John Mulvey

D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts



D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts

When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up early yesterday morning to a lot of very excited Americans on my Twitter timeline, I've been playing D'Angelo's "Black Messiah" many times: another rich and complex album that seems fundamentally ill-suited to any kind of snap judgment reviewing.


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Michael Bonner

When Frank met Bob: hear Sinatra and Dylan sing Shadows In The Night



When Frank met Bob: hear Sinatra and Dylan sing Shadows In The Night

Amazing scenes in the Uncut office last week, when Bob Dylan finally announced Shadows In The Night - his latest studio album featuring interpretations of Frank Sinatra standards.


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Michael Bonner

Joanna Newsom, Jonny Greenwood and Neil Young: Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice previewed



Joanna Newsom, Jonny Greenwood and Neil Young: Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice previewed

Interesting news last week in the Los Angeles Times, which reported that the Los Angeles apartment occupied by Elliot Gould’s Philip Marlowe in Robert Altman's great 1973 film The Long Goodbye is now available for rent. One bedroom, one bathroom, private parking, hardwood floors and a terrace, with access via a private elevator, it can be yours for around £1,790 a month. Serendipitously, Altman’s The Long Goodbye has been rattling round my head for a few weeks now, since I saw Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film, Inherent Vice.


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Michael Bonner

"We were like a little family": an interview with Doug Yule and Mo Tucker about The Velvet Underground



"We were like a little family": an interview with Doug Yule and Mo Tucker about The Velvet Underground

I reviewed The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition for new issue of Uncut. It's a comprehensive, six-disc set compiling the band's third album in an assortment of mixes, plus 1969 demos and a live recording from The Matrix in San Francisco. Of course, it marks the first album the band recorded after John Cale had left, with Doug Yule assuming bass and (some) vocal duties. I was fortunate enough to speak to both Yule and Mo Tucker for a Q&A to accompany my review.


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John Mulvey

The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

First off, thanks for all your kind and indulgent comments about my 154 best albums of 2014 blog; I'm genuinely grateful and touched by the feedback.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Sun Kil Moon live at St John's, Hackney, London, December 3, 2014



Reviewed: Sun Kil Moon live at St John's, Hackney, London, December 3, 2014

Tuesday night, I went to see the War On Drugs guy again. I mention this, in relation to Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon's Hackney show, because Kozelek doesn't stop mentioning it himself for much of the two and a half hour show; a show which, by the by, is one of the very best and certainly most surprising I've ever seen him play.


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John Mulvey

The 154 Best Albums Of 2014 (A very personal list...)



The 154 Best Albums Of 2014 (A very personal list...)

Hey, here are my 154 favourite albums of 2014. As usual, I haven't aimed for a fixed number; just listed everything, in a loose order, that I've enjoyed these past 12 months.


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Michael Bonner

An encounter with Shaun Ryder: "There's all sorts of stories about me. I've stopped listening to them."



An encounter with Shaun Ryder: "There's all sorts of stories about me. I've stopped listening to them."

With a new Happy Mondays biography just out, I thought I'd post my 2007 encounter with Shaun Ryder.


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John Mulvey

The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

To Cargo, earlier this week, for what I think might have been one of my favourite gigs of the year. I wrote about Xylouris White and their "Goats" album a few weeks ago, but even that excellent record was scant preparation for Jim White and George Xylouris' incandescent live show.


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John Mulvey

Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!



Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!

At some point in October, I started receiving emails from record labels and publicists about their Tips For 2015. A new year loomed, distantly, and with it the annual music business imperative to embrace a tranche of new artists. Around the same time, the 2014 Mercury Prize hoopla culminated with a victory for the Scottish hip hop act, Young Fathers, and their "Dead" album, one of seven debuts in the shortlist of 12.


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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...