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In The News: Wavves, Wilco, Blitzen Trapper, Van Morrison, Born Ruffians, Editors, Tommy Keene, DJ Spooky, Lou Barlow, Jawbox And More


Wavves’ fifth studio album, V, is due out October 2 via Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros. … Star Wars, the latest Wilco album, is available for free download from the band’s dBpm Records until August 13 … Vagrant will issue the new Blitzen Trapper record, All Across This Land, on October 2 … September 18, a film documenting Van Morrison during 1977-1987, Another Glorious Decade, will be available on DVD via MVD Entertainment Group … The new Here We Go Magic album, Be Small, is set for an October 16 release via Secretly Canadian. The band will embark on a North American and European tour this fall in support … Born Ruffians have announced the October 2 release of RUFF on Yep Roc … Hunting High And Low: 30th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition is the first of a series of album reissues celebrating the 30th birthday of a-ha, due out September 18 via Rhino and featuring rare and unreleased demos, mixes, music videos and more … Rhino will also issue You Can Make Me Dance, Sing Or Anything (1970-195), which contains newly remastered versions of all four Faces albums as well as a bonus disc of rarities, on August 28 … October 2 marks the release of the new Editors album, In Dream, via Play It Again Sam … The first full-band album from Holly Golightly in more than a decade, Slowtown Now!, will be out via Damaged Goods on September 11 … Don Henley has returned with his first solo album in 15 years, Cass County, which will be released September 25 via Capitol … Incidental Hum is the new instrumental record by Glenn Mercer of the Feelies, due out October 9 on Bar/None … Second Motion has announced the September 4 release of MAGNET have Tommy Keene’s Laugh In The Dark … On August 28, George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium will be available from Eagle Rock. It chronicles the grand finale of Strait’s tour last year, and features appearances by Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert and more … The 70th birthday of Bob Marley will be celebrated all year long by Island Records, continuing with the September 25 release of two vinyl boxed sets: Bob Marley & the Wailers’ The Complete Island Recordings and The Complete Island Recordings: Collector’s EditionMs. John Soda’s first album in eight years, Loom, is due from Morr on October 2 … Rebirth Of A Nation, DJ Spooky’s score of the infamous D.W Griffith silent 1915 film performed by Kronos Quartet, will be released August 28 via Cantaloupe Music … Joyful Noise will issue Brace The Wave, the new Lou Barlow LP, on September 4 … The final, self-titled 1995 album by Jawbox will be available again on LP and CD on September 22 via Dischord/DeSoto … Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me, the new documentary film about Glen Campbell directed by James Keach, will be released on DVD and VOD via Virgil Films on September 1.

—Emily Costantino

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Images From The Pitchfork Music Festival 2015


MAGNET contributor Michael Jackson attended this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival and sent us these great photos.

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In The News: Silversun Pickups, Simon & Garfunkel, Battles, Dears, Los Lobos, David Gilmour, Aerosmith, Mark Lanegan And More


The fourth studio album by Silversun Pickups, Better Nature, is set for a September 25 release via the band’s New Machine Recordings … Legacy will issue two career-defining Simon & Garfunkel collections on August 7: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection (a six-LP deluxe boxed set) and the out-of-print The Concert in Central Park (which will be available for the first time on DVD as part of a CD/DVD set) … La Di Da Di is the new Battles album, due out from Warp on September 18. The band will embark on a world tour this fall in support … The Dears have announced the September 25 release of Times Infinity Volume One via Dangerbird …On September 25, the new Los Lobos album, Gates Of Gold, will be available from 429 … The new solo album from David Gilmour, Rattle That Lock, will be released by Columbia on September 18. He’ll also hit the road next year for his first live concert dates in a decade … Eagle Rock will release Aerosmith’s new concert film, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, on September 4 … Destroy.Rebuild, the latest album by the Jet Age, is due out August 28 … Joe Jackson’s Fast Forward is his first collection of original songs in seven years, set for an October 2 release on Work Song/Caroline … The 30th anniversary of Raging Fire’s first album will be celebrated October 6 with the release of its entire catalog—including previously unreleased studio recordings, alternate takes and live tracks—as well as a 24-track compilation CD … August 21 marks the issue of Mark Lanegan’s Houston, a 12-track collection of previously unreleased demos … 17 North Parade has announced the July 24 release of King Jammy’s two-CD/DVD reggae anthology, Roots, Reality And Sleng Teng.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Libertines, Dead Weather, Glen Hansard, Replacements, Robert Forster, Keith Richards, Clientele, Mad Season And More


