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MP3 At 3PM: Popincourt

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Popincourt’s new album, A New Dimension To Modern Love, is out now on Jigsaw Records, and today we’ve got a stellar track to convince you to give it a spin. “I Found Out” is a jangly pop tune, full of jaunty keys and wistful “oohs” to fill out a jittery guitar line. Check it out below.

“I Found Out” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Katie Rose

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“Wonder,” the new tune from Charleston, S.C., songwriter Katie Rose, is certainly named accurately. Clean, crisp production brings out the best in Rose’s curious, beautiful voice and Jay Clifford’s gigantic string arrangements. “Wonder” is a special pop tune that comes from her August 18 EP, Everything Yesterday. Check it out (repeatedly) below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Close Lobsters

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Legendary Scottish rock band Close Lobsters has just released a new EP, and “Under London Skies” proves that they’ve done summer a great service. Over noodling indie guitars, a refrain of “We get high/In the summertime/It was all right, now” is equally infections, nostalgic and beautiful. Check it out below.

“Under London Skies” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 379: 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 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

In late February, I was beyond thrilled when an artist whose paintings were exhibited in the 2014 Whitney Biennial bought a painting from my ongoing series of $100 portraits, and soon thereafter made this bold comment on my Facebook page.

“Jean Smith is a fucking genius. She is one half of the long running avant garde band, Mecca Normal and she is a published novelist and lately she is writing and posting lengthy tender reports on the banality of aging, living, loving, working. She is unsentimental, but her work always leaves me with my own bruised longing exposed.”

—Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Art Institute of Chicago; Visiting Critic, Yale University School Of Art

tag: art, labor history, tender reports

“No Mind’s Eye” from the album The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):

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Normal History Vol. 378: 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 32-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

“The eight-minute title track finds father and daughter at each other’s throats.” —Franklin Bruno, Boston Phoenix, in a review of Mecca Normal’s album The Family Swan

Back in 2002, when this song was written, no one, least of all my parents, thought they’d still be alive in 2016! They have become physically more frail, yet mentally, at 91 and 96, they are pretty together. They live independently in a mobile home par, and I talk to them once a week on the phone. My rapport with both of them has changed drastically. For the better with my father, with whom I am now quite unfiltered. I’ve allowed him to see how amusing I am, and we laugh a lot more than we used to! With my mother, the elder of the two, I feel more distant as her hearing and memory fail her.

It is surreal to be doing and selling portrait paintings after quitting my most recent part-time job in mid-April. Surreal because I began painting self-portraits at age 13, and now I’m painting full time, reconnecting with what became a secondary practice for many years. Secondary to music and writing. Thirdary, really. Surreal because, so far, I’ve been able to earn enough to pay my bills painting! Also surreal because my parents (the semi-autobiographical subjects of the song “Family Swan”) were both professional painters, and now, suddenly, they’re very interested that I am selling paintings hand over fist from my Facebook page.

They are very critical and vociferous people who tend to express their negativity with a certain amount of glee. Having done some work on myself in recent years, I was only slightly nervous about showing them a silent video of all the paintings. Turns out they were very impressed! Years after I stopped wanting or needing parental validation, I got me some!

I recently added a monologue to the video of all the paintings that touches on my early introduction to the concept of quality, and my indoctrination into believing that paintings are about human interactions and, essentially, part of those same interactions.

“Family Swan” from the album The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Cantina

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Cantina—a Dallas band whose members boast drummer credits for bands like Apples In Stereo, Polyphonic Spree and Old 97’s—is inching ever closer to the release of their LP, A Sea Of Keys, on July 22. To get you acquainted, we’re submitting “Bulletproof” for your approval. The song is natural and easygoing lo-fi indie folk, easy to fall for and spin all day. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: The Cabin Project

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Portland’s the Cabin Project will release their new album Unfolded on June 24, but new song “Highways” will definitely hold you over until then. A lush, orchestral piece of indie pop, “Highways” is pulsating and downright gorgeous. Check it out below.

“Highways” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Yves Lambert Trio

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You’re not listening to enough French-Canadian folk music. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. Quebec’s Yves Lambert Trio will release latest LP Laissez Courir Les Chiens in the U.S. on June 24, and you can download and stream the track “Suite Pour Justin,” a jaunty instrumental, below. The trio is headed out on a massive North American tour this fall, including five U.S. dates.

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MP3 At 3PM: The Valery Trails

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The Valery Trails will release third album Chameleon Bones on August 5. The members of the Valery Trails are spread out between Brisbane, Australia, and Houston, Texas, but “OK” makes them sound perfectly connected, a natural and addictive rock tune that kicks off Chameleon Bones with some loud optimism. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Jason Fraticelli

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Jason Fraticelli, a talented multi-instrumentalist who’s lent his talents to may other projects in the past, is busy preparing his new solo album. That LP, The Dream Diaries, will be out later this year, but today MAGNET has a special, exclusive premiere in the form of “Shake,” a varied and constantly shifting tune that mixes elements of jazz, soft rock and indie pop. “Shake” is something to get lost in, for sure. Check it out below.

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