John Mulvey

The 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2014



The 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2014

There's a song on this new Purling Hiss album, playing again now, that sounds more or less like "Debaser" played by Dinosaur Jr. Along with the intensely spirited debut by Mary Timony's Ex-Hex and a comp of the pre-Beachwood Sparks, Sebadoh-indebted Further, it feels a little like College Rock revisited week. Deep late '80s/early '90s vibes, good times etc.


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John Mulvey

White Fence, OOIOO, Ty Segall, other stuff...



White Fence, OOIOO, Ty Segall, other stuff...

One of the many privileges and occasional disorientations of working for a monthly music mag is that we hear some music so far ahead of release that it can be easy to forget when the albums actually come out. So while the world of Ty Segall-related projects might have moved on here to the monstrous Wand album (out on Segall's God imprint in late August), it's instructive to remember that Segall's own "Manipulator", which we've had for a while, isn't out 'til then, either.


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Michael Bonner

10 Music Films Still To Come In 2014...



10 Music Films Still To Come In 2014...

After an otherwise mediocre start to the year, the second half of 2014 looks set to be more promising for aficionados of music films. For a start, fans of Big Star who’ve been waiting for Nothing Can Hurt Me to arrive on UK screens will finally have their patience rewarded when Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori’s film about Alex Chilton and co finally gets a UK release next month.


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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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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...