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R.I.P. Pat DiNizio (Smithereens)

R.I.P. Pat DiNizio. You will be missed by many.

Scott McCaughey on Pat in MAGNET here:
“I first jammed in Smithereens guitarist Jim Babjak’s basement with him, Dennis (Diken), and Mike Mesaros, pre-Pat DiNizio, in 1978. Thus, a case could be made for me being the original singer in the Smithereens, which would have resulted in very different, and less successful, lives for all of us. Thankfully they found Pat—I could never have written songs that exceptionally inescapable.”

From our 120 Reasons To Live entry on the Smithereens’ “Top Of The Pops” from 2012 here:
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What other band can claim to be an influence on both Nirvana and The Jersey Shore? It’s the Smithereens, New Jersey’s finest ’80s college-rock band (if you’re not counting the Feelies and don’t consider the Misfits college-rock material). “Top Of The Pops,” from 1991’s Blow Up, is not a cover of the Kinks song “Top Of The Pops,” but it’s at least part homage to Ray Davies and draws an interesting, if somewhat faint, line between Davies and Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio, two working-class heroes. We’ll save a Smithereens career arc for a later post, but DiNizio has made himself an interesting life out of sheer tenacity, from his 2000 run for the U.S. Senate and a battle with a debilitating nervous-system disorder to pioneering living-room shows and, more recently, engaging in a good old-fashioned run of shows in Vegas.

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In The News: Guided By Voices, Lissie, Mudhoney, Dean Ween, Panda Bear, El Perro Del Mar, Eurythmics, Nick Oliveri, Senses Fail And More

Guided By Voices will release its 25th “proper” album, Space Gun, on its GBV Inc imprint on March 23. According to Robert Pollard, by far the most prolific songwriter in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, the 15-track LP will be the only GBV album of 2018, but given his track record, we’re not gonna bet on that just yet. Look for a tour featuring the relatively new lineup of Pollard, guitarists Doug Gillard and Bobby Bare Jr, bassist Mark Shue and drummer Kevin March after Space Gun‘s release, kids. The club is open … The follow-up to last year’s My Wild West, Lissie‘s Castles will be issued by Lionboy on March 23 … Mudhoney’s first-ever official live album, LiE, is out on vinyl (sorry, gramps, this good shit ain’t available on CD) on January 19 via Sub Pop … Out March 9 is Deaner Rock 2 (Schnitzel), the sophomore LP from the Dean Ween Group, led by none other than Dean Ween of, well, longtime MAGNET faves Ween … A Day With The Homies is a 12-inch LP from Panda Bear (a.k.a. Panda Bear’s Noah Lennox), out via Domino on January 12 … The Control Group will issue El Perro Del Mar‘s six-song We Are History EP on February 2 … All eight Eurythmics studio albums are being reissued on vinyl by RCA/Legacy, starting April 13 with 1981’s In The Garden and 1983’s Sweet Dreams and Touch; 1985’s Be Yourself Tonight, 1986’s Revenge and 1987’s Savage will follow in July, with 1989’s We Too Are One and 1999’s Peace out in October … H+ is the latest from Air’s JB Dunckel, out March 16 … We’ll drink to Walkmen multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin‘s fourth solo LP, Reminisce Bar & Grill, out in February on Ile Flottante … N.O. Hits At All Vol. 4 is the fourth and final installment of compilations featuring highlights and unreleased tracks from Nick Oliveri‘s two-decade-plus career playing with the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, Dwarves, Kyuss Lives! and Death Acoustic; the eight-track set is out February 23 on Heavy Psych Sounds … The self-titled debut from burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese, a collaboration with Sébastien Tellier, is out in February via Record Makers … Senses Fail‘s seventh album, If There Is A Light, It Will Find You, will find you February 16 via Pure Noise.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Violetta Zironi’s “Toast” From The “Half Moon Lane” EP

A songwriter since age 16 who toured around her native Italy fronting a country/blues trio, Violetta Zironi was signed by a label hoping to make her a pop star (she even appeared on the Italian X Factor). Instead, Zironi decided to pursue the kind of music she felt was most real to her: a blend of Americana-inspired folk/country with a decidedly European sensibility. After relocating a couple years ago to both London and Berlin, Zironi soon took an extended trip to the American South, where she played and wrote songs with local musicians. Her new Half Moon Lane EP (named after the London street she now calls home) is the culmination of her moving around. Today, we’re giving you the chance to check out EP track “Toast,” a haunting, cosmopolitan slice of self-assured pop that makes it hard to believe this budding chanteuse is only 22 years old. Says Zironi of the tune, “This song is about being emotionally removed from any relationship, being afraid to be vulnerable and to put yourself out there. When stealing hearts, all you really want is someone to steal yours.” See, we told you she’s wise beyond her years. We’re proud to premiere “Toast” on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out below.

