Allan Jones

Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie. . .a hard rain and all that



Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie. . .a hard rain and all that

What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on Mastermind answering questions in my specialist round on The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007).


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Michael Bonner

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel



Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Without giving too much away here, one of the main characters in Wes Anderson’s new film works in a patisserie.


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John Mulvey

The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Another one of the annoying redacted albums uncovered this week, in the shape of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, on the first few listens possibly superior to the last Animal Collective set. I wish you could hear more of Angel Deradoorian on it, though: her “Mind Raft” EP from a few years back is maybe my favourite release from the extended Dirty Projectors collective.


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Allan Jones

XTC: Crackers in Caracas



XTC: Crackers in Caracas

There’s a very good feature in the current Uncut on the making of XTC’s “Making Plans For Nigel”, which reminded me of a time when I was often in their company, usually in far flung corners of the world, far from their Swindon homes, including the following adventure.


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John Mulvey

Bill Callahan, London Royal Festival Hall, February 8, 2014



Bill Callahan, London Royal Festival Hall, February 8, 2014

Something like two decades ago, when I was Features Editor of NME and making some pragmatic decisions involving coverage of second and third-tier Britpop bands, I had a kind of argument with Laurence Bell, the owner of the Domino label.


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Michael Bonner

"Drank too much, did too many drugs": an interview with George Clooney



"Drank too much, did too many drugs": an interview with George Clooney

George Clooney's latest film as both actor and director, The Monuments Men, opens in the UK later this week, so it seemed an appropriate moment to dig out this interview I conducted for the late Uncut DVD in New York with Clooney around the release of 2005's Good Night, And Good Luck and Syriana.


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John Mulvey

Moustache combs, long-ass rice and Nefertiti’s Fjord… The strange hinterland of Parks And Recreation



Moustache combs, long-ass rice and Nefertiti’s Fjord… The strange hinterland of Parks And Recreation

Nick Offerman, a 43-year-old actor with a splendid moustache and a key role in what might currently be America’s best sitcom, is an interesting guy. Last year, he wrote and starred in a video for the mediocre LA indie-punk band Fidlar, in which he goes on an extended urinating spree.


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John Mulvey

The Fifth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Fifth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

This week’s excuse for briskness is I have a longish review of Real Estate to write for the mag, but some good news in here: not least the appearance of a mighty stash of Fela Kuti albums on Bandcamp and some predictably weird mixtapes, compiled by John Fahey, fetching up on Soundcloud.


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Allan Jones

Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! The new Uncut CD previewed



Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! The new Uncut CD previewed

The new issue of Uncut went on sale at the end of last week, with a cover story by Peter Watts on The Ramones that celebrates the 40th anniversary of a band of punk misfits from Forest Hills, New York, who revolutionised rock’n’roll, the opening lines of one of whose earliest songs, “Blitzkrieg Bop”, gives its name to this month’s free CD.


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Allan Jones

Ramones! Television! Talking Heads! Blondie! Glasgow's Burning!



Ramones! Television! Talking Heads! Blondie! Glasgow's Burning!

Fans of BBC’s Sherlock will know that the legendary detective has what he calls a Memory Palace, in which he is given to roam around, looking usually for clues to mysteries galore. My own equivalent is a sort of Memory Shed, where I am inclined to potter, most recently after reading Peter Watts’ excellent cover story on The Ramones in the current Uncut.


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The 31st Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Some logical excitement here this week about the impending Leonard Cohen and Aphex Twin albums; in the event you've missed it these past couple of days, you can hear Cohen's superb "Almost Like The Blues" further down this blog.

Worth noting, though, some strong...