John Mulvey

The Heads: "Dead In The Water"



An interesting post on the Endless Boogie blog over the weekend. “[Endless Boogie] Sounds like a more psyched up Stackwaddy or Edgar Broughton Band Wasa Wasa (which is a good thing),” writes Dave C, “but IMHO if you want real brain crushing psych rock you NEED to get ‘Dead In The Water’ by The Heads, easily the best thing I’ve heard all year.”


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Michael Bonner

First Look -- The Incredible Hulk



THE INCREDIBLE HULK
DIR Louis Leterrier
ST Ed Norton, Tim Roth, Liv Tyler
OPENS JUNE 13, CERT 12A, 112 MINS
HH

Ang Lee’s spectacularly misguided 2003 film version of The Hulk was something of a turning point in the history of comic book adaptations. By trying to bring emotional depth and philosophical musings to the party, he proved irrefutably that such highbrow ideas have no place in the Marvel’s simple four-colour universe. After all, what use are King Lear allegories when all the ticket-buying public want to see is Hulk smash puny humans?


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Okkervil River and Glasvegas Added to Latitude



Okkervil River, Ida Maria, Glasvegas, The Satin Peaches and Sebastian Tellier have been added to the lineup at the sold out Latitude festival.


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BBC Radio 4 reveal Latitude bill



Latitude festival have announced the bill for the BBC Radio 4 Arena featuring a selection of the station's best shows, celebrity guests and live broadcasts from Henley Park.


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BBC Introducing Stage Announce More Acts



Bearsuit, Truckers of Husk and The Beep Seals have been added to the line-up for the Lake stage at this year’s Latitude festival, which will be curated by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens.


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John Mulvey

The Week That Was: A Field Music Production



When we were talking about Coldplay the other day, one of the regulars, Jamesewan, posted some thoughts which suggested that the British music scene “has been in a kind of depression for a while now.” It’s not something I worry about a great deal, to be honest, since I don’t really care where the records I like come from – and they usually come from America, realistically.


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John Mulvey

Lil Wayne: "Tha Carter III"



From a British music biz perspective, it’s hard to imagine anything else going on this week beyond the small matter of that Coldplay record. This morning, though, a sobering corrective arrived in my inbox. In America, the email announced, “Lil Wayne has broken Mariah Carey’s record for the highest opening album sales of the year. He has sold in one day what Mariah sold in her entire week.” That’s 420,000 sales, incidentally; something for Chris Martin, Guy Hands and their competitive chums to aim for, I guess.


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John Mulvey

Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"



It’s easy to lose track of actual release dates up here in the ivory tower, but I believe tomorrow is the day that Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” finally comes out. Hence, I guess, the exponential ramping-up of all the furrowed-brow pontificating that seems to be going on about the band all over the internet today, provoked in many places by Andy Gill’s 2,000-word assassination of the band in this morning’s copy of The Independent.


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John Mulvey

The 23rd Uncut Playlist Of 2008



So this is what we’ve played thus far this week: a glut of hip-hop; a few selections from the private collections of John Robinson and Mark Bentley; a Walter Becker solo album that doesn’t quite cut it next to all those wonderful Steely Dan and Donald Fagen records; and a Radiohead cover of Portishead, which makes this an uncharacteristically prophetic blog.


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John Mulvey

The 300th Wild Mercury Sound



Just back from a week’s holiday, and I’m working through the backlog of post that was waiting for me. Now playing: Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III”, from which we’ve particularly enjoyed “Dr Carter”, where the rapper babbles over a generous David Axelrod sample.


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Editor's Letter

Robert Plant, Tom Petty, The Beatles, King Crimson, Bobby Womack: inside the new Uncut!


Welcome to the new issue of Uncut! John’s on holiday this week – he was last seen disappearing into darkest Gloucestershire – so it falls to me to show you around this month's edition instead.

Our exclusive cover story finds us catching up with Robert Plant...