John Mulvey

The 11th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 11th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

After a very long wait, the second album on Matthew E White’s Spacebomb label has turned up… and it may not be quite what most of you would have envisaged…


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Allan Jones

Evan Dando and Lily Allen turn out for charity album



Evan Dando and Lily Allen turn out for charity album

You may recently have seen posters advertising an album called Tarka & Friends: Life and wondered rather dopily if it didn’t have something to do with riverbank wildlife, not too many people of your acquaintance called Tarka.


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Michael Bonner

Trailer unveiled for James Brown biopic, Get On Up



Trailer unveiled for James Brown biopic, Get On Up

I was reading over the weekend about Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese's latest collaboration - a project for HBO about the music industry in New York during the Seventies.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - The Motel Life



First Look - The Motel Life

In an interview in the current issue of Uncut with Willy Vlautin, the singer-songwriter with Richmond Fontaine, discusses his flourishing second career as an author.


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John Mulvey

The Tenth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Tenth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

I’ve alluded a few times in recent weeks to the excellence of the forthcoming “Spiderland” boxset, and especially to the Lance Bangs documentary, “Breadcrumb Trail”, which it contains. “Breadcrumb Trail” tells the odd, low-key, long-obfuscated tale of Slint, revealing much without entirely dismantling the band’s mystique, and focusing on the band’s drummer Britt Walford.


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Allan Jones

Introducing... Oasis: the Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing... Oasis: the Ultimate Music Guide

“There wasn’t a lot of pre-production for What’s The Story. . .If we were at home, the postman would drop off an envelope and in it would be a cassette saying ‘Noel demos’. You’d get a phone call: ‘There’s the next album. Learn it. See you in a week.’ That’s the way Noel worked. Everyone would figure out the chords – there was no point asking him, he didn’t know the name of the fucking things. ‘It’s one of them where your finger’s up there. . .’”


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Starred Up



First Look - Starred Up

A lot of people peak in high school. Eric Love is not one of them. While many other teenagers are in the thick of their glory days, Eric is being starred up – that is, making the transition from a juvenile facility to a maximum security penitentiary, where he is billeted alongside some of the country’s very worst criminals. What follows over the next 100 minutes is as harrowing as you’d perhaps expect for a film that, in the first 10 minutes, sees Eric fashioning a shiv from a toothbrush and Bic razor. No good will come of this.


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John Mulvey

The Ninth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Ninth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Being a bit of a broken record here: a proliferation of Hurray For The Riff Raff albums this week, since I’m writing a review of the fantastic “Small Town Heroes” at the moment. Plenty of new stuff as well, though, at least some of it recommended, with strong reference to Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki’s kora duets, and to the tantalising extract from a Fennesz album that’s being explicitly pitched as the follow-up to “Endless Summer”…


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Allan Jones

The War On Drugs, Drive-By Truckers, David Crosby, Real Estate, The Hold Steady on the new Uncut CD!



The War On Drugs, Drive-By Truckers, David Crosby, Real Estate, The Hold Steady on the new Uncut CD!

A lot of old Uncut favourites are featured on Rock'N'Roll With Us, the free CD with this month's issue, including tracks from the new albums by The War On Drugs, Drive-By Truckers, David Crosby, Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Sun Kil Moon, Spain, and Hans Chew.


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John Mulvey

Q&A: Real Estate



Q&A: Real Estate

One of the things I wrote in the new issue of Uncut (full details here) is a longish review of the new Real Estate album, which is out today, I think.


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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...