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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...

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me BackDefinitive statement from the whip-smart, uncompromising string band...

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - reissues

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - reissuesSix core, transitional works of Will Oldham's canon remastered...

Go-Kart Mozart - On The Hotdog Streets

Go-Kart Mozart - On The Hotdog StreetsLawrence unveils his Novelty Rock masterpiece...

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy - Live From The Artists Den

Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy - Live From The Artists DenRelaxed session from the Golden God of Nashville...

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee Reaper

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee ReaperThe vanguard's first three albums are difficult, but peerless...

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The UniverseHeroic comeback album from soul giant...

Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold

Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished GoldZen and the art of twang: LA's cosmic psych cowboys return after a decade-long hiatus...

Can - The Lost Tapes

Can - The Lost TapesThis huge set of unheard cuts, forgotten by the band, restates the pioneers importance...

Patti Smith - Banga

Patti Smith - BangaSweet music, heavy issues on first collection of original material since 2004...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon RitualBlack Crowe's head music dives deep into the past...

Paul Simon - Graceland reissue

Paul Simon - Graceland reissue25th anniversary edition of Simon's surprising classic...

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars40th anniversary clean up shows the devil in the detail...

Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar

Dexys - One Day I'm Going To SoarEven the longest journeys can end up taking you full circle...

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - AmericanaThe loosest group in rock reunite with Young for this dark, raw and thrilling slice of electrified...

Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution

Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution4 CD box stuffed with blues, folk and songs that shaped an era...

Joey Ramone - . . . ya know?

Joey Ramone - . . . ya know?Breathtaking and bittersweet: Joey’s crown jewel, a stunning coda to the Ramones' saga...

Sugar - Copper Blue [reissue]

Sugar - Copper Blue [reissue]Bob Mould at his belligerent best...

George Harrison - Early Takes Vol 1

George Harrison - Early Takes Vol 1Quiet ones from the quiet one...

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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...