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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John Mulvey

Xylouris White, Rhyton, and what I did on my holidays…



Xylouris White, Rhyton, and what I did on my holidays…

While the latest issue of Uncut was turning up in the UK last week, I was a long way from “Basement Tapes” frenzy, on holiday in Athens. I saw all the classical sites, accidentally walked into both a Tino Sehgal performance piece and a NATO delegation, and also, true to form, found time to do a little record shopping.


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Michael Bonner

Some thoughts on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar



Some thoughts on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar

The cosmology of Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, offers an instructive analogy for the career of the director himself.


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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...