John Mulvey

The 46th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 46th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

We have about 24 hours to finish the next issue, and not much longer to complete another Uncut Ultimate Music Guide due in January, so no preamble this week: lots to hear and anticipate below. (Thanks, though, for all your feedback on my Best Of 2013 list; much appreciated, as ever).


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Allan Jones

The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Editor's Choice



The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Editor's Choice

The current issue of Uncut comes with a rather spiffing free 52-page magazine that hosts our essential guide to the best new albums, reissues, box sets, films, DVDs and books of 2013. This year we’ve expanded our new album section to a Top 80, as voted for by the Uncut staff and nigh on 50 of our regular contributors.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Linda Perhacs live at Cecil Sharp House, London, December 5, 2013



Reviewed: Linda Perhacs live at Cecil Sharp House, London, December 5, 2013

There are some things you never expect to see. Take, for example, a live performance of “Parallelograms”; a song of uncanny atmospheres and dynamics, recorded in 1970 by a dental hygienist with only a fleeting involvement with the music business.


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John Mulvey

The Wild Mercury Sound Best 143 Albums Of 2013



The Wild Mercury Sound Best 143 Albums Of 2013

OK, I’ve managed to remember 143 albums that came out this year and that I liked. As in previous years, I didn’t see much point in hacking my list down to a Top 100, or Top 50, or whatever. While it’d be a stretch to claim every one is an imperishable classic, I do feel broadly confident recommending them all.


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John Mulvey

The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, + Ryley Walker and the Sound Of 2014



The 45th Uncut Playlist Of 2013, + Ryley Walker and the Sound Of 2014

Not uncharacteristically, I’ve spent the past few days repressing a bunch of unnecessary rage about the publicity afforded the BBC’s Sound Of 2013 poll. Not so much because of the artists selected, but because of the way it effectively presents an ultimatum to new talent: have something resembling success in the next 12 months, or else people will weary of your miserable underachievement and move on to the next batch of hopefuls.


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Michael Bonner

Roddy Frame, London Theatre Royal Drury Lane, December 1, 2013



Roddy Frame, London Theatre Royal Drury Lane, December 1, 2013

There have been plenty of surprises and revelations in music during the last twelve months. Admittedly, perhaps not all of them have had the same impact as the sudden arrival of records by David Bowie or My Bloody Valentine; nevertheless, a Tweet on June 3 from Edwyn Collins’ label AED carried its own quietly momentous piece of breaking news. “A new @RoddyFrame record in the wind, on AED, early 2014. It’s a lovely thing, just wait til you hear it. Watch this space, popsters.”


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Michael Bonner

In praise of Bruce Dern in Nebraska



In praise of Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Looking back on the ways in which Hollywood had changed since he started out as an actor, Bruce Dern told Uncut in 2004, “Where are the people? Where are the stories? That’s what the ‘70s was, and each of us who survived, those are the kind of movies we always wanted to make. And always will try and make. And whenever there’s one out there like that – look for us to be involved in it. I’m still trying to be a better actor. I’m still hoping I’m growing. Y’know, there’s no retirement. Shit, if you’re 80 play 80!”


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Michael Bonner

Bob Dylan, London Royal Albert Hall, November 26, 2013



Bob Dylan, London Royal Albert Hall, November 26, 2013

“You Brits need an injection!” rages the Australian in the gents’ toilet.


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John Mulvey

The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

A pretty amazing week of new arrivals kicked off with the arrival of the beautiful thing pictured above; the Third Man/Revenant Paramount Records box set (Volume One, I should note). Lots to talk about there, not least the 800 tracks, and once I’ve had a deeper and more extensive listen I’ll try and blog about it properly.


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John Mulvey

Revealed! The New Uncut! Plus: Bubbling Under – The Auspicious Albums That Didn’t Make Our Best Of 2013 Chart…



Revealed! The New Uncut! Plus: Bubbling Under – The Auspicious Albums That Didn’t Make Our Best Of 2013 Chart…

The new issue of Uncut arrives in UK shops this Thursday - though, if you’re a subscriber, you might receive your copy a little earlier. Morrissey, as you’ll see, is on the cover, and David Cavanagh’s ostensibly picked up the plot where Autobiography left off, uncovering the inside story on what has turned out to be a very weird year indeed for the singer.


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