Michael Bonner

"I'm a closet optimist": Leonard Cohen, September 16, 2014, London



"I'm a closet optimist": Leonard Cohen, September 16, 2014, London

All Leonard Cohen wants for his 80th birthday is a cigarette. He smoked, he estimates, for around 50 years, before he gave up a decade or so ago. “I think a lot about smoking,” he reflects. “I’m thinking about it right now.”


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Michael Bonner

On the return of Sinéad O’Connor



On the return of Sinéad O’Connor

When Sinéad O’Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in 1992, she brought into focus her gifts for music, controversy and self-publicity in one fairly explosive package.


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John Mulvey

"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014



"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014

Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of all, "Cracking The Cosimo Code", a collection of extraordinary music originating from Cosimo Matassa's New Orleans studio in the 1960s.


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Michael Bonner

Jim Jarmusch on Neil Young, Tom Waits, Jack White and Joe Strummer...



Jim Jarmusch on Neil Young, Tom Waits, Jack White and Joe Strummer...

With Jim Jarmusch's 1986 film, Down By Law, re-released in cinemas this week, it seemed like an opportune moment to post my interview with the director, for our An Audience With... feature in the March 2014 issue of Uncut.


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John Mulvey

The 34th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



 The 34th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Thanks for all the nice feedback about the Liam Hayes/Plush piece I wrote earlier in the week. Lots of other good new arrivals in the list here, and you could do worse than start off by listening to the Cool Ghouls from San Francisco, especially if you're interested in the Allah-Las, the Ty Segall axis, Nuggets ad nauseam and so on.


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John Mulvey

"One way to make a duck salute!" An enigma returns…



"One way to make a duck salute!" An enigma returns…

I received an email last week from an old college friend, with a link to the Souncloud page of Liam Hayes & Plush, and an amused/irate message along the lines of, "One of your two jobs in life was meant to be to flag me when he releases anything/makes any move out of his lair."


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Michael Bonner

'All the old gods are long gone. But still..." An interview with Robert Plant



'All the old gods are long gone. But still..." An interview with Robert Plant

Robert Plant's excellent new album lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar goes on sale today [September 8], so it seemed like a good opportunity to post the full text of my Plant cover story from last month's Uncut... Hope you enjoy it.


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John Mulvey

The 33rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 33rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

After my blog about the Aphex Twin the other week, it's a real pleasure to embed the first leaked track from "Syro" this morning. It's called "minipops 67 [120.2][source field mix]", and I think it's excellent.


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Michael Bonner

A Most Wanted Man and God's Pocket: some thoughts on Philip Seymour Hoffman's final films



A Most Wanted Man and God's Pocket: some thoughts on Philip Seymour Hoffman's final films

The last major works by one of Hollywood's greatest modern actors.


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John Mulvey

Some more thoughts on Kate Bush and Alice Gerrard



Some more thoughts on Kate Bush and Alice Gerrard

On Sunday, Kate Bush inadvertently staged a one-woman assault on the British charts. This week, 11 records in the Official UK Albums Chart are by Bush – not bad, really, for a woman who has only really released nine new studio albums in the past 36 years.


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"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014


Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...