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Randy Newman announces UK shows

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Randy Newman has announced three UK dates for June 2020.

Check out the details of the shows, billed as ‘An Evening With Randy Newman’, below:

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Sun Jun 7 UK | Royal Festival Hall, London
Tue Jun 9 UK | Sage, Gateshead
Wed Jun 10 UK | Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (September 13) from here (for London and Edinburgh) and here (for Gateshead).

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.

Prince’s 1999 to be reissued with 35 unreleased tracks

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Prince’s 1982 breakthrough album 1999 will be reissued on November 29 in a variety of formats, including a Super Deluxe Edition boasting 35 previously unreleased tracks.

That includes 23 studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, as well as a complete live audio performance of the 1999 tour recorded in Detroit on November 30, 1982.

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The Super Deluxe Edition also includes a DVD containing another complete, previously unreleased concert from the 1999 tour, recorded at the Houston Summit on December 29, 1982, as well as Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs from the era, plus rare photography from Allen Beaulieu.

A Deluxe Edition features the newly-remastered album plus all attendant B-sides and remixes. Standard editions will also be available.

Check out the tracklisting for the 5CD+DVD or 10LP+DVD Super Deluxe Edition of 1999 below:

CD1 / LP 1&2
Remastered Album

1 1999
2 Little Red Corvette
3 Delirious
4 Let’s Pretend We’re Married
5 D.M.S.R.
6 Automatic
7 Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)
8 Free
9 Lady Cab Driver
10 All The Critics Love U In New York
11 International Lover

CD2 / LP 3&4
Promo Mixes & B-Sides

1 1999 (7″ stereo edit)
2 1999 (7″ mono promo-only edit)
3 Free (promo-only edit)
4 How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore (“1999″ b-side)
5 Little Red Corvette (7″ edit)
6 All The Critics Love U In New York (7” edit)
7 Lady Cab Driver (7″ edit)
8 Little Red Corvette (Dance Remix promo-only edit)
9 Little Red Corvette (Special Dance Mix)
10 Delirious (7” edit)
11 Horny Toad (“Delirious” b-side)
12 Automatic (7″ edit)
13 Automatic (video version)
14 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ edit)
15 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (7″ mono promo-only edit)
16 Irresistible Bitch (“Let’s Pretend We’re Married” b-side)
17 Let’s Pretend We’re Married (video version)
18 D.M.S.R. (edit)

CD3 / LP 5&6
Vault, Part 1

1 Feel U Up
2 Irresistible Bitch
3 Money Don’t Grow On Trees
4 Vagina
5 Rearrange
6 Bold Generation
7 Colleen
8 International Lover (Take 1, live in studio)
9 Turn It Up
10 You’re All I Want
11 Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) (Original Version)
12 If It’ll Make U Happy
13 How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore? (Take 2, live in studio)
All tracks previously unreleased

CD4 / LP 7&8
Vault, Part 2

1 Possessed (1982 version)
2 Delirious (full length)
3 Purple Music
4 Yah, You Know
5 Moonbeam Levels **
6 No Call U
7 Can’t Stop This Feeling I Got
8 Do Yourself A Favor
9 Don’t Let Him Fool Ya
10 Teacher, Teacher
11 Lady Cab Driver / I Wanna Be Your Lover / Head / Little Red Corvette (tour demo)
All tracks previously unreleased except **, released on the 2016 compilation, 4Ever

CD5 / LP 9&10
Live In Detroit – November 30, 1982 (midnight show)

1 Controversy
2 Let’s Work
3 Little Red Corvette
4 Do Me, Baby
5 Head
6 Uptown
7 Interlude
8 How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
9 Automatic
10 International Lover
11 1999
12 D.M.S.R.
All tracks previously unreleased

DVD
Live In Houston – December 29, 1982

1 Controversy
2 Let’s Work
3 Do Me, Baby
4 D.M.S.R.
5 Interlude – piano improvisation (contains elements of “With You”)
6 How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore?
7 Lady Cab Driver
8 Automatic
9 International Lover
10 1999
11 Head (contains elements of “Sexuality”)
All tracks previously unreleased

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.

Gene Clark’s No Other gets the deluxe box set treatment

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4AD will reissue Gene Clark’s 1974 country-rock classic No Other in various formats on November 8, including a deluxe box set featuring two discs of studio out-takes.

