Michael Bonner

"We were like a little family": an interview with Doug Yule and Mo Tucker about The Velvet Underground



"We were like a little family": an interview with Doug Yule and Mo Tucker about The Velvet Underground

I reviewed The Velvet Underground: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition for new issue of Uncut. It's a comprehensive, six-disc set compiling the band's third album in an assortment of mixes, plus 1969 demos and a live recording from The Matrix in San Francisco. Of course, it marks the first album the band recorded after John Cale had left, with Doug Yule assuming bass and (some) vocal duties. I was fortunate enough to speak to both Yule and Mo Tucker for a Q&A to accompany my review.


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John Mulvey

The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

First off, thanks for all your kind and indulgent comments about my 154 best albums of 2014 blog; I'm genuinely grateful and touched by the feedback.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Sun Kil Moon live at St John's, Hackney, London, December 3, 2014



Reviewed: Sun Kil Moon live at St John's, Hackney, London, December 3, 2014

Tuesday night, I went to see the War On Drugs guy again. I mention this, in relation to Mark Kozelek and Sun Kil Moon's Hackney show, because Kozelek doesn't stop mentioning it himself for much of the two and a half hour show; a show which, by the by, is one of the very best and certainly most surprising I've ever seen him play.


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John Mulvey

The 154 Best Albums Of 2014 (A very personal list...)



The 154 Best Albums Of 2014 (A very personal list...)

Hey, here are my 154 favourite albums of 2014. As usual, I haven't aimed for a fixed number; just listed everything, in a loose order, that I've enjoyed these past 12 months.


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Michael Bonner

An encounter with Shaun Ryder: "There's all sorts of stories about me. I've stopped listening to them."



An encounter with Shaun Ryder: "There's all sorts of stories about me. I've stopped listening to them."

With a new Happy Mondays biography just out, I thought I'd post my 2007 encounter with Shaun Ryder.


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John Mulvey

The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

To Cargo, earlier this week, for what I think might have been one of my favourite gigs of the year. I wrote about Xylouris White and their "Goats" album a few weeks ago, but even that excellent record was scant preparation for Jim White and George Xylouris' incandescent live show.


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John Mulvey

Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!



Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!

At some point in October, I started receiving emails from record labels and publicists about their Tips For 2015. A new year loomed, distantly, and with it the annual music business imperative to embrace a tranche of new artists. Around the same time, the 2014 Mercury Prize hoopla culminated with a victory for the Scottish hip hop act, Young Fathers, and their "Dead" album, one of seven debuts in the shortlist of 12.


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John Mulvey

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original recording from '68.


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Michael Bonner

An interview with Ride: "We wanted to make a hell of a racket"



An interview with Ride: "We wanted to make a hell of a racket"

Following this morning's momentous news of Ride's return to active service, I thought I'd dig out this piece I wrote for Uncut in 2011.


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John Mulvey

The Father, The Sun And The Holy Ghost… An interview with Hiss Golden Messenger



The Father, The Sun And The Holy Ghost… An interview with Hiss Golden Messenger

One bright Sunday morning, MC Taylor is driving through his patch of North Carolina, past New Hope Creek and the Eno River, over the Chatham County Line and the James Taylor Bridge in Chapel Hill, near the Haw River and the valley that he has meditated upon in song these past few years. Through apparently endless forests, Taylor's destination is Saralyn, a kind of hippy settlement just outside of Pittsboro.


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The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015


This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.

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