Music Reviews

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...

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And Weiss

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And WeissSoCal boho's "alternative jungle music" finds its groove...

Bobby Bare - Darker Than Light

Bobby Bare - Darker Than LightSeasoned campaigner yanks up his roots...

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday RobotsJourney through the past... The songwriter's solo debut proper is his most personal statement yet...

Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Thee Oh Sees - DropOscillating garage rock weirdness from West Coast psychonaut...

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)Swamp-pop goes Woodstock: Louisiana legend's rarely heard '72 masterpiece with The Band...

The Delines - Colfax Avenue

The Delines - Colfax AvenueRichmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin is back with a new band, a female singer and a rich collection of...

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté - Toumani & Sidiki

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté - Toumani & SidikiFather and son entwine koras in a cross-generational celebration...

Slint - Spiderland Boxset

Slint - Spiderland BoxsetPost-rock's crowning glory beautifully remastered, with bonus tracks, a film... and its mystery...

Real Estate - Atlas

Real Estate - AtlasGreetings from Bergen County, New Jersey… A ravishing third album from jangling romantics...

Robbie Basho - The Voice Of The Eagle

Robbie Basho - The Voice Of The EagleBlanket coverage - the Native American influence on this guitar raga sage...

Ben Watt - Hendra

Ben Watt - HendraStark, beautiful return for the solo Everything But The Girl man...

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball1995 masterpiece reissued with disc of out-takes and making-of DVD...

The Afghan Whigs - Do To The Beast

The Afghan Whigs - Do To The BeastIt will never be over. Greg Dulli’s emotional return...

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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...