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In The News: Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Mountain Goats, EELS, John Coltrane, Simon Joyner, Paul McCartney, Mew And More

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On March 24, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s new LP, Freedom Tower – No Wave Dance Party 2015, will be available from Mom + Pop. The band will kick off a supporting U.S. tour on April 8 … Beat The Champ is the new album from the Mountain Goats, due out from Merge on April 7 … Toro Y Moi has announced the April 6 release of What For? via Carpark … Last June, EELS played the Royal Albert Hall during its 53-show world tour, which was filmed and recorded. On June 30, Royal Albert Hall, a DVD/two-CD package, will be released by E Works/PIAS … Roll Call will issue the new Geographer album, Ghost Modern, on March 24 … A four-disc boxed set featuring John Coltrane’s 1961 tour of Europe, So Many Things: The European Tour 1961, is due out March 10 … Jekyll Island, the new record from Surf City, is set for a March 24 release via Fire … On March 9, Woodsist will release the new Simon Joyner album, Grass, Branch & Bone … 50 years after the Sonics’ debut, the band has released a new studio album, This Is The Sonics, available now on its Revox label … Looper has announced the April 14 release of a five-disc career-spanning boxed set, These Things (which will include brand-new album Offgrid:Offline), on Mute … In 2012, Paul McCartney was honored as the MusiCares Person of the Year, and special guests including Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Neil Young with Crazy Horse, Coldplay and more paid tribute to the former Beatle by performing classic songs from his career. A MusiCares Tribute To Paul McCartney will be available on DVD and Blu-ray from Shout! Factory on March 24 … Verve will issue Mark Knopfler’s new record, Tracker, on March 17 … Yesterday I Had The Blues: The Music Of Billie Holiday features Jose James paying tribute to the legendary singer in honor of her 100th birthday. It’s set for a March 31 release via Blue Note … April 28 marks the release of the first new Mew album in six years, “+-“, via PIAS. The band will tour internationally this spring, including a date at SXSW … A deluxe version of Laibach’s 2014 album Spectre, which will feature bonus tracks and a remix album, will be released by Mute on March 31.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Matt And Kim, Sufjan Stevens, JEFF The Brotherhood, Jesse Malin, Minus 5 And More

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New Glow is the new record from Matt And Kim, due out from Harvest on April 7. The duo will kick off a U.S. tour following the release … On March 31, Sufjan Stevens’ latest work, Carrie & Lowell, will be available from Asthmatic Kitty … JEFF The Brotherhood is releasing new album Wasted On The Dream on March 10 via Warner Bros. … One Little Indian will issue the latest album from Jesse Malin, New York Before The War (which features guest appearances from Alejandro Escovedo, Craig Finn, Peter Buck and more), on March 31 … The 10th album by the Minus 5, Dungeon Golds, is set for a March 10 release via Yep Roc. The band will tour the U.S. this spring supporting Tweedy and the Decemberists … Don’t Lose This is a previously unreleased collection of songs by Pops Staples, featuring new production by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy. It’s due out from dBpm/Anti- on February 17 … Tom Paxton has announced the March 10 release of Redemption Road on Pax … On March 31, Eagle Rock will issue Daryl Hall And John Oates’ first new concert video in seven years, Live In Dublin, on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats … Nate Mendel (Foo Fighters, Sunny Day Real Estate) will release his debut album as Lieutenant, If I Kill This Thing We’re All Going To Eat For A Week, via Dine Alone on March 10 … UMe will re-release two James albums, Laid and Wah Wah, together as a super deluxe boxed set on March 24 … Zero is the first studio album from the Rezillos in nearly 40 years, due out March 10 via Metropolis … For the first time ever, the J. Geil’s Band’s classic 1979 Rockpalast concert will be available on DVD; House Party Live in Germany will be released by Eagle Rock on February 24 … Art Pepper’s Neon Art LP series will be available on CD for the first time beginning February 17 from Omnivore.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, Led Zeppelin, Iron & Wine, Wombats, Pretty Things, Marc Almond, Chavez And More

