John Mulvey

White Denim, "Corsicana Lemonade"



White Denim, "Corsicana Lemonade"

Playing spot-the-reference isn’t, I guess, the most elevated game for critics to indulge in. White Denim’s music, however, suggests that the Austin quartet are conceivably America’s most exciting record store nerds. Last time they put an album out (“D”, in 2011), I wrote a review in the mag that included this paragraph:


Read More >>

Michael Bonner

Crosby, Stills And Nash, London Royal Albert Hall, October 11, 2013



Crosby, Stills And Nash, London Royal Albert Hall, October 11, 2013

There are two attempts early on to get the audience to sing along: one works, one doesn’t. During “Military Madness”, Graham Nash tries unsuccessfully to encourage the audience to join in on his chant of “No more war”. A little while later, however, he’s got the entire Albert Hall singing cheerfully with him on “Our House”, which even leads to the first standing ovation of the night.


Read More >>

First Look - Captain Phillips



First Look - Captain Phillips

This year's London Film Festival opens with a bang: Somali pirates, Navy SEALS and Tom Hanks...


Read More >>

John Mulvey

The 37th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 37th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Not much to say here, other than I think I’ve managed to embed more tracks you can actually play into this playlist than ever before. Dig in, I guess…


Read More >>

John Mulvey

Trans: The return of Bernard Butler and Jackie McKeown



Trans: The return of Bernard Butler and Jackie McKeown

A few weeks ago, an EP turned up from the Rough Trade label, credited to a band called Trans (I’ve included some tracks below). Information was sketchy, at best: among the gnomic statements of intent on the press release, the most concrete were probably “Hard-panned stereo”, “Glasgow left/London right”, “celebrate good times” and, most pointedly, “MESSAGE: OBLIQUE”.


Read More >>

Michael Bonner

"And what of the true God?": The return of The Wicker Man



"And what of the true God?": The return of The Wicker Man

The Wicker Man, the granddaddy of British cult horror movies celebrates its 40th anniversary with what we’re told is ‘The Final Cut’ making an appearance in cinemas this month before a Blu-ray and DVD release.


Read More >>

John Mulvey

The 36th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 36th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Something nice in the post this morning: a copy of Donald Fagen’s memoir, “Eminent Hipsters”. It’s not always the greatest idea to judge a book by its chapter titles (though I do always think that Clive James’ “A Prong In Peril” and “The Sound Of Mucus” are a good example of delivering what they promise), but definitely looking forward to “Henry Mancini’s Anomie Deluxe” and “The Cortico-Thalamic Pause: Growing Up Sci-Fi” Gonna have a wingding, or such like, at the weekend, and will report back.


Read More >>

Michael Bonner

Small Faces & Faces Ultimate Music Guide - in shops now!



Small Faces & Faces Ultimate Music Guide - in shops now!

“We weren’t concerned with reputation then, and I’m not concerned with it now,” writes Ian McLagan in the introduction to our new Ultimate Music Guide. “If you’re thinking seriously about your career, you’re not having any fun, and that transfers to the audience.”


Read More >>

Michael Bonner

Fleetwood Mac, London O2 Arena, September 27, 2013



Fleetwood Mac, London O2 Arena, September 27, 2013

“Life is good,” reflects Mick Fleetwood. We are over two hours into Fleetwood Mac’s third and final show at the O2, and it has fallen to Fleetwood to introduce his fellow bandmates on stage.


Read More >>

John Mulvey

The Haim Wars



The Haim Wars

Yesterday afternoon, I did something that I should probably, as a curious and more or less responsible music journalist, have done weeks ago: I listened to the debut album by Haim, “Days Are Gone”.


Read More >>

Newsletter


Editor's Letter

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...