From The Desk Of Jessica Lea Mayfield: Stone Temple Pilots’ “Purple”

Jessica Lea Mayfield joined her parents’ bluegrass band when she was eight. In her teens, she did some recording with her brother, privately releasing an album under the alias Chittlin’ in 2007. That led to recording with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and her official debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which came out in 2008, when she was 19. That well-received album presented Mayfield as a moody, rootsy singer/songwriter of precocious talent, confirmed by its follow-up, 2010’s Tell Me, also produced by Auerbach. The new Make My Head Sing…(ATO) will surprise listeners who expect a third set of Americana-style folk rock. It’s a grungy power-trio album that places Mayfield’s calm voice in a squall of her electric guitar. Mayfield will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

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Mayfield: When I was 11 I took a public transportation bus to an actual store that sold CDs and cassettes called Time Travelers. It hasn’t been there in years; now it’s some campus apparel store. I bought Purple on CD for $17, cracked it open and listened to it with my portable CD player on the ride home. Today I still think it’s one of the best albums ever. STP really creates some beautiful studio albums. This year my husband bought me this record on vinyl—and the vinyl itself is purple. He also bought me Core on vinyl, which is another fucking amazing STP record. “Creep” was actually the first song I ever learned on guitar, that same year.

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From The Desk Of Jessica Lea Mayfield: Valentine’s Day

Jessica Lea Mayfield joined her parents’ bluegrass band when she was eight. In her teens, she did some recording with her brother, privately releasing an album under the alias Chittlin’ in 2007. That led to recording with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and her official debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which came out in 2008, when she was 19. That well-received album presented Mayfield as a moody, rootsy singer/songwriter of precocious talent, confirmed by its follow-up, 2010’s Tell Me, also produced by Auerbach. The new Make My Head Sing…(ATO) will surprise listeners who expect a third set of Americana-style folk rock. It’s a grungy power-trio album that places Mayfield’s calm voice in a squall of her electric guitar. Mayfield will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

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Mayfield: I liked Valentine’s Day even when I was single. (It’s obviously better now that I have someone to spend it with, instead of crying into a large stuffed animal from my mom while eating pink and red M&M’s.) My two favorite colors are pink and red, and for one month outta the year everything is pink and red. It’s beautiful and amazing. And I buy tons of heart-shaped things when they go on clearance. I wish it could last forever.

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Normal History Vol. 265: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 29-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

An excerpt from Obliterating History – a guitar-making mystery, domination & submission in a small town garage, a novel by Jean Smith

Frank moved from New York City to Nazareth to take a job at the Martin guitar factory—and this just doesn’t make sense to the people of Nazareth. It’s backwards. People don’t move from New York to Nazareth. They just don’t.

Frank keeps quiet about his background, about being raised in a household devoted to art and creativity. His father was an ad agency art director and both parents painted professionally. Frank knows that there is nothing to be gained by telling regular people about how he grew up, about his parents’ studios and art openings—and how he used to give his father’s large abstract paintings their titles. It isn’t the kind of thing that’s going to help build friendships with the gun-toting, guitar-building rednecks of Nazareth. Frank has counted the gun-racks in the employee parking lot enough times to know that instigating a discussion on the differences between Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline would likely result in any number of years of razzing. And besides, he isn’t looking for new friends and he’s always been comfortable keeping secrets.

“I’ll Call You,” from The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) (download):

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From The Desk Of Jessica Lea Mayfield: Guitar Pedals

Jessica Lea Mayfield joined her parents’ bluegrass band when she was eight. In her teens, she did some recording with her brother, privately releasing an album under the alias Chittlin’ in 2007. That led to recording with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and her official debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which came out in 2008, when she was 19. That well-received album presented Mayfield as a moody, rootsy singer/songwriter of precocious talent, confirmed by its follow-up, 2010’s Tell Me, also produced by Auerbach. The new Make My Head Sing…(ATO) will surprise listeners who expect a third set of Americana-style folk rock. It’s a grungy power-trio album that places Mayfield’s calm voice in a squall of her electric guitar. Mayfield will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

Pedals

Mayfield: Excess and obsession are two phases I go through with everything I like in my life. Two years ago, I bought my first guitar pedal. It was an Electro Harmonix Memory Boy. Now I’m always swapping out pedals in my pedal board and changing things. I like to get stoned to the bone and mix and match different sounds. Buying them can become addicting. Like my Beanie Baby collection, except those don’t make cool noises when I step on them. I’ve gotten a few of the newer Electro Harmonix ones, some boss dudes, but I’m really into old, harder-to-find shit: original non-digital sounding guitar pedals. Guitar center tone can be a pet peeve of mine. I guess I’ve turned into a purist that way.

