John Mulvey

An interview with Cian Nugent



An interview with Cian Nugent

Cian Nugent & The Cosmos’ “Born With The Caul” is one of my favourite albums of the year, as I tried to explain as part of this blog from a month or so back. The album came out this week, anyhow, so I thought it was worth posting this Q&A with Cian here. Some really nice stuff on his influences, especially…


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Michael Bonner

Wes Anderson presents... Castello Cavalcanti



Wes Anderson presents... Castello Cavalcanti

Apologies for the brevity of this blog - we're on deadlines - but I thought I'd share this, a new seven minute short film from Wes Anderson.


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John Mulvey

The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 42nd Uncut Playlist Of 2013

Apologies for the frustrating gaps that appear in this week’s playlist. A lot of 2014 releases arriving in the office now, some of which haven’t been officially announced. As a consequence I have to keep their identities suppressed for the time being; I’ll try and fill in the missing words once these albums are formally unveiled.


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Michael Bonner

The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Shoreditch Electric Light Station, November 9, 2013



The BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Shoreditch Electric Light Station, November 9, 2013

Last year, I interviewed the film director Peter Strickland about Berberian Sound Studio, his tribute to the Heath Robinson-style endeavours of analogue sound designers. Strickland and I chatted about the influences for his main character, a tweedy sound engineer called Gilderoy; Strickland mentioned pioneering figures like Adam Bohman, Vernon Elliott and Basil Kirchin.


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John Mulvey

The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 41st Uncut Playlist Of 2013

In haste again this week, but various delays in posting this have at least meant that the playlist has kept growing: 32 entries, with seven interesting things to listen to, including Neil Young and a couple of strong new artists, the pretty psych Morgan Delt and Matt Kivel, whose album reminds me a bit of the first one by Bon Iver.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Ridley Scott's The Counsellor



First Look - Ridley Scott's The Counsellor

There’s a scene in Cormac McCarthy's novel No Country For Old Men, where sheriff Ed Tom Bell and his deputy arrive at the site of a particularly grisly murder. “It’s a mess, ain’t it sheriff?” asks the deputy. Surveying the corpses and the wreck of a burned out SUV, Bell replies, “If it ain’t, it’ll do till a mess gets here.”


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Michael Bonner

Parkland and the assassination of JFK



Parkland and the assassination of JFK

Celebrating anniversaries has, I guess, become second nature in the music industry now. A quick pass through the reviews pages in the last couple of issues of Uncut reveal anniversary reissues and special editions for Nirvana, Billy Bragg, Tears For Fears, R.E.M, Four Tet and Bob Marley.


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John Mulvey

The Necks live, London Cafe Oto, November 4, 2013



The Necks live, London Cafe Oto, November 4, 2013

A lot of things can happen when you watch The Necks, the magnificent Australian improvising trio, play live. Sometimes, you can become fixated on prosaic details: how does Tony Buck’s left hand keep vibrating that shaker onto his drumkit at such an ecstatic velocity for so long, for instance? Do they have hidden clocks that allow them to move so elegantly to a conclusion without appearing to even acknowledge each other’s presence, let alone look at one another? Will unzipping my coat be an unacceptably noisy intervention?


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity



First Look - Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity

Avatar has much to answer for. Blue-skinned aliens aside, James Cameron’s film was famously heralded (at least by the PR team) as the future of cinema – a digital epic to change the shape of the modern blockbuster.


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John Mulvey

The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 40th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

A brief moment away from collating Uncut’s end of year album charts to post this: 24 records etc we’ve played over the last couple of days in the Uncut office.


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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...