Allan Jones

Introducing - The Cure: the Ultimate Music Guide



Introducing - The Cure: the Ultimate Music Guide

We’re busy this week finishing the next issue of Uncut – the final pages are being signed off and sent as I write this. We’re also packing an ungodly amount of stuff into crates and boxes ahead of another office move this weekend to the floor below the one we’ve been calling home since the last time we packed up and moved.


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Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Three: Trans, Arc Iris, You Are Wolf, Lisa Knapp



Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Three: Trans, Arc Iris, You Are Wolf, Lisa Knapp

In the same way that Marshall amps revolutionised rock music, allowing heavy rock and metal to flourish, loop pedals have changed the state of play for solo performers. No longer having to rely on real-time performing, the first two acts on tonight at the final night of Club Uncut at The Great Escape have been able to take folk to stranger, new climes.


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Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Two: Courtney Barnett, Ethan Johns, Syd Arthur, Serafina Steer



Club Uncut at The Great Escape 2014 – Day Two: Courtney Barnett, Ethan Johns, Syd Arthur, Serafina Steer

After last night's Hold Steady-headlined first night, Uncut's stage at The Great Escape continues tonight (May 10) with an opening set from Serafina Steer.


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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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"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye": Cosimo Matassa 1926-2014


Among my post last week, I received a nice care package from Ace Records that included one quite weird Duke Ellington album ("My People"); Volume 3 of their "Where Country Meets Soul" series (I cannot recommend Ralph ''Soul'' Jackson's version of ''Jambalaya'' highly enough); and, maybe best of...