The Thermals will release fourth album Now We Can See (Kill Rock Stars) on April 7. What? Can’t hear you. Blasting this thing like it was a secret Pixies album recorded after Frank Black did Teenager Of The Year and wanted to get revenge on Green Day for Dookie. (This was in or around 1994, children.) It’s sharper and more focused than the Portland, Ore., group’s good-but-sloppy previous output on Sub Pop. Here is an mp3 of the title track and first single, though it’s seriously the third- or fourth-best song on the album. Or stream audio below.
Anyone who thought Marianne Faithfull was nothing more than Mick Jagger’s arm candy/co-defendant more than 40 years ago, must realize by now that she’s released more vital new music over the past two decades than the old boy himself. Faithfull always knows a good supporting cast when she sees one. Easy Come, Easy Go (out March 17 on Decca) finds Faithfull collaborating with heavyweights Nick Cave, Chan Marshall, Rufus Wainwright and Antony Hegarty, as well as old drinking buddy Keith Richards. The album, produced by Hal Willner (who did 1987’s Strange Weather), consists of 12 covers penned by artists ranging from Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Randy Newman to Morrissey, Neko Case and Colin Meloy. BTW: We have it on good authority (the lady herself) that her given name is pronounced “Marian” not “Mary Ann.” Impress your friends tonight over a pitcher of appletinis. Easy Come, Easy Go tracklisting after the jump.
“Hold On, Hold On” from Easy Come, Easy Go: http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/HoldOnHoldOn.mp3
Neko Case’s “Hold On, Hold On” from 2006’s Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (download here):
Ever 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:
Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC): Blind Pilot
Portland, Ore.’s bike-touring pop duo makes its network TV debut.
Spectacle (SUN): She & Him (pictured), Jenny Lewis, Jakob Dylan
Description of the Elvis Costello-hosted program here; Sundance is still the bleeding-edge news source for the breakups of both Rilo Kiley and the Wallflowers.
She & Him’s “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?” from 2008’s Volume One (download here): http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/WhyDoYouLetMeStayHere.mp3
Two of MAGNET’s Matts—editor Matthew Fritch and writer Matt Ryan—go to the mat to see whose opinion is more correct. Today’s topic: Bon Iver. Put up your dukes!
From: Matthew Fritch
To: Matt Ryan
Hey, remember when you were a teenager and you’d be in the car with one of your parents and you’d have to find something on the radio that was tolerable for the both of you? You’d end up listening to the bland middle ground of John Mellencamp or the Steve Miller Band or, at best, Out Of Time-era R.E.M. Depending on our reader’s (yes, I do mean singular—I think one person reads this column) age, that safe-sounding music might have been the Wallflowers or Iron & Wine or Bon Iver. I’ve gotten more excited watching Sunrise Earth than I have listening to For Emma, Forever Ago.
“Skinny Love” from For Emma, Forever Ago (download here): http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/SkinnyLove.mp3