MP3 At 3PM: Jupiter Deluxe Tube

Orange County’s Jupiter Deluxe Tube recently put out Product Of Insomnia, and that title is a good peek into the vibe of “Home.” The gentle synth-pop track unfolds gracefully but unexpectedly into bleary-eyed atmosphere, the perfect song for watching the sun rise after a long waking night. Check it out below.

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Fast Romantics: United States Of Grief

Toronto’s Fast Romantics find their American beauty.

Matthew Angus doesn’t hate the United States—quite the opposite, actually. “It’s terrifying,” is how the primary visionary for Fast Romantics describes looking on from inside Canada at the ongoing spectacle unfolding in Washington, D.C. “Anyone in the U.S. who would challenge the notion that this affects all of us just doesn’t get it. It makes us feel even closer to our American friends, because it’s a grief state that we all have to go through.”

That dismay with political events south of the border led Angus to rethink the direction he was heading on his Toronto-based band’s latest release. “I realized that love doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” he says. “It happens despite all the chaos around us.”

American Love (Light Organ/Postwar) lives up to its title, delving into the real and imagined foibles and vagaries of falling in love in the 21st century. But it also drags the turmoil of an uncertain world order into the bedroom, where it messes the sheets, piss- es on the toilet seat and occasionally kills the mood. Ultimately, though, such broad strokes bring universality to the power of human connection—something that’s needed now more than ever. “We’re gonna die,  I  can see it in your eyes and you can see it in mine—it’s in the way that they shine,” sings Angus in his sultry Bryan Ferry-cum-Tom Jones lilt on “Ready For The Night.” “After that, I don’t know what happens, but I’m sure it’s all right.”

Chilling inevitability and unbridled optimism collide often on American Love, which was recorded over two years in Toronto and Brooklyn by Gus van Go and Werner F (Wintersleep, Whitehorse). The album’s lavish production is a grand-scale melding of slathered-on early-’80s synth drama and mid-’60s echo-chamber finesse that owes as much to Midge Ure as it does to Brian Wilson.

Angus founded a quite different version of Fast Romantics in Calgary with bassist Jef- frey Lewis in 2008, but the original lineup couldn’t hold it together after the release of intermittently brilliant 2013 LP Afterlife Blues. As Angus and Lewis worked on reinventing the band, Fast Romantics were generating buzz in Canada, winning 2014 pop group of the year at the SiriusXM Indie Awards and taking home the prestigious 2016 SOCAN songwriting prize for the irrepressible “Julia,” a new version of which appears on American Love.

The sextet’s most pronounced addition is multitalented singer/songwriter Kirty, whose sole contribution to American Love, “How Long Is This Gonna Last?” is also one of its most resonant moments. “Maybe on the next album, there will be more of Kirt,” says Angus. “She’s really infiltrated the sound and the spirit of my songwriting. It’s sort of like beauty and the beast.”

Hobart Rowland

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From The Desk Of Glenn Morrow: And Speaking Of Spotify …

Glenn Morrow is a Hoboken, N.J., music treasure. He owns the influential 31-year-old Bar/None label (Yo La Tengo, They Might Be Giants, Feelies, dB’s, Of Montreal). His bands, such as the Individuals and “a,” have helped put the Mile Square City on the indie-rock map for equally as long. His latest project is Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help, which has a new self-titled album. Morrow will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Morrow: What a gift for anyone trying to research a song. Take “Corrina Corrina,” which worked its way from acoustic country-blues and country into jump-blues and folk, getting covered by Bob Dylan, Taj Mahal, Dean Martin, Rod Stewart, Steppenwolf and Mountain. It even got up to number nine by Ray Petersen, a star of the Donna Reed TV show! And if you really want to lose your mind, listen to all the permutations of “The Hucklebuck,” that ‘50s dance craze that pre-dated the Twist. Playlist

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Film At 11: Chastity Belt

Chastity Belt recently released the excellent I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone, and this evening we’re bringing you the video for album highlight “Used To Spend.” Directed by Carley Solether, the clip juxtaposes the isolating music and lyrics with a fun group day at the racetrack. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Whetherman

We previously brought Whetherman to your attention with “What Am I Supposed To Think,” and now This Land is upon us. What better way to remind you to check it out than with a stream of the LP’s title track? “This Land” is indie-folk stripped down to its barest elements; it’s a sweet and simple tune that glimmers with honesty and heart in lo-fi glory. Check it out below.

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Essential New Music: Various Artists’ “Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years Of The Story: An Album To Benefit War Child”

The Story was Brandi Carlile’s breakthrough second album, and the title track, written by her bandmate Phil Hanseroth, has turned up in numerous television shows and commercials. This covers album celebrates its 10th anniversary and benefits War Child, an organization that helps children who are victims of political conflict. Although Adele included the sparse “Hiding My Heart” as a bonus track on her own 21, most of these tracks were recorded specifically for this album. The Indigo Girls, who did the backing vocals on the original “Cannonball,” take the lead this time. Carlile herself sings backing vocals on Pearl Jam’s rave-up version of “Again Today” and on Torres’ delicate “Until I Die,” and she plays banjo on the Secret Sisters’ melancholy “Losing  Heart.” There’s a strong country/bluegrass core on Dolly Parton’s stunning version of the title track and on cuts by Old Crow Medicine Show, Kris Kristofferson and Shovels & Rope, but stylistic coherence isn’t the point. Jim James turns “Wasted” into a reverb-drenched abstraction.

—Steve Klinge

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From The Desk Of Glenn Morrow: Psych To Folk: Fred Neil And Spotify

Glenn Morrow is a Hoboken, N.J., music treasure. He owns the influential 31-year-old Bar/None label (Yo La Tengo, They Might Be Giants, Feelies, dB’s, Of Montreal). His bands, such as the Individuals and “a,” have helped put the Mile Square City on the indie-rock map for equally as long. His latest project is Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help, which has a new self-titled album. Morrow will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week.

Morrow: This is a massive playlist I’ve been building centered on the premise that Fred Neil was the catalyst for ushering folk music into the future, eventually spawning trippier, darker psychedelic folkies like CSNY and the Jefferson Airplane. Something about his attitude and the incredible power of his voice infused itself with many that followed: John Sebastian, Karen Dalton, Tim Hardin, the Youngbloods, Gram Parsons and many more. Just Google it! Neil is most famous for writing “Everybody’s Talkin,” but there’s so much more to his small body of work that includes such well-covered classics as “Little Bit of Rain,” “The Dolphins” and “Other Side Of This Life.”

They say Crosby, Stills & Nash almost called themselves the Neils, and the Band wrote “Stage Fright” about him. Someday it will all make sense and Fred Neil will get his due.

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Film At 11: Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless draws from dollhouse horror in the video for “Same To You,” in which toys come to life and papier-mâché relationships fall apart. The skin-crawling clip has a wonderfully ‘90s aesthetic, and there’s something very 120 Minutes about the VHS-quality scenes and practical effects. Check it out below.

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Happy Birthday Ray Davies

Happy birthday to Ray Davies. Read Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo ‏interviewing Ray for MAGNET here.

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MP3 At 3PM: Impuritees

Vancouver’s Impuritees should make a bold introduction with “Acceptance,” a fuzzy indie rocker that comes from the band’s Nothing Matters EP. The song takes loud, crunchy guitars and twists them up with buzzing synthesizers to create something catchy and bombastic. Check it out below.

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