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In The News: Björk, Born Ruffians, Moon Taxi, Darlingside, T-Pain, John Oates, Joe Perry, Felt, Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam, Toto And More

Out now is Björk‘s ninth studio album, Utopia, on One Little Indian. The 14-track LP features five songs co-written with Arca (who also co-produced most of the album) and one with Sarah Hopkins, as well as a 12-piece Icelandic female flute orchestra and a choir conducted by Þorgerður Ingólfsdóttir. In May, Björk will be headlining the last day of London’s All Points East Festival, a three-day event also featuring LCD Soundsystem, the xx, Beck, Father John Misty, Phoenix, Lorde and many others … Born RuffiansUncle, Duke & The Chief is out February 16 on Paper Bag … RCA will issue Moon Taxi‘s fifth studio album, Let The Record Play, on January 19 … On January 26, Ramseur will release Steep Canyon RangersOut In The Open … Volume 8, Bardo Pond‘s latest album, is out February 2 via Fire … Loma is Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater) and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski (Cross Record); the trio will release its self-titled debut on February 16 via Sub Pop … Back on February 9 after more than eight years is Dashboard Confessional, with Crooked Shadows (Fueled By Ramen) … Darlingside‘s Extralife, the follow-up to 2015’s Birds Say, is out via More Doug/Thirty Tigers on February 23 … The Wood Brothers‘ sixth LP, the 10-track One Drop Of Truth, is due February 2 via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers … Professor And The Madman—Alfie Agnew (Adolescents, D.I.), Sean Elliott (D.I.) and Paul Gray and Rat Scabies (Damned)—unleashes Disintegrate Me (FullerTone) on February 23 … T-Pain‘s OBLiViON is out now via Nappy Boy/Konvict/RCA … John OatesArkansas (out February 2 on Thirty Tigers) shows off the mustachioed music man’s Americana side … Alright, Jeffrey Gaines‘ first studio album in 15 years, is out January 26 on Omnivore … Aerosmith’s Joe Perry will self-release sixth solo album Sweetzerland Manifesto (featuring guests Johnny Depp, Robin Zander, David Johansen and Terry Reid) on January 19 … King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor is back with solo album Alien Beans (Rat Pak) on January 12; it comes with a bonus disc of 11 remixed/remastered songs from Tabor’s previous LPs … ’80s indie cult band Felt (ask your cool uncle) will be the subject of the Cherry Red label’s A Decade In Music reissue series starting February 23 with remastered versions of Lawrence and Co.’s first five albums: 1982’s Crumbling The Antiseptic Beauty, 1984’s The Splendour Of Fear and The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories, 1985’s Ignite The Seven Cannons and 1986’s The Seventeenth Century (originally released as Let The Snakes Crinkle Their Heads To Death) … Speaking of Lawrence, his current project, Mozart’s Mini Mart, will release its new album, the 17-track Mozart’s Mini Mart, on the same day via West Midlands … The first album the current lineup of Fleetwood Mac made together was the band’s 1975 self-titled album (you know, the one with “Landslide,” “Say You Love Me” and “Rhiannon”), and it will be reissued by Rhino on January 19 in three formats: three-CD/LP/DVD (remastered original album on CD and LP; rare/unreleased studio and live recordings on CD; 5.1 Surround Sound and high-resolution mixes of original album on DVD), two-CD (remastered original album; rare/unreleased studio and live recordings) and single-CD (remastered original album) … Live Pearl Jam doc Let’s Play Two is out now on DVD and Blu-ray from Republic, with each featuring five bonus tracks (“Black,” “Mind Your Manners,” “Masters Of War,” “Rearviewmirror” and “Immortality”), though the DVD also coming with a deluxe edition of the soundtrack containing the same five bonus tracks …  40 Trips Around The Sun is a 17-track best-of from Toto featuring all the hits plus three previously unreleased recordings, due out February 9 on Legacy … Metal Blade will reissue two Fates Warning albums, 1989’s Perfect Symmetry and 1991’s Parallels, on January 12 with each CD containing five bonus tracks … Capitol Records continues its 75th anniversary celebration with A Capitol Christmas Volume 2, featuring holiday classics from the likes of the Beach Boys, Glen Campbell, Wayne Newton, Lena Horne and the Louvin Brothers … Kaskade‘s new holiday album, titled simply Christmas, is out now via Arkade/Sony International/Columbia Germany.

