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In The News: Kiss, Wes Anderson, Camper Van Beethoven, Imelda May, NRBQ And More

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UMe will commemorate Kiss’ 40-year recording career with a two-disc hits compilation, Kiss 40, due out May 27. The set includes the band’s biggest hits, live recordings and previously unreleased demos … I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson is an album featuring the likes of Matt Pond, Juliana Hatfield, Telekinesis, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Freelance Whales and more covering songs from the acclaimed director’s various films. It will be released May 13 by American Laundromat … Camper Van Beethoven’s new record, El Camino Real, a companion and follow-up to last year’s La Costa Perdida, will be out via 429 Records on June 3 … The 25th anniversary of Nightmares On Wax will be celebrated with the release of a best-of album, N.O.W Is The Time, on June 17 via Warp. An extensive U.S. tour will follow … The third album from Imelda May, Tribal, is set for a July 29 release via Verve … On May 6, Mick Harvey will pay tribute to Serge Gainsbourg with the release of a double-CD collection of his take on Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants Brass Tracks is the new NRBQ album, due out June 17 from Clang! … Polyvinyl has announced the May 20 reissue of American Football’s seminal self-titled album as a deluxe edition, complete with a bonus disc of rare live recordings, demos and practice sessions … Dave Van Ronk’s previously unreleased live album, Live In Monterey, will see the light of day on May 13 via Omnivore … The new Say Hi album, Endless Wonder, will be out via Barsuk on June 17 … The soundtrack to documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, a film exploring the many facets of actor Harry Dean Stanton, will be issued by Omnivore on June 3.

—Emily Costantino

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Movie Review: “Noah”

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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.

In a moment of post-Oscar desperation, I saw Noah yesterday at the local art house. It was way too long, with a few interesting moments, but not nearly enough to justify spending two-and-a-half hours of your life wading through it. Shot mostly in dim light in Iceland by Darren Aronofsky, it makes the volcanic landscape appear almost alien. I always appreciate Russell Crowe, but he was pretty one-dimensional in this one as Noah. Lots of mud in the face mixed with plenty of snot and sweat from the manual labor necessary to build a boat about the size of a modern cruise ship full of norovirus. That’s in stark contrast to his three young sons whose coifs and facial hair always appear to be freshly barbered. And the ladies, including Noah’s wife (Jennifer Garner), who manage to add touches of runway couture (scarves tossed over bias-cut necklines) to their simple garments. Even the bible-belters will have a tough time swallowing the part where Noah and his family are taken under their collective wing by a couple dozen 30-foot tall “watchers,” who, it says here, were once angels who failed in their mission and were turned into “rock people” by the Big Guy. Nobody utters the Thing’s signature line, “It’s clobbering time!” but who knew God worked for MARVEL comics back then? These protectors are now clumsy (but likable) behemoths who pulverize any of the hordes of bad guys aiming to sabotage Noah’s mission, which he interprets as exterminating the last of the human race, including his family, after saving all the planet’s lovable lower species from the deluge in his wooden ark. I would have re-named the movie Power Trip: It’s Not Easy Being Dad and found a place, maybe, for Adam (the name works here) Sandler to lighten things up just a bit. Wonder if the cool new pope has anything to say about this one. Utterly missable, says I.

—Jud Cost

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In The News: Jack White, Guided By Voices, Antlers, John Coltrane, Joe Henry And More

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The new solo record from Jack White, Lazaretto, will be released June 10 via Third Man/Columbia … In support of Guided By Voices’ latest release, Cool Planet (due out May 13 via Guided By Voices Inc.), the band has announced a U.S. tour this summer, kicking off in Philadelphia on May 22 at MAGNET’s 21st anniversary show … Anti- will issue the new album from the Antlers, Familiars, on June 17 … Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor has announced the June 10 release of his second solo album, Await Barbarians, via Domino … Offering: Live At Temple University is a two-disc recording of John Coltrane’s legendary 1966 concert in Philadelphia, to be released by Impulse!/Resonance on what would be Coltrane’s 88th birthday, September 23 … After a three-year hiatus, Joe Henry returns June 3 with the release of his 13th album, Invisible Hour. He’ll play several U.S. dates this summer in support … On May 20, previously unreleased material from Hank Williams will be made available by Omnivore. Garden Spot Programs, 1950 features 24 songs and jingles that originally aired more than 60 years ago and have gone unheard since then … John Hiatt’s new album, Terms Of My Surrender, is due out from New West on July 15 … The Encyclopedia Of Arto Lindsay is a double-CD release showcasing the work of Arto Lindsay. The package, due out from Northern Spy Records on May 20, contains one disc of his tracks from his solo albums (curated by Lindsay himself) and another featuring a stripped-down solo performance … Carrot Top will issue the fifth album from Sleepyhead, Wild Sometimes, this month.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Black Keys, Chrissie Hynde, Felice Brothers, Brian Jonestown Massacre And More

