In The News: Neko Case, Beach House, Damien Jurado, Thievery Corporation, Nels Cline, Neil Young, Pennywise, Van Morrison, Steve Wynn, Jerry Garcia And More

Call it Neko Case And Her Boyfriends & Girlfriends. The Divine Miss C returns June 1 with Hell-On (Anti-), her new 12-track, self-produced (with assistance from Bjorn Yttling on half the songs) album, featuring guest appearances from the likes of AC Newman (New Pornographers), k.d. Lang, Joey Burns (Calexico), Beth Ditto, Mark Lanegan, Kelly Hogan, Eric Bachmann, Laura Veirs and Doug Gillard (GBV, Nada Surf) … 7 is the seventh album from Beach House—a collaboration of sorts with Peter “Sonic Boom” Kember (Spacemen 3)—and it’s out May 11 on Sub Pop … On May 4, Secretly Canadian will issue The Horizon Just Laughed, the 13th album by Damien Jurado … A companion to last year’s Temple Of I & I, Thievery Corporation‘s Treasures From The Temple (ESL, April 27) features new material, remixes and guest vocals courtesy of Mr. Lif, Sitali, Racquel Jones and others … The Nels Cline 4 is the latest project from Wilco guitar god Cline, and its debut, Currents, Constellations, is out April 13 on Blue Note … PARADOX (Original Music From The Film) is the latest from Neil Young + Promise Of The Real (Reprise, April 20; 420, dude), and it’s the soundtrack to the movie of the same name, which was written and directed by Daryl Hannah and features Young and the Nelson brothers … Also on April 20, Pennywise returns with 12th LP Never Gonna Die, the first album of new songs from the band’s almost original lineup in a decade … The North Mississippi Allstars just issued Blue Dances Music (Legacy), an EP featuring live recordings of songs off Prayer For Peace with loops and other digital programming added to them … Cary Brothers‘ third album, Bruises, is out April 27 via Procrastination Music … Fan is the solo project of the Dodos’ Meric Long, and on May 4, Polyvinyl will issue his self-produced debut, Barton’s DenJon HopkinsSingularity is his first LP since 2013’s Immunity, (Domino), and it’s also out May 4 … You’re Driving Me Crazy is the 39th album from Van Morrison; it’s a collaboration with organ/trumpet player Joey DeFrancesco that’s out via Legacy on April 27 … Wildness is Snow Patrol‘s first LP in seven years, out May 25 on Republic … Spacehog frontman Royston Langdon returns May 4 with the solo Everthing’s Dandy, credited to LeedsDel McCoury Band‘s Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass is out May 25 … YOB is back June 8 with eighth album Our Raw Heart (Relapse) … On May 18, BMG will issue Not Too Far Away by Joan Armatrading … Influential early-’60s folkie Tom Rush will release the all-original, 10-track Voices on April 27 via Appleseed … The soundtrack to Wes Anderson’s Isle Of The Dogs—featuring Alexandre Desplat’s score, music from Japanese films Seven Samurai and Drunken Angel, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra—is out March 30 on ABKCO … Omnivore will reissue the first two solo albums from Dream Syndicate frontman and MAGNET fave Steve Wynn—1990’s Kerosene Man and 1992’s Dazzling Display—in expanded editions on April 27 … Steppenwolf and frontman John Kay just got the retrospective treatment with Steppenwolf At 50 (Rainman), a three-CD, 41-track collection celebrating a half-century of music making … The four-CD/five-LP Before The Dead set compiles 84 songs Jerry Garcia recorded from 1961 to 1964, before he formed the Warlocks, who, of course, morphed into the Grateful Dead … The Very Best Of Andy Gibb is 15-track package compiling all of Andy Gibb‘s hits, out April 13 on Capitol/UMe.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Arthur Alexander’s “One Bar Left”

Warsaw, Poland, native Arthur Alexander was at ground zero of the New York City punk movement as guitarist for the Poppees, the first band signed to the legendary Bomp! label and an outfit that helped bridge the gap between power pop and new wave during its mid-’70s existence. A staple of the CBGB/Max’s Kansas City live scene, the Poppees broke up in 1976, and Alexander went on to form the seminal Sorrows before moving from NYC to L.A., where he’s worked producing records for younger bands. Now, he’s back making his own music, and the result is the 17-track One Bar Left (Dead Beat, May 4), a collection of newly recorded songs selected from tunes he’s written over the years.

