Music Reviews

The Yardbirds - Little Games

Top-notch 1967 reissue plus zany studio and BBC sessions

Turbonegro

Saucy punk-metal benchmarks from '96 and '98

Mouse On Mars - Rost Pocks—The EP Collection

Collection of early work from German techno duo

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Funk-rock archaeology, with extra tracks and liner notes by Flea

Ether Madness

Re-release of first four albums from missing link between Banshees and Valentines, remastered by...

Blitzkrieg Flop

Flaky, star-studded homage to the late, great Joey, Dee Dee and Da Brudders

Sex'n'Sax Machine

Unmissable reissue of No Wave don's two 1979 albums on one CD

Janis Joplin - The Essential Janis Joplin

Handy two-CD career retrospective of ill-starred singer who happened in Monterey

Various Artists - Legend Of A Mind: The Underground Anthology

Shockingly good three-CD archive of UK prog-rock

Department S - Sub-Stance

With NYC's bright new hopes (Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) openly worshipping at the altar of scratchy...

Miaow - When It All Comes Down

Cath Carroll's complete 'C86' years

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Various Artists

Esteemed wacky Welsh group's early years plus Ankst two-CD retrospective

Spandau Ballet - True

North London fops' third album, remastered for 20th anniversary

Serge Gainsbourg - Initials SG—The Ultimate Best Of

Sleazy balladeer's finest, with liner tributes from Beck

Return Of The Grievous Angel

The mighty Lemonhead gets seven-year-itch and returns a much-changed man

Stephen Jones - Almost Cured Of Sadness

Former Baby Bird man delves deeply into his love/hate relationship with television

Going To California

South London duo head out West to beef up sound for follow-up to The Optimist LP

Wayne Kramer - Adult World

The Hellacopters and Syd Straw aid MCS guitarist on fourth solo LP

Moloko - Statues

Sheffield's ever-quirky modern dance troupe refine their chilly club choons

Nicolai Dunger - Tranquil Isolation

Well-connected singer-songwriter on the spot again. Features Will Oldham

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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...