The WIRE - Issue 443 - January 2021

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Inside this issue:

On the cover: 2020 Rewind: the year in sound and music

Releases Of The Year: We asked our contributors to nominate their top ten records, CDs, downloads and streams of the year, then we counted up the votes

One Thing That Got Me Through: Our contributors share their 2020 survival aids; plus Mats Gustafsson on selling records; RA Washington on weathering the storm; PTP’s Geng on sharing skills; and Kyle Devine on rebuilding the future

Plague Time Television: Colour Out Of Space curators take their anarchic fun on air. By Edwin Pouncey 

Label Solidarity: Moshpit manners define music business etiquette in crisis times. By Ivan Zoloto

Columnists’ Charts: Our specialist critics select music that shook their corner of the subculture, from avant rock to noise

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Online Platforms: Can virtual music communities flourish during lockdown? By Billy Gomberg

Teaching & Workshops: Musicians live and learn as they turn to teaching to get by. By Jennifer Lucy Allan

Archive Releases Of The Year: Our contributors voted for their top ten archival records, CDs, downloads and streams, and we counted them all up. 

Invisible Jukebox: Faith Coloccia × Aaron Turner: The US avant rock/drone duo come under SIGE from The Wire’s mystery record selection.

Patricia Brennan: The classically trained percussionist makes a textured debut. By Daniel Spicer

Fly Anakin & Pink Siifu: Two mighty forces converge for an eagerly anticipated rap collaboration. By Francis Gooding

Neil Charles: The London based bassist goes low and beyond. By Clive Bell

Divide And Dissolve
: The Melbourne-San Francisco duo decolonise doom. By Emily Pothast

Unlimited Editions: Angelica

Unofficial Channels: Feedback

Global Ear: Brisbane: Covid-19 offers an unlikely antidote to complacency in live music programming. By Lawrence English

The Inner Sleeve: Orphy Robinson on Rebel MC’s Black Meaning Good

Epiphanies: Alexander Hawkins on the polyphonic spree of the football crowd

Print Run: SPRANG GABBA GANG by Ricardo Balli, Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings

And Interviews edited by Amy Cimini & Bill Dietz, Monolithic Undertow: In Search Of Sonic Oblivion by Harry Sword, Annihilating Noise by Paul Hegarty, Keith Jarrett: A Biography by Wolfgang Sandner, Riff: The Shake Keane Story by Philip Nanton, Nothing But The Music by Thulani Davis

On Screen: Lisa Rovner Sisters With Transistors, Renato Terra & Ricardo Calil Narcissus Off Duty

On Location: Numbers Matter 121, YouTube; Fire-Toolz + Miss Toto + Gravity Balmain + Lauren Elyse, Zoom; Mr Bungle: The Night They Came Home, mrbungle.live; Valentina Magaletti & Susumu Mukai, Cafe Oto, London, UK/cafeoto.co.uk; Tone Glow presents Sunik Kim, Lucy Liyou, Wendy Eisenberg, Still House Plants, Twitch; Harmonic Space 2020: James Tenney, various locations, Berlin, Germany; Pandit Pran Nath 102nd Birthday Memorial Tribute, melafoundation.org; SEM Ensemble: Amina Claudine Myers + Petr Kotik, Brooklyn, US

On Site: Kathy Hinde: Chirp & Drift

Soundcheck: Aesop Rock, Ale Hop, All Times Now Nothing, Autechre, Avarus, Biosphere, Boris with Merzbow, Patricia Brennan, The Budos Band, The Bug featuring Dis Fig, Byron The Aquarius, Angel Bat Dawid & Da Brothahood, Dropdead, Exile Di Brave & Time Cow, Fielded, Reinhold Friedl, Reinhold Friedl & Eryck Abecassis, Garcia Peoples, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Googie & Henry Canyons, Group Rhoda, The Heliocentrics, Robert Hood, Yvette Janine Jackson, Olivia Mutant John & Wrong Travolta, Junko Beat, King Midas Sound, John Kolodij, LABOUR featuring Hani Mojtahedy, Ingrid Laubrock, Scott Lee/JACK Quartet, Lemur & Reinhold Friedl, Leyden Jars, Little Annie Anxiety & Hiro Kone, Liturgy, Lord Tusk, Valentina Magaletti, Valentina Magaletti/Steve Beresford/Pierpaolo Martino, Missterspoon, MoE/Mette Rasmussen with Ikuro Takahashi, Monika Werkstatt, The Night Monitor, Nkisi, Octo Octa & Eris Drew, Daniel O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Sullivan & Richard Youngs, Pan Amsterdam, Luis Pestana, Joseph C Phillips Jr/Numinous, Eddie Prévost Band, Psychic Temple, Rangers, Regenorchester XII, Senyawa, Sockethead, Cadu Tenório, The Dead Can Rap, Time Cow, Time Cow & RTKal, Hideki Umezawa & Andrew Pekler, Christina Vantzou, Israel Vines, Voivod, Whirling Hall Of Knives, James Williamson & Deniz Tek, Steve Wynn, Flora Yin-Wong, Yokel, Manuel Zurria, Zedashe Ensemble

The Boomerang: Ashbury-Stabbins Duo, Don Cherry, Crass, Eddie Criss Group, Brian Eno, George Lewis, Bob Mould, Musica Transonic, Tony Oxley, Prince, Pylon, Storm Bugs, Tangerine Dream, Phil Wachsmann, Robert Wyatt, Various How The River Ganges Flows: Sublime Masterpieces Of Indian Violin, 1933–1952

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