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From The Desk Of Tigers Jaw: Cassandra Frances

Spin, Tigers Jaw‘s latest album, is a glowing set of pop/rock tunes that denotes a shift in the band’s timeline. As the first release for producer Will Yip’s Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement, Spin is Tigers Jaw at its most composed and polished. But Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh still build upon their penchant for dizzying, unexpected hooks and bare, honest songwriting. Tigers Jaw will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.

Collins: Cassandra Frances is a painter, illustrator and tattoo artist based out of Leeds, England. Her work ranges from portrait drawings that combine feminine and floral to beautifully detailed paintings of animals. She’s available for commissions; on Instagram, you can find her illustration and painting work (@cassandra_frances) and her tattoo work (@cassandrafrancestattoo). She has paintings and prints offered here.

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From The Desk Of Tigers Jaw: “The Secret History Of Twin Peaks”

Spin, Tigers Jaw‘s latest album, is a glowing set of pop/rock tunes that denotes a shift in the band’s timeline. As the first release for producer Will Yip’s Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement, Spin is Tigers Jaw at its most composed and polished. But Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh still build upon their penchant for dizzying, unexpected hooks and bare, honest songwriting. Tigers Jaw will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Walsh: This book, written by Mark Frost, provides a fascinating link between Twin Peaks and various conspiracies, including those involving extra-terrestrial activity. This is a very well-constructed book in the unusual format of an FBI dossier that compiles information about aliens, Native American folklore and various supernatural phenomena. I’m a sucker for anything alien related or Twin Peaks related, so this book is perfect.

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From The Desk Of Tigers Jaw: Current Favorite Brands (Catbird, Glossier, goodDYEyoung)

Spin, Tigers Jaw‘s latest album, is a glowing set of pop/rock tunes that denotes a shift in the band’s timeline. As the first release for producer Will Yip’s Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement, Spin is Tigers Jaw at its most composed and polished. But Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh still build upon their penchant for dizzying, unexpected hooks and bare, honest songwriting. Tigers Jaw will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Collins: If I’m going to spend money on myself, I want to support businesses that I believe in—those built from the ground up by people who have worked hard to get where they are while also providing quality products.

Catbird
I never thought I would consider myself a jewelry person, but after receiving one gift from Catbird, I was hooked. The Catbird aesthetic is so clean and beautiful, and the jewelry is incredibly affordable for the quality of materials (all of which are ethically sourced) and the fact that all of the Catbird jewelry is hand crafted in Brooklyn. Some of my favorite pieces of Catbird jewelry are the Sweet Nothing Choker, Heart Ring and Classic Hammered Ring.

Glossier
As someone who struggles with sensitive skin, I could not rave more about the positive impact Glossier has had on my skincare routine. The brand that claims “Skin Is In” isn’t kidding. Each product is crafted to emphasize the best that your own skin has to offer. I swear by the Milky Jelly Cleanser as both a facewash and makeup remover, as well as the Invisible Shield sunscreen that goes on clear and doesn’t feel heavy or clog my pores.

goodDYEyoung
Much like Hayley Williams, the CEO of goodDYEyoung, I frequently like to change my hair color. Doing so allows me to be creative and express myself, but it’s important to make sure that this creative outlet doesn’t kill my hair. goodDYEyoung is inarguably the best semi-permanent hair dye that I’ve ever used. It’s so easy to mix colors to create your own unique shades, has incredible longevity (especially Steal My Sunshine!), and the hair dye in itself is a treatment for hair with sunflower oil and bergamot. goodDYEyoung is vegan, cruelty free and smells like Fruity Pebbles straight from the tube.

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From The Desk Of Tigers Jaw: Baohaus

Spin, Tigers Jaw‘s latest album, is a glowing set of pop/rock tunes that denotes a shift in the band’s timeline. As the first release for producer Will Yip’s Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement, Spin is Tigers Jaw at its most composed and polished. But Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh still build upon their penchant for dizzying, unexpected hooks and bare, honest songwriting. Tigers Jaw will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Walsh: This is an incredible Eddie Huang-owned restaurant in Manhattan. I’ve been a fan of Eddie for a long time, and the last few times we’ve played in NYC, this has been a go-to food spot. Baohaus features amazing flavor combinations, fresh ingredients and an unassuming storefront. I usually go for a few Birdhaus Baos and a Lang Lang to drink.

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From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Rick Bragg

Laura and Lydia Rogers came from a musical family but neither had seriously considered a career in music until Laura traveled to Nashville for an open audition, where she caught the ear of industry execs and producers. Asked to return for a follow-up, Laura brought Lydia along. Shortly thereafter, the Secret Sisters were on a plane to L.A. to record demos for their 2010 self-titled debut on Universal, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sophomore effort Put Your Needle Down followed in 2014. In the interim they toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Jack White. Put Your Needle Down, a respectable album on the slick country-revival model, garnered uneven reviews. Then the Secret Sisters were dropped by their label, but they didn’t stop writing. The new You Don’t Own Me Anymore‘s cheeky title obliquely recalls the Secret Sisters’ major-label woes—as does much of the lyrical content—but the album (on New West) as a whole fits into a long tradition of country statements about survival past deep damage. Laura and Lydia will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our new feature on them.

