Happy Birthday R. Stevie Moore

Happy birthday to R. Stevie Moore. Read Jason Falkner (Beck, Noel Gallagher) on Moore in MAGNET here.

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Happy Birthday Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Gastr Del Sol)

Happy birthday to Jim O’Rourke (Sonic Youth, Gastr Del Sol). Read MAGNET on Simple Songs, one of 2015’s best albums, here.

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The Flaming Lips’ “Transmissions From The Satellite Heart” Turns 25

Transmissions From The Satellite Heart by the Flaming Lips turns 25 today. Turn it on and all the way up, and read our Lips cover story here.

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Essential New Music: J. Roddy Walston And The Business’ “Destroyers Of The Soft Life”

A great deal can befall a man in a mere four years; degrees and diplomas can be earned in such time, and a family can be spawned. Beloved frontman Rod Walston has recently accomplished the latter, and Destroyers Of The Soft Life reflects these experiences in anything but a nice, neat, canned rock effort—complete with a new studio and producer Phil Ek (Built To Spill, Shins, Father John Misty, et al.) at the helm. This is a refreshed and focused J. Roddy And The Business. There are plenty of Essential Tremors, but this 10-pack of ditties follows no formula. It flirts with straight-up pop/rock and breathes life into the alternative-laden FM radio waves of the ’90s, all the while keeping the overall groove we’ve been beating to death since that first record fell in our laps. The band’s naturally punk aesthetic remains firmly intact, only with an intrinsic exercise of emotional growth.

–Scott Zuppardo

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From The Desk Of Martin Carr: Old Photographs

Martin Carr first made a name for himself in the early ’90s as the guitarist/songwriter of the Boo Radleys, whose Everything’s Alright Forever (1992), Giant Steps (1993) and Wake Up! (1995) remain essential listening from the Britpop era. The Boos disbanded in 1999, and Carr began releasing records under the bravecaptain moniker for the better part of a decade before issuing Ye Gods (And Little Fishes) under his own name in 2009. Carr is back with third solo LP New Shapes Of Life (Tapete), a compact, sophisticated and personal pop album inspired in part by the death of David Bowie. Carr will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Carr: I’ve always been fascinated by old photographs, whether they’re of people or places. I am happy to look at anything but prefer it if it’s somewhere or something I know. Pictures of Wallasey and New Brighton, Liverpool, London and Cardiff. I have a box of photographs of my grandfather working in New York in the 1930s, my Dad as a tubby teddy boy in the early ’60s and my mum when she lived in California around the same time. I think they ground me. I’m distracted and dislocated, but looking at old photos give me a sense of continuity, that I am part of something, however cosmically insignificant.

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Happy Birthday Zooey Deschanel

Happy birthday to Zooey Deschanel (She & Him, Almost Famous, (500) Days Of Summer).

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Happy Birthday Ryuichi Sakamoto

Happy birthday to Ryuichi Sakamoto. Read our review of his great recent LP here.

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Happy Birthday Ari Up (Slits)

Happy birthday to Ari Up (Slits). Read Spider Stacy (Pogues) on Ari in MAGNET here.

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Happy Birthday Richard Hawley

Happy birthday to Richard Hawley. Read Hawley on the Velvet Underground in MAGNET here.

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Happy Birthday Susanna Hoffs (Bangles)

Happy birthday to Susanna Hoffs (Bangles). Read Hoffs on My So-Called Life and Freaks And Geeks in MAGNET here.

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