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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Guided By Voices’ “How Do You Spell Heaven”

Robert Pollard (high)kicks off his 101st full-length record with a song so catchy you’ll wear out the repeat button (or the turntable stylus) playing it over and over again. With its simple riff and typically anthemic chorus, the immediately indelible “The Birthday Democrats” amply proves that Pollard’s unprecedented creative spark shows no signs of going dark. As you will hear, the rest of Guided By VoicesHow Do You Spell Heaven confirms that notion. Pollard ceded the spotlight to his bandmates—guitar wizard Doug Gillard, drummer Kevin March, bassist Mark Shue and second guitarist Bobby Bare Jr.—on a fair amount of August By Cake numbers, but the streamlined, consistent Heaven is all Pollard-penned, even the instrumental “Pearly Gates Smoke Machine,“ which features Gillard dealing off a litany of hot licks. The songwriting deity admits “I dream of drinking” on “Cretinous Number Ones” and implores you to “take a shot with your eyes down” on the burst of melodic power pop that’s “Diver Dan.” Clearly, the church, er, the club is going to remain open for a while. Let us pray.

MAGNET is proud to premiere How Do You Spell Heaven. When you’re done listening, watch the official trailer for the album below.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Ryan Wong’s “Good Lovin’,” From His Upcoming “More Milk”

On August 4, Cool Ghouls singer/guitarist Ryan Wong will release solo debut More Milk on cassette and digitally via the Empty Cellar label. You can pre-order it here. Self-recorded by Wong, More Milk features him on most of the instruments with drums courtesy of Cool Ghouls bandmate Alex Fleshman, along with contributions from friends Richard Harkins (drums) and Seth Snyder (flute). We are proud to premiere “Good Lovin'” today on magnet Check it out below.

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In The News: Cults, David Bowie, Loney dear, Black Grape, METZ, Marc Almond, Van Morrison, Eagles Of Death Metal, Amadou & Mariam And More

On October 6, Cults will release Offering (Sinderlyn), the follow-up to 2013’s Static … Part three of a career-spanning series of David Bowie boxed sets that already includes Five Years (1969-1973) and Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), the 11-CD or 13-LP A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) is out September 29 via Parlophone/Rhino … Loney dear returns September 29 with a self-titled album, Emil Svanängen’s seventh LP under the moniker, via Real World … Pop Voodoo, featuring Black Grape‘s first new material in 20 years, is out August 4 via UMe … METZ will release third album Strange Peace via Sub Pop on September 22 … Marc Almond‘s Shadows And Reflections—featuring songs written and recorded by the likes of Burt Bacharach, the Yardbirds, Bobby Darin, Julie Driscoll and the Young Rascals—is out September 22 via BMG … Van Morrison‘s 37th studio album, Roll With The Punches, is out September 22 via Exile/Caroline … Moses Sumney‘s debut album, Aromanticism, is out via Jagjaguwar on September 22 … On August 4, Eagles Of Death Metal‘s Live At The Olympia In Paris will be out on DVD via Eagle Rock and as a two-CD set via UMe … Ace Frehley is a founding guitarist of Kiss, a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and a former MAGNET guest editor; his 2009 album Anomaly will be reissued September 8 via Entertainment One … Bruce Cockburn is a legendary singer/songwriter, Canadian Songwriter Hall Of Famer and, yes, a former MAGNET guest editor; his first album in seven years, Bone On Bone, is out via True North on September 15 … La Confusion, the ninth LP from Amadou & Mariam, is out September 22 via Because … Tom Brosseau returns August 25 with the live Treasures Untold! (Crossbill), which contains six covers and four originals … On September 22, Hopeless will issue Circa Survive‘s The AmuletEchosmith hopes to beat the sophomore slump September 29 with second album Inside A Dream (Warner Bros.) … It’s only been more than two decades since their last LP, but the Sighs are back with third album Wait On Another Day (Omad) on September 8 … Parquet Courts co-frontman A. Savage will release solo debut Thawing Dawn on October 13 via Dull Tools … On August 4, UMe will issue Status Quo‘s The Vinyl Singles Collection 1984-1989, the third in a set of five limited-edition seven-inch boxed sets … Victoria Williams & The Loose Band: Town Hall 1995 is a live album by Victoria Williams out July 28 via Fire and featuring Lou Reed dueling on a cover of his “Sweet Jane” … Eagle Rock will issue Alice Cooper‘s Welcome To My Nightmare Special Edition DVD on September 8 … Rhino is reissuing an expanded edition of Linda Ronstadt‘s 1977 Grammy-winning Simple Dreams on September 15 … On September 8, Eagle Rock brings its Frank Sinatra Collection to a close with DVD releases of Frank Sinatra‘s The Royal Festival Hall (1962) & Live At Carnegie Hall, Live From Caesars Palace & The First 40 Years and Portrait Of An Album & Sinatra SingsNew RadicalsMaybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too is being reissued on vinyl as a two-LP set by Interscope/UMe on August 4 … Big & Rich‘s Did It For The Party is out September 15.

