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STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS: MIRROR TRAFFIC

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS: MIRROR TRAFFICThe cryptic professor of American indie leads his Jicks to a fifth...

SCREAMING TREES - LAST WORDS: THE FINAL RECORDINGS

SCREAMING TREES - LAST WORDS: THE FINAL RECORDINGSLate ’90s testament from grunge’s nearly men...

GRANDADDY - THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP 2000

GRANDADDY - THE SOPHTWARE SLUMP 2000Californians’ millennial angst, deluxed...

MADELEINE PEYROUX - STANDING ON THE ROOFTOP

MADELEINE PEYROUX - STANDING ON THE ROOFTOPSpartan but rewarding collection from the flighty New York chanteuse...

LEON RUSSELL - THE BEST OF

LEON RUSSELL - THE BEST OFTop-drawer retrospective from the super-sessioneer turned solo great...

TANGERINE DREAM - ZEIT REISSUE

TANGERINE DREAM - ZEIT REISSUEGerman synth explorers’ third goes beyond space-rock to ponder the nature of eternity itself...

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - HOUSE OF RUFUS

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT - HOUSE OF RUFUSHis entire output, plus bountiful extras, all in – what else? – a beautiful, blood-red velvet box...

THE HORRORS - SKYING

THE HORRORS - SKYINGUp, up and away! Epic art-rock set from outsider heroes...

REM - LIFES RICH PAGEANT 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITION

REM - LIFES RICH PAGEANT 25th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONThe breakthrough fourth album, reissued with a trove of demos...In 1986, REM’s elevation to umpty-...

DAVE ALVIN - ELEVEN ELEVEN

DAVE ALVIN - ELEVEN ELEVENFormer Blasters man, back with more roughshod blues anthems for a lost California...

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE - FIELD SONGS

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE - FIELD SONGSPunk bluesman’s songs of hard toil in the Iowa soil...

LOVE - BLACK BEAUTY

LOVE - BLACK BEAUTYArthur Lee’s 1973 hard-rock/ funk opus, finally out from the shadows...

GILLIAN WELCH - THE HARROW AND THE HARVEST

GILLIAN WELCH - THE HARROW AND THE HARVESTThis is a reaping song! Eight years on from Soul Journey, Welch and David Rawlings return with...

DUANE EDDY - ROAD TRIP

DUANE EDDY - ROAD TRIPGuided by Richard Hawley, The Twang remains, majestically, The Thang...

BON IVER - BON IVER

BON IVER - BON IVER‘Folk’ prodigy steps outside the cabin, and engages with the world. Widescreen, intimate and...

NEIL YOUNG & THE INTERNATIONAL HARVESTERS - A TREASURE

NEIL YOUNG & THE INTERNATIONAL HARVESTERS - A TREASURERevisiting Farmer Neil’s hard-hollerin’ country collective, as the Archives rummage reaches that...

PAUL SIMON - SO BEAUTIFUL OR SO WHAT

PAUL SIMON - SO BEAUTIFUL OR SO WHATHarsh words, softly spoken: the gospel according to Paul...

DONOVAN - SUNSHINE SUPERMAN REISSUE

DONOVAN - SUNSHINE SUPERMAN REISSUESwinging troubadour’s foray into Celtic myth and psychedelic daydreams, reborn in stereo...

MY MORNING JACKET - CIRCUITAL

MY MORNING JACKET - CIRCUITALKentuckians’ collective sense of identity reinvigorated on sixth LP...

KATE AND ANNA MCGARRIGLE - TELL MY SISTER

KATE AND ANNA MCGARRIGLE - TELL MY SISTERFolk siblings’ glorious first two albums, remastered, plus demos and unreleased material...

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The 28th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


There's a song on this new Purling Hiss album, playing again now, that sounds more or less like "Debaser" played by Dinosaur Jr. Along with the intensely spirited debut by Mary Timony's Ex-Hex and a comp of the pre-...