All copies of the December issue will come complete with an exclusive free CD, the Wire Tapper 16! The Wire Tapper 16 is the latest volume in The Wire's ongoing series of exclusive new music compilations. The CD, which has been compiled by Andy Tait and Shane Woolman and is packaged in a gatefold flexiwallet with artwork by The Wire's art director, James Goggin, will be given away free with every copy of the December issue worldwide and contains a range of new, rare or exclusive tracks by Derek Bailey, Califone, Carter Tutti, Pansonic, The Slits, Alan Vega and more. On the cover: The Melvins (The unpredictable California based quartet intersperse neo-Metal albums with art film soundtracks, avant garde provocations and audience baiting antics). Features: Reanimator (The Portland duo's low-tech, analogue debut is informed with spectral Techno rhythms); Hisato Higuchi (Alan Cummings uncovers the workplace stress and urban alienation which frustrate and inspire the Japanese guitarist); Beat Furrer (The Swiss composer's Fama project expounds his concept of a 'listening theatre'); Cross Platform: Charles Atlas (Louise Gray connects the dots of the US film maker's work, which links Merce Cunningham to Sonic Youth and Fennesz); Invisible Jukebox: Marc Ribot; Steve Mackay (Best known for his blowing on The Stooges Fun House, the saxophonist finally makes his solo debut with two albums of blazing free jazz and electronics); John Surman (The veteran saxophonist's early 70s work with The Trio, John McLaughlin and Dave Holland produced some of the most visionary moments in British jazz); The Primer: Texan Hiphop (Cough syrup at the ready, Dave Stelfox presents a user's guide to the Lone Star State's own brand of 'screwed and chopped' hiphop).