John Mulvey

Parquet Courts, London Highbury Garage, March 19, 2013



Parquet Courts, London Highbury Garage, March 19, 2013

On their fine "Light Up Gold" album from the end of last year, Parquet Courts often come across like a kind of self-mythologising, self-effacing Brooklynish hipster band, allbeit one who are, of course, a) disdainful of the term 'hipster'; b) focused on a rather old-fashioned hipster sound that, until they became hip, was probably too hip, or not hip enough, for hipsters; c) snarky about self-mythologising, self-effacing Brooklynish hipsters; d) probably reflexively quite snarky about themselves.


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Harry Taussig, Hiss Golden Messenger, Golden Gunn, Steve Gunn etc



Harry Taussig, Hiss Golden Messenger, Golden Gunn, Steve Gunn etc

Reading about the South By Southwest festival tends to produce, in me at least, a mix of empathetic fatigue and terrible envy, and last week’s bombardment of tweets, blogs, news stories was no different.


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The 11th Uncut Playlist Of 2013: LOTS to play this week



The 11th Uncut Playlist Of 2013: LOTS to play this week

The distraction of a Laura Marling blog yesterday has had the knock-on effect of making this week’s playlist longer than usual: 27 tracks/albums in all.


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Laura Marling's "Once I Was An Eagle"; a first listen



Laura Marling's "Once I Was An Eagle"; a first listen

It’s easy – and probably useful, sometimes – to lambast major labels for what looks from the outside like chronic short-termism. The climate is, understandably I guess, a neurotic one, and those days are long gone when labels would work long-term with a select group of trophy artists, whose usefulness to the company was more silvery and nebulous, more about cachet than quick profit.


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Kraftwerk, London Tate Modern, February 8, 2013



Kraftwerk, London Tate Modern, February 8, 2013

Rather a long time after the event, I thought it worthwhile posting my live review of Kraftwerk at the Tate Modern (it was published in Uncut's print edition a couple of weeks ago). It was Trans Europe Express night, by the way...


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The Tenth Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The Tenth Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Maybe not as much here as some weeks, thanks I guess to the Daft Punk loop that I’ve been playing for at least an hour a day. Try it…


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The Ninth Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The Ninth Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Swiftly this week, as I have a heap of proofs to read for the next Uncut Ultimate Music Guide (the subject this time is The Smiths and Morrissey, hence the appearance of “Hatful Of Hollow” below).


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The Eighth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Retribution Gospel Choir, Primal Scream, White Fence



The Eighth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Retribution Gospel Choir, Primal Scream, White Fence

A recording of Kraftwerk’s “Trans-Europe Express” night at the Tate Modern seems to have fallen off the back of the internet this morning: genuinely not sure where one of my colleagues found it, before you ask.


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Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, February 15, 2013



Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, London Queen Elizabeth Hall, February 15, 2013

Until very recently, any mention of Bell Laboratories in conjunction with electronic music would’ve made me think of Laurie Spiegel, who worked at Bell Labs research centre in New Jersey while she was creating much of her extraordinary cosmic music in the 1970s.


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The Seventh Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Neil Young, Kraftwerk, Bitchin' Bajas...



The Seventh Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Neil Young, Kraftwerk, Bitchin' Bajas...

Lots going on here, not least the fact that I have to write a long review of the mostly amazing Kraftwerk show that I saw next door at the Tate Modern the other night.


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