On 13 July Spitalfields Market in East London will host the Independent Label Market for the fourth year, with labels and musicians selling their wares.
Hawking records and other ephemera are 4AD, Big Dada, Dead Oceans, Domino, Fabric, Fire, Houndstooth, Jagjaguwar, Matador, Ninja Tune, O Genesis, R&S, Secretly Canadian, Soul Jazz, Soundway, Strut, Trilogy Tapes, Upset The Rhythm and others, with more to be added to the list in the run up to the fair. Updates and additions here.
Author of Japanoise, David Novak, is in the UK during July as part of a conference on interdisciplinary music studies. the conference takes place at Oxford University.
Novak's talk is titled "Feedback And Submergence: Making (Non)Sense Of Global Media", and he'll be discussing Noise music in terms of its circulation across international borders.
Full details on all speakers and a conference programme here.
Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library has acquired a collection of Angus Maclise's work. The bundle includes poetry manuscripts, calligraphy, letters to and from friends and family, plus photographs, events flyers, and other ephemera. Most of the handwritten material dates from the 1970s, but the publications cover up to the the 1990s.
Karla Nielsen at Columbia says: "The collection arrived to us fairly well inventoried and described so we expect that we can open it to researchers some time this summer…The collection comes from Johan Kugelberg of the Boo Hooray gallery, who mounted an exhibition of these materials last year." Once the collection is open in the summer, it'll also be searchable online.
For more info keep your eyes peeled at Columbia Uni.
A plethora of events are being held this year to celebrate John Zorn's 60th birthday. On 12 July Zorn preforms with Mike Patton, Marc Ribot and others at London Barbican. For his birthday, Zorn's asked Patton, Ribot, Sean Lennon and others to put words to tracks from his back catalogue. As well as lyricised Zorn, the night will also include Illuminations, a piano piece inspired by Arthur Rimbaud, his accapella vocal piece The Holy Visions, plus The Alchemist, The Dreamers, plus Zorn's group Electric Masada, and Moonchild: Templars – In Sacred Blood, the sixth release in the Moonchild series with Mike Patton on vocals. Full details for the night over at the Barbican.
Zorn's also performed 60th birthday shows at Moers festival in Germany and Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Canada, plus the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and a show in Glasgow in January where a new work was premiered.
Ex-Husker Dü drummer and co-founder, Grant Hart, has recorded a solo album to be released on Domino. Titled The Argument, the double album is based on a manuscript of William Burroughs's never finished sci-fi novel, in turn, based on Milton's epic Paradise Lost.
British post-punk and grunge fanzine Ablaze! is being collected and published as The City Is Ablaze! The Story Of A Post-Punk Popzine. The Manchester and Leeds based fanzine started out in black and white in 1984 and ran for 10 years, growing to full colour pages and including flexidiscs and 7"s.
During the decade it existed, Ablaze! ran articles on Sonic Youth, Ut, Babes In Toyland, Eyeless In Gaza, The Pastels, Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, among others. This collection also bundles in intros by the fanzine's founder and editor Karren Blaze, plus essays and contributions from Morrissey and Thurston Moore plus some of Ablaze!'s regular writers. It is released with a free 14 track digital download (which they're calling a "virtual flexi-disc"), that you can listen to below.
Full list of interviews included and more details on the book here.
Unsound has announced a first batch of acts for the 2013 edition of its Krakow festival. Thomas Köner and Andy Mellwig's Porter Ricks are coming out of retirement, and Robert Rich will perform an all night sleep concert for the first time since 1996. Also playing are Dylan Carlson's Earth, Robert Henke, Kevin Martin's King Midas Sound, and Mats Gustafsson's Fire! trio.
Also on the line up is New York Noise artist Pharmakon, Blawan and Pariah's live project Karenn, DJ Qu, plus Helena Hauff, Stellar Om Source, Tropic Of Cancer, Lumière. The theme for this year's festival is interference, with more additions to come in the next few weeks.
This Ekoplekz side project, Ensemble Skalectrik, is the place for Nick Edwards's rawer, improvised output using turntables and pedals, under which moniker he's released an album via Editions Mego. The Durian Brothers have self released three EPs on their own Diskant label. The link is the turntables, with The Durian Brothers using a pair of prepared turntables, abused with objects and elastic bands (but not records) filtered through a sequencer and other effects generators.
The Split series has been on hiatus, with the last instalment in 2011. Since its inception in 1998 with V/Vm and Third Eye Foundation it's included releases from Konono #1 with The Dead C, James Plotkin with Pole, Alog and Astral Social Club, David Grubbs and Avey Tare, among others. Full list of Split Series releases here.
Split Series #22 is out on vinyl and as a download at the beginning of July. The 12" will be pressed in an edition of 700, and like the rest of the series, have hand drilled artwork.
Feminist art journal N.Paradoxa is starting up a monthly salon for female artists, writers, curators and critics. The first salon takes place this Thursday (16 June) at Beaconsfield in London, with £5 entry fee. Further salons will take place on 13 June and 18 July.
The journal notes that the salons are not talks, seminars or discussion series, or a place for formal presentations, but an event to bring people together and share ideas. To register use the online contact form or email email@example.com, with the dates you want to attend, plus current interests. More details here.
Berlin's Atonal festival, which began in 1982 hosting German industrial groups like Einstürzende Neubauten, Sprung Aus Den Wolken, Malaria, White Russia, Alu and others at Kreuzberg punk club SO36, has been resurrected.
The festival, which hosted the likes of Psychic TV, Test Dept and 808 State, is returning this year to Kraftwerk in Berlin (not the group) - a disused powerplant. The theme for the festival is 'forming space', with a line up that diverges from the original's Industrial roster, with Raime, Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald, Voices From The Lake, John Hassell, the Brandt Brauer Frick ensemble, Kangding Ray, plus installations, workshops and discussion panels lined up.