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Big Myke Destiny On The Rampage


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


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


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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In The News: My Morning Jacket, Florence + The Machine, Mumford And Sons, Van Halen, Helio Sequence, Martin Gore, Tanlines And More


After a four-year hiatus, My Morning Jacket will return May 4 with seventh full-length The Waterfall, via ATO/Capitol … How Big How Blue How Beautiful, the third Florence + The Machine album, is due from Republic on June 2 … Mumford And Sons have announced the May 4 release of Wilder Mind on Glassnote. In support, the band will play Gentleman Of The Road Stopovers, two-day music festivals alongside other artists such as the Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes, Jenny Lewis, Foo Fighters and more … F&A will issue the new BoDeans album, I Can’t Stop, on April 21 … June 2 will see the release of Gold And Stone, the latest record from Eternal Summers, via Kanine … The first-ever live album from Van Halen featuring David Lee Roth, Tokyo Dome Live In Concert, will be available in multiple formats on March 31 … The Helio Sequence’s self-titled sixth album is due out May 19 via Sub Pop … Seven complete concerts recorded during Yes’s 1972 world tour have recently been discovered, and Rhino has assembled three new releases—a double-disc, triple-LP and 14-disc boxed set—containing material from the performances. They’ll be available May 19 … Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore has announced MG, a 16-track electronic instrumental album, due out from Mute on April 28 … Highlights is the second record from Tanlines, set for a May 19 via True Panther Sounds … On March 31, eOne Music/SPV will issue Prong’s new covers album, Songs From The Black Hole, featuring tracks by Black Flag, Butthole Surfers, Fugazi, Neil Young and more … The 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra will be celebrated with the career-spanning Ultimate Sinatra, set for an April 21 release via Capitol/UMe in multiple formats … Temporary Residence Ltd. will issue Rachel GrimesThe Clearing on May 26 … Husky’s sophomore record, Ruckers Hill, will be out June 2 via Nevado … The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings is a four-LP boxed set commemorating the 40th anniversary of the legendary Tony Bennett/Bill Evans sessions, due out from Concord on April 28 … The next installment of Fire’s deluxe reissues of the entire Half Japanese catalogue will take place May 5 with Volume Three: 1990-1995 … On April 18, the 50th birthday of the Ides Of March will be celebrated with a five-disc boxed set, Last Band Standing: The Definitive 50-year Anniversary Collection, from Ides Of March Records.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Built To Spill, Best Coast, Darkness, Ben Lee, Brandon Flowers, Bee Gees, Ben Folds, Super Furry Animals, Coliseum And More


The eighth studio album from Built To Spill, Untethered Moon, is due out from Warner Bros. on April 21. A limited-edition vinyl version will be released exclusively on Record Store Day (April 18) … California Nights, the third full-length by Best Coast, will be available May 5 via Harvest … The Darkness will return June 1 with the release of fourth album Last Of Our Kind on Kobalt Label Services … On June 16, Yonder Mountain String Band will release its new record, Black Sheep, via its own Frog Pad label at the 42nd Telluride Bluegrass Festival … Warner Bros. has announced the signing of Ben Lee, and will issue his latest studio album, Love Is The Great Rebellion, later this year. This announcement comes just after Lee self-released A Mix Tape From Ben Lee, which features Zooey Deschanel, Ben Folds, Sean Lennon and more. Proceeds will be donated to The Q’Ero Project … The second solo release from Brandon Flowers, The Desired Effect, will be out via Island on May 19 … Bee Gees: 1974-1979 is a five-disc boxed set featuring four Bee Gees albums as well as a bonus disc featuring a selection of songs from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It’s due out March 24 … Ben Folds will kick off an extensive world tour this April, including an exclusive festival appearance at Bonnaroo, with plans to release a new digital album this spring with a vinyl release to follow in the summer … On May 5, Domino will reissue Mwng, the fourth album from Super Furry Animals, in honor of its 15th anniversary. The band will play several dates in the U.K. in support … 4AD has announced the April 21 release of Red House Painters, a limited-edition LP boxed set containing the first four out-of-print Red House Painters albums … The 30th anniversary of the Smiths’ eponymous debut was celebrated last year with the recording of Tease Torment And Tantalize: A Tribute To The Smiths’ Debut. Featuring contributions from Kevin Devine, Mother Falcon, Field Mouse and more, the tribute album will be available March 24 via Reimagine … Deluxe editions of Bad Company’s first two albums, Bad Company and Straight Shooter, will be released April 7 via Rhino, complete with previously unreleased tracks and other bonus material … Coliseum’s new album, Anxiety’s Kiss, is due out from Deathwish on May 5 … Live At The Bitter End, August 1971, a previously unissued live recording by Dion, will be released April 7 via Omnivore … March 10 marks the digital release of Frank Turner’s The Third Three Years on Xtra Mile … Domino will issue Patrick Watson’s fifth album, Love Songs For Robots, on May 12.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Passion Pit, Van Morrison, Blur And More


