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Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: Ivy’s Andy Chase On Maine Coon Cats

As 2011 has come to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Chase: To me, cats used to be just deplorable, boring animals. I grew up having a pet squirrel, a ferret named Sukie and 22 snakes in cages down in my basement. In fact, the only thing I thought cats were good for was as potential food for my boa constrictor—which I never acted on because our family cat was actually my brother’s, so I would have been grounded for probably most of my high-school years. When she was three years old, my daughter started talking about wanting a cat for her birthday. I rolled my eyes and figured like all bad things, this would pass. But every year on her birthday, she would say, “Daddy, I didn’t forget. I still want a cat for my birthday.” The only cat she ever knew was named Ice-Cream Head and belonged to my bandmate Adam. It was a schizoid, ornery little thing that would hiss at you for looking at her the wrong way, and if you got too close, she’d scratch you right down to the bone. Like a “stitches” kind of scratch. And yet my daughter loved Ice-Cream Head. When I finally realized the inevitable, I started doing some research on cats, and the one that jumped out at me was the only one that looked basically like a mountain lion, or the wild raccoon I once caught as a kid and kept as a pet for a while. These cats are called Maine Coons, and they totally kick ass. Their nickname is “the gentle giant” because they’re the largest breed in the world and the most sweet-natured. I ended up buying two of them, and gentle is quite the understatement. I once witnessed my three-year-old son doing an ultimate wrestling technique on one of the cats, pinning her down with his knee and then grabbing the tail and spinning her around with the animal hovering in sheer terror about a foot off the ground. I don’t think these cats even know that they have teeth and claws with which to defend themselves. They’re just like a feline Gandhi with a lot of crazy fur. They meow constantly to be pet and will flop down in front of you to block your path as you’re walking, looking up and meowing at you until you sit down and give them some love. I still haven’t heard a hiss or a snarl or seen their claws come out. I still prefer snakes and stranger creatures, but I’m in love with my two cats.

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Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: Ivy’s Andy Chase On Devil-Loc

As 2011 has come to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Chase: Devil-Loc is the greatest plug-in for digital recording ever invented. Put it on anything, and it’s transformed into amazingness. It makes clean and somewhat lifeless sounds become highly pumped up, vibey, gritty and quirky. I’ve been using it like crazy, on almost everything I’ve recorded this past year. It’s my favorite plug-in in the whole world.

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Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: Ivy’s Andy Chase On Snowboarding

As 2011 has come to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Chase: Snowboarding is the greatest sport ever invented. Seriously. But I grew up skiing, and back then, to me, snowboarders were just a bunch of jokey, burn-out, wannabe skiers who looked pretty ridiculous stuck to a big piece of wood going down the slopes. One ski trip, I decided to give it a 15-minute try, just out of sheer boredom that day, and it was like being struck by lightning. I had the epiphany of all epiphanies. The boots were more comfortable than my sneakers, the body stance felt natural, and your movements as you maneuvered left and right down the mountain felt natural and graceful, allowing you to softly trace your fingers over the snow as you cruised. I realized that I’d wasted my entire life on the wrong sport, denying myself what really was my true calling. I immediately sold my skis and never looked back. If I have three or more free days in a row during the winter, I’ll only be doing one thing: heading to the slopes with either my Burton or Ride snowboard. Everyone should try it. Just once.

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Best Of 2011, Guest Editors: Ivy’s Dominique Durand On James Thiérrée

As 2011 has come to an end, we are taking a look back at some of our favorite posts of the year by our guest editors.

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Durand: I really love dance. In fact, I take more pleasure watching a dance performance then seeing bands play these days. Last year at BAM, I saw an unforgettable show called Raoul. It was written, choreographed, produced and performed by James Thiérrée. Needless to say, he is the grandson of Charlie Chaplin (one of my idols), and this man has obviously inherited so many of his grandfather’s talents. He is an amazing acrobat, mime, actor and dancer. And he also happens to be one of the most handsome men I’ve ever seen.

