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The Rolling Stones confirm details of Rock And Roll Circus reissue

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As previously reported, The Rolling Stones will release a deluxe anniversary reissue of their Rock And Roll Circus Soundtrack on June 28.

The restored and remixed soundtrack has been expanded to 28 tracks, to be released on CD, digital formats and 3xLP formats (the album’s first time on vinyl). Bonus material includes three additional songs by Taj Mahal and never-before-heard recordings of The Dirty Mac – AKA John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Mitch Mitchell – performing “Revolution” and “Warmup Jam.”

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The film will also be released separately on Blu-ray, DVD and TV on-demand, as well as in a Limited Deluxe Edition multi-format package of Blu-Ray, DVD, 2xCD soundtrack, and a perfect-bound 44-page book with David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stone essay, and photographs by Michael Randolf.

Watch the Rock And Roll Circus film trailer and peruse the soundtrack tracklisting below:

1. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus – Mick Jagger
2. Entry Of The Gladiators – Circus Band

3. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Jethro Tull – Mick Jagger

4. Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull
5. Keith Richards’ Introduction Of The Who – Keith Richards
6. A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who

7. Over The Waves – Circus Band

8. Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal
9. Charlie Watts’ Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull – Charlie Watts
10. Something Better – Marianne Faithfull

11. Mick Jagger’s and John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Dirty Mac
12. Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac
13. Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac
14. John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Rolling Stones + Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

15. Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones

16. No Expectations – The Rolling Stones

17. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

18. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

19. Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

BONUS TRACKS
20. Checkin’ Up On My Baby – Taj Mahal
21. Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal

22. Corinna – Taj Mahal

23. Revolution (rehearsal) – The Dirty Mac
24. Warmup Jam – The Dirty Mac
25. Yer Blues (take 2) – The Dirty Mac

26. Brian Jones’ Introduction of Julius Katchen – Brian Jones
27. de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance – Julius Katchen

28. Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement – Julius Katchen

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Hear Violent Femmes’ new song, featuring Tom Verlaine

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Violent Femmes have announced that their new album, Hotel Last Resort, will be released by PIAS on July 26.

Hear the title track, featuring Television’s Tom Verlaine, below:

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“One of the greatest thrills of a long recording career is getting Tom Verlaine to play on one of our songs,” says Violent Femmes frontman Gordon Gano. “It’s just amazing to hear that sound.”

“We didn’t really give him much instruction,” adds bassist Brian Ritchie, “but he did exactly what we hoped he’d do. He clearly has an affinity for the song. He must’ve really clued in on the lyrics and he really interpreted them with a guitar.”

Hotel Last Resort was recorded at Mighty Fine Productions in Denver, Colorado, with producer Ted Hutt. As well as Verlaine’s appearance, it also features a guest turn by pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski and a reworking of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”.

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Bob Dylan reveals Rolling Thunder boxset details

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To accompany the release of Martin Scorsese’s Netflix documentary on June 12, Bob Dylan’s latest boxset collates all the available material relating to his Rolling Thunder Revue tour of 1975-6.

The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings will be released across 14 CDs by Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings on June 7.

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It includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded, as well as recently unearthed rehearsals from New York’s S.I.R. studios and the Seacrest Motel in Falmouth, MA, plus a bonus disc showcasing one-of-a-kind performances from the tour.

Pre-order The Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings here and check out the full tracklisting below. You can read the definitive feature about Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue in the current issue of Uncut, in shops now or available to order online by clicking here.

DISC 1
October 19, 1975 – S.I.R. Rehearsals, New York, NY

1. Rake and Ramblin’ Boy* [incomplete]
2. Romance in Durango* [incomplete]
3. Rita May*
4. I Want You# [incomplete]
5. Love Minus Zero/No Limit* [incomplete]
6. She Belongs to Me* [incomplete]
7. Joey [incomplete]
8. Isis
9. Hollywood Angel [incomplete]
10. People Get Ready#~
11. What Will You Do When Jesus Comes?#
12. Spanish Is the Loving Tongue
13. The Ballad of Ira Hayes
14. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)*
15. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You
16. This Land Is Your Land
17. Dark as a Dungeon*

