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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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In The News: Jim James, U2, Nightmares On Wax, Björk, Godflesh, Inara George, Wallflowers, Mike Love, Pharcyde, Cursive And More

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will release Tribute To 2 on December 8 via ATO. The 11-track album, a sequel of sorts to 2009’s Tribute To EP of George Harrison/Beatles covers, features James tackling material by the likes of the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the Orioles and Irving Berlin. The Tribute To EP will be reissued by ATO the same day with new cover art and a bonus track (a cover of Dylan’s “If Not For You”) … U2‘s 14th studio album, Songs Of Experience, is due December 1 via Interscope … Nightmares On Wax returns January 26 with Shape The Future (Warp) … Björk‘s ninth studio album, Utopia, hits stores November 24 courtesy of One Little Indian … Godflesh will deliver Post Self on November 17 via Avalanche … January 19 marks the release date of the new solo album from Inara George (Bird And The Bee, Living Sisters), Dearest Everybody (Release Me) … Interscope/UMe has issued a 15th-anniversary version of the fourth Wallflowers album, Red Letter Days, on vinyl as a two-LP set … Hey kids: Mike love, not war; Beach Boys vocalist Mike Love unleashes a double album November 17 called, suitably, Unleash The Love (BMG), the first disc of which features 13 new songs, the second re-recordings of 12 Beach Boys hits … Why Not?, the new album from Half Japanese, is scheduled for release January 19 via Fire … Joan As Police Woman‘s Damned Devotion is out February 9 on Play It Again Sam … Tim Heidecker‘s digital-only Too Dumb For Suicide: Tim Heidecker’s Trump Songs will be released November 8 via Jagjaguwar/Rado; a portion of the proceeds will go to suicide-prevention organizations … On November 17, Craft celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Pharcyde‘s classic Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde with a deluxe remastered reissue available as two CDs (original album, plus a disc of bonus material) and on vinyl (original album on two LPs, plus three 12-inch singles); the original album will also be available as a single LP and on cassette … Cursive will reissue remastered versions of its first two albums, 1997’s Such Blinding Stars For Starving Eyes and 1998’s The Storms Of Early Summer, digitally and on vinyl December 1 via its 15 Passenger label … Thelonious Monk’s The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection is just that: a limited-edition vinyl boxed set that collects all five of the 10-inch records Thelonious Monk recorded for the label between 1952 and 1954; it’s out via Craft on December 15 … Hawkwind‘s At The Roundhouse is a two-CD/DVD set that captures the legendary space rockers at the equally legendary London venue live earlier this year; it’s out December 8 on Cherry Red … The 17-track Born To Touch Your Feelings: Best Of Rock Ballads (out via Legacy on November 24) is a career-spanning anthology from the Scorpions including two new songs as well as newly recorded versions of a pair of older ones.

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In The News: Tom Waits, Franz Ferdinand, Tame Impala, They Might Be Giants, Screaming Females, Mickey Hart, Kid Rock, Rolling Stones And More

