John Mulvey

The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2014

In haste this week, as we're finishing our end-of-year review issue and our next Ultimate Music Guide (on Paul McCartney, I can reveal), I've just completed writing up an interview with one of 2014's key figures, and I have a review of this 4CD Wilco retrospective to file as soon as possible.


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John Mulvey

Xylouris White, Rhyton, and what I did on my holidays…



Xylouris White, Rhyton, and what I did on my holidays…

While the latest issue of Uncut was turning up in the UK last week, I was a long way from “Basement Tapes” frenzy, on holiday in Athens. I saw all the classical sites, accidentally walked into both a Tino Sehgal performance piece and a NATO delegation, and also, true to form, found time to do a little record shopping.


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Michael Bonner

Some thoughts on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar



Some thoughts on Christopher Nolan's Interstellar

The cosmology of Christopher Nolan's new film, Interstellar, offers an instructive analogy for the career of the director himself.


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Michael Bonner

An interview with Ry Cooder: "If you’ve got a good story, let’s do something."



An interview with Ry Cooder: "If you’ve got a good story, let’s do something."

I had the good fortune to speak to Ry Cooder for the issue of Uncut that's just come off sale (quick plug: you can read all about the new issue here).


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Michael Bonner

Inside the new Uncut...



Inside the new Uncut...

On the morning of July 29, 1966 Bob Dylan became distracted while out riding his Triumph motorbike. Writing about the incident later in Chronicles Volume 1, Dylan rather gnomically recalled, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered.” Of course, there is more to Dylan’s accident than that. After a period of retreat and convalescence at his Woodstock home, he began recording songs with his touring band, Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel and Levon Helm.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice trailer



First Look - Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice trailer

At the moment, I'm compiling our films of the 2014 for the end of year issue. By sheer coincidence, one of the films I'm most looking forward to for next year is Inherent Vice. In case you're not up to speed on it, this is Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel - a Seventies-set noir about a stoner Private Investigator, Larry "Doc" Sportello, who's investigating the disappearance of a former girlfriend.


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John Mulvey

The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

A glut of very exciting 2015 music this week, but before you get to that, maybe check out the Milton Nascimento track below which, as KidVinil Vinil pointed out in the comments section beneath last week's Uncut Playlist, is worth comparing with David Bowie's "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)".


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John Mulvey

A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!



A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!

By its very nature, garage rock can be a trashy, erratic business - inevitable given the unbridled spontaneity it privileges. One of the many amazing things about Ty Segall and the ever-expanding circle of artists around him, however, is how they've found a way of adding consistency to the volatile mix of productivity and excitement.


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Michael Bonner

Watch Bill Murray sing Bob Dylan!



Watch Bill Murray sing Bob Dylan!

If you've not already seen it, I hope you enjoy this a clip from Bill Murray's latest film, St Vincent. It's from the closing credits to the film - don't worry, there's no spoilers - which feature Murray's character, Vincent, lounging in his yard, listening to an old Sony Walkman and singing along to Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm”. Bill sings Bob, indeed.


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John Mulvey

The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out, plus something from the Rhyton LP I listed last week, more Greek-tinged jams from Jim White and George Xylouris, and our stream of the great Bruce Langhorne "Hired Hand" soundtrack. I like the new Bowie song, too.


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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...