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Jay Som: Working Woman

Melina Duterte’s Jay Som is a long-in-the-making overnight sensation In the winter of 2016, Melina Duterte posted Turn Into online. It was the debut long-player from the Oakland musician’s one-woman project Jay Som; it circulated among friends and peers, quickly spreading beyond her Bay Area scene. By spring, Jay Som was booked to open a […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: Ranting

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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Essential New Music: Old 97’s “Graveyard Whistling”

The first decade of this century found the Old 97’s getting a little complacent. It’s not that competent efforts like Drag It Up and Blame It On Gravity were a stain on the band’s record, but they nevertheless seemed light-years away from Too Far To Care, a time when Rhett Miller was threatening to get […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: “Your Caius Aquilla”

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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Will Johnson: This Charming Man

Centro-matic vet Will Johnson returns with a stellar solo LP Will Johnson used to split his time among Centro-matic, South San Gabriel and solo albums, each filed under, respectively but roughly, rocking alt-country, restrained folk and somber singer/songwriter fare. Plus, there were side gigs like a one-off collaboration with Jason Molina or stints with the […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: Epiphone Casinos

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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Essential New Music: The New Pornographers’ “Whiteout Conditions”

The headline for Whiteout Conditions, the New Pornographers’ latest triumph, isn’t necessarily that the adrenalized Canadian septet has crafted its seventh collection of infectiously pinwheeling indie rock; the breaking news would be if the band hadn’t. But there are significant firsts and diversions on Whiteout Conditions that bear examination, given the consistency the Pornographers maintain […]

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From The Desk Of The Black Watch: The Poems Of John Tottenham

John Andrew Fredrick has spent the last three decades as the sole constant in one of music’s most perfect and unheralded rock outfits, the black watch. Using the Beatles as a tracing template, Fredrick has applied a kitchen-sink approach to the album at hand since his 1988 debut, St. Valentine, the opening volley in a […]

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Essential New Music: Sera Cahoone’s “From Where I Started”

After several successful albums that leaned more toward the rock side of the country-rock equation, Seattle songwriter (and former drummer) Sera Cahoone heads back to her roots. The classic country songs of heartbreak that originally inspired her to play music inform From Where I Started’s tunes, but the tunes here are understated. The atmospheric arrangements […]

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MAGNET Feedback With David Bazan

I’ve spent most of my life consuming and making music, and yet I feel my musical understanding has only just begun to mature. I have a lot to look forward to. We all do. It was joyful and challenging to carefully listen to and write about these songs MAGNET curated for me. I’m grateful for […]

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