John Mulvey

Some more thoughts on Kate Bush and Alice Gerrard



Some more thoughts on Kate Bush and Alice Gerrard

On Sunday, Kate Bush inadvertently staged a one-woman assault on the British charts. This week, 11 records in the Official UK Albums Chart are by Bush – not bad, really, for a woman who has only really released nine new studio albums in the past 36 years.


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Cate Le Bon and Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review



Cate Le Bon and Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks at End Of The Road 2014 - review
British Sea Power at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Connan Mockasin at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review
The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Yo La Tengo at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Richard Thompson & Tinariwen at End Of The Road 2014 - review

One of the highlights of Saturday so far is Cate Le Bon, performing with her three-piece band on the Garden Stage. The vast majority of the set is taken from last year's excellent Mug Museum, and that album's brittle, angular cuts like "I Can't Help You" are the most exciting of the show.


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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
Connan Mockasin & St Vincent at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Cate Le Bon & Sam Lee at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Gruff Rhys at End Of The Road 2014 - review
The Flaming Lips at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Yo La Tengo at End Of The Road 2014 - review
Richard Thompson & Tinariwen at End Of The Road 2014 - review

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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The Father, The Sun And The Holy Ghost… An interview with Hiss Golden Messenger


One bright Sunday morning, MC Taylor is driving through his patch of North Carolina, past New Hope Creek and the Eno River, over the Chatham County Line and the James Taylor Bridge in Chapel Hill, near the Haw River and the valley that he has meditated upon in song these past few years. Through...