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In The News: Cars, Melvins, Jennifer O’Connor, Iggy Pop, Suuns, Cheap Trick And More

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This spring, two new collections honoring the legacy of the Cars will be released by Rhino. The Elektra Years 1978-1987, due out March 11, is a boxed set containing six remastered studio albums, while Moving In Stereo: The Best Of The Cars, a career-spanning best-of curated by the Cars themselves, will be out May 6 … Sub Pop will issue Three Men And A Baby, a collaboration between Mike Kunka and the Melvins, on April 1 … Candlebox has announced the April 22 release of new album Disappearing In Airports via Pavement … The sixth album from Jennifer O’Connor, Surface Noise, is due out from Kiam on March 4. She’ll pay a string of East Coast dates with Neko Case in support … Detour is the 11th studio album from Cyndi Lauper, which features country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s as well as duets with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jewel and more. It will be out via Sire on May 6 … March 18 will see the release of Iggy Pop’s Post Pop Depression via Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline … Suuns’ latest album, Hold/Still, is set for an April 15 release by Secretly Canadian … Big Machine will release Cheap Trick’s new record, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello on April 1 … The eighth solo album by Peter Wolf, A Cure For Loneliness, will be available April 8 via Concord … Upland Stories, the latest full-length from Robbie Fulks, is due out April 1 via Bloodshot … This April, the fourth album by Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds, La Arana Es La Vida, will be released by In The Red.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Pet Shop Boys, PJ Harvey, Ray LaMontagne, Bert Jansch And More

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Super, the new album from Pet Shop Boys, is due out April 1 via X2. The band has also confirmed a four-night residency at London’s Royal Opera House starting July 20 … PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, will be available from Vagrant on April 15. This summer, she will play select festival dates across Europe … Omnivore will continue its Maynard Ferguson reissue initiative on March 11, with the release of 1986’s Body And Soul and 1989’s Big Bop Nouveau … March 4 will see the release of Ray LaMontagne’s sixth studio album, Ouroboros, via RCA … The new LP from the Last Shadow Puppets, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, is set for an April 1 release on Domino … Distance Inbetween is the latest record from the Coral, which will be issued by Ignition on March 4 … Bert Jansch’s 1979 album, Avocet, will be reissued on February 5 by Fire, complete with a set of lithograph prints … Relapse will release the new collaboration between Boris and Merzbow, Gensho, on March 18 … On April 1, a 1990 live set by Ten Years After will be available on the “British Live Performance Series” via Rainman … A new concert film celebrating the life and career of Burt Bacharach, A Life In Song, will be released by Eagle Rock on February 26. It features performances by Joss Stone, Justin Hayward, Alfie Boe and more … Two newly discovered recordings by João Gilberto and Stan Getz, Getz/Gilberto ’76 and Moments In Time, will see the light of day February 19 via Resonance … Architecture Of Language 1979-82 is a four-LP boxed set containing the work of Pere Ubu, due out from Fire on March 18.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Bob Mould, Robert Pollard, Glen Hansard, Black Mountain, Yuck, Buzzcocks, George Harrison, Willie Nelson And More

