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MP3 At 3PM: Alluri

Alluri

Alluri will release Man Of Truth on October 19, and the London-based artist has shared a new song with the world. You can stream and download “I See People” below. Alluri’s dark, pulsating track will be perfect for the quickly approaching fall, a hint of a perfectly timed release for Man Of Truth. Check it out below.

“I See People” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Steel Cranes

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Oakland’s Steel Cranes are riding the wave of most recent LP Tango, which is out now on Mister White Tights Records. We previously featured “Pretty” as an MP3 At 3PM, and today we’re making sure you haven’t forgotten about Tango so we’re offering up “Today Is The Day.” A raw, fiery and impassioned song that veers into the darker side of punk, “Today Is The Day” can be streamed and downloaded below.

“Today Is The Day” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: CHUCK

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The latest record from NYC act CHUCK, My Band Is A Computer, will come out on September 9. Today, we’re offering up a free download of the band’s new song “Bushwick Girl,” an indie tune that’s clearly born in bedroom pop with its sunny, mildly corny synthesizers and mellow tone. But “Bushwick Girl” is clean and forward, a composed and confident affair perfect for much bigger crowds. Check it out below.

“Bushwick Girl” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 387: 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.

Someone in Germany sent us an mp3 of their band covering Mecca Normal’s “Who Told You So?”—the first song on our first album. If, in 1986, someone had told me that 30 years in the future, this might happen, I would not have believed them!

You can listen to the Mecca Normal version of “Who Told You So?” in Vol. 275 of Normal History below the caption of David Lester’s fitting illustration “I’d Rather Play Punk Rock Guitar.”

“Fallen Skier” from the album The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: The Chairman Dances

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The Chairman Dances will release Time Without Measure on August 26. New song “Dorothy Day And Peter Maurin” shows off a production job by Daniel Smith (Sufjan Stevens, Danielson). Like the other songs on the album, “Dorothy Day” tells an intelligent story of an historical activist, a political tale all the more relevant today. Check it out below.

“Dorothy Day And Peter Maurin” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Stuyvesant

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Stuyvesant, a band featuring Hoboken, N.J., ’90s rockers Ralph Malanga and Sean Adams, has shared “Don’t,” a put-your-sunglasses-on kind of tune that’ll have you singing along for the rest of the waning summer. Check it out below, and keep an eye out for more from the band soon. We are proud to premiere “Don’t” today on magnetmagazine.com.

“Don’t” (download):

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Normal History Vol. 386: 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.

This song, “1922,” was used at the end of a short film called Cash Free (2009, video, 20 minutes) by EE Miller and Bernadine Mellis (director of a documentary about her father, civil-rights lawyer Dennis Cunningham, and the court case to clear an Earth First! activist’s name). In Cash Free, a group (including lawyer, author and activist Dean Spade) gets together to discuss sustainable artful living and the struggle of individual queers working in groups. It’s strange in a way, because I was at a meeting with some of the same people while I was on tour alone about 10 years ago. So, while I’m not in this film, I feel like it’s an abstract version of the meeting I attended when the subject was land acquisition—where, by what means and yes, how to sustain this artful way of living. I don’t go to meetings, so the event was memorable to me. At the time, I thought it might be smart to be in on the ground floor of such a project, however unlikely it was that I’d ever make my way across the continent from Vancouver to live sustainable or otherwise in a foreign country with a group of people I hardly know.

I’m wary of having Mecca Normal’s music used in films. Sound and images are a powerful combination. One of the few times we allowed a song to be used in a film it was counter to both the meaning of the song and my feminist perspective. I don’t think that movie was ever released, but we saw evidence of “A Kind Of A Girl” being used to imply negative associations to a woman who had been murdered. It was horrible to see this blatant violation of intention. Anyway, this is not that. I know EE Miller, but I’m never that keen on my work melding with another artist’s overarching vision when I’m not there to have a say—even if it’s a group of counterculturalists coming up with ideas for how to live outside the gloomy restraints of cash-based culture. In Cash Free, the Mecca Normal song, “1922,” plays while the end credits roll, including information on how to connect with the National War Tax Resistance Coordinating Committee and the National Community Land Trust Network.

“1922” from the album The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Minden

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Minden’s music is made for natural, easy dancing. Take “Sheila,” a groovy, sensual tune from the band’s new album, Sweet, Simple Things, which comfortably tickles the listener into smiling and moving. Sweet, Simple Things is out now. Stream or download “Sheila” below.

“Sheila” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Echo Courts

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Echo Courts will release new album In The Garden on August 19, and today we’re gonna try to sell you on the band’s shimmering, mellow sunshine pop with a new tune: “Set Me Free.” The North Carolina band embraces distance and a little bit of psych/pop on “Set Me Free,” which you can check out below.

“Set Me Free” (download):

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MP3 At 3PM: Curse Of Lono

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London group Curse Of Lono will unleash its self-titled debut LP in October, but make sure you get on the bandwagon now with “Five Miles,” a beautiful indie tune perfect for night drives and existential evenings. Stream or download below.

“Five Miles” (download):

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