The Old Ceremony, the orchestral-pop quintet Django Haskins has led since 2004, just released its fifth album, Fairy Tales And Other Forms Of Suicide. The band’s first LP for Yep Roc is also its first to receive a vinyl pressing, as well as its first to be released in Europe. In other words, it’s the perfect time for a provocative album title. Like many of the reinvented and rejuvenated performers the band now calls label mates (such as Robyn Hitchcock, Nick Lowe, John Doe and Paul Weller), the Old Ceremony makes music unencumbered by the ever-shifting demands of new and now. Haskins will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Old Ceremony feature.
Haskins: I used to hate these harsh little fish, but then I discovered that they work best behind the scenes, as a flavor enhancer that doesn’t leave any fishiness. They’re like the MSG of the sea. Whenever I can slip them into pasta sauces, I do. This requires finesse, as they’re not particularly popular at my house. Sometimes I wonder if learning to appreciate anchovies is like getting excited about seeing birds in the wild—a sure sign of premature dotage.
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