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In The News: High On Fire, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard, Roger Waters, Frank Sinatra, Knack, Jonny Polonsky, Jason Isbell And More

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Luminiferous is the new High On Fire album, due out from eOne on June 23 … Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard have reunited to bring us Django And Jimmie on June 2 via Legacy … An expanded version of Carly Simon’s The Bedroom Tapes will be released by her own boutique label, C’EST Music, on April 20 … On July 24, Roger Waters’ 1992 record, Amused To Death, will be re-released on multiple formats by Columbia/Legacy … Grönland will issue The Conny Plank Session, featuring Duke Ellington & His Orchestra’s 1970 session at Germany’s Rhenus Studio, on July 10 … The September performance of Slash And Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators at The Roxy will be available as Live At The Roxy 9/25/14 on June 16 via Eagle Rock … A Little Bit Of Me: Live In L.A showcases the final performance on Melissa Etheridge’s This Is M.E. tour at the Orpheum Theater last year, and is set for a June 9 release on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digital from Shout! Factory … In celebration of Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, Capitol/UMe will issue several career-spanning Ultimate Sinatra collections in various formats on April 21 … The Knack’s three final albums—Zoom, Normal As The Next Guy and Live From The Rock ‘N’ Roll Fun House—will get expanded reissues from Omnivore beginning May 19 … May 12 will see the release of Jonny Polonsky’s new album, The Other Side Of Midnight, which was mixed at David Lynch’s Asymmetrical Studios … Verve/Decca has announced the June 2 release of Melody Gardot’s new record, Currency Of Man … The fifth album from Jason Isbell, Something More Than Free, will be available from Southeastern on July 17 … High Risk is a new collaborative album between Dave Douglas and Shigeto, which will be released June 23 by Greenleaf … A four-disc set of previously unreleased live shows by Sly & The Family Stone, Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5 th 1968, is due out via Epic/Legacy on July 17 … Robin Gibb’s entire musical output at 19 years old will be chronicled on Saved By The Bell: The Collected Works Of Robin Gibb 1969-70, due out June 2 from Reprise … This July, Stereo Total will release a career-spanning best-of compilation, Yéyé Existentialiste … The Fire label has announced the May 19 release of Firestation Towers 1986-1989, a boxed set containing Close Lobsters’ two studio album as well as a singles collection … The lost 1972 LP by Vince Matthews And Jim Casey, The Kingston Springs Suite, will finally see the light of day on May 19 via Delmore.

—Emily Costantino

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It’s Record Store Day!

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Quick Questions for the humans behind Record Store Day, co-founders and organizers Michael Bunnell, Carrie Colliton, Eric Levin and Michael Kurtz

First Record You Fell In Love With?
MB: The first 13th Floor Elevators album
MK: The Beatles’ seven-inch of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” in the fourth grade on my parents’ console.
CC: Every single thing in my babysitters’ collection, but that Elton John And Kiki Dee single stands out.
EL: The Story Of Star Wars

Last Record You Listened To From Beginning To End. On Purpose.
EL: I want to say it was D’Angelo’s Black Messiah, but it was Charli XCX’s Sucker.
MB: Bad Bad Not Good III
MK: St. Vincent St. Vincent
CC: Courtney Barnett Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit

Favorite Band Sirt
EL: I had on old over-sized white New Order shirt from their Brotherhood tour; it looked good on every girl who wore it. Currently, my wife’s got a Waylon Jennings shirt that I’m partial to.
MK: George Harrison Dark Horse shirt
CC: The oldest one in my drawer, TAD, and the newest one, a shirt that doesn’t even say the name of the band but came out of the Sun Kil Moon/Hopscotch Music Festival brouhaha last year. Good story, great shirt.

Late-Night Listening Session. Pizza Or Tacos?
MK: Tacos, but only if it’s corn.
EL: Is it a trick question? This is the most personal thing I’ve ever had to answer. It’s so existential. Where am I? What am I listening to? Is this very bad pizza versus really good tacos? The answer has to be pizza, right? Can I change my answer?
MB: Bourbon

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In The News: Sharon Van Etten, Karen Dalton, Rolling Stones, Billie Holiday And More

