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The Rolling Stones - GRRR!

The Rolling Stones - GRRR!Despite the silly title and gorilla sleeve, this 3CD compilation proves a respectable primer...

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental TouristCosmic collaboration from two electronic masters...

The Lumineers - The Lumineers

The Lumineers - The LumineersPounding folk debut album from Denver, Colorado-based trio...

Kris Kristofferson - Feeling Mortal

Kris Kristofferson - Feeling MortalMore death, Vicar? Aged 76, KK faces down the Reaper...

Mickey Newbury - Lulled By The Moonlight/Stories From The Silver Moon Cafe/Blue To This Day

Mickey Newbury - Lulled By The Moonlight/Stories From The Silver Moon Cafe/Blue To This DayThe last wilful testaments of a true original...

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965Satisfaction guaranteed! The band's fascinated early days...

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial CollectionHard to believe that Woody Guthrie, conceivably, could still be alive in 2012, given that he’s been...

Allah-Las – Allah-Las

Allah-Las – Allah-LasLos Angeles quartet the Allah-Las have the most perfect of backstories for a group making such...

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & NicoThe banana’s back. Not before time. Late last year, Lou Reed’s reputation suffered a serious blow...

Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos

Donald Fagen - Sunken CondosAn unexpected new treat from the Hall of Famer...

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A Stranger

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A StrangerMore heartbreak and droll humour from one of America’s underrated greats...

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album Collection

Johnny Cash - The Complete Columbia Album CollectionMotherlode: Spanning the decades with the Man in Black—59 albums-plus, across 63 discs...

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted ManA stripped-down - yet chart friendly - return...

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box set

Peter Gabriel - So 25th anniversary box setThe classic '86 solo album, lavishly packaged with extras...

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light Orchestra

Jeff Lynne - Long Wave/Mr. Blue Sky: The Very Best Of Electric Light OrchestraELO man upgrades his hits and re-imagines his youth...

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B

Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan BA real return to form, though it can't match Van's best...

R.E.M - Document reissue

R.E.M - Document reissue25th anniversary reissue, accompanied by contemporaneous live show...

Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The DistanceDrive-By Trucker lifts the lid on his crisis years...

Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel

Bill Wilson - Ever Changing MinstrelBack from the bargain bin, a lost piece of southern-soul-baring...

The XX - Coexist

The XX - CoexistSensual second proves even better than the first...

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The Fourth Uncut Playlist Of 2015


This week's big distraction has been what appears to be a crazy number of early Aphex Twin tracks accumulating on Soundcloud (I've added the link below). Among the new stuff, though, please try Bop English; the new solo project of James Petralli from White Denim.

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