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UNCUT August 2020 #279

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Published by BandLab UK Limited. Uncut is the essential magazine about rock music, written by people who love that music as much as you do. Every month, it features the most comprehensive and trustworthy album reviews section in the world. There are in-depth interviews with the finest musicians of the past five decades, and with the exciting new artists who are following in their great tradition. Insightful, informative, passionate about extraordinary music – that’s Uncut.

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2 min.

FIFTY years on, where do you start with Let It Be? For The Beatles, the answer is a complicated one. Filmed in early 1969, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s documentary contains some of the very best audio-vérité footage of the band assembling songs, not to mention their last public concert ever, on the rooftop of Apple Corps’ headquarters at 3 Savile Row; but it also foreshadows their breakup nearly 15 months later. Perhaps understandably, it’s not a project for which the band have historically shown much enthusiasm. “It went into the things that happen in any family: little fights, little niggles, little mistrust, little this, little that,” Ringo Starr tells Uncut. “The movie and the album didn’t come out until May 1970 and they were in the middle of their divorce,” filmmaker Peter…

5 min.
“he was a true believer” phil may | 12020

DICK TAYLOR: “I met Phil at Sidcup Art School in 1961. He had short hair at that point, he always wore a nice, tidy blazer, and he was into tennis – I was sure he always fancied himself as Robert Culp from I Spy! We played guitars in the boys’ cloakroom and we played music in the canteen every lunchtime, everything from Peppermint Lounge stuff through to Howlin’ Wolf, Woody Guthrie, modern jazz. Phil absorbed it all. I was already rehearsing with Mick [Jagger], and Keith [Richards] was also at the school – he had a little archtop that he tried to play like Scotty Moore. Again, Phil would be listening. So when I quit the Stones, Phil nagged me into starting another band. “As soon as we started playing, Phil…

3 min.
return to cinder

“THE word ‘reunion’ makes me cringe,” says Eleanor Friedberger. “Maybe we want to replace ‘reunion’ with ‘rendezvous’,” her brother Matthew suggests. “It sounds exciting, right?” When a band is a brother-sister project, it’s not really possible to break up. Since their last show as The Fiery Furnaces in 2011, Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger haven’t played much together, but they’re still family, in contact as much as any adult siblings would be. They’d chatted about recording and touring again, but busy with solo projects, their calendars never aligned. However, an offer to play the 2020 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago gave them a concrete appointment, and for the first time in almost a decade, one of the most unique, divisive bands of 2000s indie rock was back, with plans for shows and…

3 min.
“music saved my butt – again!”

HE’S 78 now, but David Crosby is still achieving career firsts. In the Altadena studio owned by his son James Raymond, the pair have just finished cutting a new song, “Rodriguez Tonight”, featuring lyrics by Donald Fagen. “I asked him a couple of hundred times,” laughs Crosby. “I’m a huge fan – Steely Dan are my favourite band, even beyond The Beatles.” As Crosby puts it, the music he’s recording at the moment has “saved my butt – again! I’m having a hard time in my life right now. I just lost a kid [his biological son Beckett Cypher died in May]. That blew me out of the water, man. The country I love is in desperate throes. The truth is, man, I swear to God – I got two magics,…

1 min.
a quick one

His new album On Sunset is in the shops – and so too is the fully-updated, deluxe edition of our Ultimate Music Guideto Paul Weller. "I cop a bit of everything," he confides in our exclusive new interview. Plus we review every Jam, Style Council and solo album in depth, and trawl the archives for his most hard-charging encounters. Also! Available again after a hasty restock is our Kraftwerk UMG, the authoritative trip inside the Man-Machine… Following the label’s 80th anniversary last year, Blue Note has announced a new compilation featuring classic tracks from its archives reworked by the cream of new UK jazz talent, including Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia and Ishmael Ensemble. Blue Note Re:imagined is due out in the autumn… Rob Curry and Tim Plester, the duo behind The Ballad…

3 min.
strange days

RICHARD Strange has a curious knack for being in the right place at the right time. That could be fortuitously witnessing The Beatles’ rooftop concert as a truanting schoolboy in 1969 or, several decades later, landing a part in Tom Waits’ avant-garde opera The Black Rider, having bumped into director Robert Wilson the day before auditions. It’s a talent that’s helped lubricate a diverse career that’s encompassed rock music, theatre, film and TV, involving improbable walk-on roles for everybody from Grace Jones to Captain Beefheart. “I know my limitations,” says Strange, who is currently turning his remarkable autobiography Punks And Drunks And Flicks And Kicks into an audiobook. “I can’t make films or be a visual artist, but I am a fan of collaboration.” It all began when Strange, spurred on…