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Alone In These Modern Times: A Tommy Keene Appreciation

MAGNET contributing editor Matt Hickey wrote a profile of Tommy Keene in 1998—the infamous “Tommy might retire” piece—as well as the liner notes to Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective: 1983-2009. His fandom that began in 1986 developed into a friendship; he remembers his friend, who died last week.

It’s interesting what can strike you as funny while grieving.

Legendary singer/songwriter Tommy Keene died in his sleep on November 22, the night before Thanksgiving. I was informed of his shocking, untimely demise by his dear friend Matty; I then told a couple of close pals who also knew Tommy, but otherwise I didn’t feel it was my place to break the news to anyone else.

Once word spread online, I received some condolence texts; as I was trying to deal with the utter shock and disbelief by simply talking about Tommy’s life and music with folks who cared, I said to one buddy, “And he was only 60. Way too young.”

And then I laughed.

Tommy, you see, was 59. Oh, the text I’d have received if he’d known I’d prematurely aged him: “WTF?!! I’m NOT 60!!! 😠😡”

Even if he’d been 60, it’s way too young to die, particularly for an artist who still had so much to offer. While Tommy never achieved anything close to popular success over a career that dates—it’s too soon to say “dated”—back to the early 1980s, “those in the know” about him, as our mutual friend Len (who took the photo accompanying this piece) puts it, justifiably considered Tommy an all-time great.

An underrated guitarist, Tommy wrote perfect pop songs and played them with heart and muscle. “Places That Are Gone” stands up with, say, Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” as one of the best power-pop songs ever. Recent tunes like “Out Of My Mind” or “Deep Six Saturday” (from his last two albums, 2015’s Laugh In The Dark and 2011’s Behind The Parade, respectively) would sound amazing blasting out of the radio rather than Taylor Swift’s latest steaming pile of aural dogshit.

A quick digression: Mentioning Cheap Trick reminded me that Tommy once emailed a list of his top 40 bands. Some rankings are surprising—the Replacements that low? Aerosmith above GBV?—but the selections illustrate not only his mostly impeccable taste but also his encyclopedic rock ’n’ roll knowledge:

1. The Beatles
2. The Who
3. The Rolling Stones
4. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
5. Led Zeppelin
6. The Byrds
7. Cheap Trick
8. Roxy Music
9. Jimi Hendrix
10. David Bowie
11. Big Star
12. The Beach Boys
13. Peter Gabriel
14. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
15. Aerosmith
16. Guided By Voices/Robert Pollard
17. Bob Dylan
18. The Smiths
19. The Replacements
20. Television
21. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
22. The Kinks
23. The Bee Gees
24. R.E.M.
25. 20/20
26. The Raspberries
27. Mott The Hoople
28. Iggy Pop
29. Lou Reed
30. The Sex Pistols
31. The Clash
32. The Pretenders
33. Free
34. Neil Young
35. Sparks
36. Grin/Nils Lofgren
37. Be-Bop Deluxe
38. Thin Lizzy
39. Crowded House/Neil Finn
40. You Am I

As that list maybe amplifies, Tommy was an anachronism in some ways: He made music that was no longer fashionable (if it ever really was) and clung to the old-school model of a record label putting out his albums, in a marketplace that didn’t much care and in a dying industry to boot. His final release, 2016’s live Showtunes II—a sequel of sorts to 2000’s Showtunes, a document that’s abundant proof of his onstage prowess—was sold at gigs and via his website, so he was possibly starting to get it.

