#290 April 2008

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"All copies of this issue will come complete with an exclusive free CD stuck to the cover: The Wire Tapper 19, a special 10th anniversary edition of our acclaimed series of new music compilations. The Wire Tapper 19 is the latest volume in The Wire's ongoing series of exclusive new music compilations, the first volume of which was issued 10 years ago with The Wire's April 1998 issue. As with previous volumes, The Wire Tapper 19, 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 musics covered in the magazine. Packaged in a gatefold sleeve with artwork by The Wire's art director Ben Weaver, the CD will be given away free with every copy of the April issue worldwide. Artists include: Our Sleepless Forest, Snorkel, Nico Muhly, G.F. Fitz-Gerald & Lol Coxhill, X.A. Cute (feat. Mike Ladd), Daniel Figgis via Somadrone, Fluorescent Grey, Kaffe Matthews, Alexei Borisov & Anton Nikkilä, Talvin Singh, Illusion Of Safety, The Master Musicians Of Hop-Frog, Phog Masheeen, Setsubun Bean Unit, Pink Skull, LowDynamicOrchestra with Stefano Scodanibbio, Lars Akerlund, Tangtype, Yellow6, Never Enough Hop. On the cover: Gudrun Gut (From Malaria!, Mania D and Neubauten to Ocean Club radio and Monika Enterprise, this 'dilettante' has genially hosted Berlin's new music scene for 30 years. Features: Benga (Derek Walmsley meets dubstep's prince of darkness); Religious Knives (Bruce Russell on dervish surgery in New York); Robert Hood (Detroit Technocrat lights out for the South); Cross Platform: Cory Arcangel (With homage to Glenn Gould and hacked video games, this visual artist converts geekiness into media savvy); Invisible Jukebox: Michael Rother; Henry Grimes (Lost to the world for 30 years, the free jazz bassist has belatedly restarted his magnificent career in New York); J Dilla (Two years after his tragically early death, Dave Stelfox pays tribute to the celebrated hip-hop producer's ruff drafts, decaying textures and influential lo-fi aesthetics); The Primer: Henry Cow (A user's guide to the recordings of this nomadic, utopian outfit, including the extended Rock In Opposition family of Slapp Happy, The Work, Art Bears and more."