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Patch The Sky is the new album from Bob Mould, due out from Merge on March 25. He’ll hit the road this spring for a North American tour … Robert Pollard has announced the March 4 release of his 24th solo album, Of Course You Are, via Fire America … Anti- will issue Glen Hansard’s new EP, A Season On The Line, on February 19 … April 1 will see the release of IV, the latest Black Mountain record, on Jagjaguwar … The third album from Yuck, Stranger Things, is due out via Mame on February 26, with a full U.S. tour to follow … Hitch, the third LP by the Joy Formidable, is set for a March 25 release … Moderat—the trio comprised of Gernot Bronsert, Sebastian Szary (a.k.a. Modeselektor) and Sascha Ring (a.k.a. Apparat)—will complete their album trilogy with the April 1 release of Ill via Mute/Monkeytown … Rainman Records’ next installment of its acclaimed “British Live Performance Series” will feature the Buzzcocks’ 1989 Central TV performance; the CD set will be available March 25 … On February 26, Peter Frampton’s Acoustic Classics, which features stripped-down acoustic versions of his hits, will be released by Red Distribution … A new album of country-tinged duets by Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones, Little Windows, is due out from Cooking Vinyl on April 1 … George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison is a concert film and album, recorded September 28 and featuring the likes of Brandon Flowers, Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne, Britt Daniel and more performing George Harrison’s greatest songs. It will be released February 26, the day after what would have been his 73rd birthday, by Hot Records … Mark Mallman has announced the March 25 release of The End Is Not The End via Polkadot Mayhem … Light In The Attic will reissue 1976 documentary Heartworn Highways (which features Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, David Allan Coe, Larry Jon Wilson and more) as a 40th-edition boxed set on April 16 … February 26 marks the release of Willie Nelson’s Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin via Legacy … A new documentary by Andrew Horn featuring the rise of Twisted Sister, We Are Twisted F***ing Sister!, will be available in select theaters on February 19, with the DVD/Blu-ray/VOD/digital release taking place February 23 … The 75th birthday of Michael Chapman is being celebrated with the January 24 release of Fish via Tompkins Square.

—Emily Costantino

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R.I.P. David Bowie (1947–2016)

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Royston Langdon of Spacehog on David Bowie in MAGNET, from 2013:

As a 17-year-old lad from the north of England, I had great aspirations of adventure inspired in part by Jack Kerouac’s now legendary On The Road. So off I toddled in my threadbare camper van christened The Dormabeast to France, bound for no particular place. Along with me came a cassette player and three albums only. One of these was David Bowie’s Low. I have often been compared with Bowie, and he certainly counts as one of my greatest mentors musically, and I know I’m not alone here. This album encompasses the best he has to offer. It starts and ends with instrumentals. Side one (as it was then) has some great songs such as “Always Crashing In The Same Car” and, of course, “Sound And Vision.” Still, it’s side two that remains for me indelibly etched into my consciousness. Brian Eno is a big part of this haunting and beautiful soundscape. It was certainly the soundtrack to my nights back then in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in rural France. Years later I was introduced to Bowie by the late and great Alexander McQueen. At the time, Bowie had just finished Heathen and was planning a show to play only that album and, interestingly, Low in its entirety at Roseland Ballroom in New York. Meeting one’s mentors can often be disappointing, though this wasn’t how it was for me with Mr. Bowie. On the contrary, he couldn’t have been sweeter. He said he’d heard of Spacehog and that he liked us. Wow! It was almost too much for me to handle. Subsequently, he would often call me early in the morning and invite me to his rehearsals for that show. I would sit there, reverently listening with headphones to a younger David counting off the bars to those ambient pieces, a track muted on the recordings from 1977. He and band all played along with synthesizer, Bowie occasionally taking the solo saxophone lines whilst interspersing those vocal chants merely feet away from my ears. Although Low is counted as one of the Berlin series of Bowie, it was, until very recently unbeknown to me, predominately recorded in France. I now wonder how close I was back then in France, to where Low was born. There are no accidents in my life though little did I know then where this magical soundtrack of my life would take me. Where is next? May God preserve and keep you, David, and thank you.

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In The News: Thermals, Yeasayer, Pete Yorn, RJD2, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello And More

