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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John Mulvey

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Moving swiftly through another craven plug for our Neil Young Ultimate Music Guide, a mostly decent list this week, with a few strong new entries from Rosanne Cash, Africa Express, Matt Baldwin, and Thee Oh Sees, plus a welcome expanded reissue from Hiss Golden Messenger.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed! Neil Young, "Live At The Cellar Door". Unveiled! Neil Young: The Ultimate Music Guide.



Reviewed! Neil Young, "Live At The Cellar Door". Unveiled! Neil Young: The Ultimate Music Guide.

You are, I guess, never finished with Neil Young. A few weeks ago, as we were wrapping up an Uncut Ultimate Music Guide special dedicated to him, the news came through that Young was moving on again. Just as we thought we’d put together a comprehensive survey of all his recorded work, another Archives Performance Series release crept onto the schedules.


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John Mulvey

The "Marquee Moon"/"Sailor's Life" Youtube playlist



The "Marquee Moon"/"Sailor's Life" Youtube playlist

Yesterday I posted an interview here with Cian Nugent that prompted a Twitter conversation about other records which operate in the fairly narrow space between Television’s “Marquee Moon” and Fairport Convention’s “A Sailor’s Life”. This morning I’ve collated all the suggestions into a Youtube playlist, which should keep you elevated for an hour or two.


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John Mulvey

An interview with Cian Nugent



An interview with Cian Nugent

Cian Nugent & The Cosmos’ “Born With The Caul” is one of my favourite albums of the year, as I tried to explain as part of this blog from a month or so back. The album came out this week, anyhow, so I thought it was worth posting this Q&A with Cian here. Some really nice stuff on his influences, especially…


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Michael Bonner

Wes Anderson presents... Castello Cavalcanti



Wes Anderson presents... Castello Cavalcanti

Apologies for the brevity of this blog - we're on deadlines - but I thought I'd share this, a new seven minute short film from Wes Anderson.


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John Mulvey

The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Apologies for the frustrating gaps that appear in this week’s playlist. A lot of 2014 releases arriving in the office now, some of which haven’t been officially announced. As a consequence I have to keep their identities suppressed for the time being; I’ll try and fill in the missing words once these albums are formally unveiled.


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Michael Bonner

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Shoreditch Electric Light Station, November 9, 2013



The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Shoreditch Electric Light Station, November 9, 2013

Last year, I interviewed the film director Peter Strickland about Berberian Sound Studio, his tribute to the Heath Robinson-style endeavours of analogue sound designers. Strickland and I chatted about the influences for his main character, a tweedy sound engineer called Gilderoy; Strickland mentioned pioneering figures like Adam Bohman, Vernon Elliott and Basil Kirchin.


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John Mulvey

The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2013

In haste again this week, but various delays in posting this have at least meant that the playlist has kept growing: 32 entries, with seven interesting things to listen to, including Neil Young and a couple of strong new artists, the pretty psych Morgan Delt and Matt Kivel, whose album reminds me a bit of the first one by Bon Iver.


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"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014


Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...