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Film At 11: Ivy

The video for “Fascinated,” the debut single from Ivy‘s first album in five years, All Hours (Nettwerk), is set in a zombie-filled technicolor dreamworld. Like the best ’80s music video ever, “Fascinated” has a faceless DJ, funky costumes and just the right amount of neon. Watch the video below, and check out our new Ivy feature in issue #82.

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Film At 11: Ivy

Thanks to Ivy for guest editing our website all week. Be sure to check out the band’s new album, All Hours. Here’s the video for Ivy’s 2007 cover of the Cure’s “Let’s Go To Bed.”

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Ivy’s Dominique Durand Thinks Of You: The Cliffs In Étretat

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Durand: I grew up in Paris, but we had a family home in Étretat, a small town on the sea in Normandy. Étretat is well known for it’s spectacular cliffs. It has been a source of inspiration for many painters (impressionists like Matisse and Monet) as well as writers such as Guy de Maupassant and Victor Hugo. I spent a lot of time there as a child, and I still do. Nothing makes me feel more alive then taking a hike on top of the cliffs, and yet many people go there to end their life in the most romantic and dramatic way possible. It seems to be a favorite spot for suicide. Even this last July while I was there, someone jumped off the cliff into the ocean. Last summer, a young woman even jumped with her baby in her arms. The baby survived.

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Ivy’s Andy Chase Thinks Of You: The Bowery Ballroom

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Chase: Ivy was lucky enough to be one of the first bands to ever play the Bowery Ballroom. In fact, when we walked in that day for our sound check, the whole place stunk of polyurethane, as the wood floors were still drying. Since then, we’ve played there six or seven times, and it’s always one of my favorite venues in the country, of any size. There’s no other club that comes close to sounding as good as it does there when you’re standing onstage. And I know from having seen shows that it also sounds great if you’re in the audience. Love that place.

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Ivy’s Dominique Durand Thinks Of You: Bubbies

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Durand: I discovered these six months ago. I have eaten them every day since, and I’m obsessed. I cannot stop. They are the most incredible little ice-cream/mochi delights I’ve ever tasted. I have made all my friends try them, and nobody can resist them after the first bite. This is the most addictive thing I have ever tried. If I could have a Bubby in my mouth when I die, then that would be the sweetest death I can imagine.

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Ivy’s Andy Chase Thinks Of You: Snowboarding

In commercial terms, Ivy is but a footnote in the career of bassist Adam Schlesinger, who between his duties in Fountains Of Wayne and his work as a prolific songwriter for hire has made far greater claims on the public’s attention. But in a world where diffident cool trumped sugary snark, the trio of Schlesinger, Andy Chase and singer Dominique Durand would have reaped richly deserved rewards. All Hours (Nettwerk), Ivy’s sixth album and its first since 2005, continues the electronic excursions of In The Clear while maintaining the ironclad melodies that anchor early shoulda-been hits like “This Is The Day.” Durand and Chase, who are married with children, will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Chase: Snowboarding is the greatest sport ever invented. Seriously. But I grew up skiing, and back then, to me, snowboarders were just a bunch of jokey, burn-out, wannabe skiers who looked pretty ridiculous stuck to a big piece of wood going down the slopes. One ski trip, I decided to give it a 15-minute try, just out of sheer boredom that day, and it was like being struck by lightning. I had the epiphany of all epiphanies. The boots were more comfortable than my sneakers, the body stance felt natural, and your movements as you maneuvered left and right down the mountain felt natural and graceful, allowing you to softly trace your fingers over the snow as you cruised. I realized that I’d wasted my entire life on the wrong sport, denying myself what really was my true calling. I immediately sold my skis and never looked back. If I have three or more free days in a row during the winter, I’ll only be doing one thing: heading to the slopes with either my Burton or Ride snowboard. Everyone should try it. Just once.

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