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AARKTICA Matchless Years CD (Darla)
“DeRosa is a truly tremendous artist pushing the envelope of a unique genre.” –DELUSIONS OF ADEQUACY
ALESSANDRA CELLETTI Way Out CD (LTM)
New album from the virtuoso Italian composer/pianist whose previous albums include acclaimed interpretations of works by Glass, Satie and Gurdjieff. A unique set that defies classification, combining piano, drums and voice.
JAPANCAKES Down the Elements CD (Darla)
Reissue. "...so skillfully arranged it's as if they'd been secretly peering in the Orb's laboratory for years. ...what Berg has begun to achieve from an experimental rock concept gone right (unlike most), Down the Elementsis immensely satisfying." – ALL MUSIC GUIDE
JAPANCAKES The Sleepy Strange CD (Darla)
Reissue. Their second record is widely recognized as their best. "The Sleepy Strangeis the best representation yet of Japancakes' exciting repetitions, and one of 2001's best albums." –ALL MUSIC GUIDE
AUBURN LULL Begin Civil Twilight CD (Darla)
Imagine The Moody Blues produced by Eno, if Slowdive originally wrote and recorded Surrealistic Pillow, or perhaps Seefeel on a good sedative/hypnotic.
BITCRUSH Epilogue in Waves CD (n5MD)
The sound of Hope, loss and that dream you just can't fully remember. Gauzy yet epic instrumental rock.
JAPANCAKES Loveless CD (Darla)
"An honest, loving interpretation of MBV's album that, at best, holds it's own against the classic and even perhaps offers some new insights into the eleven songs and, at worst, is relatively harmless and nowhere near as offensive as skeptical MBV fanboys might think (or hope). –OPUSZINE
JAPANCAKES Giving Machines CD (Darla)
"...a roots-inspired, beautifully crafted pop instrumental record that extracts feelings and emotions better than that of most "intimate" singer-songwriters." – IN MUSIC WE TRUST
THE DURUTTI COLUMN Lips That Would Kiss CD (LTM)
Peerless remastered collection of singles and session tracks spanning 1980-1983, originally released on Crepuscule, Factory Benelux and Sordide Sentimental. Also available: Circuses & Bread, Fidelity, Live In Bruxelles 1981.
ENRICO CONIGLIO dyanMU CD (Psychonavigation Records)
A delicate and minimal contemporary Ambient work partly based on the piano preludes of Claude Debussy. A must for fans of Fennesz and Max Richter.
JEROME FROESE Shiver Me Timbers CD (Moonpop)
Listen to unformatted music! The second solo album by Jerome Froese brings you guitartronica in perfection.
KOBOL Extempore CD (Static Discos) "Extempore's panoramic production style and lush arrangements invite comparisons to The Cinematic Orchestra" - TEXTURA
JAPANCAKES If I Could See Dallas CD (Darla)
Reissue. The debut. "Japancakes is that rare experiment as fascinating in practice as it is in theory." –ALL MUSIC GUIDE
LAST DAYS These Places Are Now Ruins CD (n5MD)
"...simply an enthralling piece of work. It portrays Graham Richardson as an honest artist, unafraid to express his innermost feelings on life." – ANGRY APE
MANIQUI LAZER I Learn Everything on TV CD (Soundsister)
Reissue...”the label's highlight is laptop-punk band Maniqui Lazer, whose great I Learn Everything on TV just happens to sound like Throbbling Gristle. –XLR8R
NEAR THE PARENTHESIS Of Soft Construction CD (n5MD)
Near the Parenthesis has proven that he is yet another artist to capture the n5MD ethos in its truest most honest form...
OUR SLEEPLESS FOREST Our Sleepless Forest CD (Resonant)
Our Sleepless Forest's music is multi-layered, complex and dense, yet dedication and attention are rewarded as the intricate slow-build melodies are revealed beneath the feedback, crackle and hiss.
PRURIENT And Still,Wanting CD+5" vinyl (No Fun Productions)
A New chapter in total obsession with the mundane aspects of or human life' First edition comes with limited 5" vinyl.
SUBTRACTIVELAD Apparatus CD (n5MD)
SubtractiveLADs 4th and most poignant album stretches its way through ambient, noise and shoegaze motifs.
TENNISCOATS Totemo Aimasho CD (room40)
Their most impressive statement so far, a convincing and beguiling melange of whispy folk, hazy psychedelia and murmuring electronics among which deft melodies blossom almost unnoticed. –THE WIRE
VALENTINA La Valentina CD (VerdiGris)
Valentina Gonzáález is probably one of Mexico's most intriguing vocalists. A songstress who possesses a beautiful and soulful voice that recalls the mannerisms of Jeff Buckley, Sidsel Endresen or Camille.
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US distributionof all Darla exclusive titles via Darla direct, Arrow/ATM, AEC, Baker & Taylor, CTD and Super D. Japan:p*dis, Art Union. UK & EU:Cargo UK. Canada:Scratch, FAB. Inside The Wire 289 March 2008
John Butcher photographed by Muir Vidler
The Masthead 4 Letters 6 Bitstream 8 Trawling for gossip with The Wire’s news net The Joined-up World of The Wire 9 PlusTrip Or Squeek Global Ear 16 Jon Dale heads to Queensland to fi nd Brisbane’s intermedia communities Charts 40 Out There 78 The pick of the month’s festivals, concerts, club spaces, radio and more Print & Digital Subscriptions 82
The Wire Tapper/The Wire Tapper/The Wire Tapper Back Issues 84
Epiphanies 90 Life’s an Atari Teenage Riot for Simon Hampson
Baby Dee 10 Clive Bell meets the transgender street performer whose eccentric songs fi nd favour with David Tibet and Antony
Brendan Murray 12 The Boston composer describes a musical commonwealth via delicately sculpted electronic toneworks. By Nick Cain
Valet 14 Former Jackie-O Motherfucker member Honey Owens talks shamanic psychic exploration with David Stubbs
Cross Platform Jed Speare 18 Working fi eld and documentary recordings into socially resonant performance works, this unsung composer is a pioneer of multimedia presentation. By Dan Warburton
Invisible Jukebox Andrew WK 20 The US rocker, TV star and self-help guru parties till he pukes over The Wire’s mystery record box. Tested by Marc Masters
Autechre 24 Sean Booth and Rob Brown reveal the intuitive processes and magical maths behind their latest Warp album, Quaristice. By Keith Moliné é
John Butcher 28 This key player in the second wave of British Improv reinvents the saxophone via digital transformation, acoustic science and a heightened sense of space. By Philip Clark
Michael Hurley 34 Byron Coley plots the wanderings of America’s neu-volk bohemian, from Greenwich Village and Folkways to The Holy Modal Rounders, cartoon wolves and Armchair Boogie
Index 41 Soundcheck 42 This month’s selected CDs and vinyl, including Carla Bozulich’s Evangelista, Skream, Benga, Trevor Wishart and more. Plus specialist columns on avant rock, critical beats, dub, electronica, global, hiphop, jazz & Improv, outer limits, reissues, compilations and unusual formats The Inner Sleeve 65 Stephen Malkmus on The Handsome Beasts Print Run 66 New music books, including an inclusive history of 20th century sound, a survey of Ace Records, and more On Screen 68 OtherFilm 2007 reviewed, plus The Phantom Carriage on DVDPhantom Carriage on DVDPhantom Carriage On Site 69 Gallery and mixed media events, including a Chicks On Speed exhibition and Faulty Optik’s puppet Orpheus On Location 70 Concert and festival reviews, including Robert Hood, Däälek, Singapore’s CHOPPA festival and more