John Mulvey

The 31st Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 31st Uncut Playlist Of 2013

No sooner has one Mark Kozelek album turned up than, ridiculously, another one is announced. www.caldoverderecords.com claims another Sun Kil Moon album is due January 14 next year, also featuring Steve Shelley, Jen Wood, Will Oldham and Owen Ashworth. In even less a shock, it promises that Kozelek “sings about his childhood years and his life today.”


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Allan Jones

Tom Waits, Raging Bull, Lou Reed, Scarface, Talking Heads, Blade Runner and the music and films of the 1980s



Tom Waits, Raging Bull, Lou Reed, Scarface, Talking Heads, Blade Runner and the music and films of the 1980s

First of all this week, let me quickly plug our most recent Ultimate Music Guide, which is dedicated to Depeche Mode. As with previous specials in the Ultimate Music Guide series on David Bowie, the Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul Weller, The Clash, Nick Cave, The Kinks, U2, REM and The Smiths – all of which you can order online at uncut.co.uk/store or order digitally at uncut.co.uk/download – Depeche Mode – The Ultimate Music Guide features brand new reviews of all Depeche’s albums, written by a stellar team of Uncut scribes, plus a ton of vintage interviews from the archives of Melody Maker and NME, reprinted for the first time in years and covering the whole of the band’s career from their first stirrings in deepest Basildon in the early 80s.

Depeche Mode – The Ultimate Music Guide is on sale now.


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John Mulvey

Ty Segall, "Sleeper"



Ty Segall, "Sleeper"

For all his flailing locks and dazed expression, Ty Segall does not make a particularly convincing slacker. In a short promotional clip for his new album, released on Youtube back in May, he pretends to be asleep in bed, on his couch, in a garden and then, preposterously, up a tree and at the wheel of a moving van.


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John Mulvey

An interview with Elliott Smith: "If everybody really acted like how they felt all the time, it would be total madness."



An interview with Elliott Smith: "If everybody really acted like how they felt all the time, it would be total madness."

Reading a magazine this morning, I noticed that there are a bunch of tribute shows to Elliott Smith coming up; ostensibly I guess to commemorate the fact that, horrifyingly, the tenth anniversary of his death is coming up in a couple of months.


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John Mulvey

The 30th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 30th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Nuts week. A lot to recommend and check out here, including plenty of Youtube and Soundcloud links. Among the auspicious comebacks, one that’s slightly obscured is Cavern Of Anti-Matter, who feature Tim Gane and his old bandmate from the first Stereolab lineup, Joe Dilworth.


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John Mulvey

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore



Mark Kozelek & Desertshore

I was reading this interesting Wilco piece a few days ago, which talks about how Jeff Tweedy has parlayed cult success into what appears to be a viable business model. It made me think of the strategies used by Mark Kozelek these past few years: how he keeps a steady stream of music, predominantly live albums, coming through his Caldo Verde label to satisfy his obsessive fans (and I suspect Kozelek fans tend to be by nature obsessive; I know I am).


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Allan Jones

Dylan, Coppola, Springsteen, Scorsese, Neil Young, Polanski, The Clash, Joni Mitchell and the 1970s in music and movies



Dylan, Coppola, Springsteen, Scorsese, Neil Young, Polanski, The Clash, Joni Mitchell and the 1970s in music and movies

You find us at that time in the month when things start getting more than a wee bit hectic, deadlines fast approaching as we head into the final week or so of work on the new issue, for which I am reviewing Roy Harper’s Man & Myth, his first album of new material since The Green Man, 13 years ago. There’s also the small matter of next month’s cover story, which I’m also writing, which means it’s all go at the moment.


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Michael Bonner

The film trailers we've been watching this week...



The film trailers we've been watching this week...

Taking my cue from John’s playlist blogs, I thought I’d compile something similar – a playlist (or, more accurately, a viewing list) of film trailers I’ve been watching in the office.


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John Mulvey

Introducing... Promised Land Sound



Introducing... Promised Land Sound

The cover image of Promised Land Sound’s debut album, an old Nashville street map, clearly asserts the geographic and aesthetic loyalties of Sean Thompson, Joey Scala, Evan Scala and Ricardo Alesio, and their press biog has the requisite classy endorsement from local grandee Jack White's Third Man Records.


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John Mulvey

The 29th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 29th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

The new issue of Uncut should be in UK shops today, with an exclusive in-depth look at the new entry in Dylan’s Bootleg Series, plus Nilsson, Canned Heat, Morrissey, Armando Iannucci, Linda Thompson, Julianna Barwick and, I’m particularly pleased to say, Rocket From The Crypt. More here…


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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...