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The eighth full-length from the Black Keys, Turn Blue, will be released by Nonesuch on May 13. The duo is headlining the Hangout Festival in Alabama on May 16, then heading over to Europe for a festival tour this summer … Stockholm is the first ever album released under Pretenders founder Chrissie Hynde’s own name, due out June 10 via Caroline … On June 17, the Felice Brothers will release their fifth studio album, Favorite Waitress, on Dualtone. The band is touring this spring and summer in support … A Records will issue the 14th album from the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Revelation, on May 20 … After more than two decades, current MAGNET cover stars Pixies will return on April 29 with a new album, Indie Cindy, via the band’s own label. It will be available in multiple formats, including a Record Store Day-exclusive limited-deluxe edition on 180-gram vinyl … Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen, along with collaborators Chris Girard and Greg O’Keefe, will reissue full-length instrumental LP The Cheetah on May 20 via Butterscotch … Akeda, the new Matisyahu record, will be out from Elm City on June 3 … Eagle Rock has announced the release of The Pink Floyd & Syd Barrett Story on a two-DVD set on May 20. The film explores the life of Syd Barrett and features contributions from each Pink Floyd member as well as managers and friends of the late musician … June 20 marks the release of Sea When Absent, the new album from A Sunny Day in Glasgow, on Lefse … Joseph Arthur will release his interpretations of his favorite Lou Reed songs, Lou, via Vanguard on May 13 … Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy’s 10th solo record, Lion, is due out June 3. An extensive North American tour will kick off in Las Vegas on May 22 … The highly anticipated collaborative album from Craig Wedren, Jefferson Friedman and ACME, One In Love, will see the light of day on May 27 courtesy of New Amsterdam … For the first time ever, Little Feat’s performance at the Dutch Festival Pinkpop in 1976 will be available as a CD/DVD set from Eagle Rock. Live In Holland 1976 is set for an April 22 release … Our Year is the new record from Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, due out May 27 on Premium/Thirty Tigers.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Fucked Up, Led Zeppelin, 65daysofstatic, Buzz Osborne And More

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The fourth studio album from Fucked Up, Glass Boys, will be released by Matador on June 3. The band will play several U.S. dates this spring before heading over to Europe for a supporting tour … Also on June 3, an extensive reissue program of all nine Led Zeppelin studio albums will kick off with the release of Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II and Led Zeppelin III. Each record has been remastered by Jimmy Page and includes a second disc of previously unreleased companion audio … 65daysofstatic has announced the 10th anniversary deluxe reissue of its debut album, The Fall Of Math, set for a March 25 release via Monotreme. The band will also play the LP in its entirety during a string of European tour dates … This Machine Kills Artists is the debut solo album from the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne, due out from Ipecac on June 3 … Earache will issue the new Rival Sons album, Great Western Valkyrie, on June 10 … Former Low Anthem member Jocie Adams has a new project, Arc Iris, whose self-titled debut will be out on April 1 via Anti-. The band is currently on a North American tour in support … Suzanne Vega’s intimate 2003 performance at the Rome Auditorium will be available on DVD as Solitude Standing on May 6 … The 25th anniversary of Roy Orbison’s final album, Mystery Girl, will be celebrated by Legacy and Roy’s Boys LLC with a CD/DVD deluxe edition on May 20 … On June 3, Smalltown Supersound will issue Brian Reitzell’s first solo album, Auto Music … The 50th anniversary of Vince Guaraldi’s soundtrack to the unaired documentary A Boy Named Charlie Brown will be commemorated with a limited-edition, collectible reissue, due out May 13 via Fantasy …  No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History Of The Legendary City Gardens is a book by Amy Yates Weulfing and Steven DiLodovico chronicling the story of ‘80s/’90s underground music in Trenton, N.J.

—Emily Costantino

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MAGNET Turns 21: Come Celebrate With Us, Guided By Voices, Surfer Blood And Titus Andronicus!

