Manu Chao – Clandestino / Bloody Border

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Manu Chao was in a bad way when his band Mano Negra broke up in 1994. Intended as a potent Gallic equivalent of The Clash, after four albums in a turbulent seven years the group had fallen apart in the wake of an insane tour by train across war-torn, bandit-strewn Colombia, dodging bombs and playing impromptu free shows along the way. By the time the train returned to Bogotá six gruelling weeks later, the French-Spanish Chao was the only one left standing. Restless and depressed, he promptly disappeared on a three-year lost weekend, pinballing between Europe, Africa and South America.

He briefly turned up in London, where a musical flirtation with Leftfield promised much but came to nothing, and there were sightings in Paris and Naples. Unable to settle anywhere for more than a few weeks, he next made his way back to Colombia and then to Mexico, where he got out of his gourd on peyote and hung out with the Zapatistas. Then he moved on to Tijuana, where the chaotic energy of the border seemed to suit his mood, before he hit rock bottom in Brazil, where he decided to kill himself.

He claimed that a cow saved his life when it wandered into a desolate beer shack in a run-down Rio favela where he was drinking away his pain. He looked into the cow’s eyes and detected a “tenderness” that made him decide that he wanted to live. He headed back to Europe and landed in Spain, clutching little more than his portable recorder, on which he had been saving the many songs he had written on his travels, intermingled with street sounds, snatches of conversation and other noises of the road. In Madrid and then Galicia he wrote more songs, before making his way to Paris, where he helped former girlfriend Anouk record an album for Virgin. It pushed him into thinking about going back to work and creating his own album from the 50 
songs and snatches haphazardly stored 
on his recorder.

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By the summer of 1997, he had decided which tracks to include but was unsure about the extent to which he wanted to use electronica on the album. In the end the decision was made for him when the software on his computer developed a bug that accidentally stripped out the electronics and the drums. Reportedly, Chao’s only response to this potential catastrophe was to say “le hazard est mon ami”– chance was his friend.

What remained was spare, beautiful, visionary – and more than a little unhinged. If Clandestino sounded unlike anything else one had ever heard on its release in 1998, the closest analogy might to be think of it as a world music equivalent of Skip Spence’s Oar.

Instead of a personal singer-songwriter vibe, Chao created a stoner classic steeped in bouncing global rhythms, full of magical, chiming harmonics and sinuous vocals that weave in and out of the mix in four different languages – Spanish, French, English and Brazilian-Portuguese. The lyrics are full of street slang from the barrios and favelas and oscillate thrillingly between the hilariously surreal (“Bongo Bong”, the album’s best known song, a radical reworking of a Mano Negra track), the bittersweet (“Lagrimas De Oro”), radical politics (“Mentira”) and a beguiling mix of hedonism and despair that drives him to seek redemption in “tequila, sexo, marijuana” (“Buenvenido En Tijuana”).

With Clandestino, Chao created a subversive, multi-lingual global party manifesto that gave voice to the dispossessed and soundtracked a brief but tangible moment of premillennial hope in which it seemed the world was progressively becoming a more tolerant place as we hurtled towards the year 2000. Sadly, times have instead grown darker. Yet if Clandestino captured a moment in time, Chao’s irresistible rhythms and message of resistance continue to sound fresh and vibrant a generation on.

Three bonus tracks bring the story up to date via a cracking reworking of the title track featuring the veteran Trinidadian singer Calypso Rose, new song “Bloody Bloody Border”, which seeks to blow a giant hole in Trump’s wall, and “Roadies Rules”, a new version of a previously unreleased track from the original Clandestino cache.

The album went on to sell more than five million copies around the world, but made little impression in Britain. Perhaps this expanded release will finally redress the balance. In the era of Trump and Brexit, if your faith has been battered by the 21st-century blues, lend Clandestino your ears. It won’t cure anything. But its unique medicine will surely ease the pain.

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Josh Homme announces two new Desert Sessions albums

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Josh Homme has announced the release of two new instalments in his fabled Desert Sessions series – the first for 16 years.

Vol 11 (Arrivederci Despair) and Vol 12 (Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels) will both arrive on October 25 via Matador.

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They were recorded mostly in a six-day span in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens Of The Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters), Mike Kerr (Royal Blood), Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White), Les Claypool (Primus), Matt Sweeney, Matt Berry (Toast of London), Libby Grace and Töôrnst Hülpft.

Watch an interview with Homme about the albums below, and pre-order them here.

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO unveil new album, From Out Of Nowhere

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO have announced that their new album From Out Of Nowhere – their second since reactivating the group in 2014 – will be released on November 1.