DISC 2
October 21, 1975 – S.I.R. Rehearsals, New York, NY

1. She Belongs to Me#
2. A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall
3. Isis
4. This Wheel’s on Fire/Hurricane/All Along the Watchtower
5. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
6. If You See Her, Say Hello
7. One Too Many Mornings#
8. Gwenevere [incomplete]
9. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts [incomplete]
10. Patty’s Gone to Laredo#
11. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)

DISC 3
October 29, 1975 – Seacrest Motel Rehearsals, Falmouth, MA

1. Tears of Rage
2. I Shall Be Released
3. Easy and Slow
4. Ballad of a Thin Man
5. Hurricane
6. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
7. Just Like a Woman
8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

DISC 4
November 19, 1975 – Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece
2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
3. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
5. Romance in Durango
6. Isis
7. Blowin’ in the Wind
8. Wild Mountain Thyme
9. Mama, You Been on My Mind
10. Dark as a Dungeon
11. I Shall Be Released

DISC 5
November 19, 1975 – Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA

1. Tangled Up in Blue
2. Oh, Sister
3. Hurricane^*
4. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
5. Sara
6. Just Like a Woman
7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
8. This Land Is Your Land

DISC 6
November 20, 1975 – Harvard Square Theater, Cambridge, MA

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece
2. It Ain’t Me, Babe#~^
3. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry*
5. Romance in Durango^*
6. Isis
7. Blowin’ in the Wind*
8. Wild Mountain Thyme
9. Mama, You Been on My Mind^
10. Dark as a Dungeon
11. I Shall Be Released

DISC 7
November 20, 1975 – Harvard Square Theater, Cambridge, MA

1. Simple Twist of Fate^*
2. Oh, Sister
3. Hurricane
4. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
5. Sara
6. Just Like a Woman#
7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door#^
8. This Land Is Your Land

DISC 8
November 21, 1975 – Afternoon – Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece
2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
3. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
4. A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall
5. Romance in Durango
6. Isis
7. The Times They Are a-Changin’
8. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
9. Mama, You Been on My Mind
10. Never Let Me Go
11. I Shall Be Released^

DISC 9
November 21, 1975 – Afternoon – Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA

1. Mr. Tambourine Man^
2. Oh, Sister
3. Hurricane
4. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)
5. Sara^
6. Just Like a Woman
7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
8. This Land Is Your Land

DISC 10
November 21, 1975 – Evening – Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece
2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
3. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll^
4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry#^
5. Romance in Durango
6. Isis^
7. Blowin’ in the Wind^
8. The Water Is Wide^
9. Mama, You Been on My Mind
10. Dark as a Dungeon
11. I Shall Be Released

DISC 11
November 21, 1975 – Evening – Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA

1. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
2. Tangled Up in Blue#^
3. Oh, Sister^
4. Hurricane
5. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)^
6. Sara
7. Just Like a Woman^
8. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
9. This Land Is Your Land

DISC 12
December 4, 1975 – Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

1. When I Paint My Masterpiece
2. It Ain’t Me, Babe
3. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll*
4. Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You^
5. A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall#^*
6. Romance in Durango#
7. Isis#~
8. Blowin’ in the Wind
9. Dark as a Dungeon
10. Mama, You Been on My Mind
11. Never Let Me Go#~
12. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine*
13. I Shall Be Released

DISC 13
December 4, 1975 – Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Canada

1. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue^
2. Love Minus Zero/No Limit^
3. Tangled Up in Blue
4. Oh, Sister
5. Hurricane
6. One More Cup of Coffee (Valley Below)#* 7. Sara#
8. Just Like a Woman
9. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
10. This Land Is Your Land

