John Mulvey

The 36th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 36th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Something nice in the post this morning: a copy of Donald Fagen’s memoir, “Eminent Hipsters”. It’s not always the greatest idea to judge a book by its chapter titles (though I do always think that Clive James’ “A Prong In Peril” and “The Sound Of Mucus” are a good example of delivering what they promise), but definitely looking forward to “Henry Mancini’s Anomie Deluxe” and “The Cortico-Thalamic Pause: Growing Up Sci-Fi” Gonna have a wingding, or such like, at the weekend, and will report back.


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Michael Bonner

Small Faces & Faces Ultimate Music Guide - in shops now!



Small Faces & Faces Ultimate Music Guide - in shops now!

“We weren’t concerned with reputation then, and I’m not concerned with it now,” writes Ian McLagan in the introduction to our new Ultimate Music Guide. “If you’re thinking seriously about your career, you’re not having any fun, and that transfers to the audience.”


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Michael Bonner

Fleetwood Mac, London O2 Arena, September 27, 2013



Fleetwood Mac, London O2 Arena, September 27, 2013

“Life is good,” reflects Mick Fleetwood. We are over two hours into Fleetwood Mac’s third and final show at the O2, and it has fallen to Fleetwood to introduce his fellow bandmates on stage.


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John Mulvey

The Haim Wars



The Haim Wars

Yesterday afternoon, I did something that I should probably, as a curious and more or less responsible music journalist, have done weeks ago: I listened to the debut album by Haim, “Days Are Gone”.


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John Mulvey

The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Conspicuously wealthy blues collectors probably know about this by now, but a copy of Tommy Johnson’s “Alcohol And Jake Blues” has surfaced – only the second that’s ever been found – and is on sale at Ebay. It’ll be interesting to see how bidding shapes up before the auction closes around 10 tonight (UK time): at time of writing, the highest offer is $16,800.00.


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John Mulvey

Roy Harper and Date Palms, reviewed live, September 23, 2013



Roy Harper and Date Palms, reviewed live, September 23, 2013

“I am guilty,” says Roy Harper, “of taking you on some strange journeys, I have to admit.” We are two songs into a solo Harper show to mark the release of his first new album in 13 years, taking place in a record shop (Rough Trade East) and being streamed live on the internet; a confluence of events that clearly amuses the singer on some essential and bemused level.


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Michael Bonner

The new Uncut: Pink Floyd, the Replacements, the Waterboys, David Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, John Lydon, Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire



The new Uncut: Pink Floyd, the Replacements, the Waterboys, David Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, John Lydon, Paul McCartney, Arcade Fire

It’s a busy week here at Uncut. Last night, John and I went to see Roy Harper play a predictably excellent show at Rough Trade East – you can read all about it on his blog here. Tomorrow, I’m off to see Pixies at the Roundhouse and on Friday, it's Fleetwood Mac at the O2. Oh, and at some point there’s the final episode of Breaking Bad to watch...


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Michael Bonner

The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy



The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy

The coverage in last weekend’s broadsheet arts pages of Cormac McCarthy’s new book was puzzling, to say the least: there wasn’t any. As you might expect, there were plenty of reviews of Thomas Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge, which was also released this week – The Times even ran with a preview/review of The Goldfish, Donna Tartt’s first novel in a decade, which isn’t published for another month. But, strangely, the publication of The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy passed by without comment.


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John Mulvey

Pulp interviewed, June 1992: “I haven't got a City & Guilds certificate or anything…”



Pulp interviewed, June 1992: “I haven't got a City & Guilds certificate or anything…”

I’ve just noticed it’s Jarvis Cocker’s 50th birthday, and used it as an excuse to dig this out: my NME interview with a pre-fame Pulp in June 1992. Had a look for the one I did with them just before the (at the time) last gig a decade later and couldn’t find it, annoyingly…


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John Mulvey

Chris Forsyth, Cian Nugent, Wilco and the return of Television



Chris Forsyth, Cian Nugent, Wilco and the return of Television

I’m not, as a rule, the sort of person who reveres and memorises reviews from the notional golden age of rock journalism. But the other day, I was pondering something Nick Kent wrote in his original NME review of Television’s “Marquee Moon”. I found it online this morning, specifically this passage:


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Vile day here in London, improved to some degree I'd hope by the arrival in UK shops of the new edition of Uncut. It has Nick Drake on the cover, as you probably know if you're a subscriber and your copy arrived over the weekend.

It's the first time that Drake has appeared on our cover,...