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The Thermals have announced the March 25 release of their seventh full-length, We Disappear, via Saddle Creek … Amen & Goodbye is the fourth studio album from Yeasayer, due out from Mute on April 1 … Capitol will issue Pete Yorn’s sixth record, Arranging Time, on March 11 … On January 26, Phil Collins’ “Take A Look At Me Now” retrospective campaign will start to wind down with the release of deluxe editions of Face Value and Both Sides. Hello, I Must Be Going! and Dance Into The Light will follow on February 26 … The sixth album by RJD2, Dame Fortune, will be available March 25 via RJ’s Electrical Connections. A U.S. tour kicks off later this month … Elvis Presley: The Album Collection is a whopping 60-disc, limited-edition boxed-set anthology, featuring 57 restored Elvis Presley albums and three discs of rarities. Due out from RCA on March 18, the set commemorates the 60th anniversary of the original release of Elvis Presley … Teenage Fanclub’s Francis Macdonald will release his acclaimed Music For String Quartet, Piano & Celeste in the U.S. via Redeye on February 19 … Rhino has launched its first-ever “Start Your Year Off Right” campaign, which will feature exclusive releases from Bad Company, the Cars, Devo, Grateful Dead, the Replacements, Velvet Underground and more on January 19 … February 26 will see the release of exclusive CD/DVD and CD/Blu-ray editions of Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall bundled with new documentary Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown To Off The Wall, directed by Spike Lee … The DVD and Blu-ray of Detour Live At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall by Elvis Costello will be available February 12 from Eagle Rock … Pennywise and Theologian Records have teamed up with Hardline Entertainment to reissue the band’s early recordings on a single LP, Nineteen Eighty Eight, on May 20 … Stiff, the new White Denim album, will be released March 25 via Downtown/Sony Red … Blue Note will issue I Long To See You, the new LP from Charles Lloyd & the Marvels, on January 15. It features guest vocals from Willie Nelson and Norah Jones … On February 26, Glenn Kotche & So Percussion will release Drumkit Quartets via Cantaloupe … Forty-year-old demos by Sammy Walker will now be available from Ramseur on Brown Eyed Georgia Darlin’, due April 8.

—Emily Costantino

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Happy New Year From MAGNET! In Bob We Trust!

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In The News: Damien Jurado, Violent Femmes, Conrad Keely, Waco Brothers And More

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Secretly Canadian has announced the March 13 release of Damien Jurado’s new album, Visions Of Us On The Land, the final installment in his opus trilogy comprised of 2012’s Maraquopa and 2014’s Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son. He will tour Europe this spring in support … Violent Femmes will return with their first new album in more than 15 years, Can Do Anything, on March 4 via PIAS. The band will celebrate with a headlining North American tour … Original Machines is the debut solo album from Conrad Keely, co-founder of …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, due out from Superball on January 22 … On February 5, Game Theory will reissue its 1987 album, Lolita Nation, as a remastered and expanded two-CD, two-LP package on Omnivore. It features the original album as well as alternate mixes, live recordings, covers and radio sessions … The second album from RNDM (which features Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament, Joseph Arhur and Richard Stuverud), Ghost Riding, will be available March 4 via Dine Alone. A North American tour will kick off the same day in Seattle … Bloodshot will issue Going Down In History, the new Waco Brothers album, on February 26 … A 40-song retrospective set featuring the work of Creed, With Arms Wide Open: A Retrospective, is out now from Concord … The London Suede will release seventh studio LP Night Thoughts via Rhino/Warner Bros. on January 29. It will also include a Roger Sargent-directed DVD on the band … The fourth album from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, A Man Alive, is out March 4 via Ribbon Music.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy, Ronnie Spector, Soul Asylum, Dan Sartain, La Sera, Charles Bradley And More

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Heaven Adores You is a documentary about the late Elliott Smith, containing long listens to his music as well as interviews with his friends, bandmates and producers. The film, along with its companion soundtrack, will be available from Eagle Rock on February 5 … The 15th anniversary of Badly Drawn Boy’s The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast will be commemorated with a deluxe reissue on January 22 via XL … Ronnie Spector has signed to 429, which will issue her first new album of material since 2006, English Heart, this April … On March 18, the 11th studio album from Soul Asylum, Change Of Fortune, will be available from Entertainment One Music … One Little Indian will issue the new Dan Sartain album, Century Plaza, on February 19 … Countrepoint is the debut solo LP form Air’s Nicolas Godin, due out February 26 on Because … The fourth studio album from La Sera, Music For Listening To Music To (which was produced by Ryan Adams), will be issued by Polyvinyl on March 4 … Charles Bradley has announced the April 1 release of Changes, his third full-length, via Dunham/Daptone … February 26 marks the release of the new Lily & Madeleine album, Keep It Together, on New West … Omnivore will launch a JD Souther expanded reissue initiative next year, starting with the January 8 reissue of John David Souther, followed by Black Rose and Home By Dawn on February 12.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: M. Ward, Animal Collective, Avett Brothers, Nada Surf, Black Sabbath, Grant-Lee Phillips, Michael Cerveris And More

