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UNCUT June 2021

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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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“The ghost of electricity howls in the bones of her face” WELCOME to a very special issue of Uncut, as we celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. As you might imagine, it’s an event that we’ve been working towards for some time. In fact, rummaging through my inbox, I’ve found an email exchange with Tom Pinnock from June last year, where we first discussed how we might mark this auspicious event. “Perhaps we should get to work now on a special Dylan CD,” we concluded. So approximately 10 months later, I’m thrilled to unveil Dylan Revisited – 14 covers of Dylan tracks recorded exclusively for Uncut alongside one previously unreleased gem from the man himself. If I’m honest, the period from January 7, when Thurston Moore sent us the first completed track, to…

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national treasure

“It’s cool to see the pictures where the fans are freaking out”SCOTT DEVENDORF BACK in 2001, The National were just a bunch of gawky Cincinnati transplants trying to get a foothold in New York’s resurgent indie-rock scene. Nervous in front of the camera, they asked a trusted friend – Scottish photographer Graham MacIndoe, who’d worked on design projects with bassist Scott Devendorf – to take their first professional press shots in his living room. “We were pretty awkward but we were super-excited that Graham was doing it,” says Devendorf today. “I really liked his style of portraiture – it had a very honest focus to it. He made us look cool in an unstylised way. We used the heck out of it.” But as The National’s star finally began to rise with…

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what goes around…

IN 1987, Manchester band Magic Roundabout looked set to take the indie world by storm. They sported leather jackets and bowl cuts, hitting a musical sweet spot somewhere between C86 and White Light/White Heat. “A great band,” remembers Graham Lambert of Inspiral Carpets, who played with them several times. “They had a cacophony of sounds and a lightshow straight from a ’60s psychedelic meltdown film. They could do one song for 20 minutes but they never compromised and I liked that.” However, with all seemingly to play for, Magic Roundabout never got around to releasing anything… until now. A mere 34 years after its recording, debut single “Sneaky Feelin’” is finally surfacing on Jack White’s Third Man Records, on appropriate rainbow-splatter vinyl. Its belated appearance owes much to the persistence of…

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“you really feel it heavy with her”

NICK Cave was so profoundly moved when he first heard ill-starred ’60s troubadour Karen Dalton’s extraordinary “Something On My Mind” on a cassette in his car that he pulled over at the side of the road and wept. “It wasn’t that it was sad, it was because it was perfect,” he says in Richard Peete and Robert Yapkowitz’s new documentary Karen Dalton: In My Own Time. “The Bad Seeds have been attempting to write that song for years now.” Set for a full release later this year after successful festival showings, the film finds plenty of perfect moments amid the darkness of Dalton’s messy life. Featuring Dalton’s daughter Abbe Baird as well as the singer’s ex-partners and musical collaborators, In My Own Time has Californian avant-indie voyager Julia Holter providing an…

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get carter

IT was at a folk music conference in 2014 that Polly Paulusma first had a hunch about the writer Angela Carter. “I was down in the hotel bar, listening to all these amazing folk performers singing songs of murder and blood,” she remembers. “And then I was going up to my room and reading Angela Carter novels, with all their stories about murder and blood. I realised then that she was pinching massive tracts of these songs. But it took me a while to get hard evidence.” Paulusma’s affection for Carter, famed for her feminist stance and works of magical realism, was already long-standing. “Carter writes like a singer,” she says. “She’s a very musical writer – when I’m reading her, all my hairs go up because I’m responding to her…

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a quick one

Like a hurricane! The new UltimateMusic Guide is a deluxe and fully updated edition of our definitive guide to the work of NeilYoung. Over 148 pages we dive fearlessly into the ditch and rummage deep in the rust bucket to bring you the full story of Neil’s career – including searching new words on his most recent work and the monster that is Archives Vol II … Anyone unable to find a copy of our Ultimate MusicGuide to The Fall in the shops will be relieved to learn we have restocked our online store at Uncut. co.uk/single … Uncut’s founding art editor NormanMcLoed tragically died of a brain tumour in 2016, aged just 49. His brother Colin – and partner in Manchester’s Moolah Rouge studios – has just released a…