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 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


There's a song on this new Purling Hiss album, playing again now, that sounds more or less like "Debaser" played by Dinosaur Jr. Along with the intensely spirited debut by Mary Timony's Ex-Hex and a comp of the pre-...