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The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2012
John Mulvey

A serene beginning this morning, with a new Terry Riley album, “Aleph”. Over on my 40 Favourites Of 2012 Thus Far blog, however, things became a little less genteel yesterday, as you can see in the comments thread at the bottom of the chart.

Please join in; the general discussion about this year’s releases, that is, rather than the irate trolling.

A mixed bag here in this week’s chart, but a few things worth explaining: the new Will Oldham is an EP of jauntily re-recorded old songs (including “I See A Darkness”) to coincide with Domino’s catalogue reissues. “Parsons’ Blues” is a single culled from the same sessions as Chasny’s forthcoming “Ascent”, with the reconstituted Comets On Fire on the team. Raajmahal is a really nice drifter, helmed by Pat Murano from NNCK that reminds me a little of a spacier Natural Snow Buildings. Some other entries, however, may be best left undiscussed…

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1 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Now Here’s My Plan (Domino)


3 The Lumerians – Transmissions From The Telos Vol. IV (Permanent)

4 Frank Ocean – Pyramids (Def Jam)

5 Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra (http://frankocean.com/)

6 Peter Buck – 10 Million BC (http://uncut.co.uk/listen-to-rems-peter-buck-debut-solo-track-10-million...)

7 Patti Smith – Banga (Columbia)

8 Catherine Irwin – Little Heater (Thrill Jockey)

9 Raajmahal – Raajmahal (Kelippah)

10 Bailterspace – Strobosphere (Fire)

11 Gonzales – Solo Piano II (Gentle Threat)

12 Six Organs Of Admittance – Parsons’ Blues (Drag City)

13 Various Artists – Air Texture Volume II: Selected By Loscil And Rafael Anton Irisarri (Air Texture)

14 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana (Reprise)

15 Haim – Forever (National Anthem)

16 Spector – Enjoy It While You Can (Fiction)

17 CFCF – Exercises (Dummy)

18 The White Stripes – Party Of Special Things To Do (Sub Pop)

19 David Byrne & St Vincent – Love This Giant (4AD)

20 Scott Kelly, Steve Von Till, Wino – The Songs Of Townes Van Zandt (My Proud Mountain)

21 Townes Van Zandt – Our Mother The Mountain (Tomato)

22 Nathan Fake – Iceni Strings (Border Community)

23 Terry Riley – Aleph (Tzadik)


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