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In The News: Tori Amos, Brody Dalle, Morrissey, Bee Gees, ISIS, Peter Walker And More

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Unrepentant Geraldines is the new album from Tori Amos, due out May 13 via Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics. Amos will embark on a supporting world tour this summer … The debut solo album from Brody Dalle (Distillers, Spinnerette), Diploid Love, will be available April 29 … On May 7, Morrissey will kick off a U.S. concert tour in San Jose, Calif. His first new album in five years is due out later this year … The Warner Bros. Years 1987-1991 is a five-disc set chronicling the Bee Gees’ three studio albums recorded during their time with Warners. Set for an April 15 release, it will include rare demos, outtakes and One For All, a 1989 concert recording available in its entirety for the first time ever … Meshell Ndegeocello has announced the June release of her new album, Comet, Come To Me, via the Naïve label … Ipecac will reissue a remastered version of ISIS’ third album, Panopticon, on April 29 … On March 18, a four-disc collection showcasing Rod Stewart’s live performances, Live 1976-1998, will be available from Warner Bros. … A 15-CD boxed set containing the most comprehensive collection ever from Joe Satriani, Joe Satriani: The Complete Studio Recordings, will be released by Legacy on April 22 … The Candlelight Concerts: Live At Montreux 2013 features the live performance by Queen’s Brian May and Broadway sensation Kerry Ellis. It will be available in multiple formats April 1 via Eagle Rock … Joe Louis Walker’s new album, Hornet’s Nest, is due out from Alligator on February 25 … Light In The Attic has announced the Vanguard Vault label series, in which it will reissue obscure titles from the ‘60s and ‘70s, starting with the February 25 release of Bob Frank’s self-titled album, and the March 4 release of Peter Walker’s “Second Poem To Karmela” Or Gypsies Are Important.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Old 97’s, Conor Oberst, Moby, Rufus Wainwright, Mirah, Ben Watt And More

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Most Messed Up is the new album from the Old 97’s, which is being called “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication.” Marking the band’s 20th year, it will be released April 29 via ATO … Nonesuch will issue Conor Oberst’s new record, Upside Down Mountain, on May 20. He’ll kick off the first leg of his supporting world tour in North Carolina on May 8 … The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (a.k.a Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl) will release Midnight Sun on April 29 via Chimera … On March 4, a live DVD/CD containing material from Moby’s performances at the Fonda Theatre will be released by Mute. Almost Home: Live From The Fonda, LA was taken from three shows supporting Innocents and features album collaborators Mark Lanegan, Skylar Grey, Damien Jurado and Cold Specks … The new self-titled album from Natalie Merchant, due out from Nonesuch on May 6, marks her first release of entirely original songs in 13 years … Rufus Wainwright: Live From The Artists Den, featuring Rufus Wainwright’s private 2012 concert at a Greenwich Village Church, will be available on CD, digital album and Blu-ray on March 4 via Artists Den/UMe … Mirah’s new LP, Changing Light, is due out via her own imprint, Absolute Magnitude, on May 13 … Smalltown Supersound has announced the summer release of the new collaborative album between Todd Rundgren and Hans-Peter Lindstrom and Emil Nikolaisen of Serena-Maneesh … On April 19, Lefse will release Space Project, an album of songs created from space recordings made by Voyager probes featuring Youth Lagoon, Spiritualized, Beach House, the Antlers and more … The fifth record from Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope, will be available from Mack Avenue on April 29 … The reissue of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road will be out via UMe on March 25 in several formats, including CD, limited-edition vinyl, a deluxe edition and a boxed set … The debut album from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, Enter The Slasher House, is set for an April 8 release via Domino … Ben Watt of Everything But The Girl will release his first solo album in more than 30 years, Hendra, on April 29 via Unmade Road … The Classic, the new album from Joan As Police Woman, is due out from Play It Again Sam on March 10 … Wilco’s Glenn Kotche has announced the March 25 release of his new solo album, Adventureland, via Cantaloupe Music.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Slint, Whigs, Thievery Corporation, Emmylou Harris, Afghan Whigs, Baseball Project, Bob Dylan, Swans, Depeche Mode And More

