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Grizzly Bear - Shields

Grizzly Bear - ShieldsClass of '09 grads think bigger; wilder.

Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention reissues

Frank Zappa/The Mothers Of Invention reissuesThe Zappa Motherlode: 12 albums reissued this month and 48 more by the end of the year...

Cat Power - Sun

Cat Power - SunThe once-troubled singer returns. Has she finally got her shit together?

Calexico - Algiers

Calexico - AlgiersThe desert rockers soak up some New Orleans spirit, with refreshing results...

Bob Dylan - Tempest

Bob Dylan - TempestBob Dylan’s fantastic new album opens with a train song. Given the wrath to come and the often...

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz

Animal Collective - Centipede Hz“Sometimes you gotta go get mad!” The full gang reconvene in Baltimore for a feral but friendly...

Bill Fay - Life Is People

Bill Fay - Life Is PeopleBeautifully measured return to the studio from this humble master of English song...

The Kinks - The Kinks At The BBC

The Kinks - The Kinks At The BBCFrom the beginning the Kinks’ career was intimately entwined with the BBC. In the year following...

James Yorkston - I Was A Cat From A Book

James Yorkston - I Was A Cat From A BookAlt.folkie calms down, but still delivers some classics...

Ry Cooder - Election Special

Ry Cooder - Election SpecialRyland’s points a righteous finger at the “deacons in the High Church of the Next Dollar”...

Lee Hazelwood - A House Safe For Tigers

Lee Hazelwood - A House Safe For TigersSoundtrack album, from Hazlewood’s mysterious exile in Sweden...

Elton John - 5 Classic Albums (1970 - 73)

Elton John - 5 Classic Albums (1970 - 73)From humble ivory-tickler to global sensation - the singer-songwriter's rise chronicled...

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature ThemesNow available in stereo: LA minstrel’s junkshop hi-fi comes to life...

Ride reissues

Ride reissuesShoegazing icons majestic catalogue reissued...

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Live At The Checkerboard Lounge

Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones - Live At The Checkerboard LoungeMomentous all-star blues jam in Chicago...

Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings 1972 - 1982

Roxy Music - The Complete Studio Recordings 1972 - 1982Remastered, if not remade or remodelled: Roxy’s radical motherlode...

Blur - 21: The Box

Blur - 21: The BoxHolding on for tomorrow… The definitive British band of the 1990s unveil their definitive boxset (...

The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem - HandwrittenFourth album signals a slight shift. But is it in the right direction?

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo MagellanBrooklyn brainiacs go back to basics? Not quite...

Philadelphia International Records:The 40th Anniversary Box Set

Philadelphia International Records:The 40th Anniversary Box SetSleek, mammoth 10 CD box from Seventies soul’s orchestral kings...

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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...