Disc 14
BONUS DISC – RARE PERFORMANCES

1. One Too Many Mornings*
October 24 – Gerdes Folk City, New York City, New York
2. Simple Twist of Fate*
October 28 – Mahjong Parlor, Falmouth, MA
3. Isis
November 2 – Technical University, Lowell, MA
4. With God on Our Side
November 4 – Afternoon – Civic Center, Providence, RI
5. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
November 4 – Evening – Civic Center, Providence, RI
6. Radio advertisement for Niagara Falls shows
Niagara Falls, NY
7. The Ballad of Ira Hayes*
November 16 – Tuscarora Reservation, NY
8. Your Cheatin’ Heart*
November 23
9. Fourth Time Around
November 26 – Civic Center, Augusta, Maine
10. The Tracks of My Tears
December 3 – Chateau Champlain, Montreal Canada
11. Jesse James
December 5 – Montreal Stables, Montreal, Canada
12. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
December 8 – “Night of the Hurricane,” Madison Square Garden, New York, NY

# included in the film Renaldo and Clara (1978 film)
~ released on 4 Songs From “Renaldo And Clara” E.P. (1978 album)
^ released on The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975 (2002 album)
* included in Rolling Thunder Revue (2019 film)

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New Neil Young & Crazy Horse album due this autumn

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Neil Young & Crazy Horse‘s new album is finished and ready for release in “early fall” according to a post on NYA Times Contrarian.

The currently untitled album features “11 new songs, ranging from 3 minutes to 14 minutes of music each” and according to Young himself “stands as one of the most diverse albums I have ever made”.

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He adds that the album was “recorded at 9200 feet elevation in the Rocky Mountains, with our old tube board, mics and equipment… Whatever label this brand new Crazy Horse album is on, it will be a proud moment for all involved, something we were not sure we would get to do. We did it though and it rocks!”

The scheduling of the new Crazy Horse album, with tour dates sure to follow, will have a knock-on effect: “That means there will be schedule changes and release date adjustments as this new album finds its release date in the early Fall of 2019, displacing older re-release projects!”

Presumably, though, it won’t affect the release of 1973 live album Tuscaloosa, announced yesterday for a June 7 release.

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Watch Elvis Costello guest with Spinal Tap

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This Is Spinal Tap is 35 years old this year, with the anniversary marked by a special screening at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this past weekend (April 27).

Following the screening, the three members of Spinal Tap played an acoustic set for which they were joined at the end by Elvis Costello to play “Gimme Some Money”. Watch that below:

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Watch the complete set – featuring Tap classics “Hell Hole”, “Big Bottom” and “Sex Farm” – below.

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Nils Lofgren – Blue With Lou

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Guitarist to the stars, Nils Lofgren teamed up with Lou Reed circa 1979, via producer Bob Ezrin, and Blue With Lou finds the guitarist documenting their collaboration 40 years on. Lofgren’s voice is crackly, but plays perfectly into rockers like the hook-laden “Attitude City”. The dark, funky “Give” finds Reed putting life’s meaning into perspective, but Lofgren’s wicked, acidic guitars fly it into unknown stratospheres. Another Reed/Lofgren co-write, “Don’t Let Your Guard Down”, is spare, but no less striking. “Rock Or Not”, topical and timely, towers among Lofgren’s originals, and Keith Richards should consider covering. LUKE TORN

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Q&A

So how did Blue With Lou come about?

Prior to Nils, my release at the time, I was bouncing back and forth between New York and Garrett Park in Maryland, where I have a rental house, going through pre-production with producer Bob Ezrin. At one point, Bob said, “Look, there’s a lot of great music here, but I think the lyrics on the new songs aren’t as good as the ones you’ve already chosen. Would you consider some co-writing?” I said of course, if it would make the record better.

Bob said, “An old friend of mine, Lou Reed, is recording in town. I want to go by and see if you two could get together and do some writing.” I loved Lou Reed, so we went by. I’d seen him many times, but the first time I met Lou he seemed surprisingly open to the idea and suggested we get together at his Greenwich Village apartment the following week, to discuss it. It was a Monday night, which is American football night on TV. Surprisingly, he was a huge NFL fan. I grew up in the Washington DC area, so I was a big fan of the Washington Redskins, who were playing the Dallas Cowboys that night. They were our big rivals and it turned out that Lou was a Dallas Cowboys fan. So it was kind of a nice icebreaker in the sense that we poured ourselves some stiff drinks and sat back, unexpectedly, to really enjoy a game where we were good-naturedly rooting against each other. And it gave us some impetus for an initial bond that evening and, between that and sipping some good drinks, we batted around the idea of writing together.

