John Mulvey

The 1st Uncut Playlist Of 2015



The 1st Uncut Playlist Of 2015

First off, a quick announcement that our latest Uncut Ultimate Music Guide will be out next week, dedicated this time to Radiohead. I'll write more about that soon, but in the meantime, while I'm finishing the next issue of Uncut itself, please dig in to the assembled tunes below.


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Michael Bonner

10 Essential Films For 2015



10 Essential Films For 2015

2015 has already got off to a good start, with Foxcatcher and Whiplash coming later this month (although I’m afraid I really didn’t like either Birdman or American Sniper).


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John Mulvey

The 26 Best Albums Of 2015 (Thus Far…)



The 26 Best Albums Of 2015 (Thus Far…)

A belated happy new year, everyone; I trust the new issue of Uncut, with David Bowie on the cover, is easing you into 2015 in a relatively optimistic way. Not least, of course, because there's a hefty preview of some of the next 12 months' key albums, with plenty of quotes from the artists involved; Paul Weller, New Order, Laura Marling, My Morning Jacket, Matt White, Alabama Shakes, The Pop Group, Giorgio Moroder and so on.


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Michael Bonner

Uncut's 20 Best Films Of 2014...



Uncut's 20 Best Films Of 2014...

Here, for your consideration, is Uncut's list of the 20 Best Films Of 2014. If you're interested in the administrative aspect of this list, it was voted for by a shadowy cabal of Uncut staffers, writers and a few trusted confidants. It broadly dovetails with my own personal Top 20, though I think the film that's stuck with me most throughout the year is the wonderfully strange Under The Skin. But I won't detain you further. Have a great Christmas and New Year, by the way: see you in 2015.


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John Mulvey

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014



The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014

Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.


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Michael Bonner

A long interview with Neil Young guitarist Poncho Sampedro: "Most people turn a corner, Neil ricochets..."



A long interview with Neil Young guitarist Poncho Sampedro: "Most people turn a corner, Neil ricochets..."

For our end of year issue, I wrote a cover story about Neil Young's 2014. Among the many people I interviewed was Crazy Horse guitarist, Poncho Sampedro, who's been playing with Neil for 40 years. I thought it might be nice to share the full transcript - it's over 6,000 words long, and covers a lot of ground. We started off talking about the current state of Billy Talbot's health, the Crazy Horse bassist who'd suffered a minor stroke earlier in the year. For the record, our interview took place on November 3, 2014; a few days before the death of bassist Rick Rosas, who'd deputised for Talbot during the band's 2014 tour dates.


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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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Robert Wyatt interviewed: "I'm not a born rebel..."


Today (January 28, 2015), social media reliably informs me that Robert Wyatt is 70, which seems a reasonable justification for reposting this long and, I hope, interesting transcript of an interview I did with him at home in Louth back in 2007, a little before the marvellous “Comicopera” was...