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:

Pre-order Thanks For The Dance here and check out the tracklisting below:

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

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale now, with Jimmy Page on the cover. 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.

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.

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale now, with Jimmy Page on the cover. 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.

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.

The November 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale now, with Jimmy Page on the cover. 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.

“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…”

You can read much more from Jimmy Page in the new issue of Uncut, in UK shops now with his face on the cover and a free 17-track Wilco Covered CD!

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.

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

Introducing the new Uncut… a Jimmy Page world exclusive and a free 17-track Wilco CD!

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It’s hard to know quite where to start with this month’s issue of Uncut. Do we talk, first, about our wonderful free CD – a 17-track collection of bespoke covers of Wilco songs? Masterminded by Jeff Tweedy himself, this includes splendid reinterpretations of classic Wilco tracks, deep cuts and rarities by, among others, Low, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Ryley Walker, Kurt Vile and Sharon Van Etten. When Tweedy first proposed this idea to us, we were understandably delighted – but I don’t think any of us who’ve watched this project develop quite expected it to turn out as astonishingly as this.

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Or, perhaps, we should talk about our world-exclusive interview with Jimmy Page? Those readers with long memories will hopefully remember Jon Wilde’s exhaustive career retrospective with Paul McCartney, Andy Gill’s extended linguistic duel with Tom Waits or David Cavanagh’s revelatory encounter with Ray Davies; I think Michael Odell’s cover story offers a similarly definitive statement on Page. Whatever you think you have read on Page – and The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin and more – you won’t have read it quite like this before.

Page isn’t the only major interview in this issue, I’m thrilled to say. Tom Pinnock meets Kim Gordon to discuss everything from her brilliant solo debut album No Home Record to the health of her faithful hound, named Syd Barrett; while Erin Osmon visits Angel Olsen at home in North Carolina to explore the roots of her new album No Mirrors. There’s Bob Nastanovich on David Berman, Bruce Hornsby, Roger McGuinn, Super Furry Animals and Nick Cave on a new art exhibition inspired by the music of the Bad Seeds. Meanwhile, in Morocco, Tinariwen reveal how and where they find hope in difficult times and how it continues to inspire their wild, exploratory music.

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Hope, coincidentally, is something of a subtext in this issue of Uncut. Tinariwen acknowledge the importance of young people, united by music – despite the fundamental social and political issues in North Africa. Similarly, Neil Young finds renewed hope, after a series of profound tragedies, back with his longest-serving lieutenants, Crazy Horse.

There’s Jeff Tweedy, too, who during Stephen Deusner’s interview with Wilco, asks how a band of their standing should respond to a world that seems in a state of permanent upheaval. “Maybe everybody is struggling with this,” he considers. “But I was thinking a lot about how to maintain hope right now, how to not feel guilty for having joy in my life. How do you deal with having personal feelings when you know something very destructive is going on and there are real people being hurt everyday in awful ways?”

Where there is great music – whether it be made by Led Zeppelin, Kim Gordon, Neil Young, Tinariwen, Angel Olsen or others – there should always be hope and celebration. Welcome to the new Uncut.

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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 Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s new single, “Rainbow Of Colors”

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse have released a new single from their upcoming Colorado album, out on October 25.

Hear “Rainbow Of Colors” below:

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“‘Rainbow of Colors’ is a song about the USA and the whole world,” writes Neil Young on NYA Archives. “The idea of this song is that we all belong together. Separating us into races and colors is an old idea whose time has passed.

“With the Earth under the direct influence of Climate Change, we are in crisis together needing to realize that we are all one. Our leaders continually fail to make this point. Pre-occupied with their own agendas, they don’t see the forest for the trees.

“We need to all be one because we are all threatened. Climate Change is the unifying force we have needed for a long time. Now that it is here we just need to recognize it and stop turning on our brothers and sisters and help them instead. We are all in this together.”

“Rainbow of Colors” follows the previously released “Milky Way”, which you can listen to here. You can read a full review of Colorado in the new issue of Uncut, in shops on Thursday (September 19) or available to pre-order now from here.

On Saturday (September 14), Neil Young (solo) headlined the Harvest Moon: A Gathering charity concert at Lake Hughes, California, in aid of The Painted Turtle and The Bridge School. The set included “New Mama” from Tonight’s The Night, a song he hasn’t played live since 1977.

