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April 2021

Henry Bruce-Jones Experimental filmmaker embryoroom presents Ravaged By The Sun (American Cannibalism)

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Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol having a chat at Windows On The World – NYC, 1978

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Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol having a chat at Windows On The World – NYC, 1978

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Erik Satie (1866-1925)

Donald Macleod explores five aspects of Satie

This week, Donald Macleod looks at Satie as a trailblazer and humourist as well as his penchant for composing in threes, his copious, playful and highly idiosyncratic writings and his serious side.

Music featured:

Trois Gymnopédies (No 1, Lent et douloureux)
Trois Sarabandes (No 2)
uspud – ballet chrétien (3rd act)
Le piège de Méduse
Relâche – ballet instantanéiste
Vexations (très lent)
Embryons desséchés (No 1, ‘d’Holothurie’ – Allez un peu)
Parade (ballet réaliste)
Sports et divertissements
La Belle Excentrique – fantaisie sérieuse
Cinéma – entr’acte symphonique de Relâche (reduction for piano duet by Darius Milhaud)
Les trois valses distinguées du précieux dégoûté
Pièces froides
Choses vues à droite et à gauche {sans lunettes}
Trois Gnossiennes
Trois mélodies
Trois Morceaux en forme de poire, for piano 4 hands
Première pensée Rose+Croix
Messe des pauvres (Kyrie eleison)
Quatre Ogives
The Dreamy Fish
Avant-dernières pensées
Sonatine bureaucratique
Mercure – ‘Poses plastiques’ in 3 tableaux by Picasso
Cinq Nocturnes
Socrate (Pt 1, Portrait de Socrate)
Socrate (Pt 2, Les Bords d’Illissus)
Socrate (Pt 3, Mort de Socrate)
‘Les Anges’ (Trois mélodies)

Presented by Donald Macleod
Produced by Chris Barstow

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Henry Bruce-Jones Silvestre embarks on an epic stoner odyssey in ‘Sem Crew’

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Sam Richards Debbie Harry: “Music seems to cross boundaries”

The seeds for Blondie’s Cuban trip were planted way back in 1976 on their very first album, with the song “Man Overboard” and its endearing attempts to punk up a Fania-style groove. “Latin music has always been part of the feel of New York, so it’s a part of our roots too,” insists Debbie Harry.

It’s an influence that has surfaced periodically over the years – think of “Maria” or “Sugar On The Side”, the 2011 collaboration with Colombian group Systema Solar – so the band jumped at the chance to play two shows at Havana’s beautiful art deco Teatro Mella in March 2019, supported by local artists Alain Perez, David Blanco and long-running jazz-fusion band Sintesis.

Naturally some of the Cuban musicians ended up on stage with Blondie, and the results are being released as a five-track EP this Spring, along with a short film documenting the band’s Cuban cultural exchange. “We had some percussionists come up and play with us and they just added this terrific level of excitement to the songs,” says Harry. “On ‘The Tide Is High’, some of the women sang with me and they did the original harmonies that John Holt had put on the song, and it was so beautiful. I was just moved by the whole thing. Music seems to cross boundaries, and thank God for that.”

Harry describes their visit to Havana as a “dream come true”, even if she regrets that Chris Stein – Blondie’s biggest Latin music champion – wasn’t able to make it for health reasons. “Cuban music and culture is so unique and inspiring. Chris and I always wanted to go, but for many years there was a travel ban. I’ve always felt there was a tragedy in [the USA’s] relationship with Cuba.”

Drummer Clem Burke confirms that in addition to the musical benefits, the exchange “also opened our eyes to the oppression of Cuba by the United States, which seems completely unnecessary. It’s such a friendly country, and it’s a joke to see it as any great communist threat. There’s so much appreciation for art and music and nature. The people have a joy for life, and it was great to see that first-hand.”

Sadly, soon after Blondie’s trip, Donald Trump reimposed travel restrictions, quashing Harry’s hopes of an immediate return to collaborate with the Cuban musicians in more depth: “I would really like to write music with them – you never know how far it can go. But I look forward to an ongoing musical exchange. It’s a door to the future.”

Blondie are currently working on the follow-up to 2017’s Pollinator, although that too has been put on hold owing to the pandemic. “We’re just assembling ideas at this point,” says Harry. “We have a nice list of tracks, although they’re not developed. I’m looking forward to doing what we did on the last album, which had more of a live feel to it. Once we’re cut loose from this quarantine situation, everyone’s going to be really energised.”

