Film At 11: Ex Hex

Ex Hex ripped the world a new one with latest release Rips. The band now shares a video for “Waterfall,” which was directed by acclaimed NYC underground cartoonist M. Wartella. The clip is fun and full of bright colors, with guest appearances from Michelle Mae (Make-Up), Francy Z. Graham (Chain And The Gang), Kid Congo Powers (Cramps, Gun Club) and Alec MacKaye (Ignition, Faith), who wears the legendary leather jacket he wore on the iconic Minor Threat album cover. Check out the video below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Little Cinema

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Little Cinema started as a collaboration between two young men, Shawn Jones from Brooklyn and Tyler Womack from Austin. After years of flying back and forth, and with the eventual move of Womack to NYC, Little Cinema now releases 10-song debut LP Adventure, which gives voice to Womack’s experience of leaving Austin. Album track “When You Think Of Me” is upbeat, with solid energy and a few impressive saxophone solos near the end that will blow you away. Download it below.

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Gwyneth Moreland Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

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Singer/songwriter Gwyneth Moreland readies for the release of her new album, Ceiling Floors And Open Doors, out November 14. Her music is beautifully simple folk/rock that’s calm and relaxing. It tells a familiar story, but does so in a subtle and entertaining fashion. Now, Moreland has been so kind as to make MAGNET a mix tape. Check it out below.

Jeffrey Martin “Old Good Friend”
We all have loved someone who just can’t seem to get ahead. This sweet song is written by one of my favorite West Coast songwriters. Video

Guy Clark “Dublin Blues”
One of my favorite Guy Clark tunes, it is a timeless song of longing. Video

Gillian Welch “I Dream A Highway”
The first thing you may notice about this song is that it is 14 minutes long, so needless to say you have to be in the right place and time to listen to it and fully absorb it. I first started loving this song when it would pop on my iPod shuffle during those epic midnight drives on tour. I would feel like I was actually a part of the song. “I dream a highway back to you love, a winding ribbon with a band of gold.” Video

Cat Power “Silver Stallion”
As always, Charlyn really makes this cover totally her own. Originally done by the Highwaymen, it really has a different impact coming from the feminine point of view. Video

Hazel Dickens “West Virginia, Oh My Home”
Hazel was just a small-town girl at heart, and I can truly identify with that. This song has been known to pull my heart strings more than once while far away from home. Video

Billie Holiday “Fine And Mellow”
This is a live video/recording that starts off with a great quote from Lady Day: “Blues is kind of a mixed up thing, you just have to feel it. Anything I do sing, it’s a part of my life.” Billie wrote this jazz standard. “Love is like a faucet, it turns off and on, sometimes when you think it’s on, baby, it has turned off and gone.” Video

Jesse Fuller “San Francisco Bay Blues”
The amazing one-man band. Video

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From The Desk Of The Primitives: Late-Night Movies

The Primitives have been invited to guest edit MAGNET this week, so we thought we’d spin right back through memory, as the line from the title track of our new album, Spin-O-Rama, goes (how’s that for a clever bit of crowbarring?), and revisit some music-related experiences from our childhood, youth and early days of the band. There’s also some other random stuff to do with the world of the Primitives. It’s been a pleasure putting all this together, as there wouldn’t normally be any reason to relay any of this stuff. So thanks MAGNET, we’re enjoying the delve.

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Paul: Here is a selection of songs and music from “grown-ups” films that we first got to see on TV as kids in the mid-to-late ’70s, when we were allowed to stay up late. Being aware of little more than what was in the pop charts at the time, these seemed like a peek into a strange and beguiling other world. A kind of primer for future musical obsessions.

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Film At 11: Foxygen

Indie-rock duo Foxygen recently released its latest LP, …And Star Power, via Jagjaguwar and now has a video for “Coulda Been My Love.” The clip follows a sad-looking hipster as he’s shown in various situations and dreams about how it could have been his love. It’s a bright video with vivid colors, awesome clothing but an underlying sad message. Check it out below.

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From The Desk Of The Primitives: Coventry Music Museum

The Primitives have been invited to guest edit MAGNET this week, so we thought we’d spin right back through memory, as the line from the title track of our new album, Spin-O-Rama, goes (how’s that for a clever bit of crowbarring?), and revisit some music-related experiences from our childhood, youth and early days of the band. There’s also some other random stuff to do with the world of the Primitives. It’s been a pleasure putting all this together, as there wouldn’t normally be any reason to relay any of this stuff. So thanks MAGNET, we’re enjoying the delve.

