Michael Bonner

Introducing… Lou Reed: The Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing… Lou Reed: The Ultimate Music Guide

After Lou Reed died on October 27 last year we began discussing how best we could commemorate the man and his tremendous body of work. The natural solution presented itself in the form of an Ultimate Music Guide.


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John Mulvey

The Second Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Second Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Quickly today, as there’s an issue to be flung together, but a plug in passing for our latest Ultimate Music Guide, on sale today and dedicated to Lou Reed. More on that later.


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John Mulvey

"Have Fun With God": Bill Callahan in dub...



"Have Fun With God": Bill Callahan in dub...

Sometimes, with Bill Callahan, the focus on his records is so unwaveringly on his lyrics, it is tempting to treat them as recited poetry rather than actual music. On an old Smog record like “The Doctor Came At Dawn”, say, the music seems barely there; just a little shading to point up the melodic undertow of a baritone that often wanders closer to speech than song.


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John Mulvey

Black Dirt Oak, “Wawayanda Patent”



Black Dirt Oak, “Wawayanda Patent”

When you’re in the business of writing about/codifying/making up a musical scene, it always helps if you can locate its nexus. Reading the small print on record sleeves, a good few of the American musicians negotiating the space between roots music and avant-garde jamming these past few years - part of what used to be called free folk, for a while - all turn out to have recorded at Black Dirt Studios in upstate New York.


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Michael Bonner

10 Essential Films For 2014



10 Essential Films For 2014

2014 has already got off to a good start, I think, with American Hustle and Inside Llewyn Davis.


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John Mulvey

The First Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The First Uncut Playlist Of 2014

After last week’s Best Albums Of 2014 roundup/provocation, here’s the first proper playlist of the year; with, as you’ll see, a few auspicious new arrivals.


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John Mulvey

On Michael Head's "Artorius Revisited", and beyond...



On Michael Head's "Artorius Revisited", and beyond...

Sometime last autumn, maybe, an EP called “Artorius Revisited” by Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band was quietly released in limited quantities. Last time he surfaced around 2006/2007, in a quixotic, thwarted and mostly transcendent musical career that now stretches back some three decades, Head and his longest-lasting configuration, Shack, were signed to Noel Gallagher’s Sour Mash label. It didn’t last.


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Allan Jones

You Really Got It! The new Uncut CD previewed



You Really Got It! The new Uncut CD previewed

The new issue of Uncut has just gone on sale. The Kinks are on the cover and inside we have exclusive interviews with Ray and Dave Davies, who tell us what it will take for them to get back together to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary in 2014, so we’ve titled this month’s free CD after one of their early hits.


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014 (thus far...)



The Best Albums Of 2014 (thus far...)

Happy new year, everyone. Since we’re into 2014 now, and (perhaps more pertinently) since all of our 2013 charts generated so much traffic to www.uncut.co.uk last month, I thought it’d be useful/cynical to post a Best Of 2014 (Thus Far) list.


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Michael Bonner

The View From Here: The 20 Best Albums Of 2013



The View From Here: The 20 Best Albums Of 2013

Apologies - I've been a little late posting my Best Albums Of 2013 list. In mitigation, at least I managed to post my Best Films Of 2013 last week, which you can read here.


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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...