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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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In The News: Damon Albarn, Eels, Built To Spill, Glen Hansard, Pantera, Soul Asylum And More

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Everyday Robots is the debut solo record from Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), due out via Warner Bros. on April 29. Albarn will make an appearance at the Governors Ball Music Festival in June … The 11th full-length from Eels, The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett, will be available April 22 … Built To Spill, Ween’s Aaron Freeman & Slash, Glen Hansard, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Langhorne Slim and many more contributed covers of ’80s-era Bob Dylan songs to Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume 1. It’s set for a March 25 release from ATO, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Pencils Of Promise charity … A two-disc anniversary edition of Pantera’s 20-year-old album, Far Beyond Driven, will be released by Rhino on March 25. It includes a newly remastered version of the original record along with the band’s performance at the 1994 Monsters Of Rock festival … The 30th career anniversary of Loreena McKennitt will be celebrated March 4 with the release of retrospective album The Journey So Far: The Best Of Loreena McKennitt, which contains 12 tracks curated by the woman herself … Soul Asylum has announced it’s back in the studio working on an as-yet-untitled album of all new material, due out this year.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Guster, Kevin Drew, David Bowie, Rolling Stones, OFF!, Elbow And More

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Guster is currently in the studio recording its next as-yet-untitled album, which will be released later this year. In the meantime, you can download the band’s free live album, Guster Live With The Redacted Symphony on the band’s website … Broken Social Scene founder Kevin Drew will issue a solo album, Darlings, on March 18 via Arts & Crafts … On April 15, the fifth studio album from Ziggy Marley, Fly Rasta, will be available from Tuff Gong Worldwide. A supporting U.S. tour will take place this year …  The 40th anniversary of David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” will be celebrated with the March 11 release of a limited-edition seven-inch picture disc via Parlophone … The debut album of the New Mendicants (Joe Pernice, Norman Blake and Mike Belisky), Into The Lime, is due out from Ashmont on January 28 … ABKCO has announced the January 21 digital release of the Rolling Stones’ Live 1965: Music From Charlie Is My DarlingOFF! will release its new, self-recorded full-length, Wasted Years, on April 8 via Vice … The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook is Cliff Richard’s 100th album, set for a February 25 release by Rhino and Friday Music … On March 3, Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics will issue St. Carolyn By The Sea, which features classical orchestral works composed by the National’s Bryce Dessner as well as an appearance by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood, performing a complete suite from the There Will Be Blood soundtrack … Eric Clapton: The 1970s Review chronicles Eric Clapton’s journey through that decade, including new and archive interviews, rare concert footage and contributions from various other artists. It’s available on DVD on March 11 … The sixth studio album from Elbow, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, will be out March 11 via Fiction/Concord … Dischord will issue eight early S.O.A. tracks on First Demo 12/29/80 this March … A 13-disc boxed set featuring the work of Little Feat, Rad Gumbo: The Complete Warner Bros. Years 1971-1990, will be available February 25 from Rhino.

—Emily Costantino

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