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The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2012

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2012
John Mulvey

Most important things first: apparently www.neilyoung.com will be streaming the whole of “Psychedelic Pill” today. Once you’ve had a listen, let me know what you think.

In the meantime, a couple of nice things to listen to here, and a special gold star for Robert Stillman’s excellent new album (that's him in the picture). I wrote this about his last one, “Machine’s Song”, but “Station Wagon Interior Perspective” is more orchestrated: a John Fahey requiem that cleverly avoids the use of any guitar, favouring instead a horn-heavy band sound initially redolent of Mingus’ Town Hall Concert and maybe some of Moondog’s orchestral pieces.

Much love, too, for the new “Imaginational Anthems” guitar soli comp, Pantha Du Prince (+ carillon) and the Junior Kimbrough comp that the Reviews Ed just bought. The new Uncut is out now, if you hadn’t seen; besides all the headline business, I’ve contributed reviews of the new Brian Eno album and Sylvie Simmons’ Leonard Cohen biography. Enjoy, and so on…

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1 Robert Stillman – Station Wagon Interior Perspective (A Requiem for John Fahey) (Archaic Future)

2 Various Artists – Imaginational Anthems Volume 5 (Tompkins Square)

3 Cornershop Featuring Sinead O’Connor & Chris Constantinou – Posing As An Angel (Ample Play)

4 Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - Elements Of Light (Rough Trade)

5 Colossal Yes – Loosen The Lead And Spoil The Dogs (Jackpot)

6 Sinkane – Mars (City Slang)

7 Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths Of The New Blues (Fire)

8 Various Artists – Man Chest Hair (Finders Keepers)

9 Six Organs Of Admittance – Ascent (Drag City)

10 Michael Chapman – Pachyderm (Blast First Petite)

11 Ulrich Schnauss – A Long Way To Fall (Domino)

12 The Who – Live At Hull 1970 (Universal)

13 Junior Kimbrough – You Better Run: The Essential Junior Kimbrough (Fat Possum)

14 Rachel Zeffira – The Deserters (RAF)

15 Cayucas – Cayucos (Secretly Canadian)

16 Goat – World Music (Rocket)

17 Red River Dialect – Awellupontheway (Lono)

18 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend Ascend (Constellation)

19 Purling Hiss – Run From The City (Fan Death)


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