Anti- will be releasing remastered versions of all the Tom Waits albums the label has issued, starting November 10 with Bad As Me. The rest of the schedule: Real Gone, Blood Money and Alice (November 24), Glitter And Doom (December 1), Mule Variations (December 15) and Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers And Bastards (TBA 2018, with each of the three CDs released separately). Says Waits, who personally oversaw these reissues with wife/partner-in-crime Kathleen Brennan, “This restoration project could arrogantly be compared to restoring a faded tapestry, a painstaking process that requires meticulous attention to each color-faded thread. Spending months on something completed once, many years ago was necessary though cursedly laborious for us” … Franz Ferdinand is back February 9 with Always Ascending (Domino) … Tame Impala‘s Currents will be released as a collectors’ edition on November 17 by Interscope, featuring the album on red vinyl with alternate artwork, a 12-inch with two remixes, a seven-inch and flexi with three b-sides, a poster and a “zine” with artwork detailing the process of making the record … They Might Be GiantsI Like Fun is due out via Idlewild on January 19 … All At Once, the seventh album from the Screaming Females, will be released February 23 by Don Giovanni … First Aid Kit‘s Ruins—featuring guest appearance by Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and McKenzie Smith (Midlake)—is out January 19 via Columbia … Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart will release his 14th solo album, RAMU, on November 10 via Verve Forecast, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Avey Tare (Animal Collective) and Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident) as well as recordings from Jerry Garcia and Babatunde Olatunji and unreleased field recordings by Alan Lomax … Former Boo Radleys frontman Martin Carr has released New Shapes Of Life via Tapete … Wolves, Story Of The Year‘s first album since 2010, is out December 8 … On February 9, Bloodshot will issue Ruby BootsDon’t Talk About It, with the Texas Gentlemen acting as Boots’ backing band … Pete Tong With The Heritage Orchestra‘s Ibiza Classics is out December 1 via UMe … Out now is Kid Rock‘s Sweet Southern Sugar, his first album recorded in Nashville … Engelbert Humperdinck celebrates half a century in showbiz with The Man I Want To Be (OK! Good), a love letter to his wife who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, out November 24 … Five Finger Death Punch will release greatest-hits album A Decade Of Destruction on December 1 and a new studio LP in the spring (both via Prospect Park) … Verve/UMe has reissued All Day Thumbsucker Revisited, a 1995 anthology documenting the music released by the Blue Thumb label from 1968 to 1978, as a 32-track CD set; it features Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band, Sun Ra, Love, Leon Russell, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks, Ike & Tina Turner and more … On December 1, Polydor/UMe will issue The Rolling Stones: On Air, a collection of radio recordings from 1963-1965 by the Rolling Stones; it will be available as a single CD, double CD, vinyl LP and on limited-edition colored vinyl … More vinyl fever: The Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available on vinyl for the first time as a 23-track double LP with the songs sequenced in their original running order; it’s out December 15 courtesy of New West … All seven of Otis Redding‘s studio albums—1964’s Pain In My Heart, The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads and Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (both 1965), The Soul Album and Complete And Unbelievable…The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul (both 1966), 1967’s King & Queen: Otis Redding & Carla Thomas and 1968’s The Dock Of The Bay—will be available in their original mono mixes as The Definitive Studio Albums Collection vinyl-only boxed set, out December 15 on Rhino … Lionel Richie‘s Lionel Richie, Can’t Slow Down and Dancing On The Ceiling will be reissued on vinyl via Motown/UMe on December 8 … Be kind, rewind: Richard Thompson‘s Live At Rockpalast features performances from 1983 and 1984 and is available as a two-DVD (and three-CD) set November 3 on MVD … Also on MVD (on November 24) is Who Is Lydia Loveless?, a documentary that hopefully answers that question about the great Lydia Loveless directed by Gorman Bechard (Replacements, Archers Of Loaf, Grant Hart).

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Paint the town brown with Ween.

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In The News (Reissues And Collections Edition): Wilco, Green Day, Ramones, Tears For Fears, INXS, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, No Doubt And More

