John Mulvey

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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John Mulvey

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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John Mulvey

The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: hear Mikal Cronin, Retribution Gospel Choir, Jennie O, Library Of Sands, 3rd Eye Foundation...



The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: hear Mikal Cronin, Retribution Gospel Choir, Jennie O, Library Of Sands, 3rd Eye Foundation...

An unintended consequence of the My Bloody Valentine release: plenty of plays this week for “Straight Outta Compton”, following directly after “m b v” in my iTunes library. As you can see, though, it’s been an amazing few days for new music, and consequently I’ve added plenty of links so you can hear Mikal Cronin, Library Of Sands (to recap: Naynay Shineywater from Brightblack Morning Light), Jennie O (produced by Jonathan Wilson), and Retribution Gospel Choir’s amazing “Seven” (featuring Nels Cline, and especially recommended to fans of “Psychedelic Pill”).


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My Bloody Valentine, "m b v": second thoughts



My Bloody Valentine, "m b v": second thoughts

Just before starting to write this morning, I spent a while digging around for the old office ghettoblaster, computer-connecting technology having failed us in our attempts to play a new EP that turned up yesterday in cassette form. The EP forms part of the capricious launch strategy of Library Of Sands, a new project from a mesa-dwelling outlier called Naynay Shineywater, who used to front Brightblack Morning Light.


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John Mulvey

My Bloody Valentine, "MBV": A first couple of listens



My Bloody Valentine, "MBV": A first couple of listens

Last night, it was all about anticipation. First, the rumours started circulating that Michael Gove was implicated in some job-threatening scandal, only for those rumours to reach a resounding anti-climax, as The Observer’s story was revealed to be a little spat between a couple of hacks and some unsavoury Tory operatives.


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John Mulvey

The Fifth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to MBV, The Knife, Arbouretum live...



The Fifth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to MBV, The Knife, Arbouretum live...

Today’s looking like it might shape up as Stephen Stills day: as I write, we’re on track 16 (“Helplessly Hoping”) of his new career boxset, with 60-odd more to come.


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Beyoncé, lipsynching and the myths of authenticity



Beyoncé, lipsynching and the myths of authenticity

Reading a little about the whole Beyoncé lipsynching controversy the other day, I was tangentially reminded of an interview I did with Jim O’Rourke in, I think, 1999 (bear with me…).


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John Mulvey

The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Grizzly Bear/Lindstrøm, Jessica Pratt, Blues Control...



The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Grizzly Bear/Lindstrøm, Jessica Pratt, Blues Control...

To Matthew E White’s first London show tonight, all being well, but in the meantime this week’s playlist, with a few things to listen to and watch, as is becoming a hopefully useful habit.


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John Mulvey

Lubomyr Melnyk, Matthew E White, Hiss Golden Messenger, Purling Hiss...



Lubomyr Melnyk, Matthew E White, Hiss Golden Messenger, Purling Hiss...

A quiet office these past few days, as members of the Uncut team have dispersed to the States, Morocco and Portugal on various missions and holidays. Yesterday, the rest of us finished the next issue, which goes on sale January 31, and which features, among many other things, a piece about David Bowie and Tony Visconti, relating to something happening in March which isn’t “The Next Day”…


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John Mulvey

The Third Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Kurt Vile, Lubomyr Melnyk and the new Four Tet album



The Third Uncut Playlist Of 2013: listen to Kurt Vile, Lubomyr Melnyk and the new Four Tet album

Couple of plugs this morning before I get into the list. First off, a quick reminder that we have an exclusive stream of the whole new Arbouretum album, “Coming Out Of The Fog”; click this link. Well worth a listen, if you haven’t already.


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The new Uncut revealed! Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young, Kate Bush and Warren Zevon in new issue


Next month, Arctic Monkeys play two shows at London’s Finsbury Park to more than 100,000 people, which makes it a reasonable moment to look back at the band’s journey from the Sheffield suburb of High Green to their current all-conquering place in a rock pantheon where they are...