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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John Mulvey

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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John Mulvey

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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Arbouretum, "Coming Out Of The Fog": Exclusive Album Stream



Arbouretum, "Coming Out Of The Fog": Exclusive Album Stream

Not done it before, but this seems as good a place to start as any: a stream of the new album from Arbouretum, “Coming Out Of The Fog”.


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John Mulvey

William Tyler: "Impossible Truth"



William Tyler: "Impossible Truth"

I don’t have any tattoos, for many reasons, but one of the best I can think of is that I don’t trust my aesthetic tastes to remain constant. I don’t feel confident that the art I like now will all, necessarily, be the same things that I like a few years down the line.


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A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out,...