The original tapes have been remastered at Abbey Road, while all the studio takes have been mixed by Long Ryders frontman Sid Griffin and producer John Wood. In addition, a new 5.1 surround sound mix of the album has been created.

Hear a couple of those new out-takes below:

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The deluxe box set of No Other features the original remastered album pressed on silver vinyl, the album and out-takes spread across three CDs, a Blu-Ray disc containing the film The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Making of No Other, the book No Other: The Making of A Masterpiece, plus a bonus 7″ and poster.

There are also 2xCD, regular CD and vinyl versions available. To peruse the tracklistings and pre-order, go 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.

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy announces new album, I Made A Place

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy has announced that his new album, I Made A Place, will be released by Domino on November 15.

It’s his first album of new solo material since 2011’s Wolfroy Goes To Town. Watch a video for first single “At The Back Of The Pit” below:

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“In recent years, the whole world of recorded music, in the way that such music is conceived, perceived, recorded, released and distributed, has been atomized,” writes Will Oldham, AKA Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy. “I tried holding my breath, waiting for the storm to pass, but this storm is here to stay and its devastation is our new landscape. What else is a person to do except what he knows and feels, which for me is making records built out of songs intended for the intimate listening experiences of wonderful strangers who share something spiritually and musically? I started working on these songs thinking that there was no way I was going to finish them and record and release them. This was a constructive frame-of-mind that protected the songs until this frightening moment when we let go of them and give them to you.”

You can pre-order I Made A Place, including a limited red vinyl version with free 7″, 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.

The 22nd Uncut New Music Playlist of 2019

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It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, so here’s a bumper Uncut New Music Playlist for your delectation. Top of the show is an intoxicating track from The Comet Is Coming’s upcoming release The Afterlife, a companion mini-LP to March’s Trust In The Lifeforce Of The Deep Mystery that’s every bit as good as its predecessor. There’s also potent new stuff from Itasca, Sudan Archives and Songhoy Blues, swooning loveliness from Tindersticks and Saariselka, Björk remixed by Fever Ray, and an exciting new permutation of Congolese talent in the form of Bantou Mentale.

Whatever’s eating you this week, there should be plenty here to quell your existential concerns. Enjoy…

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1.
THE COMET IS COMING

“Lifeforce Part II”
(Impluse!)

2.
BJÖRK

“Feature Creatures (Fever Ray Remix)”
(ONE LITTLE INDIAN)

3.
FKA TWIGS

“Holy Terrain (ft Future)”
(Young Turks)

4.
BANTOU MENTALE

“Boko Haram”
(Glitterbeat)

5.
SUDAN ARCHIVES

“Confessions”
(Stones Throw)

6.
HEALTH & BEAUTY

“Rat Shack”
(Wichita)

7.
ITASCA

“Bess’s Dance”
(Paradise Of Bachelors)

8.
SAARISELKA

“Void”
(Temporary Residence)

9.
MATTHEW SAGE

“Camaro Canyon”
(Tompkins Square)

10.
WILL BURNS & HANNAH PEEL

“Moth Book”
(Rivertones)

11.
ISAN

“From A Hundred”
(Morr Music)

12.
SCALPING

“Ruptured”
(Council Records)
https://soundcloud.com/councilrecords/ruptured/s-9Y5Z3

13.
ANDI OTTO

“Igisasa (feat. Evariste Karinganire)”
(Shika Shika)

14.
SONGHOY BLUES

“Time To Go Home (Blake Mills Mix)”
(Fat Possum)

15.
TINDERSTICKS

“The Amputees”
(City Slang)

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.

Bon Iver announce European arena tour

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Following the release of fourth album i,i, Bon Iver have announced a European arena tour for spring 2020, including five UK dates.

Justin Vernon and crew will be supported by his longtime collaborator Aaron Dessner of The National, convening a group billed as Aaron Dessner’s Big 37d03d Machine (in reference to the pair’s 37d03d/People festival and the related Big Red Machine album).

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Peruse the full list of Bon Iver tourdates below. Tickets will be available on Friday (September 13) from here.

