Film At 11: Guided By Voices

Back in May, we put on the MAGNET Turns 21 show in our hometown of Philadelphia at the legendary Trocadero Theatre. Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus all delivered amazing sets. It’s a night we won’t ever forget, even if we were drinking a lot because we were turning 21. Our good friends at Scrapple TV (the legendary Philadelphia pirate TV commune featuring outsider art, street culture, social commentary and great music) taped portions of the show for us. We’ll be running videos all this week. Here is GBV doing “Shocker In Gloomtown.” For cool photos from the concert, go here. To see the awesome poster for the show, go here.

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MP3 At 3PM: Adventure Set

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Mark Pothier and Ken Scales started electronic pop band Adventure Set back in the ’80s, and after a 20-year hiatus, the two men have returned. They recently released their latest album, Gazebo, and now they share new track “Witness.” As the duo had wanted to create a classic sound with its new material, “Witness” is a testament to the duo’s success. The electronics are bold and in your face, but it never gets too rowdy, and it stays at a smooth pace throughout. Download the track below

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Vintage Movies: “Saps At Sea”

MAGNET contributing writer Jud Cost is sharing some of the wealth of classic films he’s been lucky enough to see over the past 40 years. Trolling the backwaters of cinema, he has worked up a list of more than 500 titles—from the silent era through the ’90s—that you may have missed. A new selection, all currently available on DVD, appears every week.

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Saps At Sea (1940, 57 minutes)

Stan and Ollie are employed as horn-testers by a horn factory called Sharp & Pierce. And the infernal racket of horns blaring all day and all night is finally getting on Ollie’s nerves. An ambulance just carted away another blithering fellow employee who couldn’t take it anymore. “That’s your fourth one this week,” notes the street cop. After turning up his hearing aid, the plant supervisor says, “That’s right. The G-minor horn always gets them.”

With his hearing aid turned off, the boss enters the testing room again and gives Ollie an order: “Make this horn a G-minor!” Eager to please, Ollie (Oliver Hardy) asks, “Were the others all right?” The boss answers, “Just fair,” as Stan (Stan Laurel) squeezes the bulb of an especially irritating horn that blurts out “Cuckoo!” and makes their boss’ hat pop up in the air.

Five minutes later, the foreman is barking at Ollie, “Haven’t you got that horn fixed yet?!” Exasperated, Ollie throws his hands in the air and pops his cork. “No, I haven’t got it fixed yet! And what’s more, I’m not gonna fix it! Horns to the right of me!! Horns to the left of me!!” The only time the din subsides is when he picks up the huge work bench and tips it over, sending dozens of horns scattering to the floor.

Sent home to wait for the doctor, Ollie has a cold compress over his forehead. “Why doesn’t this ice bag have any ice in it?” he asks. “We don’t have any ice,” replies Stan as the phone rings loud enough to wake the dead. After almost strangling Ollie with the cord, Stan picks up the call. “Hello, this is Dr. Finlayson,” says the caller. “Just a minute,” says Stan as he talks into a banana instead of the receiver. The doctor (James Finlayson) will be right over, Stan tells Ollie. “He’ll be here within either 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour.”

“What’s the matter with me, doctor?” asks Ollie weakly after the medical man has tested his lungs with an exploding-balloon device. “Just as I suspected,” pronounces Dr. Finlayson. “It’s a severe case of hornophobia, bordering on hornomania. What you need is complete peace and quiet with plenty of sea-side rest and a strict diet of goat’s milk.”

The next day, Stan and Ollie, decked out in nautical, striped blazers and yachtsman’s caps have hired an ancient boat to follow doctor’s orders. They even have Narcissus the goat in tow to give plenty of milk (if he’d not happened to be a gentleman goat). That night, Nick Grainger, an escaped murderer, sneaks onboard the boat as the boys are snoring heavily. Nasty as they come, Big Nick (Richard Cramer) is packing a snub-nosed revolver called Nick Jr. in his hip pocket.

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From The Desk Of Delta Spirit: Jon Hopkins’ “Immunity”

Delta Spirit’s new album, Into The Wide (Dualtone), is full of anti-war and pro-working-class songs, steeped in literary and biblical images that will make them resonate with almost any listener. The music is deep and moody, playing off the sound of chiming rock guitars, driving rhythms and anthemic vocals against a thick wall of dark, almost industrial noise. The songs paint pictures of the disenfranchised, disillusioned and downcast citizens of our country, folks struggling to get by, but still maintaining their faith in the promises of the American dream. Delta Spirit will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

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Kelly Winrich: This is my somewhat recent favorite record. One of those records that never gets old. I’m usually not that into electronic records, that’s usually Brandon’s area, but for some reason this one really stuck with me. Hopkins also scores movie soundtracks, so it has that kind of cinematic mood to it. “Abandon Window” and “Immunity” are two of my favorites. These are more on the cinematic ambient side a la Brian Eno meets Max Richter, while “Open Eye Signal” and “Sun Harmonics” are equally as amazing, but more on the electronica side, reminiscent of Boards Of Canada or early Caribou (when he was called Manitoba). This record puts me in a good mood at all times. I’ll never get tired of it.

