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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John Mulvey

"How does it feel to be pathologised?": "The Dylanologists" reviewed



"How does it feel to be pathologised?": "The Dylanologists" reviewed

How does it feel, to be pathologised? A few of you might wonder as much, picking up with some trepidation David Kinney’s “The Dylanologists: Adventures In The Land Of Bob”. For here is a book that purports to expose the eccentricities of Bob Dylan’s most obsessive fans, who – imagine! - spend all their money on bootlegs, rarities and ephemera, follow the Neverending Tour around the world, crowd the front rows of his gigs, meticulously work through his lyrics for meaning and echo. Not to be paranoid here, but is Kinney talking about us?


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Michael Bonner

From Doctor Who to Glastonbury: an interview with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Paddy Kingsland



From Doctor Who to Glastonbury: an interview with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Paddy Kingsland

One of the things I wrote about in the new issue of Uncut is a review of the latest vinyl reissues from what was the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. For a panel to accompany the review, I had the good fortune to speak to composer Paddy Kingsland, one of the legendary studio boffins currently touring in the live iteration of the Workshop.


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John Mulvey

The 20th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 20th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

Emotional times, as this is Allan’s last day as editor of Uncut. Before we get down to that, though, here are the records we’ve been playing in the office this week.


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Allan Jones

Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin, The Felice Brothers, Strand Of Oaks, The Antlers, Sturgill Simpson, Sharon Van Etten on new Uncut CD!



Dave Alvin And Phil Alvin, The Felice Brothers, Strand Of Oaks, The Antlers, Sturgill Simpson, Sharon Van Etten on new Uncut CD!

The new issue of Uncut went on sale last Friday, with a cover story on Paul Weller and features on Bob Dylan in the 80s, Dolly Parton , Black Sabbath, Allen Toussaint, Harry Dean Stanton, Sharon Van Etten and The Shadows - a joyously eclectic mix by any standards.


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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...