15 Apr – Lisbon, PT @ Altice Arena
16 Apr – Madrid, ES @ WiZink Center
17 Apr – Barcelona, ES @ Palau Sant Jordi
20 Apr – Berlin, DE @ Mercedes-Benz Arena
23 Apr – Antwerp, BE @ Sportpaleis
24 Apr – Amsterdam, NL @ Ziggo Dome
26 Apr – London @ SSE Arena Wembley
27 Apr – Birmingham @ Arena Birmingham
29 Apr – Leeds @ First Direct Arena
30 Apr – Manchester @ Manchester Arena
01 May – Glasgow @ The SSE Hydro
03 May – Dublin @ 3Arena

Watch a video about how Bon Iver are upsizing their live show for arenas:

You can read an in-depth interview with Justin Vernon and Bon Iver in the current issue of Uncut, in UK shops now or available to order online by clicking here.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Bob Dylan announces US tour

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Bob Dylan has announced a new US tour, kicking off in Irvine, California, on October 11. After touring extensively in Europe, these will be his first North American dates of 2019.

The tour is advertised as ‘Bob Dylan And His Band’, so is likely to feature a similar lineup of musicians to that which played the European dates. You can read a full review of Bob Dylan’s recent Hyde Park show in the current issue of Uncut, on sale now with Patti Smith on the cover, or available to buy online by clicking here.

Peruse the full itinerary for Bob Dylan’s US tour below. Tickets go on sale on Friday (September 13).

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11 Oct 2019
Irvine, California
UC Irvine – Bren Events Center

12 Oct 2019
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara Bowl

14 Oct 2019
Palo Alto, California
Stanford University — Frost Amphitheatre

17 Oct 2019
Denver, Colorado
The Mission Ballroom

19 Oct 2019
Lincoln, Nebraska
Pinnacle Bank Arena

20 Oct 2019
Kansas City, Missouri
Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

22 Oct 2019
St. Louis, Missouri
Stifel Theatre

23 Oct 2019
Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University – C.Y. Stephens Auditorium

24 Oct 2019
Mankato, Minnesota
Mankato Civic Center

26 Oct 2019
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Eagles Ballroom

27 Oct 2019
Bloomington, Indiana
Indiana University – Auditorium

29 Oct 2019
Normal, Illinois
Illinois State University – Braden Auditorium

30 Oct 2019
Chicago, Illinois
Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC

1 Nov 2019
South Bend, Indiana
Morris Performing Arts Center

2 Nov 2019
Muncie, Indiana
Ball State University – Emens Auditorium

4 Nov 2019
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio State University – Mershon Auditorium

5 Nov 2019
East Lansing, Michigan
Michigan State University – Wharton Center for the Performing Arts

6 Nov 2019
Ann Arbor, Michigan
University of Michigan – Hill Auditorium

8 Nov 2019
Highland Heights, Kentucky
Northern Kentucky University – BB&T Arena

9 Nov 2019
Akron, Ohio
University of Akron – EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall

10 Nov 2019
Moon Township, PA
Robert Morris University – UPMC Events Center

12 Nov 2019
Baltimore, Maryland
University of Maryland Baltimore County – UMBC Event Center

13 Nov 2019
Petersburg, Virginia
Virginia State University – Multi-Purpose Center

15 Nov 2019
University Park, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University – Eisenhower Auditorium

17 Nov 2019
Ithaca, New York
Ithaca College – Athletics and Events Center

19 Nov 2019
Lowell, Massachusetts
University of Massachussetts – Tsongas Arena

20 Nov 2019
Providence, Rhode Island
Providence Performing Arts Center

21 Nov 2019
The Met Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.

Hear Bob Mould cover Buzzcocks’ “I Don’t Mind”

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Bob Mould has released a cover version of Buzzcocks’ “I Don’t Mind”, recorded during sessions for his 2018 album, Sunshine Rock.

Listen below:

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It coincides with the start of Bob Mould’s solo electric tour, which kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio, on Wednesday (September 11) before coming to the UK later in the month. As well as his own show at London’s The Garage on September 29, Mould will appear as a special guest at Richard Thompson’s 70th Birthday Celebration at the Royal Albert Hall on September 30. Full dates below:

Sept 11th | Cleveland, OH – Music Box Supper Club +
Sept 12th | Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark +
Sept 13th | Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi +
Sept 15th | Chicago, IL – Riot Fest (full band show)
Sept 17th | Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall +
Sept 18th | Nashville, TN – City Winery +
Sept 20th | Birmingham, AL – Saturn +
Sept 21st | Atlanta, GA – City Winery +
Sept 22nd – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle +
Sept 24th | Carrboro, NC – ArtsCenter +
Sept 25th | Richmond, VA – The Broadberry +
Sept 26th | Washington, DC – City Winery +
Sept 27th | Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage +
Sept 29th | London, UK – The Garage
Nov 8th-9th | Europa Park Rust, DE – Rolling Stone Park
Nov 15th-16th | Weissenhauser Strand, DE – Rolling Stone Beach
Nov 16th | Minehead, UK – Shiiine On Weekender

+ = w/ Will Johnson

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Supergrass have reformed

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Ten years since they split, Supergrass have announced they are reforming for a 2020 tour including dates across the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA.

