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The Third Uncut Playlist Of 2014

The Third Uncut Playlist Of 2014
John Mulvey

A week of revelations here, I suppose, since a bunch of albums that I’ve had to strategically redact from recent lists, until they’re formally announced, can now be identified and previewed.

Please note, then, the appearance of new albums by Damon Albarn, Elbow and Real Estate among the 20-odd things below. The Real Estate is especially fantastic – more like Felt and The Feelies than ever, maybe – and I’ll try and write something more extensive about it in the next week or so.

In the meantime, a lot more to dig into this week, not least the new Bohren & Der Club Of Gore album (Streaming right now at www.pitchfork.com/advance/319-piano-nights), a mighty Endless Boogie live set, a whole album from the archives by Mark Banning (one of the stars of Light In The Attic’s “I Am The Center” New Age comp) and something new from Sleepy Doug Shaw’s long-absent Highlife. Best of all, I’ve finally scared up a copy of the Will Oldham vinyl-only “Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy” set that was released more or less clandestinely at the end of last year. Anyone who’s intermittently spent the past 20 years pining for him to return to the scarred minimalism of “Days In The Wake” will be well satisfied, I think.

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1 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (No label)

2 Liars – MESS (Mute)

3 Minibus Pimps – Cloud To Ground (Susannasonata)

4 Hallock Hill – Kosloff Mansion (Hundred Acre)

5 Beck – Morning Phase (Capitol)

6 Glenn Branca – Lesson No 1 (Superior Viaduct)

7 Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

8 Pye Corner Audio – Black Mill Tapes (Type)

9 Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans (ATO)

10 Real Estate – Atlas (Domino)

11 Koen Holtkamp – Motion (Thrill Jockey)

12 Endless Boogie – Live At Tusk Festival 2013 (Soundcloud)

13 Highlife – Gave Me No Name (Soundcloud)

14 Vermont – Vermont (Kompakt)

15 Holly Herndon – Chorus (RVNG INTL)

16 Mark Banning – Journey To The Light (Students Of Decay)

17 Sir Richard Bishop – The Unrock Tapes (Unrock)

18 Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (Parlophone)

19 The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits (Sacred Bones)

20 Robert Ellis – The Lights From The Chemical Plant (New West)

21 Blank Realm – Grassed Inn (Fire)

22 Bohren & Der Club Of Gore – Piano Nights (PIAS)

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