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In The News: Kinks, Jeff Bridges, Pink Floyd, Fall, Metallica, Bryan Ferry, Bruce Springsteen, Jethro Tull, R.E.M. Who, Frank Sinatra And More

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The 50th anniversary of the Kinks will be celebrated by BMG/InGrooves with the release of a five-disc boxed set, The Anthology 1964-1971, on November 18. It will contain career-spanning material including rare demos, interviews, alternate mixes, outtakes and more … Mailboat will issue Live, which features performances by Jeff Bridges & The Abiders in Las Vegas, on September 30 …  Pretty Music For Pretty People is the new record from the Dead Milkmen, due out October 7 …  Pink Floyd has announced the November 10 release of The Endless River, which was started during the band’s 1993 Division Bell sessions, on Columbia … On October 27, the Fall will release Live: Uurop VIII-XII Places In Sun & Winter, Son via Cherry Red … Another classic Jeff Healey Band concert will be issued by Eagle Rock, Live At The Horseshoe Tavern, on October 7 …  A 10-year anniversary two-disc Blu-ray edition of Metallica documentary film Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster is set for a November 24 release … Avonmore, the latest album from Bryan Ferry, is due out November 18 via BMG … Columbia/Legacy will issue a boxed set of seven remastered Bruce Springsteen albums, The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, on November 17 … The 40th birthday of Jethro Tull’s Warchild will be celebrated with an expanded two-CD/two-DVD set—complete with unreleased tracks, orchestral pieces and rare video footage—on November 24 via Parlophone … R.E.M.’s relationship with MTV is chronicled on REMTV, a six-DVD collection of live performances, award-show highlights and a feature-length documentary. It will be available from Rhino on November 24 … This year marks the Who’s 50th birthday, which will be commemorated with a two-disc definitive-hits collection, Who Hits 50!, set for an October 27 release on Geffen/UMe … Sinatra: London is a deluxe three-CD/DVD collection containing more than 50 unreleased tracks by Frank Sinatra, which will be out from UMe on November 25 … Columbia is slated to issue the new AC/DC record, Rock Or Bust, on December 2 … On November 11, earMusic/Eagle Rock will release Status Quo’s Aquostic (Stripped Bare)Drivin’ And Cryin’ is the subjects of evh pic/Shanzing Films documentary Scarred But Smarter (life n times of drivin n cryin), which will be in stores on DVD and Blu-ray on November 4.

—Emily Costantino

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Live Review: Blonde Redhead, Paris, France, Sept. 22, 2014

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Lower your expectations and you will rarely be disappointed. Scientists refer to this as the “Tom Arnold Principle.” It applies particularly well to tonight’s Blonde Redhead concert.

In the 1990s, Blonde Redhead was breathtakingly original. Its bracing, no-wave indie punk inspired (fitting) comparisons with alternative legend Sonic Youth. Its jagged rhythms and jarring, boy/girl vocals created a dynamic that was the envy of all bands who courted the avant-garde yet still wanted to sound catchy.

With the turn of the millennium, BR shifted gears, toning down its rock elements to create dreamy pop gems fashioned in a Fabergé workshop. The group had transitioned from gorgeous art rock to gorgeous art pop.

And now this.

The trio’s latest release, Barragán, is suitable for an elevator in Stockholm—fittingly, come to think of it, since the band seems sympathetic to its captors: it has fallen hostage to Euro-wusscore and seems content to seal the cocoon permanently shut. The album lacks the elegance and exquisite beauty of its previous releases: the tracks—cottony and threadbare—float through one’s ears like tumbleweeds through a dusty ghost town. To cite but one clunker, “Defeatist Anthem (Harry and I)” sounds as if the High Llamas dropped acid and performed on Hee Haw.

So expectations were running low for this gig. However, in Paris’ regal Trianon club, Blonde Redhead offers a polished, and at times inspired, performance. Kazu Makino and twin brothers Amedeo and Simone Pace play a deliciously languorous version of “Hated Because Of Great Qualities.” Even Barragán’s “No More Honey”—a bit limp on record—is haunting, hypnotizing in this live setting. It oozes voluptuous ’60s French pop à la Ivy. The song’s pendulum-like guitar line hangs suggestively in the air, tantalizing one’s libido.

Late in the set, the focus of the show narrows sharply onto Kazu. She abandons her guitar and bass and takes center stage with mic in hand. Previously, she had lurched about with the grace of a paraplegic spider, but with the euphoric, dancehall shoegaze of “23” she sways and shimmers and thrashes with physical poetry, energy and—fuck yeah—sexiness.

