Michael Bonner

Some thoughts on the return of John Carpenter and Alejando Jodorowsky



Some thoughts on the return of John Carpenter and Alejando Jodorowsky

A couple of press releases appeared in my inbox over the last few days, both announcing the surprising return of two increasingly elusive filmmakers.


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John Mulvey

The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

I guess, since Uncut's end-of-year issue goes to the printers today, we should formally declare open season on Best Of 2014 speculation, if you're that way inclined. Our writers' charts fished up 401 new albums from the year worth voting for, and coalesced into a pretty eclectic Top 75, I think.


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John Mulvey

Sunken Treasure: on Wilco's 20th anniversary, Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What's Your 20?



Sunken Treasure: on Wilco's 20th anniversary, Alpha Mike Foxtrot and What's Your 20?

Around the turn of the millennium, Jeff Tweedy merrily nurtured a reputation as a contrarian. How best could a man, sanctified as the archetype of what was once called alt-country, confound his fans? With antsy powerpop? Radio static? Fifteen-minute ambient noise jams? The recruitment of a fiendish avant-jazzer to take over on lead guitar? A song for a Spongebob Squarepants movie?


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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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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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