In The News: Rolling Stones, Jam, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Old Crow Medicine Show, Primus, Underworld, Jazz Butcher, Bully And More

ABKCO is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rolling StonesTheir Satanic Majesties Request with a limited-edition double-vinyl/double-hybrid-super-audio CD set on September 22; the discs are compatible with all CD players … In more Stones news, a week later Eagle Rock will release The Rolling Stones’ From The Vault: Sticky Fingers: Live At The Fonda Theatre 2015 on DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD and DVD/three-LP … Hard to believe the Jam released debut album In The City 40 years ago, but to celebrate, UMe/Polydor will issue the five-CD 1977 on October 20, featuring a remastered In The City and follow-up This Is The Modern World (also from the same year), plus unreleased demos and live recordings … Luciferian Towers, the seventh album by the always mysterious Godspeed You! Black Emperor, is out September 22 via Constellation … On September 15, Columbia Nashville will issue Old Crow Medicine Show‘s 50 Years Of Blonde On Blonde The Concert on DVD and Blu-ray … The Desaturating Seven, Primus’ ninth studio album, is out September 29 on ATO … Underworld‘s Beaucoup Fish is getting the deluxe reissue treatment August 25 via UMe, with a single-CD edition, a four-CD boxed set and a double-vinyl LP … The four-CD The Wasted Years collects four albums—1983’s In Bath Of Bacon, 1984’s A Scandal In Bohemia, 1985’s Sex And Travel and 1986’s Distressed Gentlefolk—by the Jazz Butcher, and it’s out October 20 via Fire … Bully‘s sophomore album, Losing, is out October 20 on Sub Pop … After a 44-year gap between her debut and 2014 follow-up, Linda Perhacs‘ third album comes only three years later; I’m A Harmony is out September 22 via Omnivore and features Wilco’s Pat Sansone (who produced the LP), John Stirratt, Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche … George Strait‘s Pure Country soundtrack, which turns 25 this year, will be issued on vinyl for the first time on September 15 … The 40-track Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) is out September 15 via Craft as a two-CD or three-LP set and features the Staple Singers, Original Blind Boys Of Alabama, Soul Stirrers and more … Mirah‘s Sundial EP, out October 6 via Absolute Magnitude, features reworkings of six of her previously released songs, plus the new title track, all recorded and arranged with Jherek Bischoff … Last summer, Jeff Beck celebrated a half century in the music biz with a concert featuring Steven Tyler, Billy F. Gibbons, Jan Hammer, Beth Hart and Buddy Guy; Jeff Beck: Live At The Hollywood Bowl is available on DVD and Blu-ray (each comes with two CDs) via Eagle Rock on October 6 … Lloyd Price‘s new album, This Is Rock And Roll, is out September 22 … The late Ronnie Montrose‘s final album, 10X10, is out September 29 from Rhino and features guests including Sammy Hagar, Edgar Winter, Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Joe Bonamassa and Phil Collen; two-CD deluxe editions of 1973’s Montrose and 1974’s Paper Money follow on October 13, also via Rhino … Ernie KovacsTake A Good Look: The Definitive Collection compiles all 49 existing episodes of the comedian’s game show and is out October 17.

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Essential New Music: The Van Pelt’s “Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves” And “Sultans Of Sentiment”

This pair of releases by New York City’s the Van Pelt, in hindsight, provided a number of significant indie-rock mile markers. The band was led by Ted’s brother, Chris Leo; Stealing From Our Favorite Thieves was recorded by Alap Momin (ex-Dälek); bassist Toko Yasuda went back and forth between TVP and Blonde Redhead after that record; and both albums saw the light of day via cult label Gern Blandsten. After being out of print since the turn of the century, the original tapes have been mined for reissue treatment by Spain’s La Castanya, allowing listeners to trace the band from its gorgeously melodic and incendiary, post-hardcore beginnings a la the Jazz June and Texas Is The Reason to a more subdued, Slint-like bent with Leo’s increasingly spoken-word vocal style by the time the last notes ring out on Sultans Of Sentiment.

