The Wire - # 434 (April 2020)
In this issue:
Thundercat: Schooled in jazz, funk, punk and more, the flamboyant bassist, vocalist and songwriter brings mischief, mirth and melancholy to that most misunderstood of genres – fusion. By Phil Freeman. Plus essays on fusion past, present and future by Greg Tate and John Morrison.
Gal Costa: Ahead of a rare UK live date, the Brazilian musician and vocalist discusses bossa nova, tropicália, political engagement and remaining open to the unexpected. By Russ Slater.
Jarboe: The erstwhile Swans vocalist and Neurosis collaborator returns with an intimate collection of reflective songs inspired by her travels. By Claire Biddles.
Roger & Brian Eno: With a collaborative album in the can, the Eno brothers discuss the anatomy of ambient music. By Philip Clark.
Invisible Jukebox: William Gibson: Can the visionary science fiction author hack The Wire’s mystery record selection? Tested by Emily Bick
Unlimited Editions: Transcending Obscurity
Unofficial Channels: Jamel_aka_Jamal
Gentle Stranger: Clowning is no joke for the absurdist London outfit. By Claire Sawers
Jessica Ekomane: The Berlin based composer hits repeat. By Emily Bick
Sunwatchers: The Brooklyn quartet charge their instrumental psych-punk with radical politics. By Tony Rettman
dumama + kechou: Folk into the future with the South African duo. By Phil Freeman
Global Ear: Los Angeles: Jazz mutations in the City of Angels. By Michael Schmelling
The Inner Sleeve: Anna Homler aka Breadwoman on Powell & Pressburger’s The Tales Of Hoffmann
Epiphanies: Coldcut’s Matt Black learns the appliance of science
Print Run: Dave Brubeck: A Life In Time by Philip Clark; Wendy Carlos: A Biography by Amanda Sewell; Switched-On Bach by Roshanak Kheshti; Join The Future: Bleep Techno And The Birth Of British Bass Music by Matt Anniss; It’s A London Thing: How Rare Grooves, Acid House And Jungle Remapped The City by Caspar Melville; Kick It: A Social History Of The Drum Kit by Matt Brennan; Cosmopolitan Scum! Edinburgh, The Arts And The Counterculture by Brian Hogg; In The Margins Of Composition by Frank Denyer
On Screen: Beth B Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over
On Location: Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler, Cairo, Egypt; Ideas Of Noise 2020, Birmingham, Coventry, Stourbridge, UK; The Residents & John Sanborn: God In Three Persons, New York, US; Park Jiha + Wacław Zimpel, London, UK; Distractfold + Weston Olencki, London, UK; CTM, Berlin, Germany; Anna Meredith, Coventry, UK; Helm + Graham Lambkin + Cucina Povera, London, UK; Laibach, Launceston, Australia; Sons d’hiver, Paris, France
On Site: Athanasios Argianas, London, UK; Sung Tieu, Nottingham, UK
Soundcheck: Marc Acardipane, Terry Allen & The Panhandle Mystery Band, Tony Allen & Hugh Masekela, Arca, Lea Bertucci, Sir Richard Bishop, Sir Richard Bishop & Ed Yazijian, Borusiade, Calsutmora, crys cole, Container, D-Block Europe, Vladislav Delay, Dick El Demasiado, Diaspora & Afro Horn Ensemble, Delphine Dora, E, Electric Indigo, Brian Eno/Laurie Anderson/Ebe Oke, Roger Eno & Brian Eno, Gang Of Four, Garcia Peoples, Golem Mecanique, Wendy Gondeln & Mats Gustafsson with Wolfgang Voigt & Martin Siewert, David Grubbs/Mats Gustafsson/Rob Mazurek, Jasmine Guffond, The Heliocentrics, Horse Lords, Irreversible Entanglements, J Hus, Zebra Katz, Jackie Lynn, Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets, Hailu Mergia, Gabriele Mitelli, Mutant Joe, Yui Onodera, The Orb, Lyra Pramuk, Pulled By Magnets, Razen, Roedelius, Vanessa Rossetto, Saint Abdullah, Sightless Pit, Sqürl, Jan St Werner, Colin Stetson, Swan Meat, Tangerine Dream, tētēma, Tongues Of Light, Davaajargal Tsaschikher, Yves Tumor, Villaelvin, Wasted Shirt, Zeroh, Various Disposofónicos: Acumuladores De Ojectos Sonantes
Boomerang: African Head Charge, Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe, Rashied Ali Quintet, Sylvain Chauveau, Neneh Cherry, Beatriz Ferreyra, Peter Green, Jon Hassell, Jon Hassell/Farafina, Rowland S Howard, Mutsumi, Bernard Parmegiani, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry with Seskain Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo, Pole, Various Oto No Wa (Selected Sounds Of Japan 1988–2018)
The Wire Tapper 52: A track by track guide to this issue’s free CD