Music Reviews

The National - Mistaken For Strangers

The National - Mistaken For StrangersMatt Berninger's awkward little brother creates a strange and moving documentary...

The Punk Singer: A Film About Kathleen Hanna

The Punk Singer: A Film About Kathleen HannaHeart and teeth bared in a vivid portrait of the riot grrrl spearhead...

Jack White - Lazaretto

Jack White - LazarettoThird Man maverick shows little sign of mellowing on wild and witty second solo album...

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...

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The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out,...