Listen to the title track below:

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Once again, Lynne plays nearly every note of the music on guitars, bass, piano, drums, keyboards and vibes, as well as singing all of the lead and layered harmony vocals. Steve Jay, who also engineered the album, adds some percussion and there is a piano solo by Richard Tandy on “One More Time”.

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Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter has died, aged 78

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Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter has died, aged 78. According to a statement from his family, he “died peacefully at home in his bed” on Monday night.

“For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way his is never truly gone,” continues the statement. “In this time of grief please celebrate him the way you all know how, by being together and listening to the music. Let there be songs to fill the air.”

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Hunter first met Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia in 1961, when they were both teenagers. While Hunter didn’t join the first line-up of the band, he began to send them lyrics from his retreat in New Mexico. Garcia encouraged Hunter to return to San Francisco, where he penned pivotal Dead song “Dark Star” and eventually became a permanent member of the band.

Later, Hunter teamed up with Bob Dylan, co-writing most of Together Through Life as well as songs on Down In The Groove and Tempest. He also worked with Elvis Costello and Bruce Hornsby, co-writing “Take You There (Misty)” from the latter’s acclaimed 2019 album, Absolute Zero.

A full obituary will be published in the next issue of Uncut.

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Iggy Pop – Free

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Stooge, solo artist, actor, raconteur, collaborator, lecturer, author, artist’s model, radio host, barista… Iggy Pop has enjoyed many guises during his formidable career. Latterly, though, he has taken on a new role – as a semi-retired rock star. While his last studio album, 2016’s Post Pop Depression, gave Pop the highest chart placing of his career, that success took place under the shadow of his longtime champion David Bowie, who died shortly before the album’s release. After the tour to promote the record, Pop now admits he “felt like I wanted to put on shades, turn my back, and walk away”. Fortuitously for us, retirement seems not to have suited him.

Never content to rest on his reputation, Pop collaborated with Oneohtrix Point Never on “The Pure And The Damned”, for the Safdie Brothers’ 2017 film Good Time – then, last year, teamed up with Underworld, delivering a series of avuncular monologues for the Teatime Dub Encounters album. Now, finally, Pop has returned to the studio for Free – his 18th solo record, and one that contains a revealing note to self: “To lay down is to give up,” he chides on “The Dawn”. “You gotta do something.”

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Accordingly, Free begins with a sloughing off of old skin. On the opening track, “Free”, he murmurs “I wanna be free” – it’s the song’s only lyric – and you might assume that for Pop, historically a liberated performer, the freedom to create, to express and to simply be is the ultimate goal here. But also perhaps, now aged 72, he yearns to be ‘free’ of another version of Iggy Pop; his younger, wilder self, kicking and screaming and self-lacerating, externalising some deep internal storm that has by now long since blown itself out.

For Post Pop Depression, Pop enlisted help from members of Queens Of The Stone Age, The Raconteurs and Arctic Monkeys – but for Free, his collaborators are drawn from more eclectic disciplines. Chief among these is Texan jazzer Leron Thomas, whose trumpet brings a mournful quality to much of the record, and Noveller – aka Sarah Lipstate – whose ambient soundscapes define the album’s contemplative, melancholy state.

As Free progresses, Pop meditates in his weathered baritone about car parking (“Sonali”), online porn (“Dirty Sanchez”), celebrity (“Glow In The Dark”) and cultural politics (“James Bond”). In some instances, the treatment is weirdly Zen – “To park the car, we must find parking,” he announces gnomically on “Sonali”.

In others, like “Glow In The Dark”, he writes himself into the song, “I’m not exempt from the whitest of noise, if I forfeit mark me isolated,” underscoring a general condition that pervades this record: of remoteness or loneliness, where characters are confined by cars, landscapes or social isolation and where another kind of “free” is required. The protagonist of “Loves Missing”, for instance, “just needs someone to say I love you before she gets pushed away”, the motorists in “Sonali” risk spending the day trapped on the freeway while the digital society of “Dirty Sanchez” and “Glow In The Dark” finds personal disconnection in a technologically connected world. As Pop sings on “Page” – “We’re only human, no longer human.”

Thomas and Noveller fashion chilly, gothic accompaniments. There is the glistening electronica of “Sonali”, the jazz freakout on “Glow In The Dark”, the infectious strut of “James Bond”, the shimmering ambience of “Page”. Only the dense, guitar-heavy “Loves Missing” sounds like a conventional rock band are in the room. There is very little release here.

Pop has made other dark-alley detours in his time, of course – Avenue B, Préliminaires and Post Pop Depression – but nothing quite matches this album’s final stretch. Featuring three spoken-word pieces, supported by sparse, ambient passages from Thomas and Noveller, these are deep and dark statements on mortality beginning with “We Are The People” – a Lou Reed poem dating from the early ’70s. The resonance of Pop covering Reed is unmistakable – another friend, gone too soon – and Pop’s weatherworn baritone adds acute pathos to lines like, “We are the people who do not know how to die peacefully and at ease.”

