John Mulvey

The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

After raving about the new Alasdair Roberts and White Fence albums on the past few lists, I’m pleased to have some tracks from them this week, along with really excellent new arrivals from Kevin Morby and Ryley Walker.


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John Mulvey

My Top 50 Albums Of All Time (Now including a Top 131, sort of)



My Top 50 Albums Of All Time (Now including a Top 131, sort of)

As you may have seen, this week’s NME features the 2013 edition of their 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. For this one, they also accepted votes from a bunch of the mag’s alumni, including me, so I thought it’d be an easy, albeit self-indulgent, blog to reproduce my Top 50 albums here.


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Michael Bonner

The Who: Townshend and Daltrey on Tommy, touring and their 50th anniversary



The Who: Townshend and Daltrey on Tommy, touring and their 50th anniversary

To Hammersmith, and the launch of The Who’s super deluxe edition of Tommy at Riverside Studios. Tonight, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are attending a special screening of Sensation – The Story Of The Who’s Tommy, a new documentary about the album due for broadcast this Friday [October 25].


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Donald Fagen's "Eminent Hipsters"



Reviewed: Donald Fagen's "Eminent Hipsters"

In his excellent Uncut review of the Morrissey “Autobiography”, Michael alludes to the get-out clause afforded rock memoirists post-“Chronicles”: why bother obfuscating certain awkward details when you can, by being capricious with time and chronology, just skip the difficult stuff?


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel



First Look - Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

It got pretty busy here at the end of last week, what with one thing or another, so forgive me for not getting round to writing about this earlier. ‘This’, of course, is the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel, the new film from Wes Anderson.


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Michael Bonner

Morrissey Autobiography: the Uncut review



Morrissey Autobiography: the Uncut review

There are many revelations in Morrissey’s Autobiography, but perhaps the most unexpected arrives on page 194. “While in Denver,” writes Morrissey, “Johnny [Marr] and I attend a concert by A-ha, whom we have met previously and whom we quite like.”


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John Mulvey

The 38th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, plus Morrissey Autobiography lucky dip!



The 38th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, plus Morrissey Autobiography lucky dip!

Page 366: Kenneth Williams. Page 437 Peter Wyngarde. Page 88 WH Auden. Page 384 Diana Dors. Page 27 JACKPOT! It's Myra Hindley!


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John Mulvey

White Denim, "Corsicana Lemonade"



White Denim, "Corsicana Lemonade"

Playing spot-the-reference isn’t, I guess, the most elevated game for critics to indulge in. White Denim’s music, however, suggests that the Austin quartet are conceivably America’s most exciting record store nerds. Last time they put an album out (“D”, in 2011), I wrote a review in the mag that included this paragraph:


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Michael Bonner

Crosby, Stills And Nash, London Royal Albert Hall, October 11, 2013



Crosby, Stills And Nash, London Royal Albert Hall, October 11, 2013

There are two attempts early on to get the audience to sing along: one works, one doesn’t. During “Military Madness”, Graham Nash tries unsuccessfully to encourage the audience to join in on his chant of “No more war”. A little while later, however, he’s got the entire Albert Hall singing cheerfully with him on “Our House”, which even leads to the first standing ovation of the night.


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First Look - Captain Phillips



First Look - Captain Phillips

This year's London Film Festival opens with a bang: Somali pirates, Navy SEALS and Tom Hanks...


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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,”...