The highly anticipated third album from the Libertines, Anthems For Doomed Youth, will be available via Harvest on September 4 … Dodge & Burn, the new LP from the Dead Weather, will be released this September via Third Man … Anti- will issue Glen Hansard’s second solo release, Didn’t He Ramble, on September 18 … Sigur Ros’s Georg Holm and Orri Páll Dýrason have teamed up with Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson and Kjartan Holm to created Circe, a 14-track album created to accompany upcoming BBC documentary The Show Of Shows. It’s due out from Krunk on August 21 … On August 11, a four-LP boxed set featuring the first four releases by the Replacements, The Twin/Tone Years, will be released by Rhino … Robert Forster, co-founder of the Go-Betweens, has announced the September 18 release of new solo record Songs To PlayAmsterdam is an eight-disc boxed set containing three full Phish performances from 1997, available now via JEMP … The third solo album from Keith Richards, Crosseyed Heart, is set for a September 18 release via Republic … Rhino will issue a 10-CD boxed set featuring every album the Doobie Brothers recorded for Warner Bros. between 1971 and 1983. The Warner Bros. Years will be available July 24 … September 11 marks the release of Live In Hyde Park, a full-length concert and documentary by Jeff Lynne’s ELO, on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats via Eagle Rock … The Clientele will release Alone And Unreal: The Best Of The Clientele, a career-spanning compilation album, via Merge on September 4 … The 20th anniversary of Mad Season’s final performance will be commemorated with the August 28 release of Mad Season: Live At The Moore. It will be available on 12-inch vinyl for the first time via Columbia/Legacy … Metal Dog, the latest Andy Summers solo album, will be available July 14, which is also the release date of his film, Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving The Police … Eagle Rock has announced the September 18 release of Pat Metheny: The Unity Sessions, featuring Pat Methany’s work on the Grammy-winning Unity Band record.

—Emily Costantino

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The Turtles’ Innovative “You Know What I Mean”


I was speaking with old pal Dennis Davison of Los Angeles’ Jigsaw Seen the other day about one of our favorite pop/rock groups from the ’60s, the Turtles. We both agreed the L.A.-based combo that showcased the rock-solid lead vocals of Howard Kaylan and the soaring falsetto of Mark Volman doesn’t get enough credit for its brilliant body of work.

In the final six weeks of 1969, I saw a handful of major rock performances in the San Francisco bay area by the Rolling Stones, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Creedence Clearwater Revival. But the Turtles, appearing at the same time in the suburban gymnasium of Santa Clara’s Buchser High School, easily equaled any of its hotshot competition.

The Turtles had plenty of hits, many penned by the songwriting team of Gary Bonner and Alan Gordon. The groundbreaking nature of one of these Bonner & Gordon gems, “You Know What I Mean,” may not be apparent to the casual listener, so used to hearing the classic American pop-song format. Normally, an eight-bar melody is followed by a repeat of the same eight-bar phrase. Then comes eight bars of a different “B” melody known as the bridge, followed by eight more bars of the original “A” melody. It’s Music Notation 101. Nothing could be simpler.

“You Know What I Mean,” which hit the top 20 of the U.S. singles charts in 1967, has none of that going on. A fervent plea (“You and I should be together”) to a potential girlfriend, Kaylan’s powerful vocal line unfolds like you’re opening segment after segment of a plastic tape measure, rising and falling so naturally the listener may never notice anything unusual going on. The heartfelt, non-stop entreaty is finished, and we’ve been waiting for her answer for almost 50 years now. If she’s a fan of innovative pop music, she’d be a fool to pass him by.

—Jud Cost

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In The News: New Order, David Bowie, Peaches, Beirut, Low, Dungen, Pere Ubu And More


