The Wire

Issue 423: May 2019

    Inside this issue:
    Tanya Tagaq: Through extended vocal technique and dedication to oral tradition, the Inuk composer and performer draws attention to Canada’s destructive colonial past. By Phil England

    A Tribe Called Red: First Nation resistance takes on sonic force and physical form in the performances and recordings of the radical Canadian collective. By Marcus Boon

    The Primer: William Parker: Over a career of nearly 50 years, the bassist, composer, improvisor, poet and theorist has taken numerous paths to enlightenment. Here we present a user’s guide to his work. By Daniel Spicer

    Angel Marcloid: The Chicago based producer builds sci-fi popscapes from Weather Channel jazz and 1980s prog. By Emily Bick

    Sholto Dobie: The instrument builder and improvisor weaves myth and magic from his South London base. By Claire Sawers

    Ava Mendoza: Derek Bailey and Trey Azagthoth meet in the Brooklynite’s fiery guitarrorism. By Phil Freeman

    Julia Reidy: Adventures in microtonality with the Australian 12-string guitarist. By Abi Bliss

    Global Ear: Bristol: The West Country’s most musical city nurtures a fertile Indian classical music scene. By George Howlett

    Collateral Damage: The voices of Indigenous musicians must be heard. By tanner menard

    Invisible Jukebox: Dylan Carlson: Will The Wire’s mystery record selection bring the drone metal pioneer down to Earth? Tested by Emily Pothast

    The Inner Sleeve: Wayne Shorter on fantasy and action figures

    Epiphanies: The London Sound Survey’s Ian Rawes finds inspiration in the spectral echoes of the city.

    The 13th Floor Elevators

    Wait For My Love / May The Circle Remain Unbroken (RSD 2011 Edition)


      Ltd edition worldwide 2000 units 7” Green vinyl (1000 for UK)

      Packaged in an ‘International Artists Records’ House Bag

      The lost 6th single - Originally planned as a single in 1968 but never released as a 7” with "May The Circle Remain Unbroken".

      Remastered by ‘Sonic Boom’ (Pete Kember of Spacemen Three & producer of MGMT)



      Dark and moody rhythms from the heart of Valencia, Spain.

      The first release from the Manchester based label Powerful Recordings is brought to you by the rising artist who goes by the name of Sted Mørk' Basing his productions off his live performances, he records all his work on euro-rack modular synths as to provide a harsh and warm feel to the music he produces.

      Somewhere between Kareen, Power Vacuum and Mark Broom, this are hefty productions, designed to pumel and bash. 

      Back in stock Cover of Stop Your Lies by Middle Ages.

      Middle Ages

      Stop Your Lies

        Like all good musical genres, Italo Disco comes with rules. Rule #1 being that everything released after November '83 was totally whack. Obviously there are exceptions to every rule, and this is one glorious exception. Originally released on Rinaldo in 1984, "Stop Your Lies" delivers everything you want from an Italo record - precise drum programming, sequencer bass, slightly cheesy synth melodies, well cheesy vocals and the added bonus of bright brass licks. Chuck in a Mediterranean rap and the kind of club killing frequencies we all dream about and you've got yourself a fruity little dancefloor treat. If out of tune vocals aren't your thing (what's wrong with you?) then there's an Instrumental mix on the flip for maximum musical impact. It's already in my record box, and it should be in yours too.


        12" Info: *ONE COPY FOUND!*

        Back in stock Cover of I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning - Remastered by Bright Eyes.

        Bright Eyes

        I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning - Remastered

        Containing what are undeniably his finest songs to date, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, two separate albums simultaneously released on January 25th, 2005, provide unequivocal proof that 24 year-old Oberst belongs to the lineage of great American songwriters.These albums are a soundly articulated slice of modern American life rolled into two very different records.

        I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning,is a country-tinged melange of Conor's finest acoustic songs, featuring guest vocal appearances from Emmylou Harris and Jim James (My Morning Jacket), whereas Digital Ash in a Digital Urn is a more produced, band-centric album featuring cameo appearances by Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

        The new songs are bursting with all of the rough edges and heartfelt poetry for which Bright Eyes records have earned their acclaim, while exposing a glorious new level of depth and texture to the writing and delivery. Recorded back-to-back, the albums work in tandem to elucidate both sides of Conor's recent creative output.


        LP Info: *ONE COPY FOUND!*


        Issue 309 - June 2019

          As he returns with an atmospheric solo album that keys into classic Bruce themes and landscapes, MOJO tells the story of its gestation and explores Springsteen’s America with the help of Steve Van Zandt, Nils Lofgren and more. Our covermount CD celebrates 10 years of Jack White’s Third Man label and includes Jack acts The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and Raconteurs, while inside the mag we hang out in Nashville with the last-named, reconstituted and rocking hard. Also in this issue, Captain Beefheart, Idles, P.P. Arnold, Spiritual Jazz, Jane’s Addiction and Madonna in the MOJO Interview. Plus: back to art school with Pete Townshend; Brittany Howard – inside the Alabama Shakes’ frontwoman’s solo album; a Roky Erikson tribute; Diana Ross; Youth’s y-fronts and more.