Even while belting out the staccato chorus to “Equus,” she exudes fragility and shyness. The audience is thoroughly entranced.

The band closes with “Seven Two” from the current album. The Pace brothers quickly exit the stage, knowing that all eyes are on a different set of twins. Kazu stands alone in a slinky white dress, absorbing lavish applause. She blows charmingly awkward kisses.

The public gushes. Kazu blushes.

Tonight, Blonde Redhead finds a new way to exceed expectations. Such is the art of seduction.

—Eric Bensel

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In The News: Fugazi, Rolling Stones, Flake Music, Doors, Morrissey, Miles Davis And More

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Dischord will issue Fugazi’s entire first demo from 1988, including a previously unreleased track, on November 18 … After an eight-year hiatus, Damien Rice is back with My Favourite Faded Fantasy, due out November 11 via Vector/Warner Bros. … From The Vault is a new series of releases from Eagle Rock featuring live concert films from the Rolling Stones archive. The first installments, Hampton Coliseum: Live In 1981 and L.A Forum: Live In 1975 will be available November 4 and 18, respectively … Flake Music’s When You Land Here, It’s Time To Return will be reissued on November 25 by Aural Apothecary and Sub Pop … The seventh solo album by Annie Lennox, Nostalgia, is set for an October 27 release by Island … A 13-disc boxed set containing all 10 of Johnny Mathis’ Global/Mercury releases, The Complete Global Albums Collection, will be released via Columbia/Legacy on November 17 … The first-ever live album featuring the late Whitney Houston’s iconic performances, Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances, is due out November 10 via Legacy … On November 11, the Doors’ never-before-released documentary film Feast of Friends will see the light of day, courtesy of Eagle Rock … New West has announced the October 14 release of An American Christmas, which will feature holiday tracks by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, the Band, Emmylou Harris and more … Three-disc anthology collection R-KIVE, featuring the work of Genesis, will be available from Rhino on September 30 … All Of You: The Last Tour is a four-CD set of live recordings from the Miles Davis Quintet Featuring John Coltrane’s 1960 tour, to be issued by Acrobat on December 2 … In other Coltrane news, Offering: Live At Temple University documents a Philadelphia concert by the legend from Nov. 11, 1966 … Morrissey’s rare 1995 live concert film, Introducing Morrissey, is now available  on DVD for the first time by Rhino … Eagle Rock will issue the film of Monty Python’s 2014 reunion shows, Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down Five To Go, on November 11 … The solo works of Queen’s Roger Taylor will be celebrated on two collections: Best, due out October 27, and The Lot, on November 11, via Omnivore … November 18 will see the release of Different Every Time (Domino), a compilation album featuring the works of Robert Wyatt. On September 23, Barsuk will issue B-Sides, a rarities collection of previously unreleased tracks and bonus material from Nada Surf.

—Emily Costantino

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MAGNET Turned 21: Guided By Voices Headlined

It’s gonna be all GBV, all day, kids. This is from May. Awesome videos from the show will be posted soon.

So say goodnight.

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In The News: Guster, Afghan Whigs, Flaming Lips, David Bowie, Kinks, Neil Diamond, Big Star, David Lynch, Ray Charles, Daniel Lanois And More

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Guster’s first album in four years, Evermotion, is due out from Ocho Mule/Nettwerk on January 13 … The 21st anniversary of the Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen will be celebrated October 28 with the release of an anniversary edition, complete with the remastered original album, rare b-sides, live performances and demos … With A Little Help From My Fwends is the Flaming Lips’ tribute to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, set for an October 28 release via Warner Bros. Special guests on the record include My Morning Jacket, J Mascis, Miley Cyrus, Moby, Dr. Dog and more … Mack Avenue will issue Nels Cline And Julian Lage’s duo album Room on November 25 … On November 18, Nothing Has Changed will be released by Columbia/Legacy. It’s a career-spanning collection of David Bowie songs, including a brand new single, and will be available in multiple formats … Eyelids, which features members of Boston Spaceships and the Decemberists, have announced the October 14 release of new LP 854 via Jealous Butcher … Sixteen classic Kinks albums have been remastered and made available as hi-resolution digital downloads by Legacy. On October 14, the band’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated with the release of career-spanning collection The Essential Kinks, and on November 10, a deluxe edition of 1971’s Muswell Hillbillies will be available … The new record from Neil Diamond, Melody Road, is set for an October 21 release on Capitol … Big Star Live In Memphis captures Big Star’s only known complete, professionally filmed concert, and it will be issued by Omnivore on November 4 … Sacred Bones has announced the September 16 release of a deluxe CD version of David Lynch’s Eraserhead score … The 10th anniversary of Ray CharlesGenius Loves Company will be commemorated by Concord/Hear with a two-disc deluxe edition on September 30, as well as a three-disc collector’s edition including a copy of biopic Ray on November 11 … Daniel Lanois’ new album, Flesh And Machine, will be out October 28 … On November 4, Eagle Rock will release Three Sides Live by Genesis … The career of John Denver will be celebrated on a new boxed set, All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection. Due out from RCA/Legacy on November 4, the four-disc set features songs spanning 1964 to 1997 and include previously unreleased tracks, demos, rarities and live performances.

