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Essential New Music: Peter Doherty’s “Hamburg Demonstrations”

Word is Peter Doherty, one-time headline-grabbing Libertines and Babyshambles head who taught Britain’s oughties youth the joys of electric guitars, natty suits and trilbies, had long desired recording in Hamburg for its associations with the Beatles’ legend. Interesting, then, his second solo disc having more to do with “Eleanor Rigby” and post-moptops-and-collarless-suits finery than with […]

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From The Desk Of matt pond PA: Popcorn

The 11th matt pond PA full-length, Winter Lives, features artwork that evokes Windham Hill’s catalog. Winter Lives arrives 11 years after Pond’s nearly all covers EP, Winter Songs. Pond, a New Hampshire native, understands the season that inspired Winter Lives, but he needed to write winter songs in the spring, so the album would arrive in […]

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From The Desk Of matt pond PA: Death And Prince

The 11th matt pond PA full-length, Winter Lives, features artwork that evokes Windham Hill’s catalog. Winter Lives arrives 11 years after Pond’s nearly all covers EP, Winter Songs. Pond, a New Hampshire native, understands the season that inspired Winter Lives, but he needed to write winter songs in the spring, so the album would arrive in […]

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MP3 At 3PM: Bastards Of Fate

Bastards Of Fate will release Suck The Light Out on February 10. To get you ready, we’re bringing you “Freemasons,” an off-kilter rock track that starts out with an eerie fake-out. Check it out below. “Freemasons” (download): [Audio clip: view full post to listen]

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matt pond PA: Hazy Shade Of Winter

matt pond PA once again trudges through the snow on new LP The 11th matt pond PA full-length, Winter Lives, features artwork that evokes Windham Hill’s catalog and suggests Roger McGuinn if he’d been to the acoustic emo manor born. As the album swirls and drifts like the titular season, a question skitters across the […]

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Essential New Music: Leonard Cohen’s “You Want It Darker”

There could’ve been no greater, sadder or blunter advertisement for Leonard Cohen’s final album than what he told The New Yorker back in October: “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.” Louder than say, David Bowie, who kept his end quiet save for the lyrical contents […]

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In The News: Scott H. Biram, Sam Patch, WHY?, Summer Moon, Shannon Wright And More

The 10th album from Scott H. Biram, The Bad Testament, will be available from Bloodshot on February 24 … Arcade Fire’s Tim Kingsbury has unveiled his new project, Sam Patch, along with the February 17 release of debut LP Yeah You, And I via Dep … WHY?’s sixth album, Moh Lhean, is due out from Joyful […]

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Essential New Music: Crowded House’s “Crowded House,” “Temple Of Low Men,” “Woodface,” “Together Alone,” “Afterglow,” “Time On Earth” And “Intriguer”

Dismiss New Zealand’s Crowded House as a mere politely polished ’80s relic at your own peril. Sure, frontman/songwriter Neil Finn can knock out winsome McCartney-esque pop like nobody’s business, but he’s every bit as idiosyncratic a ’60s-influenced songwriter as Robyn Hitchcock or XTC’s Andy Partridge. Finn sinks his melodic hooks in deeply and lyrically; he’s […]

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Normal History Vol. 407: 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. I recently switched email programs. The new one gave me the option to upload audio notification, so I added part of a […]

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Antenna Man Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

Antenna Man is no stranger to the MAGNET website, considering that we shared the Indianapolis band’s track “Guitarless Man” with you last year. Today, we’re turning the tables and letting the band share some of its favorite songs—check it out below and be sure to pick up Elaine Jr. in February. Christian Taylor, “Rain Falls Up” […]

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