Today, we bring you the LP’s title track. “I wrote this song in Brooklyn,” says Alexander. “If anyone thinks this is about some down-and-out, broken-hearted guy desperately looking for a place to have a drink, it’s far more involved than that. While on tour with my band Sorrows, we were loading in for a show at the Bowery Electric, and my cellphone fell into a rain puddle. I dried it in rice overnight, charged, recharged and charged again—and again. Alas, the battery showed only, well, one bar left! And it was downhill from there. I spent the whole day running around Brooklyn trying to save it. The phone died a tragic and slow death, but the song was born.”

We’re proud to premiere “One Bar Left” from this onetime Beatle of the Bowery today on Check it out now, watch the video teaser below, and, kids, hold on tight to your cellphones.

In The News: CHVRCHES, Iceage, Wussy, Horse Feathers, Lake Street Dive, Ry Cooder, Ray LaMontagne, Flaming Lips, Gomez, U2, George Thorogood, Rob Zombie And More

CHVRCHES is back May 25 with the 13-track Love Is Dead (Glassnote), featuring nine songs produced by Greg Kurstin (Grammy winner the past two years for his work with Adele, Foo Fighters, Beck, Sia, Liam Gallagher and more). The National’s Matt Berninger provides vocals on second single “My Enemy” … Speaking of guest vocalists, Sky Ferreira joins on Iceage on a track from the Copenhagen quartet’s fourth album, Beyondless, due May 4 on Matador … MAGNET fave Wussy returns May 18 with What Heaven Is Like (Shake It!) … Kill Rock Stars will issue Appreciation by Horse Feathers on May 4 … Also on May 4, Lake Street Dive is back with Free Yourself Up (Nonesuch) … Tracyanne Campbell (Camera Obscura) and Danny Coughlan (Crybaby) are Tracyanne & Danny, and their self-titled debut is out May 25 on Merge … The Prodigal Son (Fantasy) is Ry Cooder‘s first album in six years, and it’s out May 11 … On May 18, RCA wil issues Ray LaMontagne‘s seventh album, Part Of The Light … Rhino and Warner Bros. are kicking off a Flaming Lips reissues campaign this year, starting April 20 (420, dude) with Scratching The Door: The First Recordings Of The Flaming Lips (featuring 19 tracks cut by the band’s original lineup) and followed by Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990 (a six-CD boxed set of Wayne Coyne and Co’s four Restless albums and two discs of rarities) … Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize-winning debut Bring It On gets the 20th-anniversary treatment May 18 from UMe with a four-CD set featuring a remastered version of the album along with 35 unreleased tracks … Fire will reissue ///Codename: Dustsucker, the second and last LP from Bark Psychosis, on May 25 … Purveyor Of Balladry: The Best Of Nino Tempo (Omnivore) compiles Nino Tempo‘s ’90s recordings for Atlantic, and it’s out April 13 … You’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more vinyl reissues: U2‘s Wide Awake In America (1985), Pop (1997) and All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000), out April 13 on UMC/Island/Interscope; George Thorogood & The DestroyersBad To The Bone (1982), Born To Be Bad (1988) and Greatest Hits: 30 Years Of Rock (2004), out March 30 on Capitol/UMe; and last but certainly not least, Rob Zombie‘s Rob Zombie, a limited-edition 15-LP boxed set featuring his 11 solo albums (four are double LPs), a hand-painted mask, five lithographs (one autographed), a turntable mat and more, out March 30 via UMe; all the albums are available separately as well, and the new Astro-Creep: 2000 Live also comes on CD.

In The News: Parquet Courts, Matt And Kim, Belly, Simian Mobile Disco, Janelle Monáe, Rachael Sage, Marc Ribot, Speedy Ortiz, Jolie Holland, Cheech And Chong And More

