Film At 11: Buzzcocks

Punk rock legends the Buzzcocks are back with their ninth studio album, The Way, out now via 1-2-3-4 GO! Records. The video for single “It’s Not You” is a montage of the band playing as the negative camera effects give it energetic feel when the group screams the chorus: “It’s not you!” Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: The Safes

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Chicago power trio the Safes, who pump out some of the best garage rock the music world has seen in a hot minute, recently released new album Record Heat. Latest single “Hopes Up, Guard Down” is now available for free download. The track is fun and crazy, constantly spinning and whirling in a frenzy of psychedelic garage pop. Download it below.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Vinyl

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

Vinyl

I recently bought a record player because all of our albums seem to get released on vinyl again these days, and I needed to check some test pressings. I’ve not owned a record player for about 10 years, I think, and it’s certainly very nice to have one again. What is it about vinyl? Is it just nostalgia? It can’t be because I’m told young people are fueling the vinyl resurgence. Maybe it’s the sound? Or is it the look, the feel, the smell? Anyway, hello, old friend, welcome back!

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Film At 11: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds plan to issue a new album, Chasing Yesterday, on March 3, and now releases a video for “In The Heat Of The Moment.” The clip watches the band play live in a hazy setting with ever-changing lights. The colors that appear to be separate start to become one, and the whole video meshes together into one pop-fueled color frenzy. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Matthew Squires And The Learning Disorders

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Austin-based group Matthew Squires And The Learning Disorders go through ever-changing lineups based around the songwriting of Matthew Squires. The band readies for the release of new album Where The Music Goes To Die and offers lead single “Echo” for free download. The song is soft-rock gold with a bit of a reggae feel. It’s calm and relaxing but still has its intense moments. Download it below.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Recording Cinerama In Spain

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

Cinerama

This year has seen a long-held ambition of mine come to fruition. For about 15 years now, I’ve had this dream to record an album—i.e., the same collection of songs—twice. One version would be recorded by the Wedding Present and the other, with totally different arrangements and instrumentation, would be recorded by my “other” band, Cinerama. I just didn’t know how to go about it. Then I met producer Pedro Vigil from the Asturias region of northern Spain, and together we mapped out a version of Valentina (the Wedding Present’s 2012 album) for Cinerama. We then recorded and mixed it in Gijon and Cadiz, respectively, and I had a really great time doing it. It reminded me why I started the Wedding Present but also why I started Cinerama, and I’m looking forward to seeing what everybody else thinks when I release it next year.

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Film At 11: José González

José González readies for the release of his new album, Vestiges And Claws, out February 17, and has a new video for the song “Every Age.” The video carries out a unique idea, hooking a fisheye camera to a weather balloon and sending it away. The video is of course from the view of the camera, and we follow it as it leaves this world, all while a soft melody plays in the background. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Moonbabies

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After a seven-year hiatus, Swedish duo Moonbabies are finally getting the attention they deserve. They plan to release an double-single EP titled “Chorus/Raindrops” and now offer “Chorus” for free download. The music is soft and light and sounds similar to an experimental Fleetwood Mac. Download the track below.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: Santa Monica

MAGNET kindly asked if I’d come back and guest edit again. This year has been a whirlwind for the Wedding Present with touring, the festival in Brighton, recording the new Cinerama album, the Record Store Day singles and the deluxe reissue campaign of the first eight albums. There has hardly been a minute to sit still. So here is a little collection of little things in my life at the moment.

SantaMonica

I own an apartment in Santa Monica, Calif., and try to go there for a couple of months every year. It’s a lovely place and quite European as far as American cities go, by which I mean you can actually walk around a lot of it. It also doesn’t get as hot as the surrounding area and there’s a Swingers diner. By that I don’t mean a café where wife-swapping takes place. I mean it’s called Swingers, it’s a great diner and there’s only one other in the Los Angeles area. Santa Monica has the beach community feel of Venice Beach without the crime, the poshness of Malibu without the high rent and the ice cream of Manhattan Beach without being an hour’s drive away. And where else can you see a bulldog riding a skateboard before your moonlit, seafront dinner?

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Film At 11: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, currently on tour with the New Pornographers, recently released a deluxe edition of 2014 LP Days Of Abandon, with five bonus tracks. Now the band has a colorful new video for “Kelly,” which gives off some ’70s vibes. It shows the band playing and also tastefully blurs the band members’ faces every one in a while, making it entertaining and different. Check it out below.

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