21 key records played in the Uncut office this past week…

Not quite as long a playlist as some weeks, maybe because a) I’ve been quite stuck on that Deslondes album, as well as the pretty Go-Betweensy debut from Courtney Barnett affiliate Fraser A Gorman, and of course “The Monsanto Years”; and b) Kamasi Washington’s often tremendous album is about three hours long, and eats up a lot of time.

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen an appalling photo of the new issue of Uncut that I posted earlier this morning, plugging the Rolling Stones cover story – it’s Jagger on “Sticky Fingers” – in the wake of them playing the whole album in LA last night. Our lucky subscribers should be getting this over the weekend, and it arrives in UK shops next Tuesday. Also featuring 13th Floor Elevators, Jim O’Rourke, Hipgnosis, Sturgill Simpson, Ian Dury, SFA, Ringo and me, at length, on Mick Head And The Strands.

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1 Rachel Grimes – The Clearing (Temporary Residence)

2 Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree (Full Time Hobby)

3 Mac DeMarco – Another One (Captured Tracks)

4 Various Artists – Kollektion 4: By Richard Fearless (Bureau B)

5 Neil Young – The Monsanto Years (Reprise)

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7 The Deslondes – The Deslondes (New West)

8 Courtney Love – Miss Narcissist (Ghost Ramp)

9 Fraser A Gorman – Slow Gum (House Anxiety/Marathon Artists)

10 Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs (Drag City)

Read my review of Jim O’Rourke’s Simple Songs here

11 Drinks – Hermits On Holiday (Heavenly)

12 The Ex & Fendika – Lale Guma/Addis Hum (Ex)

13 Hiss Golden Messenger/Michael Chapman/Caught On Tape/Bishop-Orcutt-Corsano/Bardo Pond/William Tyler/Six Organs Of Admittance/Yo La Tengo/Kurt Vile/Steve Gunn – Parallelogram (Three Lobed Recordings)

14 Briana Marela – Surrender (Jagjaguwar)

15 Kamasi Washington – The Epic (Brainfeeder)

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17 Peacers – Peacers (Drag City)

18 Sun Kil Moon – Universal Themes (Rough Trade)

19 Frazey Ford – Indian Ocean (Nettwerk)

20 The Black Dog – Neither/Neither (Dust Science Recordings)

21 Daniel Romano – If I’ve Only One Time Askin’ (New West)

  • Peter Polák

    The Deslondes. Fantastic real roots music.

  • Duke of Monmouth

    I was really taken to Sam Doores last year when he done his solo set before Hurray for the Riff Raff, love Yum Yum,very much looking forward to the album and tour.
    I have also enjoyed the three songs released from Universal Themes,Garden of Lavender especially! No review I see yet John.
    With regard to probably my favourite ever album Micheal Head And the Strands have they just remastered it or are there any extra’s?
    I asked a few years ago 6 music’s Nermone to play “X hits the spot” from the above mentioned after we had a discussion about Arthur Lee she replied that the Beeb didnt own a copy of “The Magical World of The Strands” hopefully that will change now!