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Happy Birthday Pat DiNizio (Smithereens)

Happy birthday to Pat DiNizio (Smithereens). Read about Pat’s Buddy Holly tribute album in MAGNET here.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Lawrence Lui’s “Honey So Blue (Chimes & Tremolo),” From His “Retroism” EP

Lawrence Lui has been working in the music biz for years as a record-company exec (Astralwerks, V2, Island, etc.), radio-station music director (WNYU) and indietronic recording artist. The NYC native was in a serious bike accident last year, which led to a lengthy period spent recovering from his injuries. To help pass the time, Lui says he used music as both “distraction and therapy.” The result is the Retroism EP, his first release under his own name. Each of the four songs pays tribute to an artist or sound that has influenced Lui throughout his career: Suicide, Brian Eno, German techno label/club Tresor and Spacemen 3, whose landmark The Perfect Prescription turns 30 this year. Though Lui is already busy finishing up a second EP, today we are focusing on Retroism and the Spacemen 3-inspired “Honey So Blue (Chimes & Tremolo).” We are proud to premiere the track today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out below.

“Honey So Blue (Chimes & Tremolo)” cover art after the jump.

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Happy Birthday Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates)

Happy birthday to our Philly homie Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates). Read our Hidden Gems on H&O’s War Babies here.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of John Davis & The Cicadas’ “Contamination In The Grass,” From Their Upcoming “El Pulpo”

On October 20, Shrimper/Revolver will issue El Pulpo by John Davis & The Cicadas. (A cassette-only version of the album is due out October 14 for Cassette Store Day.) You probably know Davis for his work with Lou Barlow in the Folk Implosion, which scored a freak hit in 1995 with “Natural One,” one of the duo’s contributions to the Kids soundtrack. Davis left the Folk Implosion in 2000, relocating from the Boston area to North Carolina 13 years later, where he started recording songs with producer Scott Solter that he had written while still in Massachusetts. El Pulpo is a song cycle about corporate corruption in the food industry and related issues such as immigration and incarceration and features guest musicians Peter Hughes (Mountain Goats), Andrew Levi-Hiller (Yairms/Alhhla), Wendy Allen (Balustrade Ensemble), Jonathan Henderson (Kaira Ba), Jeb Bishop and more. We are proud to premiere El Pulpo track “Contamination In The Grass” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out below.

Album art and live dates after the jump.

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Happy Birthday John Prine

Happy birthday to John Prine. Wesley Stace on Prine and more in MAGNET here.

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Happy Birthday Thelonious Monk

Happy birthday to Thelonious Monk. RJD2 on Monk in MAGNET here.

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Happy birthday Al Jourgensen (Ministry)

Happy birthday to Al Jourgensen (Ministry). Al does some explaining for MAGNET here.

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Happy Birthday John Entwistle (Who)

Happy birthday to John Entwistle (Who). Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices, Nada Surf) on meeting the Ox here.

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Happy Birthday John Lennon

Happy birthday to John Lennon. Read the Primitives on the John/Beatles song that invented punk (“Birthday”) here.

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Happy Birthday Johnny Ramone

Happy birthday to Johnny Ramone. Drive-By Truckers on Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone in MAGNET here.

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