John Mulvey

Reviewed! Neil Young, "A Letter Home"



Reviewed! Neil Young, "A Letter Home"

About ten years ago, I had a series of conversations with some people preparing a new edition of Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Music. Their aim, it seemed, was to take the 84 tracks originally compiled from Smith’s collection of 78s, and subject them to a vigorous digital clean-up. How much better would these songs sound, was their reasoning, if all the grit and static was removed, leaving the performances unsullied and sharp?


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Allan Jones

The Specials, Madness and The Selecter: The 1979 2-Tone tour remembered



The Specials, Madness and The Selecter: The 1979 2-Tone tour remembered

I was reminiscing with an old friend over the weekend about The Specials, his favourite band. Our chat brought us to the great 1979 2-Tone Tour that featured The Specials, supported by Madness and The Selecter, a snapshot of which now duly follows.


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Michael Bonner

Wes Anderson: all aboard the Grand Budapest Hotel cruise...



Wes Anderson: all aboard the Grand Budapest Hotel cruise...

It's been a busy few days for fans of Wes Anderson.


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Michael Bonner

Damon Albarn, Great Hall, Queen Mary University, London, May 1, 2014



Damon Albarn, Great Hall, Queen Mary University, London, May 1, 2014

Damon Albarn is a man of many guises, and it seems he also has an outfit to match them all. In his role as Blur frontman, he consistently favoured Fred Perry tops and oxblood Doc Martens. As a member of Gorillaz, he even went as far as to adopt an entirely different persona – the spiky-haired animated singer 2D (real name: Stuart Tusspot). For The Good, The Bad And The Queen, he favoured a Two Tone-style dark suit and a low top hat, and for his reimagining of the life of Elizabethan mystic John Dee, he went as far as to grow a beard. Tonight, he arrives on stage wearing a simple suit and tie and a pair of desert boots.


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Michael Bonner

Why Blue Ruin is one of the best films of the year...



Why Blue Ruin is one of the best films of the year...

There is something to be said for the shoe-string budget movie. Recent films like Locke (Tom Hardy having a meltdown while travelling in a car from Birmingham to London) proved to be a refreshing and inventive corrective to the seasonal trudge of blockbusters. Blue Ruin is a similarly impressive low-budget affair, showcasing two emergent talents: writer/director Jeremy Saulnier and lead actor Macon Blair.


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Allan Jones

Echo And The Bunnymen, Thee Oh Sees, Roddy Frame, Chuck E Weiss, Wry Oak on the new Uncut CD



Echo And The Bunnymen, Thee Oh Sees, Roddy Frame, Chuck E Weiss, Wry Oak on the new Uncut CD

The new issue of Uncut went on sale late last week, with a cover story on Arctic Monkeys and features on Warren Zevon, Kate Bush, Isaac Hayes, Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, The Handsome Family, plus a quick word with Neil Young about what he’s currently up to, which as usual is a lot.


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John Mulvey

The 16th Uncut Playlist Of 2014: hear new Neil Young, Jack White and much more...



The 16th Uncut Playlist Of 2014: hear new Neil Young, Jack White and much more...

Beyond the Ebay landfill mountains of luminous “Ghostbusters” singles, there were a weird few days this week when it seemed as if no-one had actually located a copy of Neil Young’s “A Letter Home” on Record Store Day. After everything, did it actually exist? Had Neil, in his current capricious mood, personally had it removed it from the stockrooms of record stores on Friday night?


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Allan Jones

The new Uncut revealed! Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young, Kate Bush and Warren Zevon in new issue



The new Uncut revealed! Arctic Monkeys, Neil Young, Kate Bush and Warren Zevon in new issue

Next month, Arctic Monkeys play two shows at London’s Finsbury Park to more than 100,000 people, which makes it a reasonable moment to look back at the band’s journey from the Sheffield suburb of High Green to their current all-conquering place in a rock pantheon where they are now comfortably settled as one of the great British bands of the last decade.


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Michael Bonner

Harry Dean Stanton – 10 great clips



Harry Dean Stanton – 10 great clips

“I’ve been rather like a cat,” Harry Dean Stanton told Uncut in 2002. “I’m finicky and I’ve done a lot of things, and made career choices, missed meetings and so forth that would have made me a much bigger actor, I think. But, by the same token, that would have demanded more of my time, too.”


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Allan Jones

Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon



Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon

As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,” where the shoe-shine boy becomes a star, the country hayseed an international magnate. It’s the story of individuals against society, of small business competing with large, of the disenfranchised seeking their own tile in the American mosaic.”


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Inside this month's new Uncut…


A month, perhaps, of surprises. On the rather intimidating new Scott Walker and Sunn O))) album, there appears to be a joke about Michael Flatley's testicles. Somewhere in the elevated aesthetics of Kate Bush's Before The Dawn, there's an equally dubious comedy routine that hinges on the...