Michael Bonner

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, St John at Hackney, London, February 20, 2014



Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, St John at Hackney, London, February 20, 2014

There’s a Youtube clip of Ryuichi Sakamoto, dressed in black hunched over a piano playing the piece of music he is most famous for – “Forbidden Colours”, from the film Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence. It is, I guess, the idea of Sakamoto we’re most familiar with – the artist, his instrument of choice, the music he is playing both delicate and fluid.


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Allan Jones

Fear and loathing with The Damned, 1977



Fear and loathing with The Damned, 1977

The announcement by The Damned that they'll be playing the London Forum in April to celebrate Captain Sensible's 60th birthday and tickets for it will cost what they would have in 1977 has caused a lot of excitement among the band's venerabe fans and reminded me of the following mad escapade from that lively year.


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John Mulvey

The Seventh Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Seventh Uncut Playlist Of 2014

For a while this week, it looked like I might be able to post a playlist entirely consisting of new entries, at least until I got dragged back into playing the Ryley Walker. But hey, look at all this, not least the clip of Shirley Collins’ first live performance in 30 years, which just showed up.


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Allan Jones

Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie. . .a hard rain and all that



Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie. . .a hard rain and all that

What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on Mastermind answering questions in my specialist round on The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007).


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Michael Bonner

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel



Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Without giving too much away here, one of the main characters in Wes Anderson’s new film works in a patisserie.


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John Mulvey

The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Another one of the annoying redacted albums uncovered this week, in the shape of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, on the first few listens possibly superior to the last Animal Collective set. I wish you could hear more of Angel Deradoorian on it, though: her “Mind Raft” EP from a few years back is maybe my favourite release from the extended Dirty Projectors collective.


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Allan Jones

XTC: Crackers in Caracas



XTC: Crackers in Caracas

There’s a very good feature in the current Uncut on the making of XTC’s “Making Plans For Nigel”, which reminded me of a time when I was often in their company, usually in far flung corners of the world, far from their Swindon homes, including the following adventure.


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John Mulvey

Bill Callahan, London Royal Festival Hall, February 8, 2014



Bill Callahan, London Royal Festival Hall, February 8, 2014

Something like two decades ago, when I was Features Editor of NME and making some pragmatic decisions involving coverage of second and third-tier Britpop bands, I had a kind of argument with Laurence Bell, the owner of the Domino label.


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Michael Bonner

"Drank too much, did too many drugs": an interview with George Clooney



"Drank too much, did too many drugs": an interview with George Clooney

George Clooney's latest film as both actor and director, The Monuments Men, opens in the UK later this week, so it seemed an appropriate moment to dig out this interview I conducted for the late Uncut DVD in New York with Clooney around the release of 2005's Good Night, And Good Luck and Syriana.


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John Mulvey

Moustache combs, long-ass rice and Nefertiti’s Fjord… The strange hinterland of Parks And Recreation



Moustache combs, long-ass rice and Nefertiti’s Fjord… The strange hinterland of Parks And Recreation

Nick Offerman, a 43-year-old actor with a splendid moustache and a key role in what might currently be America’s best sitcom, is an interesting guy. Last year, he wrote and starred in a video for the mediocre LA indie-punk band Fidlar, in which he goes on an extended urinating spree.


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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...