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of David Barbe’s “$1.79,” From His Upcoming “10th Of Seas”

Early on, David Barbe performed in several Athens, Ga.-area bands (Bar-B-Que Killers, Mercyland, Buzz Hungry) before accepting Bob Mould’s invitation to join Sugar. Barbe left that group to concentrate on family and co-founded Chase Park Transduction studios, becoming noted for his production work for Drive-By Truckers, k.d. lang, R.E.M. and Deerhunter, among others. Finally, Barbe crafted his first LP under his own name (with the Quick Hooks), 2010’s Love It, Don’t Choke It To Death, followed five years later by his first true solo album, Comet Of The Season, although it was comprised of late-’90s/early-’00s tracks.

10th Of Seas, out August 18 via the Orange Twin label, represents Barbe’s first new material in seven years, and it’s a shambling wonder that’s buzzy, lo-fi and immediate. Says Barbe, who plays everything on the LP, of 10th Of Seas track “$1.79,” “It was inspired by some real events from my wayward teenage years, and then the song just went its own way. In one instance—the summer when I was 15—I lied about my age to get a fast food job so I could have a shot with a girl who worked there. That particular subterfuge did not exactly play out in real life as imagined. Hopefully, it works a little better as a song.”

We are proud to premiere “$1.79” today on Check it out below.

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In The News: Ted Leo, Waterboys, Horrors, Gary Numan, Mynabirds, Verve, Fairport Convention, Live, Steve Winwood, Sonny Rollins And More

On September 8, Ted Leo will self-release The Hanged Man, his 13th LP and first since 2010’s The Brutalist Bricks … That same day, BMG is issuing Out Of All This Blue, a 23-track double album by the Waterboys … The Horrors will release fifth album ‘V on September 22 via Wolftone/Caroline … On September 15, BMG will issue Gary Numan‘s 22nd album, Savage (Songs From A Broken World) … The Mynabirds‘ latest LP, Be Here Now, is out August 25 via Saddle Creek … Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke will release third solo album Fatherland via BMG on October 6 … Red House is issuing the latest from Charlie Parr, Dog, on September 8 … Balmorhea returns after seven years with Clear Language, out September 22 on Western Vinyl … On September 29, Shania Twain will release NOW via Mercury Nashville … Snow, the fourth album from Angus & Julia Stone, is out via Nettwerk on September 15 … UMe celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Verve‘s Urban Hymns on September 1 with the release of the landmark album in four formats: single CD, double CD, five-CD/one-DVD set and three-LP box … Also celebrating an anniversary is Fairport Convention, which turns 50 this year with the release of seven-CD boxed set Come All Ye: The First Ten Years and the vinyl reissue of debut LP Liege & Lief (both A&M/UMe) … Live‘s Mental Jewelry debut turns 25 with a deluxe reissue courtesy of Radioactive/Geffen/UMe on August 11 … Steve Winwood will release Winwood: Greatest Hits Live on September 1 via Wincraft/Thirty Tigers … MVD is issuing Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus, a film about Sonny Rollins, on Blu-ray and DVD on August 4.

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Happy 32nd Anniversary Live Aid

MAGNET editor-in-chief Eric T. Miller at Live Aid, July 13, 1985. (He’s the 13-year-old stud in the glasses.)

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In The News: Liars, Deerhoof, Wand, Death From Above, Grieves, Alex Cameron, Paul Kelly, Bill Evans, Doors, Interpol, Bash & Pop And More