On January 24, they will also release a career-spanning boxset entitled Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994 – 2008, which includes a number of rare and unreleased tracks. Hear their previously unheard cover of The Police’s “Next To You” below:

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“Everything aligned for us to make this happen for 2020,” says the band’s Danny Goffey. “It was the first time that we collectively felt the buzz to get back in a room together and play the songs. We’re extremely excited to get out there and bring a bit of Supergrass joy to all our fans… and their extended families.”

Check out the tourdates below:

FEBRUARY 2020
4th – Paris, France – Casino de Paris
5th – Brussels, Belgium – Ancienne Belgique
7th – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
14th – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
17th – Belfast, Northern Ireland – Ulster Hall
20th – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
24th – Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England – O2 Academy Newcastle
26th – Manchester, England – O2 Victoria Warehouse
29th – Leeds, England – O2 Academy Leeds
MARCH 2020
3rd – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham
6th – London, England – Alexandra Palace
APRIL 2020
2nd – Los Angeles – Wiltern
8th – New York, NY – Webster Hall

Tickets go on sale on Friday (September 13). You can pre-order Supergrass: The Strange Ones 1994 – 2008 and peruse the tracklistings for the various editions here.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Suicide/ Martin Rev

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Simplicity was always at the core of New York’s proto-punk electronics-and-voice duo Suicide. For all of the legend accrued by their 1977 debut album – and this is an album with a sturdy, heroic, undeniable reputation – it’s still a shock, sometimes, to hit play and be confronted with the radical minimalism of songs like “Ghost Rider” and “Girl”. It’s about the unpretentious reductionism of all great rock’n’roll, but also of making do with the tools in front of you.

If that’s testament to the creativity of Martin Rev (keyboards) and the late, great Alan Vega (voice), it also speaks 
of the cultural and spiritual tumult within which Suicide was created, of a 
’70s New York in fiscal crisis, on a downward spiral.

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Suicide formed in 1971, and from the get-go, the duo was inseparable – in Suicide’s early years, Rev and Vega saw each other daily. Out of the New York boho milieu, they were tight with New York Dolls, and there are tales of the Dolls’ David Johansen tripping out while rehearsing with the duo. But Suicide were also a confrontational force, Vega’s gutter-Elvis persona deliberately provocative, causing riots at their bigger support shows, and Rev, impassive behind his keyboards. At one gig, Vega jumped the members of Kraftwerk, looking for all the world like squares in suits: “They were perfect targets,” Rev chuckled.

Suicide itself – remastered and reissued by Mute on red vinyl (with an exclusive art print), CD (in a hardback book case) and download – is a near-perfect set of seven songs, balanced between psychoacoustic trauma, classic rock’n’roll signifiers, and just occasionally, moments of pure heartbreak. “Cheree” picks up the latter thread, a glorious hymnal to Vega’s ‘black leather lady’, Rev’s electronics sparkling in the background, the song’s gorgeous melody twinkling in the ear. For the song’s three minutes, it feels like the world is captured in stasis – the only thing that matters is “Cheree”’s eternal now, the revelation of pure poetry at the core of Rev and Vega’s dreamed muse. Elsewhere, the duo channel the bone-crushingly simple riffs and rhythms of early rock’n’roll and rockabilly on “Ghost Rider” and “Johnny”, and hammer the same two-note motif into the ground on the pounding, pulsing “Rocket USA”, with Vega’s immortal two-line chant, “Gonna crash/gonna die”.

But it’s hard to argue that “Frankie Teardrop” is anything but the centrepiece of Suicide, its 10 minutes of incessant drone and throb the perfect grounding for Vega’s still-terrifying narrative of disaffection, infanticide, suicide, a veritable list of anomic cultural nightmares, before collapsing into grunts and screams, the song’s perfect denouement the realisation, “We’re all Frankies/We’re all in hell”. Rev’s electronics become an elemental, primal force here – great waves of distressed noise capturing Frankie’s mindset perfectly. “Frankie Teardrop” is a tour de force, then, and it was hard to think how Suicide would move beyond it.

