1. avatar The Fires of Hell
    Pompous load of willfully difficult and obscure up its own arse hyperbole or very necessary outpost of otherness?

    I can never decide.
  2. avatar sheriffjohnstone
    Are you refering to the TV Series?
  3. avatar RAAP Management
    I'm pretty sure he's referring to [i:2d3066772e]his[/i:2d3066772e] Wire.
  4. avatar tenrabbits
    If it's the telly series it's the best thing on TV. Although I wouldn't watch it on a weekly basis.. they require too much from ya - I just buy the dvd boxsets. Everyone I've lent them to has ended up watching entire series' worth in great sessions! Magic show.
  5. avatar whosbainejakey
    The Wire < Fighting With Wire
  6. avatar sheriffjohnstone
    [quote:9673a91c8b="tenrabbits"]If it's the telly series it's the best thing on TV. Although I wouldn't watch it on a weekly basis.. they require too much from ya - I just buy the dvd boxsets. Everyone I've lent them to has ended up watching entire series' worth in great sessions! Magic show.[/quote:9673a91c8b]

    Yip I watched series one with my girlfriend and we ordered the nezt two the following day. Love it
  7. avatar whosbainejakey
    [size=9:eb33c2498a]Hint: He's referring to the this:[/size:eb33c2498a]
    [img:eb33c2498a]http://www.marquee.demon.co.uk/images/tom-verlaine-wire-cover.jpg[/img:eb33c2498a]
  8. avatar tenrabbits
    Aye.. I figured that. Any chance to big up the tv show though (as the mag really is dancing about architecture for me..)!
  9. avatar the dirty weed
    [quote:0ddb83ea30="The Fires of Hell"]Pompous load of willfully difficult and obscure up its own arse hyperbole or very necessary outpost of otherness?

    I can never decide.[/quote:0ddb83ea30]

    I'm not sure you need to.

    I takes bits and pieces from it; somes topics interest me and some writers interest me (david toop, david stubbs, byron coley, hua hsu..)
    The last couple of issues haven't been great though.
  10. avatar feline1
    I used to subscribe to The Wire... I did at the time find it engagingly and stimulatingly written, and full of interesting musics which I'd barely heard of.

    After a few years though (during which, perhaps, there'd been some staff changes - or maybe I just wised up...) I decided it was utter head-up-its-arse vantity publishing by a clique of ligging loons.
    Particular nails in the coffin was a "Global Sounds" piece they did on Belfast, which basically just reprinted a press release by that QUB venue thingy,
    and a piece on "Brighton", which basically was just this insane tail of "Oh me and tabitha went to play bongo drums in the park are record and album on a dictaphone that would be issued on a limited edition of zero copies of a dodgy cassette with no cover that we'd hide down the back of the radiator at some party we were stoned at. However, we got really drunk and got lost in the dark and wandered into a field of cows and OMG! LOL! then we like didn't even manage to record it anyways and then Tabitha had to go back au pairing to Slovakia ANYWAYS so yeah it was ahine"

    Plus their stunning features on up-and-coming "sound artist" Mario Spallsenballs, a Latvian office-worker who records the sound of himself listening to his iPod on the way to work and then "totally mangles it in Audiomulch so it just sounds like a gurgling clicky noise anyways", who has currently given away 4 free copies of his CDR demo staff at his local café - however more importantly, he also knows Tabitha from that time they got off with each other in Bratislava.

    Oh and then there will invariably be extensive features about:
    - Sonic Youth
    - Some Jazz Wazzock
    - Some Crusties



    I recently bought a copy again cos there was a big feature on Peter Hammill und Van der Graaf Generator -
    but it told me nothing I didn't already know, and generally just made me wince at the author's attempts to write about the music on a technical level when he clearly didn't know things like the difference between reverb and a cymbal.


    Having said that, I do think there's a place for radical exciting and intelligent music journalism which doesn't just trot out clichés about drugs™ and hairstyles like it was GCSE Rebellionism or sthg.

    And moreover, at least I'm not bitter.


    Acts I discovered by getting free Wire subscriber's CDs:
    - JUANA MOLINA
    - TEAMTENDO
    - NUMBERS
    - LES GEORGES LENINGRADS
    - PULSEPROGRAMMING
  11. avatar kingmob
    [quote:de211374d1]I used to subscribe to The Wire... I did at the time find it engagingly and stimulatingly written, and full of interesting musics which I'd barely heard of.

    After a few years though (during which, perhaps, there'd been some staff changes - or maybe I just wised up...) I decided it was utter head-up-its-arse vanity publishing by a clique of ligging loons. [/quote:de211374d1]

    I used to feel EXACTLY the same way about the NME...
  12. avatar whipchorus
    The Wire I do find amusing, since in almost every way it's the diametric opposite of your NME - in content, style, approach, writing. Which is probably both good and bad.
  13. avatar bernard
    [quote:d0b9870bc7]Particular nails in the coffin was a "Global Sounds" piece they did on Belfast, which basically just reprinted a press release by that QUB venue thingy,
    and a piece on "Brighton", which basically was just this insane tail of "Oh me and tabitha went to play bongo drums in the park are record and album on a dictaphone that would be issued on a limited edition of zero copies of a dodgy cassette with no cover that we'd hide down the back of the radiator at some party we were stoned at. However, we got really drunk and got lost in the dark and wandered into a field of cows and OMG! LOL! then we like didn't even manage to record it anyways and then Tabitha had to go back au pairing to Slovakia ANYWAYS so yeah it was ahine" [/quote:d0b9870bc7]

    i remember that one clearly

    recently renewed my subscription
    the latest issue is on noticable crapper paper than before
    i feel a little bit ripped off

    nonetheless, what mark said.
    the good 50% is quite unique
    the bad 50% is to be tolerated
    the cds are ace
  14. avatar davethetimekeeper
    "Sheeeeeeeeeeyit" 8)