Free MP3 From Of Montreal

of-montreal366Amid the swirl of Of Montreal’s glitter-and-boas, balls-to-the-wall Skeletal Lamping world tour, Grammy-nominated producer Jon Brion has remixed “An Eluardian Instance,” another esoterically titled dance-pop masterpiece from Kevin Barnes and Co. Using the work of Nickel Creek vocalist and mandolin player Chris Thile, the Brion version—officially dubbed “First Time High (Reconstructionist Remix Of ‘An Eluardian Instance’)”—hearkens back to Of Montreal’s Sunlandic Twins period. There’s less of the acid-trip inconsistency that has defined the band’s past two albums, yet it preserves Barnes’ lyrical gymnastics and euphoric rock-funk quirkiness. While the members of Of Montreal are out traveling the globe, Brion brings them back to their roots with fluid trumpets and grounded beats.

“First Time High (Reconstructionist Remix of ‘An Eluardian Instance’)” (download):

From The Desk Of Cursive’s Tim Kasher: Ladyfinger’s “Dusk”

timlogocCursive frontman Tim Kasher continues his graphic storytelling on sixth album Mama, I’m Swollen, out this week on Saddle Creek. He keeps it blunt and lyrically entertaining on the Omaha group’s moodiest LP yet, with song themes ranging from masturbation to tales starring Pinocchio. Kasher is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with him.

02lgSure, these guys are on Saddle Creek, and sure, they are buddies, but I promise I wouldn’t be writing about their latest album if I didn’t truly get such a kick out of it. I listen to it all the time, and this is coming from a guy who rarely listens to hard rock. It took me a few days to come up with the adjective of how their chugging guitar sound made me feel … and then it hit me: “gratifying.” I listen to it all the time because I find it aurally gratifying. It has even inspired me to find other gratifying pleasures in my daily routine. I made an incredibly gratifying chili burrito the other day. I find gratification in taking off my shoes and slipping on my slippers. I recently found a non-alcoholic beer to be gratifying, despite it being non-alcoholic. (I understand now how helpful non-alcoholic beer could be for someone on the wagon.) I truly feel that Ladyfinger has helped me appreciate the world around me more. That’s saying a lot. Favorite songs on Dusk are “Little Things” and “Plans.” Really love “Plans.”

“Little Things” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/LittleThings.mp3

TiVo Party Tonight: The Pretenders, Raul Malo

tivopretendersEver wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? They let musicians onstage! Here are tonight’s notable performers:

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC): The Pretenders
Chrissie Hynde and Co. are promoting Stephen King’s number-one album of 2008.

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (NBC): Raul Malo
The recently released Lucky One is the first album of originals in seven years from the ex-Mavericks frontman.

The Pretenders’ “Break Up The Concrete” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/BreakUpTheConcrete.mp3

Rock Plaza Central Finishes Third Album

rockcentral550bRock Plaza Central has finished its follow-up to Are We Not Horses, the Toronto band’s elaborately plotted, immaculately conceived 2007 concept album about a mythical celestial war and the self-aware metal equines that wage it. Now, if only its author can remember the new album’s title.

“It’s so long that I forget it,” admits Chris Eaton, RPC’s deep-voiced frontman. “I found a painting online that I thought really captured the same emotions that I was thinking of when writing the record. It had a name written on the painting, so it made sense to use it as the title.”

A couple minutes later, Eaton’s nabbed his quarry. “I have it now: If Only They Could Turn Around … ” He pauses. “Are you writing this down? Comma … They Would Know They Weren’t Alone.” (Eaton has since informed MAGNET that the title is a working one; he’s also considering At The Moment Of Our Most Needing.)

So it’s no When The Pawn. But this third LP promises to have the same intensely literary bent that made Horses such an engrossing listen. Whereas the last album sprang solely from the depths of his imagination, Eaton—who is also a novelist, and whose 2004 book The Inactivist was taught alongside Horses in a graduate English course at the University of South Alabama—says the new one was heavily inspired by Faulkner’s Light In August.

“(Don’t You Believe The Words Of) Handsome Men” (download):

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TiVo Party Tonight: Michael Stipe, Chris Cornell

tivostipeEver wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? They let musicians onstage! Here are tonight’s notable performers:

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC): Michael Stipe
We reported on this R.E.M. tribute concert a while back and almost forgot it’s happening, like, tomorrow. As of this writing, tickets are still available for the Carnegie Hall event, which seems crazy. Performers include Patti Smith, Glenn Hansard, Bob Mould, the Feelies, Apples In Stereo, the dB’s, house band Calexico and (and if you get the VIP tickets) catering by Mario Batali.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC): Chris Cornell
Nobody’s tossing Soundgarden a tribute concert (house band would be Evanescence; catering by Guy Fieri), but Cornell’s third solo album, Scream, is out today. For a daily dose of incredulity, check out the songs streaming at Cornell’s site; audio should be accompanied by an animated gif of Kim Thayil crying.