Pop follows this with Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night”, exhorting to “rage against the dying of the light”. He closes with “The Dawn”, whose title suggests some kind of happy respite, but Pop is more concerned with the restless, listless hours before sunrise: “If all else fails/It’s good to smile in the dark,” he concludes. “Love and sex/Are gonna occur to you/And neither one will solve the darkness.”

If this is Pop’s final album – who knows? – it is a significantly more effective swansong than Post Pop Depression. The intimate, minimal work done by his accomplices serves to channel Pop at his bleakest and most rueful; the survivor’s survivor, figuring out what, if anything, comes after the darkest night. Will he ever be free?

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Ultimate Record Collection – The 1970s Part 2 (1975-1979)

The latest in our Ultimate Record Collection series covers the years 1975-9.

Never mind the “punk kills dinosaurs” nonsense, this is a time of soft rock, adventurous reggae, and huge sales – as well as fiery new wave.

Here, we detail the work of the major players, and give 500 further album recommendations.

Also: Lee Scratch Perry, Wire and the lowdown on Floyd’s flying pigs!

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Nick Cave announces new Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen

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In response to a fan question on his Red Hand Files site, Nick Cave casually announced that a new Bad Seeds album is due for release next week.

Ghosteen is a double album, with Part 1 comprising eight songs and Part 2 consisting of two long songs, linked by a spoken word piece.

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Check out the tracklisting below:

Part 1
The Spinning Song
Bright Horses
Waiting For You
Night Raid
Sun Forest
Galleon Ship
Ghosteen Speaks
Leviathan

Part 2
Ghosteen
Fireflies
Hollywood

“The songs on the first album are the children,” writes Cave. “The songs on the second album are their parents. Ghosteen is a migrating spirit.”

More details when we have them…

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Gruff Rhys – Pang!

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Twenty years ago, Super Furry Animals released Guerrilla, a technicolour, hyperactive pop album – or at least the quintet’s twisted idea of a pop album – laced with manic electronic beats, Caribbean textures, Beach Boys harmonies and songs about chewing gum and mobile phones. Viewed from 2019, it seemed to predict the melting pot of global influences that make up mainstream pop today, even if no single artist has created something quite so wonderfully deranged as “The Door To This House Remains Open”.

Since then though, SFA and Gruff Rhys have stepped back from the brink of such colourful experimentation. Rhys’ last three solo albums – 2011’s Hotel Shampoo, 2014’s American Interior and 2018’s Babelsberg – excellent as they were, found Rhys mining a statelier, slower sound inspired by piano ballads, Americana and orchestral chamber pop. Just 15 months after Babelsberg, however, he’s unleashing Pang!, which quickens the tempos and embraces the collaged grandeur of electronic pop music in a way that Rhys hasn’t in years.

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Crucial to the sound of Pang! is South African producer Muzi, who Rhys met while both participated in the most recent instalment of Damon Albarn’s Africa Express project. Muzi remixed “Bae Bae Bae”, included here, and Rhys was so pleased with the result that they agreed to work together on his latest set of ideas.

Babelsberg, of course, was recorded as stripped-down tracks that were later topped with a lavish layer of classical orchestration, and Pang! follows a 
similar process: this time, however, 
the icing on the sparse, mainly acoustic cake comes from Muzi’s synths and 
beats. Songs like the title track and 
“Ara Deg (Ddaw’r Awen)” are driven by a mix of live drums, played by former Flaming Lip Kliph Scurlock (now the Furries’ archivist, among other things), and processed, skipping beats, Rhys’ acoustic guitar, Muzi’s synths and the occasional burst of balafon, an African xylophone-like instrument.

There’s also a lilting Tropicalia feel to much of the record which, Rhys tells Uncut, stems from Super Furry Animals’ Love Kraft mixing session in Brazil in 2005, and bled into his excellent 2007 solo album Candylion. With their rootless bossa nova chords, the title track and “Niwl O Anwiredd” in particular could be lost Caetano Veloso tracks, with Rhys’ spidery nylon-string parts augmented by 
a web of diced drums and jazzy trumpet. As the album progresses, things get stranger, the treatments increasingly adventurous: on “Ôl Bys/Nodau Clust”, Muzi erases practically all the acoustic instruments, leaving Rhys’ Gregorian vocals beautifully adrift in a sea of percussion and reverb. Meanwhile, during the closing “Annedd Im Danedd”, clicking drums and multi-tracked brass are the only instruments backing Rhys’ harmonised vocals.

