John Mulvey

The Wild Mercury Sound Best 143 Albums Of 2013



The Wild Mercury Sound Best 143 Albums Of 2013

OK, I’ve managed to remember 143 albums that came out this year and that I liked. As in previous years, I didn’t see much point in hacking my list down to a Top 100, or Top 50, or whatever. While it’d be a stretch to claim every one is an imperishable classic, I do feel broadly confident recommending them all.


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John Mulvey

The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, + Ryley Walker and the Sound Of 2014



The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, + Ryley Walker and the Sound Of 2014

Not uncharacteristically, I’ve spent the past few days repressing a bunch of unnecessary rage about the publicity afforded the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll. Not so much because of the artists selected, but because of the way it effectively presents an ultimatum to new talent: have something resembling success in the next 12 months, or else people will weary of your miserable underachievement and move on to the next batch of hopefuls.


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Michael Bonner

Roddy Frame, London Theatre Royal Drury Lane, December 1, 2013



Roddy Frame, London Theatre Royal Drury Lane, December 1, 2013

There have been plenty of surprises and revelations in music during the last twelve months. Admittedly, perhaps not all of them have had the same impact as the sudden arrival of records by David Bowie or My Bloody Valentine; nevertheless, a Tweet on June 3 from Edwyn Collins’ label AED carried its own quietly momentous piece of breaking news. “A new @RoddyFrame record in the wind, on AED, early 2014. It’s a lovely thing, just wait til you hear it. Watch this space, popsters.”


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Michael Bonner

In praise of Bruce Dern in Nebraska



In praise of Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Looking back on the ways in which Hollywood had changed since he started out as an actor, Bruce Dern told Uncut in 2004, “Where are the people? Where are the stories? That’s what the ‘70s was, and each of us who survived, those are the kind of movies we always wanted to make. And always will try and make. And whenever there’s one out there like that – look for us to be involved in it. I’m still trying to be a better actor. I’m still hoping I’m growing. Y’know, there’s no retirement. Shit, if you’re 80 play 80!”


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Michael Bonner

Bob Dylan, London Royal Albert Hall, November 26, 2013



Bob Dylan, London Royal Albert Hall, November 26, 2013

“You Brits need an injection!” rages the Australian in the gents’ toilet.


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John Mulvey

The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

A pretty amazing week of new arrivals kicked off with the arrival of the beautiful thing pictured above; the Third Man/Revenant Paramount Records box set (Volume One, I should note). Lots to talk about there, not least the 800 tracks, and once I’ve had a deeper and more extensive listen I’ll try and blog about it properly.


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John Mulvey

Revealed! The New Uncut! Plus: Bubbling Under – The Auspicious Albums That Didn’t Make Our Best Of 2013 Chart…



Revealed! The New Uncut! Plus: Bubbling Under – The Auspicious Albums That Didn’t Make Our Best Of 2013 Chart…

The new issue of Uncut arrives in UK shops this Thursday - though, if you’re a subscriber, you might receive your copy a little earlier. Morrissey, as you’ll see, is on the cover, and David Cavanagh’s ostensibly picked up the plot where Autobiography left off, uncovering the inside story on what has turned out to be a very weird year indeed for the singer.


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John Mulvey

A Neil Young Ultimate Music Guide sampler: "Broken Arrrow"



A Neil Young Ultimate Music Guide sampler: "Broken Arrrow"

The Neil Young Ultimate Music Guide that I wrote about here (along with a review of the forthcoming “Live At The Cellar Door” set) is on sale now, so I thought it might be useful to post a sampler of what you might expect in this Uncut special: namely, this piece by me on 1996’s underrated “Broken Arrow”. Every Neil album is reviewed in comparable detail – you can find details of where to buy the mag here


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Michael Bonner

"I don’t like strangeness!" An extensive interview with Kristin Hersh



"I don’t like strangeness!" An extensive interview with Kristin Hersh

I wrote a Throwing Muses feature for the November 2013 issue of Uncut, for which I spoke to all Muses past and present. The key interview, of course, was with Kristin Hersh, which ended up taking place over two lengthy sessions.


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Bob Dylan - Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium, November 18, 19 & 20, 2013



Bob Dylan - Glasgow, Clyde Auditorium, November 18, 19 & 20, 2013

To get to the Clyde Auditorium - the 3,000-seat venue crouched on the riverbank beside the SECC, which Glaswegians only ever refer to as The Armadillo - you have to traverse a long, wormy, weather-beaten covered walkway that bridges a motorway.


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The return of The Aphex Twin, and Caustic Window


Last year, Warp Records embarked on a campaign for Boards Of Canada's "Tomorrow's Harvest" comeback that was notable for its obtuseness. Unmarked 12-inches were hidden in record stores, strings of numbers and inexplicable broadcasts were strewn enigmatically across the internet. At one point, I...