Watch the whole set below:

The October 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from August 15, and available to order online now – with Patti Smith on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Bon Iver, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Brittany Howard, The Hollies, Devendra Banhart, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Wilco, Oh Sees, Hiss Golden Messenger and Tinariwen.

The Cars’ Ric Ocasek has died, aged 75

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Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, has died aged 75. He was found dead at his home in Manhattan on Sunday evening, according to the New York Police Department. No cause of death has been reported.

Ocasek formed The Cars in Boston in the mid-1970s, having played with co-founder Benjamin Orr in various bands since the end of the ’60s. The band’s punchy new wave sound was an immediate success, with their self-titled debut album – including “My Best Friend’s Girl” and “You’re Just What I Needed” – selling six million copies.

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They went on to release five more albums before splitting in 1988, reforming briefly after Orr’s death for a seventh album in 2011. In the intervening period, Ocasek released seven solo albums, as well as a spoken word project with Suicide’s Alan Vega.

He was also in demand as a producer, working with Guided By Voices, Bad Brains, Jonathan Richman, Suicide, Nada Surf, The Cribs, and most notably Weezer, for whom he produced three albums. In a tweet, the band wrote that they were “devastated by the loss of our friend and mentor Ric Ocasek”. Nile Rogers, Flea, Lloyd Cole, Jason Isbell and The Killers also paid tribute.

The October 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from August 15, and available to order online now – with Patti Smith on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Bon Iver, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Brittany Howard, The Hollies, Devendra Banhart, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Wilco, Oh Sees, Hiss Golden Messenger and Tinariwen.

Randy Newman: “I’m slowly realising just how stupid I am!”

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Originally published in Uncut’s Take 178

It might surprise you to learn that Randy Newman has only ever bought “around 50” pop records in his life. “Most of my collection is classical, some jazz, hardly any pop. But the pop stuff I like, I really like. And I’m slowly learning more.” Over the course of our conversation, he’ll enthuse about Ray Charles (“the big guy, the Moses of pop”) and Cilla Black (“her version of ‘I’ve Been Wrong Before’ is the best recording of one of my songs I’ve ever heard”), and talk modestly about his work with Ry Cooder, Harry Nilsson and Elton John. Recently turned 68, and the recipient of two Oscars, three Emmys, four Grammys and a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, Newman shows no signs of slowing down. He tours the UK this month in support of his recent Live In London LP and he’s just finished work on a new film OST. But first, there’s the small matter of the Uncut mailbag, which holds a bumper crop of questions for him. “The more questions these guys ask me, the less I realise I know,” he admits. “I’m slowly realising just how stupid I am.”

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Be honest, do you hate the way Family Guy portrayed you?
Luis, Richmond
No, I don’t hate it! For those who’ve not seen it, I’m the obnoxious songwriter type who is sitting there playing and describing everything that happens around me. “Fat guy walking up to me,” and so on. It’s really a good joke and a good impression, although I’m not that observational kind of writer. Not many of my songs are descriptive. But hell, it’s such a good idea that why not me? The thing is that more people now recognise me and ask for my autograph after being parodied on Family Guy than anything else, including Toy Story. It’s amazing. You slave all your life to make good work – and you end up being recognised for a bad parody in a cartoon!

You studied music to quite a high level. Can too much musical education be a help or a hindrance to a songwriter?
Vicky, Manchester
It can certainly be a hindrance when you have no real affection or understanding of what’s great about R’n’B or gospel music or hip hop. If you have no affection for pop music – if you can’t understand the appeal of Fats Domino or Eminem – you shouldn’t be writing it. But musical education is no hindrance at all, as long as you remember where you came from. I’m not afraid to just use three chords in a song. You don’t ever want your songs to sound laboured. The only time I really start to use my musical education is when I’m doing arrangements, but I don’t make it the focal point of what I’m doing. I hope I don’t anyway. People make great records without having much theoretical knowledge. They have instincts. People like The Beatles or Brian Wilson, they naturally go to the right places. It takes some of us years of education to get there!

Have you ever used Scriabin’s “mystery chord” in any of your work?
Van Dyke Parks
Ha ha! This was some weird extended chord Van Dyke Parks once explained to me. I’ve probably stumbled across it, but not the way he has. I guess myself and Van are both conservatoire-trained musicians, but he wears it rather more obviously than I do. Which is a way of saying that I only use three chords! Van is one of the people you meet in your life where you remember everything they say, whether it’s funny, intelligent or whatever. I worked with him a lot in the late ’60s and early ’70s. He’s a tremendous musician. A great pianist, if a little discursive for some, but he has impeccable taste.

