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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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In The News: She & Him, Stars, Foo Fighters, Flying Lotus, Trail Of Dead, Cave, Lloyd Cole And More

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She & Him has announced the fall release of new album Classics (Columbia), which will be a collection of cover songs recorded live with a 20-piece orchestra … On October 14, the new record from Stars, No One Is Lost, will be out via ATO. The band kicks off a headlining North American tour later this month in support … Sonic Highways is the eighth album from Foo Fighters, due out from Roswell/RCA on November 10 … The fifth studio album from Flying Lotus is set for an October 7 release on Warp. You’re Dead features appearances by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg and more … Drag City will issue a new compilation album featuring previously unreleased songs by Cave, Release, on October 21 … November 11 marks the release of IX, the ninth full-length by …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead John Mellencamp will issue Plain Spoken, his 22nd record, on September 23 via Republic … The 50th anniversary of the original release of The T.A.M.I Show—a concert film featuring performances by the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Beach Boys and more—will be celebrated with two screenings in Southern California later this month, which will be followed by discussions and Q&As with director Steve Binder … Secretly Canadian has announced the second full-length by I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness, Dust, due out October 28 … Standards, the latest release from Lloyd Cole, is set for a September 30 release via Omnivore and features appearances by Fred Maher, Mathew Sweet and Joan (As Police Woman) Wasser … On October 28, Pizza Burglar will issue Spellcaster II: Death In Space by Quintron And Miss Pussycat.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Can, Fauntleroys, Eric Clapton, Animals, Herman Hermits And More

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Can has announced a vinyl reissue series of its 14-album catalog, starting with Monster Movie, Tago Mago and Ege Bamyasi on September 2 via Mute. This is the first time in more than a decade these records will be available in this format … Alejandro Escovedo, Ivan Julian, Nicholas Tremulis and Linda Pitmon have joined forces as the Fauntleroys, and they will issue debut album Below The Pink Pony via Plowboy on September 16 … Planes, Trains And Eric is a film documenting Eric Clapton’s life on the road during his recent tour, set for a November 4 release by Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats … Previously unreleased material from Scruffy The Cat is due out from Omnivore on September 16. The Good Goodbye: Unreleased Recordings 1984-1990 contains 23 demos, live performances and studio tracks … The second album from Il Sogno Del Marinaio, Canto Secondo, will be issued on August 26 via Clenchedwrench. The release will be supported by an extensive U.S. fall tour … Rhino will issue a seven-disc collection of Foreigner’s Atlantic Studio albums along with bonus tracks, Foreigner: The Complete Atlantic Studio Albums 1977-1991, on October 14 … Pay Close Attention is XL Recordings’ label history-spanning compilation album, featuring tracks from the White Stripes, Devendra Banhart, M.I.A, Radiohead, the xx and more. It will be available as a four-LP vinyl boxed set as well as a two-disc CD on August 25 … A seven-CD collection spanning Ry Cooder’s career as a soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder: Soundtracks, will be out September 30 via Rhino … The latest additions to ABKCO’s Clearly Classic series will be the AnimalsThe Best Of The Animals and Herman HermitsTheir Greatest Hits, which will be released August 12 as clear-vinyl editions.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: TV On The Radio, Minus The Bear, Led Zeppelin, Melvins, Minnie Driver And More

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This fall, the new TV On The Radio album, Seeds, will be issued by the Harvest label. The band will play several dates on the West Coast in support … Lost Loves is the new record from Minus The Bear, due out from Dangerbird on October 7 … JEFF The Brotherhood has announced an EP of covers, Dig The Classics (including tracks by Pixies, My Bloody Valentine, Beck, and more), which will be released September 30 via Warner Bros. The band will hit the road for an extensive U.S. tour later this month … Atlantic/Swan Song’s Led Zeppelin reissue campaign continues on October 28 with the release of deluxe editions of Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy … On October 14, the new record from the Melvins (with the help of Butthole Surfers’ Paul Leary and JD Pinkus), Hold It In, will be released by Ipecac … The latest album by Horse Feathers, So It Is With Us, is due out via Kill Rock Stars on October 21 … Primus & The Chocolate Factory is the first full-length studio set in nearly 20 years by the definitive Primus lineup, set for an October 21 release via ATO. A supporting fall tour will kick off following the release … Minnie Driver’s third album, Ask Me To Dance, will be a collection of covers of songs by the likes of Elliott Smith, Paul Weller, Neil Young and more. It will be available from Rounder on October 7 …  Stax Records will reissue two remastered Big Star albums, #1 Record and Radio City, on September 2 … The 13th studio album by Chuck Prophet, Night Surfer, is out September 23 via Yep Roc … September 16 marks the release of Alix, the new Generationals album, on Polyvinyl … The next entries from MPL and Concord Music Group’s Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be two Wings albums, Venus And Mars and At The Speed Of Sound, on September 23 … The final album by the late Jesse Winchester, A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble, will be available on September 16 via the Appleseed label.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Sarah Silverman, M83, Raveonettes, Johnny Marr, ABBA, Paul Weller And More

