Music Reviews

The Vinyl Countdown

Legendary single-a-month scam from indie stalwarts revisited

Forever Young

Achronological compilation with titular reference to album's length. Includes three new tracks

Retro Grades

Nostalgia overload for the School Disco crowd

Ramones - Loud, Fast

The hits that launched a thousand punks

Sir Douglas Quintet

Tex-Mex pioneer who prefigured country rock in the Beatlemania era

John Coltrane

A sax supreme

Various Artists - 16 Classiques De 1995 À 2002

Double CD of best tracks from celebrated Sourcelab compilations

Laibach - The John Peel Sessions

Austere Slovenians' BBC recordings between 1986 and 1987

Grand Drive

Raynes Park-based champions of Americana reissued

Martin Newell - The Off White Album

1995 outing from The Independent's resident poet, with extra material

Pavement - Wowee Zowee

Reissue of US indie icons' undervalued third album

Bittersweet Nothings

Further helpings of articulate and soulful intensity from highly-acclaimed British singer-...

Jenny Toomey - Tempting: Jenny Toomey Sings The Songs Of Franklin Bruno

US chanteuse covers the songbook of lo-fi LA maverick

David Tyack With Malcolm Mooney - Rip Van Winkle

Mancunian prodigy collaborates with ex-Can vocalist on latter's second solo release since 1971

Songs Of Love And Haste

'Godfather of goth' hires former Birthday Party producer Nick Launay for 'urgent' 12th album

Zwan - Mary Star Of The Sea

Ex-Smashing Pumpkin man teams up with David Pajo, formerly of Slint

The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God

Godfathers of Scandinavian rock return with sleeker hi-fi sound

Common - Electric Circus

Socially conscious rapper goes psychedelic, with stunning results

Johnny Marr And The Healers - Boomslang

Sixteen years after The Smiths, Johnny Guitar goes solo

John Doe - Dim Stars, Bright Sky

Former X rocker swaps urban noise for pastoral reverie

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Editor's Letter

The 43rd Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...