–Kevin Stewart-Panko

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Normal History Vol. 438: 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 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Cherry Flowers
Gliding through the rings the oars make
on the water

Rowboats heading for the caves
they’re filled with flowers

Seven men in white shirts
watch the needle on the gauge

Rise and fall
swing and dive

“Cherry Flowers” from Dovetail (K, 1992) (download):

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Flagship Romance Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

Flagship Romance just released new album Tales From the Self-Help Section, but the duo won’t allow the music to stop. Shawn Fisher and Jordyn Jackson have been nice enough to put together a mix tape of songs they love, and we’re excited to share it with you. Read and listen/watch below, and make sure you check out “Growing Up So Fast” courtesy of MAGNET and Tales From The Self-Help Section when you’re done.

Tom Petty, “Crawling Back To You”
Fischer: There was a solid handful of years where all I listened to was Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. It started with his classics, but the obsession really kicked in when I started digging deeper into his album cuts. This particular song off Wildflowers gives me goosebumps to this day. While a lot of his lyrics are wrapped in mysterious imagery, the third verse gave me a rare glimpse into the inner workings of his mind. It was one of the first times an artist I truly admired transparently presented anxiety in the form of a lyric (“I’m so tired of being tired/As sure as night will follow day/Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”).
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Candy Butchers, “Hang On Mike”
Fischer: While our new album lyrically centers around battles with anxiety and depression, it is not the first to take on that topic. Mike Viola’s ability to take his heavy, personal diatribes and marinate them into catchy, poppy, uplifting compositions was a huge inspiration for us.
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Jay Buchanan, “Internal Dialogue”
Jackson: Jay Buchanan, currently the lead singer of the Rival Sons, is hands-down one of our favorite singers and songwriters. We both fell in love with his solo album just before we met. In fact, we were separately turned on to his music by the same mutual friend who introduced us. This song is a beautiful reminder that every day and moment are sacred. We dare you not to be totally blown away by Jay’s vocals on this track. If you end up falling head over heels for this dude, shoot us a message and we’ll send you the unreleased album that this track is on (we have his permission).
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Superdrag, ”I’m Expanding My Mind”
Fischer: John Davis of Superdrag is one of my favorite writers who I’ve worked with. We met in Nashville, and I was immediately inspired by his story of overcoming his own battles with addiction and depression. That, along with his seemingly effortless writing style, really resonated with me. This song was on constant repeat in May 2012. I vividly remember walking around the streets of Philadelphia jamming the absolute crap out of this bombastic tune.
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Max Gomez, “Rule The World”
Jackson: We were introduced to Max Gomez’s music through our good friend and producer, Lee Miles. This song never fails to give us chills. Max’s unique vocal tone and the imagery he conveys in this tune is bound to uplift you.
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Darlingside, “The Ancestor”
Jackson: We met the guys in Darlingside at the international Folk Alliance conference two years ago. Before we had even heard them sing, we knew we were going to love them because of their infectious energy and sense of humor. We weren’t prepared for their incredible vocal blend. We love this song, but love the video even more! I can’t even think about this video without happy tears forming in my eyes.
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Bright Eyes, “First Day Of My Life”
Fischer: Our “first dance” song at our wedding. Enough said.
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Ryanhood, “Welcome You Into My Head”
Fischer: Ryanhood, or as we affectionately call them “Flagship Bromance,” are some of our favorite peeps in the world. We would see each others’ band name in many of the listening rooms and house concerts we would perform in. We finally got to meet each other in person at the international Folk Alliance conference in 2016. We love them and know you will, too.
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Megan Slankard, “Diving In”
Jackson: This girl. Dude. She can sing. We love anytime we get to cross paths with Megan and the inevitable sore ab muscles we have afterward from laughing with her. This song hits hard, especially that third verse. Check it!
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Half Moon Run, “Sun Leads Me On”
Jackson: We opened for Half Moon Run in 2012 in our hometown. It was a weekday crowd, and a lot of our friends apologized in advance saying that they would have to leave after our set and couldn’t stay for Half Moon Run. We encouraged them to stay for at least one song, and once they started, no one left until the end. These guys are that good. On top of their talent, they have hearts of gold. Now they are selling out large venues all over the world, and we couldn’t be happier for them. This is our current favorite of theirs.
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MP3 At 3PM: Anastasia Minster

Anastasia Minster will release Hour Of The Wolf on September 22. The Toronto musician and Moscow native is somber and patient on “When I Die,” a gently swaying piano number sunk deeply in thought. Check it out below.

