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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...

ARCTIC MONKEYS - SUCK IT AND SEE

ARCTIC MONKEYS - SUCK IT AND SEEThe wit is running dry – but these Sheffield rockers are discovering bigger, bolder dimensions...

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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...