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Touch And Go Records will reissue Slint’s 1991 album Spiderland as a boxed set on April 15. It will include the original remastered LP along with 14 previously unreleased outtakes and demos, a 104-page booklet containing rare photos and a 90-minute documentary by Lance Bangs, Breadcrumb TrailThe Whigs have announced the April 22 release of Modern Creation via New West. The band is currently on the first leg of a headlining tour across North America … The self-titled debut album from the Both (a.k.a the new collaborative project between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo) is due out from SuperEgo on April 15 … Saudade is the seventh studio LP from Thievery Corporation, set for an April 1 release via the band’s ESL label … Before the infamous Miley Cyrus video, there was Emmylou Harris’ Grammy-winning album Wrecking Ball. It will be reissued by Nonesuch on April 8 as a three-disc set containing the original remastered album, previously unreleased material and a behind-the-scenes DVD … Sub Pop has announced the signing of the Afghan Whigs and will release the band’s first new album in 16 years, Do To The Beast, on April 15 … The Baseball Project’s third record, fittingly titled 3rd, will be out March 25 on Yep Roc … On March 4, Columbia/Legacy will issue Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration – Deluxe Edition. Available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray, it contains performances by the likes of Lou Reed, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton and more from the 1992 concert at Madison Square Garden … To Be Kind, the new Swans album, is due out from Young God on May 13 … The entire Depeche Mode catalog will be reissued on vinyl by Rhino, starting on February 4 with the release of Some Great Reward, Music For The Masses, Songs Of Faith And Devotion and Black CelebrationBoy George’s first studio album in 18 years, This Is What I Do, is due out March 25 on Very Me … The life and legacy of the late Ronnie James Dio will be celebrated with This Is Your Life, a tribute album featuring covers of his greatest songs by Anthrax, Halestorm, Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Tenacious D and more. It’s out from Rhino on April 1 … May 6 marks the release of Sarah McLachlan’s new record, Shine On, via Verve.

—Emily Costantino

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Film At 11: RJD2

MAGNET hometown hero RJD2 just shared the second video from More Is Than Isn’t. The clip for “Descended From Myth” shows the creative process in which he creates his electronic/psychedelic sound. Check out the video below.

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MAGNET Exclusive: GBV’s Bob Pollard Deals on Decades-Old Diamond Dominance

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For reasons unknown, except that it’s the internet, news of Guided By Voices‘ Robert Pollard tossing a no-hitter as a college hurler on May 11, 1978, has gone semi-viral. We noted it in MAGNET’s Top 25 Of 2012 and thought it was relatively common knowledge among diehard GBV fans at the very least. Still, it’s a treat to see Pollard’s mug in the Wright State student newspaper account of his masterpiece, the first no-no in school history.

Given the unlikely resurgence of interest in his mound milestone, we asked Pollard to share any memories he might have of his gem 36 years ago. GBV, by the way, is releasing Motivational Jumpsuit (Guided By Voices Inc.) on February 18. It’s really good, so employ whatever positive baseball metaphor you’d like.

MAGNET: Before the no-hitter, how would you classify your stuff in general? What pitches were in your repertoire?
Pollard: I threw 80 percent fastballs. I threw a lot harder in high school before I injured my arm and developed tennis elbow. I had an imitation slider, which is basically a 3/4-armed curveball that my college coach allowed me to use. I developed a pretty effective curveball in college that I couldn’t control very well, but a lot of hitters would swing at it anyway after seeing predominantly fastballs. I had a decent brushback pitch.

Take us back to the game. What do you remember about it? Do you recall anything about what pitches were working, or any moments where the no-no was in jeopardy?
Well, first of all, I didn’t know that I had a no-hitter going. A run had scored, I guess on a couple of walks and errors, so I had assumed that a hit fell in at some point, which is actually a good thing because it took some pressure off. Also, I wasn’t really feeling that sharp. I only had about six or seven strikeouts, but I guess my placement was good and my team was playing pretty good defense. I struck out the final batter and our bench came running out and mobbed me, and I completely didn’t know what was happening. I was like, “What?” and they were like, “You threw a no-hitter!”

After the no-hitter, did you start to think maybe you were better than you thought? Or did you think it was just a fluke?
My dad has kept records of my pitching throughout my life, and last year he tabulated my best games. I threw 12 no-hitters, 19 one-hitters and 21 two-hitters between the ages of 10 years old and 20 years old.

Did you ever have any games that came close to the Wright State one?
Well, actually, I forgot who I threw the no-hitter against. Indiana something. But anyway, I pitched against them again the following year, at their place, and had a no-hitter going until the sixth inning with an out or two, in a seven-inning game, so I came pretty close again. I had no-hit that team for almost 13 straight innings.

What album of yours would you consider the aural equivalent of a no-hitter?
Of course Bee Thousand. From A Compound Eye. Alien Lanes. Moses On A Snail. It’s funny, I’ve thrown a lot of no-hitters, and I’ve never had a hit song.

—Matt Hickey

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Film at 11: Elbow

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is the sixth studio album by the U.K. alternative rockers in Elbow, out March 11. The band just released a  video for first single “Fly Boy Blue/Lunette.” The clip was filmed during recording process for the album, and reflects the year-long journey. Check out the video below.

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