“Somewhere between pure euphoria and terrible insecurity”: An interview with The The’s Matt Johnson

In this month's Uncut, I reviewed the deluxe edition of The The's Soul Mining, which has been reissued as a box set with additional material. I was fortunate enough to speak to Matt Johnson for a Q&A to run with the review. In the end, we ended up talking for about an hour, so I thought I'd post the full transcript of my interview here. I hope you enjoy it. I'll endeavour to post the review itself in the next week or so; better still, you can find it in the issue on sale now... (apologies for the shameless plug...)

149 rare Bob Dylan acetates discovered

149 Bob Dylan acetates have been discovered in boxes in a Greenwich Village apartment. The recordings consists of in-progress versions of songs made as he was recording his 1969 LP Nashville Skyline and his two 1970 albums, Self Portrait and New Morning. The records previously belonged to the woman who owned the Greenwich Village building where Dylan had rented a room to use as a studio.

Watch Beck cover Prince’s “1999”

Beck has covered Prince's classic song "1999" during a live performance. Beck played a portion of the track during his show at last month's Montreal International Jazz Fest, reports Consequence Of Sound . Click below to watch fan-shot footage of the rendition, which follows the singer's cover of Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" at Coachella Festival in April.

Hear Nile Rodgers new song, “Do What You Want To Do”

Nile Rodgers has unveiled a new song, entitled "Do What You Want To Do". The song was recorded last summer in Ibiza and, reports Rolling Stone, was auctioned off by Rodgers to raise money for his We Are Family Foundation. Cr2 Records won the auction and are releasing it to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Click below to listen to the track, which will be officially released on August 10.

Bon Iver reveals new song “Heavenly Father”

Bon Iver has revealed new song "Heavenly Father", taken from the soundtrack to Zach Braff film Wish I Was Here. "Heavenly Father" is the first new material from Justin Vernon since his self-titled 2011 album. It will appear on Braff's Garden State follow-up alongside songs by The Shins plus Cat Power & Coldplay, who have collaborated on the title track, "Wish I Was Here". Click here to listen to the song now.

Ryan Adams reveals new album details

Ryan Adams has confirmed details of his new album. The self-titled record will be released on September 8 on Pax-Am / Columbia Records. Produced by Adams himself at his own Pax Am Studios in Los Angeles, the eponymous new record is his first full length album since 2011’s Ashes & Fire. Now available for pre-order, Ryan Adams is preceded by the debut instalment of the Pax Am 7” vinyl single series, “Gimme Something Good.”

“Old Glastonburys never die, they just move to their own field…”

Sunday night I was not, I must admit, watching Kasabian on the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury. Instead, I was… well, gripped would be the wrong word, but somehow compelled to watch every last hideous minute of the match between Greece and Costa Rica, a game that acted as kind of evil payback for all the good football karma this World Cup has accrued. Applying this logic to rock music, a friend pointed out, I probably should have been watching Kasabian, too.

Janis Joplin postage stamp revealed

A stamp bearing the likeness of Janis Joplin has been released as part of The United States Postal Service's Music Icons series. According to Linns Stamp News via Rolling Stone, the Joplin stamp will enter circulation in August.

Lou Reed leaves $30m fortune

Lou Reed has left a total of $30 million (£17.5m) in his will - including $20.4m (£12m) in royalties earned since his death in October 2013. According to documents lodged with Manhattan Surrogate Court by Reed's manager Robert Gotterer, the singer's estate totals $30m (£17.5m), with two-thirds of that having been gathered by Gotterer since Reed's death at the age of 71 last year.

Watch Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts in Monty Python sketch

Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts have filmed a sketch mocking The Rolling Stones as part of Monty Python's press conference ahead of their live shows. The surviving members of Monty Python start their 10 shows at London's O2 today (July 1). They announced at the press conference in central London that Stephen Hawking and Brian Cox will appear in filmed new sketches as part of the show.
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