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.

“Chorus” (download):

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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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MP3 At 3PM: Sugar Candy Mountain

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Sugar Candy Mountain, a tasty psychedelic rock duo out of San Francisco, ready for the release of its first big-time album, Mystic Hits, out December 16. Sugar Candy Mountain started as a recording project of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Will Halsey, who added singer/songwriter Ash Reiter. “Soak Up The City,” an acid-bathed track full of fun pop hooks, shows what Sugar Candy Mountain is all about.

“Soak Up The City” (download):

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

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.

Genesis

I suppose this rock band should be filed in my list of guilty pleasures. In these post-punk enlightened times, I suppose we all know better now than to profess a liking for progressive-rock bands, especially those who got musically worse and inexplicably more ridiculous as time progressed. But … well … those early records! Peter Gabriel dressed as a flower singing about unifauns and selling England by the pound. What is a unifaun, anyway? Marvellous stuff, nevertheless.

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From The Desk Of The Wedding Presents’ David Gedge: British Christmas Telly

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.

TV

This year will be the first year in about five that I’ve been in the United Kingdom for Christmas. We usually decamp to the USA around that time of year, which is absolutely fine, but it’s nothing like being “at home.” Why? In a word: the television. For some reason Americans don’t save the best films and all the Christmas specials for the holiday. Maybe Americans have better things to do than plump themselves in front of the telly all day? But what?!

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In The News: Big Star, Bettye Lavette, Mark Ronson, Carl Barât, Kid Rock And More

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Rhino Records will honor Big Star this month with reissues of the band’s four-disc boxed set, Keep An Eye On The Sky, as well as an expanded deluxe version of Chris Bell’s I Am The Cosmos. The albums will be released on November 24 and 11, respectively … Bettye Lavette will kick off 2015 with the January 27 release of her new album, Worthy, as well as a residency at the Carlyle in New York City … First Light is the debut LP from Big Noble, a collaborative project by Interpol’s Daniel Kessler and sound designer Joseph Fraioli, due out February 3 on their Affiliates Sound imprint, via Kobalt Label Services … On February 3, the new double album from Mount Eerie, Sauna, will be available from P.W Elverum & Sun … Kevin Howes compiled an anthology of music from the Indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States onto Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, And Country 1966-1985, and it will be released by Light In The Attic on November 25 … Uptown Special, the new record from Mark Ronson, is due out from RCA on January 25, and will feature several guest appearances including Bruno Mars, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt and more … The latest release from Sir Richard Bishop, Tangier Sessions, will be out February 17 via Drag City … Grand Jury will issue Let It Reign, the debut album from Carl Barât and his new band the Jackals on February 17. The band is currently touring the U.K. … February 24 marks the release of Kid Rock’s new record, First Kiss, via Warner Bros. … When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel, 1926-1936 is a three-CD/three-LP set produced by Christopher King, due out from Tompkins Square on December 9 … 20 hours of material from Scharpling & Wurster’s radio show have been compiled onto a 16-CD boxed set, Scharpling & Wurster: The Best Of The Best Show, due out March 17 from the Numero Group.

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Normal History Vol. 295: 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 30-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

After the whirlwind of action that landed us in a cheap, but totally serviceable Newark hotel ($64 a night), we set off to Brooklyn to pick up merch we’d had shipped—including a box of the new LP sent by UPS from the pressing plant in L.A. Turns out the LP package had arrived an hour before we got to our pick-up point (total strangers; friend of a friend we haven’t met yet). This is the same place I sent the amp I bought on eBay. Too bad they were on the fourth floor of a building with no elevator. After Dave carried it all to the car, we drove to the venue (I do all the driving and Dave does all the lifting). We thought Trans Pecos would be a cultural center or a café sort of thing. Turns out it’s “gently labeled” in very light chalk above the door (which we didn’t see). So the street addresses appear to go from 913 right to 917 with a few random doorways in between. Very disconcerting. It really didn’t look like we were at the right place, but we were an hour early so we parked the car across the street to begin opening boxes of merch to put together a selection for the show. Luckily we were early because the LP was shipped in three parts—vinyl, jacket and plastic sleeve. So we set up a two-person assembly line on the sidewalk and got it done DIY style. This is all happening in a section of Queens that is not at all hipster, but a hipster did happen by. When he saw us, he took out his earbuds and asked, “What are y’all doing?” And I said, “It’s a long story.” He took a step closer, and I explained. I pointed to the deserted building across the street and told him we were playing a show there later. He frowned and went on his way, unimpressed.

We kept an eye open for any signs of life across the street and right on time, at 6:30, we saw someone unlock one of the mysterious doors and step inside.

Our previous Todd P show was at Union Docs in 2006—on tour with Shoplifting. Great to see him again and hear about this fantastic new space run by a group of committed individuals (who swept and washed the floors before and after the show).

Angus did a sensational job with the sound during the Mount Eerie soundcheck, so we knew we were going to have an excellent experience.

Oh—and the amp I bought on eBay worked perfectly!! Dave sounded excellent. And we debuted a new song called “The Ferry To The Launch.” That was a thrill. And what a great audience. Holy cow.

“Richard” from Calico Kills The Cat (K, 1989; Matador, 1991; Smarten Up!, 2003) (download):

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Film At 11: Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten proved she could evoke tears from just about anyone with her latest album, Are We There. Now she releases a new video for heartbreaking track “Your Love Is Killing Me.” The song itself is extremely emotionally powerful, and the clip is no less. It follows a clearly distressed woman as she walks the streets on the verge of tears. But it lets the listener decide what’s going on inside the mind of our main character so that we may all see her as ourselves. Check it out below.

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