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Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield have teamed up to pay tribute to the late Elliott Smith on Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith. The album is due out from Ramseur on March 17, and will be supported by a tour later this year … Full Bleed is the new record from Caught On Tape, the moniker of Thurston Moore and John Moloney, set for a February 10 release via Northern Spy … A deluxe edition of Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti will be released by Atlantic/Swan Song/Rhino on February 24, exactly 40 years to the day after the album’s original debut … The same day, the first installment in a series of previously unreleased Iron & Wine songs will be available from Sam Beam’s own Black Cricket Recording Co. Archive Series Volume No. 1 is a companion to debut album The Creek Drank the Cradle … Smithsonian Folkways will issue the first career-spanning boxed set featuring the work of Lead Belly, Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, on February 24 … After a four-year hiatus, Colin Hay has announced the February 17 release of new album Next Year People via Compass … The Wombats’ third full-length, Glitterbug, will be out from Bright Antenna on April 7 … Bouquets From A Cloudy Sky is a multimedia boxed set containing the music of the Pretty Things, including 11 studio albums, bonus discs of previously unreleased demos and live recordings, two DVDs and more … March 9 will see the release of The Velvet Trail, the new studio album from Marc Almond via Cherry Red …. The two out-of-print Chavez albums, Ride The Fader and Gone Glimmering, will be reissued on vinyl by Matador on January 20 … Zero is the first studio album from the Rezillos in nearly 40 years, due out March 10 via Metropolis …. Yep Roc will issue Take It Like A Man, the collaborative album by Jim White Vs. The Packway Handle Band, on January 27 … Keith Sweat will release Harlem Romance, a 15-track love-songs collection selected from his first five solo albums, on February 10 via Rhino … The third and final volume of the soundtrack to HBO series Boardwalk Empire—featuring tracks by Elvis Costello, Regina Spektor, Norah Jones, Loudon Wainwright III and more—will be available from ABKCO on January 13.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Modest Mouse, Jason Molina, Woody Allen, Camper Van Beethoven, Bombadil, Joe Pug, Frank Black And The Catholics And More

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Modest Mouse has announced its first new album in eight years, Strangers To Ourselves, due out from Epic on March 3 … Ribbon Music will issue the new Laura Marling album, Short Movie, on March 24 … Through The Static And Distance is a 20-track collection paying tribute to the late Jason Molina, covering his work with Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., plus solo work. Due out January 6 from Burst & Bloom/Haint, it features tracks by Marissa Nadler, Sharron Kraus, Viking Moses and more … On January 13, Eagle Rock will release Live Country!, Trace Adkins’ new live DVD, recorded this August at The Paramount in Huntingdon, N.Y. … Woody Allen’s The Stand Up Years, a two-disc set containing previously unreleased material, will be available January 13 via Razor & Tie … The 2004 reunion album from Camper Van Beethoven, New Roman Times, will be reissued as an expanded version by Omnivore on February 24 … Still The King: Celebrating The Music Of Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys is a tribute album put together by Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel, paying tribute to Bob Wills. Set for a March 3 release via Bismeaux, it includes contributions from the likes of Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Jamey Johnson, Merle Haggard, the Avett Brothers and more … Lightning Rod will issue Windfall by Joe Pug on March 10. He’ll be touring North America this winter and spring in support … March 24 marks the release of the fifth studio album from Bombadil, Hold On, via Ramseur … A seven-disc boxed set featuring the entire catalogue from Frank Black And The Catholics, The Complete Recordings, will be released by Cooking Vinyl on March 23.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Of Montreal, Allison Moorer, Howlin’ Rain, Vetiver, Vincent D’Onofrio And More

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The 13th full-length from of Montreal, Aureate Gloom, will be available from Polyvinyl on March 3 … eOne Nashville will issue Allison Moorer’s new record Down To Believing, on March 17. She will kick off a tour with Mary Gauthier following the release … The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 and The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975 will be reissued December 16 and spring 2015, respectively, by Concord/Stax. They are compilation boxed sets featuring Stax R&B artists such as Isaac Hayes, the Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor and more … Howlin’ Rain’s new album, Mansion Songs, is set for a January 27 release via Easy Sound … On February 17, Shanachie will issue a three-disc boxed set, Dead Prophecy: The Strange And Wonderful Story Of Yabby You, which chronicles the career of reggae artist Yabby You … The Shrimper label will celebrate its 25th birthday in 2015 by releasing a new album from the label’s first band, Refrigerator. Temple City is due out February 17 … The sixth LP by Vetiver, Complete Strangers, will be released March 24 by Easy Sound … An expanded three-disc version of Judas Priest’s Defenders Of The Faith, including a complete live recording from the band’s 1984 tour, will be available from Columbia/Legacy on March 10 … Two compilation albums from Sam Cooke’s SAR Records, featuring the complete recordings of the Soul Stirrers and the Valentinos, will be released January 27 via ABKCO … On March 3, Vincent D’Onofrio & Dana Lyn will issue a punk spoken-word album, Slim Bone Head Volt, on Buddhabug … Elmer Bernstein: The Wild Side celebrates the career of composer Elmer Bernstein, available now from Varèse Sarabande.

