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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: “I Hate The Internet” By Jarett Kobek

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Jarett

Phillips: Dean and I were invited to hear him do a reading at Skylight Books a few weeks ago. He said he hates readings, so he didn’t read. Instead he did a Q&A with our friend and author Matthew Specter, then took questions from the audience. He was very dry, acerbic and funny, so I bought the book. I haven’t read it yet, but Dean says its really good, so I’m starting it on Monday, only slightly reluctantly because I feel like I’ve just begun to learn how to love the internet. I have to; I have an album to promote. One of the things the author hates about the internet is the way people feud, getting so angry and feeling so great expressing their “important opinions.” I avoid that—I have an album to promote! But seriously, I try to avoid it anyway because it seems pointless and immature. It does feel good, though, so I understand the appeal, but I’m more of a peace maker than an inflamer. Sometimes, though, peace makers crack and have to let it all out. I’m not sure where, though … I guess it’s better to crap on strangers on the internet than your loved ones.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: Iggy Pop And His “Pop Depression” Tour

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

IggyPop

Phillips: His single “Gardenia” made me jump at the chance to see him live after watching him perform it on Colbert. I was lucky enough to get into a warmup show at a 500-capacity venue in L.A. and was utterly blown away. I kept saying things like, “He’s the best rock ‘n’ roll singer, ever,” during the show. And, really, his singing was perfect. Perfect in pitch and tone, but more importantly, that character and soul. And the phrasing made stories come alive, like Frank Sinatra, but rock ‘n’ roll incarnate. Duh, you say, but I’d only ever seen him once, at Reading Festival back in the ’90s, and I didn’t get it then. I don’t know if it’s just proximity in a live situation or that his voice now has more gravitas from age and experience. But the pathos, too. I was really overcome. The new songs are pretty damned good, but they didn’t roll quite as much as the the oldies. Josh’s playing is great, and the band is great. Sad that this is the exception with great older artists like Iggy. The last time I saw Bowie, I kept thinking that they weren’t playing his songs right, even though they’re all amazing players. They were missing some subtle rhythmic accents from the original recording, which made it sound like the best cover band in the world. The Stones sound like that now. Like the best Stones cover band.

“I think the whole basis of fashion is contempt. The whole idea of fashion and style expresses a preference for abstract aesthetics in opposition to human values.” —Iggy Pop, 1977.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: Dudes In Music

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

TameImpala

Phillips: After talking about how much I’m loving female solo artists yesterday, I want to mention my favorite new (and newish) dude music. Tame Impala’s Currents is my favorite album by them/him, even though most of the guys I know complain about the lack of guitars. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love”—he’s a Kiwi! (with a fascinating-love triangle story and super cool funk-soul grooves and singing). I heard the track “God Emoji” by another Kiwi, Silicon, on the plane to N.Z. last year. A really good weird song. I had to check out Jaakko Eino Kalevi after we kept seeing his posters everywhere when Luna played Australia last year, and I really like his song “Hush Down.” I’m keeping my eyes and ears on Jacco Gardner after “Find Yourself” found itself on several of my Spotify playlists. But Deerhunter’s “Fading Frontier” probably wins for best album in my mind. Bradford Cox is a super talent. Another favorite album is Jonathan Bree’s A Little Night Music. Check out this crazy cool video for “Weird Hardcore.” Gives me chills.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: Female Artists

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Christine

Phillips: I’ve been really into music by newer female artists for the past few years. I love Dusty, Nina, Nancy, Peggy and Carole, but I hadn’t really been listening to much new music in a long time, and at some point while I was making my album, I felt like I really had to start listening to more new stuff. And I found a lot to love, and a lot more by female solo artists than usual. Maybe its just a song or two that really gets me, but Cate LeBon and Jessica Pratt both made great albums. Right now I’m obsessed with the song “iT” by Christine And The Queens, which I found by Shazaming at the end of an episode of Girls. Christine—Héloïse Letissier—is a cross between Françoise Hardy and Michael Jackson. She identifies herself as pansexual, and her song is about imagining being a man. And she’s an amazing and cool dancer. It’s gorgeous and exciting. A mix of male and female is what makes for the most thrilling pop and rock ‘n’ roll. Eleanor Friedberger!! Courtney Barnett! “Secret In The Dark” by Monika is one of my favorite tracks (I say tracks, not songs, because the production is perfect) of the past year, and her voice is the perfect blend of male and female.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: “Girl In A Band” By Kim Gordon

