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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Michael Bonner

First Look - Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in The Trip To Italy



First Look - Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in The Trip To Italy

Coogan and Brydon return for more Michael Caine impressions: this time, in the sun...


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John Mulvey

The 12th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 12th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Lots to get stuck into this week, though I think it’s worth drawing special attention to the superb William Tyler EP and, in the week the Pixies announce a newish album, a pointedly excellent Kim Deal track with Morgan Nagler.


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"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014


Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...