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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: “The Shining” Soundtrack

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Salaz: Invite your special friend over for a nice, candle-lit dinner. Open that special bottle of wine that you’ve been saving. Get comfy. Close the curtains. Lock the doors. Turn off that damn iPhone. Turn the lights way down, cuddle closely and listen to this at full volume.

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: John McGeoch

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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Salaz: John McGeoch was a true guitar innovator. His work in the late ’70s and ’80s with Magazine, Visage, Siouxsie And The Banshees and later-era PiL was some of the most brilliant playing of his generation. He was an absolute master of tone, texture and economy of style. He had a way of elevating the song, orchestrating his parts in subtle, genius ways, where it the focus wasn’t on flashy technique like what was happening with a lot of ’80s rock and metal. His use of flange and chorus added depth and space to his parts. This is crucial for a three piece band with a singer. He was just daring for rock guitar, really pushing the envelope. The Siouxsie And The Banshees album Juju was a big influence on our band, especially when we were writing songs for Fear Is On Our Side. Back in 2004, during a lull in band activity, we had the idea to throw a big Halloween party at Emo’s in downtown Austin, where a bunch of friends would cover bands like Tubeway Army and Bauhaus/Love And Rockets. Ed, Tim and I decided to cover Siouxsie songs with our friend Carrie-Anne Murphy, a performer and singer now based in New York. It was a really fun project and broke us out of our creative dry spell. I learned how complex and unusual McGeoch’s chord voicings were. They were refreshingly devoid of the usual rock clichés, and instead had an almost folk/jazz/prog approach. Sadly for us all, he passed away in 2004.

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Shin Joong Hyun’s “The Man Who Must Leave” And 
”Beautiful Rivers And Mountains: The Psychedelic Rock Sound Of Shin Joong Hyun 1958-1974″

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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Salaz: The last CD I bought was at End Of An Ear, the best record store in Austin, Texas. I usually gravitate to their psychedelic section and randomly pick CD reissues, and I am rarely disappointed. Thanks Dan, Blake, Allison and Jacob. I am a newcomer to Shin Joong Hyun’s music, but this song is just amazing. He’s an absolute shredder. He’s referred to the “godfather of South Korean rock,” and I think that’s a pretty apt description. I love the spooky, ghostly vibe of the recording, and the propulsive, Motown beat. At just less than eight minutes long, it boggles the mind that something this good came out in 1968.

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Los Brincos’ “World Devil And Body”

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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Salaz: My friend Lauren Robertson turned me on to these guys a few years ago. This song is hard to describe, but it’s a bit of a lysergic journey about the flesh, sin and this crazy world. I like the raga section with the sitar-like guitar, tablas and backward-sounding strings. There’s a calm, spooky Dario Argento aspect to this music. It ends with flute and seagulls. I guess the trip is over.

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Jackson C. Frank

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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White: Jackson C. Frank‘s story and music have impacted me for some time now. I’m not a huge folk fan, but I find myself coming back to “Blues Run The Game” in the winter months year after year. Although the music stands on its own, the biography of Frank is nuts. He started playing guitar to pass time after he was badly injured in a school fire. After a brief success, he ended up penniless and even homeless on the streets of New York. Worth a listen.

The first couple verses of “Mystery”:
“Lacy golden promises
you made while I was young
Later briars and brambles
set me on the run
Just the sound in the dust
Dry boots led me on
to the place where unknown serpents
curled and fled the dawn”

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: The Congos

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

Congos

White: Once our band was playing in Strasbourg at the same venue as legendary Jamaican reggae group the Congos. For the record, we were playing in a much smaller room. We had been listening to their classic Heart Of The Congos in the van throughout our tour, so it was a serendipitous occasion to see them perform. We hung out in the green room and shared stories. All our tempos were slow that night.

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: The Albatross

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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Salaz: “At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God’s name.

It ate the food it ne’er had eat,
And round and round it flew,
The ice did split with a thunder-fit;
The helmsman steered us through!

And a good south wind sprung up behind;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner’s hollo!

In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud.
It perched for vespers nine;
Whiles all the night, through fog-smoke white
Glimmered the white moonshine.

God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends that plague thee thus!
Why look’st thou so?

With my cross-bow
I shot the Albatross.”

From The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1798)

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: Chain & The Gang

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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White: Lately, all I can listen to is Chain & The Gang. “I said all I’m gonna say/Now I’m gonna say ’nuff said”

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: James Blackshaw

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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Salaz: I’m very glad that James Blackshaw exists. He’s a monster of a musician. I love his music, focus and, especially, his technique. I would certainly place him in the lineage of such guitar greats like Jimmy Page, Robbie Basho, Davey Graham and, of course, Bert Jansch. It’s his attention to detail and sense of space between the notes that I relate to. His pieces seem to hover over a single key, like a drone, without a typical sense of progressing through key changes. Instead, he focuses on the moment, letting arpeggios and open strings create the melody. He also avoids bluesy expressions in favor of a more linear, austere playing style, almost neo-classical at times. He typically fingerpicks a 12-string acoustic with these long, intense fingernails, so it’s in this context that shapes the sound and tonality of his work. His guitar is not plugged but mic’ed directly, which gives it a more natural, warm sound. I think he’s great, and inspiring. You owe it to yourself to check him out and buy his music.

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From The Desk Of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness: “Ghosts Before Breakfast”

“There was no sense of urgency, no real plan to finish this album,” says Chris Goyer, lead singer of I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, a band that’s taken eight years to follow-up Fear Is On Our Side. With titles like “You Are Dead To Me” and “The Sun Burns Out,” Dust picks up exactly where Fear left off, piling dark atmospherics on top of pained, brooding, impenetrable lyrics about whatever happened to be on Goyer’s mind when the tape started rolling. If it sounds heavy, that’s because Ministry’s Paul Barker produced the album, just like the one before. If it occasionally sounds lighter, that’s because the rest of the band members—Daniel Del Favero, Ed Robert, Ernest Salaz and Tim White—haven’t lost their fondness for modular synths, chorus pedals and looping guitar arpeggios. ILYBICD will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our recent feature on them.

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“The beginnings of Dada were not the beginnings of art, but of disgust.” —Tristan Tzara

White: Before the Surrealist movement there was Dada. A movement to flip the formed ideas of art on its backside, Dada was born after WWI. It’s great that pieces like Ghosts Before Breakfast are now archived for the public though sites like YouTube. Is this a film?

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