Allan Jones

Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!



Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!

First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile, is 70.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Fargo: The TV Series!



First Look - Fargo: The TV Series!

In the opening voiceover for their debut, Blood Simple, the Coen brothers established the methodology that has driven their films ever since: “I don’t care if you’re the pope of Rome, president of the United States, man of the year, something can always go wrong.”


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John Mulvey

The 14th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 14th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Bit of a rush in the face of deadlines this morning, but a strange list – not all of it recommended, really – with a notable discovery in Mike Cooper, whose early ‘70s albums work well as companion pieces to those of Michael Chapman. Anyone who knows his work, and knows more, drop me a line.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Michael Fassbender in Frank



First Look - Michael Fassbender in Frank

Four years on from the death of his creator Chris Sievey, Frank Sidebottom has finally found the international platform that eluded him during Sievey's lifetime.


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Allan Jones

Willy Vlautin Q&A



Willy Vlautin Q&A

There's a review I've written in the new Uncut of Colfax, the debut album by The Delines, the new band formed by Richmond Fontaine singer and song-writer, Willy Vlautin. I had a few questions for Willy that he answered by email, an extract for which runs alongside the review in the current issue. I thought it might be worth running the whole interview here.


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Michael Bonner

Richard Ayoade's The Double



Richard Ayoade's The Double

Anyone who happened to catch Graham Norton's show on Friday night might have been surprised to see Richard Ayoade sharing the sofa with Kylie Minogue, Russell Crowe and Cameron Diaz: chat show royalty, and Ayoade's presence among them suggests things have turned out very well for the bloke from The IT Crowd.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Hurray For The Riff Raff's "Small Town Heroes"



Reviewed: Hurray For The Riff Raff's "Small Town Heroes"

To be a fan of Gillian Welch, as many Uncut readers will appreciate, requires an uncommon degree of faithfulness and patience. In 18 years, she has released just five albums; given that the gap between the last one (2011’s The Harrow And The Harvest) and its predecessor (2003’s Soul Journey) ran to eight years, a follow-up may still be some way off.


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John Mulvey

The 13th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 13th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Some highlights to see/hear this week: Neil Young playing “Thrasher” for the first time (technically, second time I think) in 36 years; well over an hour of amazing Can footage from 1970; the new Jack White track; and Olga Bell’s album, which seems to suggest that I prefer the Dirty Projectors, or at least their spin-offs, when the singing is in Russian.


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Allan Jones

Afghan Whigs, Ben Watt, Joan As Police Woman, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Howlin Rain, The Men on the new Uncut CD!



Afghan Whigs, Ben Watt, Joan As Police Woman, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Howlin Rain, The Men on the new Uncut CD!

We have Bruce Springsteen on the cover of the new Uncut, so it's appropriate that the free CD with the issue kicks off rousingly with Brooklyn's The Men and a track called "Another Night from their new album, Tomorrow's Hits that sounds raucously like The E Street Band having a noisy bash at "Train In Vain" by The Clash.


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Allan Jones

Happy Birthday, Basher! Nick Lowe at 65!



Happy Birthday, Basher! Nick Lowe at 65!

It was Nick Lowe's 65th birthday this week, an occasion that had me pottering around the Memory Shed, where I came across the following story, written about a much younger Nick.


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The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Such has been the drooling media focus on Kate Bush this week, it might be tough to imagine British music journalists listening to anything else these past few days. I'm not, in fairness, exempt from the hysteria: here's...