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Laura and Lydia: One of our favorite current authors is an Alabama native named Rick Bragg. His writing voice and vivid storytelling pull on our heartstrings every time, especially because he mostly writes about the life of his family in rural Alabama. His work resonates with us because it is familiar, and we believe his writing is an important documentation of life in the quieter, stranger parts of our beloved home state. Bragg’s writing is personal and pointed and honest, and certain passages in his books take our breath away. He is able to put into beautiful words what we so often feel about our place in this world. Here’s one of our favorite examples of his prowess: “I wonder if, north of here, they might even run out of stories someday. It may seem silly, but it is cold up there, too cold to mosey, to piddle, to loafer, and summer only lasts a week and a half. The people spit the words out so fast when they talk, like they are trying to discard them somehow, banish them, rather than relish the sound and the story. We will not run out of them here. We talk like we are tasting something.”

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From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Trowbridge’s

Laura and Lydia Rogers came from a musical family but neither had seriously considered a career in music until Laura traveled to Nashville for an open audition, where she caught the ear of industry execs and producers. Asked to return for a follow-up, Laura brought Lydia along. Shortly thereafter, the Secret Sisters were on a plane to L.A. to record demos for their 2010 self-titled debut on Universal, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sophomore effort Put Your Needle Down followed in 2014. In the interim they toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Jack White. Put Your Needle Down, a respectable album on the slick country-revival model, garnered uneven reviews. Then the Secret Sisters were dropped by their label, but they didn’t stop writing. The new You Don’t Own Me Anymore‘s cheeky title obliquely recalls the Secret Sisters’ major-label woes—as does much of the lyrical content—but the album (on New West) as a whole fits into a long tradition of country statements about survival past deep damage. Laura and Lydia will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our new feature on them.

Laura and Lydia: When we have friends visit our hometown, this place is one of the first stops we suggest they visit. Trowbridge’s is a charming little ice cream parlour/sandwich shop on the main street running through downtown and has been in operation since 1918! The dining area is small, but the old-fashioned charm and the yummy sandwiches and shakes make for a fun eating experience. Our favorite menu item is the chicken-salad sandwich, followed by a scoop of birthday-cake ice cream to wash it down.

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From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Chocolate And Biscuits

Laura and Lydia Rogers came from a musical family but neither had seriously considered a career in music until Laura traveled to Nashville for an open audition, where she caught the ear of industry execs and producers. Asked to return for a follow-up, Laura brought Lydia along. Shortly thereafter, the Secret Sisters were on a plane to L.A. to record demos for their 2010 self-titled debut on Universal, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sophomore effort Put Your Needle Down followed in 2014. In the interim they toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Jack White. Put Your Needle Down, a respectable album on the slick country-revival model, garnered uneven reviews. Then the Secret Sisters were dropped by their label, but they didn’t stop writing. The new You Don’t Own Me Anymore‘s cheeky title obliquely recalls the Secret Sisters’ major-label woes—as does much of the lyrical content—but the album (on New West) as a whole fits into a long tradition of country statements about survival past deep damage. Laura and Lydia will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our new feature on them.

Laura and Lydia: Southern women like us know a thing or two about decadent family dishes. We’ve had a long tradition in our family of going to eat lunch at our Granny’s house each weekend, and we cannot recall a time when this item wasn’t sitting in a cooker on the stove, waiting for us to finish our meal and get to the best part: dessert. Many folks eat this as a breakfast-type indulgence; we believe it should be consumed any time of day when you feel a hankering for it. Our Granny is a wonderful cook, and our happiest memories center around meals at her house. This sweet treat is a staple in our family, and we suggest making up a pot of it, and once it’s good and hot, drop in a pat of butter and pour it over a hot, homemade biscuit. Here’s the recipe, straight from our family to yours. Side two of the recipe after the jump.

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From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Jim Hays, Maker Of Hays Guitars

Laura and Lydia Rogers came from a musical family but neither had seriously considered a career in music until Laura traveled to Nashville for an open audition, where she caught the ear of industry execs and producers. Asked to return for a follow-up, Laura brought Lydia along. Shortly thereafter, the Secret Sisters were on a plane to L.A. to record demos for their 2010 self-titled debut on Universal, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sophomore effort Put Your Needle Down followed in 2014. In the interim they toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Jack White. Put Your Needle Down, a respectable album on the slick country-revival model, garnered uneven reviews. Then the Secret Sisters were dropped by their label, but they didn’t stop writing. The new You Don’t Own Me Anymore‘s cheeky title obliquely recalls the Secret Sisters’ major-label woes—as does much of the lyrical content—but the album (on New West) as a whole fits into a long tradition of country statements about survival past deep damage. Laura and Lydia will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our new feature on them.