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Film At 11: Cornelius

Cornelius recently released brilliant studio album Mellow Waves (Rostrum), and now it’s video time. Filmed in black and white, the animated clip for “In A Dream” follows a man as he makes his way through a bustling city full of illusions. Watch it below.

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TOPS: Moody Blues

TOPS explores the dark side of pop music

Sugar At The Gate, the new record from Montreal’s TOPS, has a bright, spacious sound, but below the surface, there’s a current of uncertainty. “They’re love songs,” says Jane Penny, the band’s lead singer, keyboard player and main lyricist. “But we don’t write about the positive feelings everybody knows. We talk about the ambivalence we experience in relationships but usually don’t acknowledge.”

Songs like “Petals” and “Topless” have a hard-rock edge, but most of the album’s tunes have a more intimate sound, marked by offbeat, ambient touches and unexpected instrumental flourishes. “We listen to a lot of R&B,” Penny says. “Soul records have the most interesting production. The emotions are big, but the instruments are placed separately and discretely in the mix. David (Carriere, the band’s lead guitarist) is a great player, but sees himself more as a songwriter. He likes stretching the limits of his instrument to get the emotional sounds he likes.”

The moody textures Penny and Carriere create, with the help of drummer Riley Fleck, complement the jazz-like passion of Penny’s phrasing. “I never took singing lessons,” she says. “I taught myself. I love Ozzy Osbourne, but I’m not into the over-the-top singing of most female rock vocalists. There are loud women singers I like, but I like singing quietly. I can get more variations with my tone when I’m singing softly. The phrasing isn’t conscious, it’s just how I happen to sing.”

The band’s live sets share the quiet intensity of their albums, although they do put on a compelling performance. “We’re not your typical rock show,” she says. “The songs are all pretty slow, but people enjoy it because we’re not serious performers. We joke around a lot and that helps, since a lot of the songs are kinda slow and sad.”

—j. poet

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Film At 11: American Football

If you’re sad that American Football isn’t coming to your city on tour, we hope the band’s new video for “Home Is Where The Haunt Is” (off its self-titled new album on Polyvinyl) will cheer you up. A collaboration with director Erin Elders, the clip revolves around three characters who end up rekindling old passions. Check it out now.

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Essential New Music: Algiers’ “The Underside Of Power”

The wall of sound this band generates with distorted guitars, samples, industrial noise and live drums is overwhelming at times, but the message it conveys about race and class in America is an important one. Vocalist Franklin Fisher delivers the band’s sermons with an effective flair, slipping easily between soul, gospel, rock, jazz and hip hop. The instrumental textures are dense and multilayered, producing music that blends anger with a measured optimism. “Cleveland” draws parallels between the KKK in the ’50s and ’60s and today’s more subtle racism. It includes chilling shout-outs to seven African-American prisoners who were the victims of police violence while they were in custody. “The Cycle/The Spiral: Time To Go Down Slowly” sounds like Ray Charles fronting Nine Inch Nails, a cry of defiance in the face of the sinister forces encroaching on our freedoms, while the title track is a Motown-flavored rocker with slashing guitar pyrotechnics that complement Fisher’s operatic fervor.

—j. poet

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MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of The Heroic Enthusiast’s “When The Deal Is Done,” From Their Upcoming Self-Titled Debut

In October, the Heroic Enthusiasts will issue their self-titled debut album. The Rochester, N.Y., band’s self-produced LP was mixed by Mercury Rev’s Anthony Molina and is out via the Bodan Kuma label. Formed in 2014, the quartet is made up of James Tabbi (Eleven Pond), Thomas Ferrara (Bullseye), Mike James (Longwave) and Dexter Redic (Roots Collider). Says James, “We all hit it off with a mutual love of bands like Japan and Cocteau Twins. I think we knew there was immediate chemistry, and I was indeed intrigued by the sound. It wasn’t forced or revivalist to me. It sounded honest.” We are proud to premiere first single “When The Deal Is Done” today on Check it out below.

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