British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review



British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review
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Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review
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End Of The Road must cause a bit of a problem for British Sea Power - when you normally deck your stages out with leafy branches, what do you do when you play a festival which surrounds all its stages with lush foliage? You bring along even more foliage, of course, and cover it all in streams of fairy lights.


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John Mulvey

The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 32nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Such has been the drooling media focus on Kate Bush this week, it might be tough to imagine British music journalists listening to anything else these past few days. I'm not, in fairness, exempt from the hysteria: here's my review of the second Before The Dawn show, in case you missed it (or avoided it) yesterday.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, August 27, 2014



Reviewed: Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, August 27, 2014

There is a song on "Aerial", Kate Bush's eighth and possibly best album, called "Bertie". "Here comes the sunshine," it begins, "Here comes that son of mine/Here comes the everything/Here's a song and a song for him." Nine years later, here, perhaps is a show for him: an unexpected comeback; a ravishing absurdity; a launchpad for his theatrical aspirations. Our pleasure may, to some degree, be collateral.


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John Mulvey

Inside the new Uncut...



Inside the new Uncut...

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.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Finding Fela



First Look - Finding Fela

It's a satisfyingly busy time for music films at the moment. The excellent Nick Cave documentary, 20,000 Days On Earth, is upon us; following swiftly in its wake are biopics of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.


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John Mulvey

The 31st Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 31st Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Some logical excitement here this week about the impending Leonard Cohen and Aphex Twin albums; in the event you've missed it these past couple of days, you can hear Cohen's superb "Almost Like The Blues" further down this blog.


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John Mulvey

The return of The Aphex Twin, and Caustic Window



The return of The Aphex Twin, and Caustic Window

Last year, Warp Records embarked on a campaign for Boards Of Canada's "Tomorrow's Harvest" comeback that was notable for its obtuseness. Unmarked 12-inches were hidden in record stores, strings of numbers and inexplicable broadcasts were strewn enigmatically across the internet. At one point, I recall some talk of red moons and feverish online triangulations pointing to a bookshop near Edinburgh as the centre of the universe. It was all fun, and the album at the end of it all was great, but perhaps it wandered a little off course as it went on.


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Michael Bonner

The Thurston Moore Band, Café Oto, London, August 14, 2014



The Thurston Moore Band, Café Oto, London, August 14, 2014

“Thank you, Boston,” deadpans Thurston Moore as the audience at tonight’s gig show their appreciation for “Speak To The Wild”. Of course, we’re in east London – Dalston to be precise, at Café Oto, which has become a regular hang out for Moore since he moved up the road to Stoke Newington.


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The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out,...