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Laura and Lydia: When music is your livelihood, the tools you use to make it are crucial to progress and growth. Guitars that are worth playing are not easy to make, but this man makes instruments that have a spirit about them. We’ve had the joy of touring with a beautiful acoustic guitar handcrafted by our buddy Jim Hays, from Athens, Ala. Jim spends so much time crafting and building each of his guitars, and the sound they make is unmatched! Our Hays guitar is clear and easy to play, and everywhere we travel, folks ask us about it. He has a knack for finding wood with a story, and we believe those stories create instruments that have songs just waiting inside. We wrote the entirety of our third album on a Hays guitar, and we know much of the songwriting magic came from it!

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From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Single Lock Records

Laura and Lydia Rogers came from a musical family but neither had seriously considered a career in music until Laura traveled to Nashville for an open audition, where she caught the ear of industry execs and producers. Asked to return for a follow-up, Laura brought Lydia along. Shortly thereafter, the Secret Sisters were on a plane to L.A. to record demos for their 2010 self-titled debut on Universal, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sophomore effort Put Your Needle Down followed in 2014. In the interim they toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Jack White. Put Your Needle Down, a respectable album on the slick country-revival model, garnered uneven reviews. Then the Secret Sisters were dropped by their label, but they didn’t stop writing. The new You Don’t Own Me Anymore‘s cheeky title obliquely recalls the Secret Sisters’ major-label woes—as does much of the lyrical content—but the album (on New West) as a whole fits into a long tradition of country statements about survival past deep damage. Laura and Lydia will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our new feature on them.

Laura and Lydia: Single Lock Records is a record label based in our hometown of Florence, Ala., and is owned and operated by John Paul White, Ben Tanner and Will Trapp. They have a full-equipped recording studio and have made some of our favorite current-day records, including Dylan Leblanc’s Cautionary Tale, John Paul White’s Beulah and Donnie Fritz’s Oh My Goodness. Their roster is diverse and powerful, their sonic achievements are stunning, and they have created an amazing platform for musical releases centered around community and camaraderie. We are always cheering for them and their contribution to music history.

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From The Desk Of The Secret Sisters: Animal Rescue

Laura and Lydia Rogers came from a musical family but neither had seriously considered a career in music until Laura traveled to Nashville for an open audition, where she caught the ear of industry execs and producers. Asked to return for a follow-up, Laura brought Lydia along. Shortly thereafter, the Secret Sisters were on a plane to L.A. to record demos for their 2010 self-titled debut on Universal, produced by T Bone Burnett. Sophomore effort Put Your Needle Down followed in 2014. In the interim they toured with Bob Dylan and recorded with Jack White. Put Your Needle Down, a respectable album on the slick country-revival model, garnered uneven reviews. Then the Secret Sisters were dropped by their label, but they didn’t stop writing. The new You Don’t Own Me Anymore‘s cheeky title obliquely recalls the Secret Sisters’ major-label woes—as does much of the lyrical content—but the album (on New West) as a whole fits into a long tradition of country statements about survival past deep damage. Laura and Lydia will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our new feature on them.

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Laura and Lydia: We are animal people (seriously, don’t even say the word “dog” around us unless you want to see pictures), and we believe in the cause of animal welfare, adopting and sterilizing of all companion animals. We’d like to tell you about two groups near and dear to our hearts, full of folks who work around the clock trying to improve the wellbeing of the pet population. Poverty’s Pets: Poverty’s Pets is a dog and cat rescue group based in Phoenix and run by Laura’s dear friend, Kate. Kate is a tireless defender of abused and neglected dogs and cats, and fights daily to ban the cruel practice of tethering dogs. She also organizes and hosts a free spay/neuter clinic in low-income areas near Phoenix, and each clinic sterilizes 80 companion animals on average! She is an advocate for mandatory spay/neuter laws, to help reduce the pet population and reduce the number of animals who end up in shelters. Kate relies on donations to help her accomplish all the good she does, and works tirelessly, finding dogs on the streets, getting them vetted and tuned up and carefully placing them with matched adopters. She has her hand on the back of every animal she adopts out, and has singlehandedly serviced folks in Phoenix who simply cannot afford to care for their pets. We think this organization is doing something special, and we’d love for you to know about them! HASRA: We are incredibly proud supporters of HASRA. Heart of Alabama Save Rescue Adopt is a non-profit, no-kill animal-rescue group based in our area. It is operated by Debbie Rappuhn and an incredible group of volunteers, whose hard work and sacrifice have eased the burden on our local animal shelters and dramatically reduced the euthanasia rate in our county. To date, HASRA has saved nearly 5,000 dogs, cats and other animals, and placed them into loving homes. They are funded by community donations, and the work they accomplish in rural Alabama is nothing short of incredible. Each animal who goes into their system is vaccinated, dewormed and sterilized before being adopted out. Many unwanted or abandoned animals are able to skip their time in the shelter and go straight to HASRA’s amazing facility, where they receive TLC and companionship, all helping to prepare them for life with a new family. We believe it is such an important cause, and we are grateful to be surrounded by such kindhearted humans.

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