Michael Bonner

The return of Arcade Fire



The return of Arcade Fire

For me, the strangest moment during last night’s flurry of Arcade Fire activity – Bowie! two videos! world tour! – was the footage of the band stepping out of a limousine in Montreal wearing giant papier mâché heads.


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John Mulvey

Bill Callahan, "Dream River"



Bill Callahan, "Dream River"

Jaan Uhelszki, as you may have seen in the current issue of Uncut, recently spent some time with Bill Callahan at his home in Austin. One of Jaan’s great skills is her ability to conduct a forensic sweep of any environment she finds herself in, and on Callahan’s bookshelves, she notes, are “Bass Playing For Dummies… a King Tubby DVD… Learning Spanish by Michael Thomas, ‘The Language Teacher To The Stars’… a Stephen Crane reader.”


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John Mulvey

Robbie Basho, Danny Paul Grody, Desert Heat reviewed



Robbie Basho, Danny Paul Grody, Desert Heat reviewed

Of all the guitarists associated with the Takoma School, it’s hard to think of one who imbued folk music with quite as much mystical portent as Robbie Basho. 1978’s “Visions Of The Country”, his tenth album, is a fantastic case in point: “I would paint for you a portrait of North America as a beautiful woman,” he wrote in the original sleevenotes, “when she was young and untamed.”


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Michael Bonner

The Beatles, The National, the Coens and Jim Jarmusch for this year's BFI London Film Festival



The Beatles, The National, the Coens and Jim Jarmusch for this year's BFI London Film Festival

The line-up has just been announced for this year’s London Film Festival, and it looks like pretty good – with new films from the Coens (yes, it’s that one), Jim Jarmusch, Alexander Payne, Steve McQueen, Jonathan Glazer and Richard Ayoade at the top of our must see list.


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John Mulvey

The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, a big backlog of music to work through here. And while I try and offer some fractionally different recommendations away from the usual media pile-ons (Oh look, Haim etc), this Janelle Monáe album is terrific and I totally recommend having a listen on The Guardian’s stream: very much in the zone of “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” (especially “Victory”).


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John Mulvey

End Of The Road, Matthew E White, the New Age revival, some other stuff...



End Of The Road, Matthew E White, the New Age revival, some other stuff...

I guess there are probably worse jobs to return to after a fortnight’s holiday. I arrived back in the Uncut office yesterday to be greeted by a big pile of new releases, which I’m still picking my way through. Currently playing: Track Two of Damon’s reissued “Song Of A Gypsy” – “Generally regarded,” it says here in the press release, “as one of the finest privately-pressed psychedelic rock records” of the late ‘60s. We shall see.


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Belle And Sebastian at End Of The Road 2013 – review



Belle And Sebastian at End Of The Road 2013 – review

David Byrne & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Ethan Johns at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Eels at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Parquet Courts at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Mike Heron & Trembling Bells at End Of The Road 2013 – review
William Tyler at End Of The Road 2013 - review

Belle & Sebastian might not have surprised anyone with their last two albums, 2006's The Life Pursuit and 2010's Write About Love, but it seems their fans' love for them is growing even deeper - these two are their highest charting records, in the UK and America.


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William Tyler at End Of The Road 2013 – review



William Tyler at End Of The Road 2013 – review

Belle And Sebastian at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Ethan Johns at End Of The Road 2013 - review
David Byrne & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Eels at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Parquet Courts at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Mike Heron & Trembling Bells at End Of The Road 2013 – review

One of the highlights of this weekend's Uncut Tipi Tent is almost certainly William Tyler's performance on Sunday afternoon. It's hot and dry in Dorset, and Tyler's dusty, crystalline solo guitar pieces are the perfect counterparts.


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Mike Heron & Trembling Bells at End Of The Road 2013 – review



Mike Heron & Trembling Bells at End Of The Road 2013 – review

Belle And Sebastian at End Of The Road 2013 - review
David Byrne & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Ethan Johns at End Of The Road 2013 - review
Eels at End Of The Road 2013 – review
Parquet Courts at End Of The Road 2013 – review
William Tyler at End Of The Road 2013 - review

Mike Heron of The Incredible String Band has teamed up with Trembling Bells a number of times over the last couple of years - in fact, I saw them almost exactly two years ago to the day at London's Vortex Jazz Bar.


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Editor's Letter

Robert Plant, Tom Petty, The Beatles, King Crimson, Bobby Womack: inside the new Uncut!


Welcome to the new issue of Uncut! John’s on holiday this week – he was last seen disappearing into darkest Gloucestershire – so it falls to me to show you around this month's edition instead.

Our exclusive cover story finds us catching up with Robert Plant...