The long-awaited new full-length from New Order, Music Complete, will be available via Mute on September 25 … Parlophone has announced the September 25 release of Five Years: 1969-1973, the first installment in a series of career-spanning David Bowie boxed sets … Peaches will release her first album of new material in six years, Rub, on September 25 on I U She Music via INgrooves. It features appearances by Kim Gordon and Feist … No No No, the new Beirut album, is due out via 4AD on September 11 … Two out-of-print Peter Frampton albums, Premonition and When All The Pieces Fit, will be reissued by Omnivore on August 28, followed by the release of Now on September 4 … On September 25, the new Patty Griffin record, Servant Of Love, will be available via her self-owned imprint in conjunction with Thirty Tigers. She’ll tour North America this fall in support … The fifth full-length from Maritime, Magnetic Bodies/Maps Of Bones, is set for an October 16 release from Dangerbird … Sub Pop will issue the new Low album, Ones And Sixes, on September 11 … Chicago has announced the July 10 release of not one, but two 10-disc boxed sets, The Studio Albums 1969-1978 and The Studio Albums Vol. 2, via Rhino … Turkey, the latest Mike Krol record, will be out via Merge on August 28 … October 23 marks the release of Rod Stewart’s Another Country on Capitol … After a five-year hiatus, Dungen is back with Allas Sak, due out from Mexican Summer on September 25 … The 50th anniversary celebrations of Grateful Dead will continue with the original members’ last-ever performance together over three nights in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field. It will be chronicled on Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years Of Grateful Dead, due outNovember 20 via Rhino, which will be available in multiple audio and video formats … Concord Music Group is reissuing comprehensive Bill Evans collection, The Complete Fantasy Recordings, on July 17 … Prefuse 73, the moniker of Guillermo S. Herren, will release Every Color Of Darkness on July 10 … No Good is the debut album from Ivy Levan, due out August 7 via Cherrytree/Interscope … A boxed set containing four remastered albums by Pere Ubu, Elitism For The People 1975-1987, will be available from Fire on August 21.

—Emily Costantino

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Memories Of Terrastock 3, 1999


A sweet cool breeze blew in my front door Sunday afternoon as I watched Jordan Spieth win the 2015 U.S. Open golf title on Father’s Day. Somehow it reminded me of being in Seattle, 16 years earlier. The Open was played at Chambers Bay, on a site that looked like the dark side of the moon with craggy bunkers, almost zero fairway grass and weed-choked hummocks everywhere you looked. The course was located just south of Tacoma, so that must have been the connection that set my mind to wandering.

In August of 1999, I flew to the U.K. for about the 15th time after first hooking up in Seattle with old pals the Green Pajamas. They were slotted to play the third Terrastock Festival, this one on the grounds of the University of London, near Russell Square.

I thought I’d convinced Pajamas frontman Jeff Kelly to purchase a weekly tube pass once we arrived in London. They were much cheaper than standing in a ticket line at a tube station every time you wanted to go somewhere. When we disembarked at Victoria Station, I headed straight to the London Underground office to purchase a pass. I gestured across the courtyard to Kelly, now standing with his wife Susanne in front of the station’s ticket machine. But she was already feeding coins into the machine as Jeff held up his arms, palms extended upward in the universal sign of surrender.

What I remember most about that London fortnight wasn’t the music, although there were fine sets by the Bevis Frond, Tom Rapp, Abunai!, the Green Ray and the Alchemysts, as well as the GPJs and Welsh prog-rock legend Man. One especially savory memory was that first night in town when Jeff, Susanne and I jumped ship and ventured down to Bill Allerton’s Stand Out! records. It was a short tube ride to Notting Hill Gate, then a 10-minute walk down Portobello Rd. to the famous record shop. Waiting there for us, behind the barn door-like entrance to the place, were Allerton and former Bucketfull Of Brains editor Jon Storey, all eager to finally shake Jeff Kelly’s hand.

Storey even slipped Kelly a copy of his self-produced CD containing many of the flexi-disc tracks that had accompanied issues of Bucketfull, one of which, unknown to Kelly, was a Pajamas track. We dined in fine style that evening after inhaling the pungent aromas of the excellent Indian restaurant just around the corner from the record shop.

On the tube ride back to our hotel, the President near Russell Square, I told Jeff and Susanne of that night in 1978 when Allerton had driven my wife Jenifer and me in his battered Sunbeam Alpine to a dance for the freshman class at west London’s Ealing Polytechnic. We were excited when they announced that fabled London outfit the Downliners Sect would be playing for the kids. Earlier that day, I’d phoned for ticket info, and the snotty social secretary had informed me, “You won’t need to know where it’s taking place because you won’t be coming.” That’s what he thought.

Another memorable evening from ’99 took place in the late-bar of the Hotel President. It was a gathering of London characters that included the editor of The Ptolemaic Terrascope, Phil McMullen, the mag’s co-founder (and slashing Bevis Frond guitarist) Nick Saloman, current Buckeftull editor Nick West and the mag’s in-between editor, Jon Storey. All we needed was Bucketfull’s original founding editor, Nigel Cross, who was not there that night, and the room might have self-combusted.

