Category Archives: GUEST EDITOR

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Patterns

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

YouTube Preview Image

Zedek: Maybe it’s because I’m the daughter of a mathematician, but I’ve always been obsessed with numbers and their groupings. Don’t get me wrong: This obsession did not help me not suck at algebra, but I’ve always found counting and numerical and repetitious patterns soothing. Maybe that’s why the first time I heard “Repetition” by the Fall, I fell in love with it. Music is numbers, counting, rhythmic and melodic patterns for the most part. Sometimes it’s not, and then that’s pretty cool, too. Sometimes there will be two or more different musical patterns that eventually will cross each other, kind of like planets in different orbits. And there’s probably a musical version of Chaos Theory out there as well. Islamic art makes beautiful use of patterns as drawing figurative images is forbidden. And then there are the patterns of human foibles that are studied and analyzed by historians. Now might be a good time to pay attention to those types of patterns as well!

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Found Art

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

UntitledFound

Zedek: My favorite genre of visual art is “found art.” That is, art that I find. The artists are usually the ocean, dirt, paint, mold and trees. The best galleries are usually found in boat yards or by the ocean, in construction sites or on the street. By the way, there are usually a lot of cool found sound art in these places, too. These are a couple of examples of pieces that I have hung in my apartment.

Another image after the jump.

Read More »

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Newest Musical Trend, Post Prog Rock?

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

WeiZhongle

Zedek: A few weeks ago I was playing at a basement show in Allston, Mass., with Dyr Faser, a band that I frequently play guitar and sing with when I have time. One of the other bands playing that night was a really cool band from Chicago called Wei Zhongle. They featured a clarinet, electric bass, electric guitar with tons of effects and angelic and acrobatic vocals. It could only be described as prog, but it was like nothing I ever heard before, and they had a crowd of rabid fans. Is prog making a comeback? Or maybe it never went away? Here are some websites /blogs that will keep you ahead of the curve (and don’t forget, you heard it here first!): https://julsprogkastblog.blogspot.com/
http://www.progarchives.com/

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Clouds

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

Clouds

Zedek: As a touring musician, I spend a lot of time looking out of various windows, and over the years have become fascinated by clouds. Like the black clouds in the distance with a grey fog of rain riding underneath meaning “rain ahead.” Or the beautiful but devastating thunderheads in the mountains of Vermont, fluffs of white piled 100 stories high, foreshadowing the hail and rain minutes later that were so bad we had to pull over. Then there are the two clouds that move toward each other until they collide and entangle like lovers. Clouds riding the currents and racing across the sun, causing intermittent bursts of light and shadow. Sailors must spend hours reading the clouds, and I wish that I could. Sometimes when I’m lying on my back I’ll see a cloud with a face, the expressions changing as it stirs. I’ve even had some cloud “crushes.” There is a whole Facebook group page devoted to clouds called “Clouds that don’t look like anything else.” Check it out!

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Mountain Dulcimers

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

MountainDulcimer

Zedek: Recently, a friend of mine was cleaning out his father’s house for him after his stepmother passed away. Virtually untouched and in a beautiful wooden box along with an owner’s manual and warranty from the man who made it was a beautiful walnut teardrop dulcimer. It was bought in 1977 and made by Ken Hamblin from Roanoke, Va., who had a company called Creative Woodcrafting Instruments. My friend is not a musician and didn’t have the space to keep it but recognized its beauty and asked me if he could bring it over. I shined it up and strung it with some light gauge banjo strings as Ken suggested. I fashioned a “noter” out of some discarded flooring that I found in the basement and tuned it with help from Ken’s Owner Manuel instructions. It plays like a dream, I tuned three of the four strings to the same note (the double “melody” string and the middle string) and the bottom string down a fifth. It worked like a charm! His instructions are hilarious and spot on. Example: “To change a Major Mode or G tuning to a Mixolydian Mode or D tuning simply raise the bass string by one note or in unison with the middle and melody strings when fretted at the 3rd fret. This usually causes that bass string to break.” I mean, what a freaking honest guy and an incredible craftsman to boot!