We came to discover that my forte is music, in the sense that I write music quite effortlessly and regularly, and, in general, I struggle with lyrics a bit more. Lou said, “I’m the exact opposite. I write lyrics all the time, they’re pretty good. But I tend to take a bit more elbow grease on the music.” I sent him a tape of 13 songs, all with melodies and bridges and most with titles.

A few weeks went by and at about 4:30am I was sound asleep and the phone rang. I answered it and it was Lou Reed. I was happy to hear from him, but surprised at the hour. He said, “Nils, I love this tape that you sent me. I’ve been up for three days and nights straight, working on this tape, and I’ve just completed 13 sets of lyrics that I’m quite happy with. Look, if you like, I’ll dictate them all to you.” I was just so stunned. I said, “Lou, give me a minute here. Do you mind if I put on a pot of coffee?” Over the course of a couple of hours, he dictated 13 songs that I’d just co-written with Lou Reed.

It was kind of a genuine partnership and we moved forward with it. He used three of the songs on The Bells and we used three on the Nils album. I always felt that the songs that got left behind were great and ones that Lou could deliver in his style. I thought, “Well, I’ll get to them and maybe readdress them with Lou,” but then he tragically passed away on us. After that, it started gnawing on me. Lou was no longer here to even approach about doing them and I thought it would be such a shame if they stayed in the basement forever.

So there are six co-writes with Lou and six new songs of yours…

Yeah. I love what Lou did with “City Lights”, but I always loved the original melody and wanted to do it with that. And as a nod to our history, Branford Marsalis was kind enough to play a beautiful story through it on his sax.

One of your new songs is “Dear Heartbreaker”, which is a Tom Petty tribute…

My wife and I always went to see Tom Petty whenever he was playing in Phoenix. In fact, probably the last tour that The Heartbreakers were ever an opening act was for me in England. We did a five- or six-week tour through the UK [1977]. The Heartbreakers kicked our ass every night. Anyway, Benmont [Tench] hooked us up with tickets to see The Heartbreakers at Red Rocks in Colorado [30th May 2017]. It was just a beautiful night and we went backstage to say hi to everybody afterwards. And, of course, it never entered our minds that it would be the last time we ever saw Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

I was thinking about that show one day and Tom Petty’s loss is something that my wife and I talk about daily. It was just a real blow. I started singing this little lyric, then it turned into a verse or two. And I kept getting ideas for it, even though I still wasn’t planning on writing this song. But it became quite a long narration, which is how it ended up on the record.

I’m thrilled to have a tour booked with a band in the States and have some new music that I feel good about. And for this great chapter with Lou to stop gnawing at me and get these songs shared, because he was inspired when he wrote them. It was really a touching long evening at his home and then those few hours on the phone. I hope there’s enough buzz and positivity around the record to enable us to get over to the UK as a full band and play later in the year. ROB HUGHES

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Neil Young confirms release of archival live album, Tuscaloosa

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Neil Young has confirmed that his live album Tuscaloosa – recorded on February 5, 1973, at the University of Alabama – will be officially released on June 7.

The album can be pre-ordered by clicking here.

It features his backing band Stray Gators, captured on the same tour that also yielded the Time Fades Away live album.

Check out the full tracklisting for Tuscaloosa and hear “Don’t Be Denied” below:

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01 Here We Are In The Years
02 After the Gold Rush
03 Out on the Weekend
04 Harvest
05 Old Man
06 Heart of Gold
07 Time Fades Away
08 Lookout Joe
09 New Mama
10 Alabama
11 Don’t Be Denied

There are also special lithograph bundles available from Neil Young’s official store.

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Hear the title track of Willie Nelson’s new album, Ride Me Back Home

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Willie Nelson has announced that his new album Ride Me Back Home will be released by Legacy Recordings on June 21.

