John Mulvey

The 18th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 18th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Scene of some devastation this morning, as we’re surrounded by crates, packing for a move to new offices on the floor below. In haste, then: this has been the soundtrack for throwing out a load of old shit these past few days. Special attention, please, to the tremendous new Pye Corner Audio business…


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Michael Bonner

Bob Dylan's new album: let the wild speculation begin!



Bob Dylan's new album: let the wild speculation begin!

Yesterday was bookended by a pair of unexpected releases. In the morning, Morrissey unveiled his first new studio material in almost five years, then just as we were packing up for the day, a new track appeared without fanfare on Bob Dylan’s website. Admittedly, we had been expecting some new music from Morrissey; Dylan, however, caught us entirely by surprise, and not for the first time...


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John Mulvey

Track Premiere: Hiss Golden Messenger's "Brother, Do You Know The Road?"



Track Premiere: Hiss Golden Messenger's "Brother, Do You Know The Road?"

Sometimes great songs fall by the wayside, for whatever reason, and over the past year or so it’s felt that Hiss Golden Messenger’s “Brother, Do You Know the Road?” might unfortunately be one of those.


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Allan Jones

Introducing - The Cure: the Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing - The Cure: the Ultimate Music Guide

We’re busy this week finishing the next issue of Uncut – the final pages are being signed off and sent as I write this. We’re also packing an ungodly amount of stuff into crates and boxes ahead of another office move this weekend to the floor below the one we’ve been calling home since the last time we packed up and moved.


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Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Three: Trans, Arc Iris, You Are Wolf, Lisa Knapp



Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Three: Trans, Arc Iris, You Are Wolf, Lisa Knapp

In the same way that Marshall amps revolutionised rock music, allowing heavy rock and metal to flourish, loop pedals have changed the state of play for solo performers. No longer having to rely on real-time performing, the first two acts on tonight at the final night of Club Uncut at The Great Escape have been able to take folk to stranger, new climes.


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Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Two: Courtney Barnett, Ethan Johns, Syd Arthur, Serafina Steer



Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Two: Courtney Barnett, Ethan Johns, Syd Arthur, Serafina Steer

After last night's Hold Steady-headlined first night, Uncut's stage at The Great Escape continues tonight (May 10) with an opening set from Serafina Steer.


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Uncut at The Great Escape 2014! Night 1: The Hold Steady, The Rails, Alice Boman, PHOX...



Uncut at The Great Escape 2014! Night 1: The Hold Steady, The Rails, Alice Boman, PHOX...

The storms battering the South Coast have blown themselves out by the time Club Uncut reconvenes for another year at The Great Escape festival. It’s after midnight and very nearly pitch-black in the Dome Studio just before our first night’s headliners, The Hold Steady, dramatically hit the lights, then the stage. “As the song says,” Craig Finn promises, “we’re gonna have a real good time together.”


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John Mulvey

The 17th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 17th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

So much good here this time out, after missing a playlist last week for various reasons. Where to start?


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John Mulvey

Q&A: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires



Q&A: Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

A month or so back, I sent Lee Bains III a few questions for a Q&A to run alongside my review of the Glory Fires’ “Dereconstructed” in Uncut. Bains’ answers turned out to be more thoughtful, interesting and extensive than pretty much any email interview I’ve previously conducted, so I’m pleased to run them in their entirety here…


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John Mulvey

Reviewed! Neil Young, "A Letter Home"



Reviewed! Neil Young, "A Letter Home"

About ten years ago, I had a series of conversations with some people preparing a new edition of Harry Smith’s Anthology Of American Music. Their aim, it seemed, was to take the 84 tracks originally compiled from Smith’s collection of 78s, and subject them to a vigorous digital clean-up. How much better would these songs sound, was their reasoning, if all the grit and static was removed, leaving the performances unsullied and sharp?


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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,...