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We Are Miracles, the recording of Sarah Silverman’s Emmy-nominated first headlining special for HBO, will be available from Sub Pop on CD, LP and digital formats on September 23 … Stevie Nicks will release a new solo album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault, on October 7 via Warner Bros. Containing songs mostly written between 1969 and 1987, the package will also include never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career … On August 25, the first three out-of-print albums by M83M83; Dead Cities, Red Seas, And Lost Ghosts and Before The Dawn Heals Us—will be reissued by Mute. Two digital EPs featuring remixes and b-sides will be available September 9 … The new album from the Raveonettes, Pe’ahi, is out now as a surprise release via The Beat Dies. The duo will hit the road for a U.S. tour on September 22 … Warner Music Group will issue Johnny Marr’s second solo effort, Playland, on October 7 … Memoirs Of A Madman is an audio and video collection celebrating the career of Ozzy Osbourne, due out October 7 in multiple formats from Epic/Legacy … Bloc Party’s Kele has announced the October 14 release of his second solo record, Trick, on the Lilac label … ABBA’s landmark 1979 concert at Wembley Arena will be available in its entirety on ABBA: Live At Wembley Arena on September 30 … September 8 marks the release of a five-album boxed set, Paul Weller: Classic Album Selection Vol 1, featuring the first five solo albums from Paul Weller … Schnitzel Records will release Leave Me Alone, the new album from Nick Oliveri, in late September.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Lucinda Williams, Pissed Jeans, Stuart Murdoch, Game Theory, Sloan And More

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The first-ever double album by Lucinda Williams, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone, will be issued by her Highway 20 Records on September 30 … On October 7, Sub Pop will reissue Shallow, the 2005 debut album from Pissed JeansRobyn, Sufjan Stevens, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent and more contributed to Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell. Due out October 21 from Yep Roc, the two-disc/three-LP set contains 26 tracks paying tribute to the late Russell … God Help The Girl is a new musical feature film directed by Belle And Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, set for a theatrical release September 5 from Amplify. The soundtrack, which features tracks by Murdoch and sung by the cast, will be available from Milan Records on September 2 … This fall, Jackson Browne will kick off a full-band tour in the U.S. and U.K. in support of new album Standing In The Breach, which will be available October 7 …. Omnivore Recordings will launch a series of expanded reissues from Game Theory’s catalog on September 2 with the release of 1982 album Blaze Of Glory … In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA, a tribute album featuring stripped-down covers of the original tracks will be released September 16. Dead Man’s Town features contributions from Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Blitzen Trapper, Trampled By Turtles, Low and more … The 11th studio album from Sloan, Commonwealth, will be released September 9 via Yep Roc … The Bad Plus has announced the August 26 release of Inevitable Western.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Weezer, Devo, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Vaselines, Shellac And More

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The ninth album from Weezer, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is set for a September 30 release via Republic … The Men Who Make The Music is a DVD featuring live footage from Devo’s 1978 tour as well as music videos and more. Due out August 12, it will also include Butch Devo And The Sundance Gig, the band’s 1996 performance closing the Sundance Film Festival … The Swell Season’s Marketa Irglova will issue her second solo effort, Muna, on September 23 via Anti-. She’ll tour North America this October in support … FatCat will release the third album from We Were Promised Jetpacks, Unravelling, this fall … On October 7, the new record from the Vaselines, V For Vaselines, will be out via Rosary … King Tuff has announced the September 23 release of third album Black Moon Spell on Sub Pop. He’ll kick off a supporting North American tour on September 25 … Mended With Gold, the third release from the Rural Alberta Advantage, will be issued September 30 via Saddle Creek … A 23-disc boxed set containing eight previously unreleased Grateful Dead performances will be available September 9. Spring 1990 (The Other One) is a companion to the now sold-out Spring 1990 boxed set released two years ago, featuring footage from the band’s 25th anniversary celebration tour … Touch And Go will issue Shellac’s fifth LP, Dude Incredible, on September 16 … September 23 marks the release of Laetitia Sadier’s Something Shines via Drag City … The third solo effort from the Silos’ Walter Salas-Humara, Curve And Shake, is due out August 12 … Ex Hex’s full-length debut, Rips, will be released October 13 by Merge.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Ryan Adams, Morrissey, Jerry Lee Lewis, Half Japanese, Oasis And More

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Musical renaissance man Ryan Adams has announced the September 9 release of his self-produced, self-titled new album. Adams’ recent “Gimme Something Good” became the first seven-inch single to go number one on the Amazon music store, and he has already announced six headlining tour dates for this summer … Parlophone has announced the DVD issue of concert film Introducing Morrissey. The movie tracks former Smiths frontman Morrissey through two nights of shows at Sheffield’s City Hall and the Winter Gardens in Blackpool (February 7 and 8, 1995, respectively). Introducing Morrissey was previously available only on VHS … Rock & Roll Time, the latest from legendary rocker Jerry Lee Lewis, will be released September 9 via Vanguard Records. Expect guest appearances from former collaborators Keith Richards, Neil Young and Ron Wood, among others … For the first time in more than a decade, art/punk rockers Half Japanese will be releasing a new record. Produced by John Dieterich of Deerhoof, this 12-track LP continues the tradition of lo-fi, self-released rock, but reportedly sounds unlike anything else in the band’s extensive catalogue … The second in the Chasing The Sun series of Oasis reissues, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? has been set for release September 30 via Big Brother Recordings on multiple formats. The recent rereleases are meant to accompany the Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993-1997 exhibition of rare photographs and memorabilia … The reissue of Pop Crimes, the 2009 solo record from the late Rowland S. Howard, has been announced for August 5 via Fat Possum. The eight-track LP was the last of his illustrious contributions to the music world … Former Aztec Camera frontman Roddy Frame will be releasing his first new record in 8 years, Seven Dials, on August 19 via AED Records. Frame will tour internationally in support of the new release later this year.

—Noah Silvestry

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