Unreleased 1964 John Coltrane record coming out on Impulse!

1 jour 17 heures ago

Mastered from the original analogue tapes, it’s released on 27 September

A previously unheard John Coltrane recording is about to be unveiled by Impulse!. Called Blue World, it showcases a selection of older works Coltrane rerecorded with his Classic Quartet in 1964.

Coltrane had been approached by the Quebecois film maker Gilles Groulx to soundtrack his film Le Chat Dans Le Sac. The saxophonist went to the Van Gelder Studios with Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones and McCoy Tyner, but only ten minutes’ worth of music made the final cut.

Blue World features various takes of five tracks recorded at the session. These include a few versions of “Village Blues” from Coltrane Jazz (1961), two takes of “Naima”, plus versions of “Like Sonny” and “Traneing In” and its title track “Blue World”. It follows the 2018 release of Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album from 1963. The Wire contributor Howard Mandel was at the latter’s listening party.

Shesaid.so announce mentorship programme as part of weekend event MEETSSS

1 jour 21 heures ago

The music industry network for women celebrates five years with a female first global gathering in Portugal

To mark five years since the launch of the shesaid.so global network for women in the music industry, a four day gathering titled MEETSSS will take place in Portimão, Algarve, between 3–6 October.

Guest speakers include Georgia Taglietti of Sonar Festival, Vanessa Bakewell from Facebook/Instagram and Shakira Payne of Sonos. There will also be music from Deena Abdelwahed, Mafalda and Surma. The peer-to-peer mentoring scheme she.grows will also be represented. Partnering up with YouTube Music, they're offering five spots to women, trans and non-binary people, with a minimum of two from host country Portugal. Applications close on 1 September.

Tickets for the weekend are available on Resident Advisor.

Second chance to grab a Sunn O))) Life Pedal

2 jours 16 heures ago

As used on their recent album Life Metal!

A second batch of The Sunn O))) Life Pedal is now on sale. Made in the collaboration with EarthQuaker Devices, the first edition was manufactured in June a limited run of 1000 and sold out within hours.

As heard on their Life Metal album (released earlier this year by Southern Lord), the LM308 helps “to capture the same rich, deeply saturated tones” from the group's sessions with Steve Albini. It features an aluminium enclosure, analogue octave blending, hand-picked components and three clipping options. Plus, the first 100 bought from Reverb come with a copy of the Life Metal LP.

The second run of the Sunn O))) Life Pedal is limited to 500 units.

Sound Walk Sunday happening across the globe

2 jours 18 heures ago

On 1 September a day of listening launches a month-long run of sound walks

What does a place sound like? What could it sound like? These are the questions posed by Sound Walk September, a month-long series hosted by the Museum Of Walking and Made Of Walking.

“In a world where we more and more rely on digital tools to tell us what to see and what to do, using audio as a guide for exploring what’s around us requires us to take a step back, slow down and experience our environment on different terms, opening ourselves up to a new kind of experience,” says Babak Fakhamzadeh, one of the festival’s co-producers.

Amounting to over 600 events the sound walk celebration begins on 1 September and continues on throughout the month at various locations around the world. Countries taking part include Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Poland and the UK.

To coincide with the beginning of Sound Walk September and the end of LISTEN, another sound related event based in Frome, Somerset, Sound Walk co-producers Geert Vermeire and Andrew Stuck will catch up with LISTEN curator Helen Ottaway to discuss whether it is a “paradox or an opportunity to live in a world of disconnection through technology, with (it seems) unending possibilities and create sound walks that connect us with our environment and others?”

More information, including a map of sound walk events, can be found on the Museum of Walking website.

Tricky publishes autobiography Hell Is Round The Corner

3 jours 16 heures ago

Bristol’s Knowle West boy shares his story in new book

Written in collaboration with music journalist Andrew Perry, Hell Is Round The Corner documents the life of pioneering record producer and rapper Tricky. Featuring contributions from family members, music industry types and musicians such as Terry Hall and Shaun Ryder, the book chronicles his birth in the Bristol area of Knowle West in the late 1960s, his teenage years in the 1980s and his role in the city’s sound system scene – notably his work with The Wild Bunch sound system, which evolved into Massive Attack – and his move to Los Angeles. It also talks about the loss of his mother, who killed herself when he was four years old.

