Michael Bonner

First Look - Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity



First Look - Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity

Avatar has much to answer for. Blue-skinned aliens aside, James Cameron’s film was famously heralded (at least by the PR team) as the future of cinema – a digital epic to change the shape of the modern blockbuster.


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John Mulvey

The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

A brief moment away from collating Uncut’s end of year album charts to post this: 24 records etc we’ve played over the last couple of days in the Uncut office.


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Michael Bonner

The new Uncut: Joni Mitchell, Robert Fripp, AC/DC, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, 50 greatest singer-songwriter albums and more!



The new Uncut: Joni Mitchell, Robert Fripp, AC/DC, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, 50 greatest singer-songwriter albums and more!

We’re all still reeling from the shocking news of Lou Reed’s death on Sunday. Reading through the tributes that have poured in over the last few days, the one that’s resonated most with me came from John Cale, who in his wise and moving testimonial to his old sparring partner, wrote: “we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse”. We’ll be running out own full tribute to Lou in a future issue of Uncut.


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John Mulvey

The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

After raving about the new Alasdair Roberts and White Fence albums on the past few lists, I’m pleased to have some tracks from them this week, along with really excellent new arrivals from Kevin Morby and Ryley Walker.


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John Mulvey

My Top 50 Albums Of All Time (Now including a Top 131, sort of)



My Top 50 Albums Of All Time (Now including a Top 131, sort of)

As you may have seen, this week’s NME features the 2013 edition of their 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. For this one, they also accepted votes from a bunch of the mag’s alumni, including me, so I thought it’d be an easy, albeit self-indulgent, blog to reproduce my Top 50 albums here.


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Michael Bonner

The Who: Townshend and Daltrey on Tommy, touring and their 50th anniversary



The Who: Townshend and Daltrey on Tommy, touring and their 50th anniversary

To Hammersmith, and the launch of The Who’s super deluxe edition of Tommy at Riverside Studios. Tonight, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are attending a special screening of Sensation – The Story Of The Who’s Tommy, a new documentary about the album due for broadcast this Friday [October 25].


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Donald Fagen's "Eminent Hipsters"



Reviewed: Donald Fagen's "Eminent Hipsters"

In his excellent Uncut review of the Morrissey “Autobiography”, Michael alludes to the get-out clause afforded rock memoirists post-“Chronicles”: why bother obfuscating certain awkward details when you can, by being capricious with time and chronology, just skip the difficult stuff?


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel



First Look - Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

It got pretty busy here at the end of last week, what with one thing or another, so forgive me for not getting round to writing about this earlier. ‘This’, of course, is the trailer for The Grand Budapest Hotel, the new film from Wes Anderson.


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Michael Bonner

Morrissey Autobiography: the Uncut review



Morrissey Autobiography: the Uncut review

There are many revelations in Morrissey’s Autobiography, but perhaps the most unexpected arrives on page 194. “While in Denver,” writes Morrissey, “Johnny [Marr] and I attend a concert by A-ha, whom we have met previously and whom we quite like.”


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John Mulvey

The 38th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, plus Morrissey Autobiography lucky dip!



The 38th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, plus Morrissey Autobiography lucky dip!

Page 366: Kenneth Williams. Page 437 Peter Wyngarde. Page 88 WH Auden. Page 384 Diana Dors. Page 27 JACKPOT! It's Myra Hindley!


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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...