—Emily Costantino

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Cover Me: Chris Rock Vs. Fred Armisen

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We’ve always been huge fans of New York magazine and look forward to reading it each week. But when we got the latest issue in the mail (featuring the great Chris Rock), we felt a little sense of déjà vu. The cover looks a lot like the one we did earlier this year on Fred Armisen, no?

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In The News: Will Butler, Dr. Dog, Rye Coalition, Diamond Rugs, Gang Of Four, Kate Pierson, Justin Townes Earle, Murder By Death And More

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Arcade Fire’s Will Butler has announced the March 10 release of his debut solo album, Policy, via Merge … Live At A Flamingo Hotel is the first live album from Dr. Dog, due out from Anti- on January 13. The band will tour the U.S. this winter in support, including eight NYC dates … Dead Oceans will issue Live At The Music Hall, a three-LP live album chronicling Phosphorescent’s four-night stand in New York last year, on February 17 … Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes will release his new EP, Dirigible Utopia, on December 9 via Circle Sound/The End … On January 13, The Story Of The Hard Luck 5 will be available on DVD and digital formats. It’s a documentary featuring the 20-year career of New Jersey band Rye Coalition and includes appearances by Dave Grohl, Steve Albini, Jon Theodore and more … The sophomore release from Diamond Rugs, Cosmetics, is due out from Sycamore/Thirty Tigers/RED on February 24 … What Happens Next, the latest album from Gang Of Four, is set for a February 24 release on Metropolis … Nonesuch will issue Punch Brothers’ new T Bone Burnett-produced record, The Phosphorescent Blues, on January 27 … The debut solo album from Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Guitars And Microphones, will be available February 17 from Lazy Meadow Music/Kobalt Label Services … Justin Townes Earle will issue his second album in three months, Absent Fathers, which is a companion to previous release Single Mothers, via Vagrant on January 13 … February 3 marks the release of Murder By Death’s Big Dark Love from Bloodshot … From the ashes of now-disbanded Ghost rises the Silence, which will release its self-titled debut via Drag City on March 24 … The Periscope Twins is a new double album from Chris Brokaw, set for a January 13 release from 12XU … Sub Pop has announced the February 24 release of EarthEE, the second album from THEESatisfactionThe Waterboys will release their 11th studio album, Modern Blues, on January 20 via Kobalt … A new best-of album from Foreigner, The Best Of Foreigner 4 & More, is due out from Sony Music/CMG on December 16 … NOFX’s Fat Mike’s new punk-rock musical concept album, Home Street Home, will be out February 10 on Fat Wreck Chords. The release precedes a fully staged theatrical production.

—Emily Costantino

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Film At 11: Ray Davies’ “Thanksgiving Day”

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving. Now that you’re awake again following your post-meal nap and the Niners/Seahawks game is almost over, it’s time to celebrate with a song from MAGNET hero Ray Davies. Here’s a solo live clip of “Thanksgiving Day” from 2005.

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Happy Thanksgiving From MAGNET!

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In The News: Swervedriver, A Place To Bury Strangers, Steve Earle, Jellyfish And More

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The first full-length album from Swervedriver since 1998 will be released in March via Cobraside. A supporting North American tour, including a performance at SXSW, will kick off tat month … A Place To Bury Strangers has announced the February 17 release of its fourth album, Transfixiation, via Dead Oceans … Jingle Bell Rocks! is a documentary directed by Mitchell Kezin about his search for the best Christmas songs of all time. Featured is Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, Rev Run of Run DMC, filmmaker John Waters and more. It will be released theatrically in select markets beginning November 21, with a DVD release on November 28 and a digital release on December 9 … New West will issue the new record from Steve Earle & The Dukes, Terraplane, on Feburary 17 … On January 20, expanded deluxe CD reissues of Jellyfish’s Bellybutton and Spilt Milk will be released by Omnivore, featuring 51 bonus tracks … The 13th album from Jesse Harris, No Wrong No Right, is a collaboration with NYC duo Star Rover and will be available from Dangerbird on February 10 … Martin Sexton’s eighth studio album, Mixtape Of The Open Road, is due out February 10 via KTR/Redeye … I Aubade, the latest release from Elvis Perkins, is set for a February 24 release on MIR … Polyvinyl has announced the February 17 release of the new Sonny & The Sunsets album, Talent Night At The Ashram … In January, Mouse On Mars’ Jan St. Werner will release a new solo record, Miscontinuum Album, via Thrill Jockey.

—Emily Costantino

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