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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Michael Bonner

Just in -- 2008 Oscar nominations



The nominations are just in for the 2008 Oscars, so here’s my first impressions of what’s what in the major categories. It’s no great shock to see No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood leading the field (8 nominations a piece), but there’s certainly a few surprises…

Here, anyway, are the nominations in the main categories.


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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...