If it’s not already apparent from the titles, Pang! is entirely in Welsh, for the first time across a whole album since Rhys’ 2005 solo debut, Yr Atal Genhedlaeth. When SFA released Mwng in 2000, the use of Welsh in a charting album was so notable it was mentioned in parliament; today, artists such as BTS and Rosalia sing in their native languages and regularly make it high into English-speaking charts around the world, while closer to home, Gwenno has managed to carve out a successful solo career singing only in Welsh and Cornish. The only drawback here for those of us who can’t speak Welsh, of course, is that we miss Rhys’ witty, Gainsbourg-esque wordplay: “Digidigol”, explains the songwriter, is a nonsense version of the Welsh for “digital”, “digidol”, while “Eli Haul” translates as “sun screen”, the effects of the heat reflected in the lyrics. “I was trying to write lyrics that sound like they’ve been baked by the sun,” Rhys tells Uncut. “They become abstract, like the song’s melting or something.”

The pinnacle of the album’s mix of Rhys and Muzi’s styles occurs on “Niwl O Anwiredd”. The basis of the song is an acoustic folk lament that recalls Super Furry Animals’ “Colonise The Moon”, very droning, very British Isles; but it gathers sheets of other instruments as it progresses, from digital beats and Indian tabla, to massed vocals, balafon and some kind of electronic harp swell. Here, then, is a meeting of continents and hemispheres, of different cultures perfectly complementing each other in three-and-a-half minutes.

While Pang!, totalling just under half an hour, doesn’t have the conceptual strengths of Babelsberg or American Interior, it’s nevertheless a delight to hear Rhys once again embracing the possibilities of technology and 
harnessing modern, global sounds 
to enhance his unique vision.

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Gene Clark remembered: “Genius and insanity hand in hand…”

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CHAPTER THREE: FEEL A WHOLE LOT WORSE

In 1987, after underwhelming records, weary partial reunions of The Byrds, and apparently innumerable doomed projects, Clark finally managed to stage a credible comeback. So Rebellious A Lover sent a jolt through LA’s burgeoning cowpunk scene, an echo traceable back to country rock’s nascent beginnings.

“That album came about as a result of singalong sessions Gene and I had at his house,” partner Carla Olson recalls. “It all evolved naturally. It was that sparse acoustic approach that we sought to duplicate in the studio. Atmospheric, western, stark and voices, voices, voices. People tell me to this day that it inspired the alt-country generation.”

Any momentum, though, was short-lived. The excesses were beginning to catch up with Clark: stricken with ulcers, the result of years of heavy drinking, he had his stomach and much of his intestines removed during surgery in 1988. A year later, when Tom Petty repaid his debt to The Byrds by covering “Feel A Whole Lot Better” on Full Moon Fever, Clark suddenly started receiving the sort of royalty cheques he hadn’t seen in years.

Rather than capitalising on his renaissance, Clark immediately slipped back into his worst ways. He cancelled what could have been a momentous comeback UK tour, and set about partying in LA like it was 1966 all over again.

“Gene, when he was doing that shit, it was black,” remembers Bruton. “When he’d call me during the daytime, everything would be cool: ‘Hey I’ll be playing McCabe’s, wanna come down and sit in?’ ‘Oh yeah, Gene, I’ll be down there no problem.’ Everything was fine. Then I’d call and on the phone he’d [whisper, in a husky voice], ‘I’ll call you back.’ I’d just be saying to myself, ‘Gene, please don’t do this.'”

“Gene had an aversion to doctors,” observes Einarson, his biographer, “and having grown up in a family that dealt with mental illness and bipolar disorder by self-medicating with alcohol, always believed he could cure himself. He would go on and off that wagon frequently. In his last year or so he would binge then cleanse himself by going cold turkey and go on a fitness jag for three weeks. The trouble was that in his mid-40s, and after decades of abuse to his system, his constitution could no longer stand these routines.”

Gene Clark died at his Sherman Oaks apartment on May 24, 1991 – Bob Dylan’s 50th birthday. “He got a bunch of success,” reflects Bruton, “and I think he started thinking that he could live that same way again – that somehow he was an exception to the rule. Everybody thinks they’re immortal. He stopped, and turned around, and stared back at the sun. Whatever you wanna call it…”

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Hear a track from posthumous Leonard Cohen album, Thanks For The Dance

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A posthumous Leonard Cohen album, Thanks For The Dance, will be released by Columbia/Legacy on November 22.

As first reported in Uncut earlier this year, the album is a continuation of the music that Cohen was working on with his son Adam during the recording of his final album You Want It Darker. Cohen’s vocal sketches have been fleshed out with contributions from Beck, Feist, Jennifer Warnes and more.

