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Film At 11: Ray Davies’ “Thanksgiving Day”

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Now that you’re awake again following your post-meal nap and the Giants/Skins game is almost over, it’s time to celebrate with a song from MAGNET hero Ray Davies. Here’s a solo live clip of “Thanksgiving Day” from 2005. Read our cover-story Q&A with Ray done by Yo La […]

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Essential New Music: METZ’s “Strange Peace”

Over the years, these Toronto darlings have been compared to the concrete (punk, hardcore, noise rock, grunge) and likened to the abstract (“a transfer of energy,” “a punishing, exhilarating thing”). What you can take from all this multidirectional hubbub and complication is that this trio is a noisy rock band—as opposed to strict noise rock […]

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From The Desk Of Cold Specks: Paradise Playlist (Portishead’s “The Rip”)

Ladan Hussein, the woman who records and performs as Cold Specks, is quietly intense. On Fool’s Paradise (Arts & Crafts), her third album, Hussein’s music is stripped down to the essentials. Soft, mournful synthesizers drift through a melancholy space, with elusive percussion accents in the background. Her hushed, jazz-inflected vocals are full of passionate yearning, […]

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Film At 11: Hamilton Leithauser Featuring Angel Olsen

Hamilton Leithauser just released potent new single “Heartstruck (Wild Hunger)” featuring Angel Olsen, so now it’s video time. Directed by brother duo Simonites, the clip stars Leithauser as he walks aimlessly through Marfa, Texas, carrying a black guitar case. Watch it below.

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MAGNET Classics: The Making Of Graham Parker & The Rumour’s “Howlin’ Wind”

The making of Graham Parker & The Rumour’s Howlin’ Wind By A.D. Amorosi One thing Graham Parker appreciates when discussing his earliest work is to not call him or his lyrical output “angry.” It’s a word never uttered by this writer in regard to the now-66-year-old, East London-born Parker’s writing: a cliché forever bandied about […]

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MP3 At 3PM: Brother Roy

New York City’s Brother Roy just released debut solo album Last Man Standing, and we’re please to bring you the second track on it, “Mary,” today. Roy spent a number of years touring in various bands before planting his roots in Brooklyn, only to leave to study classical Indian music in India, only to return […]

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Film At 11: Field Trip To The Moon

The name Steve Barron might not mean anything to you, but you are certainly familiar with the director’s work. He is the man responsible for three of the 1980s’ most iconic music videos: a-ha’s “Take On Me,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” and Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing.” as well as films such as Teenage Mutant […]

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From The Desk Of Cold Specks: Paradise Playlist (John Maus’ “Hey Moon”)

Ladan Hussein, the woman who records and performs as Cold Specks, is quietly intense. On Fool’s Paradise (Arts & Crafts), her third album, Hussein’s music is stripped down to the essentials. Soft, mournful synthesizers drift through a melancholy space, with elusive percussion accents in the background. Her hushed, jazz-inflected vocals are full of passionate yearning, […]

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Film At 11: Deerhoof

While you continue to enjoy Deerhoof‘s latest album, Mountain Moves (Joyful Noise), be sure to take a look at the band’s newest video for “I Will Spite Survive” (featuring Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner). Directed by Geoff Hoskinson, the animated clip is an engrossing depiction of Republican/Democrat conflicts. Check it out below.

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