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February 16, 2021

Join me Feb 27th as I sit down live with Luke Spiller of The Struts to reveal the stories…

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Rawiya Kameir From Bad Boy to Merge Records, Dawn Richard Reflects on Her One-of-a-Kind Career

The rule-breaking pop experimentalist talks about the differences between major and independent labels, and how she ended up signing with indie rock stalwart Merge for her new album.

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Sam Richards Floating Points announces new album with Pharoah Sanders and The LSO

Sam Shepherd AKA Floating Points has revealed that his new album is a collaboration with legendary spiritual jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders and The London Symphony Orchestra.

Promises will be released by Luaka Bop on March 26, and you can watch an album trailer below:

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Michael Bonner Introducing the new issue of Uncut

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One of the many satisfying aspects of my job is finding new tales to bring you each month. This issue alone, we have first-time features on Fugazi, Peggy Seeger, Scritti Politti and Israel Nash, while Jackie DeShannon and Toyah pop up in two of our key franchises. These artists also embody the wide span of music we strive to bring you every issue. Their stories are all great – but I’m especially proud of Jim Wirth’s Peggy Seeger feature. On one hand, the piece satisfyingly completes a trilogy of interviews Jim’s conducted for us with the grand dames of folk, following on from Shirley Collins and Anne Briggs. Also, much like Sonny Rollins in last month’s issue, Seeger is a window onto a period of major cultural and political change. Inevitably, these kind of eyewitness reports from the frontline of history are becoming an increasingly depleted resource. It means a lot, then, to feature their voices in Uncut.

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There is, of course, plenty of new music in the issue, too – not least Allan Jones’ interview with Israel Nash on page 50. Nash has been on the fringes of Uncut for a while now – with rapturous reviews penned by my two predecessors for his Silver Season and Lifted albums – so it’s a pleasure to finally clear the decks to tell his story in full. Elsewhere in the issue, Valerie June’s excellent The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers deservedly snatches our Album Of The Month slot. “It is an unusual record,” writes Laura Barton. “One that draws together a diverse array of influences – guided meditation, Fela Kuti, Sun Ra, Memphis soul, racial oppression, pedal steel and Tony Visconti among them, and somehow weaves them into one of this year’s most exceptional offerings.” It’s early February as I write this, but I can’t help but be amazed at the high standard of music already coming out this year.

You’ll read about the best of it first, here in Uncut.

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Tom Pinnock Uncut – April 2021

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The Who, New York Dolls, Fugazi, Peggy Seeger, Scritti Politti, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Serge Gainsbourg, Israel Nash and Valerie June all feature in the new Uncut, dated April 2021 and in UK shops from February 18 or available to buy online now. As always, the issue comes with a free CD, comprising 15 tracks of the month’s best new music.

THE WHO: In a candid new interview, Pete Townshend discusses the upcoming The Who Sell Out reissue, the possibility of a new album, Bowie, departed friends, art school, ageing, spirituality and much more. “I’m 75… shouldn’t I be slowing down?”

OUR FREE CD! THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: 15 fantastic tracks from the cream of the month’s releases, including songs by Valerie June, Arab Strap, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, Bobby Lee, Hiss Golden Messenger, Peggy Seeger, Israel Nash, Nathan Salsburg and more.

This issue of Uncut is available to buy by clicking here – with FREE delivery to the UK and reduced delivery charges for the rest of the world.

Inside the issue, you’ll find:

NEW YORK DOLLS: David Johansen pays tribute to his late bandmate Sylvain Sylvain – “You’d go over to his apartment and there’d be a monkey loose…”

FUGAZI: Ian MacKaye takes us inside the band’s incredible, and loud, career, from Washington DC’s post-punk scene to backstage encounters with Ahmet Ertegun and more

PEGGY SEEGER: As the indomitable first lady of folk prepares to release what might be her last album, she shares her story

SCRITTI POLITTI: Green Gartside reflects on the full saga of his group, from anarchist squats to Top Of The Pops via Derrida and Miles Davis… “I need to start things… and I hate finishing things”

BOB DYLAN: Richard Williams reviews Dylan’s new 1970 archive release, with added George Harrison

MARVIN GAYE: A gem of a feature from Melody Maker, February 1981 – “There is a horrible conflict,” says the troubled, apocalypse-wary singer as he seeks refuge in Britain

SERGE GAINSBOURG: The making of “Melody”

ISRAEL NASH: From his ranch in remote Dripping Springs, Texas, Nash takes Allan Jones on a wild adventure through the hinterlands of cosmic Americana, psychedelic country, soul and funk

TOYAH WILLCOX: Your questions answered on Quadrophenia riots, a squat called Mayhem and living with Robert Fripp

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In our expansive reviews section, we take a look at new records from Valerie June, Loretta Lynn, Esther Rose, Willie Nelson, Arab Strap, Four Tet, Ballaké Sissoko, Whitney K, Clark and more, and archival releases from Gang Of Four, Michael Chapman, Dusty Springfield, StereolabThe Fall, Japan and others. We catch Americanafest UK live online; among the films, DVDs and TV programmes reviewed are Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliche, Malcolm & Marie and The Mauritanian; while in books there’s Cowboy Junkies, The Velvet Mafia and Ian Hunter.