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Adam Cohen took the tapes to Berlin’s People festival, where he solicited contributions from Damien Rice and Leslie Feist (vocals), Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire (bass), Bryce Dessner of The National (guitar), Dustin O’Halloran (piano), Berlin-based choir Cantus Domus and the Stargaze orchestra.

The album also features Javier Mas (playing Cohen’s own guitar), Beck (guitar and Jew’s harp), Jennifer Warnes (vocals), Daniel Lanois (arrangements) and the Shaar Hashomayim choir.

Watch a video for “The Goal” below:

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1. Happens to the Heart
2. Moving On
3. The Night of Santiago
4. Thanks for the Dance
5. It’s Torn
6. The Goal
7. Puppets
8. The Hills
9. Listen to the Hummingbird

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Listen to the last ever White Stripes show

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Online live music archive nugs.net has posted a recording of the last ever concert by The White Stripes, captured at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater, Southaven, MS, on July 31, 2007.

It is accompanied by lengthy sleevenotes by the band’s official archivist, Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records, who was there on the night.

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“Apropos of nothing… Meg said to me, ‘I think this is the last White Stripes show,'” writes Blackwell. “Confused, I responded, ‘Well, yeah, last show of this leg of the tour.’ She replied, “No… I think this is the last White Stripes show ever” and slowly walked away.”

Stream/download the concert here.

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Bob Dylan unveils latest Bootleg Series collection

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Bob Dylan has announced the latest release in his ongoing Bootleg Series.

Travelin’ Thru, 1967-9: The Bootleg Series Vol 15 includes 47 previously unreleased recordings, including outtakes from John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline and Self Portrait, plus the first release of Dylan’s 1969 Nashville studio sessions with Johnny Cash.

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It will be released in in 3xCD, 3xLP and digital formats on November 1 through Columbia/Legacy.

Disc One of Travelin’ Thru, 1967 – 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol 15 finds Dylan in Columbia’s Studio A in Nashville recording alternate versions of compositions written for John Wesley Harding (October 17 and November 6, 1967) and Nashville Skyline (February 13-14, 1969) while introducing a new song, “Western Road” (a Nashville Skyline outtake).

Discs Two and Three of Travelin’ Thru are centred around Dylan’s collaborations Johnny Cash, including the sought-after Columbia Studio A sessions and on-stage performances at the Ryman Auditorium (May 1, 1969) for the recording of the premiere episode of The Johnny Cash Show (originally broadcast on ABC-TV on June 7, 1969).

Disc Three closes with tracks recorded on May 17, 1970 with banjo legend Earl Scruggs for the PBS television special, Earl Scruggs: His Family and Friends (originally aired January 1971).

See the full tracklisting and pre-order here.

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“Led Zeppelin is not just something that falls back into place after a pub lunch”

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Jimmy Page is the cover star of the new issue of Uncut, in UK shops now or available to order online by clicking here.

In an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with the legendary guitarist, the topic of Led Zeppelin’s brief 2007 reunion – and Robert Plant’s supposed disinclination to tour further – is broached, with Page suggesting that he personally would have liked to play more shows.

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However, he claims not to harbour any frustration about the episode. “John Paul Jones, Robert and I learnt a harsh lesson in the ’80s,” says Page. “The band is not just something that falls back into place after a pub lunch. I think it’s fair to say that we had a couple of disasters from which we learned valuable lessons.

“One was Live Aid. We performed in front of a global audience after an hour-and-a-half rehearsal! We assumed the spirit of the event would carry us through, but it didn’t. It was chaos. The other was the Atlantic Records 40th birthday [Madison Square Garden, 1988]. We flew in and had such terrible jet lag we should’ve been tucked up in bed, not on stage.

“So when it came 
to the O2 reunion we took the whole thing very seriously. We didn’t do a warm-up gig but we 
took every other precaution. It was extraordinary. And, yes, being match fit, it would have been nice to do more. But for one reason or another, we lost the momentum. There was willingness to play from John and me. But there you are…”

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Van Morrison announces new album, Three Chords & The Truth

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Van Morrison has announced that his new album, Three Chords & The Truth, will be released by Exile/Caroline International on October 25.

Hear the first track from it, “Dark Night Of The Soul”, below:

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Featuring 14 new compositions, Three Chords & The Truth was produced and written by Van Morrison, except for “If We Wait for Mountains” which was co-written with Don Black. The album features contributions from guitarist Jay Berliner and a duet with The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley.

Explaining what it was like to record the album, Van Morrison said: “You’re just plugging into the feeling of it, more the feeling of it… when they’re playing… It’s like reading me. So, I think there’s more of that connection.”

