John Mulvey

The 27th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 27th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

A bit of a manic week, for various reasons, not least the fact that we've finished two magazines: the next issue of Uncut, which should be coming your way on July 29; and an Ultimate Music Guide dedicated to the genius of…


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Michael Bonner

Monty Python Live (Mostly), O2 Arena, London, July 15, 2014



Monty Python Live (Mostly), O2 Arena, London, July 15, 2014

When Mick Jagger recently appeared in a promotion sketch, dryly describing these Monty Python reunion shows as "a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth", it demonstrated that the Pythons still have the rock star heft of their ‘70s pomp.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed! Neil Young & Crazy Horse, London Hyde Park, July 12, 2014



Reviewed! Neil Young & Crazy Horse, London Hyde Park, July 12, 2014

It is hard to tell where Neil Young and what we can just about call Crazy Horse end their main set in Hyde Park, Saturday night. "Rockin' In The Free World" has spluttered to a conclusion, of sorts, and the band appear to have left the stage. Then, you notice Young remains amidst the debris, pointing agitatedly at the word printed across his new t-shirt: "EARTH".


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Michael Bonner

In praise of Richard Linklater's Boyhood



In praise of Richard Linklater's Boyhood

There is a telling scene early on in Boyhood that gets to the heart of what makes Richard Linklater’s new film so remarkable.


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Michael Bonner

A Hard Day's Night: 50 years on...



A Hard Day's Night: 50 years on...

Last week, the BFI hosted a Q&A session with director Richard Lester, as a prelude to the 50th anniversary re-release of A Hard Day’s Night.


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John Mulvey

The 26th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 26th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Last week, just as I was finishing off the 25th playlist of the year, the new Steve Gunn album arrived. This week, the last-minute radical guitar hero is Chris Forsyth, whose first studio album with the Solar Motel Band is absolutely killing it as I type.


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John Mulvey

Jeff Tweedy interviewed: "This is the biological reason why Hell exists."



Jeff Tweedy interviewed: "This is the biological reason why Hell exists."

I've been playing the new Jeff Tweedy album, "Sukierae", a good deal these past few weeks - or, I should say, the new Tweedy album, since these quietly wired tracks are, strictly speaking, collaborations between the Wilco man and his eldest son, Spencer. I'm slowly beginning to think it might be the best studio album he's been involved with since "A Ghost Is Born".


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John Mulvey

Reviewed! Jack White live at the Hammersmith Apollo, July 3, 2014



Reviewed! Jack White live at the Hammersmith Apollo, July 3, 2014

What strange music Jack White makes these days. At the end of this hot, compelling, tempestuous show, he stands triumphantly on a monitor, guitar held high above head like the hammer of Thor, every inch the conquering stadium rocker.


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John Mulvey

The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 25th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

One of those weeks when the office playlist is taken to a whole new level at the very last moment, thanks to the arrival this morning of the new Steve Gunn album. A couple of previously redacted records can now be revealed, too, as the new efforts by Ryan Adams and Goat


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Michael Bonner

"Somewhere between pure euphoria and terrible insecurity": An interview with The The's Matt Johnson



"Somewhere between pure euphoria and terrible insecurity": An interview with The The's Matt Johnson

In this month's Uncut, I reviewed the deluxe edition of The The's Soul Mining, which has been reissued as a box set with additional material. I was fortunate enough to speak to Matt Johnson for a Q&A to run with the review. In the end, we ended up talking for about an hour, so I thought I'd post the full transcript of my interview here. I hope you enjoy it. I'll endeavour to post the review itself in the next week or so; better still, you can find it in the issue on sale now... (apologies for the shameless plug...)


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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...