Parquet Courts‘ fifth album, Wide Awake!, is out May 18 on Rough Trade. The 13-track LP was produced by Brian Burton (his parents call him Danger Mouse) … The dynamic duo of Matt And Kim are back, and this time they brought some friends—including Santigold, Kevin Morby, Dave Monks (Tokyo Police Club), King Tuff and Mark Hoppus—for sixth album Almost Everyday, out in May via the Fader label … It’s only taken 23 years, but Belly is feeding the tree once again with the self-released Dove, out May 4 … Murmurations is the fifth LP from Simian Mobile Disco, and it’s out May 11 via Wichita … The multi-facaded, Grammy-nominated Janelle Monáe returns April 27 with Dirty Computer (Atlantic) … Speaking of Grammy nominees: On April 20, Warner Music Nashville will issue Ashley Monroe‘s Sparrow, produced by the ubiquitous Dave Cobb … Cloud Corner is the latest from guitar heroine Marisa Anderson, and it’s out June 15 on Thrill Jockey … Robyn Hitchcock often dreams of trains, but to that, ex-Auteur Luke Haines says I Sometimes Dream Of Glue, his new 14-track LP out May 11 on Cherry Red … Beautiful Thing, the latest solo album from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, is out April 20 via Domino … Rachael Sage is back May 4 with Myopia (MPress) … April 27 brings with it Caer, Twin Shadow‘s fourth album, courtesy of Reprise/Warner Bros. … Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog‘s YRU Still Here?—featuring members of Xiu Xiu and Secret Chiefs 3—comes off the leash April 27 thanks to Northern Spy … Twerp Verse is the third album from Speedy Ortiz, out April 27 on Carpark … On April 13, Omnivore will reissue 1996’s Steel Tears, the final album by master of all things strings-related Sandy Bull, complete with bonus material and three “tribute” tracks by a band of Nashville hotshots including Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson), Glenn Worf (Mark Knopfler) and Harry Stinson (Marty Stuart) … Hummingbirds & Helicopters Vol 1: A Benefit For South Texas is a Jolie Holland-curated digital compilation (out April 6) to help assist in post-Harvey recovery, featuring Holland (Randy Newman’s “Louisiana 1927”), Dean Ween Group (Jimmy Webb’s “Galveston”), Big Thief (Twain’s “High Tide”), Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Joan Shelley, Elsa Hansen Oldham And Nathan Salsburg (Mickey Newbury’s “If You Ever Get To Houston”) and more … Memphis Rent Party—a compilation celebrating the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll featuring Alex Chilton, Junior Kimbrough, Jim Dickinson, Charlie Feathers, the Panther Burns, Jerry Lee Lewis and more—is out March 9 via Fat Possum … The Essential Eric Andersen is a two-CD, 33-track set showcasing ’60s Greenwich Village folkie Eric Andersen‘s first 45 years of recordings, out March 30 via Real Gone/Sony Legacy … On March 23, Omnivore will issue Reverend Gary DavisThe Avant Garde Recordings: Recorded Live—October 1966, a two-CD, 22-track set by the blues/gospel legend recorded on a single microphone in a Milwaukee coffeehouse … Robert Glasper Experiment fans rejoice: On March 16, Eagle Rock will issue Robert Glasper Experiment—Live, which captures the Grammy-winning outfit on stages all over the world, complete with covers of songs by both Radiohead and Bill Withers … The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring: The Complete Recordings (Rhino, April 6) is a five-LP and three-CD/Blu-ray boxed set compiling all the music from the movie trilogy … Battleground Korea: Songs And Sounds Of America’s Forgotten War (Bear Family, March 23) is an ambitious four-CD anthology of songs inspired by the Korean War featuring the likes of B.B. King, Ernest Tubb, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Louvin Brothers, Fats Domino, Gene Autry and Sister Rosetta TharpMemories In Rock II is a two-CD/DVD set capturing three 2017 U.K. concerts by (plus interviews with) Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, out April 6 via Minstrel Hall … Ello kiddies: NOW That’s What I Call Disney Junior Music is the latest from the folks at NOW That’s What I Call Music! and Walt Disney Records, featuring 20 tracks from the Disney Junior channel like “Doc McStuffins,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Puppy Dog Pals” … Leaving you on a high note: Cheech And Chong‘s Up In Smoke turns 40 with a new Blu-ray and DVD release on April 10 and a special deluxe collector’s edition with the Blu-ray and the film’s soundtrack on CD and vinyl on April 20 (yeah, 420—wink wink, toke toke); man, the folks at Rhino must love their weed as much as our MAGNET writers—the deluxe edition even comes with rolling papers.

Musical Tribute To Tom Rapp (1947–2018) Hosted By Damon & Naomi

As we mentioned before, MAGNET just lost longtime friend Tom Rapp, frontman/songwriter of legendary psych/folk band Pearls Before Swine. On Saturday, March 10, at 2 p.m., there’ll be a tribute to Tom featuring both musicians and speakers. The event will be hosted by MAGNET faves Damon & Naomi, close friends of—and sometimes collaborators with—Tom. It’s open to the public and will be held at the First Unitarian Church Of Philadelphia (2125 Chestnut St.). We hope to see you there celebrating the life and music of not only a brilliant songwriter but also a passionate lawyer and an amazing human being.