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Coptic Light Coffee

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

Coptic

Zedek: From the geniuses behind Wrekmeister Harmonies comes Coptic Light Coffee coffee of Ethiopian origin, roasted by the musical dynamic duo of JR Robinson and Esther Shaw and joined by David D’Andrea. A coffee-roasting concern based in Astoria, Ore., you can also grab a pound of this fine stuff at the merch table of any Wrekmeister Harmonies show. I scored some recently when they were playing with Marissa Nadler in Boston, and this coffee is as fierce and soothing as their music. The TZ Band will be doing some touring with “the Wreks” in the Northeast this October, so come out to the show and check it out for yourselves!

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Hagstrom Guitars

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

Hagstrom

Zedek: Hagstrom is my favorite guitar manufacturer, and I currently own and play two black Hagstrom 1s thanks to my friend, the amazing musician, Chris Grier (R.I.P.). He called me and told me that he had found my first black Hagstrom’s twin sister at the music shop down the street from him in Brooklyn, and I jumped on the next bus to NYC from Boston and adopted it and brought it home. They have a lot of shiny plastic and “pleather” parts on them for show because Hagstrom started out building accordions, and I guess they still had a lot of old accordion parts laying around. But their necks are slender and strong, and the tone is clear and deep. I once saw a full hollow-body Hagstrom that I fell in love with, and I couldn’t afford it, so I told my friend Tully who was looking for a guitar to buy it so that I could visit with it. She went to the store and fell in love with it as well and bought it on the spot. My friend moved away a long time ago, and we lost touch, but I still wonder about that beautiful Hag and Tully and if she still plays it.

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Trieste

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

Trieste

Zedek: A few years back, I had the opportunity to visit a few cities in Europe that I’d always been curious about but that my touring itinerary never allowed. At the top of my list was the city of Trieste in Italy, where as far as I know, no American ”indie rock” band has ever played. Part of my interest was personal—it was the port that my mother and her family sailed to Palestine from to escape the Nazis in 1933, and it was also the port where my father sailed to the U.S. from in the 1950s (where he eventually settled). It also has a rich literary history: James Joyce wrote Ulysses there, and his protégé Italo Svevo, who wrote Confessions Of Zeno, was born and died there. For our guidebook, we picked up Trieste And The Meaning Of Nowhere by Jan Morris. As we were forewarned, it wasn’t the most vibrant city in Italy, but for me, its history and geography were fascinating.

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: “10,000 Snacks”

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

Snacks

Zedek: I first saw this book when it was being waved around and quoted from by John Manson, the lead singer of the Boston-based band Gondoliers during a rather long break between songs in their “Lounge Set” at the Somerville Armory coffee house. I was very intrigued and asked him about it after their set. He said that he had found it on his job as an estate sale rummager but that he was planning to throw it back in the trash. Thankfully, my partner intervened and brought it home, and it has become a household favorite. With chapter like “But Me No Butters,” “Bings, Bangs, Smacks And Crax,” “1002 Sandwiches” and “Cackleberries,” there are plenty of recipes interspersed among Cora, Rose and Bob Brown’s pithy stories of their international travels. At 591 pages long, it’s a veritable encyclopedia! We keep it in our bathroom.

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed

From The Desk Of Thalia Zedek: Flux Factory

The quiet, introspective Eve shows off the Thalia Zedek Band’s impressive musical range. Zedek made her name playing her singular brand of ear-splitting, dissonant lead guitar with Come, Uzi and Live Skull, outfits known for their fierce approach to performing and recording. Her music with the Thalia Zedek Band may not be as loud, but it has the same level of emotional intensity that’s always been her trademark. Zedek will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on her.

Flux

Zedek: This is a super-cool art collective that started in NYC in 1993, and I’ve been lucky enough to have become acquainted with the collective and some of their artists over the past few years. They run a year around artist residency from their base in Long Island City, Queens, where they host exhibits and happenings, almost always free to the public. This year they had a Fung Wah Biennali, a exhibit that traveled between all of the North Eastern destinations that can be reached by New York’s “Chinatown” buses. The artists who pass through there stay tightly connected and have spread the “Fluxer” network of artists and friends around the world at this point. Find a “Fluxer” near you and give them a hug!

Posted in GUEST EDITOR | Comments closed