Peruse Morrison’s latest touring schedule below:

Oct 2nd Reno, Grand Sierra Resort (SOLD OUT)
Oct 4th Los Angeles, The Greek Theatre,
Oct 5th Santa Barbara Bowl (SOLD OUT)
Oct 6th Los Angeles, Hollywood Bowl
Oct 8th Churla Vista CA, North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre,
Oct 21st Bournemouth, International Centre
Oct 23rd Cardiff, St David’s Hall
Oct 27th Oxford, New Theatre
Oct 28th Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Dec 2nd Brighton, Dome
Dec 3rd Brighton, Dome
Dec 31st Belfast, Stormont Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Jan 1st Belfast, Stormont Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Jan 2nd Belfast, Stormont Hotel (SOLD OUT)
Jan 31st Las Vegas, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Feb 1st Las Vegas, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace,
Feb 5th Las Vegas, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace,
Feb 7th Las Vegas, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace,
Feb 8th Las Vegas, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace,
Mar 20th London, The Palladium
Mar 21st London, The Palladium
Mar 22nd London, The Palladium
Mar 24th London, The Palladium
Mar 25th London, The Palladium

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from September 19, and available to order online now – with Jimmy Page on the cover. Meanwhile, our free CD features 17 exclusive cover versions of Wilco songs recorded for us by Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile and many more. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Kim Gordon, The Clash live and unseen, Angel Olsen, Tinariwen, Bruce Hornsby, Super Furry Animals, Bob Nastanovich on David Berman and Roger McGuinn.

Hear Field Music’s new song, “Only In A Man’s World”

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Field Music have announced that their new album Making A New World will be released by Memphis Industries on Jan 10.

Evolving from their performances at the Imperial War Museum earlier this year, the album is described as “a 19-track song cycle about the after-effects of the First World War” although this loose theme expands to include songs about air traffic control, gender reassignment surgery, Tiananmen Square, ultrasound, Becontree Housing Estate and sanitary towels.

“We imagined the lines from that image continuing across the next hundred years,” says the band’s David Brewis, “and we looked for stories which tied back to specific events from the war or the immediate aftermath. In writing these songs, we felt we were pulling the war towards us — out of remembrance and into the everyday — into the now.”

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Hear the first song from it, “Only In A Man’s World”, below:

“I found myself looking at the history of sanitary pads,” explains Brewis. “It turns out the modern design was developed from a wartime surgical dressing. The advertising hasn’t changed much in a hundred years i.e. Hey Ladies! Let’s not mention it too loudly but here is the perfect product to keep you feeling normal WHILE THE DISGUSTING THING HAPPENS. It’s a kind of madness that a monthly occurrence for billions of women – something absolutely necessary for the survival of humanity – is seen as shameful or dirty – and is taxed MORE than razor blades?!

“I kept asking myself, is it okay to write this? But I think confronting my own embarrassment is a pretty fundamental part of what the song is about.”

Making A New World is available to pre-order now from here on gatefold limited edition transparent red vinyl, CD and digital. Field Music will perform the album in its entirety at the following dates:

9 Nov – Dundee, Neon at Night
01 Feb – Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
21 Feb – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
22 Feb – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
27 Feb – Whitley Bay, Playhouse
28 Feb – Manchester, Dancehouse
29 Feb – London, EartH

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from September 19, and available to order online now – with Jimmy Page on the cover. Meanwhile, our free CD features 17 exclusive cover versions of Wilco songs recorded for us by Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile and many more. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Kim Gordon, The Clash live and unseen, Angel Olsen, Tinariwen, Bruce Hornsby, Super Furry Animals, Bob Nastanovich on David Berman and Roger McGuinn.

Watch a video for Wilco’s new single, “Everyone Hides”

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Wilco are poised to release their new, Uncut-recommended album Ode To Joy on October 4.

Watch a fun video for the latest single to be taken from it, “Everyone Hides”, below:

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Wilco are interviewed at length in the new issue of Uncut – in UK shops tomorrow (September 19) but available online now by clicking here. The magazine also comes with a free CD of 17 brand new and exclusive Wilco covers by the likes of Kurt Vile, Low, Sharon Van Etten and Cate Le Bon – quite a coup, we think you’ll agree.

