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Sam Richards Exclusive! Watch a video for the new track by John Dwyer and friends

OSees leader John Dwyer has reassembled the same crew who recorded last year’s experimental throwdown Bent Arcana – Ryan Sawyer, Peter Kerlin, Tom Dolas, Brad Caulkins, Kyp Malone, Marcos Rodriguez, Joce Soubiran, Laena Myers-Ionita and Andres Renteria, plus Ben Boye – for a new album of improv jams entitled Moon-Drenched.

It’s out May 28 on Castle Face and you can watch a video for the track “Psychic Liberation”, directed by Andrew Schrader, below:

“We can all use a moment of peace and for me that is improvisation,” says Dwyer. “Take your mind out of the game for a short while. Life is full of affronts and tests but pure art for art’s sake is where it’s at. Good luck out there, be strong.”

Pre-order Moon-Drenched here.

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Sam Richards Hear “Caught By The Heart”, a new song by Tim Finn and Phil Manzanera

45 years after they first worked together on Split Enz’s Second Thoughts album, Tim Finn has reunited with Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera for a series of EPs created 12,000 miles apart during lockdown.

The first EP, Caught By The Heart, will be released on June 18. Hear its title track, featuring Tim’s daughter Elliot Finn on backing vocals, below:

Says Phil Manzanera: “It’s a joy and honour working with Tim, one of the finest singer-songwriters of his generation. I couldn’t believe how prolific he is, how he makes songwriting seem so natural and instinctive. I’d send the music, and then within days, these beautifully sung songs would pop up… it was like Christmas every day! And we’re still writing.”

Adds Tim Finn: “The tracks that Phil was sending were instantly evocative and in a time of global pandemic represented a way of connecting emotionally with the countries first affected. Spain, Italy, France and the UK were all places I had travelled in, lived in and played concerts in. But now they were suffering and closed off. I started singing in Spanish and themes came freely. Sometimes I would write lyrics in English, translate them to Spanish, making changes for scan or rhyme which took me in new and unexpected directions.

“Phil’s music is always highly atmospheric and suggestive. He has a way of playing that is just the right side of elegant. My wife and children had also been playing Roxy Music in the car so Phil was present and vivid for me when I started writing these songs with him. A delightful and meaningful exchange between two old friends on opposite sides of the world.”

Among the musicians featured on the Caught By The Heart EP are Brazilian João Mello (sax), Cuban Frank Portuondo (bass) and British-Bahraini flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed.

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Sam Richards Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay announce new Lump album

Lump – AKA Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay of Tunng – have announced that their second album Animal will be released on July 30 via Chrysalis/Partisan Records.

Watch a video for the title track below:

Animal was recorded at Lindsay’s home studio in Margate, Kent. As with the first album, Marling would arrive in the studio without having heard any of Lindsay’s music. “There’s a little bit of a theme of hedonism on the album, of desires running wild,” she says. “And also it fed into the idea we had from the start of thinking of Lump as a kind of representation of instincts, and the world turned upside down.”

“We created Lump as a sort of persona and an idea and a creature,” adds Lindsay. “Through Lump we find our inner animal, and through that animal we travel into a parallel universe.”

Check out Lump’s UK tourdates below. The pre-sale starts at 10am on May 5 here, and tickets go on general sale from May 7.

31st August – Gorilla, Manchester
2nd September – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
3rd September – Trinity, Bristol
5th September – Patterns, Brighton
6th September – Scala, London

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Sam Richards Hear Dot Allison’s new single, “Long Exposure”

Former One Dove singer Dot Allison has unveiled her first album in 12 years.

Heart-Shaped Scars will be released by SA Recordings on July 30 and you can hear the first single, “Long Exposure”, below.

“Long Exposure” is “one of the first songs I wrote on ukulele,” says Allison. “Last March I picked up the instrument and started composing, the fact I don’t play the ukulele was very freeing and I had to compose purely by ear, constructing my own chord clusters.”

