#296 October 2008
"All copies of the October issue will come complete with an exclusive free CD stuck to the cover, The Wire Tapper 20, the latest volume in our acclaimed series of new music compilations. The Wire Tapper 20 is the latest volume in The Wire's ongoing series of exclusive new music compilations. As with previous volumes, The Wire Tapper 20, which has been compiled by Shane Woolman, Lisa Blanning and Andy Tait, will contain a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks from across the spectrum of the kind of underground/outsider music covered in the zine. Packaged in a gatefold sleeve designed by The Wire's art director Ben Weaver, the CD will be given away free with every copy of the October issue worldwide. Artists include Zavoloka, Crackle, Formication, Paavoharji, oRSo, A_dontigny, RJ Valeo, rarescale, Mike Osborne, Random Touch, Punck, Grails, micronormous, Pantaleimon, Lothar Ohlmeier/Isambard Khroustaliov, Tertium Quid, MoHa!, Anthony Kelly & David Stalling, Wounded Knee.
On the cover: Richie Hawtin (From Detroit to Berlin, from Plus 8 to Minus, the former Plastikman's life and music remain in constant flux). Features: Runhild Gammelsaeter (Norway's black metal boffin tells Chris Sharp she isn't about to give up the day job); Lucky Dragons (Lisa Blanning on the L.A. collective who combine technology, eco-consciousness and textiles); Ingrid Laubrock (The F-IRE Collective saxophonist and Sleepthief leader talks a good game with Mike Barnes; Global Ear: Helsinki (Derek Walmsley reports on the rise of skweee's irreverent, downtempo beats; Cross Platform: Lawrence Abu Hamdan (Owen Hatherley hears the sound of marching feet on London's streets); Rules Of Engagement (Can artworld recreations of radical performances do justice to anarchic spirits?); Invisible Jukebox: Makoto Kawabata; Benge (The latest project by this London musician celebrates two decades of analogue synthesis); The Primer: The Alternative Neil Young (A user's guide to the roads less traveled in the long career of Canada's finest guitar vet)."