The first two Wilco albums, 1995’s A.M. and 1996’s double-LP Being There, are being reissued as deluxe editions on CD and vinyl by Rhino on December 1. The single-CD and double-LP A.M. come with eight unreleased bonus tracks, while the five-CD and four-LP Being There have 15 unreleased tracks, with the CD adding a 20-song live performance from 1996 … Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band is the new best-of from Green Day, out November 17 and featuring 20 career-spanning faves and two new songs (“Back In The USA” and Miranda Lambert duet “Ordinary World”) … The RamonesRocket To Russia gets the 40th-anniversary deluxe-edition treatment courtesy of Rhino on November 24 as a three-CD/one-LP set with two different mixes of the album, unreleased studio recordings and an unissued 1997 concert recorded in Scotland … Tears For Fears‘ first career-spanning greatest-hits album, Rule The World, is out November 10 via UMe … INXS celebrates the 30th anniversary of Kick with a three-CD/one-Blu-ray set featuring the remastered original album, alternate mixes, b-sides, demos, remixes, videos and a Dolby Atmos mix of the album; more INXS reissues will follow in 2018 … This Being The Ballad Of Kicking Giant, Halo: NYC/Olympia 1989-1993, a ’93 cassette comp by old-school MAGNET fave Kicking Giant, is being reissued on vinyl by Drawing Room on November 17 … You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave: In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the EaglesHotel California is being reissued by Rhino on November 24 as a two-CD/one-Blu-ray deluxe edition, a two-CD expanded edition and a one-CD standard edition … The Mary Onettes‘ self-titled debut will be back on CD and also on vinyl for the first time November 10 courtesy of Labrador just in time for the record’s 10th anniversary … On November 17, Pink Floyd‘s 1981 compilation A Collection Of Great Dance Songs and 1988 live album Delicate Sound Of Thunder will be reissued on vinyl by the band’s eponymous label … Cheek To Cheek: The Complete Duet Recordings is a four-CD, 75-track set from Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong collecting albums Ella And Louis, Ella And Louis Again and Porgy And Bess, singles, live recordings, alternate takes and more, out November 10 via Verve/UMe … Black Sabbath’s The End, out November 17 on Eagle Vision, captures Ozzy and Co.’s farewell concert in the band’s Birmingham hometown from earlier this year in multiple formats: DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD, double-CD, triple-LP and limited-edition collector’s edition … No Doubt‘s self-titled 1992 debut turns 25 with a vinyl edition on November 10 via UMe … On December 8, HLC Properties/UMe add two new editions to the Bing Crosby Archive series—New Tricks: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (with 12 bonus tracks) and Among My Souvenirs: More Treasures From The Crosby Archive (35 previously unissued recordings)—celebrating the one-of-a-kind career of Bing CrosbyJosh Groban‘s Christmas album Noël gets a 10th-anniversary-edition reissue November 3 on Reprise with six new songs, including a duet with Tony Bennett (“Christmas Time Is Here”) and a John Lennon/Yoko Ono cover (“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”) … Speaking of the most wonderful time of the year: REO Speedwagon‘s Not So Silent Night: Christmas With REO Speedwagon gets the deluxe treatment from Rhino on November 3 with remastered sound and four bonus tracks … Muddy Waters‘ 1958 debut, The Best Of Muddy Waters, is being reissued on vinyl in its original mono mix by Geffen/UMe November 10 … The Purple Tour (Live) collects live recordings Whitesnake made on the tour following 2015’s The Purple Album, on which the band revisited songs frontman David Coverdale recorded with Deep Purple in the ’70s; it’s out via Rhino on November 24 as a CD/DVD, CD/Blu-ray, double LP and single CD … Minnie Riperton’s Perfect Angel (a collaboration with Stevie Wonder, though due to contractual reasons, that fact wasn’t know at the time of its 1974 release) will be reissued as a two-CD set by UMe on December 1 with 11 bonus tracks … Rush‘s A Farewell To Kings gets a 40th-anniversary reissue December 1 courtesy of UMe/Anthem/ole as a three-CD/one-Blu-ray/four-LP set, a three-CD edition and a four-LP box … Debby Boone‘s You Light Up My Life will be expanded and reissued December 1 by Real Gone, marking the first time the hit album has been re-released in its 40-year existence … On November 17, Legacy is issuing Whitney Houston‘s I Wish You Love: More From The Bodyguard, a collection of live and studio recordings centered around her contributions to the hit film from 25 years ago … Speaking of hit films: The music from the first five Harry Potter movies is being collected as a 10-LP picture-disc boxed set, Harry Potter: Original Motion Picture Soundtracks I-V, out November 17 via Rhino … And finally, out now on Bear Family is At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight, a 20-CD, 529-track boxed set spotlighting live performances (many not heard since they were broadcast) from the 1948-1960 Louisiana Hayride Saturday-night radio show by Elvis Presley (15 songs), Hank Williams (an unknown recording of “I’m A Long Gone Daddy”), Johnny Cash, June Carter, Kitty Wells, George Jones and 161 others. You could spend an entire day listening to this thing, kids, and you still wouldn’t get through all of it.

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The Sound Of Vinyl And MAGNET Vinyl Giveaway! Today Is Last Chance To Enter!

The Sound Of Vinyl is looking to become your ultimate vinyl destination and help you build your perfect record collection. When you sign up for personalized recommendations, they’ll text you daily vinyl picks, tailored to your taste. And if you want a record, all you have to do is reply “YES” to buy it. The Sound Of Vinyl is also assembling a team of curators—including Henry Rollins, Young Guru and Don Was—who will share their stories and knowledge with you. To introduce you to this cool new way of buying records, MAGNET and the Sound Of Vinyl have teamed up to give you a chance to win a kick-ass prize pack, including five albums every MAGNET reader must own. And kids, these aren’t just any five albums. These are the ones our staff choose back in 2003 as the five best albums released during MAGNET’s first decade of publishing: Neutral Milk Hotel’s In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Nirvana’s In Utero, Guided By Voices’ Alien Lanes, Radiohead’s OK Computer and Belle And Sebastian’s Tigermilk. Enter to win here.

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