A double-album/DVD package, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Live In Paris, featuring a performance during Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s sold-out European tour last year as well as the documentary film 33.3%, will be available May 5 from Vagrant … Kindred is the new release from Passion Pit, due out via Columbia on April 21 … RCA will issue the 35th studio album from Van Morrison, Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue, on March 24. It will contain duet performances with the likes of Michael Buble, Steve Winwood, Bobbby Womack, Natalie Cole and more … Blues Traveler has announced the April 7 release of Blow Up The Moon via Loud & Proud … On May 5, the second record from Django Django, Born Under Saturn, will be available from Ribbon … After a 16-year hiatus, Blur returns on April 28 with a new album, The Magic Whip, on Warner Bros. … Era Of Manifestations, a collection of improvisations by People Of The North (a.k.a. Oneida’s Bobby Matador and Kid Millions), will be released by Thrill Jockey on March 24 … Rhino will issue Steve Howe’s two-disc career-spanning retrospective, Anthology, on March 10 … Shelby Lynne’s 13th full-length, I Can’t Imagine, is due out May 5 via Rounder … The second LP from METZ, II, will be available from Sub Pop on May 5 … April 21 marks the release of Damogen Furies, the new Squarepusher album, via Warp … Stillness In Motion: Vai Live In L.A features Steve Vai’s 2012 performance at Club Nokia, and it will be available in two-CD and two-DVD configurations from Sony/Legacy on April 7.

—Emily Costantino

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MAGNET’s Oscar Predictions



This year has some tough categories, including big ones like Best Picture (Birdman or Boyhood? Or maybe The Imitation Game if the two B‘s cancel each other out) and Best Actor (Keaton or Redmayne?). MAGNET editor (and longtime amateur Oscar predictor) Eric T. Miller tells you who will win in each category.

I usually write a lengthy (for me, anyway, who’s well-known to family, friends and co-workers for my one-word emails) intro to these. But we’re on a wicked (I was born in Boston; I’m allowed to say “wicked”) print deadline, so here are my picks, straight up. And as always, this is who I think will win, not who I necessarily think deserves to win. (I’m talking to you, Professor Cost.)

Best Picture: Birdman
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Original Screenplay: Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: Graham Moore, The Imitation Game
Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Best Animated Film: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Film Editing: Sandra Adair, Boyhood
Best Score: Johann Johannsson, The Theory Of Everything
Best Song: John Legend and Common, “Glory,” Selma
Best Production Design: Adam Stockhausen and Anna Pinnock, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound Editing: Alan Robert Murray and Bub Asman, American Sniper
Best Sound Mixing: Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas Curley, Whiplash
Best Costume Design: Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup: Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Visual Effects: Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter and Scott Fisher, Interstellar
Best Documentary Short: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Best Animated Short: Feast
Best Live Action Short: The Phone Call

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In The News: Alabama Shakes, Tallest Man On Earth, Lemonheads, Paul Weller And More