Tricky launched his solo career in 1995, releasing Maxinquaye on 4th & B’way and then signing to Island Records. To date he has released 13 studio albums, the most recent being 2017’s Ununiform on his own imprint False Idols.

Hell Is Round The Corner is published on 31 October by Bonnier.

Zonal get Wrecked with Moor Mother

3 jours 17 heures ago

Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin’s duo collaborate with Moor Mother on new album

Justin Broadrick and Kevin Martin’s recently revived project Zonal are about to release their first record since signing to Relapse Records. Called Wrecked, the album also features Moor Mother, with whom the duo performed live at Roadburn and Unsound festivals. Godflesh’s Broadrick and The Bug’s Martin played out as Techno Animal during the 1990s and early 2000s; in 2000 they appeared in their Zonal guise, releasing The Quatermass Project Volume 1 in a limited edition of 200 copies on Avalanche.

Wrecked is released by Relapse on 25 October. Listen to lead track “System Error” below.

Kim Gordon shares video from debut solo album

4 jours 17 heures ago

No Home Record is released by Matador on 11 October

Kim Gordon titled her debut solo album No Home Record after the late Belgian director Chantal Akerman’s 2015 film No Home Movie. “Living in LA the last few years, it feels like home,” she remarks, “but the transience of the place makes it feel sometimes like no home.”

Including “Murdered Out” – the first single she released under her own name in 2016 – the album was produced by Justin Raisen, with contributions from Shawn Everett and Jake Meginsky. Indeed, it “wouldn’t have happened without the persistence of Justin Raisen”, insists Gordon. In the eight years since Sonic Youth disbanded, Gordon has published her memoir Girl In A Band and has been performing with Bill Nace as Body/Head. Her solo exhibition She Bites Her Tender Mind recently opened at IMMA in Dublin and another, Lo-Fi Glamour, is showing at Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh until 1 September.

Gordon has shared a video for lead track “Sketch Artist”, directed by Loretta Fahrenholz, in which you can see her driving around Los Angeles at night while staring out pedestrians. Released by Matador on 11 October, No Home Record is available for pre-order now.

Black Truffle hit 50 with a Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke & Oren Ambarchi live album

4 jours 18 heures ago

Ambarchi’s label marks the occasion by sharing the video for the track “In The Past Only Geniuses Were Capable Of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known As A Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With The Push Of The Button Part 2”

Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label passes the 50 mark with – take a deep breath – In The Past Only Geniuses Were Capable Of Staging The Perfect Crime (Also Known As A Revolution) Today Anybody Can Accomplish Their Aims With The Push Of The Button. Edited from a two hour set at the now defunct Tokyo venue SuperDeluxe in November 2015, the 78 minute album features Keiji Haino on guitar, electronics and vocals, Jim O'Rourke on six-string bass and hammond organ, and Ambarchi on drums, percussion and flute. Recorded by Masahide Ando and produced by SuperDeluxe’s Mike Kubeck, it’s the trio’s ninth album since they first started collaborating together in 2009.

Below is a video for the album's fourth track. Directed by film maker Ivan Weiss, it includes footage from their 2015 SuperDeluxe gig. Also forthcoming on Black Truffle is Sarah Hennies’ Reservoir 1.

The Tapeworm celebrates tenth birthday

1 semaine 3 jours ago

“Two bangin’ XWORM concerts in London town…” promises the cassette tape label

Cassette label The Tapeworm celebrates its tenth anniversary this September with two shows in London.

The first show will take place at South London venue Iklectik featuring live sets from Blood Music and Zeno van den Broek, Dale Cornish DJing his favourite Worm releases, Ken Hollings and Howlround making their debut collaborative performance, Tears|Ov premiering their forthcoming album, and a screening of a short film from People Like Us. The night will also see the launch of Savage Pencil (aka Edwin Pouncey, responsible for the Tapeworm illustration) and Barbara Frost's new Bookworm paperback Cuckoo Head Cool Dog. The collaborative publication arose from a creative exchange between the pair in which Frost responded with text to Pouncey's visual sketches.