They released another great album in 1980, but Rev and Vega parted ways for a time – their next, “comeback” album, A Way Of Life, appeared in 1988. But the ’80s saw both members of Suicide release solo material; Rev’s self-titled first album, released in 1980, is another minimalist gem, then in 1985 he reappeared with Clouds Of Glory, now reissued on vinyl. Without Vega as his foil, Rev focused more intently on carving large chunks of electronic sound out of his equipment, and the material feels even more focused on the possibilities of the synth than those Suicide albums. But there’s a through-line there, most obviously in the annexing of primitive, stomping pulse rhythms and sick, warping tones to ultra-simple riffs and vamps, spiralling around each other with menace – see the clatter of the opening “Rocking Horse”, or the amorphous crackle and hum of “Metatron” – or with love, as in the gentle, lambent glow of “Whisper”.

A song like “Whisper”, in fact, points to Rev’s real, lasting genius, which is the dewy-eyed nostalgia and hope at the core of his most beautiful music. He’s often lumped in with electronic artists, but in many ways he’s closer to a strain of mutant rock’n’roll visionaries, from Alex Chilton through Epic Soundtracks to Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom, who seem to understand that the core of great rock’n’roll is the unadorned love song, expressed as simply and purely as possible. And though Rev’s music is instrumental, you can also hear his grasp on this on the reissued, expanded 12-track version of Cheyenne, the 1991 album that partly revisited material from the second Suicide album. In among the darkness and paranoia of pieces like “Little Rock” or “Red Sierra” are some of Rev’s most affectingly gorgeous moments, tear-dappled teenage symphonies to God like “River Of Tears”, “Pony”, or the choral “Coyote”. They’re beautiful offerings to the listener, uncanny but pure and true.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Modern Nature – How To Live

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Anyone who lives within the cosseted confines of 
a big city will understand the fascination with those mysterious slivers of heath or woodland where nature seems to breach the dull, concrete hegemony. In 2017, Jack Cooper moved out of central-ish London to the edge of Epping Forest, near Hollow Ponds. Like many before him, from Jacob Epstein to Damon Albarn, he was inspired by the area’s strange dualities: an ancient woodland hemmed in by suburban sprawl, a Site Of Scientific Interest that’s also a notorious murder hotspot.

Cooper was seeking to decompress after an intense period in which he released six albums in six years with his 
bands Mazes and Ultimate Painting. The latter came to an abrupt end when, with a fourth album of wiry, Loaded-style vignettes already in the can, Cooper suddenly announced their split, citing an “irreconcilable breakdown” between himself 
and bandmate James Hoare (the album remains unreleased).

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Perhaps as a reaction, Modern Nature is a more open, expansive project. Mirroring Cooper’s own recent experiences, How To Live was conceived as a concept album about a journey from urban anxiety to rural serenity, although it appears to spend most of its time in that hinterland between the two – the Epping Forest of the soul – manifested in a sound that lashes woody, folky textures to an insistent motorik pulse. Alongside Cooper, the band comprises Will Young of Beak> on keyboards, Woods’ Aaron Neveu on drums and Sunwatchers’ Jeff Tobias on sax, plus Rupert Gillett on cello.

If that cast list conjures up an image of freewheeling, transatlantic jams, you’re on the wrong track. As carefully patrolled by Cooper, Modern Nature is an explicitly English affair: unbluesy, unassuming and slightly uptight (in a good way). While their press blurb references such hip touchstones as Talk Talk, Anne Briggs and Harmonia, Modern Nature most closely resemble that underrated seam of ’90s post-rock bands – Quickspace, Movietone, Ganger, Hood – whose homespun take on krautrock was reserved and resourceful.

Yet Cooper is a songwriter rather than a sonic explorer, and the narrow-gauge thrust that powered Ultimate Painting is still sometimes in evidence. Even while attempting to convey an atmosphere of uncertainty, his lyrics are concise, evocative and pleasingly rhythmic (“Light ignites/Through canopies of shaking trees,” he whispers on “Peradam”, matching the music’s simple, catchy shapes). Fetishising the countryside as a mystical, wholesome place is a long-standing rock cliche, but the clarity of Modern Nature’s vision is unarguable. Neveu’s rhythms are persistent but never forceful, 
while hypnotic guitar figures mingle with synth and cello like a fog, out of which Tobias’s saxophone occasionally rises majestically. His presence is the group’s trump card, without which How To Live’s understated charm would be in danger of sounding a little uneventful.