Sound & Color is the second album from Alabama Shakes, which will be out April 21 via ATO. The band is touring North America this spring and summer in support … Dead Oceans will issue the new Tallest Man On Earth album, Dark Bird Is Home, on May 12 … The sixth album from Hot Chip, Why Make Sense?, is due out May 19 from Domino … Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday will be honored by Legacy Recordings with the March 31 release of The Centennial Collection, a single-disc anthology featuring 20 classic recordings … This April, the one and only BBC Session recorded by the Lemonheads, Bored On The Fourth Of July, will be commercially available for the first time ever via Fire … Saturns Pattern, the latest album from Paul Weller, is set for a May 11 release on Warner Bros. … A new self-titled solo record from Kathryn Calder of the New Pornographers is due out from File Under: Music on April 14 … Reclamation/Ipecac has announced the May 19 release of the new Faith No More album, Sol InvictusRingo Starr’s 18th studio release, Postcards From Paradise, will be available March 30 from UMe … On March 31, a 22-track collection of rare and previously unreleased material from Translator, Sometimes People Forget, will be released by Omnivore … The fourth solo album from Steve Von Till, A Life Unto Itself, is due out from Neurot in May … The Key To The Universe is the latest Michael Des Barres album, set for an April 7 release via FOD … Pinkflag will issue the new self-titled album from Wire on April 21 … Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan has announced the April 7 release of solo album Non-Believers on Merge … All eight Roxy Music studio albums will be available in a vinyl boxed set as Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Albums on March 17 from Virgin/UMe … May 5 marks the release of Rose Windows’ self-titled sophomore album via Sub Pop … The Last Fret, the third solo bass album from Wendy Atkinson, will be available from Smarten Up & Get To The Point on March 16 … Double Naught Spy Car and Stew have teamed up to bring us Panorama City on April 14 via 11 Foot Pole.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Ride, Ron Sexsmith, Tori Amos, Dwight Yoakam, Cribs, Villagers And More


Ride will reunite this year for a world tour, kicking off with a performance on the main stage at Coachella in April. The band’s out-of-print best-of collection, OX4, will be reissued by Rhino on March 31 … Nanna is the upcoming album from Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, due out March 17 via Nettwerk. The band tours North America this spring in support … The sixth album from Great Lake Swimmers, Forest Of Arms, will be available from Nettwerk on April 21 … On March 31, Compass will issue the latest studio album from Ron Sexsmith, Carousel One … Rhino has announced the April 14 release of two-CD deluxe editions of Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink. Each features the original remastered album as well as an entire disc of b-sides and bonus tracks … Dwight Yoakam’s new record, Second Hand Heart, is set for an April 14 release via Warner Bros. … For All My Sisters, the new album from the Cribs, will be released by Arts & Crafts on March 24 … April 21 will see the release of Hi Honey, the latest Low Cut Connie record, via Contender … Omnivore is reissuing expanded editions of Roger Taylor’s solo albums Fun In Space and Strange Frontier on March 24 … The sophomore LP from Ivan & Alyosha, It’s All Just Pretend, is due out from Dualtone on May 5 … Everclear’s ninth studio album, Black Is The New Black, will be available this spring via The End … The 25th anniversary of Local H will be celebrated with the April 14 release of new album Hey, Killer via G&P Records. The band will also play at Metro in Chicago on April 19 … Foil Deer is the sophomore record from Speedy Ortiz, which will be released April 21 from Carpark … On March 31, Kiam will issue Fucking Love Songs, the new solo album from Tim Foljahn … The third record by Villagers, Darling Arithmetic, will be available from Domino on April 14 … Poster Children’s Rick Valentin will release his debut album as Thoughts Detecting Machines, Work The Circuits, on March 16 via Twelve Inch … An expanded 40th anniversary edition of Glen Campbell’s Rhinestone Cowboy will be released by Capitol Nashville/UMe on March 31 … Staple Records/Vagrant will issue Dustin Kensrue’s Carry The Fire on April 21.

—Emily Costantino

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MAGNET #117 Is Out Now!


MAGNET #117 is out now! As you can see, the great Guster is on the cover. Crave longevity in this wacky business? You better learn to love change—and the best little band from Boston has embraced it. We present the Guster Rock ‘N’ Roll Survival Guide.

This issue’s MAGNET Classic: the making of Yo La Tengo’s Painful. Also in the mag: Belle And Sebastian, Bob Schneider, Butch Walker, Dengue Fever, Alasdair Roberts, the Dodos, Sonny & The Sunsets, the Go-Betweens and much, much more.

Order your copy here.

Sneak preview of the cover story after the jump.

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