The next gig on 29 September is at Dalston, East London’s Cafe Oto, featuring Jay Glass Dubs, Philip Jeck and Jana Winderen performing as a duo for the first time, saxophonist Laura Agnusdei premiering her new album Laurisilva, plus Marta de Pascalis, Stefan Goldmann, Simon Fisher Turner and Zerocrop.

Recital announce posthumous release of Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks album

1 semaine 4 jours ago

Stones: Dreams includes one piece performed by Philip Corner

Stones: Dreams, the forthcoming posthumously released album of Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks (1931–2018), was actually recorded in 2014 and features the painter's meditations with rocks, bells and wood.

Active for over 60 years, Hendricks worked alongside George Maciunas, John Cage and Dick Higgins, making him a prominent member of Fluxus. At some point in the 1970s composer Charlie Morrow asked Hendricks to record something for his Audiographics sound art cassette label. That never happened, but 40 years later Hendricks finally got to record his work at Ear Up Studios in New York.

Stones: Dreams also includes a 23 minute piece recently unearthed from the Hendricks archive. Called “Music For Sky Slate Wall”, it's a recording of Philip Corner responding to one of Hendricks’s installations at an Emily Harvey Foundation exhibition in 1999. It also includes a 16 page booklet of essays by Tyche Hendricks and Charlie Morrow, as well as diaries and artworks by Hendricks.

More information can be found on the Recital site. Listen to an excerpt below.

Benefit compilation in support of LGBTQIA+ organisations in Poland

1 semaine 4 jours ago

Oramics collective and New York Haunted label boss Drvg Cvltvre present 113 track consciousness-raising album

The new benefit album Total Solidarity is released this week. Compiled by the Oramics collective and New York Haunted label, all proceeds from digital sales will be donated to two Polish organisations: Kampania Przeciw Homofobii and Miłość Nie Wyklucza. Both charities monitor homophobia and offer support services to the queer community in Poland. They will redistribute any money received to LGBTQIA+ organisations in smaller cities and towns throughout Poland.

The compilation has been put together as a response to the homophobic campaigns and anti-LGBT sentiment fuelled by Poland’s Law And Justice Party, far right media and the Catholic church. “We have heard that the LGBTQIA+ community is a plague, a dangerous ideology, a threat to morality and Polish culture and should be fought with fire. These words caused an eruption of violence,” reads the statement from Oramics. At the first ever Pride march in the city of Bialystok on 20 July, the LGBTQI+ community and their allies were met with physical violence and homophobic slurs from anti-Pride counter-marchers. “This atmosphere of disrespect, violence and hate leads many Polish queer people to depression, migration or even suicide.”

The compilation only took a week to compile, with over 100 tracks sent in support of the queer community in Poland. “Once again we want to pay respect to the roots of club culture in queer, people of colour, anti-gentrification, anti-state oppression struggle. We want to say sing and bang it out loud: queer rights are human rights. We’re in this together.”

Released on 17 August, pre-orders receive 20 tracks immediately and are available now on Bandcamp.

TOTAL SOLIDARITY - benefit compilation for grassroot LGBTQIA+ organizations in Poland by VA

33-33 announces collaboration with Laurel Halo

1 semaine 5 jours ago

Eli Keszler, Rashad Becker and Ellen Arkbro are among the chosen

Laurel Halo and 33-33 have collaborated on a concert series happening in London throughout September. Called Mode, the line up includes Julia Holter, Eli Keszler and Tashi Wada Ensemble at The Round Chapel (18 September); Yosuke Fujita presents NOISEEM & Joachim Koester at Camden Arts Centre (19); and Rashad Becker, Parris, DEBONAIR, Steven Julien, DJ BONE, Laurel Halo and group A with Kat Day will perform at a secret location (21). Also at a venue yet to be revealed is GAS, Kali Malone, John Also Bennett, Ellen Arkbro and Beatrice Dillon (28). Plus Eliane Radigue has chosen Carol Robinson, Julia Eckhardt, Yannick Guedon and Bertrand Gauguet to perform new works from her OCCAM river series (24).

All events are listed on Facebook.