It’s tempting to interpret the album’s urban/rural dichotomy as a metaphor for the current state of “Divided Britain”. Amid “Turbulence”’s vivid rush-hour nightmare, there are dark mutterings of “stirring storms” and days that “rip apart at the seams”. Meanwhile, Cooper repeatedly seems to caution us against succumbing to the politics of fear and division: “Do you see through/ Stories meant to scare you?” he asks on “Seance”. “Titans tighten/ Blackened gripped horizon.”

But it would be unfair to impose a tedious topical narrative on an album that is ultimately striving to rise above such things. What’s more, unlike Brexit, How To Live has a happy ending. Amid the percolating arpeggios of beatific closing track “Devotee”, Cooper appears to reach the conclusion that the most important battle isn’t urban vs rural or leave vs remain but spiritual vs material. “Ride to the sunset,” he urges, gently and without melodrama. “Rise from the canvas/Leave all you can behind.” How to live? It’s certainly an idea.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Swans announce new album, Leaving Meaning

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Swans have announced that their 15th album Leaving Meaning will be released by Mute on October 25.

The album was written and produced by Michael Gira, featuring contributions from recent and former Swans, members of Angels Of Light as well as guest artists Anna and Maria von Hausswolff, Ben Frost, The Necks, Baby Dee and A Hawk And A Hacksaw.

Listen to a track from it, “It’s Coming It’s Real”, below:

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Leaving Meaning is the first Swans album to be released since I dissolved the lineup of musicians that constituted Swans from 2010 – 2017,” explains Gira. “Swans is now comprised of a revolving cast of musicians, selected for both their musical and personal character, chosen according to what I intuit best suits the atmosphere in which I’d like to see the songs I’ve written presented. In collaboration with me, the musicians, through their personality, skill and taste, contribute greatly to the arrangement of the material. They’re all people whose work I admire and whose company I personally enjoy.”

Check out the tracklisting for Leaving Meaning below:

Hums
Annaline
The Hanging Man
Amnesia (with Anna and Maria von Hausswolff on backing vocals)
Leaving Meaning (feat.The Necks)
Sunfucker (with Anna and Maria von Hausswolff on backing vocals)
Cathedrals of Heaven
The Nub (with Baby Dee on guest vocals, also feat. The Necks)
It’s Coming It’s Real (feat. Anna and Maria von Hausswolff on backing vocals)
Some New Things (digital / CD only)
What Is This
My Phantom Limb

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Hear new and unreleased versions of The Beatles’ “Oh! Darling”

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As reported last month in Uncut, September 27 will see The Beatles’ Abbey Road reissued in a number of different 50th Anniversary editions.

Now you can hear two more tracks from it: a brand new Giles Martin mix of “Oh! Darling”, alongside ‘Take 4’ of the same song from the Abbey Road sessions, which features an overdubbed Hammond organ from Billy Preston:

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You can hear more music from the new editions of Abbey Road, as well as perusing the tracklisting for all versions, here.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Unreleased tracks revealed for David Bowie’s 1968/’69 box set

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David’s Bowie‘s early development is the subject of a five CD box set and digital equivalent due from Parlophone on November 15.

David Bowie Conversation Piece covers Bowie’s 1968 and 1969, via his home demos, BBC radio sessions, studio recordings with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson and the experimental music and mime group, Feathers. The collection also celebrates the 50th anniversaries of the release of the “Space Oddity” single and Bowie’s second album, David Bowie (aka Space Oddity).

The contains twelve previously unreleased tracks/demos from the period as well as a brand new mix of the Space Oddity album by Tony Visconti.

The new mix of the album now features the title track of the boxset “Conversation Piece”, restored to the tracklisting in its initially intended position before it was originally dropped due to time constraints of vinyl.

Of the 2019 Space Oddity album mix Visconti says “It was so much fun to find hidden gems of musicianship with more time to mix the second time around, a guitar twiddle here, a trombone blast there, Marc Bolan’s voice in a group choir and more detail in general that we overlooked all those years ago when the label gave us a week at the most to mix this album. And in the details you will find 22 year old David Bowie, who would soon take the world by storm.”

The 120 page hardback book accompanying the box features exclusive memorabilia from the personal collection of David’s former manager, the late Ken Pitt, as well as from the David Bowie Archive, and includes photos by Ray Stevenson, Vernon Dewhurst, David Bebbington, Ken Pitt, Alec Byrne, Tony Visconti and Jojanneke Claasen.

