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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John Mulvey

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

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 recording from '68.


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Michael Bonner

An interview with Ride: "We wanted to make a hell of a racket"



An interview with Ride: "We wanted to make a hell of a racket"

Following this morning's momentous news of Ride's return to active service, I thought I'd dig out this piece I wrote for Uncut in 2011.


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John Mulvey

The Father, The Sun And The Holy Ghost… An interview with Hiss Golden Messenger



The Father, The Sun And The Holy Ghost… An interview with Hiss Golden Messenger

One bright Sunday morning, MC Taylor is driving through his patch of North Carolina, past New Hope Creek and the Eno River, over the Chatham County Line and the James Taylor Bridge in Chapel Hill, near the Haw River and the valley that he has meditated upon in song these past few years. Through apparently endless forests, Taylor's destination is Saralyn, a kind of hippy settlement just outside of Pittsboro.


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John Mulvey

Introducing… Paul McCartney: The Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing… Paul McCartney: The Ultimate Music Guide

On April 18, 1970, an unusual dispatch from Paul McCartney appeared in the NME. Instead of participating in a normal interview, McCartney had sent the UK media a printed statement, in which he (or, at least, a shadowy enabler at Apple) asked the questions as well as supplying the answers. A delicate situation, he believed, needed to be micromanaged with extreme care.


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Michael Bonner

Some thoughts on the return of John Carpenter and Alejando Jodorowsky



Some thoughts on the return of John Carpenter and Alejando Jodorowsky

A couple of press releases appeared in my inbox over the last few days, both announcing the surprising return of two increasingly elusive filmmakers.


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John Mulvey

The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

I guess, since Uncut's end-of-year issue goes to the printers today, we should formally declare open season on Best Of 2014 speculation, if you're that way inclined. Our writers' charts fished up 401 new albums from the year worth voting for, and coalesced into a pretty eclectic Top 75, I think.


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John Mulvey

Sunken Treasure: on Wilco's 20th anniversary, Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What's Your 20?



Sunken Treasure: on Wilco's 20th anniversary, Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What's Your 20?

Around the turn of the millennium, Jeff Tweedy merrily nurtured a reputation as a contrarian. How best could a man, sanctified as the archetype of what was once called alt-country, confound his fans? With antsy powerpop? Radio static? Fifteen-minute ambient noise jams? The recruitment of a fiendish avant-jazzer to take over on lead guitar? A song for a Spongebob Squarepants movie?


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John Mulvey

The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2014

In haste this week, as we're finishing our end-of-year review issue and our next Ultimate Music Guide (on Paul McCartney, I can reveal), I've just completed writing up an interview with one of 2014's key figures, and I have a review of this 4CD Wilco retrospective to file as soon as possible.


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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...