MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Wolfmanhattan Project’s “Friday The 13th” From Alzheimer’s Association Benefit “The Longest Day”

If you don’t have a loved one in your life who is or was suffering from Alzheimer’s or a form of dementia, unfortunately, you probably will soon. The rate at which people develop this horrible disease is staggering. And for those of us who are caring or have cared for a family member or friend living with dementia, it’s undeniable that the disease not only drastically affects the patient but also the caregivers.

One such caregiver is Mona Dehghan, Mute Records’ senior director of marketing and project management in North America. An industry veteran who’s also worked at Sub Pop and Domino, Dehghan watched her grandmother die from the disease in 1998 and is currently caring for her father, who was diagnosed a year and a half ago. Tomorrow, Dehghan is releasing Alzheimer’s Association benefit compilation The Longest Day on her Mon Amie label. The 17-track album features unreleased tracks from the likes of New Order, Moby, Anna Calvi, Algiers, Jon Hopkins, Beach Slang and Rhys Chatham. (Full tracklisting is below.)

“I wanted to do this compilation as a way to hopefully bring some visibility to the resources that the Alzheimer’s Association has to offer,” says Dehghan. “Their 24/7 hotline got me through all the crises and ordeals that followed after my father’s diagnosis. Because there is no cure and very little funding in research, I find doctors haven’t been very helpful as we navigate this disease, but the Alzheimer’s Association has helped me come up with solutions or quickly pointed me to helpful resources anytime I feel stumped or overwhelmed. I hope that I can raise some awareness on them so others in my position can get the support they need, and also I hope that with increased funding for research, we’ll someday be able to prevent or find a cure for dementia.”

Wolfmanhattan Project

MAGNET wants to help get the word out on The Longest Day, not just because it benefits a worthy cause that’s close to our hearts but also because the 17 artists featured not only contributed great tracks but also care about raising awareness about the disease and the Alzheimer’s Association as well. We’re proud today to premiere “Friday The 13th” by Wolfmanhattan Project, an NYC trio consisting of Kid Congo Powers (Gun Club, Cramps, Nick Cave), Mick Collins (Dirtbombs, Gories) and Bob Bert (Sonic Youth, Pussy Galore).

Says Powers, “Having had several friends during the AIDS epidemic of the ’80s and ’90s go into dementia, and then my mother more recently, I am glad to use music to help raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.”

So are we. Check out “Friday The 13th” today, and order The Longest Day, available digitally tomorrow and physically on double vinyl and CD in October. 100 percent of the profits will go to the Alzheimer’s Association, and if you place your order before or on July 7, you’ll have the option to include the name of a loved one affected by the disease in the liner notes.

The Longest Day
1) Anna Calvi “Adélaïde”
2) Rituals of Mine “The Only Way Out Is Through”
3) Daniel Avery “JXJ”
4) Cold Specks “Turn To Stone”
5) TR/ST “Destroyer”
6) Shadowparty “Marigold”
7) Beach Slang “Under The Milky Way”
8) New Order “Nothing But A Fool (Extended Mix 2)”
9) HAAi “Drumting”
10) J. Laser “Dreamphone”
11) Sad13 “Who Goes There”
12) Algiers “There Is No Year (Remix)”
13) Astronauts, Etc. “The Border”
14) Wolfmanhattan Project “Friday The 13th”
15) Hayden Thorpe & Jon Hopkins “Goodbye Horses”
16) Moby “In Between Violence”
17) Rhys Chatham “For Bob, In Memory (2014) For Flute Orchestra”

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Israel Nash’s “Down In The Country”

Israel Nash was songwriting mode when he discovered No One Saw A Thing, an engrossing 2019 documentary series about a rural Missouri town upended by a case of vigilante justice that went unpunished despite numerous eyewitnesses. Ever since the 1980s shooting of the town bully in broad daylight, tiny Skidmore has come apart at the seams, enduring an disturbing string of violent crimes. “I was making this rock record, and I was on this mission for stories,” says Nash, referring to a full LP of music he’s hoping to release on vinyl in late summer. “It just blew my fucking mind … What a crazy story.”

No One Saw A Thing wasn’t the direct inspiration for “Down In The Country,” the second track on Nash’s new five-song teaser EP, Topaz. But the rigorously self-sufficient mindset that defines most of Skidmore’s few-hundred residents is one that Nash is intimately familiar with. He grew up in a small Missouri town not unlike Skidmore. “There’s some real poverty, and I had a lot of family that were along those lines.” he says. “People can get fooled so easily—and not just by politicians. Things aren’t getting better, but someone is telling you they are—so you’re all for thatI wanted to tell that story from the perspective of people who live in these rural areas. The struggle is different for everyone, and there’s a lot of pride in those places.”

Nash recorded Topaz at his home studio in Dripping Springs, Texas, during breaks from touring 2018’s Lifted, an album that embraced the studio as an instrument in its own right as it shifted away from the hazy Laurel Canyon-inspired folk rock of his previous few releases. Like the rest of Topaz, “Down In The Country” finds Nash nudging the guitars back to the forefront. Hard Proof, an Austin-based collective inspired by Fela Kuti’s Africa 70, supplies distinctive brass accompaniment for a vibe that’s classic ’70s R&B with a windswept soul.

“I’d been listening to the Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland song ‘Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City,’ and I was inspired by that,” says Nash. “It all turns on those horns.”

