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The Further Adventures Of Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock”

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The latest installment of Split Single auteur Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock” online series—cleverly titled “Episode 2”—finds our hero, after a discouraging meeting with his managers, auditioning for other bands, including Cheap Trick and Wilco. (Jeff Tweedy’s priceless reaction: “I’m the singer. We have a singer.”) While Narducy realizes his true calling with the help of comedian Dave Hill, watch for an all-too-quick cameo by former Conan O’Brien/current Stephen Colbert writer Brian Stack. And also buy Split Single’s outstanding sophomore record, Metal Frames.

—Matt Hickey

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Happy Thanksgiving from MAGNET!

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In The News: Ty Segall, Pissed Jeans, Who, Xiu Xiu, Brian Eno, Magnetic Fields, Gin Blossoms, Son Volt, Mumford & Sons, Chavez And More

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Ty Segall has announced the January 27 release of his new self-titled record via Drag City. A North American tour will follow … The fifth record from Pissed Jeans, Why Love Now, is set for a February 24 release on Sub Pop … UMe will issue a super-deluxe edition of the Who’s debut album My Generation digitally on November 18, and physically on December 9. The five-disc set contains 79 tracks, featuring unreleased songs, demos, alternate mixes and more … Forget is the new Xiu Xiu album, due out from Polyvinyl on February 24 … January 1 will see the release of Brian Eno’s Reflection on Warp … The Magnetic Fields will release 50 Song Memoir, a five-disc set chronicling Stephin Merritt’s life with one song per each of his 50 years, on Nonesuch on March 3 … The 1992 major-label debut by Gin Blossoms, New Miserable Experience, will be reissued on colored vinyl on January 31 via srcvinyl … Thirty Tigers has announced Son Volt’s eighth studio album, Notes Of Blue, due out February 17 … Sleeping Through The War, the latest All Them Witches LP, is set for a February 24 release on New West … On December 9, the documentary 50 Years With Peter Paul And Mary will be available on DVD by MVD. Directed by Jim Brown, the film features rare and previously unseen TV footage spanning Peter Paul And Mary’s career … Keane frontman Tom Chaplin will release debut solo album The Wave via Arts & Crafts on January 13 … A career-spanning, 25-disc vinyl boxed set featuring the work of Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi: The Albums, is due out in February by Island/UMe … Eagle Rock will issue Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder, a live DVD chronicling Mumford & Sons‘ 2016 South African Tour, on February 3 … Raw is the fifth album from Pegi Young, and it will be available February 17 on Baltimore Thrush … February 10 marks the release of Jesca Hoop’s Memories Are Now via Sub Pop … Sinkane’s new album, Life & Livin’ It, is due from City Slang on February 10 … The first official album from Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough as an official duo, Mockingbird Soul, will be released January 27 … Matador is set to release Chavez’s new EP, Cockfighters, on January 13.

—Emily Costantino

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The Stimulating Return Of Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock”

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We’re a little late on this, but is there really a deadline when talking about Jason Narducy and his glorious elbows? To help mark the release of Split Single’s outstanding second LP, Metal Frames (Inside Outside), Narducy has created “The Sexiest Elbows In Rock II – Episode 1,” a sequel to—you guessed it—“The Sexiest Elbows In Rock,” which promoted Fragmented World, his project’s 2014 debut. This second installment features appearances by Todd Barry and (why not?) Cynthia Plaster Caster, who’s moving on from casting “dick and tit,” and the preview for the next episode promises cameos by Jeff Tweedy and Michael Shannon. The highlight is Narducy’s pained expression when a pair of DJs at Chicago’s WXRT present him with an elbow-related gift, but the entire thing is worth your time and attention—as is Metal Frames.

—Matt Hickey

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In The News: Tobin Sprout, Neil Young, Surfer Blood, John Legend, xx, Yo La Tengo, Feelies, deadmau5, Chuck Prophet, Rush And More

