John Mulvey

Reviewed: Iggy & The Stooges, Savages, Body/Head, London South Bank Centre, June 20, 2013



Reviewed: Iggy & The Stooges, Savages, Body/Head, London South Bank Centre, June 20, 2013

Age cannot wither him, nor custom stale his finite variety, though he does seem fractionally more concerned about his trousers falling down these days. The ungodly miracle of Iggy Pop, 66 years old, remains one of the most bizarre and compelling spectacles in rock’n’roll; more bizarre and compelling, perhaps, with every year that goes by.


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John Mulvey

Premiere: Watch Steve Gunn in session



Premiere: Watch Steve Gunn in session

If I’d had the time/guts to put my favourites of 2013 list into some order, I suspect Steve Gunn’s “Time Off” would’ve come out pretty near the top, so it’s a great pleasure to host these new videos today of Gunn and his band in session.


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John Mulvey

The 23rd Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 23rd Uncut Playlist Of 2013

The week thus far fairly inevitably dominated by Neil Young & Crazy Horse (here’s my review of the O2 gig), but there are plenty of good new things here.


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Allan Jones

An encounter with Van Morrison



An encounter with Van Morrison

Consider this the last in a short series of encounters with somewhat cantankerous sorts, following accounts in this space over the couple of weeks of meetings with Lou Reed and Gordon Lightfoot, both of which have stirred some passing interest and lively comment. Today’s subject is Van Morrison, by reputation a notoriously tough assignment, as I would discover.


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John Mulvey

Neil Young & Crazy Horse: London O2 Arena, June 17, 2013



Neil Young & Crazy Horse: London O2 Arena, June 17, 2013

If, at this late date, you still need proof Neil Young is not a man to be trusted, something akin to that arrives about two and a quarter hours into his show at London’s O2 Arena.


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Michael Bonner

Siouxsie, Royal Festival Hall, London, June 15 2013



Siouxsie, Royal Festival Hall, London, June 15 2013

Siouxsie Sioux’s arrival on stage for her first show in nearly five years is announced by a small plume of dry ice that begins to rise from behind the drum kit at precisely 8.50pm.


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John Mulvey

The 22nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 22nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013

One of our longer playlists this week and, I think, the one with more embedded music than I’ve ever posted before: you can listen to 12 out of 25 entries here, if I’ve counted right…


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Allan Jones

‘Even worse than Lou Reed. . .’



‘Even worse than Lou Reed. . .’

Lou Reed was back in the news last week and for reasons other than his recent life-saving liver transplant. It turned out that some boorish actor, a self-styled hell-raiser, Rhys Ifans, by name, had thrown a bit of a strop during a newspaper interview and so one of the Saturday broadsheets, presumably stuck for anything else to fill its pages, canvassed some notable journalists about their most difficult celebrity interview.


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Michael Bonner

Human folly and megalomania – Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath Of God



Human folly and megalomania – Werner Herzog's Aguirre: The Wrath Of God

The appearance of Werner Herzog as the icy criminal mastermind in Tom Cruise’s most recent film, Jack Reacher, may have come as a surprise to those who assumed that the German director wouldn’t have much interest in such conventional film making.


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John Mulvey

The Best Of 2013: Halftime Report



The Best Of 2013: Halftime Report

Around this time in 2012, I came up with 40 records, released between January and June, that I liked enough to include in a six-month Best-Of list. Either I’m being more diligent, or less discerning, or else 2013 is shaping up to be a better year: as you can see, I’ve managed 67 here.


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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...