Social media baffled Tommy a bit. He was pretty good about posting photos and personal musings on Facebook, but Twitter initially was beyond his grasp. He abandoned his long-dormant first account, so a couple of years ago I created an “official” TK Twitter. Full disclosure: I posted as him in the beginning, mostly to publicize shows by linking to venue information or ticket sites and the occasional interview. He’d ask me what the point of it all was—along with the password at least four times.

And then came Donald Trump. Like many of us, he loathed President Dipshit. This is how Twitter finally “took”; Tommy’s tweets were almost exclusively, and hilariously, about getting rid of the orange nightmare living in the White House. Not all that long before he died, Tommy did post a photo on Facebook (and that I tweeted for him) of an old-school tape recorder and an acoustic guitar. New music was planned for 2018; that we won’t hear it is heartbreaking.

His lack of commercial viability, thanks to his disastrous major-label days and the fact that most popular-music listeners favor garbage, was always galling, in particular because the quality of his records never declined. (Listen and you’ll know this isn’t praise-him-because-he’s-gone hyperbole.) It rightly ate at him; when I would attempt to cheer him up by talking about how respected he was, he’d say, “Respect doesn’t pay my rent.” Fair enough, but if it could, he’d be in the high-rent district. For proof, seek out the various tributes that better writers have already penned. Simply put, Tommy was beloved by the aforementioned “in the know” crowd.

Tommy was a gentleman and a friendly, generous guy. Sure, he could be … let’s say moody. But mostly he was approachable, sharply intelligent and wickedly funny, with an unequaled memory. Ask him how many people showed up for a gig at whatever club in whatever year on whatever tour, and he’d go, “43.”

“Seemed like more than that.”

“Nope, exactly 43 paying customers.”

If he’d been inclined to write it, Tommy’s memoir would’ve been brilliant; he had a story for every occasion and told them brilliantly. I brought the idea up a couple of times, but it never went past that. Yet another loss.

The last time I saw Tommy was at one of his solo shows opening for Matthew Sweet this past summer. He was in great spirits, as he generally was when he wasn’t headlining. (This is not to say he was always sour when going on last, but he generally found the stress-free nature of being an opener, or a sideman, comforting.) After Sweet’s set, we went to Reggies, a bar on Chicago’s South Side with a cool rooftop deck. It was a beautiful night, and we sat and talked about a lot of things, including his future. He’d concluded that his days as a headliner were over because getting gigs, even in Chicago, was becoming more and more difficult. I’d heard him say this before and took it in stride, but I told him we’d figure out a band for which he could open once he got around to making a new record.

Brian, a fellow fan, was at Reggies that night. I told him I was hanging out with Tommy and said he should go talk to him. Later, Tommy went to use the facilities, and Brian said—I’m paraphrasing, as beer was involved—“I can’t believe I’m at Reggies with Tommy Keene.”

Despite knowing Tommy for nearly 20 years—first as a nervous interviewer and later as someone he trusted—I honestly couldn’t believe I was there with him, either. And I honestly can’t believe he’s gone. Speed on, Brother Keene.

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In The News: Sex Pistols, Elbow, Television Personalities, S. Carey, Refrigerator, Meat Beat Manifesto, Ella Fitzgerald, Jane Birkin, Chuck Berry, Rush, Iron Maiden, Tragically Hip And More