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Jagjaguwar will issue Sharon Van Etten’s new EP, I Don’t Want To Let You Down, on June 9. She’ll kick off a world tour later this month … Van Etten also makes an appearance on Remembering Mountains: Unheard Songs By Karen Dalton, a compilation album of artists performing lost lyrics by the late Karen Dalton. It’s out via Tompkins Square on May 26 … Before This World is James Taylor’s first album of new songs in 13 years, due out June 16 via Concord … A rare recording of a 1971 club performance by the Rolling Stones will see the light of day after two decades on June 23, when Eagle Rock releases The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee—Live In 1971 on DVD and other formats … Barenaked Ladies have announced the June 2 release of new album Silverball on Vanguard. The band will support the LP with an extensive U.S. tour this summer … April 7 would have been the 100th birthday of Billie Holiday, and UMe commemorated the occasion with the digital release of 17 classic albums, including six that have been issued digitally for the first time … Loud & Proud has partnered with Blackbird Presents to release CD/DVD Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans! later this year. It features the November 12, 2014, performance of a collection of artists honoring Lynyrd Skynyrd, including Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels and many more … Radius, the third album by Allen Stone, will be available from Capitol on May 26 … A new live album featuring Jeff Beck’s performances during last year’s tour with ZZ Top, Jeff Beck Live+, is due out on May 5 via Atco … Jim O’Rourke’s new album, Simple Songs (his first in 10 years) will be out via Drag City on May 19 … June 2 will see the release of Kinski’s 7 (Or 8) via Kill Rock Stars … Resonance will issue In The Beginning, a 26-track collection of rare and previously unreleased Wes Montgomery recordings, on May 12 … The Late Show: Live 1978 is a previously unreleased live album featuring Andrew Gold’s tour supporting All This And Heaven Too, and it will be available on May 12 from Omnivore … The new record from Jaga Jazzist, Starfire, will be released by Ninja Tune on June 2.

—Emily Costantino

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Movie Review: “Kingsman: The Secret Service”

As a public service, MAGNET occasionally feels obligated to issue a “crap alert” to warn citizens of a recent movie that might prove dangerous to their mental health. Consider this an ongoing form of vaccination to prevent a potentially hazardous film-going experience.

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The measured pace of the first 15 minutes of Kingsman: The Secret Service might lead you to hope this might be an updated James Bond in the making. Its excellent cast includes Colin Firth as Harry Hart, the Kingsman agent who takes an interest in the son of a fellow spy who is killed in action. The shtick, a real groaner here, is that each agent assumes the code name of a knight of the round table with Hart as Galahad. Michael Caine grinds out a few minutes as Arthur, Kingsman’s CEO, and Mark Strong is Merlin, second in command. The early tip-off to the foul odor that will completely engulf this two-hour stinker (and those who sit through it) long before the credits roll is the appearance of the son of Hart’s fallen comrade. Gary “Eggsy” Unwin is played by Taron Egerton, a pretty boy who looks something like a pudgy Channing Tatum and spouts a clumsy British working-class accent that betrays the fact Egerton hasn’t a shred of acting talent. He couldn’t play a lamp post if they screwed lightbulbs into both ears. By comparison, Channing Tatum is Laurence Olivier. If they awarded platinum ingots for totally miscasting a usually excellent player, Samuel L. Jackson, as Richmond Valentine, the most pleasant “bad guy” in recent memory, would leave Donald Trump with nothing to wear but a wooden pickle barrel with two shoulder straps. Kingsman reaches its putrescent apex with 50 minutes left to tick off while peeking at your watch, when an entire church full of bigoted Kentucky rednecks is massacred, one by one, by Hart. Apparently, the Brits still haven’t caught on that the greatness of America lies not in the murder of those with repulsive points of view, but in its legal protection of such mean-spirited speech. Which goes to show why even lumpy gruel like Kingsman: The Secret Service can be found in American cinemas everywhere.

—Jud Cost

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In The News: Mates Of State, Matt Pond PA, Iron & Wine & Ben Bridwell And More

