From The Desk Of Jonathan Wilson: Swimming And Drinking Rosé‎ In Biarritz, South Of France

Gentle Spirit, Jonathan Wilson’s critically acclaimed 2011 solo debut, sounded like Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young getting high on The Dark Side Of The Moon. The new Fanfare sets the Wayback Machine for a slightly more recent vintage—roughly 1975. The Sopwith Camel cover and occasional jazz flute filigree notwithstanding, Fanfare sounds like Crosby, Stills & Nash crashing the recording sessions for Wish You Were Here, only to find out that Steely Dan has already done all the blow. Tin soldiers and Nixon have come and gone. Jimmy Carter’s in the White House and Cecil Taylor is on the lawn. Wilson will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

Biarritz

Wilson: I understand why Picasso dug the colors in the South. I do, too. We were recently taking a dip here before our big show with Neil Young & Crazy Horse. We didn’t want to to leave …