It’s a busy week here at Uncut. Last night, John and I went to see Roy Harper play a predictably excellent show at Rough Trade East – you can read all about it on his blog here. Tomorrow, I’m off to see Pixies at the Roundhouse and on Friday, it’s Fleetwood Mac at the O2. Oh, and at some point there’s the final episode of Breaking Bad to watch…
But the most important news in our world this week is the arrival in the shops tomorrow of the new issue of Uncut, which as you can see above features Pink Floyd on the cover. In a brilliantly written piece by David Cavanagh, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dark Side Of The Moon, along with the band, their closest friends, confidants and collaborators. Elsewhere in the issue, Alastair McKay travels to Dublin to hear Mike Scott tell the epic tale behind The Waterboys’ Fisherman’s Blues album; Alastair has also spoken to Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Gene Parsons for their memories of the late, great Byrd Clarence White. Meanwhile, with their first album in ten years looming, I caught up Throwing Muses past and present to look back at their extraordinary career, and Sharon O’Connell headed to New York to drink coffee and hang out in some nice warehouse apartments with Vampire Weekend. Elsewhere, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb pontificates on your questions in An Audience With…, a typically uncompromising John Lydon talks us through his back catalogue in Album By Album and The Animals discuss the Making Of their classic single, “We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place”. This month’s CD includes new music by Bill Callahan, Jonathan Wilson, Mark Kozelek & Desertshore, Okkervil River, Linda Thompson and Deer Tick among others.
Our reviews pages are groaning under the weight of our autumn releases – including some heavy-duty new albums from Arcade Fire, Paul McCartney, Prefab Sprout, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam and Omar Souleyman. In our Archive section, there are reissues by John Martyn, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen, Lemonheads and the Beta Band. On DVD, we discover the strange tale of Johnny Moped, while in Film, I review Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, the Muscle Shoals documentary and – God help us – The Wicker Man turns 40.
In our Live section, we go a little bit loco about the return of The Replacements and round up the best artists from this year’s End Of The Road festival. In Instant Karma!, David Crosby fills us in on his first solo album in 20 years and the much-delayed CSNY 1974 live album, we preview the new Jimi Hendrix biopic, catch up with the Strypes, Archie Shepp and Eno favourite, Laraaji. And you’ll also find a little teaser for our next Ultimate Music Guide: the Small Faces and the Faces, which is in shops on September 27.
That, I think, is pretty much that. We hope you like the new Uncut – and, as ever, do drop Allan a line to let him know what you think: Allan_Jones@ipcmedia.com.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
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