John Mulvey

The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

That pretending-not-to-be-annoyed-by-the-Mercurys morning of the year. But as way of distraction, here’s this week’s rather late office playlist.


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John Mulvey

Jessica Pratt: "Jessica Pratt"



Jessica Pratt: "Jessica Pratt"

As the first song of Jessica Pratt’s first album begins, you could be forgiven for believing it was a private press folk album from the early ‘70s. The work of a lost canyon comrade of Linda Perhacs, perhaps, or the implausibly lovely efforts of a “Blue” disciple from some one-horse town in the mid-west.


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John Mulvey

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2012

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.


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John Mulvey

Six Organs Of Admittance/Red River Dialect/Colossal Yes, Dalston Birthdays, October 22, 2012



Six Organs Of Admittance/Red River Dialect/Colossal Yes, Dalston Birthdays, October 22, 2012

Usual excuses about too much work to do (currently: a forthcoming Ultimate Music Guide on The Kinks, and the dark mathematics of Uncut’s end-of-year charts, as well as the rest of the next issue) mean that I failed yesterday to write a review of the Six Organs Of Admittance show at Birthdays in Dalston.


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John Mulvey

The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2012

A couple of weeks ago, I read an interview with Scott Litt about working on “Tempest”, in which he mentioned how Dylan’s voice now reminded him, positively, of Louis Armstrong. Dylan, Litt suggested, should have a go at “Hello Dolly” sometime (The full piece is stuck behind the paywall at http://www.newyorker.com/, unfortunately).


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John Mulvey

The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2012

Pretty busy trying to finish an issue here, but as usual, Neil Young is providing a distraction. Today there’s an opportunity to see why we’ve been making such a fuss about “Psychedelic Pill”: a video for the 16-odd minute “Ramada Inn”…


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John Mulvey

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: "Psychedelic Pill" - Full review



Neil Young & Crazy Horse: "Psychedelic Pill" - Full review

Neil Young is not, at a guess, an artist who suffers much from writer’s block. In the past few years, many of his albums have felt like spontaneous dispatches from an over-productive mind.


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John Mulvey

The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

I’ve not always had much time for the cult of Brian Eno, and for a lot of the music he’s been involved with in the last 20 or 30 years (I used this piece about Blues Control & Laraaji’s wonderful record to take a few swipes).


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John Mulvey

The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

This week I seem to have read more people expending energy on how much they despise Mumford & Sons rather than focusing on music they actually like.


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John Mulvey

The Cairo Gang: "The Corner Man"



The Cairo Gang: "The Corner Man"

Emmett Kelly has been making records as The Cairo Gang for a good few years now but, if he’s known at all, chances are it’s for his unusually enduring role in Will Oldham’s band: the amazing Royal Stable site suggests he’s been in on most Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy projects since 2006.


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The 31st Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Some logical excitement here this week about the impending Leonard Cohen and Aphex Twin albums; in the event you've missed it these past couple of days, you can hear Cohen's superb "Almost Like The Blues" further down this blog.

Worth noting, though, some strong...