—Hobart Rowland

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Chuck Prophet’s “Nixonland” Video

The Land That Time Forgot is the latest from rock ‘n’ roll lifer Chuck Prophet, out August 21 via Yep Roc. Will it be “essential new music” like its predecessor, 2017’s Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins? If album track “Nixonland” is any indication, there’s no doubt about that. The California native and longtime San Franciscan couldn’t afford the always-rising cost of living in his hometown, so he relocated to upstate New York and recorded The Land That Time Forgot. But have no fear: Prophet still has the Golden State on his mind, especially on “Nixonland.”

“My family did used to go to San Clemente on vacation,” says Prophet. “Camping there under the stars. Hunting for grunion at night under a full moon. Grunion hunting is a trip and a half. Running along the shore at midnight under a full moon with a bucket. You can see the waves glitter and sparkle with these silvery little fish as they wash up on the sand. I remember a Secret Service guy stopped us as we were running along the shore. I looked up and could see it, high on a cliff: Nixon’s ‘Western White House.’ I also remember a field trip in fourth grade to a place in La Habra, Calif., that had a plaque that read something like, ‘This was once the site of Richard Nixon’s first law office.’ Yes, yes, your tax dollars hard at work. He was everywhere! I actually looked that up. Googled it. Afraid that I may have dreamed that up. It’s true. It happened. The building is now gone, but they took some bricks from it, and the plaque is still there. Here’s proof.

Guess we do still have Nixon to kick around. We’re proud to premiere the Nathan Golub-animated/directed video for “Nixonland” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out right here, right now.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Stutter Steps’ “Giant Sand Heart” Video

On Friday, Stutter Steps will release Reeling (Blue Arrow), the follow-up to 2017’s Floored EP. The “band” is essentially Pittsburgh’s Ben Harrison, whose self-titled 2015 Stutter Steps debut was a collaboration with members of Ladybug Transistor and Essex Green. MAGNET featured album track “Fog.”

This time around, Harrison worked with Anthony LaMarca, who currently plays guitar in War On Drugs and previously served as St. Vincent’s drummer. But it was another LaMarca project that brought him together with Harrison for Reeling: Dean & Britta’s 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests. A series of live performances as well as a double album (MAGNET featured a track from it as well), 13 Most Beautiful was co-commissioned by the Andy Warhol Museum, where Harrison works at the curator of performing arts. As 13‘s producer, Harrison went on tour with Dean & Britta for the live installations, which not only inspired him to start writing music again after a decade-long lapse but also introduced him to LaMarca (from nearby Youngstown, Ohio), who was in D&B’s band.

While LaMarca produced and played a number of instruments on Reeling, the dozen-track LP is definitely a showcase for Harrison and his stellar songs. One of the standouts is opener “Giant Sand Heart.” And while the title of the tune sounds like it could refer to Howe Gelb’s ticker, it instead has a much more literal meaning.

“I wrote it while my wife and kids were stuck in Houston for a week during Hurricane Harvey,” says Harrison. “I remember my wife telling me that they were putting sandbags around my mother-in-law’s house, and I had this image of a bird’s-eye view of a heart-shaped outline of sandbags around the house, which gave me the title. I suppose it also just reflects the apoplectic state you can get in regarding global warming and relying on scientific-based fact over manic, culture of fear media.”

We’re proud to premiere the Zack Eisenfeld-directed video for “Giant Sand Heart” today on magnetmagazine.com. Watch it right here, right now.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Hawk’s “This Is It”

“David Hawkins ran his own personal Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp, and all you got is his great new album.” We wrote that two years ago while premiering the title track from Hawk’s Bomb Pop. The same can be said of Hawkins’ new LP, Fly, out May 15. Like its predecessor, Fly was made by a backing band consisting of multi-instrumentalist Ken Stringfellow (Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) and drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello). This time around, they were joined by keyboardist Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Queen, Yoko Ono).

But as on Bomb Pop, Hawkins is the real star of Fly. The Venice, Calif.-based musician, who’s also an abstract painter and co-founder of the Black Mountain Arts Collective, wrote all the songs before bringing in his famous friends (as well as regular collaborator Aaron Bakker) to help flesh them out from around the globe: Joshua Tree, Seattle, Tokyo, France. For an album recorded largely separately, Fly sounds like the product of a well-oiled band bashing it out in the same room. This is most certainly the case on anthemic, album-opening first single “This Is It.” Though the song was birthed in a car in the Land Of David Lynch.

“I literally wrote the chord changes and chorus riding in the passenger seat on Mulholland Drive on a guitar that I had just bought from a real-life goddess in Topanga Canyon,” says Hawkins of the song. “I had just moved to L.A. and we would do these these epic drives, and the melody just popped into my head. It’s a celebration of being in the moment: This is it. The song reflected the day. It’s all sunshine and California-spangled, blue-sky dreams, and falling in love on a trip to the 7-Eleven for a cherry Slurpee. All sugary-sweet, punk-pop, brain-freeze confection. It’s the epic sun-blind, top-down vision quest and asking a bikini girl where the beach is, and her cosmic psychedelic reply: “Like, everywhere.” The brightly colored wave of post-peak America with decadence creeping in around the edges. And listening mid-plague, you may catch a darker layer underneath the sunshine daydream—a vague but prescient reflection of the black angel in the window: ‘I know you came down from heaven/You spread your wings, and I was through/This is it.”

We’re proud to premiere “This Is It” today on magnetmagazine.com. Check out this black angel’s life song right here, right now.