The back-story to this volatile mixture of sensitive British lads reads something like the girls’ lunch table at any U.S. junior high school. McMullen, who’d written for Bucketfull before starting the Terrascope, didn’t like Storey for reasons unknown. Storey, a one-time tennis opponent of Saloman, claimed that Cross, from whom he’d taken the reins of Bucketfull, had once assaulted him on the street. To top it off, McMullen’s teenage daughter, Emily Grace (still known as a Green Pajamas’ song title), was taking somewhat good-natured potshots at me. As for why these things took place, God (and possibly Brian Wilson) only knows. A man of well-chosen words, Kelly said little as he tugged at his pint and puffed on a cigarette while taking it all in. Final score: No punches were thrown, no glassware broken.

The next day, I led a rambling, non-Terrastock event, a boat ride down the Thames from Westminster pier to Greenwich for the same fried white-fish luncheon that Charles Dickens had served at the wedding of his daughter. Then it was on to the Archway tube station for an uphill hike through Waterlow Park, where you might sometimes catch Kinks frontman Ray Davies jogging in the morning through his “Land Of Misty Waters.”

Then it was on to Highgate Cemetery where we encountered the elderly lady who ran the place blocking our admission. She informed us, in no uncertain terms, that “Highgate was a cemetery not a tourist attraction.” Just as I was about to grease the palm of “the dragon lady” with silver for a tour of the joint, the cellphone of Heather McMullen jangled in most rude fashion. We finally did get our tour, which meant that Jeff Kelly could pay homage to the final resting place of one of his life-long heroines, pre-Raphaelite angel Elizabeth Siddal.

The Terrastock concerts? Oh, they turned out just fine. But when you’re in swinging London, somehow, other weighty matters frequently just happen to get in the way of all that good music.

—Jud Cost

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In The News: Pavement, Kurt Vile, Against Me!, Duran Duran, CocoRosie, Telekinesis, Mercury Rev, Chris Cornell, Craig Finn And More


The Secret History Vol. 1 is the first of five compilations in a new series of Pavement rarities. The double-LP, due out from Matador on August 11, will feature b-sides, unreleased session tracks, Peel sessions and a live performance … Kurt Vile has announced a world tour this fall in support of his upcoming album, b’lieve i’m goin down, which will be released later this year, also via Matador … Total Treble/INgrooves Music Group will issue the new live album by Against Me!, 23 Live Sex Acts, on September 4 … On September 18, the 14th studio album from Duran Duran, Paper Gods, will be available via Warner Bros. … The as-yet-untitled sixth album by CocoRosie will be issued this fall. Leading up to the release, the duo will tour Europe and the U.S. … Ad Infinitum, the new Telekinesis album, is set for a September 18 release via Merge … Mercury Rev’s eighth studio album, The Light In You, will be available via Bella Union on September 18 … Eagle Rock has announced the September 4 release of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 in multiple formats. It features Aerosmith’s career-spanning performance last summer … September 18 marks the release of Chris Cornell’s new solo album, Higher Truth … The third release from Carly Rae Jepsen, E·MO·TION, is due out from Schoolboy/Interscope on August 21 …  A 15-disc boxed set featuring all of Alice Cooper’s Warner Bros. recordings, The Studio Albums 1969-1983, will be available July 31 from Rhino … Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise is the next installment of the Dear Hunter’s six-album concept series, set for a September 4 release on Cave & Canary Goods/Equal Vision … Buddy Guy’s new record, Born To Play Guitar, will be out via RCA on July 31 … Rounder will issue RADIO, the new Steep Canyon Rangers album, on August 28 … On September 11, the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn will release his second solo album, Faith In The Future, via Partisan … The 50th birthday of Scorpions will be celebrated with the September 11 release of 19th studio album Return To Forever on Sony/Legacy. The band will also embark on a North American tour in support … Matter Of Choice is the new Cold Showers LP, due out from Dais on August 28 … Frank Turner’s Positive Songs For Negative People will be available on August 7 from Xtra Mile/Polydor/Interscope … Rhino will issue an eight-disc boxed set containing America’s Warner Bros. recordings on July 17. America: The Warner Bros. Years spans 1971-77 and includes seven remastered studio albums as well as a live performance.

