John Mulvey

Fuck Buttons, plus more on Vampire Weekend



I’ve just been reading your comments on yesterday’s Vampire Weekend blog – thanks for those. They helped me crystallise my thoughts about that much-vaunted African influence on the album. What’s interesting, I think, is not that they draw on African sounds, but how they point up the affinities between that spindly, melodically cartwheeling guitar sound and the indie-rock tradition.


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John Mulvey

Vampire Weekend: "Vampire Weekend"



I know it’s a blogger’s imperative to write about albums several months before they’re actually released, but sometimes, it takes a little longer for me to get the hang of a record. Amusingly, I’m usually slow to like records which are immediately acclaimed elsewhere for their brilliance, accessibility and so on.


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John Mulvey

The Triffids, plus a glimpse of Portishead



Emerging from the REM binge today, we’ve had a go at the excellent debut album from Fuck Buttons, which I’ll write something about soon. And also, from a quixotic stream on a distant computer, I caught some of the Portishead record.


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John Mulvey

REM's "Accelerate" - Some Questions Answered. . .



Thanks for all your comments on the REM blog I posted yesterday. I thought it might be useful if I tried to answer a few of your questions – as best as I can, anyway.


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John Mulvey

REM's "Accelerate"



OK, then, I must admit I’ve been sceptical about this one, so disillusioned by “Around The Sun” (three good, if woefully overproduced, songs notwithstanding) that I didn’t even bother to check out any bootlegs of those “live rehearsal” gigs from Dublin last year. . . More fool me, it transpires.


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John Mulvey

The Fifth Uncut Playlist Of 2008



Some big new entries on this latest playlist, not least the arrival of REM's much-anticipated "Accelerate".


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John Mulvey

Boredoms: "Super Roots 9"



By some immeasurably strong act of will, I’ve refrained from banging on about the Boredoms round these parts for the best part of three months – ever since, in fact, they played the best show I saw in 2007.


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John Mulvey

Speedo returns!



Wandering around Pitchfork yesterday, I came across this story about one of my old favourites, John 'Speedo' Reis.


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John Mulvey

The Breeders: "Mountain Battles"



Great title, for a start, though I have little idea what it means. I just put “Mountain Battles” on for the third, maybe fourth time, and I’m beginning to get the hang of it. For a start, it sounds like something of a departure.


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John Mulvey

Be Your Own Pet: "Get Awkward"



After all the mature, relatively sedate stuff I’ve been writing about recently like Roedelius and the Imaginational Anthems “Primitive American Guitar” comp, something a bit livelier today.


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Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!


At some point in October, I started receiving emails from record labels and publicists about their Tips For 2015. A new year loomed, distantly, and with it the annual music business imperative to embrace a tranche of new artists. Around the same time, the 2014 Mercury Prize hoopla culminated...