          COVER STORY: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN The Boss’s new album, Western Stars, is a deep delve into his multi-layered America. David Fricke mines his Bruce encounters to explore its long gestation and epic sounds. Loyal E Streeters Steve Van Zandt and Nils Lofgren fill out the picture.

          COVERMOUNT CD: LET’S SHAKE HANDS 15 incredible tracks from Jack White’s Third Man vault. Acts include The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather, Alabama Shakes, Bush Tetras, Joshua Hedley, A-Moms and more.

          MADONNA World rhythms, gun laws, the Book Of Revelations: it’s all go in La Ciccone’s MOJO Interview. “I did a dance to Baba O’Riley,” she informs a startled Danny Eccleston.

          THE RACONTEURS Jack White relaxes with his buds in Nashville’s greatest supergroup since Dolly, Linda and Emmylou. Meanwhile, Third Man turns 10 with typical brouhaha.

          CAPTAIN BEEFHEART Fifty years on from Trout Mask Replica – the weird album’s weird album – MOJO finds its cast nearly recovered: “There was so much hell emotionally.”

          IDLES The angry, heartfelt music of Britain’s most fervently followed band is catching on abroad. MOJO’s Mr Cameron goes to Washington for one hell of a filibuster.

          P.P. ARNOLD In the ’60s, she coulda been a contender. Now the Anglo-US Queen of the Mods is having a second wind. “I made a lot of bad decisions,” she tells Tom Doyle.

          JANE’S ADDICTION When Hollywood’s funky grunge alchemists made 1990’s Ritual De Lo Habitual, they poured in all the drugs, sex and pain that fit. No wonder it finished them off.

          David Berman’s Purple Mountains / The Black Keys / Prince / black midi / The Rolling Stones / Lloyd Cole / Aretha Franklin / Sarathy Korwar / 75 Dollar Bill / Willie Nelson / Youssou N’Dour / David Bowie

          PLUS Pete Townshend: The Art School Years / How To Buy… Spiritual Jazz / Bob Dylan’s Mockumentary / Diana Ross – in the flesh / Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard goes solo / Sabbath superfans go ape / Bedouine and The Budos Band rise up / Clem Cattini’s Tornados triumph… and torment / Ricky Lee Jones gets out the art materials / Roky Erickson and Leon Redbone – missing you already / And… Maceo Parker!

          Chemistry Lane

          Mirrored Wall / El Acusador

          Chemistry Lane debuting on cult label Mai 68 (formed by the band of same name...).

          "Mirrored Wall" exudes the kinda funky, electronic disco that Phenominal Hand Clap Band, Gramme and Crazy P all count as their bread and butter. The vocals in this instance are much more yearning, leaning themselves to a nocturnal indie-dancefloor swaying with youthful abandon.

          "El Acusador" on the flip combines alluring, eastern scales, tight n funky live drums and plenty of analogue swells and SFX. It's picturesque, evocative and immits a kind of rigid, urban futurism that bands like Interpol and more recently Drahla both do. I like it! 



          Ltd 12" Info: *WAREHOUSE FIND - LIMITED COPIES!*

          Bad Breeding


            Bad Breeding announce new album, Exiled. A group with a keen eye for social injustice and establishment venality, expressed in hollered tones over a full-throttle, enervating soundclash of anarcho punk, hardcore and noiserock, their third album ‘Exiled’ was fuelled by the last 12 months in (primarily) British politics: a nation circling the drain while forever eyeing the plughole.

            Topics on this 12-song, 32-minute album also include some hardy perennials of left-wing hardcore punk: war, imperialism, the police, the press. Topics which, at a time where the political landscape could change tectonically between this being written and you reading it, maintain a grim relevance. 

            Latest Pre-Sales

            201 NEW ITEMS

            Some Sunday Hip-Hop / RnB classics @Outkast @fatbellybella aka Erykah Badu @djshadow and @TheDangelo
            Sun 23rd - 11:35
            👌🏻 Top tip for anyone who walks into a record shop - always take your headphones off, you never know what you might…
            Sun 23rd - 5:18
            Happy #newmusicfriday here’s your first batch of banners currently gracing our walls from @Raconteursmusic
            Fri 21st - 8:03
            Just announced! The new @ThomYorke album on @xlrecordings. The deluxe version is super limited and looks amazing! I…
            Thu 20th - 2:14
            E-newsletter —
            Sign up
            Back to top