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Inside The Wire 273 November 2006

Joanna Newsom photographed by Jesse Chehak


The Masthead 4 Letters 6 Bitstream 8 Trawling for gossip withThe Wire’s news net. PlusTrip Or Squeek Global Ear 16 Ronni Shendar on the clashing contexts of music and politics in West Jerusalem Charts 46 Out There 92 The pick of the month’s festivals, concerts, club spaces, radio and more Subscribe 96 Back Issues 98 Epiphanies 106 A chance exposure to Public Enemy prompts Philip Brophy to reconsider the edicts of John Cage


Colleen 10 The French multi-instrumentalist’s latest release fi nds new uses for vintage music boxes. By David Stubbs

Victor Gama 12 Louise Gray decodes the polystylistic Angolan-Portuguese composer and improvisor’s harmonic bursts

Tovah Olson 14 The Dead Machines member tells Marc Masters about her untutored approach to noise

Invisible Jukebox Om 20 The San Francisco stoner Metal duo detect rhythms and repetitions in tracks by Mahavishnu Orchestra, Melvins, Tony Conrad and more. Tested by Edwin Pouncey

Cross Platform Mika Taanila 18 The Finnish artist’s retro-futurist collage fi lms encompass robot soccer and utopian housing units. By Ken Hollings

Lasse Marhaug 24 Following another abundant crop of CDs, Anne Hilde Neset pins down the prolifi c Norwegian noisenik about Jazzkammer, Black Metal and the idea of North

Haunted Audio 26 Simon Reynolds sketches the spectral presences in the work of Ghost Box, Trunk Records and others, mining resonances from British post-war TV, fi lm and library music

Christof Kurzmann 34 The Austrian laptopper and Charhizma label founder fuses pop song structures with electroacoustic improvisation. By Dan Warburton

Joanna Newsom 40 On her new orchestral album Ys, the Californian harper’s epic tales have been enhanced by collaborations with Van Dyke Parks, Steve Albini and Jim O’Rourke. By Rob Young


Index 47 Soundcheck 48 This month’s selected CDs and vinyl, including Newham Generals, Ruff Sqwad, Walter Marchetti, Masayuki Takayanagi and more. Plus specialist columns on avant rock, critical beats, dub, electronica, hiphop, jazz & Improv, modern composition, outer limits, reissues, compilations and unusual formats The Inner Sleeve 73 Geert-Jan Prins on Bad Sector & Astro’s Idio Blast Print Run 74 New music books, including Vivien Goldman on Bob Marley & The Wailers, a Bob Dylan encyclopedia, a history of Rough Trade and more On Screen 76 New music DVDs, including Einstüürzende Neubauten and Misha Mengelberg On Site 77 Installations and gallery events, including Jem Finer’s Score For A Hole In The Ground On Location 78 Concert and festival reviews, including Numusic and Wooden Octopus Skull Festivals, Merce Cunningham’s Ocean and more