—Emily Costantino

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MP3 At 3PM: The Marshmallow Overcoat

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The Knights Of Fuzz is no band, but rather a book by Timothy Gassen that explores a definitive history of the garage and psychedelic explosion since 1980. There is a fun theme song by his band the Marshmallow Overcoat to go along with the 500-page tome, though, and it certainly captures the energy and raw power of garage rock and psychedelia. Check out “Knights Of Fuzz” below.

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In The News: Sleater-Kinney, Wilco, Captain Beefheart, George Harrison ANd More

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Start Together is a limited-edition deluxe vinyl boxed set containing Sleater-Kinney’s seven studio albums, remastered and including a 44-page book featuring never-before-seen photos of the band. It’s due out from Sub Pop on October 21 … In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Wilco will play several dates this fall, including a stop on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The band also plans to release a rarities collection and a best-of compilation later this year … Rhino Records will issue a four-disc set featuring three Captain Beefheart albums: Lick My Decals Off, Baby, The Spotlight Kid and Clear Spot—as well as a disc of previously unreleased outtakes. Sun Zoom Spark: 1970 to 1972 is out November 11 … George Harrison’s first six solo albums have been digitally remastered and will be available individually as well as a boxed set, The Apple Years 1968-75, on September 23 via Capitol/UMe … On October 28, the debut album from Sylvie Simmons, Sylvie, will be released by Light In The Attic … The Trick Is To Breathe, the first solo album from Sid Griffin in 10 years, is set for a September 16 release on Prima … Secretly Canadian has announced the November 11 expanded reissue of Jason Molina’s Didn’t It Rain, which features a disc of never-before-released demos … The first-ever compilation album of Madeleine Peyroux’s career, Keep Me In Your Heart For A While: The Best Of Madeleine Peyroux, will be out via Rounder on October 14 … Killer Mike, Cibo Matto, Egyptian Lover, Hardy Morris and more will perform at the 2014 Athens Intensified, which will take place September 11, 12, 13 and 20 in Athens, Ga.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Ice-T, Rory Gallagher, Prince, Mouse On Mars And More

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Drag City will issue Bonnie “Prince” Billy’s new record, Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongues, on September 23 … Bob Seger has announced the October 14 release of Ride Out via Capital … October 7 is a big day for Ice-T, with the release of Greatest Hits as well as vinyl reissues of Rhyme Pays, Power and Body Count via Rhino … In honor of the 40th anniversary of Rory Gallagher’s famous 1974 tour of Ireland, Eagle Rock will issue Irish Tour 40th Anniversary Deluxe, an eight-disc boxed set featuring all three shows and 43 previously unreleased tracks on October 20 …  Not one, but two studio albums from Prince are due out September 30: Art Official Age, a solo album, and Plectrumelectrum, which is by his new band 3rdeyegirl … Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 60th birthday will be celebrated by Legacy/Epic with the October 28 release of Stevie Ray Vaughan And Double Trouble: The Complete Epic Recordings Collection … Bloodshot will release Shaken, the new record from Maggie Bjorklund, on October 14 … A previously unreleased 1990 recording by Charlie Haden & Jim Hall, fittingly titled Charlie Haden-Jim Hall, will be released September 30 via Impulse! … The self-titled debut album by TV Eyes (Jason Falkner, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Brian Reitzell) will finally be released in the U.S. with a CD and two-LP expanded edition via Omnivore on October 7 … On October 31, Mouse On Mars will issue 21 Again, a 21st anniversary double CD, on Monkeytown.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Leonard Cohen, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Deerhoof, Ani DiFranco, Aphex Twin, Twilight Sad, Hollies, Jackson Browne And More

