Allan Jones

Introducing... Oasis: the Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing... Oasis: the Ultimate Music Guide

“There wasn’t a lot of pre-production for What’s The Story. . .If we were at home, the postman would drop off an envelope and in it would be a cassette saying ‘Noel demos’. You’d get a phone call: ‘There’s the next album. Learn it. See you in a week.’ That’s the way Noel worked. Everyone would figure out the chords – there was no point asking him, he didn’t know the name of the fucking things. ‘It’s one of them where your finger’s up there. . .’”


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Starred Up



First Look - Starred Up

A lot of people peak in high school. Eric Love is not one of them. While many other teenagers are in the thick of their glory days, Eric is being starred up – that is, making the transition from a juvenile facility to a maximum security penitentiary, where he is billeted alongside some of the country’s very worst criminals. What follows over the next 100 minutes is as harrowing as you’d perhaps expect for a film that, in the first 10 minutes, sees Eric fashioning a shiv from a toothbrush and Bic razor. No good will come of this.


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John Mulvey

The Ninth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Ninth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Being a bit of a broken record here: a proliferation of Hurray For The Riff Raff albums this week, since I’m writing a review of the fantastic “Small Town Heroes” at the moment. Plenty of new stuff as well, though, at least some of it recommended, with strong reference to Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki’s kora duets, and to the tantalising extract from a Fennesz album that’s being explicitly pitched as the follow-up to “Endless Summer”…


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Allan Jones

The War On Drugs, Drive-By Truckers, David Crosby, Real Estate, The Hold Steady on the new Uncut CD!



The War On Drugs, Drive-By Truckers, David Crosby, Real Estate, The Hold Steady on the new Uncut CD!

A lot of old Uncut favourites are featured on Rock'N'Roll With Us, the free CD with this month's issue, including tracks from the new albums by The War On Drugs, Drive-By Truckers, David Crosby, Real Estate, The Hold Steady, Sun Kil Moon, Spain, and Hans Chew.


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John Mulvey

Q&A: Real Estate



Q&A: Real Estate

One of the things I wrote in the new issue of Uncut (full details here) is a longish review of the new Real Estate album, which is out today, I think.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - 20 Feet From Stardom



First Look - 20 Feet From Stardom

To Los Angeles, then, and last night's Academy Awards. Surprises? Not many, truth be told.


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Michael Bonner

Jim Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Lee Marvin and "Jack White’s old house”



Jim Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Lee Marvin and "Jack White’s old house”

I had the good fortune to interview Jim Jarmusch recently for our An Audience With… feature. As you’d imagine, it was interesting, wide-ranging chat, and inevitably not everything we talked about made it into the magazine. There’s a couple of things in particular that seemed pretty interesting – not least the ‘full’ answer he gave to a question regarding the current status of The Sons Of Lee Marvin, a shadowy cabal whose members – allegedly – include Jarmusch, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Iggy Pop.


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John Mulvey

The Eighth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Eighth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Another song this week from what’s rapidly shaping up to be one of my favourite 2014 albums, Hurray For The Riff-Raff’s “Small Town Heroes”. Have a look, too, at the trailer for Lance Bangs’ Slint documentary, “Breadcrumb Trail”, which is the music film I’ve enjoyed most since the Source Family doc.


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Allan Jones

The new Uncut revealed! David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs, Afghan Whigs in new issue!



The new Uncut revealed! David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs, Afghan Whigs in new issue!

“On ‘Sweet Thing’, he asked me to imagine myself as a young, French drummer who was witnessing his first execution,” recalls veteran drummer Tony Newman, recalling the sessions for David Bowie’s 1974 album Diamond Dogs in John Robinson’s cover story for this month’s Uncut, which goes on sale this Friday, February 28.


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Michael Bonner

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, St John at Hackney, London, February 20, 2014



Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, St John at Hackney, London, February 20, 2014

There’s a Youtube clip of Ryuichi Sakamoto, dressed in black hunched over a piano playing the piece of music he is most famous for – “Forbidden Colours”, from the film Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence. It is, I guess, the idea of Sakamoto we’re most familiar with – the artist, his instrument of choice, the music he is playing both delicate and fluid.


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Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!


First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile...