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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 Noise on March 3 … Summer Moon is the new band featuring Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, Camila Grey of Uh Huh Her and Noah Harmon of the Airborne Toxic Event. The band’s debut LP, With You Tonight, will be released February 24 … Turbo, the 1986 album from Judas Priest, will be reissued as a remastered three-CD set February 3 by Sony … Drag City has announced the February 24 release of Pangs, the ninth LP by Alasdair Roberts … March 24 will see the release of Pontiak’s new record, Dialectic Of Ignorance, from Thrill Jockey … Shannon Wright’s new album, Division, is set for a February 3 release from Vicious Circle … a girl a bottle a boat is the new Train LP, due out from Columbia on January 27 … Omnivore will issue two of Art Pepper’s West Coast Sessions! albums, with volume 1 featuring Sonny Stitt, and Pete Jolly on volume 2, on February 3 … On February 17, Otis Taylor will release his 15th album, Fantasizing About Being Black, via his Trance Blues Festival label … The new release from Eric Matthews, Too Much World, will be out in February on Lo-Fidelity … Guy Clark will be honored March 3 with the release of a 19-track compilation album, Guy Clark: Best Of The Dualtone Years.

—Emily Costantino

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Wishing You A Blue Xmas From MAGNET And Miles

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In The News: Jesus And Mary Chain, Arcade Fire, Half Japanese, Feelies, Pink Floyd, Killers, Cloud Nothings, Paul McCartney, Tennis And More

After a 19-year hiatus, the Jesus And Mary Chain will finally return on March 24 with Damage And Joy on ADA/Warner Music. The band will tour the U.K. in support this spring … Eagle Rock has announced the January 27 release of The Reflektor Tapes, a Kahlil Joseph-directed documentary about the making of Arcade Fire’s 2013 album Reflektor, on two-disc DVD and Blu-ray … Crystal Fairy—the new band featuring members of the Melvins, Le Butcherettes and At The Drive-In—will release its self-titled debut on Ipecac on February 24 … Hear The Lions Roar, the new album from Half Japanese, is set for a January 13 release on Fire … On February 24, the Feelies will celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of In Between on Bar/None, the band’s first new album in six years … Two more Pink Floyd albums will be reissued on vinyl for the first time in more than two decades: The Final Cut and A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. Both will be available January 20 from Pink Floyd Records … UMe will reissue the Killers’ 2004 debut album, Hot Fuss, on vinyl on January 13 … Colin Hay has announced his new album, Fierce Mercy, due out March 3 from Compass Records … Life Without Sound is the new Cloud Nothings record, and it will be available from Carpark on January 27 … On March 24, the 10th installment of the Paul McCartney Archive Collection will be out with 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt, via MPL/Capitol/UMe … The fifth full-length from Eisley, I’m Only Dreaming, will be released by Equal Vision on February 17. An extensive U.S. tour will follow … Reprise will honor the 30th anniversary of Dwight Yoakam’s debut album, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., on December 23 with a limited-edition three-LP vinyl reissue … Tennis will release its fourth album, Yours Conditionally, on March 10 via Mutual Detrimental … Freedom Highway, the second solo LP from Rhiannon Giddens, will be available from Nonesuch on February 24 … January 20 will see the launch of the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary album reissue series, with the release of The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, complete with a bonus disc of unreleased live recordings … A six-disc collection of Sepultra material recorded between 1985 and 1996, The Roadrunner Albums, will be out from Rhino on January 27 … Father/Daugher will issue the debut Vagabon album, Infinite Worlds, on February 24 … Cream’s 1966 debut album, Fresh Cream, will be reissued as a deluxe edition on January 27 by UMe … Bloodshot Tokyo is the new album from the Dig, set for a February 3 release on Roll Call.

—Emily Costantino

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In The News: Laura Marling, Jesus And Mary Chain, Thievery Corporation, Old Crow Medicine Show, Run The Jewels, Strand Of Oaks And More

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Semper Femina is the sixth album from Laura Marling, set for a March 10 release via More Alarming/Kobalt … After a 19-year hiatus, the Jesus And Mary Chain will finally return on March 24 with Damage And Joy on ADA/Warner Music … Thievery Corporation has announced the February 10 release of The Temple Of I & I on ESL Music … Joyful Noise will issue WHY?’s sixth album, Moh Lhean, on March 3 … On February 10, Old Crow Medicine Show will release Best Of, featuring 12 fan favorites as well as two previously unreleased tracks, via Nettwerk … Occult Architecture Vol. 1 is the latest record from Moon Duo, due out from Sacret Bones on February 3 … The new album from Six Organs Of Admittance, Burning The Threshold, will be available on February 24 from Drag City … Hurray For The Riff Raff concept album The Navigator is set for a March 10 release on ATO … UMe has announced the January 13 release of Rick Wakeman’s new solo album, Piano Portraits … January 27 will see the issuing of Charlie Cunningham’s debut full-length, Lines, on Dumont Dumont … Hot Coffey In The D: Burnin’ At Morey Baker’s Showplace Lounge is a previously unreleased 1968 live recording from Dennis Coffey, and it will see the light of day on January 13 on Resonance … The long-awaited third album from Run The Jewels, RTJ3, is due out January 13 … The Godfathers will issue their new album, A Big Bad Beautiful Noise, on Metropolis on February 10 … Dead Oceans will release Hard Love, the new Strand Of Oaks album, on February 17 … On February 17, the new Otis Taylor record, Fantasizing About Being Black, will be out from the Trance Blues Festival label … All The Way, Justin Hayward’s new solo album, released in October, has been released as an expanded two-CD digital set with 15 additional songs via Eagle Rock … The 1970 sophomore release from Chicago, Chicago II, has been remastered and remixed by musician and producer Steven Wilson. It will be available from Rhino on January 27 … KWahtro, Keller Williams’ new group, will release debut album Sync on January 20. Also on January 20, Williams will release a solo acoustic LP, Raw … After 16 years, Robert Pollard’s Circus Devils will say farewell with two releases on February 24: their 14th album, Laughs Last, and a best-of, double LP, Laughs Best: The Kids Eat It Up … Capitol is celebrating 75 years with A Capitol Christmas, featuring 24 holiday tracks from the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and many more.

—Emily Costantino

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The Further Adventures Of Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock”

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The latest installment of Split Single auteur Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock” online series—cleverly titled “Episode 2”—finds our hero, after a discouraging meeting with his managers, auditioning for other bands, including Cheap Trick and Wilco. (Jeff Tweedy’s priceless reaction: “I’m the singer. We have a singer.”) While Narducy realizes his true calling with the help of comedian Dave Hill, watch for an all-too-quick cameo by former Conan O’Brien/current Stephen Colbert writer Brian Stack. And also buy Split Single’s outstanding sophomore record, Metal Frames.

—Matt Hickey

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Happy Thanksgiving from MAGNET!

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In The News: Ty Segall, Pissed Jeans, Who, Xiu Xiu, Brian Eno, Magnetic Fields, Gin Blossoms, Son Volt, Mumford & Sons, Chavez And More

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Ty Segall has announced the January 27 release of his new self-titled record via Drag City. A North American tour will follow … The fifth record from Pissed Jeans, Why Love Now, is set for a February 24 release on Sub Pop … UMe will issue a super-deluxe edition of the Who’s debut album My Generation digitally on November 18, and physically on December 9. The five-disc set contains 79 tracks, featuring unreleased songs, demos, alternate mixes and more … Forget is the new Xiu Xiu album, due out from Polyvinyl on February 24 … January 1 will see the release of Brian Eno’s Reflection on Warp … The Magnetic Fields will release 50 Song Memoir, a five-disc set chronicling Stephin Merritt’s life with one song per each of his 50 years, on Nonesuch on March 3 … The 1992 major-label debut by Gin Blossoms, New Miserable Experience, will be reissued on colored vinyl on January 31 via srcvinyl … Thirty Tigers has announced Son Volt’s eighth studio album, Notes Of Blue, due out February 17 … Sleeping Through The War, the latest All Them Witches LP, is set for a February 24 release on New West … On December 9, the documentary 50 Years With Peter Paul And Mary will be available on DVD by MVD. Directed by Jim Brown, the film features rare and previously unseen TV footage spanning Peter Paul And Mary’s career … Keane frontman Tom Chaplin will release debut solo album The Wave via Arts & Crafts on January 13 … A career-spanning, 25-disc vinyl boxed set featuring the work of Bon Jovi, Bon Jovi: The Albums, is due out in February by Island/UMe … Eagle Rock will issue Live From South Africa: Dust And Thunder, a live DVD chronicling Mumford & Sons‘ 2016 South African Tour, on February 3 … Raw is the fifth album from Pegi Young, and it will be available February 17 on Baltimore Thrush … February 10 marks the release of Jesca Hoop’s Memories Are Now via Sub Pop … Sinkane’s new album, Life & Livin’ It, is due from City Slang on February 10 … The first official album from Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough as an official duo, Mockingbird Soul, will be released January 27 … Matador is set to release Chavez’s new EP, Cockfighters, on January 13.

—Emily Costantino

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The Stimulating Return Of Jason Narducy’s “Sexiest Elbows In Rock”

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We’re a little late on this, but is there really a deadline when talking about Jason Narducy and his glorious elbows? To help mark the release of Split Single’s outstanding second LP, Metal Frames (Inside Outside), Narducy has created “The Sexiest Elbows In Rock II – Episode 1,” a sequel to—you guessed it—“The Sexiest Elbows In Rock,” which promoted Fragmented World, his project’s 2014 debut. This second installment features appearances by Todd Barry and (why not?) Cynthia Plaster Caster, who’s moving on from casting “dick and tit,” and the preview for the next episode promises cameos by Jeff Tweedy and Michael Shannon. The highlight is Narducy’s pained expression when a pair of DJs at Chicago’s WXRT present him with an elbow-related gift, but the entire thing is worth your time and attention—as is Metal Frames.

—Matt Hickey

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In The News: Tobin Sprout, Neil Young, Surfer Blood, John Legend, xx, Yo La Tengo, Feelies, deadmau5, Chuck Prophet, Rush And More

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Ex-Guided By Voices guitarist Tobin Sprout’s first solo LP in seven years, Future Boy/Man Of Tomorrow, is due out February 3 via Burger … Reprise has announced the December 9 release of Neil Young’s new album, Peace Trail … The fourth studio LP by Surfer Blood, Snowdonia, will be released by Joyful Noise on February 3 … Darkness And Light, the highly anticipated new record from John Legend, is set for a December 2 release via Columbia … On January 13, The xx will release latest album I See You on Young Turks … Yo La Tengo will issue a second Murdering The Classics album, which captures highlights of the band’s annual WMFU appearance during its fund raising marathon. Murder In The Second Degree is available now on the band’s website … Bar/None will issue the first new Feelies album in six years, In Between, on February 24 … The sixth record from deadmau5, W:/2016ALBUM/, is set for a December 2 release via his mau5trap label … And There Will Be A Next Time: Live From Detroit is a concert film featuring a performance from Def Leppard’s 2016 North American tour. It will be released by Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-ray and CD on February 10 … February 10 will see the release of Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, the new Chuck Prophet album, via Yep Roc … Rush’s 1976 album 2112 will be reissued as expansive two-CD/DVD/three-LP vinyl packages, complete with rare live tracks and previously unreleased material, by UMe on December 16 … The Orchard and Something Kreative will issue A Fat Wreck: The Punk-u-mentary, a music documentary about punk label Fat Wreck Chords. Due out on November 22, the Shaun M. Colon-directed film features members of NOFX, Foo Fighters, Bad Religion, Against Me! and more … The new album from Iron Regan, Crossover Ministry, will be available February 3 on Relapse … Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven, the 1985 debut LP by Love And Rockets, will be reissued on a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc in both 5.1 surround-sound remix and a new HD stereo mix on December 9 … February 3 will be the definitive release of Lift To Experience’s seminal double concept album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, via Mute.

—Emily Costantino

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R.I.P. Leonard Cohen (1934-2016)

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I watched the election results on Tuesday night with growing dismay. The race still hadn’t been decided when I went to bed, but it was clear that Clinton wasn’t going to win. I woke up Wednesday to the news of a Trump presidency and went into shock. I had a lot of work to do, but I found myself staring into space, my mind a blank. After a time, I don’t know how long, I did what I often do when I’m upset. I put on some music. Wednesday it was “The Future,” by Leonard Cohen.

Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won’t be nothing
Nothing you can measure anymore
The blizzard, the blizzard of the world
has crossed the threshold
and it has overturned
the order of the soul
I’ve seen the future, brother: It is murder

I’m not sure I found the words soothing, but Cohen always had a way of capturing contradictory impulses and making poetic sense out of them. His songs reached out a hand to love and hate, sex and religion, hope and despair and asked them to dance together. He gave voice to the uncertainty of an uncertain world and celebrated our humanity. He brought light to the darkness around us by holding up a mirror to our confusion and helplessness. He took the poet’s task seriously and, in the process, gave us all a shard of hope to hang onto.

Thursday dawned. I still felt traumatized, but I was able to work. Late in the day, as the autumnal darkness spilled into my room, a headline flashed in the corner of my screen. “Legendary Canadian poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen, dead at 82.” I ignored the news and kept working. If I let this register, I’d be immobilized, so I put it out of my mind long enough to finish my work. Then, I let the tears come. I felt like I’d been punched in the gut. I was both empty and full of overwhelming emotion, a state Cohen describes so well in his songs.

On his most recent album, You Want It Darker, Cohen sat down with death, looked deep into its eyes, and began singing. I played the title track.

Hineni, hineni
I’m ready, my lord

Hineni is a Hebrew word that, literally translated, means, “Here I am!” In the bible, it’s an acknowledgement of the presence of God, of our ability to pay attention, engage the world and submit to the will of the universe, knowing that the outcome of any action is always uncertain. When the song finished, I heard music from the apartment upstairs. “Suzanne” followed by “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.” My neighbor had heard the news and was grieving Cohen’s loss, just as I was. I went to the window, and as the last words of “Goodbye” faded, I heard “Famous Blue Raincoat” coming from the building next to me. There’s a line in that song that has always resonated with me.

New York is cold, but I like where I’m living
There’s music on Clinton Street all through the evening

It made me remember the lonely hours of my youth, when I’d walk through the empty streets of Manhattan on a summer evening, listening to the sounds coming out of open apartment windows, wondering about the lives of the people who were playing the music that drifted through my head as I passed by. Thursday, the music of Leonard Cohen was playing on my block all through the evening. It connected me to all the lonely, happy hours of my life and soothed my heartache. It lifted my spirit to know that others were feeling what I was feeling, celebrating Cohen’s life with his songs, just as I was doing. The poet may be gone, but his songs remain, each one a flame, a tiny prayer illuminating the darkness around us with a spark of love and compassion that can never be extinguished.

—j. poet

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