John Mulvey

The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Conspicuously wealthy blues collectors probably know about this by now, but a copy of Tommy Johnson’s “Alcohol And Jake Blues” has surfaced – only the second that’s ever been found – and is on sale at Ebay. It’ll be interesting to see how bidding shapes up before the auction closes around 10 tonight (UK time): at time of writing, the highest offer is $16,800.00.


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John Mulvey

Roy Harper and Date Palms, reviewed live, September 23, 2013



Roy Harper and Date Palms, reviewed live, September 23, 2013

“I am guilty,” says Roy Harper, “of taking you on some strange journeys, I have to admit.” We are two songs into a solo Harper show to mark the release of his first new album in 13 years, taking place in a record shop (Rough Trade East) and being streamed live on the internet; a confluence of events that clearly amuses the singer on some essential and bemused level.


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Michael Bonner

The new Uncut: Pink Floyd, the Replacements, the Waterboys, David Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, John Lydon, Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire



The new Uncut: Pink Floyd, the Replacements, the Waterboys, David Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, John Lydon, Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire

It’s a busy week here at Uncut. Last night, John and I went to see Roy Harper play a predictably excellent show at Rough Trade East – you can read all about it on his blog here. Tomorrow, I’m off to see Pixies at the Roundhouse and on Friday, it's Fleetwood Mac at the O2. Oh, and at some point there’s the final episode of Breaking Bad to watch...


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Michael Bonner

The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy



The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy

The coverage in last weekend’s broadsheet arts pages of Cormac McCarthy’s new book was puzzling, to say the least: there wasn’t any. As you might expect, there were plenty of reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, which was also released this week – The Times even ran with a preview/review of The Goldfish, Donna Tartt’s first novel in a decade, which isn’t published for another month. But, strangely, the publication of The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy passed by without comment.


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John Mulvey

Pulp interviewed, June 1992: “I haven't got a City & Guilds certificate or anything…”



Pulp interviewed, June 1992: “I haven't got a City & Guilds certificate or anything…”

I’ve just noticed it’s Jarvis Cocker’s 50th birthday, and used it as an excuse to dig this out: my NME interview with a pre-fame Pulp in June 1992. Had a look for the one I did with them just before the (at the time) last gig a decade later and couldn’t find it, annoyingly…


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John Mulvey

Chris Forsyth, Cian Nugent, Wilco and the return of Television



Chris Forsyth, Cian Nugent, Wilco and the return of Television

I’m not, as a rule, the sort of person who reveres and memorises reviews from the notional golden age of rock journalism. But the other day, I was pondering something Nick Kent wrote in his original NME review of Television’s “Marquee Moon”. I found it online this morning, specifically this passage:


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John Mulvey

The 34th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 34th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Jams, folks. Please take ten minutes to watch the excellent clips below from Natural Child and Chris Forsyth. The image above is the cover of Forsyth’s tremendous forthcoming album, which I’ll try my damnedest to write about in the next day or two.


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John Mulvey

The Waterboys: "Fisherman's Box"



The Waterboys: "Fisherman's Box"

In the next edition of Uncut, out on September 25 in the UK, Alastair McKay recounts a recent trip to Mike Scott’s flat in Dublin. McKay is there to interview Scott for a piece on the making of The Waterboys’ “Fisherman’s Blues”, a wonderful album which, imminently, will be memorialised by a 7CD compilation of its epic sessions, “Fisherman’s Box”.


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Michael Bonner

Fabio Frizzi and Italian giallo soundtracks: an alternative sound of cinema



Fabio Frizzi and Italian giallo soundtracks: an alternative sound of cinema

Yesterday, ahead of the start of the BBC series, The Sound Of Cinema: The Music That Made The Movies, The Telegraph asked their film critics – and then their Twitter followers – to come up with their favourite film soundtracks.


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Michael Bonner

Nicolas Roeg - The World Is Ever Changing



Nicolas Roeg - The World Is Ever Changing

Nicolas Roeg is most widely known for the superlative run of films he made during the 1970s – including Performance, Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth and Bad Timing – but as his memoir, The World Is Ever Changing reveals, his interests are many and wide-ranging.


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Robert Plant, Tom Petty, The Beatles, King Crimson, Bobby Womack: inside the new Uncut!


Welcome to the new issue of Uncut! John’s on holiday this week – he was last seen disappearing into darkest Gloucestershire – so it falls to me to show you around this month's edition instead.

Our exclusive cover story finds us catching up with Robert Plant...