Hear the title track below:

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The album features several new songs co-written by Nelson with longtime producer Buddy Cannon, as well as covers of songs by Billy Joel (“Just the Way You Are”), Mac Davis (“It’s Hard to Be Humble”) and Guy Clark (“Immigrant Eyes” and “My Favorite Picture of You”). Check out the full tracklisting below:

01. Ride Me Back Home
02. Come On Time
03. My Favorite Picture of You
04. Seven Year Itch
05. Immigrant Eyes
06. Stay Away From Lonely Places
07. Just The Way You Are
08. One More Song To Write
09. Nobody’s Listening
10. It’s Hard To Be Humble (with Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson)
11. Maybe I Should’ve Been Listening

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard: “We wanted a band where no-one had to practise, essentially!”

Originally published in Uncut’s December 2017 issue

Seven psychedelic Australians with a manic workrate. An army of fans with alligator tattoos. A rapidly expanding catalogue of albums regarded as a prog-psych Game Of Thrones… Meet KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD! JASON ANDERSON joins up with garage-rock’s biggest new cult in Nashville and asks: will they keep their insane promise of releasing five albums in 2017?

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The bandmates only travel about 30 feet from the door of the venue before they’re spotted. Then again, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are not the most inconspicuous bunch. Here on a scorching September afternoon in Nashville, it’s hard to miss a mob of lanky, mid-twentysomething, mostly long-haired Aussies in black shorts and Blundstones. They are eight in number – seven musicians plus Jason Galea, the friend responsible for the band’s artwork, videos and trippy live projections.

Two fans call out and come over. “We drove 11 hours to see you!” says one clutching an empty bottle of bleach for reasons unknown. He’s thrilled to show the band a new addition to his pale forearm: a freshly inked illustration of a green gator. The musicians convey their approval without inspecting it too closely. The creature first appeared in Galea’s sleeve and animated video for “The River”, a single off the band’s 2015 LP Quarters. Though it migrated into a few T-shirt designs, no-one in the Gizzard camp gave it much thought until fans started showing off their badges of allegiance at Bonnaroo a few months on. Since then, “there’ve been hundreds,” says Galea in disbelief.

King Gizzard’s 26-year-old singer, guitarist, flautist and ringleader Stu Mackenzie confesses that being the object of such devotion has been “kinda overwhelming”. He remembers the words that came to mind when he saw his first flesh gator: “Damn… you’re gonna regret that.”

Such tributes are just another absurd development in a history  studded with them. Gradually, and largely by happenstance, a band formed as an anarchic extracurricular for young friends otherwise busy in other bands in Melbourne in 2010 has become one of the most obsession-worthy groups on the planet. None of that “was supposed to happen”, Mackenzie explains. “This was just the weird experiment, just us fucking around.” The group didn’t even get a decent name. Instead, they got stuck with a last-minute compromise between someone’s Doors-inspired suggestion of King Lizard and Mackenzie’s arguably dafter choice of Gizzard Gizzard.

Yet what started as a joke definitely isn’t one now. Later that night in the sold-out Cannery Ballroom, a sweaty 1,000-strong throng of “Gizzheads” mosh to the sound of Mackenzie’s apocalyptic sci-fi songs about cyborgs and altered beasts. An improbable but reliably thrilling stew of prog, surf, garage, Krautrock and psychedelia – with the occasional detour into folk, jazz and Tropicália, too – the band’s sonic barrage is powered by two drummers and delivered with enough gusto to supply several more bands of comparable girth.

The whirlwind of activity they whip up onstage is matched by their frenzied release schedule. Since 2012, they’ve put out 10 extraordinary (and extraordinarily diverse) albums. Of the five that were promised for 2017, three are already out. Even if they miss the self-imposed deadline for the last two – and time is running short – they’ve already provided a ludicrous overabundance of stoner-motorik magnificence.

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New David Bowie demo collection to include nine unreleased tracks

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Following the recent Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos collections, Parlophone is releasing a further set of David Bowie’s 1969 recordings known as The ‘Mercury’ Demos on June 28.

These 10 early Bowie recordings were captured live in one take to a Revox reel-to-reel tape machine in David’s flat in spring 1969, with accompaniment from John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson on guitar and vocals.