Unheard Moondog miniatures unearthed

2 semaines 3 jours ago

Two Moondog interpreters revisit the late composer’s more concise works

Dominique Ponty and Stefan Lakatos have recorded a new Moondog album containing known and previously unpublished miniatures spanning the composer’s lifetime.

Called Piano Trimba, a number of pieces included on this recording were originally dedicated to French pianist Ponty, who with Lakatos on trimba – a percussion instrument invented by Moondog in the late 1940s – had known and collaborated with Moondog before his death in 1999. “Stefan Lakatos is the leading exponent of the Moondog method of drum playing,” wrote Louis Hardin aka Moondog about the Swedish artist and musician he got to know and work with in the 1980s.

Piano Trimba is released on 27 September by Shiiin.

Joe Rigby RIP

2 semaines 4 jours ago

Saxophonist and educator Rigby worked with Milford Graves, Don Pullen and Arthur Doyle, among other projects

US musician Joe Rigby died on 16 July. Primarily a saxophonist, Rigby worked with Milford Graves on and off since the 1960s.

Born in 1940 in Harlem, New York, he became a fan of R&B and played the piano for pop group The Chantels. He turned to improvisation after hearing John Coltrane with The Miles Davis Sextet. An early job with Graves saw him play alongside Don Pullen, Arthur Williams, Hugh Glover and Arthur Doyle. In 1969 Rigby became president of the Black Students’ Union of Bronx Community College. He played with Steve Reid’s The Master Brotherhood, Ted Daniel’s Third World Energy Ensemble, Charles Tyler’s New World Ensemble, and others. In 1978 he led his own group Dynasty. In 1997, Graves, Glover and Rigby performed at New York’s Vision Festival. To finance his music career and support his family he undertook many jobs, from postal worker to taxi driver, and for 14 years taught music for the New York Board of Education until he retired in 2004.

Exploring Albanian polyphony on film and in the flesh

2 semaines 5 jours ago

Washed By The Moon documents Albanian musicians who continue to fly the traditional folk flag, six of whom will be touring the UK for the first time

Called Washed By The Moon, director Dan Shutt’s new film about Albanian polyphonic singing delves into the lives of three generations of musicians who still perform the folk style today. Its main protagonists include former Artist of the People Golik Jaupi, police commissioner Vullnet Silaj and the younger singer Endri Hodaj, who is also a barber.

“I was working in London in 2016, running a record label and recording music in my free time, when I heard a song called “Janinës ç'i Panë Sytë”,” says director Shutt, recalling his first encounter with the music. “This is a very famous song in southern Albania, with heartbreaking harmonies. It immediately made me quit my job and fly straight to Albania. With a chain of ridiculously good luck, me and my childhood friend Isaac, who is a great cinematographer, ended up in the building in which Albania declared independence in 1912 with a group of legendary polyphonic singers from the region. They vowed to give us their all simply in order to share their music with us, who were now their guests.”

With no funding to speak of, it took Shutt more than two years to complete his 55 minute film. “Albanian arts generally received state support during the communist times, as they helped contribute to the handy nationalist narrative that dictator Enver Hoxha used to support his regime, but since the country transitioned to democracy in the 1990s its population have been less isolated and the younger generations look away from their culture a little,” explains Shutt. “However, this music is still very much alive; we filmed with a group of 20 year olds who sing purely because the structure of the music is inherently community building. The drone can be sung by anyone, and the more people involved in a song, the stronger its emotional force. When these groups sing, windows rattle in their frames – the earth literally shakes.”

Premiered last year at Dokufest in Prizren, Kosovo, Washed By The Moon will be released via the Lush player streaming platform in October 2019. There will also be international screenings throughout September in London, Bristol, Copenhagen and Tbilisi.

Finally, the sextet Grupi Lab will tour the UK this autumn. Led by Jaupi, Grupi Lab are Vullnet Silaj, Virjon Lacaj, Engjell Tairaj, Robert Memaj and Sadush Kamaj. Their dates include an NTS Radio live broadcast and a performance at London Cafe Oto (10 October), Bristol The Cube (11), Gateshead Tusk (13), London House of Commons (14), Shetland Islands Shetland Arts (16), London SOAS (18).

Washed by the Moon - Official Trailer (HD) from Danchfilm on Vimeo.