In The News (Hall Of Fame Edition): David Bowie, Who, Willie Nelson, Love, Johnny Cash, Cars, Elvis Presley, Ornette Coleman, Chicago And More

Most of you probably owned a well-worn copy of Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer David Bowie‘s first best-of collection, Changesonebowie, a perennial dorm-room favorite. But Changestwobowie was a different story, released in 1981 (and only briefly available on CD in 1985) before going out of print. Our friends at Parlophone will right this wrong on April, offering Changestwobowie (which collects material from 1971’s Hunky Dory to 1980’s Scary Monsters) on CD and vinyl. Parlophone will also release a 45th-anniversary, limited-edition silver-vinyl version of Aladdin Sane a week later, available only in stores … If you’re looking for gifts to give to the stoner Who (also in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame) fan in your life, the enablers at UMe have you covered: On April 20 (420—wink wink, toke toke), the label will reissue a remastered/restored The Who Live At The Fillmore East 1968 on double-CD and triple-LP (highlights: three Eddie Cochran covers and a 33-minute “My Generation” complete with axe annihilation and drum demolition, as well as new liner notes and rare photos) and a remastered/expanded version of Pete Townshend’s Who Came First solo debut on double-CD (highlights: 17 unreleased tracks, alternate versions and live performances); you may exhale now … Speaking of stoners: Willie Nelson (Country Music Hall Of Famer) turns 85 on April 29, and two days prior he’ll release Last Man Standing (Legacy), an 11-track album co-written by Nelson and producer Buddy Cannon … If love is all you need, April 6 is your Love-ly day; Rhino is releasing a 50th-anniversary, four-CD/DVD/LP version of stone-cold classic Forever Changes by Arthur Lee and Co. (who should be in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, dammit!), complete with multiple mixes, rare/unreleased tracks and a 1968 promo video … Also on April 6, Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Johnny Cash gets celebrated on Forever Words, a collection of the Man In Black’s poetry, lyrics and letters set to music by the likes of Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, Elvis Costello, Chris Cornell, T Bone Burnett, the Jayhawks and more, including daughter Rosanne Cash and stepdaughter Carlene Carter … The Cars are driving into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in April, but not before they drop off expanded editions of Shake It Up and Heartbeat City on March 30, available on CD and double-LP courtesy of Rhino … First-ballot Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee (and, oh yeah, the King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll) Elvis Presley will see The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) released on April 6 via RCA/Legacy in three formats: single-CD and double-LP (both 18 tracks) and triple-CD boxed set (with 37 additional tracks including contributions from Tom Petty, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Gladys Presley (Elvis’ mom) … 2018 will be a big year for Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers the Steve Miller Band, who are celebrating half a century since the release of their first two albums with reissues of Miller and Co.’s first nine full-lengths on LP, culminating May 18 with vinyl boxed set Complete Albums Volume 1 (1968-1976); all come courtesy of Capitol/UMe … Randy Bachman (two-time inductee to the Canadian Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, eh?) pays tribute to George Harrison with By George—By Bachman (UMe, March 16), wherein the Guess Who/Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist/vocalist reworks some of the Dark Horse’s best Beatles and solo material and adds one of his own originals to the mix … The Atlantic Years (Rhino, May 11) is a 10-LP vinyl boxed set that features all six studio albums and more than two hours’ worth of outtakes that Ornette Coleman (Down Beat Jazz Hall Of Famer) recorded for the label between 1959 and 1961, all of which changed the shape of jazz to come … On April 13, Mercury/UMe starts its yearlong Barry White (Dance Music Hall Of Famer) reissue series with Love’s Theme: The Best Of The 20th Century Records Singles and three-CD, 46-track The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979); can’t get enough of your love, Barry … Chicago: VI Decades Live (Rhino, April 6) is a four-CD/DVD boxed set documenting Chicago (Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers) concert recordings from 1969-2014; the CDs feature the band’s 11-song 1970 Isle Of Wight headlining appearance as well as 18 other tracks, while the DVD is a 19-song Rockpalast TV-show set from 1977.

Looking Back At 19 Years Of “The Hot Rock”

Our pal Marina Chavez just pointed out that The Hot Rock by Sleater-Kinney came out 19 years ago today. (She took the album’s great, already-iconic—and already-“covered”—cover photo.) You’ve probably seen the above photo from High Fidelity before, but if you look closely, the issue of MAGNET that John Cusack is reading has Sleater-Kinney on the cover (the first of three times the band has graced our cover—all sold out, by the way); they were supporting the just-released The Hot Rock. Time flies when you’re making (and reading) music magazines.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Echo Bloom’s “Song For Steven”