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On March 4, Merge will issue M. Ward’s eighth solo album, More RainAnimal Collective has announced the February 19 release of its 11th full-length, Painting With, via Domino … Live, Vol. Four is a concert recording of the Avett Brothers’ 2015 New Year’s Eve gig, due out from American/Republic on December 18 … Third Man Records will issue the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s new film, The Hateful Eight (composed by Ennio Morricone), on vinyl on December 18 … The eighth album by Nada Surf, You Know Who You Are, is due out March 4 via Barsuk … On January 22, the first three studio albums from Black SabbathBlack Sabbath, Paranoid and Master of Reality—will be available as deluxe editions on Rhino. That same month, the band will launch its final tour across North America … Grant-Lee Phillips will release his new record, The Narrows, on March 18 via Yep Roc … Straight Outta Compton’s official soundtrack, featuring tracks by N.W.A, Eazy-E, Parliament, Ice Cube and more, is set for a January 8 release via UMe … Plowboy has announced the February 26 issuing of Meridian Rising, Paul Burch’s concept album based on the life of Jimmie Rodgers … The latest album from Michael Cerveris, Piety, will be released February 5 on Low Heat/RedEye.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Ween, Ra Ra Riot, Half Japanese, Crooked Fingers, Fall, Rob Crow, Mac McCaughan, Dressy Bessy, High Llamas And More

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Ween has announced that it will reunite for three shows over President’s Day Weekend at the 1st Bank Center in Colorado. Tickets are on sale now … Need Your Light, the latest album from Ra Ra Riot, is due out February 19 via Barsuk … Joyful Noise will issue the new Half Japanese LP, Perfect, on January 22 … The third full-length from Tedeschi Trucks Band, Let Me Get By, will be available January 29 from Fantasy … On January 22, Sonya Kitchell will return after a seven-year hiatus with the release of We Come Apart on Rockwood Music Hall Recordings/Thirty Tigers … Crooked Fingers will reissue their first two full-lengths, Crooked Fingers and Bring On The Snakes, via Merge on January 29 … Still In A Dream is a five-disc collection of shoegaze songs spanning 1988-1995, containing tracks by the Jesus And Mary Chain, Cocteau Twins, Ride, Slowdive and many more. It will be available January 29 from Cherry Red … Duophonic has announced the February 19 release of the debut album from Cavern Of Anti-Matter, void beats/invocation trex. The new trio is comprised of Stereolab’s Tim Gane and Joe Dilworth, as well as synth player Holger Zapf … A new EP from the Fall, Wise Ol’ Man, is due out from Cherry Red on January 29 … March 4 marks the release of Rob Crow’s You’re Doomed. Be Nice., via Temporary Residence Ltd. … Mac McCaughan will issue Staring At Your Hologram, an instrumental remix of his Non-Believers album released earlier this year, on January 29 via Merge … The self-titled debut from Nevermen—TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Mike Patton and Adam “Doesone” Drucker—will be available from Ipecac on January 29 … Kingsized is the first studio album from Dressy Bessy in seven years, due out from Yep Roc on February 5 … Blue Note will issue Detroit Jazz City on December 4. It’s a compilation album benefiting the organization Focus: HOPE, and features tracks by Marion Hayden, Kenny Cox, James Carter and more … The music from the High Llamas’ theatrical piece, Here Come The Rattling Trees, will be available January 22 from Drag City … On January 15, Resonance will release One Night In Indy, an exclusive 1959 performance by Wes Montgomery featuring the Eddie Higgins Trio, on CD for the first time.

—Emily Costantino

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