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John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky

John Lennon knew exactly what he was doing. He was going to make an album that would establish him as a fully fledged solo act, one to prove that going primal on Plastic Ono Band and becoming a “conceptual artist” like Yoko didn’t mean he’d lost his touch as a mainstream hitmaker. He’d already written the songs.

The album would be made at home in Tittenhurst Park, his and Yoko’s Ascot pile, using its recently completed home studio. And it would be filmed, all of it, both the recording sessions and John’n’Yoko’s life together. Among the resultant footage was the shoot for “Imagine”, one of the world’s first and still most famous pop videos, showing John at his white piano in Tittenhurst’s “big white room” while Yoko drifts round opening the shutters of its huge windows, ushering in the light of world peace. 

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The rest of what cameraman Douglas Ibold describes as “thousands of hours” of footage has emerged in stages, beginning with 1988’s Imagine documentary, but there’s been nothing like the treasure trove revealed in Michael Epstein’s Above Us Only Sky. Here’s George Harrison helping out John with chords for “How”; a saucer-eyed Nicky Hopkins at the piano with John; Phil Spector, perpetually in shades, hovering like a malevolent imp; Lennon himself writhing as he spits out the words of “Gimme Some Truth” or crooning “Jealous Guy” to backings we can’t hear, just his voice, booth-strong 
and vulnerable.

It’s a mother lode for fans, enriched by the off-duty larks around Tittenhurst’s 99 acres, caught in the mellow glow of English midsummer: Lennon rowing Julian around the lake; reading aloud newspaper reports of the couple’s exploits over breakfast; the pair dressed up like Errol Flynn and Theda Bara, rich kids at play.

Although subtitled ‘The Making Of Imagine’, Epstein’s documentary extends back over the couple’s romance and forwards to New York City, where the pair moved in autumn ’71, as the album was released. Most of the supporting footage is well known – the bed-ins, the Toronto Peace festival, the Oz march, the Times Square billboards for “War Is Over” – with the emphasis on the couple’s role as cultural revolutionaries caught up in tumultuous times. Tariq Ali is on hand to remind us of the radicalising effect of the American war in Vietnam and Cambodia.

There are other agendas of course, notably Yoko’s promotion of herself as John’s creative equal. At this point the two were certainly in happy fusion. Lennon was by all accounts a changed man. Klaus Voormann, who played on the album and who had shared a foxhole or two with John back in Hamburg days, provides testimony to that, contrasting the Beatle he’d met on the “Strawberry Fields” shoot (“I’m so unhappy,” confided a tearful John) with the ebullient presence here.

Others testify to the hostility directed at Yoko, a racist punishment beating from the media for the impertinence of falling in love with John and “stealing him from the British public”, as writer Ray Connolly puts it. With Yoko by his side, John could become what he had always wanted – an artist, entwined in creative and emotional communion with the ultimate 
art-school girl.

As John freely admitted – at least later on – “Imagine” itself was born under Yoko’s influence, the imperative to “imagine” taken from her book of poetic whimsies, Grapefruit (the scene in the limo en route to its launch is hilarious). Alas, Yoko’s musical talents, previously latent, could never match those of that other Lennon equal, Paul McCartney, never short of a concept or two himself.

Imagine did what Lennon intended, became a massive international success and spawned an anthem, making him a hitmaker again. The album’s star has fallen over the years, John admitting he’d “covered it in chocolate”, while several tracks now sound like B-sides, not least the self-demeaning “How Do You Sleep?”. On the other hand, “Gimme Some Truth” has rarely sounded so timely, the pastoral quietude of “Oh My Love” so enchanting.

The sacralised title track endures, despite its confection and contradictions, remaining what Ali describes as a “utopian manifesto”. Here’s a reminder that its creator was not just a dreamer but a charismatic, well-informed activist “selling peace like they sell their wars”. For the real behind-the-scenes dramas – the drugs, arguments, cruelty – you have to read the books.

The October 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from August 15, and available to order online now – with Patti Smith on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Bon Iver, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Brittany Howard, The Hollies, Devendra Banhart, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Wilco, Oh Sees, Hiss Golden Messenger and Tinariwen.

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets announce 2020 tour

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets – the group formed to play early Pink Floyd material – have announced a UK and Ireland 2020 tour.

