John Mulvey

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: "The Magic Door"



The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: "The Magic Door"

There’s a feature in the new issue of Uncut by Andy Gill on the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, where he gets to see a couple of extended shows in Cleveland, and I can’t recall the last time I felt so jealous of one of our writers.


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John Mulvey

The 30th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 30th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

One terrible absence from this week’s playlist is, of course, Bob Dylan’s “Tempest”, which Allan heard a while back. If you haven’t read his preview yet, please check it out here. Some fairly lively discussion in the comments thread, too.


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John Mulvey

The 29th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 29th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

Another issue in the bag, and these are the records that have got us through the last couple of days of production. Mostly very good, with a few probably glaring exceptions.


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John Mulvey

Sun Kil Moon: "Among The Leaves"



Sun Kil Moon: "Among The Leaves"

Twenty years of touring and recording, of inspiration and graft for moderate acclaim, and it comes down to this. Mark Kozelek, the pivot of first Red House Painters and now Sun Kil Moon, is engaged in one more slog around Europe. It is not going well.


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Happy Birthday, Rolling Stones...



Happy Birthday, Rolling Stones...

Today, as you may have heard, is apparently the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ first gig.


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John Mulvey

The 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

Following music on Twitter, it sometimes feels as if a hyped album or a track is listened to for, at best, six hours now before it becomes in some way obsolete: if it’s not trending, it must be passé.


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John Mulvey

Mark Kozelek: A new Q&A



Mark Kozelek: A new Q&A

I wrote a long review of the new Sun Kil Moon album, "Among The Leaves", in the latest edition of Uncut. This is the unedited version of the email interview I conducted with Mark Kozelek that runs alongside the piece. Pretty funny and revealing, I think, not unlike his new album.


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The 27th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 27th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

A lot of amazing reissues in the mix this week: alongside that big Laurie Spiegel I mentioned last week, there are fine records from Don Cherry, Nick Cave, ZZ Top and of course GZA, whose extraordinary solo debut now appears to be coming complete with a chess set.


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"Dr Dee" by Damon Albarn & Rufus Norris, London Coliseum, June 27, 2012



"Dr Dee" by Damon Albarn & Rufus Norris, London Coliseum, June 27, 2012

Do opera-goers have low boredom thresholds? It certainly seems that way watching the production of Damon Albarn’s “Dr Dee” at the English National Opera – or at least that director Rufus Norris assumes they do.


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The 26th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 26th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

Plenty of gold in this week’s haul, and not much better than the Duane Pitre album whose sleeve is posted above – a truly excellent record that I must admit I missed when it was released a few months back.


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Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...