Former MAGNET cover star Ty Segall will give you a First Taste on August 2 courtesy of Drag City … Speaking of former MAGNET cover stars: The seventh Pixies album, Beneath The Eyrie, is out September 13 via Infectious/BMG in a multitude of formats and editions … Adam Green—the funniest MAGNET guest editor of all time—is back September 6 with a new LP, Engine Of Paradise (30th Century), and a graphic novel, War And Paradise … Speaking of former MAGNET guest editors: On August 23, Redd Kross will release Beyond The Door (Merge), the band’s first new LP in seven years … Bat For Lashes has announced fifth album Lost Girls, out September 6 via AWAL … The Lucinda Williams-produced Sunset Kids is Jesse Malin‘s first LP since 2015’s Outsiders, and it’s in stores August 30 via Wicked Cool/The Orchard/Velvet Elk … Another first album in four years: Lower Dens‘ The Competition, out September 6 on Ribbon Music … Terms Of Surrender, the latest from the very prolific Hiss Golden Messenger, will be released September 20 by Merge … Fans of Slowdive and Mojave 3 take note: The Soft Cavalry (featuring Rachel Goswell) has released its self-titled debut album on Bella Union, while HOO (featuring Ian McCutcheon) has issued debut Centipede Wisdom on Graveface.
Happy Independence Day from MAGNET and Elliott Smith. Gonna spend the day higher than high? Then read our very first Elliott cover story, from 21 years ago:
Happy Fourth Of July from MAGNET and Galaxie 500. Get drunk and look at the Empire State Building. Read our Over/Under on the short-lived but highly influential trio of Dean Wareham, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang while you wait for the fireworks:
What’s post-punk? Like any other musical term that gains currency, it’s been so used and misused that it can mean whatever the people saying it want it to mean. But if you understand it to mean, “I hear you, punk rock, and you’ve got a point, but there’s a lot more to be brought to the table—let me show you,” then This Heat was the original post-punk band.
Charles Bullen, Charles Hayward and Gareth Williams formed This Heat in London in 1976. Hayward (drums) and Bullen (guitar, clarinet) were accomplished musicians who had separately and together logged time in prog and improv settings; Williams (keyboards, bass) worked at the HMV record store in Leicester Square, and while he had never played an instrument, he had an encyclopedic knowledge of music. While they shared punk’s immediacy and aggression, they had no time for its stylistic austerity. This Heat’s music encompassed tape manipulation, angular song construction, found sound, creative recycling of sonic material and constructive clashes between styles and recording fidelities. The band’s lyrics addressed cold-war terror and skepticism about commercial/media forces in terms that didn’t tell you what you had to think about them, but left you in no doubt about how they felt. They shared labels, spaces and associations with Flying Lizards, Laura Logic and the Raincoats, but no one else sounded like them.
In 1981 Williams left This Heat to study Katakali dance, and Bullen and Hayward split the next year. While Williams died of cancer in 2001, the other two men kept in sporadic touch over the years and did their best to keep the This Heat catalog in print. But no one got to hear the music live again until 2016, when Bullen and Hayward convened a larger band called This Is Not This Heat to play This Heat’s material at London’s Café Oto. People came to those shows from around the world, so Bullen and Hayward decided to take the show to them. But the tension inherent in creative musicians playing music they conceived 40 years ago meant that TINTH had an expiration date, and it is nigh. The group—which also includes Daniel O’Sullivan, Alex Ward, James Sedwards and Frank Byng—will finish out with a tour of the U.S.
July 23 – Chicago @ Thalia Hall
July 25 – Los Angeles @ The Regent
July 27 – San Francisco @ The Chapel
July 29 – Atlanta @ The Earl
July 31 – Brooklyn @ Elsewhere
The wonderfully titled ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So It Goes.. is a live New Order album recorded at the 2017 Manchester International Festival and out July 12 via Mute … Car Seat Headrest‘s nine-track digital live album Commit Yourself Completely, recorded at various shows last years, is out on Matador … Also out now is Neil Young + Stray Gators‘ Tuscaloosa (Reprise/Warner), a previously unreleased, 11-track live LP recorded at the University of Alabama in 1973 … Four Paul McCartney live albums—Amoeba Gig, Paul Is Live, Choba B CCCP and Wings Over America—are out on CD and vinyl via MPL/Capitol/UMe on July 12 … The Rolling Stones‘ Bridges To Bremen (Eagle Vision) is 155-minute set recorded in Germany in 1997 available on DVD/two CDs, Blu-ray/two CDs and triple vinyl … Gov’t Mule has released Bring On The Music: Live At The Capitol Theatre (Provogue/Mascot), a two-CD/two-DVD set recorded last year; the DVD will be out July 19 … Live From The Beacon Theatre (Rhino) by the Doobie Brothers is out as two-CD, two-CD/DVD and Blu-ray sets … Sinatra In Palm Springs: The Place He Called Home is a new DVD and Blu-ray from Shout! Factory exploring Frank Sinatra‘s 50-year relationship with the California town … Foreigner‘s Live At The Rainbow ‘78 in out July 12 via Rhino on CD and double-LP … Yes: 50 Live culls 13 songs recorded during Yes‘ 50th-anniversary tour last year, out via Rhino on August 2 as two CDs and four LPs … On August 23, Capitol is releasing Lionel Richie’s Hello From Las Vegas in three editions: standard, deluxe and Target … The Jerry Garcia Band‘s GarciaLive Volume 11, November 11th, 1993, Providence Civic Center was recorded on the band’s last tour and is out July 12 on Round.