—Emily Costantino

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The Days Of Wine And Roses: Here’s To You, Steve Wynn


To accompany today’s reissue of an upgraded version of the Dream Syndicate’s The Days Of Wine And Roses (Omnivore) with six unreleased bonus tracks, Steve Wynn has penned a heartfelt remembrance of the time when the band cut its debut longplayer with its original lineup, 33 years ago. Buzzsaw lead guitarist Karl Precoda, bassist Kendra Smith and drummer Dennis Duck made a scary sound when combined with Wynn’s relentless rhythm guitar and eerie talk/sing vocals. “It changed my life,” Wynn says of the three graveyard-shift sessions it took to track and mix the LP. Within a month, he’d quit his day job and met the rest of his life, face to face, as a touring musician.

I know how he feels. The self-titled, 12-inch, four-song EP the Dream Syndicate released in early 1982 for Wynn’s Down There label, before the band cut its album, also turned my world around. I was snoozing on the couch in my record room—something I did every day after I’d finished my postal route—when I literally sat bolt upright at what was playing on local college FM radio station KFJC. It sounded like the Velvet Underground on speed. Cranked out at a breakneck tempo the Syndicate would never re-visit, the song was “Some Kind Of Itch,” a tune that didn’t make the cut for the LP, but it shook me like a rag doll. “What the hell was that?!” I said. Fortunately, the DJ back-announced the song.

I dedicated myself to tracking down Wynn’s band and similar fiery combos that played with ’em. I caught the Syndicate at a tiny little club called Berkeley Square in January of ’83 along with like-minded outfits Green On Red and True West. In February, it was Rain Parade, the Three O’Clock and the Bangles at San Francisco’s Old Waldorf. That summer I’d see Green On Red play Club Lingerie on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip with Rain Parade guitarist Matt Piucci joining in for an explosive encore of Neil Young’s “Cortez The Killer.” It was a hell of an introduction to the outfits that would become known, against their will, as the Paisley Underground.

Interviewing these bands for indie-rock mags, both in the U.S. and U.K., earned enough credits for MAGNET to take a chance, about 20 years ago. I, too, would say goodbye to my day job and settle in to a second career that would also include penning hundreds of CD liner notes. So, for all that, here’s to you, Steve Wynn. Couldn’t have done it without you.

—Jud Cost

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In The News: Arcs, Foals, Metric, Band, Royal Trux, Roger Lion, Muffs, HeCTA, Felix Da Housecat, Sisters Of Mercy, Supergrass And More


The Arcs is a new band featuring Dan Auerbach, Richard Swift, Leon Michaels, Homer Steinweiss, Nick Movshon, Kenny Vaughan and Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Their debut album, Yours, Dreamily, is due out from Nonesuch on September 4 … What Went Down is the new Foals record, which will be available August 28 via Warner Bros. … September 18 marks the release of Pagans In Vegas, the new Metric album, on the band’s MMI label. Metric is currently on tour with Imagine Dragons … The second album from Diane Coffee (a.k.a. Foxygen drummer Shaun Fleming), Everybody’s A Good Dog, will be released  September 4 by Western Vinyl … Capitol/UMe will issue a nine-LP boxed set containing the Band’s seven Capitol studio albums along with it’s Rock Of Ages concert LP. The Band: The Capitol Albums 1968-1977 will be available July 31 … Hand Of Glory is a previously unreleased album from Royal Trux circa 1989-90, made available for the first time in 2002. Drag City will reissue the record August 28 in honor of the band’s reunion show … The self-titled debut of Roger Lion—Joe Pernice (Scud Mountain Boys, Pernice Brothers) and Budo (Macklemore)—is set for a September 18 release via Team Love … The Muffs’ 1993 self-titled debut album has been remastered and expanded with 10 bonus tracks, due out from Omnivore on August 14 … Merge has announced the September 18 release of The Diet, the debut album from HeCTA (featuring Kurt Wagner of Lambchop) … On July 10, Felix Da Housecat will release Narrative Of Thee Blast Illusion on No Shame … The 30th anniversary of the Sisters Of Mercy’s First And Last And Always will be commemorated by Rhino on July 24 with the release of a vinyl boxed set including three EPs from that era … I Should Coco, the debut LP from Supergrass, turns 20 this year. To celebrate, the band will reissue the record on vinyl and as a deluxe three-disc expanded edition on September 4 via Parlophone.

—Emily Costantino

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