Film At 11: Phantom Electric

Before 2017 concludes in a few months, we’d like to share with you a handful of bands you’ll need to have an eye out for this forthcoming year. Today, we’re ebullient to introduce you to the lovely dream-pop Phantom Electric. Hailing from Atlanta, Phantom Electric is a musical project created by the wildly versatile Nick Whitson. If that doesn’t already reel you in, we suggest watching the outfit’s new video for “Feels.” It’s a lovely seven-minute clip filled with bits of sparklers gleaming through the night, accompanying a gorgeous tune that will surely hypnotize you into a dreamy trance. If you don’t go and check them out now, you’ll definitely be regretting it later. Start by watching“Feels” below. We are happy to be premiering the video today on magnetmagazine.com.

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MP3 At 3PM: Shining Mirrors

Shining Mirrors will self-release their self-titled debut EP on November 3. But before that date comes around, however, be sure to check out the band’s nifty new single, “Cardiac.” It’s got a shoegaze type of feel that’ll surely have you moving your head to. Check it out below.

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Essential New Music: Guided By Voices’ “How Do You Spell Heaven”

Robert Pollard (high)kicks off his 101st full-length record—Guided By Voices’ 32-track, double-LP monolith August By Cake, released earlier this year, was number 100—with a song so catchy you’ll wear out the repeat button (or the turntable stylus) playing it over and over again. With its simple riff and typically anthemic chorus, the immediately indelible “The Birthday Democrats” amply proves that Pollard’s unprecedented creative spark shows no signs of going dark. The rest of How Do You Spell Heaven confirms that notion. Pollard ceded the spotlight to his bandmates—guitar wizard Doug Gillard, drummer Kevin March, bassist Mark Shue and second guitarist Bobby Bare Jr.—on a fair amount of August By Cake numbers, but the streamlined, consistent Heaven (16 tunes) is all Pollard-penned, even the instrumental “Pearly Gates Smoke Machine,“ which features Gillard dealing off a litany of hot licks. The songwriting deity admits “I dream of drinking” on “Cretinous Number Ones” and implores you to “take a shot with your eyes down” on the burst of melodic power pop that’s “Diver Dan.” Clearly, the church, er, the club is going to remain open for a while. Let us pray.

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The Sound Of Vinyl And MAGNET Vinyl Giveaway!

The Sound Of Vinyl is looking to become your ultimate vinyl destination and help you build your perfect record collection. When you sign up for personalized recommendations, they’ll text you daily vinyl picks, tailored to your taste. And if you want a record, all you have to do is reply “YES” to buy it. The Sound Of Vinyl is also assembling a team of curators—including Henry Rollins, Young Guru and Don Was—who will share their stories and knowledge with you. To introduce you to this cool new way of buying records, MAGNET and the Sound Of Vinyl have teamed up to give you a chance to win a kick-ass prize pack, including five albums every MAGNET reader must own. And kids, these aren’t just any five albums. These are the ones our staff choose back in 2003 as the five best albums released during MAGNET’s first decade of publishing: Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Nirvana’s In Utero, Guided By Voices’ Alien Lanes, Radiohead’s OK Computer and Belle And Sebastian’s Tigermilk. Enter to win here.

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From The Desk Of Luna: Bruce Langhorne

With their first new music since 2004’s Rendezvous, the master Lou Reed disciples in Luna return to one of their strengths: covers. A Sentimental Education finds the quartet—Dean Wareham, Britta Phillips, Sean Eden and Lee Wall—tackling mostly obscurities by the likes of Yes, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Mercury Rev and Fleetwood Mac. Simultaneously released companion piece A Place Of Greater Safety EP is all-original, however, though the six songs are instrumentals. Luna will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

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Wareham: Tasteful guitarist Bruce Langhorne passed away this year. He grew up in Harlem and lost a couple fingers in an accident as child. Ordinarily, this would be an impediment to a guitar player, but it worked out just fine; Langhorne would never become a shredder but instead developed his own rhythmic and chordal style. His delicate playing is the highlight of my favorite Dylan songs: the alternate take of “She Belongs To Me,” “Corrina Corrina” and “Mr Tambourine Man,” which was named for him. The story is that Langhorne played a large Turkish tambourine in studio and Dylan started calling him “Mr Tambourine Man” and wrote a song around it. Langhorne played with a lot of other folk artists, too, notably Richard and Mimi Farina, and he wrote a beautiful film score for Peter Fonda’s The Hired Hand.

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Film At 11: Grizzly Bear

If you’ve been paying any attention to Grizzly Bear recently, you’re aware that the guys have had a hell of a few months. After releasing the brilliant Painted Ruins (RCA) and putting out a number of videos, the band is back today with another fantastic new clip, this time for “Losing All Sense.” Starring actress and friend to MAGNET Busy Philipps, the video follows a drenched Phillipps as she encounters an unusual dinner event, which soon turns into a TV production. Watch it below.

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Happy Birthday Nico (Velvet Underground)

Happy birthday to Nico (Velvet Underground). Read about her little-known supergroup with Brian Eno, John Cale and Kevin Ayers in MAGNET here.

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Happy Birthday To Bob Weir (Grateful Dead)

Happy birthday to Bob Weir (Grateful Dead). Read our Q&A with him here.

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Happy Birthday Bob Mould

Happy birthday to Bob Mould. Read our cover Q&A by David Cross here.

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MP3 At 3PM: Lazy Salon

If you’re looking for a new indie outfit to show off to your friends, take a hard look at Lazy Salon. Formed by ex-Lenola/Mazarin drummer Sean Byrne, the versatile Lazy Salon fuses hypnotic rhythms with ambient notes to create an idiosyncratic sound, as heard new track “Trisset.” Stream or download it below.

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