John Mulvey

"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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The Best Of 2012 So Far: Additions, Footnotes etc…



The Best Of 2012 So Far: Additions, Footnotes etc…

Pondering what to write about this morning, it occurred to me that there were more things to say about my favourite albums of 2012 so far, following up from this Top 40 that I posted last week. For a start, a bunch of records that I forgot to include:


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The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

A serene beginning this morning, with a new Terry Riley album, “Aleph”. Over on my 40 Favourites Of 2012 Thus Far blog, however, things became a little less genteel yesterday, as you can see in the comments thread at the bottom of the chart.


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John Mulvey

The Same Boy You've Always Known: A Jack White Interview



The Same Boy You've Always Known: A Jack White Interview

Since Jack White is back playing in London this week, it seems like a good time to post the full exhaustive interview that I did with him in New York a few months ago...


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John Mulvey

The Best Of 2012: Halftime Report



The Best Of 2012: Halftime Report

Here we go, then: my 40 favourite albums of 2012 thus far. A very personal list, I should say, so please don’t think it constitutes any kind of canonical Uncut pronouncement.


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The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2012



The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

A busy few days, with No Direction Home last weekend, thenMikal Cronin in Dalston on Monday, and a lot of good records to play while we’re winding up the next issue (I’ve embedded a couple of choice Youtube links this week in the list).


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Mikal Cronin: Dalston Shacklewell Arms, June 11, 2012



Mikal Cronin: Dalston Shacklewell Arms, June 11, 2012

I missed Mikal Cronin’s UK debut by a few hours, having to leave the excellent No Direction Home festival before he played. From a muddy field in North Nottinghamshire, though, to a hipster pub in Dalston, and the first London show for this Californian early-20something and his terrific band.


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No Direction Home 2012: The Dirty Three, Trembling Bells



No Direction Home 2012: The Dirty Three, Trembling Bells

Beneath Welbeck Abbey, an expansive estate in North Nottinghamshire thus far untouched by any sort of National Trust daytripping, there is a vast network of underground tunnels, wide and stretching for miles around the roots of Sherwood Forest. Somewhere down there, according to my mother, there’s even a ballroom that she visited for a dance the best part of 60 years ago.


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John Mulvey

Sam Lee: “Ground Of Its Own”



Sam Lee: “Ground Of Its Own”

I first came across the English folk singer Sam Lee just over a year ago, when I wrote about a tribute album to Peter Bellamy. Alongside more familiar names like The Unthanks and Trembling Bells, it was Lee’s version of “Puck’s Song” that stood out, as he cut a fine path through an artful mix of old folk recordings and incantatory drones.


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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...