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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Genesis

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

Genesis

I suppose this rock band should be filed in my list of guilty pleasures. In these post-punk enlightened times, I suppose we all know better now than to profess a liking for progressive-rock bands, especially those who got musically worse and inexplicably more ridiculous as time progressed. But … well … those early records! Peter Gabriel dressed as a flower singing about unifauns and selling England by the pound. What is a unifaun, anyway? Marvellous stuff, nevertheless.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: British Christmas Telly

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

TV

This year will be the first year in about five that I’ve been in the United Kingdom for Christmas. We usually decamp to the USA around that time of year, which is absolutely fine, but it’s nothing like being “at home.” Why? In a word: the television. For some reason Americans don’t save the best films and all the Christmas specials for the holiday. Maybe Americans have better things to do than plump themselves in front of the telly all day? But what?!

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Driving Across The USA

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

Driving

My wife and I decided to drive across the USA last summer. We started in Maine and ended up in California via the Outer Banks, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Badlands, Mount Rushmore, the Hoover Dam and pretty much everything else in between. It took us three weeks: 20 states in 20 days of six-hour meandering drives. And every single moment of it was fantastic. We couldn’t stop being awed by the scenery, the peculiarity, the space. I can’t say that any part of it was any better or worse than the others. Each day had its own identity; each area had its own landscapes. You hear of Americans who’ve never left the USA because they think they have everything they need on their own doorstep … and I can kind of see why they say that.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Doris

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

Dog

I didn’t really want to ever own a puppy again. They’re a huge commitment; they make your house scruffy, they smell, you have to tend to them at all hours of the day. When we went to look at a litter of seven wriggly guinea-pig-sized Yorkshire Terrier/Bichon Frisé crosses, I steeled myself against them and their small wet noses and begging eyes. My wife had none of these reservations. She’s more impulsive than I am. We came home with the smallest of the litter. Of course, I was melting on the inside … and I still am. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve remembered the happiness that leaks into your heart when you live with an animal. Who can not be cheered up when that little furry face looks up at you and your new friend shakes her whole body with joy when you simply walk into a room?

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: You Say There Is No God

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

RobertDoisneau

I don’t have a religious bone in my body, but I have been using the above as a sort of figure of speech recently. I’ve researched coincidence; I’ve Googled happenstance. I know there are theories to it, but when you discuss the photographer Robert Doisneau with someone for the first time in 20 years and can’t even remember his name. and there just happens to be a documentary about him on TV that night—it’s coincidence, yes, but it seems to happen every day. It feels like there’s something following me around.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Wine

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

Wine

I have been a wine drinker for most of my adult life. I started the journey with the sweet German white wines but have ended up here in the land of the dry reds. It’s my drink of choice; I hate the taste of beer and hard alcohol. My friend Kia lives in Napa Valley. She always selects an interesting bottle for me and has single-handedly changed the way I drink wine. I used to head for the cheap, light, fruity ones until I discovered pinot noir, which always seems a bit pricier. Last night I bought a New Zealand pinot noir, which was delicious but made me wonder why it made sense that it had to have come from—literally—the other side of the world.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Comics

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

Comics

The other day I went to Dave’s Comics, a comic-book shop in Brighton. There’s nothing odd about that—I go there quite often, actually. But this time I went armed with copies of the first six issues of my own comic book, Tales From The Wedding Present. And felt ridiculously proud. I love it. I love being in my own comic. It’s me! In a comic! What could be finer? And now I feel responsible for my little comic. I go back every week and check how many they have left in stock.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: An Intro

WeddingPresent

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

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From The Desk Of Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle: “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery Of The Toynbee Tiles”

So when asked to be a guest editor for MAGNET, my initial reaction was that my inner 18-year-old self might flip out so much that I might have nary a word to say. However, I persevered and was immediately filled with some of the memories of growing up in the proverbial “sticks” in the ’90s. Starting there and moving forward to the present day, I accumulated a list of people, movies, music, food, poets and other stuff that, although not exhaustive by any extent, it gives an insight into me, my music, the band, inspirations and interests. At the very least I would hope that a few of these things may also be viewed as recommendations that could steer people toward becoming acquainted with a few new people, and things that I find dear. It goes without saying, I appreciate the opportunity to “preach from the pulpit,” so to speak and air my opinion on so many different things. Normally people only care about what I say about my music or music in general, which can get tedious. So thank you, MAGNET, for providing the platform to impose my taste on others. Really and truly, I hope someone finds something in here that they, too, can enjoy.

ResurrectDead

If you are like me, I was initially perplexed by the title of this film. Turns out this documentary focuses on one of the most captivating and shockingly complex urban folk phenomenons I have ever heard of. The director begins the story by discussing the appearance of these unusual tiles embedded in street intersections that he started to see pop up in Philadelphia in the 1980′s. Intrigued by their inscription of: TOYNBEE IDEA IN MOVIE 2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER. The director eventually, with the advent of the internet, discovered that the tiles here surfacing all over the United States and beyond. From this point on, the mind blowing begins. Conspiracy theories, hypothetical motives, detective work, short wave radio transmissions, eyewitness accounts, phantom syndicates, and a host of suspects are discussed at length. There are those moments in the documentary where they make a revelation and I gasped. It’s one of those kind of movies. After everybody in the band watched it, we talked about details of the film for a solid week and we are all still collectively a little bit on the WTF!? spectrum. It is an unbelievable story where the best part of it is that it’s real.

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From The Desk Of Horse Feathers’ Justin Ringle: James Wright’s Poetry

So when asked to be a guest editor for MAGNET, my initial reaction was that my inner 18-year-old self might flip out so much that I might have nary a word to say. However, I persevered and was immediately filled with some of the memories of growing up in the proverbial “sticks” in the ’90s. Starting there and moving forward to the present day, I accumulated a list of people, movies, music, food, poets and other stuff that, although not exhaustive by any extent, it gives an insight into me, my music, the band, inspirations and interests. At the very least I would hope that a few of these things may also be viewed as recommendations that could steer people toward becoming acquainted with a few new people, and things that I find dear. It goes without saying, I appreciate the opportunity to “preach from the pulpit,” so to speak and air my opinion on so many different things. Normally people only care about what I say about my music or music in general, which can get tedious. So thank you, MAGNET, for providing the platform to impose my taste on others. Really and truly, I hope someone finds something in here that they, too, can enjoy.

JamesWright

I was playing a concert in Columbus, Ohio, many years ago, and after the set a guy from a blog came up to me and gave me a copy of James Wright’s Collected Poems. Said blogger told me that my lyrics reminded him of James Wright and I should give the book a try. Well it turns out that was a game changer for me. I read the first poem in the book and was instantly captivated by Wright’s language and verse and have been influenced by his work in some manner ever since. The comparison was very flattering but after further reading and meditation, I realized I am merely a peon in the shadow of Wright and have much to learn. Criminally under appreciated (which is the case for most poets in this day and age), Wright did, however, win a Pulitzer in 1972. So he was certainly successful in the larger literary sense but seems that he hasn’t yet become a household name. Here is one of his best known pieces that seems seasonly appropriate.

Autumn Begins In Martin’s Ferry, Ohio
In the Shreve High football stadium,
I think of Polacks nursing long beers in Tiltonsville,
And grey faces of Negroes in the blast furnace at Benwood,
And the ruptured night watchmen of Wheeling Steel,
Dreaming of heroes.

All the proud fathers are ashamed to go home.
Their women cluck like starved pullets,
Dying for love.

Therefore,
Their sons grow suicidally beautiful
At the beginning of October,
And gallop terribly against each other’s bodies.

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