John Mulvey

The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 24th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Lots to dig into this week, not least a song to sample from the Hiss Golden Messenger album that I’ve been alluding to for so long. Strong Ronnie Lane vibes there, perhaps. Among some biggish new entries here, some lesser known names to check out, too: Jennifer Castle; 75 Dollar Bill’s weird adaptation of desert blues; the new Blonde Redhead album that increasingly feels like their strongest in an age; and Hurray For The Riff Raff, magnificent on Letterman.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl



First Look - Stuart Murdoch's God Help The Girl

For anyone with even a passing familiarity with the work of Belle and Sebastian songwriter Stuart Murdoch, God Help The Girl – his debut as a writer and director – will hold few real surprises.


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Michael Bonner

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Le Bataclan, Paris, June 22, 2014



Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters, Le Bataclan, Paris, June 22, 2014

“Welcome to an evening of country and eastern,” smiles Robert Plant as he gestures expansively round this fabled Paris venue, taking in not just the lively capacity crowd gathered here tonight but also to his latest musical collaborators, The Sensational Space Shifters.


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John Mulvey

Clapton, Mary Chain, MacGowan, Minutemen, Hurray For The Riff Raff... Inside this month's Uncut



Clapton, Mary Chain, MacGowan, Minutemen, Hurray For The Riff Raff... Inside this month's Uncut

When Graeme Thomson sent us his interview with Eric Clapton, it was not, to be honest, quite what we expected. We anticipated a poignant chat about Clapton’s old friend JJ Cale, to tie in with the forthcoming tribute album, “The Breeze”. As it transpired, though, the album was just a jumping-off point for one of the most unexpected and revealing Clapton pieces most of us can remember.


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John Mulvey

The 23rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 23rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

I suspect I wasn’t the only one who, last night, came out of the World Cup rabbit hole to discover that Gerry Goffin had died. As has become a slightly weird but nonetheless heartfelt tradition – a public display of mourning and taste, I suppose – I posted a favourite song onto Twitter: the Byrds’ version of “Goin’ Back”.


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John Mulvey

The Grateful Dead and the ultimate "Dark Star"



The Grateful Dead and the ultimate "Dark Star"

It’s not a situation I could have predicted 20 years ago, I’ll admit, but there’s a point I reach quite often on Friday afternoons when all I really want to hear is The Grateful Dead. As default, I’ll cue up something from 1972 – the Wembley Empire Pool set from that year, say – mention it on Twitter, then receive a lot of static from my Dead friends who see me as something of a lightweight for clinging so conservatively to that year.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Nick Cave in 20,000 Days On Earth



First Look - Nick Cave in 20,000 Days On Earth

As an artist, Nick Cave has mastered many different disciplines – musician, novelist and screenwriter among them – but arguably his greatest accomplishment has been the on-going management of ‘Nick Cave’.


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John Mulvey

The 22nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 22nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

After the Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report business earlier in the week, it’s good to push on today with a bunch of very fine new arrivals, many of which you can hear at least tracks from below.


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Three



The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Three

Yesterday, after I posted this list of my favourite albums of 2014, I received a few messages complaining that there were too many Youtube and Soundcloud clips embedded here, preventing the page from loading properly. Forgive the repetition, then, but I thought it worth reposting the list as three separate blogs; hopefully it’ll work better this time…

Previously: The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part One

Previously: The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Two


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Two



The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Two

Yesterday, after I posted this list of my favourite albums of 2014, I received a few messages complaining that there were too many Youtube and Soundcloud clips embedded here, preventing the page from loading properly. Forgive the repetition, then, but I thought it worth reposting the list as three separate blogs; hopefully it’ll work better this time…

Previously: The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part One


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The 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


There's a song on this new Purling Hiss album, playing again now, that sounds more or less like "Debaser" played by Dinosaur Jr. Along with the intensely spirited debut by Mary Timony's Ex-Hex and a comp of the pre-...