Read more about Uncut’s Wilco Covered CD here and check out Wilco’s tourdates for the remainder of 2019 below:

Wed. Sept. 18 – Zürich, CH @ Volkshaus *
Thu. Sept. 19 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique *
Fri. Sept. 20 – Padova, IT @ Gran Teatro Geox *
Sun. Sept. 22 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon *
Mon. Sept. 23 – Utrecht, NL @ TivoliVredenburg Grote Zaal *
Tue. Sept. 24 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma * SOLD OUT
Thu. Sept. 26 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands *
Fri. Sept. 27 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall * SOLD OUT
Sat. Sept. 28 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo *

Tue. Oct. 8 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage (w/ special guest Lord Huron)
Thu. Oct. 10 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre +
Fri. Oct. 11 – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre +
Sat. Oct. 12 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall + SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel + SOLD OUT
Tue. Oct. 15 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem % SOLD OUT
Wed. Oct. 16 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre %
Fri. Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park %
Sat. Oct. 19 – Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre %
Sun. Oct. 20 – Nashville, TN @ Grand Ole Opry House %
Tue. Oct. 22 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom @ SOLD OUT
Wed. Oct. 23 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory ~
Fri. Oct. 25 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center ~
Sat. Oct. 26 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater ~ SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 27 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater ~ SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 4 – Grand Rapids @ 20 Monroe Live #
Tue. Nov. 5 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium #
Wed. Nov. 6 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall #
Fri. Nov. 8 – Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion #
Sat. Nov. 9 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre #
Sun. Nov. 10 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre #
Tue. Nov. 12 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre #
Wed. Nov. 13 – Louisville, KY @ The Louisville Palace #
Thu. Nov. 14 – St. Louis, MO @ Fabulous Fox Theatre ^
Fri. Nov. 15 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Paramount Theatre $
Sun. Nov. 17 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Tue. Nov. 19 – Denver, CO @ Mission Ballroom SOLD OUT
Wed. Nov. 20 – Omaha, NE @ Orpheum Theatre
Fri. Nov. 22 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Sat. Nov. 23 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Sun. Nov. 24 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Sun. Dec. 15 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Mon. Dec. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Wed. Dec. 18 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Thu. Dec. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
Sat. Jan. 18 – Tue. Jan. 21 – Riviera Maya, MX @ Hard Rock Hotel
Sun. Jan. 25 – Mexico City, MX @ Teatro Metropólitan

& w/ Spiral Stairs * w/ Ohmme + w/ Daughter of Swords % w/ Soccer Mommy
~ w/ Molly Sarlé # w/ Deep Sea Diver ^ w/ Bottle Rockets $ w/ Dickie

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from September 19, and available to order online now – with Jimmy Page on the cover. Meanwhile, our free CD features 17 exclusive cover versions of Wilco songs recorded for us by Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile and many more. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Kim Gordon, The Clash live and unseen, Angel Olsen, Tinariwen, Bruce Hornsby, Super Furry Animals, Bob Nastanovich on David Berman and Roger McGuinn.

Send us your questions for Underworld

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On October 25, Underworld will release a new 7xCD + Blu-Ray box set called Drift Series 1, collecting all the work they’ve been meting out via their YouTube channel on a weekly basis since November last year – a creative, multimedia splurge to rival their 90s heyday.

Featuring a number of intriguing collaborations – including with experimental rockers The Necks and Guardian journalist Aditya Chakrabortty – Drift Series 1 encompasses everything from antsy techno bangers to wistful travelogues, while always retaining the instantly recognisable Underworld stamp.

Drift Series 1 has also been condensed onto a single CD or LP, which stands up against any of their more conventional albums, going back to the revelatory Dubnobasswithmyheadman in 1994.

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Watch a video for their latest track “S T A R” below:

Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Rick Smith are the latest willing volunteers to submit to trial by Uncut readers as part of our regular Audience With feature. So what do you want to ask the former New Romantics and long-term rave dreamers?

Send your questions to audiencewith@uncut.co.uk by Monday September 23 and Underworld will answer the best ones in a future issue of Uncut.

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from September 19, and available to order online now – with Jimmy Page on the cover. Meanwhile, our free CD features 17 exclusive cover versions of Wilco songs recorded for us by Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile and many more. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Kim Gordon, The Clash live and unseen, Angel Olsen, Tinariwen, Bruce Hornsby, Super Furry Animals, Bob Nastanovich on David Berman and Roger McGuinn.

Watch The Raconteurs cover “I’m Your Puppet”

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The Raconteurs have recorded two songs at Muscle Shoals’ legendary FAME Studios to launch Amazon Music’s new HD service.

They chose a FAME Studios original, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham’s “I’m Your Puppet” (a hit in 1966 for James & Bobby Purify), as well as their own “Now That You’re Gone” from recent album Help Us Stranger.

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You can stream both songs here, and watch a ‘making of’ video below:

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from September 19, and available to order online now – with Jimmy Page on the cover. Meanwhile, our free CD features 17 exclusive cover versions of Wilco songs recorded for us by Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile and many more. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Kim Gordon, The Clash live and unseen, Angel Olsen, Tinariwen, Bruce Hornsby, Super Furry Animals, Bob Nastanovich on David Berman and Roger McGuinn.

