Lonnie Holley MITH
The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar & Banjo 1963–1974
Boss Keloid Melted On The Inch
Re: 2018 Rewind, The Wire 419: here are my personal top new releases purchased in 2018 due to glowing reviews in The Wire but which failed to feature in the year end charts:
Lonnie Holley MITH (Jagjaguwar) Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids An Angel Fell (Strut) Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet Landfall (Nonesuch)
And two undeservedly neglected top archive releases:
The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar & Banjo 1963–1974 Various (Craft) Deutsche Elektronische Musik 3: Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1971–81 Various (Soul Jazz)
These glaring omissions aside, the charts featured a fine selection. S Botten via email
In an authentic display of compulsive behaviour, I offer my 15 albums missing from The Wire’s 2018 Rewind charts:
Flowers Must Die Där Blommer Dör (Rocket) Conjurer Mire (Holy Roar) Collapsed Lung Zero Hours Band (Deceptive) Thou The House Primordial (Robotic Empire) Ministry AmeriKKKant (Nuclear Blast) Anthroprophh Omegaville (Rocket) Mudhoney Digital Garbage (Sub Pop) Rolo Tomassi Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It (Holy Roar) Lonnie Holley MITH (Jagjaguwar) Split Cranium I’m The Devil And I’m OK (Ipecac) Spiritualized And Nothing Hurt (Bella Union) Keiji Haino & Sumac American Dollar Bill Keep Facing Sideways, You’re Too Hideous To Look At Face On (Thrill Jockey) Orbital Monsters Exist (ACP)
It’s a very mixed bag this year, across many genres, but these 15 records have given me the most pleasure in 2018 and, I think, deserve recognition. Simon Opie via email
Boss Keloid Melted On The Inch (Holy Roar) High On Fire Electric Messiah (eOne Heavy)
Is it synchronous that Evan Parker’s The Snake Decides was recorded on 30 January 1986, which was my 30th birthday, and comes in at number 30 in your 2018
archive releases of the year chart? Andrew Chester via email
Three is the magic number
I was bored so I came up with this: what have the following artists all got in common in relation to The Wire?
Jim O’Rourke Mark E Smith/The Fall Sonic Youth Derek Bailey Einstürzende Neubauten/Blixa Bargeld Autechre Lou Reed/John Cale/The Velvet Underground Keiji Haino
Answer: they each have the triple honour of having had a Wire Primer written about them, sat an Invisible Jukebox, and they have all also been Wire cover stars on at least one occasion! Paul Martin via email
Corrections Issue 419 In 2018 Rewind, in the Electorate lists, we neglected to include Edwin Pouncey’s Release of the Year (Cypress Hill Elephants On Acid) and his Archive Release of the Year (Sunn O))) Downtown LA Rehearsal/Rifftape March 1998).
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