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Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards - Distance

Dan Michaelson And The Coastguards - DistanceDan Michaelson is not a particularly prolific Tweeter, but between musing about IKEA hotdogs and...

The Allman Brothers Band - The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings

The Allman Brothers Band - The 1971 Fillmore East RecordingsJam - deluxe-packed! The legendary Fillmore stand just got longer...

Peter Rowan - Dharma Blues

Peter Rowan - Dharma BluesBluegrass veteran proves he's still got it...

Ty Segall - Manipulator

Ty Segall - ManipulatorCalifornia's noisy, ever-changing adventurer crafts a double al;bum consolidation of his sounds...

Various Artists - Front Line: Sounds Of Reality

Various Artists - Front Line: Sounds Of RealityFive CD, 91 track bonanza from reggae’s golden age...

Robyn Hitchcock - The Man Upstairs

Robyn Hitchcock - The Man UpstairsFerry aid: Roxy covers and much more from eternal Soft Boy...

Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity

Cold Specks - NeuroplasticityBigger, bolder second by brooding Canadian...

Morrissey - Introducing Morrissey

Morrissey - Introducing MorrisseyFirst time on DVD for 1995 concert film...

Billy Joe Shaver - Long In The Tooth

Billy Joe Shaver - Long In The Tooth“The record’s about me...”; first in six years from country songwriting legend...

Elvis Presley - Elvis: That's The Way It Is Deluxe Edition

Elvis Presley - Elvis: That's The Way It Is Deluxe EditionEarly '70s touchstone, expanded to 10 discs...

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell 20th Anniversary Edition

Pink Floyd - The Division Bell 20th Anniversary EditionAfter the legal case, the musical one. Strong second from the Waters-less Floyd, expanded into a 6...

Big Boys - Lullabies That Help The Brain Grow / No Matter How Long The Line Is At The Cafeteria, There's Always A Seat

Big Boys - Lullabies That Help The Brain Grow / No Matter How Long The Line Is At The Cafeteria, There's Always A SeatTexas' idealistic, punk/funk avatars finally get their due: "Now go start your own band!"

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - CSNY 1974

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - CSNY 1974CSNY's "Doom Tour" exhumed, and reconstructed into an ideal show from their stadium excursion...

Monty Python's Flying Circus - Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection

Monty Python's Flying Circus - Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: The Complete CollectionThe Python catalogue, repackaged and remastered. Lovely plumage...

John Fullbright - Songs

John Fullbright - SongsSecond album confirms a major new Americana voice...

Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your BusinessI know it’s not over… The Moz enters a gripping new, possibly climactic, career phase...

King Creosote - From Scotland With Love

King Creosote - From Scotland With LoveFresh from the acclaimed Diamond Mine collaboration, the prolific Fifer pushes forward on his own...

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers - Hypnotic EyePetty and band return with their hardest-rocking album in 25 years. Oh yeah, all right!

Willie Nelson - Band Of Brothers

Willie Nelson - Band Of Brothers"It's good to be writing again..." A rare letter home by the Red Headed Stranger...

Reigning Sound - Shattered

Reigning Sound - ShatteredSoul-saturated, heart-tugging, Memphis-celebrating offering from Greg Cartwright’s latest line-up...

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Editor's Letter

The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Weird serendipities aplenty this week: versions of "O, Death" on two albums I downloaded one after another, by Mike & Cara Gangloff and Bessie Jones; dovetailing into Sea Island overlap between Jones and Loscil. It makes for a nice blurring between time and genre with, say, the Gangloffs...