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Ex-Guided By Voices guitarist Tobin Sprout’s first solo LP in seven years, Future Boy/Man Of Tomorrow, is due out February 3 via Burger … Reprise has announced the December 9 release of Neil Young’s new album, Peace Trail … The fourth studio LP by Surfer Blood, Snowdonia, will be released by Joyful Noise on February 3 … Darkness And Light, the highly anticipated new record from John Legend, is set for a December 2 release via Columbia … On January 13, The xx will release latest album I See You on Young Turks … Yo La Tengo will issue a second Murdering The Classics album, which captures highlights of the band’s annual WMFU appearance during its fund raising marathon. Murder In The Second Degree is available now on the band’s website … Bar/None will issue the first new Feelies album in six years, In Between, on February 24 … The sixth record from deadmau5, W:/2016ALBUM/, is set for a December 2 release via his mau5trap label … And There Will Be A Next Time: Live From Detroit is a concert film featuring a performance from Def Leppard’s 2016 North American tour. It will be released by Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-ray and CD on February 10 … February 10 will see the release of Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, the new Chuck Prophet album, via Yep Roc … Rush’s 1976 album 2112 will be reissued as expansive two-CD/DVD/three-LP vinyl packages, complete with rare live tracks and previously unreleased material, by UMe on December 16 … The Orchard and Something Kreative will issue A Fat Wreck: The Punk-u-mentary, a music documentary about punk label Fat Wreck Chords. Due out on November 22, the Shaun M. Colon-directed film features members of NOFX, Foo Fighters, Bad Religion, Against Me! and more … The new album from Iron Regan, Crossover Ministry, will be available February 3 on Relapse … Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven, the 1985 debut LP by Love And Rockets, will be reissued on a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc in both 5.1 surround-sound remix and a new HD stereo mix on December 9 … February 3 will be the definitive release of Lift To Experience’s seminal double concept album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, via Mute.

—Emily Costantino

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R.I.P. Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

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I watched the election results on Tuesday night with growing dismay. The race still hadn’t been decided when I went to bed, but it was clear that Clinton wasn’t going to win. I woke up Wednesday to the news of a Trump presidency and went into shock. I had a lot of work to do, but I found myself staring into space, my mind a blank. After a time, I don’t know how long, I did what I often do when I’m upset. I put on some music. Wednesday it was “The Future,” by Leonard Cohen.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won’t be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned
the order of the soul
I’ve seen the future, brother: It is murder

I’m not sure I found the words soothing, but Cohen always had a way of capturing contradictory impulses and making poetic sense out of them. His songs reached out a hand to love and hate, sex and religion, hope and despair and asked them to dance together. He gave voice to the uncertainty of an uncertain world and celebrated our humanity. He brought light to the darkness around us by holding up a mirror to our confusion and helplessness. He took the poet’s task seriously and, in the process, gave us all a shard of hope to hang onto.

Thursday dawned. I still felt traumatized, but I was able to work. Late in the day, as the autumnal darkness spilled into my room, a headline flashed in the corner of my screen. “Legendary Canadian poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, dead at 82.” I ignored the news and kept working. If I let this register, I’d be immobilized, so I put it out of my mind long enough to finish my work. Then, I let the tears come. I felt like I’d been punched in the gut. I was both empty and full of overwhelming emotion, a state Cohen describes so well in his songs.

On his most recent album, You Want It Darker, Cohen sat down with death, looked deep into its eyes, and began singing. I played the title track.

Hineni, hineni
I’m ready, my lord

Hineni is a Hebrew word that, literally translated, means, “Here I am!” In the bible, it’s an acknowledgement of the presence of God, of our ability to pay attention, engage the world and submit to the will of the universe, knowing that the outcome of any action is always uncertain. When the song finished, I heard music from the apartment upstairs. “Suzanne” followed by “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.” My neighbor had heard the news and was grieving Cohen’s loss, just as I was. I went to the window, and as the last words of “Goodbye” faded, I heard “Famous Blue Raincoat” coming from the building next to me. There’s a line in that song that has always resonated with me.

New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening

It made me remember the lonely hours of my youth, when I’d walk through the empty streets of Manhattan on a summer evening, listening to the sounds coming out of open apartment windows, wondering about the lives of the people who were playing the music that drifted through my head as I passed by. Thursday, the music of Leonard Cohen was playing on my block all through the evening. It connected me to all the lonely, happy hours of my life and soothed my heartache. It lifted my spirit to know that others were feeling what I was feeling, celebrating Cohen’s life with his songs, just as I was doing. The poet may be gone, but his songs remain, each one a flame, a tiny prayer illuminating the darkness around us with a spark of love and compassion that can never be extinguished.

—j. poet

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In The News: Grandaddy, Japandroids, Apples In Stereo, Foxygen, Bob Marley, Tift Merritt, Dropkick Murphys, John Cale And More