King Britt and Joshua Mays win art prize

2 semaines 5 jours ago

The duo’s sight and sound installation is declared Best of Philly: Best Public Art

Philadelphia DJ and producer King Britt’s Mural Arts And Blue Design collaboration with American artist and muralist Joshua Mays has won the Best of Philly: Best Public Art award. Called Dreams, Diaspora And Destiny, their prizewinning piece is a large scale augmented reality mural in the Conestoga neighbourhood of Philadelphia. It’s designed to be experienced in conjunction with a smartphone app that brings life to the piece through image recognition and a score made up of recordings and interviews with the local community.

Ten CDs of unreleased Roland Kayn material unearthed

3 semaines 1 jour ago

Kayn’s daughter curates box set Scanning

A previously unreleased work by the late electronics composer Roland Kayn (1933–2011) is about to be made public. Described as “a fully realised consolidation of cybernetic music” made between 1982–83, it’s called Scanning and spans ten CDs of a new box set. Running to just over ten hours long, it completes his series of extended electronic works stretching from the late 1970s to the early 80s including Simultan and Elektroakustische Projekte (both released 1977), Makro I–III and Infra (both 1981), and Tektra (1984).

Last year Die Schachtel reissued Simultan as a three LP box set, and in 2017 the 14 hour composition A Little Electronic Milky Way Of Sound was released by Frozen Reeds as a 16 CD set.

Aside from a festival presentation and a radio broadcast in 2004, Scanning remains largely unheard until now. Remastered by Jim O’Rourke, the box set will be released in September by Kayn’s Reiger Records Reeks, now run by his daughter Ilse.

The Wire book shop best sellers list

3 semaines 4 jours ago

See a chart of the best selling titles in our online shop

Here are the current top 10 best selling books in our online shop. Click on the links to read more about each title. Don’t forget: subscribers to the magazine get automatic discounts on all the books and other merchandise in the shop.

1. David Toop, Flutter Echo

2. Teruto Soejima, Free Jazz In Japan

3. Tony Herrington (ed), Invisible Jukebox

4. Fermont & della Faile, Not Your World Music

5. Rob Young (ed), No Regrets

6. Lane & Carlyle, In The Field

7. Emma Warren, Make Some Space

8. Damo Suzuki & Paul Woods, I Am Damo Suzuki

9. Adrian Whittaker, Fitting Pieces To The Jigsaw

10. The Ex (eds), Getachew Mekuria

Liz Harris opens Atonal 2019 edition

3 semaines 4 jours ago

Berlin based festival runs from 28 August – 1 September

Liz Harris as Nivhek opens Berlin Atonal’s five night festival on 28 August, with UCC Harlo and Pavel Milyakov making up the bill. Other Atonal specials include a rare live set from Australian group HTRK, dBridge debuting new project Black Electric, and the mina collective taking over Tresor club.

Also confirmed are Mixmaster Morris, Marshstepper, Shapednoise with Pedro Maia, Shackleton, Vladislav Delay and AGF as Rakka, Félicia Atkinson, Roly Porter & MFO, SHYBOI, Sybil, Helm, JK Flesh, Nkisi presents Initiation, Félicia Atkinson presents Music for Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Gamble, Huerco S, Ziúr and many more.

Tickets are on sale now, costing from €37 per day.

Ras G has died

3 semaines 4 jours ago

Much loved producer on the Los Angeles beats scene has died at the age of 39

The death of Los Angeles based DJ and producer Gregory Shorter Jr aka Ras G was announced by Brainfeeder record label, which, along with Ramp and Leaving, had been releasing his hiphop instrumental productions as Ras G or Ras G And The Afrikan Space Program, since the mid-2000s.

Brainfeeder announced on Twitter, “It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to one of our brothers, Gregory Shorter, aka RAS G. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends & fans worldwide. One of the founders of BRAINFEEDER & LA Beat Scene. Rest In Peace G. We love you. (Ohhh Rass! • Airhornn!).”

Ras G was the co-founder of Poo-Bah Record label alongside Ron Stivers and Black Monk, which started life as a record shop in Pasadena. His discography was vast, up to and including Dance Of The Cosmos, which was released earlier this year by Akashik.

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