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Thursday (September 18) from here. Peruse the full list of dates below:

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Wednesday 29th April – Dublin Convention Centre
Friday 1st May -York Barbican
Saturday 2nd May – Leicester De Montfort Hall
Monday 4th May – Southampton Mayflower
Tuesday 5th May Cardiff St David’s Hall
Thursday 7th May London Royal Albert Hall
Friday 8th May Liverpool Philarmonic
Saturday 9th May Sheffield City Hall
Monday 11th May Birmingham Symphony Hall
Tuesday 12th May Bath Forum
Thursday 14th May Gatehead Sage
Friday 15th May Manchester Apollo
Saturday 16th May Edinburgh Usher Hall

The October 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from August 15, and available to order online now – with Patti Smith on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Bon Iver, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Brittany Howard, The Hollies, Devendra Banhart, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Wilco, Oh Sees, Hiss Golden Messenger and Tinariwen.

Previously unreleased REM song to raise money for Hurricane Dorian relief

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REM have released 2004 studio out-take “Fascinating” to benefit Mercy Corps’ Hurricane Dorian relief effort in the Bahamas.

The song was originally recorded for 2001’s Reveal and was a favourite of Michael Stipe’s but was ultimately cut from the final tracklisting because of its length. The band had another crack at the song during the sessions for Around The Sun at Compass Point studios in Nassau, the Bahamas – and fittingly, this is the version now released to help fund the relief effort in the country.

You can hear “Fascinating” here and download it for a minimum donation of $2.

“I have been fortunate to spend many weeks working and playing in the Bahamas, making friends and lots of music there,” says REM’s Mike Mills. “It breaks my heart to see the damage wrought by Hurricane Dorian. Please help us and Mercy Corps do what we can to alleviate the suffering caused by this catastrophe.”

The October 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from August 15, and available to order online now – with Patti Smith on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Bon Iver, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Brittany Howard, The Hollies, Devendra Banhart, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Wilco, Oh Sees, Hiss Golden Messenger and Tinariwen.

Introducing Uncut’s amazing Wilco-themed cover CD

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We are proud to announce that the next issue of Uncut – in UK shops and available to order online clicking here – comes with one of the best free, covermounted CDs we’ve ever given away.

To celebrate the release of Wilco’s new album Ode To Joy (on October 4), 17 esteemed artists – including Sharon Van Etten, Low, Kurt Vile, Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon and Handsome Family – have recorded brand new versions of classic Wilco songs for a CD we’re calling Wilco Covered, or Wilcovered for short.

Hear Cate Le Bon’s version of “Company In My Back” and check out the full Wilco Covered tracklisting below:

Cate Le Bon – Company In My Back
Parquet Courts – I Got Drugs (At The End Of The Century)
Courtney Barnett – Dawned On Me
Whitney – Far Far Away
Kurt Vile – Passenger Side
Low – War On War
Ohmme – Kicking Television
Mountain Man – You And I
Ryley Walker – Love Is Everywhere (Beware)
Jen Cloher – Impossible Germany
James Elkington – Black Moon
Sharon Van Etten – Radio Cure
Liam Kazar – Sunloathe
Kacy & Clayton – How To Fight Loneliness
Puss N Boots – Jesus, Etc
Handsome Family – Capitol City
Twin Peaks – Spiders (Kidsmoke)

To reiterate – because we’re still amazed about this ourselves – all except one of these Wilco covers were recorded specifically for Uncut’s free CD and are currently unavailable anywhere else. So here’s that pre-order link again.

The new issue of Uncut also contains an in-depth interview with Wilco, whose world tour continues in Cologne this evening (September 13) and arrives in the UK later this month for shows in Glasgow, Manchester, and London (full details here).

The October 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from August 15, and available to order online now – with Patti Smith on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Bon Iver, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Buckley, Miles Davis, Brittany Howard, The Hollies, Devendra Banhart, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Wilco, Oh Sees, Hiss Golden Messenger and Tinariwen.

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Ultimate Music Guide

The latest edition of Uncut’s ULTIMATE MUSIC GUIDE series will feature the work of CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG.
Featuring an exclusive foreword by Graham Nash, candid archive interviews, and new writing on every album by CSN, CSNY, and each Crosby, Stills and Nash solo album, this engrossing 124 page magazine tells the complete, tumultuous story of one of the biggest-selling American groups of all time.