1) Do not get the new Wire record. Even if Wire is your favorite band. Especially if Wire is your favorite band. Don’t even get it off BitTorrent or something. It may look like a Wire record and it may have an artsy title like a Wire record, but it sounds like (God help me) a second-rate Ned’s Atomic Dustbin ripoff. 

2) If you’re in the mood for minimalist, yelpy, alienated-sounding punk, instead of trying out the new Wire record (see above) maybe give the Girls a spin. I just finished their upcoming album, Yes No Yes No Yes No, and then started it again from the top. Dirtnap has a teaser track, “Transfer Station,” available as a free MP3 download.