In praise of Upstream Color



In praise of Upstream Color

Shane Carruth’s Primer was one of those debuts that appeared to come out of nowhere, much like David Lynch’s Eraserhead or Darren Aronofsky’s π.


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Michael Bonner

The Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles: a Paisley Underground playlist



The Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, the Bangles: a Paisley Underground playlist

As part of the Mazzy Star piece I wrote for the new issue of Uncut, I dug around a little in David Roback’s formative years as a member of The Rain Parade - one of the key bands of the Paisley Underground.


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Michael Bonner

The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Bill Callahan, Mazzy Star, Arctic Monkeys in the new Uncut; plus the music and film of the 2000s



The Clash, Fleetwood Mac, Bill Callahan, Mazzy Star, Arctic Monkeys in the new Uncut; plus the music and film of the 2000s

I hope you had a good Bank Holiday break. I spent a very enjoyable chunk of it reading the new Carl Hiaasen novel – excuse the shameless self-promotion, but you can read an interview I did with Hiaasen over on my blog. But now we’re back in the office, and it’s my pleasure to introduce you all to the new issue of Uncut, which goes on sale tomorrow.


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Michael Bonner

An interview with Carl Hiaasen: "I want to be able to turn over rocks and shine a spotlight on these cockroaches"



An interview with Carl Hiaasen: "I want to be able to turn over rocks and shine a spotlight on these cockroaches"

I spent a chunk of the weekend reading Bad Monkey, the new novel by Carl Hiaasen - one America's great crime writers. After a rather fallow period recently, the book feels very much like Hiaasen is back to full strength.


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Michael Bonner

New trailer unveiled for Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis



New trailer unveiled for Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis

The Coen Brothers have released a third trailer for their upcoming film, Inside Llewyn Davis. As I'm sure you know from previous reports, this is their inimitable take on the Greenwich Village folk scene in the 1960s.


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Michael Bonner

Elmore Leonard remembered



Elmore Leonard remembered

We only interviewed Elmore Leonard once in Uncut. This was around the release of Jackie Brown, Quentin Tarantino’s adaptation of Leonard’s novel Rum Punch; coincidentally, Leonard also had a new novel out at the same time, Cuba Libre.


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Michael Bonner

My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Portishead, Goodfellas and the music and films of the 1990s



My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, Portishead, Goodfellas and the music and films of the 1990s

I don’t know about you, but I’m still reeling from final episodes of Top Of The Lake and Southcliffe on television over the weekend. Both, I suppose, had a loose thematic link - they were studies of tragedy in small communities - and I think in the end I preferred Southcliffe’s open-endedness to Top Of The Lake’s flurry of final act revelations; but that said, they were both brilliant TV, easily among the best things I've seen this year.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Morrissey 25: Live



First Look - Morrissey 25: Live

As anniversaries go, you might presume that Morrissey hasn't much wanted to throw a party to celebrate his quarter century as a solo artist. After all, his year has been blighted by ongoing health problems - bleeding ulcer, Barrett's esophagus and double pneumonia, food poisoning - and a number of crippling tour cancellations, the most recent due to lack of funding, all of which has led him to note glumly, “the future is suddenly absent.”


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Spike Jonze's Her



First Look - Spike Jonze's Her

There comes a moment during the trailer for Spike Jonze’s new film, Her, where Joaquin Phoenix turns to the object of his affections and says, “I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you.”


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Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!


First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile...