The 44th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

That pretending-not-to-be-annoyed-by-the-Mercurys morning of the year. But as way of distraction, here’s this week’s rather late office playlist.

Brian Eno – the doctor will see you now

Eno’s sublime new album, Lux, is reviewed in the current issue of Uncut (December 2012, Take 187) – so we’re delving back to December 2010’s issue to meet the time-travelling conceptualist himself, a man who’s into ecstatic food cults, Music For Maternity Wards – and trying to remember his own past. “One of the big driving forces for Roxy Music,” he says, “was that we hated hippies…” Words: Stephen Troussé _______________________

Jessica Pratt: “Jessica Pratt”

As the first song of Jessica Pratt’s first album begins, you could be forgiven for believing it was a private press folk album from the early ‘70s. The work of a lost canyon comrade of Linda Perhacs, perhaps, or the implausibly lovely efforts of a “Blue” disciple from some one-horse town in the mid-west.

Ask Van Dyke Parks

He's worked with Brian Wilson, Joanna Newsom and The Byrds. With such impeccable credentials, you wonder what else life has to offer to a multi-talented composer, arranger, producer and singer like Van Dyke Parks. Well, now Van Dyke is set to answer your questions in Uncut as part of our regular Audience With… feature. So is there anything you’ve always wanted to ask him? Why did he really turn down an invitation to join The Byrds? How did he earn the nickname "Pinocchio" from Frank Zappa?

Spiritualized’s Jason Pierce: ‘Festivals are the death of art’

Spiritualized frontman Jason Pierce has described music festivals as "the death of art" and says they've "gotten straighter as the years have gone on". Speaking to Drowned In Sound, the singer also hits out at other bands' egos.

Depeche Mode add extra UK date for May 2013

Depeche Mode have announced an extra night at London's O2 Arena in May 2013. The electronic band will now play the venue on Wednesday, May 29 as well as the previously publicised May 28. These are currently the only UK dates the band have announced as part of a wider European tour next year. Depeche Mode's 34-date European tour kicks off on May 7 in Tel Aviv and features stop-offs at the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium (July 7), BBK Festival in Spain (July 11) and Optimus Alive Festival in Portugal (July 13). A North American tour will follow later in the year.

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