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The August issue is out now. On the cover are Ashtray Navigations. Over the last two decades, the psychedelic stew of Ashtray Navigations has nurtured a West Yorkshire DIY music scene taking in Vibracathedral Orchestra, Astral Social Club and many more. Alex Neilson heads to Leeds to talk to the scene’s key players, while in The Primer, Frances Morgan provides a user’s guide to their core releases.
Elsewhere in the issue, guitarist David Pearce returns after 15 years in the wilderness with a new Flying Saucer Attack album. He and members of Movietone, Crescent and Third Eye Foundation tell Joseph Stannard the story of the West Country’s cosmic reverse and the close-knit early 1990s scene centred at Bristol’s Revolver Records shop. In Invisible Jukebox the Alternative TV frontman and Sniffin’ Glue founder Mark Perry says “You bastard” to The Wire’s mystery record selection; and AB Spellman recalls his encounters with the late Ornette Coleman in New York in the 1960s.
In Soundcheck there are featured reviews of Norfolk violinist and recorder player Laura Cannell coaxing fresh magic from age-old techniques, ‘pataphysical punks Pere Ubu, out rock from Mexican art and music collective Los Lichis, Cairo’s EEK capturing the complex and radical forms of their ecstatic live performances on their first studio album, and much more, while Print Run examines radical Jewish music, black power television and Stanford’s electronic breakthroughs.
Volume 20 in our Below The Radar series of compilations is now available for all subscribers to download from http://www.thewire.co.uk/btr along with all previous volumes in the series showcasing many of the underground musicians covered in the magazine. Recent volumes in The Wire Tapper series can be downloaded here: http://www.thewire.co.uk/tapper including the latest, Volume 38 which is released with the August issue 2015.
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