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Film At 11: The Both

The self-titled album from the Both (a.k.a. Aimme Mann and Ted Leo) is out now via SuperEgo Records. The duo just released a video for lead single “Milwaukee.” Watch it below.

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From The Desk Of Jessica Lea Mayfield: Guns

Jessica Lea Mayfield joined her parents’ bluegrass band when she was eight. In her teens, she did some recording with her brother, privately releasing an album under the alias Chittlin’ in 2007. That led to recording with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and her official debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which came out in 2008, when she was 19. That well-received album presented Mayfield as a moody, rootsy singer/songwriter of precocious talent, confirmed by its follow-up, 2010’s Tell Me, also produced by Auerbach. The new Make My Head Sing…(ATO) will surprise listeners who expect a third set of Americana-style folk rock. It’s a grungy power-trio album that places Mayfield’s calm voice in a squall of her electric guitar. Mayfield will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

Gun

Mayfield: Bang, bang, bang! It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten to shoot. We had a long brutal winter. It’s starting to warm up, and pretty soon I’ll be shooting at clay disks, and a target that looks like a dude, and paper plates … or whatever else my daddy sets out to shoot. I’ll like handguns, the 9mm and the 40. It’s also fun to shoot targets from a distance with a rifle. I love my shotgun, but I don’t like skeet shooting, though. I’m not very good at it, and my idea of fun with guns it’s pointing it towards the sun. I’ll state my quick opinion on how I wish gun laws could be: it should be similar to obtaining a driver’s license. You should get points if you are caught drunk while carrying or carrying where it’s not allowed, until like a drivers license, that right is taken away. It should be reciprocal state to state so people like touring musicians can carry them as well. Just my opinion.

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From The Desk Of Jessica Lea Mayfield: Glitter Spray Paint

Jessica Lea Mayfield joined her parents’ bluegrass band when she was eight. In her teens, she did some recording with her brother, privately releasing an album under the alias Chittlin’ in 2007. That led to recording with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and her official debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which came out in 2008, when she was 19. That well-received album presented Mayfield as a moody, rootsy singer/songwriter of precocious talent, confirmed by its follow-up, 2010’s Tell Me, also produced by Auerbach. The new Make My Head Sing…(ATO) will surprise listeners who expect a third set of Americana-style folk rock. It’s a grungy power-trio album that places Mayfield’s calm voice in a squall of her electric guitar. Mayfield will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

Glitter

Mayfield: I have a serious obsession with Krylon glitter spray paint. One of my favorite things in the world is glitter, and this stuff is rad. I have literally sprayed this shit on everything: my stairs, a guitar, guitar pedals, the fridge, lamp shades. Anyting.

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Film At 11: Hamilton Leithauser

Recently announcing the release of debut solo album Black Hours (out June 3), Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser just completed a video for “11 O’clock Friday Night” in anticipation. Check out the clip below

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From The Desk Of Jessica Lea Mayfield: NASCAR

Jessica Lea Mayfield joined her parents’ bluegrass band when she was eight. In her teens, she did some recording with her brother, privately releasing an album under the alias Chittlin’ in 2007. That led to recording with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and her official debut, With Blasphemy So Heartfelt, which came out in 2008, when she was 19. That well-received album presented Mayfield as a moody, rootsy singer/songwriter of precocious talent, confirmed by its follow-up, 2010’s Tell Me, also produced by Auerbach. The new Make My Head Sing…(ATO) will surprise listeners who expect a third set of Americana-style folk rock. It’s a grungy power-trio album that places Mayfield’s calm voice in a squall of her electric guitar. Mayfield will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

NASCAR

Mayfield: As a kid I used to love to watch NASCAR races with my daddy. We had a dirt go-cart track in the front yard of our double-wide trailer. And a go cart that was painted like Jeremy Mayfield’s (no relation) K-Mart Car. All of this has probably lead to my intense desire to perform the National Anthem at a NASCAR race, or get a roll cage installed in my Mustang.

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MP3 At 3PM: Red Wanting Blue

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Red Wanting Blue just announced upcoming album Little America, arriving July 1. In anticipation of the release, the band has shared LP track “Black Canyon.” Download it below.

“Black Canyon” (download):

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