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You’re Going To Make It is the name of Mates Of State’s new EP, due out from Barsuk on June 16. The duo just kicked off a full U.S. tour in support … Matt Pond PA’s new record, The State Of Gold, will be out June 30 via Doghouse. This month, the band will celebrate the 10th anniversary of album Several Arrows Later with a North American tour … Lojinx will issue Glean, the latest album from They Might Be Giants, on April 20 in celebration of the return of the band’s Dial-A-Song Service … This summer, Iron & Wine & Ben Bridwell will release a collaborative covers album, Sing Into My Mouth, via Sam Beam’s Black Cricket and Bridwell’s Brown Records … Sticky Fingers, the Rolling Stones’ 1971 classic, will be reissued by UMe in a variety of formats on May 26 … FFS is the collaboration of Franz Ferdinand and Sparks, and they will release their self-titled debut via Domino on June 9 … Eagle Rock has announced the June 2 release of Jeff Beck’s Performing This Week…Live At Ronnie Scott’s – Sepcial Edition … On May 26, the Beach Boys’ 1966 masterpiece Pet Sounds will make its Blu-ray audio debut via Capitol/UMe, complete with six bonus tracks … The latest record from Alpine, Yuck, is due out on June 16 via Votiv Music … The 10th anniversary of Black Mountain’s self-titled debut will be celebrated June 23 with a deluxe reissue from Jagjaguwar … Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller will release a new solo record, The Traveler, on ATO on May 12 … The Heart Is A Monster is the follow-up to Failure’s 1996 album Fantastic Planet, due out June 30 via INgrooves Music Group … UMe will issue an eight-disc boxed set featuring the work of Styx, Styx: The A&M Albums 1975-1984, on May 12 … June 23 will see the release of the new Meg Baird album, Don’t Weigh Down the Light, via Drag City … The Mothmen’s 1980 album Pay Attention! will be re-released by On-U Sound on June 1 … Vintage Piss is the new album from Sonny Vincent & Rocket From The Crypt, due out April 28 via Swami … Legacy will release Soundstage: Blues Summit In Chicago, 1974, featuring Muddy Waters And Friends, on DVD for the first time ever on April 21.

—Emily Costantino

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Live Review: La Colonie De VACANCES, Lille, France, Mar. 21, 2015

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The problem with orgies is that you’re always peering over your shoulder out of fear of an errant money shot.

Likewise with La Colonie de Vacances.

A collective of four French rock bands, La Colonie de Vacances (French for “holiday camp”) is a live collaboration in which the groups set up shop on separate stages, at the four points of the compass, with the audience smack in the middle. An inverted theater in the round, if you will.

Spectators mill about, wandering from one band to another. Often, they turn their backs to the stage closest to them to catch a glimpse of the other performers, who all play simultaneously. Such is the cross that swingers must bear: deciding where to focus their attention.

In fact, the playbill offers an enticing cast of characters:

Electric Electric: droney electronic rock trio from Strasbourg. Imagine Pitchblende stuck in a recurring synth loop.

Marvin: noisy punk-metal trio from Montpellier with a tasteful touch of keys.

Papier Tigre: exquisite post-harDCore trio from Nantes. Think Tortoise recording for Dischord.

Pneu: a drum-and-guitar spazzcore duo from Tours who marries the chaotic energy of Melt Banana with the ferocity and precision of Bad Brains.

That’s 11 musicians in total. A titillating ménage à onze. Sure, the songs are mostly linear, which allows all players to contribute with minimal complications. But it’s to the great credit of all four bands that this quadrophonic experiment doesn’t devolve into a murk of skronk nor restrict itself to a dull recitation of pre-fab banality.

And like any good orgy, there are moments of tenderness, fits of aggression, and very little chit-chat. Each band takes turns playing some of its own tunes unaccompanied (highlights include Pneu’s “Batatanana” and Marvin’s “Discudance”), allowing the other three to take a blow before bringing in the full orchestra for a rousing collective outro. The performance is tight and mathy, yet sufficiently artsy to hold the audience’s interest. The songs, most of them all-instrumental, range from euphoric trance to hard driving new wave to spastic hardcore.

With the encore, all lights are killed save for a single bulb hanging some 30 feet above the crowd. It sways violently, casting ominous shadows across the room. The effect is pleasantly nauseating.

Again, just like your finer orgies.

–Eric Bensel

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In The News: Heartless Bastards, Indigo Girls, Marvin Gaye, Jamie xx, Jayhawks And More

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Heartless Bastards have announced the June 16 release of fifth album Restless Ones, with a supporting tour kicking off this summer … One Lost Day, the first Indigo Girls album in four years, will be available from IG/Vanguard on June 2 … Eagle Rock will issue Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued on May 26. It features the development of a project bringing together an extraordinary group of artists (including T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Rhiannon GIddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford) to work on previously unknown Bob Dylan lyrics from The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967 … The work of Marvin Gaye will be celebrated by UMe with a series of multi-format reissues this spring, as well as a seven-LP vinyl boxed set, Marvin Gaye 1961-1965, due out May 19 … On June 2, Jamie xx will release debut solo album In Colour via Young Turks … Duran Duran has signed to Warner Bros., which will issue the band’s 14th studio album this September … More Faithful, the latest record from No Joy, is due out June 9 via Mexican Summer … Eagle Rock has announced it will release Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s legendary 1996 Rockpalast Concert, on CD for the first time on June 2 … A new digital-only live album from the Jayhawks, Live At The Belly Up, is available for download now … April 7 will see the release of How I Won The War, the new album from the Grip Weeds, via Jem Records … The Decline Of Western Civilization trilogy will receive a deluxe boxed-set release on June 30 from Shout! Factory.

