John Mulvey

The Eighth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Eighth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Another song this week from what’s rapidly shaping up to be one of my favourite 2014 albums, Hurray For The Riff-Raff’s “Small Town Heroes”. Have a look, too, at the trailer for Lance Bangs’ Slint documentary, “Breadcrumb Trail”, which is the music film I’ve enjoyed most since the Source Family doc.


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Allan Jones

The new Uncut revealed! David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs, Afghan Whigs in new issue!



The new Uncut revealed! David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, The War On Drugs, Afghan Whigs in new issue!

“On ‘Sweet Thing’, he asked me to imagine myself as a young, French drummer who was witnessing his first execution,” recalls veteran drummer Tony Newman, recalling the sessions for David Bowie’s 1974 album Diamond Dogs in John Robinson’s cover story for this month’s Uncut, which goes on sale this Friday, February 28.


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Michael Bonner

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, St John at Hackney, London, February 20, 2014



Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree, St John at Hackney, London, February 20, 2014

There’s a Youtube clip of Ryuichi Sakamoto, dressed in black hunched over a piano playing the piece of music he is most famous for – “Forbidden Colours”, from the film Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence. It is, I guess, the idea of Sakamoto we’re most familiar with – the artist, his instrument of choice, the music he is playing both delicate and fluid.


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Allan Jones

Fear and loathing with The Damned, 1977



Fear and loathing with The Damned, 1977

The announcement by The Damned that they'll be playing the London Forum in April to celebrate Captain Sensible's 60th birthday and tickets for it will cost what they would have in 1977 has caused a lot of excitement among the band's venerabe fans and reminded me of the following mad escapade from that lively year.


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John Mulvey

The Seventh Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Seventh Uncut Playlist Of 2014

For a while this week, it looked like I might be able to post a playlist entirely consisting of new entries, at least until I got dragged back into playing the Ryley Walker. But hey, look at all this, not least the clip of Shirley Collins’ first live performance in 30 years, which just showed up.


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Allan Jones

Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie. . .a hard rain and all that



Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, David Bowie. . .a hard rain and all that

What sounded like the roof coming off the house sometime in the early hours of last Sunday morning during what you can only hope was the last of the winter’s great storms woke me with a start, stirring me from a hugely disturbing dream in which I was on Mastermind answering questions in my specialist round on The Vicar of Dibley, Seasons 1-3 (1994-2007).


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Michael Bonner

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel



Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel

Without giving too much away here, one of the main characters in Wes Anderson’s new film works in a patisserie.


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John Mulvey

The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The Sixth Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Another one of the annoying redacted albums uncovered this week, in the shape of Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, on the first few listens possibly superior to the last Animal Collective set. I wish you could hear more of Angel Deradoorian on it, though: her “Mind Raft” EP from a few years back is maybe my favourite release from the extended Dirty Projectors collective.


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Allan Jones

XTC: Crackers in Caracas



XTC: Crackers in Caracas

There’s a very good feature in the current Uncut on the making of XTC’s “Making Plans For Nigel”, which reminded me of a time when I was often in their company, usually in far flung corners of the world, far from their Swindon homes, including the following adventure.


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John Mulvey

Bill Callahan, London Royal Festival Hall, February 8, 2014



Bill Callahan, London Royal Festival Hall, February 8, 2014

Something like two decades ago, when I was Features Editor of NME and making some pragmatic decisions involving coverage of second and third-tier Britpop bands, I had a kind of argument with Laurence Bell, the owner of the Domino label.


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Dave Edmunds at 70! Happy birthday, boyo!


First of all, there was the somewhat staggering recent news that Captain Sensible was about to turn 60. Then a few weeks ago, Nick Lowe was 65. And today, it turns out, Dave Edmunds, Nick’s former best mate and partner in Rockpile...