2021 will be a busy year for the band, who have also announced a UK tour for November off the back of a new archival boxset, Blondie 1974–1982: Against The Odds. “[The current situation] makes me want to look back a little bit and revitalise tracks that we don’t normally get to play,” says Harry. “I’d like to do a show that’s two-and-a-half, three hours long and play a lot of this music, just to celebrate it.”

Blondie: Vivir En La Habana will premiere at Sheffield Doc Fest (June 4-13) and Tribeca Festival (June 9-20).

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Tom Pinnock Send us your questions for Tracey Thorn

Last month, Tracey Thorn published My Rock’n’Roll Friend, a touching book about her friendship with Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison.

While she’s looking back at her life and work, we’ve asked her to answer your questions for Uncut’s next Audience With feature.

Over the course of four decades in music, Thorn has created a catalogue of stellar records with Everything But The Girl, Marine Girls and on her own, experiencing indie cult fame and then global pop success, and collaborated with Massive Attack, The Go-Betweens, Robert Wyatt and more. 2018’s Record, mixing danceable rhythms with messages of protest and empowerment, was the latest in a series of impressive solo albums. In the last decade she’s also carved out a career as a writer of sensitive, thoughtful and funny books, beginning with 2013’s Bedsit Disco Queen, and continuing with Naked At The Albert Hall, Another Planet: A Teenager In Suburbia and now My Rock’n’Roll Friend.

So what do you want to ask Tracey Thorn? Send your questions to audiencewith@uncut.co.uk by Monday (May 4), and Tracey will answer the best ones in a future issue of Uncut.

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Michael Bonner Hear Flaming Lips’ version of “Lay Lady Lay” from our exclusive Bob Dylan covers CD

The June 2021 issue of Uncut comes with a free, 15-track CD, Dylan Revisited – a new compilation featuring exclusive covers of Bob Dylan songs by Low, Weyes Blood, The Weather Station, Cowboy Junkies, Richard Thompson and many others as well as a previously unreleased Dylan track.

In case you’ve not yet picked up an issue, let us tempt you with Flaming Lips’ cover of “Lay Lady Lay” below.

Dylan Revisited is only available, free, with the June 2021 issue of Uncut, which is currently on sale in UK shops.

Uncut presents Dylan Revisited – tracklisting

Bob Dylan – Too Late (Acoustic Version)
Richard Thompson – This Wheel’s On Fire
Courtney Marie Andrews – To Ramona
The Flaming Lips – Lay Lady Lay
The Weather Station – Precious Angel
Cowboy Junkies – I’ve Made Up My Mind To Give Myself To You
Thurston Moore – Buckets Of Rain
Fatoumata Diawara – Blowin’ In The Wind
Brigid Mae Power – One More Cup Of Coffee
Low – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg – Dark Eyes
Patterson Hood & Jay Gonzalez of Drive-By Truckers – Blind Willie McTell
Frazey Ford – The Times They Are a-Changin’
Jason Lytle – Most Of The Time
Weyes Blood – Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands

For this special issue of Uncut, the magazine is celebrating Dylan’s 80th birthday by asking friends, collaborators and admirers – including Paul McCartney, Robbie Robertson, Jackson Browne, Roger McGuinn, Jeff Tweedy, Van Morrison, Graham Nash, Kris Kristofferson, Elton John, Peggy Seeger and Roger Daltrey – to share their most memorable Dylan encounter.

Spanning six decades, from 1960 to 2020, these remarkable stories shed new light on rock’s most capricious and elusive genius, whose startling transformations from folk hero to electrified renegade and beyond continue to captivate us all.

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CAS Behind The Counter US 2021: Down In The Valley, Minneapolis (Episode 1 of 12)

This week’s episode features Down In The Valley based in Minneapolis. “Over the last 10 years with Record Store Day and records becoming more popular and more mainstream, you see a lot of younger people, more women shopping for records and it’s really cool.” – Steven Williams

Behind The Counter is a 12 part video series that tells the stories behind the wonderful world of independent record stores. Presented by Classic Album Sundays and Record Store Day in partnership with Bowers & Wilkins.

A new episode will drop every Thursday in the run up to #RSD21 which will share the unique stories from around the US. Get to know your local shops!

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