—Emily Costantino

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Big Myke Destiny On The Rampage

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The recent death of Big Brother & The Holding Company guitarist Sam Andrew brought back a memory of happier days. Andrew, Avalon Ballroom proprietor Chet Helms (the man responsible for bringing Janis Joplin into Big Brother) and Boots Hughston (about to host music at San Francisco’s Maritime Ballroom) appeared on The Myke Destiny Big Guitar Show on KFJC, FM radio station of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif., to be interviewed by Big Myke and yours truly, about 15 years ago. It was Myke’s show (I was just the frequent guest idiot) so he had to introduce the trio every time we broke for a public-service spot. And he got the names wrong every time: “This is Big Myke Destiny with Professor Jud Cost talking with Chet Helm, Sam Andrews and Bootsy Hughston.” I would correct Myke, off-mike, but it made no difference. By the third time he’d made a pig’s ear of his intro, Andrew just rolled his eyes. Big Myke was an excellent DJ, but he had moments where you could see why X’s John Doe once referred to him as “Big Myke Density.”

—Jud Cost

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In The News: Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash, Vaccines, Leonard Cohen, Giant Sand And More

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Fans of Ryan Adams who missed his two-night stand at Carnegie Hall in November will be able to experience the performance for themselves on April 21 with the release of Ryan Adams: Live At Carnegie Hall via PAX-AM/Blue Note. All configurations (which include a limited-edition six-LP deluxe boxed set) will feature two previously unreleased tracks … UMe will issue a vinyl boxed set containing all six albums Johnny Cash completed with American Recordings—American Recordings, American Recordings II: Unchained, American Recordings III: Solitary Man, American Recordings IV: The Man Comes Around, American Recordings V: A Hundred Highways, and American Recordings VI: Ain’t No Grave—on March 24 … English Graffiti, the first record from the Vaccines in three years, will be available May 26 from Columbia … Leonard Cohen has announced the May 12 release of Can’t Forget: A Souvenir Of The Grand Tour, a collection of rarities recorded during his recent Old Ideas World Tour … On April 28, a tree-disc best-of compilation spanning three decades of Eric Clapton’s career, Forever Man, will be out from Reprise. The release coincides with an upcoming tour in celebration of his 70th birthday on March 30 … The debut live album from Sammy Hagar And The Circle (a.k.a. Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson), At Your Service, is set for a May 19 release via Mailboat … The Politics Of Dancing 3 is the third installment of Paul Van Dyk’s Politics Of Dancing series, due out from Ultra Music on May 4 … Family Vineyard will reissue Loren Connors’ 1990 album Blues: The “Dark Paintings” Of Mark Rothko, on May 12 … Giant Sand celebrates its 30th anniversary May 5 with the release of new album Heartbreak Pass via New West … On June 2nd, 4AD will release Era, the definitive collection of music by In Camera.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Replacements, Mynabirds, Bill Hicks, Muse, Chris Stamey, Game Theory And More

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Rhino will issue an eight-disc boxed set featuring the work of the Replacements on April 14. The Complete Studio Albums 1981-1990 contains the band’s seven studio albums and one EP. The band will kick off its “Back By Unpopular Demand” tour—its first in 24 years—on April 9 … The third album from Mynabirds, Lovers Know, is due this summer from Saddle Creek … Bill Hicks’ entire catalog of stand-up albums will be reissued by Comedy Dynamics beginning April 28 with his audio discography; a DVD boxed set of his video catalog will be out August 18 … Drones is the new record from Muse, set for a June 9 release via Warner Bros. The band has also announced a short U.K. tour during this month … On June 2, Chris Stamey will release his first studio album in two years, Euphoria, via Yep Roc … Eagle Rock has announced the May 26 release of Live At The Orleans Arena Las Vegas, a live film featuring Styx’s performance in Sin City last summer. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and digital formats, it also contains bonus interviews with the band … Beauty Pill’s new album, Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are, will be available from Butterscotch on April 21 … Stages, a new record featuring Josh Groban performing musical theater songs (with the help of guests Kelly Clarkson, Audra McDonald and Chris Botti), will be released April 28 via Reprise … Real Nighttime, the second Game Theory album (originally released 30 years ago), will be reissued complete with 13 bonus tracks by Omnivore on March 17 … April 7 will see the release of Shania: Still The One Live From Vegas, a concert film showcasing Shania Twain’s two-year residency in Las Vegas, via Eagle Rock.

—Emily Costantino

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