Never mind the original version, here’s the 40th anniversary deluxe edition. Four decades ago, the Sex Pistols released their only studio album and one of the greatest punk records of all time. Now it’s celebration time with Never Mind The Bollocks: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (USM/UMC). The set, a smaller-sized reissue of the out-of-print, limited-edition box that came out five years ago, contains three CDs (the original, 12-track U.K. album; rarities/demos/b-sides; live performances in Sweden and Norway), plus it adds a DVD (containing footage from the legendary River Thames boat party, live shows in Cornwall and Sweden, promo videos and a Radio One interview) and a 48-page hardback book. Ever get the feeling you’ve not been cheated? … Elbow has just released The Best Of (Polydor), which is, not surprisingly, a collection of the band’s best material from its seven studio albums; it comes in a standard version as well as a deluxe version, which adds a bonus disc with 14 more songs … Beautiful Despair, an unreleased Television Personalities album recorded in 1990, will be out January 26 via Fire … The third album from S. Carey (Bon Iver), Hundred Acres, is out February 23 via Jagjaguwar … Sonny Smith (Sonny And The Sunsets) will release 10th studio album Rod For Your Love on February 9 via Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound label … Marie/Lepanto is Will Johnson (Centro-matic) and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster (Water Liars); the duo’s debut album, Tenkiller, is out January 26 on Fat Possum imprint Big Legal Mess … High Desert Lows, Refrigerator‘s 11th album, is out February 9 courtesy of Shrimper/Revolver … Daptone will issue the James Hunter Six‘s Whatever It Takes on February 2 … On January 19, Walking Papers—Jefferson Angell and Benjamin Anderson (both Missionary Position), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) and Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, Mad Season)—will release second LP WP2 on Loud & Proud … Wild Child‘s fourth LP, Expectations, was produced by the likes of Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), Matthew Logan Vasquez (Delta Spirit) and Scott McMicken (Dr. Dog) and is out February 9 on Dualtone … The latest from Meat Beat Manifesto, Impossible Star, is out January 19 via Flexidisc/Virtual … Out now on Sub Pop is Reworks, an album by pianist Walt Wagner recorded live last year at Seattle’s Canlis Restaurant featuring renditions of songs by My Bloody Valentine, Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Phoenix, Buzzcocks and others … I’m With Her‘s Ethan Johns-produced, 12-track debut LP, See You Around, is out February 16 on Rounder … On December 1, Verve/UMe wraps up its year-long celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday with Ella At Zardi’s, an unreleased live album recorded more than six decades ago … A limited-edition version of Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique (Parlophone), Jane Birkin’s tribute to late husband Serge Gainsbourg, is out now and features a bonus disc with a Japanese concert as well as a DVD with a Birkin-narrated film about the couple … Chuck Berry‘s The Great Twenty-Eight best-of collection will be released as a limited-to-500, five-LP, vinyl boxed set on “chess-blue” vinyl by Geffen/UMe on December 15, with a standard black-vinyl version of the set due out January 26 … An expanded version of Rush‘s fifth album, 1977’s A Farewell To Kings, is out December 1 on UMe/Anthem/ole as a super-deluxe edition (three CDs, one Blu-ray, four 180-gram LPs, a “King’s Ring,” a turntable mat, a 1977 tour-program reproduction) and two deluxe editions (three CDs or four LPs) … The Book Of Souls: Live Chapter is a 15-track live album recorded during Iron Maiden‘s 2016-2017 tour, out now on BMG … The Tragically Hip has two new DVDs/Blu-rays out next month: A National Celebration (December 22) and Long Time Running (December 1) document the band’s final tour and concert before the passing of frontman Gord Downie from incurable brain cancer; the former is a recording of the Hip’s last performance in its hometown of Kingston, the latter a documentary chronicling the rehearsals and preparation leading up to the tour … England Is Mine, a biopic about the teenaged Morrissey directed by Academy Award and BAFTA nominee Mark Gill, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 12 via Cleopatra/MVD.

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R.I.P. Tommy Keene (1958-2017)

It would be an understatement to say that MAGNET lost a very, very good friend on Wednesday. More to come about Tommy in this space in the near future once his passing has sunk in. Right now, we’re kinda still in shock. Q&As with our pal from 2011 and 2006.

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Happy Thanksgiving from MAGNET!

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In The News: Billie Holiday, Superchunk, Neil Young, Big Star, Van Morrison, Hot Snakes, Monkees, Kris Kristofferson And More