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Film At 11: Titus Andronicus

Back in May, we put on the MAGNET Turns 21 show in our hometown of Philadelphia at the legendary Trocadero Theatre. Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus all delivered amazing sets. It’s a night we won’t ever forget, even if we were drinking a lot because we were turning 21. Our good friends at Scrapple TV (the legendary Philadelphia pirate TV commune featuring outsider art, street culture, social commentary and great music) taped portions of the show for us. We’ll be running videos all this week. Here is Titus Andronicus doing “A More Perfect Union.” For cool photos from the concert, go here. To see the awesome poster for the show, go here.

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MP3 At 3PM: Andrew St. James

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Andrew St. James recorded his debut album at the age of 17. Now, at 19, he readies the release of his second solo LP, The Shakes, on October 21. “Tapes,” a track from the new album, exemplifies the masterful musicianship of this young man. The song is bright and beautiful with simple instrumentation but packed with true sentiment. Download the track below

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From The Desk Of Delta Spirit: “Nathan For You”

Delta Spirit’s new album, Into The Wide (Dualtone), is full of anti-war and pro-working-class songs, steeped in literary and biblical images that will make them resonate with almost any listener. The music is deep and moody, playing off the sound of chiming rock guitars, driving rhythms and anthemic vocals against a thick wall of dark, almost industrial noise. The songs paint pictures of the disenfranchised, disillusioned and downcast citizens of our country, folks struggling to get by, but still maintaining their faith in the promises of the American dream. Delta Spirit will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

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Kelly Winrich: I’m a little late on the Nathan For You train. I can speak for the band here in saying this is collectively a big favorite in Delta Spirit. I started watching at the beginning of the second season and have become obsessed. Quite possibly one of the funniest TV shows I’ve ever seen. It’s a reality show, making fun of other reality shows like The Profit or Bar Rescue, where Nathan (as a successful business major/entrepreneur character) brings his ideas to small businesses. The catch is that his ideas are idiotic and ridiculous, and somehow he manipulates these people into going along with them, which probably has a lot to do with the fact that there are cameras filming everything and they think they’re on a legitimate show. Some of his ideas miraculously work, and if you haven’t seen the actual show, you’ve probably seen some of the viral videos that stem from the show. The pig rescuing the baby goat from the pond was a pretty big one; Dumb Starbucks was a high point. If you don’t get dead-pan sarcasm, or are sensitive to people getting fucked with and/or being made a fool of, you probably won’t like this show. For me, every episode I laugh so hard that I need to take a nap afterward. It’s equally comical as it is draining. Nathan never laughs (unless he awkwardly means to) or breaks character, which is pretty amazing because of how awkward all of the situations are. Favorite running joke in the series is the “straight body-building message board.” Super fans will know what I’m talking about ;)

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Film At 11: Guided By Voices

Back in May, we put on the MAGNET Turns 21 show in our hometown of Philadelphia at the legendary Trocadero Theatre. Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus all delivered amazing sets. It’s a night we won’t ever forget, even if we were drinking a lot because we were turning 21. Our good friends at Scrapple TV (the legendary Philadelphia pirate TV commune featuring outsider art, street culture, social commentary and great music) taped portions of the show for us. We’ll be running videos all this week. Here is GBV doing “Authoritarian Zoo.” For cool photos from the concert, go here. To see the awesome poster for the show, go here.

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From The Desk Of Delta Spirit: Tennis

Delta Spirit’s new album, Into The Wide (Dualtone), is full of anti-war and pro-working-class songs, steeped in literary and biblical images that will make them resonate with almost any listener. The music is deep and moody, playing off the sound of chiming rock guitars, driving rhythms and anthemic vocals against a thick wall of dark, almost industrial noise. The songs paint pictures of the disenfranchised, disillusioned and downcast citizens of our country, folks struggling to get by, but still maintaining their faith in the promises of the American dream. Delta Spirit will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

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Kelly Winrich: Most people I know say they hate tennis because it’s boring to watch on TV. I thought the same thing until about two years ago when the band was in Australia for the Big Day Out festival. Big Day Out is a traveling festival, so we got to hit a bunch of different Australian cities over the course of two weeks. When the festival hit Melbourne, coincidentally, the Australian Open was going on and we happened to have a day off—we actually had more days off in Oz than show days, so the fest was nicknamed appropriately, Big Day Off. Like I said before, I had never been into watching tennis, but Vasquez somehow finagled two tickets to the men’s semifinal, and I didn’t have anything better to do, so I went. Roger Federer and Andy Murray were playing, two names I had heard of but never really gave a shit. Somehow, and I mean I literally don’t know how we got these seats, we were sitting in the 7 Network box (comparable to NBC/ABC/CBS in Australia) front row, right on the base line. We could hear these dudes breathing we were so close. And for the next two hours or so, I watched one of the most intense games I have ever seen. Something about a huge arena where everyone is completely silent between points makes for even more intensity. Plus, watching Federer, arguably the best tennis player of all time, live was pretty insane. So after watching this game, I’ve been obsessed, and have followed it ever since.

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MP3 At 3PM: Negativland

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Negativland’s new double album, It’s All In Your Head, arrives October 28, and in preparation, the band has released an interesting new track from the LP titled “Right Might.” This is actually not a song but animatronic audio obtained from a “rogue” Disney employee, and it’s all dialogue. The story goes that the guys in Negativland were contacted years ago by a Disney corporation insider who loved their work and asked if they wanted to use anything from the Disneyaudio archive. This is what they chose. Download it below.

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