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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Allan Jones

The Specials, Madness and The Selecter: The 1979 2-Tone tour remembered



The Specials, Madness and The Selecter: The 1979 2-Tone tour remembered

I was reminiscing with an old friend over the weekend about The Specials, his favourite band. Our chat brought us to the great 1979 2-Tone Tour that featured The Specials, supported by Madness and The Selecter, a snapshot of which now duly follows.


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Michael Bonner

Wes Anderson: all aboard the Grand Budapest Hotel cruise...



Wes Anderson: all aboard the Grand Budapest Hotel cruise...

It's been a busy few days for fans of Wes Anderson.


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Michael Bonner

Damon Albarn, Great Hall, Queen Mary University, London, May 1, 2014



Damon Albarn, Great Hall, Queen Mary University, London, May 1, 2014

Damon Albarn is a man of many guises, and it seems he also has an outfit to match them all. In his role as Blur frontman, he consistently favoured Fred Perry tops and oxblood Doc Martens. As a member of Gorillaz, he even went as far as to adopt an entirely different persona – the spiky-haired animated singer 2D (real name: Stuart Tusspot). For The Good, The Bad And The Queen, he favoured a Two Tone-style dark suit and a low top hat, and for his reimagining of the life of Elizabethan mystic John Dee, he went as far as to grow a beard. Tonight, he arrives on stage wearing a simple suit and tie and a pair of desert boots.


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Michael Bonner

Why Blue Ruin is one of the best films of the year...



Why Blue Ruin is one of the best films of the year...

There is something to be said for the shoe-string budget movie. Recent films like Locke (Tom Hardy having a meltdown while travelling in a car from Birmingham to London) proved to be a refreshing and inventive corrective to the seasonal trudge of blockbusters. Blue Ruin is a similarly impressive low-budget affair, showcasing two emergent talents: writer/director Jeremy Saulnier and lead actor Macon Blair.


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Allan Jones

Echo And The Bunnymen, Thee Oh Sees, Roddy Frame, Chuck E Weiss, Wry Oak on the new Uncut CD



Echo And The Bunnymen, Thee Oh Sees, Roddy Frame, Chuck E Weiss, Wry Oak on the new Uncut CD

The new issue of Uncut went on sale late last week, with a cover story on Arctic Monkeys and features on Warren Zevon, Kate Bush, Isaac Hayes, Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, The Handsome Family, plus a quick word with Neil Young about what he’s currently up to, which as usual is a lot.


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John Mulvey

The 16th Uncut Playlist Of 2014: hear new Neil Young, Jack White and much more...



The 16th Uncut Playlist Of 2014: hear new Neil Young, Jack White and much more...

Beyond the Ebay landfill mountains of luminous “Ghostbusters” singles, there were a weird few days this week when it seemed as if no-one had actually located a copy of Neil Young’s “A Letter Home” on Record Store Day. After everything, did it actually exist? Had Neil, in his current capricious mood, personally had it removed it from the stockrooms of record stores on Friday night?


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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...