The new issue of Uncut, out today (September 21), features The Byrds, Neil Young, Siouxsie & The Banshees and LCD Soundsystem.


“Have I ever played any song twice exactly the same?”
“No, Bob, no.”
“See? I don’t do that.”

Bob Dylan’s new album, Tempest, is reviewed by Allan Jones in the latest issue of Uncut (October 2012, Take 185) – in this week’s very special archive feature (from November 2008, Take 138), Uncut talks to the musicians, producers and crew who have worked with him from 1989 to 2006, where an unprecedented glimpse of the real Dylan emerges – a genius who works at night, makes producers smash guitars in frustration, obsesses over Al Jolson, and never, ever repeats himself.


James Murphy reveals what his life is like following the end of LCD Soundsystem, in the new issue of Uncut, out on Friday (September 21).


The unhinged story of Siouxsie & The Banshees’ A Kiss In The Dreamhouse album is told in the new issue of Uncut (dated November 2012), out this Friday (September 21).


The tumultuous making of The Byrds’ The Notorious Byrd Brothers is examined in the new issue of Uncut (November 2012), out on Friday (September 21).

David Crosby, Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn are all interviewed about this pivotal period, 1967-68, in the band’s history, which left only Hillman and McGuinn remaining from the original five-piece.

Talking about being sacked during the sessions, Crosby tells Uncut: “As for Notorious, it was, for me, obviously much better that I left.


Calexico’s new album, Algiers, is reviewed in the current issue of Uncut (October 2012, Take 185) – so we thought we’d take a trip back to April 2003 (Take 71), when Uncut’s John Mulvey flew out to Tucson, Arizona to discover more about the duo’s redrawing of the map.



Chan Marshall’s new album, Sun, is reviewed in the latest issue of Uncut (Take 185, October 2012) – this week’s archive feature, from December 2006 (Take 115), finds Marshall recovering from a breakdown after perhaps her most successful year to date. Here, she tells Marc Spitz how she pulled herself back from the edge…



Blur's Alex James has revealed that he wants to work with Johnny Marr.

Talking to the Daily Star, James – who is organising his own food and music event, The Big Feastival, from his Oxfordshire farm this weekend – said that while he wouldn't be interested in pursuing a solo career, he'd like to join Marr and Nile Rodgers in a supergroup.

The former Smiths guitarist joined the Chic man onstage earlier this year at Manchester's Parklife Weekender, with Marr later hinting that the pair could continue their collaboration by entering the studio together.


Legendary lyricist Hal David has died at the age of 91.

David passed away yesterday (September 1) following complications from a stroke at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, reports Rolling Stone.

David was Burt Bacharach's songwriting partner and wrote the lyrics for such classic tracks as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Walk On By", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "I Say A Little Prayer" and "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me".


The xx's Jamie Smith has revealed that he is working on building a brand new instrument based on both an MPC sequencer and an iPad.

The producer and DJ told the Observer that he is planning on making a see-through device which will make music via "colourful graphics" and finger taps.

The band's vocalist Oliver Sim also explained that he has written a song for Beyonce. He said that he has written a track which isn't right for The xx, but which he hopes Beyonce would like to record "if he can work up the courage to ask".



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The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015

This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.