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The version of “Space Oddity”, originally released with edits on the Sound & Vision boxset, is presented here in its true context for the first time. The other nine recordings on the album are all previously unreleased. In addition to Bowie originals, the session also includes the Roger Bunn composition “Life Is A Circus” and the Lesley Duncan composition “Love Song” later recorded by Elton John for Tumbleweed Connection.

The ‘Mercury’ Demos set will come in a replica of the original tape box and will feature 1xLP, a print, two photo contact sheets and sleeve notes by Mark Adams. The labels of the LP feature the same EMIDISC acetate styling as Spying Through A Keyhole and Clareville Grove Demos with the song titles in David’s own handwriting.

Check out the tracklisting below:

Side 1
Space Oddity
Janine
An Occasional Dream
Conversation Piece
Ching-a-Ling
I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione)

Side 2
Lover To The Dawn
Love Song
When I’m Five
Life Is A Circus

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The 15th Uncut New Music Playlist Of 2019

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

“Hello Sunshine”
(Columbia)

2.
CRAVEN FAULTS

“Engine Fields”
(Lowfold Works)

3.
BEAK>

“Life Goes On”
(Invada)

4.
FLYING LOTUS

“Takashi”
(Warp)

5.
RIDE

“Future Love”
(Wichita Recordings)

6.
SOFT CAVALRY

“Dive”
(Bella Union)

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7.
LUCY DACUS

“My Mother & I”
(Matador)

8.
BLACK KEYS

“Eagle Birds”
(Nonesuch)

9.
ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER

“Read My Mind”
(Sub Pop)

10.
MARK LANEGAN BAND

“Stitch It Up”
(Heavenly)

11.
CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD

“Chauffeur’s Daughter”
(Silver Arrow)

12.
PP ARNOLD

“Baby Blue”
(earMUSIC)

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Pink Floyd exhibition Their Mortal Remains to open in Madrid

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Following its successful debut at London’s V&A museum and subsequent runs in Rome and Dortmund, Pink Floyd exhibition Their Mortal Remains will open in Madrid on May 10, until September 15.

A collaboration between Pink Floyd, Aubrey ‘Po’ Powell and stage designers Stufish, the exhibition features over 350 artefacts collected over the band’s career, many unseen before the exhibition, including hand-written lyrics, musical instruments, letters, original artwork and stage props. High-tech audiovisual features contribute to an immersive journey through the world of Pink Floyd.

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Their Mortal Remains
is showing at Madrid’s IFEMA (the Trade Fair Institution of Spain). Admission is €9.90 – €19.90 EUR (plus fees), with the audioguide included in the price. For full details, visit the exhibition’s official site.

Pink Floyd are the cover stars of the current issue of Uncut; inside the magazine you’ll find the definitive story of the band’s experimental, post-Syd Barrett years, leading up to the creation of The Dark Side Of The Moon. Find it in shops now or order a copy online by clicking here.

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The Black Keys announce new album, Let’s Rock

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The Black Keys have announced that their 9th album, entitled Let’s Rock, will be released by Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records on June 9.

Following the single Lo/Hi in March, you can now hear another song from it, “Eagle Birds”, below:

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Let’s Rock was written, tracked live, and produced by the band’s Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney at Easy Eye Sound studio in Nashville. It features backing vocals from Leisa Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson.

“The record is like a homage to electric guitar,” comments Carney. “We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used to.”

Check out the Let’s Rock tracklisting and sleeve art below:

1. Shine A Little Light
2. Eagle Birds
3. Lo/Hi
4. Walk Across The Water
5. Tell Me Lies
6. Every Little Thing
7. Get Yourself Together
8. Sit Around And Miss You
9. Go
10. Breaking Down
11. Under The Gun
12. Fire Walk With Me

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Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan doc gets Netflix launch date

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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story By Martin Scorsese, the new documentary about Dylan’s 1975-6 concert tour, will launch in select cinemas and on Netflix on June 12.

Billed as “part documentary, part concert film, part fever dream”, the film is Scorsese’s second about Bob Dylan, following 2005’s No Direction Home.

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The film will be preceded on June 7 by the release of Bob Dylan – Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings, a comprehensive anthology of music from the tour, stretching to 148 tracks across 14 CDs. It includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded, along with recently unearthed tour rehearsals from New York’s SIR studios.