Our front section, meanwhile, features The Flaming Lips, Nathan Salsburg, Graham Nash and Debbie Harry & Clem Burke, while, at the end of the magazine, Julien Temple reveals the records that have soundtracked his life. Also, Jackie DeShannon takes us through her finest albums.

You can pick up a copy of Uncut in the usual places, where open. But otherwise, readers all over the world can order a copy from here.

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Fact CTM 2021: Gabber Modus Operandi x Rimbawan Gerilya x Siko Setyan – MBELEDOSSS! (EXPLODE!)

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Sam Richards Watch Peter Gabriel’s new version of “Biko”

Peter Gabriel has recorded a new version of his 1980 protest anthem “Biko” as part of Playing For Change’s Song Around The World initiative.

It features 25 musicians from seven countries, including Angélique Kidjo, bassist Meshell Ndegeocello and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Watch below:

The new version of “Biko” was first aired at December’s Peace Through Music: A Global Event For Social Justice where it was introduced by Nkosinathi Biko, son of Steve Biko – the murdered anti-apartheid activist who inspired the song.

“Although the white minority government has gone in South Africa, the racism around the world that apartheid represented has not,” Gabriel told Rolling Stone. “Racism and nationalism are sadly on the rise. In India, Myanmar and Turkey, Israel and China, racism is being deliberately exploited for political gain. On the black/white front the Black Lives Matter movement has made it very clear how far we still have to go before we can hope to say we have escaped the dark shadow of racism.

“It was wonderful and quite emotional to watch the finished song, so many beautiful performances from so many different artists. It felt a bit like the Womad festival had settled on the song.”

Gabriel also provided a brief update on the progress of his new album: “There are now many new songs and some unreleased that I have played live but now have the recorded versions. I am also wanting to try the band playing together on some of these, which will probably have to wait until we are through Covid.”

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CAS Album of the Month Club: David Bowie ‘Hunky Dory’

February’s ‘Album of the Month Club’ on Sunday February 28th features a firm Classic Album Sundays’ favourite which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, Davie Bowie’s Hunky Dory. On this record Bowie brought together a formidable line up of guitarist Mick Ronson, bassist Trevor Bolder and drummer Mick Woodmansey. Future Yes member Rick Wakeman on piano and co-producer Ken Scott, who had engineered Bowie’s previous two records. For those that haven’t joined us, it is like a book club get-together on Zoom but for….albums!

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Subscribe as a Member for £10 if you would like to join us (and you can also join us for the Pub Quiz on February 12th) here.

On Sunday morning, Colleen will send all participants a ‘Musical Lead-Up Playlist’ that sets the musical context for the album and will include David Bowie’s influences and contemporaries. This is to be listened to in your own time before the meeting takes place.
Doors open at 7:45 and after we all greet one another, Colleen tells the story behind the album. We then listen to the album in real time on whichever device or format that is available to you (vinyl, CD, streaming).

Once the album finishes, we unmute ourselves and have a discussion about the album and our listening experience. This is a great way to connect with people, especially for those of us who are in Lockdown and I truly hope you can join us. If you are a subscribed Supporter or Punter, you can always upgrade your subscription to Member status and you will not be charged twice. And if you are new to Classic Album Sundays and are considering signing up, do so this week as then you can come along to our Pub Quiz on Friday February 12th.

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Our events really resonate with people and one of our newest members sent this testimonial after her first Album Club last month:

“I wanted to thank you for the warm welcome and the knowledge there are friendly like minded people across the world out there and you brought us all together through a shared love of music. That is awesome. I have been mostly alone through the pandemic (am single, live alone – and yes do have the requisite cats to complete the stereotype!😂) My 25 + year career has been in events, currently in the West End of London so in my “normal” life I would be out at least 3/4 times a week. That has all obviously completely stopped for me and it has been a somewhat of a struggle mentally, music has kept me sane and Sunday’s event really helped my sanity. I truly hope to meet you in real life at some point to say thank you in person and look forward to engaging in more events.” – Angela

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We look forward to seeing you all at The Album Club on the Sunday February 28th at 8pm GMT! Thanks for listening.

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