Although we’ve been underage drinking for years, MAGNET is finally turning 21. To celebrate, we are putting on a kick-ass rock show, featuring the classic lineup of Guided By Voices (who we hear might know something about drinking), Surfer Blood and Titus Andronicus. It’s May 22 at the legendary Trocadero Theatre in our hometown of Philadelphia. Be there, or bee thousand. Buy tickets here.

GBV

Show Details:
Thursday May 22 at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tickets: $35 / Doors: 7pm, Show: 8pm / Ages 21+

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In The News: Bob Mould, Echo & The Bunnymen, Guided By Voices, Lykke Li, Faint, Soundgarden, Sharon Van Etten, Oasis, Who And More

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Beauty & Ruin, the new studio album by Bob Mould, will be released June 3 via Merge. In the meantime, Omnivore has commemorated the 25th anniversary of his debut solo album, Workbook, with the release of the deluxe two-CD, two-LP Workbook 25, available now. Mould is currently on a U.S. tour including dates at SXSW and Sasquatch! Music Festival … 429 Records has announced the June 3 release of Echo & The Bunnymen’s 12th record, Meteorites. A supporting European tour kicks off in May … MAGNET house band Guided By Voices continues to be prolific by bringing us its sixth full-length in four years, Cool Planet, on May 13 on Guided By Voices Inc. … On May 6, the third studio album from Lykke Li, I Never Learn, will be released by LL/Atlantic … Eagle Rock is issuing Blu-rays from Joni Mitchell and Lou Reed, Woman Of Heart And Mind + Painting With Words And Music and Classic Albums: Transformer + Live At Montreux, respectively. Both will be out March 25 … Doom Abuse is the sixth album by the Faint, due out via SQE Music on April 8. A supporting U.S. tour will follow … The 20th anniversary of Soundgarden’s Superunknown will be celebrated with a reissue package from A&M Records/UMe, including rare demos and rehearsal recordings, available June 3 … Sharon Van Etten has announced new album Are We There, set for a May 27 release on Jagjaguwar … The third LP from the Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Days Of Abandon, will be released April 22 via Yebo … Big Brother will reissue the first three albums from OasisDefinitely Maybe, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory and Be Here Now—remastered and including bonus content, as part of the Chasing The Sun series. The first installment is set for May 20 … May 6 marks the release of Black Hours, the debut solo album from the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, via Ribbon Music … Sensation: The Story Of Tommy is a film exploring the background, creation and impact of the Who’s Tommy, due out from Eagle Rock on March 11 … Thrill Jockey will issue Trans Am’s 10th album, Volume X, on May 20 … An eight-disc boxed set containing the original Black Sabbath’s catalog, The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978, will be released April 15 via Warner Bros./Rhino … Jolie Holland’s new album, Wine Dark Sea, is set for a May 20 release via Anti- … The sophomore LP from indie supergroup Sweet Apple, The Golden Age Of Glitter, is due out from Tee Pee on April 8 … Omnivore will release Modern American Music…Period! The Criteria Sessions, on April 19. It contains 11 tracks from the late Jaco Pastorius’s 1974 demo sessions at Criteria Studios … On April 29, the debut album from Survival Knife (comprised of Unwound bandmates Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno), Loose Power, will be available from Glacial Pace … A best-of album encompassing John Doe’s solo career, The Best Of John Doe: This Far, will be released by Yep Roc on May 20 … The 75th anniversary of Blue Note Records is being celebrated in a big way this year, including a vinyl reissue series of 100 remastered jazz albums. The series launches March 25 with LPs from Art Blakey, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Wayne Shorter and Larry Young.

—Emily Costantino

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MP3 At 3PM: Inspired & The Sleep

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Beginning as a Max Greenhalgh solo project and evolving into a psychedelic indie/pop outfit, San Diego’s Inspired & The Sleep offers up “Fly Low.” Says Greenhalgh of the track, “I often find myself rather obsessed with the universal concept of possibility. “Possibility” being the notion that there is infinite opportunity at any given moment in whatever you are doing. It all depends on how aware you are of it. That makes up a great deal of what creativity means to me. It’s something that I’m constantly striving for in my work. ‘Fly Low’ represents the lack of said notion. It almost seems as though the human condition is, at times, designed to be afraid of fully committing to this concept of possibility.” Download “Fly Low” below.

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