You can read much more about Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue in an extensive feature in the new issue of Uncut, in shops now or available to buy online by clicking here.

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Bruce Springsteen announces new album, Western Stars

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Bruce Springsteen has announced details of a new album, Western Stars.

His first new studio album in five years, it will be released on June 14 by Columbia Records. It will be available for pre-order on Friday, April 26.

The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey with additional recording in California and New York.

“This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements,” says Springsteen. “It’s a jewel box of a record.”

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Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on four tracks. The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst.

Western Stars track listing is:

Hitch Hikin’
The Wayfarer
Tucson Train
Western Stars
Sleepy Joe’s Café
Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
Chasin’ Wild Horses
Sundown
Somewhere North of Nashville
Stones
There Goes My Miracle
Hello Sunshine
Moonlight Motel

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Introducing the Ultimate Genre Guide to 2-Tone

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In 2016, I spent a day in Coventry with Horace Panter as part of a Specials’ cover story. It was August, less than two months after the EU referendum. Part of the piece made an explicit correlation between the late Seventies and the present day; how the band’s anti-racist manifesto had a new urgency in 2016.

“Injustice is timeless,” agreed Panter as we sat in the Russian History section of Coventry’s Central Library – built on the site of the old Tiffany’s nightclub. “The same message from 1979 is relevant in 2016.

“The Specials have that in-built thing with the socio-political message, the anti-racism stance,” Panter continued. “It comes as part of the package. People come to see us to affirm that side of us. I still mean it when we play ‘Doesn’t Make It All Right’. This is a song that I believe in every time I play it, just as much as I did back in 1979.”

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A few days later in London, Terry Hall similarly expanded on how “horribly relevant” the Specials still were. “It feels a lot worse now, it just feels a lot worse,” he admitted. “When you look at things like racism, it changed colour. It went from a black thing to an eastern European thing. It is still so heavy. A lot, heavier – a lot heavier – than it was in the Seventies, where really horrible incidents were isolated. Now you walk into WH Smiths and you’ve got it hitting you all the time in newspaper headlines. It’s constant, it’s absolutely constant.”

The band’s latest album, Encore, continues to underscore their message of unity and tolerance. “We Sell Hope”, “Embarrassed For You” and “Breaking Point”, particularly, feel like very necessary commentaries on life in contemporary Britain. “Nothing’s changed!” Hall bemoaned to Uncut earlier this year.

You can read more about the Specials, of course, in our Ultimate Genre Guide to 2-Tone – which is in shops and available to buy from our online store. Inside, you’ll find archive pieces from Melody Maker and NME on the Specials, the Special AKA, Madness, The Selecter, the Beat, the Bodysnatchers, Bad Manners and fellow travellers Dexys Midnight Runners and Elvis Costello. There’s new in-depth reviews, the 40 greatest 2-Tone singles, a guide to the label’s collectibles and a fond farewell to Ranking Roger.

When I spoke to Roger in 2016, he acknowledged – as Hall and Panter had – that many of the problems facing Britain today were similar to those he experienced in the Seventies. “It’s very complicated and life is harder now,” he nodded. But he offers a solution. “It’s up to the people to bring back the community, which got taken away from us in the Eighties and the Nineties. We solved a lot of our problems within the community, where everybody could have a say and things got done. If we reform the communities, it is a start.”

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Watch a video for Mark Lanegan Band’s new single, “Stitch It Up”

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Mark Lanegan Band have announced that their new album Somebody’s Knocking will be released on October 18 via Heavenly.

Watch a video for the first single, “Stitch It Up”, below. It features actor Donal Logue reviving his ’90s MTV character Jimmy The Cab Driver. “My head was pounding from laughing so hard the day of the shoot,” says Lanegan. “It was extremely tough to keep a straight face when Donal was in character, he turned into an updated version of Jimmy so fast. There’s a reason it’s the first video of mine I’ve been in for the last 15 years.”

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Somebody’s Knocking came together in an 11 day session in LA, abetted by writing partners Martin Jenkins (AKA Pye Corner Audio) and Rob Marshall.