The sleeve notes feature contributions from Bowie’s lifelong friend George Underwood, Visconti, Vernon Dewhurst, Dana Gillespie and John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson.

The 2019 mix of the Space Oddity album will also be released separately and individually on CD, standard digital, 96/24 digital and vinyl. The various vinyl configurations will be randomly distributed worldwide with a mixture of hand-numbered labels; numbers 1 to 1969 on silver vinyl numbers and 1970 to 2019 on gold vinyl, with the remainder being black vinyl.

Titles marked * are unreleased and the two Decca tracks presented here are released in superior quality to that released on the Deluxe Edition of Bowie’s self-titled debut album on Deram. There is also a rare appearance for the full length mono version of Feathers’ “Ching-a-Ling”.

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CD 1 – Home Demos
April’s Tooth Of Gold (2.29) *
The Reverend Raymond Brown (Attends the Garden Fête on Thatchwick Green) (2.15) *
When I’m Five (3.18) *
Mother Grey (3.00)
In The Heat Of The Morning (2.59)
Goodbye 3d (Threepenny) Joe (3.19)
Love All Around (2.49)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (3.31)
Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 1) (2.31)
Angel Angel Grubby Face (version 2) (2.37)
Animal Farm (2.21) *
Space Oddity (solo demo fragment) (2.39)
Space Oddity (version 1) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (4.02)
Space Oddity (version 2) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (5.00) *
Space Oddity (version 3) with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (5.10)
Lover To The Dawn with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (3.50)
Ching-a-Ling with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.58)
An Occasional Dream with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.49)
Let Me Sleep Beside You with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (2.54)
Life Is A Circus with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (4.50)
Conversation Piece (3.47) *
Jerusalem (4.19) *
Hole In The Ground with George Underwood (3.29) *

CD2 – The ‘Mercury’ Demos with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
Space Oddity (5.28)
Janine (3.53)
An Occasional Dream (3.18)
Conversation Piece (3.31)
Ching-a-Ling (3.35)
I’m Not Quite (aka Letter To Hermione) (4.00)
Lover To The Dawn (5.01)
Love Song (4.08)
When I’m Five (3.13)
Life Is A Circus (5.33)

CD3 – Conversation Pieces (Mono)
In The Heat Of The Morning (Decca mono version) (2.51)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (Decca alternative version) (2.36)
BBC Top Gear radio session with the Tony Visconti Orchestra, recorded 13th May, 1968
In The Heat Of The Morning (3.01)
London Bye, Ta-Ta (2.39)
Karma Man (3.07)
When I’m Five (3.14)
Silly Boy Blue (4.32)
Ching-a-Ling (2.51)
Space Oddity (Morgan Studios version – alternative take) (4.22)* with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson
Space Oddity (U.K. single edit) (4.42)
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side – mono mix) (4.54)
Janine (mono mix) (3.23)
Conversation Piece (3.06)
BBC Dave Lee Travis Show radio session, recorded 20th October, 1969
Let Me Sleep Beside You (3.20)
Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed (4.03)
Janine (3.03)

CD 4 – 1969 stereo mixes – The original David Bowie (aka Space Oddity) album
Space Oddity (5.14)
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (inc. Don’t Sit Down) (6.51)
Letter To Hermione (2.32)
Cygnet Committee (9.31)
Janine (3.21)
An Occasional Dream (2.54)
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.46)
God Knows I’m Good (3.17)
Memory Of A Free Festival (7.09)
The Extras
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single B-side stereo mix) (4.56)
Letter To Hermione (early mix) (2.32) *
Janine (early mix) (3.23) *
An Occasional Dream (early mix) (2.54) *
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (full length version) (5.14)

CD 5 – The Space Oddity album 2019 mixes (all previously unreleased)
Space Oddity (5.20)
Unwashed and Somewhat Slightly Dazed (6.18)
Letter To Hermione (2.32)
Cygnet Committee (9.28)
Janine (3.21)
An Occasional Dream (2.57)
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (4.50)
Conversation Piece (3.11)
God Knows I’m Good (3.16)
Memory Of A Free Festival (7.14)
The Extras
Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (single version) (4.59)
Ragazzo Solo, Ragazza Sola (5.20)

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

REM announce 25th anniversary reissue of Monster

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REM have announced details of the 25th anniversary reissue of their 1994 album Monster.