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

KimGordon

Phillips: The most enjoyable book I’ve read in a long time. Kim was a role model for me back back in 1989 when I was living in London playing guitar in my first band, Belltower. I’ve met Kim three times. The second time we met, I introduced myself as if we hadn’t already met because I didn’t want to presume that she’d remember me, but she said, “Yeah, we’ve met before,” so then I was worried that she’d think that I didn’t remember meeting her. Sigh … Yeah, she’s super cool and super nice, and I always get really shy and geeky around her. So I ate up how this book made me feel like we were best friends talking. She’s really vulnerable and honest, but still so strong and bad ass. I loved what she wrote about wanting to push up into or lie beneath that axis of male intensity and bonding onstage. I did too, and now I don’t feel weird about it. Thank you, Kim.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: Recipes!

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Food

Phillips: I’m assuming it’s mostly men reading MAGNET, so do the women of the world a favor and learn how to cook a few dishes, if you haven’t already. You don’t need too much time or money to learn how make something simple and delicious. And if your woman doesn’t appreciate, then think about trading her in. Dean makes these dishes (#1, #2) regularly—from Pasta Fresca by Viana La Place & Evan Kleiman. The only pasta book you will ever need.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson” Vs. “Vinyl”

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Vinyl

Phillips: On Vinyl, I hate the way Richie snorts cocaine. It’s bullshit. And the writing sucks. Ray Romano is great, though, and I’m also a fan of Olivia Wilde. Also, watching the ads is depressing because they’re for old people. The best moment in the show for me was at the loft disco party when the DJ plays “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango, the African sax player. I recognized the refrain from Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Startin’ Something,” which gave me a thrill because discovering connections/origins is always exciting, so I Shazamed it and found out the song is often sited as the first disco song. I appreciated that nugget, but this show … I don’t know why I watch it. The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, on the other hand, turned out to be quality crack TV. Still having Marsha Clark withdrawals …

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: #OccupyCNN #doyourjob

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

CNN

Phillips: I accompanied my 16-year-old stepson to the #OccupyCNN peaceful sit-in to protest the media bias/lack of Bernie coverage. He’d mentioned it at dinner the night before—another kid in his class had told him about it. Its hard not to be cynical these days, but it was pretty exciting. I’m too busy to involve myself as much as I did back in 2008, but I’ve got to do something … I really hate calling people, but I don’t mind knocking on doors as much, even though the first few are terrifying (I’m actually quite a shy person). But it ended up being one of the most edifying and humanizing experiences of my life. If the person who opened the door had different views, then I just tried to represent a good and normal person who had other/opposing views because there has to be a real dialogue. And that must begin with respect and listening. We’re getting further and further away from that, but I’m not giving up. Then there’s always driving people to the polls; that’s pretty easy, but its important.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: “Sapiens” By Yuval Harari

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Harari

Phillips: This is one of the most important books I’ve read in a while. Mind-blowing anthropology and social studies. Stop yawning! It was actually an exciting read, at least the beginning of the book. I don’t agree with the author on everything (the McBrearty/Brooks article disputes his idea of a “cognitive revolution”), but I still found it fascinating that long ago, the world held half a dozen species of human … what we gained and lost with the agricultural revolution … why we are wired to love sugar and fat (its not our fault!). Also, the evolution of money, the spread of empires and the rise of capitalism … and how the two are now entwined.

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From The Desk Of Britta Phillips: The War On Drugs

You know Britta Phillips from the bands Luna and Dean & Britta, but now she has a debut solo album, Luck Or Magic. The record features five Phillips originals alongside covers of songs by the Cars, Evie Sands, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Wilson and ABBA’s Agnatha Fältskog. Phillips will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Weed

Phillips: I’m talking about the actual war on drugs, not the band. I picked up Harper’s magazine a couple of weeks ago (I get around to this activity maybe every other month these days) and had my mind blown by the piece “Legalize It All” by Dan Baum. I’m not talking about the legalization part, I’m talking about Nixon’s invention of the war on drugs as a political tool to defeat his “two enemies: the antiwar left and back people,” as explained by John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, when the writer interviewed him for a book about the politics of drug prohibition back in 1994. Ehrlichman continued “By getting the public to associate the hippies with marihuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news.” Now whether you’re for or against the legalization of drugs, I can’t imagine anyone disagreeing that this Machiavellian scheme has got to go.

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