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Mogwai - Come On Die Young Deluxe Edition

Mogwai - Come On Die Young Deluxe EditionNoise abatement! The Scots' chilly, sparse masterpiece gets a lavish, four-album treatment...

Conor Oberst - Upside Down Mountain

Conor Oberst - Upside Down MountainThe shambolic Bright Eyes auteur submits to a Wilsonian extreme makeover...

Various Artists - C86

Various Artists - C86The infamous mail-order tape gets a lavish three-disc treatment...

XTC - Skylarking

XTC - SkylarkingField music: Swindoners’ pastoral epiphany, finally as nature intended...

Dead Moon - In The Graveyard / Unknown Passage / Defiance

Dead Moon - In The Graveyard / Unknown Passage / DefiancePortland garage rock refuseniks still doing it their way. The first three albums, for the first...

The Black Keys - Turn Blue

The Black Keys - Turn BlueFollowing the triumph of El Camino, Auerbach, Carney and Danger Mouse roll the dice, play it where...

Bruce Springsteen - A Musicares Tribute

Bruce Springsteen - A Musicares TributeThe good, the bad and the ugly pay tribute to a mighty catalogue as The Boss looks on...

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country MusicAnyone for metaphysical prog country? Nashville songwriter heads for the stars...

Roddy Frame - Seven Dials

Roddy Frame - Seven DialsThe Aztec Camera-man relives his early-'80s glories - slap bass and all...

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And SupermarketsJarvis and co shoot for a happy ending...

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing (Deluxe edition)

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing (Deluxe edition)Pull up to her bumper! Disco diva’s 1981 new-wave masterpiece pimped out with b-sides and...

Wreckless Eric - Le Beat Groupe Electrique / The Donovan Of Trash

Wreckless Eric - Le Beat Groupe Electrique / The Donovan Of TrashThe whole wide world, captured via the lo-fi blues...

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten - Are We ThereHeart on sleeve missives on excellent self-produced third from National associate...

Hamilton Leithauser - The Black Hours

Hamilton Leithauser - The Black HoursStrings, swooning, good humour. “White collar Americana” from the former Walkmen singer...

Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be KindAnother set of pulverising epics from Michael Gira...

Autoluminescent

AutoluminescentThe sad story of Roland S Howard, vividly told...

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin Hannett

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin HannettThe disorderly story of the architect of the Factory Records sound...

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And Weiss

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And WeissSoCal boho's "alternative jungle music" finds its groove...

Bobby Bare - Darker Than Light

Bobby Bare - Darker Than LightSeasoned campaigner yanks up his roots...

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday RobotsJourney through the past... The songwriter's solo debut proper is his most personal statement yet...

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The 31st Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Some logical excitement here this week about the impending Leonard Cohen and Aphex Twin albums; in the event you've missed it these past couple of days, you can hear Cohen's superb "Almost Like The Blues" further down this blog.

Worth noting, though, some strong...