Liars will release their eighth album, TFCF, on August 25 via Mute … Deerhoof‘s latest LP, Mountain Moves, features guest appearances by the likes of Juana Molina, Lætitia Sadier, Jenn Wasner, Awkwafina and Xenia Rubinos and is out through Joyful Noise on September 8 … On September 22, Drag City will issue the fourth LP from the newly expanded Wand, Plum Death From Above will release third album Outrage! Is Now on September 8 via Warner Bros./Last Gang … August 25 will see the release of Running Wild (Rhymesayers), the fifth LP from GrievesForced Witness, the second album from Alex Cameron, is out on Secretly Canadian on September 8 and features a duet with Angel Olsen … Former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij will release solo debut Half-Light on September 8 via Nonesuch … On July 14, Western Vinyl will issue Blast Off Through The Wicker, the debut from Art Feynman, a.k.a. Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic) … Paul Kelly‘s Life Is Fine will be released by Gawd Aggie/Cooking Vinyl/The Orchard on August 11 … Strokes/Regina Spektor producer Gordon Raphael is issuing solo debut Sleep On The Radio on September 2 … Expect The Best, the latest from Widowspeak, is out August 25 via Captured Tracks … On September 1, Resonance will issue Another Time: The Hilversum Concert, a newly discovered album by Bill Evans (featuring Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette) recorded in 1968 … The Singles collects all of the Doors‘ singles and b-sides as a two-CD, two-CD/Blu-ray or seven-inch-box set, out September 15 on Rhino … On September 1, Omnivore will issue Jan & Dean’s Filet Of Soul Redux: The Rejected Master Recordings, an unreleased comedy album that also features music by the duo … Noise Reduction System: Formative European Electronica 1974-84—a four-CD, 62-track set featuring the likes of Cluster, DAF, Front 242, Yello, Klaus Schulze and Vangelis—is out July 21 via Cherry Red … Reissue Redux: Interpol’s Our Love To Admire with bonus DVD (UMe, August 18); Bash & Pop‘s Friday Night Is Killing Me with 18-track bonus disc (Omnivore, September 8); the Bevis Frond‘s Bevis Through The Looking Glass, The Auntie Winnie Album and Triptych (Fire, August 25); and Rosemary Clooney‘s I Feel A Song Coming On: Lost Radio Recordings and Jo Stafford‘s It Had To Be You: Lost Radio Recordings (both Real Gone, August 11).

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In The News: Dream Syndicate, LCD Soundsystem, Prince, Liam Gallagher, Prophets Of Rage, Foo Fighters, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, UNKLE, Chad VanGaalen, Pere Ubu, Wyclef Jean And More

The Dream Syndicate with release How Did I Find Myself Here?, the legendary band’s first album in 29 years, on September 8 via Anti- … American Dream, the fourth LCD Soundsystem LP, is out September 1 on DFA/Columbia … Out now via are Prince‘s Purple Rain Deluxe (two CDs: 2015 Paisley Park Remaster and From The Vault & Previously Unreleased) and Purple Rain Deluxe Expanded Edition (three CDs: 2015 Paisley Park Remaster, From The Vault & Previously Unreleased and Single Edits & B-Sides; and one DVD: Prince And The Revolution, Live At The Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY March 30, 1985) … On October 6, Warner Bros./Parlophone will issue the first Liam Gallagher solo album, As You WereProphets Of Rage—featuring Tom Morello, Chuck D and B-Real—will release their self-titled debut September 15 via Fantasy … The ninth Foo Fighters album, Concrete And Gold, is due out September 15 worldwide on Roswell/RCA … Brian Wilson‘s solo career gets the retrospective treatment with the 18-song Playback: The Brian Wilson Anthology, out September 22 on Rhino … Reprise has reissued Neil Young‘s long-out-of-print Decade anthology (which spans 1966-1976) on two CDs and three LPs … Filthy Friends–Corin Tucker, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Kurt Bloch and Bill Rieflin—will release debut album Invitation on August 25 via Kill Rock Stars … Sub Pop is issuing Chad VanGaalen’s sixth LP, Light Information, on September 8 … UNKLE’s fifth studio album, The Road: Part 1, is out August 18 … Pere Ubu‘s 20 Years In A Montana Missile Silo will be issued by MVD on September 29 … The first Wyclef Jean LP in eight years, Carnival III: The Fall And Rise Of A Refugee, is out September 15 via Legacy … Hot on the heals of the Yeah! EP comes the new KMFDM album, Hell Yeah!, out via earMUSIC on September 18 … The Blind Boys Of Alabama‘s first album in three years, Almost Home, is out August 18 via BBOA … On August 11, Peter Himmelman returns with There Is No Calamity (Himmasongs) … Judy Collins and Stephen Stills team up for the first time with Stills & Collins, out September 22 on Wildflower/Cleopatra … Be Good Tanyas founders Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton have reunited for Wildflower Blues, which Cinquefoil will issue September 8 … The latest installment of the GarciaLive archival series is out July 28 via Round/ATO; Volume Nine: August 11, 1974 features Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders live at the Keystone in Berkeley, Calif. … On September 1, Eagle Rock will issue Change Begins Within, a 2009 concert benefiting the David Lynch Foundation featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Sheryl Crow, Donovan, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Ben Harper, Jim James and others, on DVD.

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Happy Birthday Debbie Harry

Happy birthday to Debbie Harry. Read our review of great new Blondie album here.

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Happy Birthday Fred Schneider

Happy birthday to Fred Schneider (B-52’s). Read our Q&A with him here.

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