On March 9, Echo Bloom will release Green, the final entry in a trilogy that also includes 2013’s Blue and 2016’s Red. The idea for a three-part series of albums came to frontman/founder Kyle Evans after realizing his three favorite songs from Echo Bloom’s 2008 Jamboree debut were each in a different style. So he decided to do an entire LP in each track’s “genre”: folk (Blue), rock (Red) and pop (Green). Evans is a bit of a “roads scholar,” having lived in the South, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City (currently), as well as a time in Berlin, and these different locales have provided much inspiration into his songwriting. One of Green‘s standouts is “Song For Steven,” which we’re proud to premiere today on

Says Evans of both the origins of “Song For Steven” and Echo Bloom in general, “I lived in D.C. for a few years, in a commune in the Columbia Heights neighborhood. It was filled with these brilliant, highly ambitious people—very unlike the people I grew up with in small-town Florida. I remember talking with a housemate once about being interested in music, but not really knowing what to do with the interest. That kind of confusion didn’t really register with them: If you want to be a writer, write. If you want to be a painter, paint. They encouraged me to just do it, so I built a primitive recording studio in our basement and recorded my first album. Steven lived in that house, and we both had similar experiences. He was from a small town in Texas, and we both felt equal parts intimidated and empowered by the atmosphere of the house, and the city—and being 22 and trying to be adults. We grew up a lot in four years, and that’s what this song is about.” Well, you can’t argue with the results. Check it out now, and check Echo Bloom out live on the East Cost in March.

In The News: Wye Oak, Eels, Okkervil River, Courtney Barnett, Melvins, Eleanor Friedberger, Ash, Dr. Octagon, Fatboy Slim, A Place To Bury Strangers And More

Wye Oak‘s The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs is out April 6 via Merge; the dozen-song LP will be supported live dates in April, May and July … Also on April 6, Eels will issue 12th album The Deconstruction on E Works/PIAS … April showers bring the new Okkervil River album, In The Rainbow Rain (ATO, April 27) … Tell Me How You Really Feel is the latest from Courtney Barnett, out May 18 courtesy of Mom + Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk! … Sloan‘s 12th studio album, 12, is out April 6 via Murderecords/Yep Roc … The Melvins + Steven McDonald (Redd Kross, OFF!) + Jeff Pinkus (Butthole Surfers) = Pinkus Abortion Technician (April 20, Ipecac) … Megaplex, the sixth album from We Are Scientists, is out April 27 via 100% … Frenchkiss will issue Eleanor Friedberger‘s Rebound on May 4 … Islands is the first album from Ash in four years, and it’s out May 18 via Infectious Music/BMG … On April 6. Dr. Octagon—Dan The Automator, Kool Keith and DJ QBert—is back after 22 years with Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation (Bulk) … Different Strokes for different folks: Albert Hammond Jr‘s fourth LP, Francis Trouble, is out March 9 on Red Bull … MIEN is Alex Maas (Black Angels), Tom Furse (Horrors), Rishi Dhir (Elephant Stone) and John-Mark Lapham (Earlies), and its self-titled debut is out April 6 via Rocket … Reissue redux: Fatboy Slim‘s You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby 20th Anniversary Edition (March 15, Astralwerks) and 2PAC’s Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (vinyl only, out now, Interscope/UMe) … Stone Temple Pilots has a new singer (Jeff Gutt) and a new album (Stone Temple Pilots), which is out March 16 on Atlantic/Rhino … The Goldberg Sisters (a.k.a. actor/filmmaker/photographer/Hebrew Hammer/MAGNET guest editor Adam Goldberg) will release Mood Swing on April 13 … The same day, A Place To Bury Strangers returns with Pinned Out (Dead Oceans) … Also making the 13th of April lucky is the Damned, with Evil Spirits (Search And Destroy/Spinefarm) … Someone please stop the April 13 madness: John Prine‘s The Tree Of Forgiveness is also out that day via Oh Boy … MAGNET faves the Orange Peels return April 27 with Trespassing (Minty Fresh) … Speaking of MAGNET faves: The Green PajamasPhantom Lake: Northern Gothic 3 (Green Monkey) is out March 16 … It’s only been 14 years in the making, but A Perfect Circle release Eat The Elephant on April 20 (420, dude) via BMG … Thirty Second To Mars‘ new album, The New Album (get it—it’s the new album and it’s called The New Album), is out April 6 on Interscope … Something Higher is the latest from Leftover Salmon, out May 4 via LoS … Shonen Knife‘s Alive! In Osaka is a 21-track live DVD/CD recorded last year and out May 4 on Good Charamel … Beth Hart also has a new live DVD/CD, Live From New York: Front & Center, out April 13 courtesy of Provogue/Mascot.