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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John Mulvey

“When the sun goes down, it’s different here.” An interview with Hurray For The Riff Raff



“When the sun goes down, it’s different here.” An interview with Hurray For The Riff Raff

This is the full text of my interview with Hurray For The Riff Raff in New Orleans, that appeared in the print edition of Uncut a couple of months ago. I've added a lot of music to listen to as you read; not just by Alynda and the Riff Raff, but by some of the other New Orleans musicians who are critical to the story.


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John Mulvey

The 30th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 30th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Another issue in the bag yesterday, which'll be in UK shops on August 26, and which features, if you're in the mood for guessing games, someone who's never been on our cover before.


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John Mulvey

Richard Thompson, Television, Chris Forsyth and a pretty amazing playlist...



Richard Thompson, Television, Chris Forsyth and a pretty amazing playlist...

As you've hopefully seen now, this month's issue of Uncut has a revealing piece about Richard & Linda Thompson's "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight", timed to tie in with that great album's 40th anniversary and its vinyl reissue, plus a burst of Thompson activity that includes a show at the End Of The Road Festival at the end of the month. "It is what it is and I like what it is," he calls the album in the piece, somewhat self-effacingly, "and there's a lot of stuff out there that I've done that I like less. That being said, it sold about 30 copies."


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Michael Bonner

Robin Williams: a career in clips



Robin Williams: a career in clips

Sad news this morning about the death of Robin Williams, aged 63. Of course, Williams had been a dynamic and prolific screen presence since the late 1970s, from early contributions to The Richard Pryor Show to his sitcom breakthrough in Mork & Mindy and beyond into a hugely successful film career. In tribute, we've compiled below 10 clips that we hope do justice to his prodigious talents.


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Michael Bonner

Bootleggers, bounty hunters and gangsters: a handy guide to the films of Nick Cave



Bootleggers, bounty hunters and gangsters: a handy guide to the films of Nick Cave

With a new Nick Cave documentary, 20,000 Days On Earth, due to open in the UK next month, I thought it a good time to dust down a piece I wrote on Cave's film career for our 2013 Ultimate Music Guide dedicated to Cave.


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John Mulvey

The 29th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 29th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

After a week away, I've been catching up these past few days, and also trying to remember what I talked about before I went on holiday. Best place to start, maybe, is the Natalie Prass record that Matthew E White has been sitting on for well over a year (he played me some of it at Spacebomb in March 2013). Fantastic song, which I described on Twitter as a kind of nuts Anita Baker/Willie Mitchell/Feist/Charles Stepney thing with a beat that would've been samplefood for Dre 15 yrs ago. Sticking with that for now. Also the red kite feather we found on holiday in Avebury feels serendipitous.


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John Mulvey

Introducing… Tom Waits: The Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing… Tom Waits: The Ultimate Music Guide

Tom Waits, as you probably know, is right about most things and amusingly duplicitous about most others. He is not, though, infallible. In October 1985, NME's Gavin Martin met Waits at a diner on New York's Lower West Side, for an interview squeezed in between Sunday babysitting duties and a visit from the in-laws.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me



First Look - Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

It's a busy month for fans of Big Star and their mercurial leader, Alex Chilton. There is a new biography, Holly George-Warren's A Man Called Destruction: The Life And Music Of Alex Chilton, From Box Tops To Big Star To Backdoor Man, the news that the first two Big Star albums - for so many years, only available as a two-fer - are getting remastered and reissued and separate albums. And today this documentary, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, finally opens in UK cinemas two years on from its debut at South By South West in March 2012.


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A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!


By its very nature, garage rock can be a trashy, erratic business - inevitable given the unbridled spontaneity it privileges. One of the many amazing things about Ty Segall and the ever-expanding circle of artists around him, however, is how they've found a way of adding consistency to the...