John Mulvey

The 38th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 38th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Listening dominated by The Necks this week, and a couple of sets I bought from them at the show on Monday night (Read my review of The Necks live at Café Oto here…). But as you'll see, some significant action elsewhere on the playlist. Play ball!

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1 Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes (Bittorrent!)


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John Mulvey

Reviewed! Frazey Ford, "Indian Ocean"



Reviewed! Frazey Ford, "Indian Ocean"

As is the brutal way with deadlines on monthly magazines, yesterday afternoon I had to send out a request to all of Uncut's writers for their albums of the year lists, so that we can start the long and meticulous process of compiling a Best Of 2014 chart.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed! The Necks at London Cafe Oto, October 6, 2014



Reviewed! The Necks at London Cafe Oto, October 6, 2014

I hadn't planned to write about the Necks show last night: plenty of other things to do; a review of Frazey Ford's album ready to publish; a sense that, after my previous reviews of The Necks, I didn't have much else to say.


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John Mulvey

The 37th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 37th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

A bit frustrating this week, since I can't really talk about a couple of the most significant musical arrivals here, due to record label embargoes and so forth. Sorry, as ever, about the teasing: I'll reveal more as soon as I can.


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Michael Bonner

Some thoughts on David Fincher's Gone Girl



Some thoughts on David Fincher's Gone Girl

At the conclusion of Se7en, his second film as director, David Fincher memorably gave us Gwyneth Paltrow’s severed head in a box. In many respects, he has been producing heads from boxes ever since.


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John Mulvey

Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide

In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call himself Elvis Costello railed against pretty much everything he could think of, beginning a sequence of encounters that would be among the sharpest and most volatile to appear in the music press over the next few years.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed! Thom Yorke, "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes"



Reviewed! Thom Yorke, "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes"

Instant albums do not, as a rule, encourage reflection. There is surprise, sometimes indignation, a social media flame war, a lot of static about delivery systems. Once the 38 minutes of, say, Thom Yorke's "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes" have passed, it can all suddenly be over. What happens next?


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John Mulvey

The 36th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 36th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

No point in messing about this week: scroll down to hear new music from, among others, Neil Young, Cool Ghouls, Bryan Ferry, Frazey Ford, Kendrick Lamar, Joan Shelley and the extremely promising D.D. Dumbo, plus a couple of amazing full gigs from Hiss Golden Messenger and a Purling Hiss/Spacin' supersession, both courtesy of the invaluable www.nyctaper.com.


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Michael Bonner

The BFI London Film Festival 2014: Music Films Preview!



The BFI London Film Festival 2014: Music Films Preview!

Björk, Nas, the French House music scene and a beguiling tribute to the work of Alan Lomax are among the highlights of this year's BFI London Film Festival. Watch the trailers below.


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John Mulvey

Inside this month's new Uncut…



Inside this month's new Uncut…

A month, perhaps, of surprises. On the rather intimidating new Scott Walker and Sunn O))) album, there appears to be a joke about Michael Flatley's testicles. Somewhere in the elevated aesthetics of Kate Bush's Before The Dawn, there's an equally dubious comedy routine that hinges on the punchline, "HP and mayo, it's the badger's nadgers." And then, just as we were finishing the new issue of Uncut (out today in the UK, as you may have seen), a U2 album suddenly materialised in iTunes, a bullish play to reassert them as the biggest pop group in the world.


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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...