Coventry

Tracy: If you ever visit Coventry, our hometown, make sure you visit the Coventry Music Museum. Obviously the 2-Tone movement is Coventry’s main musical export, and there’s loads of great memorabilia and lots of artifacts relating to the Specials and the Selecter, etc., but there is so much more besides—us, for instance! Check out the larger-than-life Tracy Tracy mannequin wearing the white suit that I wore in the “You Are The Way” video and more recently in the video for “Lose The Reason.” Also see if you can spot the Primitives plaque on the wall outside in the 2-Tone village. Oh, and my mum helps out there on the weekends, so say hello if you see her. You can’t miss her; she’s the lady in the Primitives t-shirt.

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MP3 At 3PM: SEX BBQ

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There are some odd band names out there, but SEX BBQ comes close to taking the cake. The Atlanta-based group readies for the release of its debut album, Sex Noir City, and has released a single from the LP, “Locus Of Control,” for free download. The music itself is all over the place. It changes from garage rock to Asian sounding, then it gets psychedelic, and eventually choir chanting begins. Download “Locus Of Control” below.

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From The Desk Of The Primitives: The Beatles Song That Invented Punk

The Primitives have been invited to guest edit MAGNET this week, so we thought we’d spin right back through memory, as the line from the title track of our new album, Spin-O-Rama, goes (how’s that for a clever bit of crowbarring?), and revisit some music-related experiences from our childhood, youth and early days of the band. There’s also some other random stuff to do with the world of the Primitives. It’s been a pleasure putting all this together, as there wouldn’t normally be any reason to relay any of this stuff. So thanks MAGNET, we’re enjoying the delve.

Beatles

Paul: When I was 16, I asked a Sex Pistol what he thought about John Lennon being murdered. This was early in 1981 and not long after it had happened. The Sex Pistol was Steve Jones and the location was the General Wolfe pub in Coventry where his band Tthe Professionals had just come off stage. “Waste of facking bullets,” he sneered in response, which I thought was quite a nice answer, in that I took it to mean that he was still maintaing the obligatory Pistols’ anti-Beatles stance, but in a roundabout way was saying that it shouldn’t have happened. That Pistols anti-Beatles thing was mostly just punk posturing, of course. John Lydon even played a Lennon track on the radio recently and proclaimed him to be “one of my people.” Here’s “Birthday” by the Beatles in which at 0:58 they pretty much invent the sound of the Sex Pistols and then lay a template for the Stranglers in the following section of the song, and all this within the space of about 30 seconds.

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Film At 11: King Tuff

King Tuff was born out of the small town of Brattleboro, Vt., by singer/songwriter Kyle Thomas. Since then, Thomas has put out three full-lengths and done various side projects, including Witch (a stoner metal band he was in with Dinorsaur Jr frontman J Mascis). The newly released Black Moon Spell shows that Thomas and his band are only getting better. The video for the title track is humorously appropriate for the song’s vibe, and it’s rock ‘n’ roll dynamite. Check it out below.

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From The Desk Of The Primitives: Greetings From Barcelona

The Primitives have been invited to guest edit MAGNET this week, so we thought we’d spin right back through memory, as the line from the title track of our new album, Spin-O-Rama, goes (how’s that for a clever bit of crowbarring?), and revisit some music-related experiences from our childhood, youth and early days of the band. There’s also some other random stuff to do with the world of the Primitives. It’s been a pleasure putting all this together, as there wouldn’t normally be any reason to relay any of this stuff. So thanks MAGNET, we’re enjoying the delve.

Barcelona

Tracy: I live in Barcelona, which makes being in a band that is based in England not quite as difficult as you might imagine, what with social media and cheap flights, etc. A typical day for me, when not doing band stuff, starts off with a spot of yoga and then I’ll walk my dog Dexter to my favourite coffee bar, Coma En Kasa (which means “like at home”) for a quick decaf soya and maybe some carrot cake. After taking Dexter back, I will cycle to wherever I’m giving a private English class. I am also working for a small language academy. Back home after dinner, I take Dexter for a long walk, sometimes to the beach or to the port. Then in the evening if I’m not out, I catch up with the the barrage of mostly Primitives-related emails Paul has sent or read or watch a movie—TV isn’t up to much in Spain. I have a stall at a flea market once a month, selling vintage clothing, jewelry, etc. I have to be up early to set up, but it’s great fun and bargaining and haggling with the customers helps me a lot with my Spanish. Everyone wants a bargain, no matter what language they speak.

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