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From The Desk Of Finn’s Motel: A Walk In The Garden Part 4 (Ajvarski Sweet Peppers)

Finn’s Motel mastermind/auteur Joe Thebeau gifted us in late 2006 with the amazing, out-of-nowhere Escape Velocity debut, a concept album about leaving behind the drudgery of cubicle life and suburban malaise for some greater, unknown existence. Even with the help (cough) of a January 2007 MAGNET profile, it took Thebeau nearly 11 years to finally […]

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Essential New Music: GospelbeacH’s “Another Summer Of Love”

Tucked snugly in that happy place between cosmic country and neo-hippie bliss is Brent Rademaker and GospelbeacH. Fans of Beachwood Sparks will wallow in happiness for more swingin’ psychedelia. This effort is drenched in California love, the allure of deserts over cities and breezy, poppy classic-rock smatterings. Another Summer Of Love is a sure-fire soundtrack […]

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In The News: Cults, David Bowie, Loney dear, Black Grape, METZ, Marc Almond, Van Morrison, Eagles Of Death Metal, Amadou & Mariam And More

On October 6, Cults will release Offering (Sinderlyn), the follow-up to 2013’s Static … Part three of a career-spanning series of David Bowie boxed sets that already includes Five Years (1969-1973) and Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), the 11-CD or 13-LP A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) is out September 29 via […]

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Essential New Music: Royal Trux’s “Platinum Tips + Ice Cream”

Royal Trux is back, playing shows with a new album supposedly in the works. While we wait to see if that promise holds, Platinum Tips + Ice Cream offers a documentation of the band’s initial reunion shows last year. For better or for worse—we’re guessing Matador has given up on getting its advance back?—the reconvening […]

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Normal History Vol. 435: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. Excerpt from my YA novel-in-progress from 17-year-old drummer Curt Frost’s perspective. Chapter 24 Some guys want to own a hot car. Me? […]

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Essential New Music: Sam Amidon’s “The Following Mountain”

After five rewarding albums of artful, evocative (re)interpretations of primarily traditional material (and the odd contemporary pop cover), this Vermont troubadour and multi-instrumentalist makes a seemingly sharp pivot with his first offering of entirely original compositions. That the results rarely register as a major departure indicates Sam Amidon’s deep understanding of folk traditions—his groaning lamentations […]

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Chastity Brown: Magic And Loss

Chastity Brown does dark on her new album The songs on Silhouette Of Sirens (Red House), Chastity Brown’s latest album, are delivered with a quiet force that makes the emotions she’s singing about come to vibrant life. She deals honestly with many aspects of lost love, looking at them with a poet’s sympathetic eye. “I […]

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From The Desk Of Finn’s Motel: Best Songs By Anyone Ever, Volume 5 (The Bangles “Dover Beach”)

Finn’s Motel mastermind/auteur Joe Thebeau gifted us in late 2006 with the amazing, out-of-nowhere Escape Velocity debut, a concept album about leaving behind the drudgery of cubicle life and suburban malaise for some greater, unknown existence. Even with the help (cough) of a January 2007 MAGNET profile, it took Thebeau nearly 11 years to finally […]

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Film At 11: A Giant Dog

A Giant Dog will release new album Toy on August 25. While you wait, you should check out the band’s new video for “Bendover,” which covers everything from firecrackers to flames to dancers in fishnets. Watch it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Erin K

“Couldn’t,” from folk artist Erin K, is as quietly longing as its title suggests. The track, which comes from Erin’s record Little Torch, is an evening sigh, twinkling along in solemnity as she sings, “I couldn’t have tried to feel ready for this.” Check it out below. “Couldn’t” (download): [Audio clip: view full post to […]

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