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The 13th studio album from Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, will be released September 23—two days after his 80th birthday—via Columbia … The Best Day is Thurston Moore’s first solo album in four years, due out from Matador on October 21 … Speaking of Moore, he’s teamed up with John Moloney to form Caught On Tape, and Northern Spy will issue new record Full Bleed, also on October 21 … The Buzzcocks have announced a U.K. tour coinciding with the release of The Way, which will be out November via 1-2-3-4 … Ernest Jenning will release the new Dinosaur Feathers album, Control, on October 7 … On November 4, Deerhoof’s latest album, La Isla Bonita, will be available from Polyvinyl … Allergic To Water, the new LP from Ani DiFranco, is set for an October 14 release via her Righteous Babe label … The latest album from Aphex Twin, Syro, will be released by Warp on September 23 … The Twilight Sad’s fourth LP, Nobody Wants To Be Here And Nobody Wants To Leave, is due out October 28 via FatCat … Two classic out-of-print Jimi Hendrix records, The Cry Of Love and Rainbow Bridge, will be reissued September 16 via Experience Hendrix, LLC in conjunction with Legacy … The Inside label will issue the 14th Jackson Browne album, Standing In The Breach, on October 7 … The 50th anniversary of the Hollies’ 1964 debut album will be celebrated with a three-disc, 50-track collection spanning the band’s career. 50 At Fifty is set for an October 21 release from Parlophone, and will be accompanied by a fall European tour … Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes is a collaborative project by Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, Marcus Mumford and T Bone Burnett, founded on newly discovered Bob Dylan lyrics. It’s out November 11 … October 21 marks the release of the sophomore album from Dope Body, Lifer, via Drag City.

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Vintage Movies: “Morvern Callar”

MAGNET contributing writer Jud Cost is sharing some of the wealth of classic films he’s been lucky enough to see over the past 40 years. Trolling the backwaters of cinema, he has worked up a list of more than 500 titles—from the silent era through the ’90s—that you may have missed. A new selection, all currently available on DVD, appears every week.

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Morvern Callar (2002, 97 minutes)

Morvern Callar has passed out on the floor of her flat in rural Scotland on Christmas Eve and doesn’t awake until Christmas morning. Instead of opening presents and enjoying a pleasant holiday breakfast, she finds, illuminated by the flashing light of her modest Christmas tree, the bloody corpse of her boyfriend lying next to her, sprawled halfway between the kitchen and the living room. Morvern (Samantha Morton) seems somewhat stunned by this turn of events, feeling for a pulse in his stone-cold hand.

Ignoring the behavior of any rational person—call an ambulance and the local police—she behaves almost as though this event is too large to grasp. She leaves the body where it lies and begins to make herself some breakfast. Then she sits down on the floor next to her Christmas tree and opens the presents from her boyfriend. The big bulky one is an expensive designer-made black leather jacket. Smaller gifts include a cigarette lighter and an audio cassette of music the boyfriend has made for her bearing his hand-printed label “Music For You.”

She seems to be trying to scrub this haunting event from her memory by having a long soak in the bath tub, spending lengthy periods of time under water. When she emerges from the tub, she mechanically begins to apply her makeup and paints her nails with sporty red polish. After getting dressed, Morvern notices the computer monitor is still turned on. It tells the rest of the story. Like a note from Alice In Wonderland, the screen says in bold letters: “READ ME.” She scrolls down to find her boyfriend’s last wishes. “Don’t try to understand it. It just felt like the right thing to do. My novel is on the disk. Put my name on top and print it out and send it to the first publisher on the list below. If they don’t want it, try the next publisher down the list. I love you. Be brave.”

This is all too much for Morvern, who looks in the closet for her oldest winter coat and walks down to the local train station, now deserted because it’s Christmas morning. She sits on a bench alongside a baggage trolley until the public telephone rings. Pausing over the phone, she debates whether she should answer it. She finally grasps the receiver and has a short conversation with whomever is on the line. This causes her to return to her tiny apartment. She steps around the body of her boyfriend, still lying in a pool of his own blood, sits down before his computer and inserts the disk containing his last work.

Before beginning the long task of making a paper copy of his novel, she types in the name of the author, as requested, at the top of the first page: “MORVERN CALLAR.”

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