: Will the US guitarist come unstrung at The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Tony Rettman

The Inner Sleeve: Mimi Johnson of Lovely Music on It’s A Beautiful Day

Epiphanies: Brunhild Ferrari’s ferric reveries

Soundcheck: Deena Abdelwahed, Ace Of Cups, Anguish, Félicia Atkinson & Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Masaki Batoh, Black Thought, Chris Butler, Jeff Carey, Ralph Carney & Chris Butler, Tommy Cash, Hong Chulki & Will Guthrie, Croatian Amor, Alvin Curran, Andrew Cyrille/Wadada Leo Smith/Bill Frisell, Lao Dan, Sylvain Darrifourcq In Love With, The Dead C, dj.flugvél og geimskip, Dave Douglas, Bob Drake, Ben LaMar Gay, Bendik Giske, Gum Takes Tooth, Jay Glass Dubs, Jing, KTL, La Tène/Guilhem Lacroux/Jérémie Sauvage/Jacques Puech/Louis Jacques, Laraaji/Arji OceAnanda/Dallas Acid, London Improvisers Orchestra, Maurice Louca, Alvin Lucier, Machinefabriek, Merzbow, Hedvig Mollestad Trio, Áine O’Dwyer & Graham Lambkin, Orgue Agnès, Red Scarf, Royal Trux, Rustin Man, Shit & Shine, Richard Skelton, Vince Staples, Earl Sweatshirt, David Virelles, Brad Whiteley, Jana Winderen, Zaïmph, Various A Day In The Life: Impressions Of Pepper, Various From The Bottom Of The Earth To The Top Of The Wazir, Various SonicEX10sion

The Boomerang: Kate Bush, Green River, Thurston Moore & Tom Surgal, Bheki Mseleku, Don Rendell-Ian Carr Quintet, Sofheso, Super Furry Animals, Jack Wilkins, Various The Art Ensemble Of Chicago And Associated Ensembles, Various Brainfeeder X.

On Screen: Emma Franz Bill Frisell: A Portrait

Print Run: Regeneration Songs: Sounds Of Investment And Loss From East London edited by Alberto Duman, Dan Hancox, Malcolm James & Anna Minton; Sonic Flux: Sound, Art And Metaphysics by Christoph Cox; The Political Possibility Of Sound by Salomé Voegelin; Spotify Teardown: Inside The Black Box Of Streaming Music by Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars & Patrick Vonderau; Mute Records: Artists, Business, History edited by Zuleika Beaven, Marcus O’Dair & Richard Osborne; Writing The Field Recording: Sound, Word, Environment edited by Stephen Benson & Will Montgomery; Half A Million Strong: Crowds And Power From Woodstock To Coachella by Gina Arnold

On Location: Jazzfest Berlin, Berlin, Germany; PRAED Orchestra!, Sharjah, UAE; Jessica Sligter & Sarah Hennies, Oslo, Norway; Rune Grammofon 20th Birthday Concerts, Olso, Norway; Mazeum, Kyoto, Japan; Archie Shepp: Art Songs And Spirituals, London, UK; HCMF, Huddersfield, UK

On Site: Bass Culture 70/50, London, UK; Lawrence Abu Hamdan: Earwitness Theatre, London, UK