Mark Lanegan Band have also announced a run of UK and Irish dates in December:

Tuesday 10th December – LONDON – Roundhouse
Wednesday 11th December – BRISTOL – SWX
Friday 13th December – SHEFFIELD – Leadmill
Saturday 14th December – EDINBURGH – Liquid Rooms
Sunday 15th December – MANCHESTER – Ritz
Tuesday 17th December – DUBLIN – Button Factory
Wednesday 18th December – BELFAST – Empire Music Hall

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Send us your questions for PP Arnold

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The renaissance of soul singer PP Arnold will be complete this August when she releases her first album of new material in 51 years, aptly titled The New Adventures Of… PP Arnold.

The album was created with help from Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene’s Steve Cradock, both of whom are huge fans of Arnold’s late-’60s material on Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label.

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Arnold has had a fairly astonishing career: escaping an abusive marriage to tour as backing vocalist for Ike & Tina Turner, she was persuaded to sign to Immediate by Mick Jagger, scoring a memorable Top 20 hit with Cat Stevens’ song “The First Cut Is The Deepest”. She hung out with The Rolling Stones, dated Steve Marriott and sang with everyone from Nick Drake to Dr John.

She enjoyed an unlikely renaissance in the rave era, singing on club hits by Altern-8 and The KLF, before working with Roger Waters and Oasis. After her lost 1970 album The Turning Tide – featuring songs by Barry Gibb and Eric Clapton – was released to belated acclaim in 2017, the 72-year-old Arnold is finally getting her just rewards as a solo singer.

So what do you want to ask the First Lady Of Immediate? Email your questions to us at uncutaudiencewith@ti-media.com by Friday April 26 and PP will answer the best ones in a future issue of Uncut.

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Hear Ride’s new single, “Future Love”

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Ride have announced that their new album, This Is Not A Safe Place, will be released by Wichita on August 16.

Hear the first single, “Future Love”, below:

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This Is Not A Safe Place was produced by Erol Alkan and mixed by old Ride compadre Alan Moulder. Influences on the album include Jean Michel Basquiat, The Fall and Sonic Youth. Check out the tracklisting below:

1. R.I.D.E.
2. Future Love
3. Repetition
4. Kill Switch
5. Clouds of Saint Marie
6. Eternal Recurrence
7. 15 Minutes
8. Jump Jet
9. Dial Up
10. End Game
11. Shadows Behind the Sun
12. In This Room

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The Turtles on ‘Happy Together’: “Everybody needs a big hit”

Originally published in Uncut’s Take 233 issue

“We wanted it,” says Howard Kaylan of The Turtles’ drive for success. “We really wanted it. We were a singles band. And we enjoyed it, because there was nothing better than watching our records go up the singles chart!”

The Turtles’ search for stardom began when Kaylan and co-vocalist Mark Volman formed surf group The Crossfires at high school in Los Angeles, in the early ’60s. After trying out R’n’B, the pair heard The Beatles and swapped their saxophones for microphones. “All of a sudden the girls got closer to the stage, and people weren’t dancing so much as listening.”

Reluctantly christened The Turtles, the band were passed off as part of the British Invasion. “For the first six months of our career, we spoke in English accents,” remembers Kaylan, “we asked for white tea and finger sandwiches. But we were living it.”

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When they heard The Byrds, they moved into folk-rock and scored a Top 10 hit with Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” in 1965, before hearing The Lovin’ Spoonful and heading in search of the purest sunshine pop. They found it in late 1966, when they heard a worn acetate of a song called “Happy Together”, which had been passed over by countless groups.

“You could immediately hear that it was a good song, though,” says Mark Volman. “It was just two guys sitting in a room, with a guitar, yet the song was intact.”

“Happy Together” knocked “Penny Lane” off the top of the US charts in March 1967, apparently angering John Lennon. Although The Turtles would score other hits, including sarcastic answer song “Elenore”, and Volman and Kaylan would go on to work with Frank Zappa and Marc Bolan as Flo & Eddie, “Happy Together” remains their best-loved song.

“I went back to college in the ’90s,” says Volman, “and when I graduated, I gave the valedictorian speech and the student body actually stood up and sang ‘Happy Together’.”