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Last Place, the first new Grandaddy album in 10 years, will be released by 30th Century on March 3. The band will also be hitting the road in 2017 … Anti- will issue Japandroids’ new album, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, on January 27 … The Apples In Stereo have announced the December 14 release of Science Faire, a limited-edition triple seven-inch vinyl boxed set containing the band’s earliest recordings, via Chunklet Industries … The latest release from Foxygen, Hang, is due out from Jagjaguwar on January 20. A supporting North American tour will take place in the spring … On December 16, an expanded three-LP version of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ historic 1975 concert at Lyceum Theatre, Bob Marley & The Wailers: Live!, will be available from The Marley Family and UMe … Stitch Of The World is the sixth studio album from Tift Merritt, set for a January 27 release on Yep Roc … Ahead Of Our Time will release the first new material from Coldcut in a decade, the Only Heaven EP, on November 25 … Dropkick Murphys’ ninth studio album, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, will be released January 6 via the band’s Born & Bred label. A national tour, culminating in a run of Boston shows during St. Patrick’s Day week, will kick off in February … A two-disc package containing a brand-new unplugged album along with a greatest-hits album featuring the work of UB40, Unplugged + Greatest Hits, will be available on December 2 by UMe … December 9 will see the reissue of John Cale’s live album, Fragments Of A Rainy Season, on Double Six/Domino … A Very British Synthesizer Group is a three-LP/two-CD anthology featuring the work of the Human League, due out from UMe on November 18.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Tom Petty, Flaming Lips, Decemberists, Doors, Mark Eitzel And More

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Two companion vinyl boxed sets featuring the complete studio work of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers is due out from UMe and Reprise/Warner Bros. Records, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut. The Compete Studio Albums Volume I (1976-1991) will be released December 9, while The Complete Studio Albums Volume 2 (1994-2014) will be released November 25 … Oczy Mlody, the long-awaited new album from the Flaming Lips, is set for a January 13 release via Warner Bros. The band will embark on a world tour in support next month … The Decemberists will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2006 album The Crane Wife on December 9 with a limited-edition deluxe vinyl boxed set (complete with the original album, b-sides, bonus tracks, outtakes, demos and a Blu-ray disc of a live performance) on Capitol/UMe … Rhino/Bright Midnight Archives will issue recently discovered early live recordings from the Doors, London Fog 1966, on December 9. The set will contain the tracks (believed to be the earliest Doors tracks to exist) on CD and vinyl, along with unseen photos and memorabilia … On December 9, lost Jeff Healey material, including five rare studio tracks and a 1999 live concert, will see the light of day as Holding On: A Heal My Soul Companion, via Mascot Label Group … The latest Horse Thief album, Trials And Truths, is due out from Bella Union on January 27. The band will tour North America later this fall in support … Hey Mr Ferryman is the 10th solo album from Mark Eitzel, and it will be available from Merge on January 27.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Ben Lee, Afghan Whigs, Ween, Nightmares On Wax, Tinariwen And More

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Freedom, Love & The Recuperation Of The Human Mind is Ben Lee’s 11th studio LP, due out October 21. The release will be commemorated with U.S. album-release shows in New York City and Los Angeles this fall … The 20th anniversary of the Afghan Whigs’ Black Love will be celebrated November 25 (Record Store Day Black Friday) with a remastered and expanded edition from Rhino. It includes the full album along with nine previously unreleased demos, outtakes and studio jam sessions … Ween has announced the November 18 release of its first live album since 2008, GodWeenSatan: Live. The LP was recorded at just days after 9/11 at the band’s fave local bar in New Hope, Pa. … Omnivore will issue two Buckaroos compilations this December: The Complete Capitol Singles: 1957-1966 by Buck Owens And The Buckaroos on December 9 and Don Rich And The BuckaroosGuitar Pickin’ Man on December 16 … On November 25, Nightmares On Wax’s Ground Floor EP will be available from Warp, with a worldwide DJ club tour to follow in December … Elwan, the latest release from Tinariwen, is set for a February 10 release via Anti-. It features appearances by Kurt Vile, Matt Sweeney, Alain Johannes and Mark Lanegan.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Brian Jonestown Massacre, Heart, Hank Williams, Who, Priests, Pere Ubu And More

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The 15th album from Brian Jonestown Massacre, Third World Pyramid, is due out from A Recordings on October 28 … Heart’s first-ever performance at the Royal Albert Hall, along with accompaniment by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will be available on DVD, Blu-ray, CD and digital formats on December 2 via Eagle Rock … 20 Of Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits is, unsurprisingly, a compilation of Hank Williams’ most iconic songs of his career. It will be released on vinyl now via Mercury Nashville/UMe … UMe will issue a five-disc, super-deluxe edition boxed set of the Who’s My Generation on November 18 … On January 27, the debut full-length from Priests, Nothing Feels Natural, will be released via the bands’ Sister Polygon label … The June 2016 performance by Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow in Germany will be available as Memories In Rock: Live In Germany from Eagle Rock on November 18 … Last Of The Mississippi Jukes, Robert Mugge’s film featuring Morgan Freeman, will be released as a special edition DVD on October 21 by MVD … George Michael has announced the reissue of Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1 on Sony Music, in honor of the album’s 25th birthday … Fire will reissue three Pere Ubu albums—New Picnic Time, The Art Of Walking and Song Of The Bailing Man—on December 9.

—Emily Costantino

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