John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2008: Halftime Report



It occurred to me this morning, in an anal sort of way, that we should probably talk about the best records of 2008's first six months. To that end, I've just been through my blog archive and come up with my ten favourites of the year up 'til the end of June.


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John Mulvey

Countdown To Latitude: Martha Wainwright



One day, I imagine turning up at a festival and being confronted by a dedicated Wainwright/McGarrigle And Related Folk Families stage. There’ll be Rufus and Loudon and Kate & Anna. There’ll be Rufus’ good friend Teddy Thompson, and maybe his mum and dad and sister. There could, ideally, be Rufus’ other friend, Lorca Cohen, and her dad, the born-again road animal, Leonard.


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John Mulvey

Joan As Police Woman - Club Uncut, June 30, 2008



It is, by most standards, quite an entrance. Joan Wasser arrives onstage at Club Uncut with a mug of tea in one hand, a bouquet of flowers in the other, and a pair of giant plastic sunglasses that appear to have some kind of beaklike noseguard attachment. They’re so preposterous, in fact, that Wasser can’t bring herself to sing in them. For the rest of the long, hot night of this Joan As Police Woman solo show (her bandmates are waiting for her in Florence), they’ll act as an occasional prop to add emphasis to her between-song chats. About Uncut, say, and what she always thinks of first when she hears the magazine’s name. . .


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Countdown to Latitude: Sigur Rós



Icelandic for "Victory Rose", the panoramic quartet Sigur Rós are coming to headline Latitude's Saturday night, bringing their ethereal and triumphant sound to the Obelisk Arena as night descends slowly on Henham Park.


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Countdown to Latitude: Death Cab For Cutie



Led by plaintive-voiced Ben Gibbard - sometime Postal Service frontman and electro-indie pioneer - Death Cab For Cutie stop off at Latitude during their 'Narrow Stairs' world tour to bring evocative, dark-hearted tales of devotion to the festival in Suffolk.


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Countdown to Latitude: The Coral



It's been six years since The Coral released their self titled debut album and with it resuscitated Liverpool's music scene. Following in the footsteps of bands like The Las, The Coral was a shimmering mix of '60s psych, classic song writing in the Merseybeat tradition and blessed with a strong sense of the surreal.


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John Mulvey

Neil Young: "All Along The Watchtower"



A degree of anxiety in the air following yesterday’s blog: I can reassure you that, on first listen at least, the new Calexico album sounds pretty strong, being a return to the border territory of “Feast Of Wire”. Apologies for being a little mysterious about this stuff, but one or two other anticipated entries on that playlist aren’t working for me at the moment. Let me listen some more and I’ll report back.


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John Mulvey

Countdown To Latitude: The Breeders



One of the highlights of Latitude 2008 is sure to be, we reckon, a sighting of the enduring miracle of indie-rock that is Kim Deal. It was Deal, rumour has it, who called time on the Pixies reunion because she would rather be expending her energies on her own band, The Breeders.


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John Mulvey

Countdown To Latitude: Grinderman



A strange one, this. Nick Cave has been workaholically juggling multiple projects over the past couple of years: The Bad Seeds, of course; his comparatively pensive soundtrack work with Warren Ellis; and the rambunctious, Stoogesy garage rock of Grinderman. A betting man or woman might have put money on him turning up at Latitude in the company of the Bad Seeds, on the back of their superb “Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!” album from earlier this year.


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John Mulvey

The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2008



First off, a brand new Brightblack Morning Light track, complete with visuals, has appeared, and it’s fantastic. The second Brightblack album – West Coast acid-folk-funk infused with gris-gris and a sort of horizontal, post-Spiritualized drone-funk, if any of that makes sense – was a huge hit here at Uncut during the ferociously sticky summer of 2006, and “Hologram Buffalo” is every bit as good.


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...