Heart-Shaped Scars was produced by Allison alongside Fiona Cruickshank, with Hannah Peel adding string arrangements to four songs. Recorded at Castlesound Studios in Edinburgh, the sessions also include collaborations with singer-songwriters Amy Bowman and Zoe Bestel.

The album will be available digitally and as a double gatefold vinyl in a limited-edition pressing of 500. Pre-order here and check out the tracklisting below:

1. Long Exposure
2. The Haunted
3. Constellations
4. Can You Hear Nature Sing?
5. Ghost Orchid
6. Entanglement
7. Forever’s Not Much Time
8. Cue The Tears
9. One Love
10. Love Died In Our Arms
11. Goodbye

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Sam Richards Hear Sturgill Simpson cover John Prine’s “Paradise”

A follow-up to the 2010 John Prine tribute album Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows is due out on October 8 through Oh Boy Records, the label founded by Prine in 1981.

Following Brandi Carlile’s rendition of “I Remember Everything”, the second song to be released from Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol 2 is Sturgill Simpson’s version of “Paradise”, which you can hear below:

“Paradise” was the last song recorded at The Butcher Shoppe — the studio Prine founded with producer and engineer David Ferguson — before the building’s demolition later this year. Says Simpson of John Prine: “For myself along with many others, he was a mentor. He was very giving with his time and wisdom, and we were all grateful to get to know him.”

You can pre-order Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows Vol 2 here. Also launching today is a new documentary series about Prine’s Oh Boy Records. Watch the first part of Big Old Goofy World: The Story Of Oh Boy Records below:

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Sam Richards Hear The Stranglers’ tribute to late keyboard player Dave Greenfield

The Stranglers have announced that their first new album in nine years, Dark Matters, will be released on September 10 on their own Coursegood imprint, via Absolute.

The lead single is “And If You Should See Dave…” – a tribute to their long-standing keyboard player Dave Greenfield who died of Covid a year ago this week. Listen below:

The Stranglers’ JJ Burnel says: “A year ago, on May 3rd, my great friend and colleague of 45 years, Dave Greenfield, passed away, another victim of the pandemic. We had already recorded most of the album with him and during the lockdowns our only wish was to complete it as a fitting tribute to his life and work. I consider this to be one of our finest recordings.”

Greenfield plays on eight of the tracks on Dark Matters, which was recorded at the band’s studios in Somerset and Southern France, produced by long-time collaborator Louie Nicastro.

You can pre-order Dark Matters here in various formats, including limited-edition cassette and red and black smoke vinyl. All pre-orders for the album (on any format) will receive a special bonus CD entitled Dave Greenfield – A Tribute, featuring eight unreleased live recordings.

Peruse The Stranglers’ 2022 UK tourdates below:

25 Jan Engine Shed, Lincoln
27 Jan Music Hall, Aberdeen
28 Jan O2 Academy, Glasgow
29 Jan O2 Academy, Glasgow – SOLD OUT
31 Jan Victoria Hall, Stoke
1 Feb UEA, Norwich
3 Feb G Live, Guildford – SOLD OUT
4 Feb O2 Academy, Brixton
5 Feb O2 Academy, Brixton – SOLD OUT
7 Feb Parr Hall, Warrington
8 Feb Rock City, Nottingham
10 Feb Uni Great Hall, Cardiff
11 Feb O2 Apollo, Manchester
12 Feb O2 Academy, Leeds
14 Feb Guildhall, Portsmouth
15 Feb Cliffs Pavilion, Southend
17 Feb Dome, Brighton
18 Feb O2 City Hall, Newcastle
19 Feb O2 Academy, Birmingham
21 Feb O2 Academy, Bristol – SOLD OUT
22 Feb Hexagon, Reading
24 Feb City Hall, Sheffield
25 Feb De Montfort Hall, Leicester
26 Feb Corn Exchange, Cambridge – SOLD OUT

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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 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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