A five-CD, one-Blu-ray deluxe box set will include the original album, a special 2019 remix from Monster producer Scott Litt, a CD of previously unreleased demos from the album and a complete live 1995 performance captured in Chicago.

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The accompanying Blu-ray will offer Monster in both hi-resolution audio and 5.1 Surround Sound, as well as the 90-minute film Road Movie, which documents REM’s 1995 tour, and all six music videos from Monster. The collection will be packaged in a portfolio book, featuring liner notes by journalist Matthew Perpetua — with new insight from band members — and archival photographs.

An expanded edition of Monster, offering the original album and the 2019 remixed version, will also be available in 2xLP 180-gram vinyl or 2xCD versions, both featuring reimagined cover art by longtime REM designer Chris Bilheimer. The remastered album will also be available as a standalone 180-gram vinyl LP, with Bilheimer’s original Monster art. Digital editions of the album will mirror the complete deluxe audio content.

Hear Scott Litt’s new remix of “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?” below:

Check out the full tracklistings and pre-order all the new Monster editions here.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Judy Collins announces new album, Winter Stories

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Judy Collins has announced a new album, in collaboration with Norwegian singer-songwriter Jonas Fjeld and bluegrass band Chatham County Line.

Winter Stories will be released by Wildflower/Cleopatra on November 15.

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The album is a collection of new tunes and classics, including Judy Collins evergreens “The Blizzard” (now extended to seven minutes) and “Mountain Girl”, plus a re-recording of Fjeld’s “Angels In The Snow” and a rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “The River.”

“I knew Jonas and Chatham County Line would be a great fit with me,” says Collins. “The language of music overarches everything, including geography. When we came together in the studio, we found we could speak to each other in a way that was compatible and nuanced.” Adds Fjeld: “What bonded us was a shared love of great songs.”

Judy Collins has also announced a UK tour for early 2020, supported by Jonas Fjeld. Peruse the dates below:

Sat January 11th 2020 — LIVERPOOL Grand Central Hall
Mon January 13th 2020 — MANCHESTER Royal Northern College Of Music
Tues January 14th 2020 — GATESHEAD The Sage
Weds January 15th 2020 — NOTTINGHAM Playhouse
Sat January 18th 2020 — BIRMINGHAM Birmingham Town Hall
Sun January 19th 2020 — WIMBORNE Tivoli Theatre
Mon January 20th 2020 — LONDON Union Chapel
Weds January 22nd 2020 — GUILDFORD G Live
Mon February 3rd 2020 — EDINBURGH Queen’s Hall

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Lou Reed’s Collected Lyrics to be reissued

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Currently out of print, Lou Reed’s I’ll Be Your Mirror: Collected Lyrics will be republished by Faber on November 7.

This new edition has been updated to include Reed’s lyrics to Metallica collaboration album Lulu, plus new introductions by Laurie Anderson, Martin Scorsese and James Atlas.

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I’ll Be Your Mirror will be published in hardback trade edition, ebook and limited edition. The £100 limited edition includes reversed colour design printed on high gloss, reflective silver mirror paper, black cloth slipcase and a facsimile pamphlet of previously unpublished handwritten lyrics from 1974’s Sally Can’t Dance. There will be only 250 copies authenticated with the official Lou Reed estate stamp.

The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.

Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith detail new album

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Hot on the heels of May’s The Peyote Dance, experimental duo Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith have revealed details of the second album in their Perfect Vision trilogy.

Mummer Love, which focuses on poet Arthur Rimbaud’s travels in Ethopia, will be released on November 8 by Bella Union. It features guest contributions from Phillip Glass and Mulatu Astatke.

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Hear a track from it, entitled “Eternity”, below:

Retracing Rimbaud’s steps to the holy city of Harar, The Soundwalk Collective spent time with the Sufi group of Sheikh Ibrahim to record their music and chants. “You obtain connections to other levels of yourself and consciousness,” says the duo’s Stephan Crasneanscki, of the musical process. “This connection, like poetry, is a universal language. A language of the soul, for the soul.”

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The September 2019 issue of Uncut is on sale from July 18, and available to order online now – with The Who on the cover. Inside, you’ll find Blue Note, Dr John, Quentin Tarantino, Joan Shelley, Ty Segall, Buzzcocks, Ride, Lucinda Williams, Lloyd Cole and more. Our 15-track CD also showcases the best of the month’s new music, including Modern Nature, Sleater-Kinney, Ezra Furman and more.