R.E.M.’s “I’ve Been High (Her Space Holiday Remix)” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/IveBeenHighHSHRemix.mp3

Free MP3 From Dead Heart Bloom

deadheart4002008 was a busy year for Boris Skalsky and his Dead Heart Bloom compatriots. Starting in the summer, the band began to issue what would ultimately form a three-part EP series. The first two chapters (Fall In and Oh Mercy) explore Dead Heart Bloom’s penchant for rough-hewn rock and bluesy vocals. The final EP, In Chains, is more introspective and trippy, a lushly soothing (if not consistent) conclusion to the band’s ambitious release cycle. Along with its latest efforts, all of Dead Heart Bloom’s material is up for free download on the group’s website

“Flash In A Bottle” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/FlashInABottle.mp3

TiVo Party Tonight: Neko Case, M83

tivonekkobEver wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? They let musicians onstage! Here are tonight’s notable performers:

Tavis Smiley (PBS): Neko Case
Check your local listings on this one; some PBS stations are running the program tomorrow. Anyway, an interview-centric appearance on Tavis Smiley is a nice break for the Middle Cyclone-promoting Neko. A couple (admittedly softball) questions we’d like to see answered: Please explain the album’s cover art, a photo of Neko atop a sportscar wielding a broadsword. And much has been made of her barnful of pianos—why don’t we hear a symphony of battered pianos on Middle Cyclone?

Last Call With Carson Daly: M83
Despite a so-so review of M83’s Disney Hall performance with the L.A. Philharmonic over the weekend, Anthony Gonzalez’ group is getting excellent mileage out of last year’s Saturdays = Youth. M83 will perform “Kim And Jesse.”

Neko Case’s “People Got A Lotta Nerve” from Middle Cyclone: (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/PeopleGotALottaNerve.mp3

Q&A With Cursive

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Cursive frontman Tim Kasher continues his graphic storytelling on sixth album Mama, I’m Swollen, releasing this week on Saddle Creek. It’s the Omaha-based group’s follow-up to 2006’s Happy Hollow, an album that challenged Christianity and talked smack about The Wizard Of Oz‘s Dorothy for chasing unattainable dreams. Instead of singling out Dorothy (as if she hasn’t been through enough), Mama calls out the entire human race in the catchy, snare-driven shakedown “From The Hips.” Kasher keeps it blunt and lyrically entertaining on Cursive’s moodiest album yet, with song themes ranging from masturbation (“Mama I’m Satan”) to tales starring Pinocchio (“Donkeys”). Kasher spoke to MAGNET from Omaha and will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com this week.

“From The Hips” (download):

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Free MP3 From Throw Me The Statue

tmts360bThrow Me The Statue’s 2008 debut, Moonbeams (Secretly Canadian), is the ultimate vacation album. Full of dreamy, woozy pop songs about Yucatán sand and romance in foreign countries, it plays like the soundtrack to a summer. Throw Me The Statue’s latest EP, Purpleface, is a bird of the same feather. With three new songs (“Ship,” “Honey Bee” and “That’s How You Win”) along with a reworking of a Moonbeams favorite (“Written In Heart Signs, Faintly”), Purpleface serves as a reminder that no one does fuzzy, lo-fi and lovelorn quite like Throw Me The Statue leader Scott Reitherman. Check out the Pedro The Lion-esque “Ship” below.

“Ship” from Purpleface (download):

In The News: Bruce Springsteen, Crooked Fingers, Richard Thompson, The Dude And Free MP3s

jeffbridges380Proving they don’t call him the Boss for nothing, Bruce Springsteen is the subject of Hangin’ Out On E Street, a section of his website featuring musicians discussing his influence on their work and performing covers of his songs. Artists paying homage include Ted Leo, Against Me!, the Avett Brothers, Juliana Hatfield and Pete Yorn. Download Juliana Hatfield’s “I Don’t Belong Anywhere” … Eric Bachmann’s Crooked Fingers has released Your Control, a digital-only EP available on iTunes and the band’s website. The four-track effort includes the Neko Case duet “Your Control” from 2008’s Forfeit/Fortune and guest appearances from Lambchop and Spoon’s Britt Daniel. Download “Phony Revolutions” … If anyone’s worthy of a boxed set, it’s legendary British singer/songwriter Richard Thompson. It’s fitting, then, that Shout! Factory is releasing Walking On A Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009), a Herculean effort containing 71 songs and a 60-page booklet … In other singer/songwriter doings, Joshua Tree, Calif.’s (by way of Columbus, Ohio) Tim Easton will see his fifth album, Porcupine (New West), out on April 28. Expect the usual outstanding roots-twang-blues-rock thing from this overlooked dude. Download “The Weight Of Changing Everything” … Doves are embarking on their first North American tour in 18 months, in support of Kingdom Of Rust (Astralwerks/Heavenly), on shelves April 7. The 18-date jaunt kicks off May 14 in San Diego, which, of course, is German for “whale’s vagina” … Using that classic comedy quote as a springboard, we segue into news that Lebowski Fests—geek-filled conventions in honor of the Coen brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski—will be held in 16 cities this year. The big Lebowksi of the Lebowski Fests, the L.A. version, takes place May 7-8 with a viewing of the film at the Wiltern Theatre and a next-day bowling party … Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear will release its sophomore LP, Veckatimest (Warp), on May 26. It’s the follow-up to 2006’s Yellow House. Download “He Hit Me”The Warlocks’ new platter, The Mirror Explodes (Tee Pee), crashes through on May 19. From the Is This Important? department, it was produced and recorded by Rod Cervera (Weezer, Rentals) … Music From The Motion Picture Watchmen (Warner Sunset/Reprise) is currently in stores. The soundtrack features songs by Nat King Cole, Leonard Cohen and Jimi Hendrix, plus My Chemical Romance doing Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row,” which doesn’t inspire any further comment … Finally, actress Juliette Lewis is releasing Terra Incognita (no label or firm release date yet), her third record, this spring, produced by the Mars Volta’s Omar Rodriguez-Lopez. Her band moniker this time out, replacing the Licks, is the New Romantiques. Would it be too facile to suggest the album will likely suque?

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”:
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/LookinOutMyBackDoor.mp3