Michael Bonner

An interview with Ry Cooder: "If you’ve got a good story, let’s do something."



An interview with Ry Cooder: "If you’ve got a good story, let’s do something."

I had the good fortune to speak to Ry Cooder for the issue of Uncut that's just come off sale (quick plug: you can read all about the new issue here).


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Michael Bonner

Inside the new Uncut...



Inside the new Uncut...

On the morning of July 29, 1966 Bob Dylan became distracted while out riding his Triumph motorbike. Writing about the incident later in Chronicles Volume 1, Dylan rather gnomically recalled, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered.” Of course, there is more to Dylan’s accident than that. After a period of retreat and convalescence at his Woodstock home, he began recording songs with his touring band, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice trailer



First Look - Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice trailer

At the moment, I'm compiling our films of the 2014 for the end of year issue. By sheer coincidence, one of the films I'm most looking forward to for next year is Inherent Vice. In case you're not up to speed on it, this is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel - a Seventies-set noir about a stoner Private Investigator, Larry "Doc" Sportello, who's investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend.


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John Mulvey

The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

A glut of very exciting 2015 music this week, but before you get to that, maybe check out the Milton Nascimento track below which, as KidVinil Vinil pointed out in the comments section beneath last week's Uncut Playlist, is worth comparing with David Bowie's "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)".


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John Mulvey

A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!



A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!

By its very nature, garage rock can be a trashy, erratic business - inevitable given the unbridled spontaneity it privileges. One of the many amazing things about Ty Segall and the ever-expanding circle of artists around him, however, is how they've found a way of adding consistency to the volatile mix of productivity and excitement.


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Michael Bonner

Watch Bill Murray sing Bob Dylan!



Watch Bill Murray sing Bob Dylan!

If you've not already seen it, I hope you enjoy this a clip from Bill Murray's latest film, St Vincent. It's from the closing credits to the film - don't worry, there's no spoilers - which feature Murray's character, Vincent, lounging in his yard, listening to an old Sony Walkman and singing along to Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm”. Bill sings Bob, indeed.


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John Mulvey

The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out, plus something from the Rhyton LP I listed last week, more Greek-tinged jams from Jim White and George Xylouris, and our stream of the great Bruce Langhorne "Hired Hand" soundtrack. I like the new Bowie song, too.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Jimi: All Is By My Side



First Look - Jimi: All Is By My Side

Of the recent slew of rock biopics, this Jimi Hendrix film is the one that seems to get it just about right.


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John Mulvey

Steve Gunn, "Way Out Weather"/Nathan Bowles, "Nansemond"



Steve Gunn, "Way Out Weather"/Nathan Bowles, "Nansemond"

How does a questing psychedelic guitarist transform themselves into a classic singer-songwriter? By compromising, in many cases. Steve Gunn, however, is managing the transition with uncanny elegance. Maybe you've already heard the latest album from this languidly prolific Brooklyn guitarist: it's called "Way Out Weather", and it's just out on the Paradise Of Bachelors label.


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Michael Bonner

"When I was younger, I was much more set in my ways...": an interview with Paul Weller



"When I was younger, I was much more set in my ways...": an interview with Paul Weller

In the last issue of Uncut, I reviewed Paul Weller's Classic Album Selection Volume 1; the first five solo albums in one handy box, in other words. It occurred to me, it might be a nice idea to subsequently post the full transcript of my interview with Weller, which formed the basis of our July 2014 cover story. The interview mostly took place in Weller's favoured Maida Vale cafe, but we ended up sitting in his Mini Cooper Clubman next to Regent's Canal, where he gave me a taster of his forthcoming projects. Anyway, the interview was ostensibly to tie-in with a compilation, More Modern Classics. Which is where the conversation begins...


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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...