John Mulvey

The Grateful Dead and the ultimate "Dark Star"



The Grateful Dead and the ultimate "Dark Star"

It’s not a situation I could have predicted 20 years ago, I’ll admit, but there’s a point I reach quite often on Friday afternoons when all I really want to hear is The Grateful Dead. As default, I’ll cue up something from 1972 – the Wembley Empire Pool set from that year, say – mention it on Twitter, then receive a lot of static from my Dead friends who see me as something of a lightweight for clinging so conservatively to that year.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Nick Cave in 20,000 Days On Earth



First Look - Nick Cave in 20,000 Days On Earth

As an artist, Nick Cave has mastered many different disciplines – musician, novelist and screenwriter among them – but arguably his greatest accomplishment has been the on-going management of ‘Nick Cave’.


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John Mulvey

The 22nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 22nd Uncut Playlist Of 2014

After the Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report business earlier in the week, it’s good to push on today with a bunch of very fine new arrivals, many of which you can hear at least tracks from below.


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Three



The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Three

Yesterday, after I posted this list of my favourite albums of 2014, I received a few messages complaining that there were too many Youtube and Soundcloud clips embedded here, preventing the page from loading properly. Forgive the repetition, then, but I thought it worth reposting the list as three separate blogs; hopefully it’ll work better this time…

Previously: The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part One

Previously: The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Two


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Two



The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part Two

Yesterday, after I posted this list of my favourite albums of 2014, I received a few messages complaining that there were too many Youtube and Soundcloud clips embedded here, preventing the page from loading properly. Forgive the repetition, then, but I thought it worth reposting the list as three separate blogs; hopefully it’ll work better this time…

Previously: The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part One


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part One



The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report Part One

Yesterday, after I posted this list of my favourite albums of 2014, I received a few messages complaining that there were too many Youtube and Soundcloud clips embedded here, preventing the page from loading properly. Forgive the repetition, then, but I thought it worth reposting the list as three separate blogs; hopefully it’ll work better this time…


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John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report



The Best Albums Of 2014: Halftime Report

Always a bit of a gamble doing this, to be honest but, since it’s June, I’ve tried to put together a list of my favourite albums of 2014 thus far. Many caveats forthcoming, not least that my slightly ad hoc way of trying to remember what I’ve liked means I’ve almost certainly missed a few things.


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John Mulvey

The 21st Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 21st Uncut Playlist Of 2014

A few headline comebacks in this week’s playlist, and if you scroll down you should be able to hear strong new music from the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Caribou, David Kilgour and, though perhaps ‘new’ music might be a misnomer, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.


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John Mulvey

On four albums by Mike Cooper...



On four albums by Mike Cooper...

I must confess that, until very recently, I hadn’t really heard of Mike Cooper; more evidence, I guess, of the apparently boundless reserves of records from the early ‘70s still to be reissued (the Bob Carpenter album, due to be released on No Quarter in the autumn, is another great example I should write about soon).


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, "Dereconstructed"



Reviewed: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, "Dereconstructed"

Deep into 2001’s Southern Rock Opera , there’s a point where Patterson Hood produces a mission statement for the Drive-By Truckers – and for an enlightened generation of bands from below the Mason-Dixon line. “You think I'm dumb, maybe not too bright,” he sings, “You wonder how I sleep at night/Proud of the glory, stare down the shame/Duality of the southern thing.”


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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.

It's the first time that Drake has appeared on our cover,...