The Wire

Issue 419: January 2019

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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.

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