Ride Me Back Home is the 69th studio album from Willie Nelson. Out June 21 via Legacy, the 11-track LP completes the “mortality trilogy,” following 2017’s God’s Problem Child and last year’s Last Man Standing … Steven Van Zandt‘s music from Netflix’s Lilyhammer (which he starred in, co-wrote and co-produced) has been compiled on two Lilyhammer The Score releases—Volume 1: Jazz and Volume 2: Folk, Rock, Rio, Bits And Pieces—out July 12 via Wicked Cool/UMe … Chrissie Hynde‘s Valve Bone Woe—a collection of songs written by the likes of Brian Wilson, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Frank Sinatra, Ray Davies and Charles Mingus—is out September 6 via BMG … Out now is Perry Farrell‘s Tony Visconti-produced Kind Heaven (BMG), featuring Dhani Harrison, Elliot Easton (Cars), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters) and more … The Cranberries‘ eighth and final album, In The End, is out now via BMG … Violent Femmes return with album number 10, Hotel Last Resort, out July 26 on PIAS and featuring guitar god Tom Verlaine of Television … Realm Of Spells is the first new LP from Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell in 18 years, out July 19 via Wobble’s eponymous label … Out now is 40 (Surfdog/Mascot), the first album from the Stray Cats in 26 years and one that celebrates the band’s four-decade existence … Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire will release Love Will Find A Way—featuring a star-studded collection of players from all genres—on June 21 via Verve … Vince Gill‘s Okie is out August 21 on MCA Nashville.
Happy Father’s Day from MAGNET and Frank Turner.
Go to your local indie record store and buy these new releases, out today: Western Stars (Columbia) is Bruce Springsteen’s first new studio album in half a decade and features more than 20 musicians, including Jon Brion … Taking its title from the excellent Raymond Chandler crime novel, Pere Ubu’s, The Long Goodbye (Cherry Red) is indeed the last record from the seminal band formed in 1975 by David Thomas (who turns 66 today) … Madonna‘s 14th LP, Madame X (Live Nation, Interscope, Maverick), comes in standard, deluxe and Target editions … Roger Daltrey‘s The Who’s Tommy Orchestral (Polydor/UMe) celebrates the album’s 50th anniversary with new orchestration courtesy of David Campbell, who’s worked with the likes of Radiohead, Bob Dylan and Beck (Campbell’s son) … Hank Williams‘ The Complete Health & Happiness Shows (BMG) celebrates the 70th anniversary of the short-lived radio program, featuring 49 tracks across three LPs or two CDs … ZZ Top celebrates its 50th anniversary with Goin’ 50, a career-spanning 50-song collection available August 16 via Warner Bros. on five LPs or three CDs; an 18-song, single-CD edition is out today … Real Gone Music adds two new entries to its Johnny Mathis ’70s Columbia Album Series with Killing Me Softly With Her Song/When Will I See You Again and The Heart Of A Woman/Feelings, each set containing two albums … Carole King‘s Live At Montreux 1973 (Eagle Vision) captures King’s first performance outside the U.S. on DVD/CD, CD or vinyl.
On June 28, the Black Keys return with ninth studio album Let’s Rock via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch. A return of sorts to the more minimalist, guitar-based music of the duo’s past, the dozen-track LP will be supported by a massive North American tour kicking off September 21 in Las Vegas … Ride is back August 16 with This Is Not A Safe Place (Wichita) with a U.S. tour kicking off the same day in Detroit … Destroyer is the title of Black Mountain’s fifth album, out May 24 on Jagjaguwar … The same day, Cate Le Bon will also release her fifth LP, Reward, via Mexican Summer on May 24 … METZ’s Automat (Sub Pop, July 12) is a collection of non-LP singles, b-sides, and rarities from the Toronto rawkers … On July 19, Chuck Cleaver (Wussy, Ass Ponys) will release debut solo album Send Aid via the Shake It label … If you’re seeking New Songs For The 20th Century, Chris Stamey and Omnivore Recordings have you covered June 28, with help from the likes of Nels Cline, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, Caitlin Cary and Marshall Crenshaw … Stereo Total returns July 12 with Ah! Quel Cinéma! (which translates roughly to “what a palaver,” which we still don’t understand anyway) via Tapete … Out today is Nighttime Stories (Southern Lord), Pelican‘s first album since 2013’s Forever Becoming … A decade in the making, the seventh Schramms‘ album, Omnidirectional, is out June 21 via Bar/None.
The Grammy-winning Raconteurs—Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler—return with Help Us Stranger, out June 21 via Third Man. It’s the band’s third album and first in more than a decade, and the North American tour supporting it starts July 12 in Detroit … June 21 also brings with it the Bob Mould-produced An Obelisk (Merge), the sixth LP from Titus Andronicus … Turn Off The News (Build A Garden) is the second Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real album for the Fantasy label, out June 14 … Torche—featuring a reshuffled lineup—will release fifth album Admission on July 12 … Buddy & Julie Miller return with Breakdown On 20th Ave. South (New West), their first album in a decade, on June 21 … Reader As Detective is the name of the new LP from the Generationals, out July 19 via Polyvinyl … Dude York is back July 26 with Falling (Hardly Art) … Guy Walks Into A Bar…, the third album from Mini Mansions, is out July 26 on Fiction and features a guest appearance by Alison Mosshart of the Kills … Chastity Belt singer/guitarist Julia Shapiro makes her solo debut on June 14 with Perfect Version (Hardly Art) … Of Monsters And Men‘s Fever Dream is out July 26 via Republic.