On December 8, Verve/UMe will be releasing five-LP boxed sets (180-gram vinyl, authentic period sleeves that replicate the original artwork) that feature seminal albums from three jazz greats: vocalists Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington and saxophonist Stan Getz. (CD versions of the boxes will be available a week later.) Holiday’s Classic Lady Day compiles 1957’s Solitude: Songs By Billie Holiday (which features material from a 1952 10-inch), A Recital By Billie Holiday, Velvet Moods: Songs By Billie Holiday and Lady Sings The Blues (all three 1956) and 1958’s All Or Nothing At All. Washington’s The Divine Miss Dinah collects After Hours With Miss D and Dinah Jams (both 1954), 1955’s For Those In Love, 1957’s The Swingin’ Miss D and 1959’s What A Diff’rence A Day Makes!. Last but not least is Getz’s Bossa Nova Years, compiling Jazz Samba and Big Band Bossa Nova (both 1962), 1963’s Jazz Samba Encore!, 1964’s Getz/Gilberto (a collaboration with Brazilian guitarist/singer Joao Gilberto featuring hit single “The Girl From Ipanema”) and 1966’s Stan Getz With Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida (a 1963 collaboration with the São Paulo guitarist) … What A Time To Be Alive, Superchunk‘s first album in four years, is out February 16 via Merge; the 11-track LP features a number of guest vocalists, including Stephin Merritt, David Bazan, Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog) … Neil Young + Promise Of The Real will release The Visitor (Reprise) on December 1 … On January 12, Omnivore will issue Live At Lafayette’s Music Room, a 20-track concert album recorded by Big Star in its hometown of Memphis in 1973 featuring songs from its first two albums and covers of songs by the likes of the Kinks, Flying Burrito Brothers and T.Rex … Van Morrison is back December 1 with his second album of 2017; the 16-track Versatile (Legacy) features the legend taking on some of the 20th century’s coolest jazz-vocal standards (made popular by the likes of Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole) as well as six of his own originals … Widdershins, the ninth solo album from Grant-Lee Phillips, is out February 23 via Yep Roc … On March 9, Cooking Vinyl will issue In Your Own Sweet Time, the fifth album from the Fratellis … The Wombats return February 9 with fourth LP Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life courtesy of Kobalt … Former Black Swans frontman Jerry David DeCicca will release Time The Teacher via Impossible Ark on February 9 … Sub Pop is reissuing all three albums by post-hardcore heroes Hot Snakes—2000’s Automatic Midnight, 2002’s Suicide Invoice and 2004’s Audit In Progress—January 19 on CD, vinyl and, yes kids, cassette; here’s hoping for a new album … More Of The Monkees, the Monkees‘ best-selling album, is getting the deluxe treatment December 15 from Rhino with a three-CD set featuring stereo and mono mixes of the original LP, plus a staggering 55 previously unreleased tracks and a bonus seven-inch featuring a remixed “I’m A Believer” and a vocals-only “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone” … Billy Idol‘s self-titled debut, Rebel Yell and Idolize Yourself: The Very Best Of Billy Idol are now available on high-quality vinyl courtesy of UMe … Out now is Buried Treasure, Volume One (Mailboat), an 11-track collection of early previously unreleased and rare recordings by Jimmy Buffett, along with song-by-song narration by Buffett and (for the deluxe edition) a bonus DVD, Buried Treasure: Mobile To NashvilleDr. Demento Covered In Punk features never-before-released punk versions of songs from the Dr. Demento Show alongside newly “demented” covers of other punk standards; out January 12 via Demented Punk, the 30-track collection comes as a three-LP or two-CD set and features the likes of Joan Jett, the Misfits, Fred Schneider, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Los Straitjackets, Shonen Knife, Rasputina, Philly Boy Roy and, yes, William Shatner … Out now is the 15-track Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection (Motown/UMe), a Diana Ross best-of also featuring a new dance remix of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” … Also out now, on DVD, is The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson: All Star Concert Celebration, celebrating the music of the great Kris Kristofferson with performances by the Man himself, as well as Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Alison Krauss, Lady Antebellum and others; trailer is here … MVD is releasing Summer Of ’82: When Zappa Came To Sicily, a documentary about Frank Zappa‘s infamous concert in Italy that closed out his 1982 European tour, on DVD on December 8 .. The Vince Guaraldi Trio‘s legendary A Charlie Brown Christmas has been reissued by Craft on 180-gram vinyl and packaged in a vintage tip-on jacket with the original 1965 album art … Speaking of the most wonderful time of the year: Jim Brickman‘s A Joyful Christmas (BMG) is a 16-track holiday album featuring guest appearances by Dick Van Dyke, Jane Lynch, Five For Fighting and more … Don’t put away the eggnog just yet: Out now on Epic is the soundtrack to the animated Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, featuring four Mariah Carey tracks (including a new song) and five other holidays tunes.

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Best Wishes To MAGNET Friend Scott McCaughey

Our best wishes go out to longtime MAGNET friend Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., Baseball Project, Filthy Friends, et al), who’s recovering from a stroke. Read our MAGNET Feedback with him from last year here.

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