PJ Harvey film to open London’s Doc’n Roll Festival

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London’s Doc’N Roll Film Festival has announced its programme for the 2019 edition, running from November 1 to 17 at eight cinemas across the capital.

It launches with the London premiere of A Dog Called Money: PJ Harvey, which follows the making of Harvey’s last album The Hope Six Demolition Project. Collaborator Seamus Murphy filmed their visits to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC, as well as the recording of the album behind one-way glass at London’s Somerset House.

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The festival also features the UK premieres of films about David Crosby, Gordon Lightfoot, Swans, Chuck Berry, Brainiac, The Chills, Lee Moses and Neu!, as well as an evening of films by and about The Raincoats’ Gina Birch.

For the full programme of events and ticket details, visit the official Doc’N Roll Film Festival site.

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from September 19, and available to order online now – with Jimmy Page on the cover. Meanwhile, our free CD features 17 exclusive cover versions of Wilco songs recorded for us by Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Kurt Vile and many more. Elsewhere in the issue, there’s Kim Gordon, The Clash live and unseen, Angel Olsen, Tinariwen, Bruce Hornsby, Super Furry Animals, Bob Nastanovich on David Berman and Roger McGuinn.

Uncut – November 2019

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Jimmy Page, Kim Gordon, Angel Olsen and Tinariwen, as well as a bespoke Wilco covers CD, all feature in the new Uncut, dated November 2019 and available to buy from September 19. International readers, scroll below to find out where you can pick up a copy.

JIMMY PAGE: We meet the master guitarist to discuss six decades of mayhem – from Led Zeppelin and the Yardbirds to global travels and David Bowie’s fear of black magic. “I was dealt a very good hand,” Page tells us. “And I like to think I played it well.”

WILCO + WILCO COVERED CD: Our free CD is a fantastic bespoke set of Wilco covers, performed by Low, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Sharon Van Etten, Cate Le Bon, The Handsome Family, Whitney, Ryley Walker, Parquet Courts and more. And, in the issue, Jeff Tweedy and the group tell us how their new album, Ode To Joy, is about “pushing yourself” to remain relevant.

Plus! Inside the issue, you’ll also find…

KIM GORDON: “Life is unexpected,” the artist and musician tells us, as she discusses her new debut solo album, No Home Record, the voyeuristic nature of LA, her early days in New York’s Downtown art scene, and cooking for Neil Young.

ANGEL OLSEN: Uncut heads to Asheville, North Carolina, where Olsen is poised to release her new LP, All Mirrors, to hear about her bold new songs, heartbreak and fantasy property deals. “Sometimes your dreams are not what they seem,” she says.

TINARIWEN: We track down the group in Morocco to hear tales of exile, insurgency and belonging. “As long as people are oppressed, there will be room for protest music,” they explain.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE: Colorado, their first album together since Psychedelic Pill, is reviewed at length, while Nils Lofgren takes us through its creation.

GONG: Steve Hillage recalls the strange days of Gong, from their French hunting-lodge home to the mysteries of Radio Gnome Invisible, as we review the new Love From Planet Gong: The Virgin Years 1973-75 boxset.

ROGER McGUINN: The high-flying Byrd takes us through his work, album by album, from Judy Collins to Younger Than Yesterday and right up to his recent solo work.

THE CLASH: Incredible unseen images, as we take a peek inside the new exhibition celebrating 40 years of London Calling.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: The group take us through the creation of “Northern Lites”, from ordering an electric harp from Elton John’s brother to raiding Peter Gabriel’s wine cellar.

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In our expansive reviews section, we take a look at new music from Michael Kiwanuka, Richard Dawson, Kacy & Clayton, Kim Gordon, Angel Olsen, Floating Points, Elbow, Lankum, Kelsey Waldon and more, and archival releases from The Beatles, The Replacements, Joe Meek, The Yummy Fur, The Kinks, Erik Satie and others. Brett Anderson is on our Books page, while our films, DVDs and TV includes Joker, The Cure, Do Not Adjust Your Set and Top Boy. We caught some stunning recent gigs too, from the Boaty Weekender cruise on the Mediterranean to Primal Scream and Johnny Marr in Edinburgh.

Plus, Mikal Cronin outlines the music that changed his life, Bruce Hornsby answers your questions, Nick Cave discusses a series of paintings inspired by the Bad Seeds, we reappraise David Lynch collaborator Peter Ivers and meet cosmic art-jazz musician Arp.

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International readers can pick up a copy at the following stores:

The Netherlands: Bruna and AKO (Schiphol)

Sweden: Pressbyrån

Norway: Narvesen

U.S.A. (out October 14): Barnes & Noble

Canada (out November 4): Indigo

Australia (out November 21): Independent newsagents