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 magnetmagazine.com.

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.

MAGNET Exclusive: Juiceboxxx’s “Freaked Out American Loser (Dave Sardy Remix)”

Juiceboxxx is kinda like that cool jukebox in your favorite dive bar, the one that’s heavy on hip hop but also has a mixture of all of the other different kinds of music you love to listen to while drinking your face off. The 31-year-old Milwaukee-bred/Brooklyn-based rapper/singer has been somewhat of an underground sensation for the better part of half his life, but now with the recent release of the stellar Freaked Out American Loser (Dangerbird), it appears that Mr. Boxxx is ready for his closeup. “I conceptualized Freaked Out American Loser to be a true, raw punk/rap blast,” he says. “Something like Jesus Lizard meets Cypress Hill. Wu-Tang meets the Breeders. Public Enemy meets Boredoms. You get the picture.”

The latest single off the nine-track album is the closing title track, which shows off Juiceboxxx’s post-punk inclinations. “I wanted to write an anthem that all of us losers can believe in,” he says. “So it only made sense to get Dave Sardy to do a new mix and really blow it out into the fist-pump zone. We are all just trying to take it one day at a time and, hopefully, change our lives for the better. Every single day is a struggle, but I’m trying really hard to keep going. I think Sardy’s mix really takes this song to the place it was always supposed to go. I couldn’t be more psyched. We’re all losers.”

We losers are proud to premiere the “Freaked Out American Loser” remix by musician/producer extraordinaire Sardy (if his name isn’t on at least 20 records in your collection, you aren’t a fan of good music) today on magnetmagazine.com. Check it out now, and catch Juiceboxxx on tour (dates below). You can win for losing.

March 7 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
March 8 – Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail
March 9 – Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
March 10 – Norfolk, VA @ Charlie’s American Cafe
March 11 – Wilmington, NC @ The Reel Cafe
March 16 – Austin, TX SXSW
March 17 – Hot Springs, AR @ Valley of the Vapors Festival
March 19 – Springfield, IL @ Black Sheep Cafe
March 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club

The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine

We just spotted this INXS Hallmark card/vinyl at the CVS near the office. Nothing says “Be Mine” like “There’s something about you, girl/That makes me sweat.” They also had ones by Aretha and Bruno. If you need a really last-minute V-Day gift, you could do a lot worse.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Dick Stusso’s “Getting Loose”

If you’re not yet familiar with Dick Stusso yet, well, shame on you. But don’t fret, you still have a little time to get in on the ground-ish floor to impress your friends with the Oakland troubadour’s countrified-glam nuggets. Don’t believe us, ask fellow outlaw-esque singer/songwriter Kyle Craft, who recently had this to say to MAGNET about the Man In White: “I’m excited about this guy. He has a new record on Hardly Art, and the single has some groovy Bolan vibes. His first album, Nashville Dreams/Sings The Blues, is great, too.” The new record of which Craft speaks is the 10-song In Heaven, out March 2 and produced by analog mastermind Greg Ashley. We’re proud to premiere album track “Getting Loose” today on magnetmagazine.com. Says Stusso of the song, “Here we have a little postmodern, barroom jingle with a bit of a nod and a wink to the great Hoagy Carmichael. It started off as some kind of existential ‘tear in my beer’-type number, but inevitably devolved into a dumb, drunken jamboree of a thing. Which in the end is more fun to listen to, anyway. Also, advertising and marketing folk: Keep the chorus in mind for your next beer or car commercial.” A little self-promotion never hurt anyone, and you’ll see what Stusso means when you check out “Getting Loose.” And if you’re on the West Coast, see Dick live in March.

R.I.P. Tom Rapp (1947-2018)

MAGNET just lost a very good and longtime friend: Tom Rapp, frontman/songwriter of legendary psych/folk band Pearls Before Swine. We called him our Psychedelic Godfather, and when he and his wonderful wife Lynn would send us a holiday card each year, he would never sign it Tom, but instead Psychedelic Godfather. He was a brilliant songwriter and musician, a great, compassionate lawyer and, most importantly, as decent a human being as you will ever meet. The world is a far worse place without Tom Rapp.

Read our review of the new reissue of PBS’s masterpiece, One Nation Underground here.

In The News (Classic Rock Edition): Led Zeppelin, George Harrison, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Moody Blues, Iggy Pop, Isaac Hayes, Nina Simone, NRBQ And More

Led Zeppelin‘s live How The West Was Won (recorded in 1972 and released in 2003) will get a remastered reissue courtesy of Atlantic/Swan Song on March 23 in multiple formats: three-CD, four-LP, Blu-ray audio and limited-edition “Super Deluxe” boxed set. The collection merges the June 25 and 27 shows at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena, respectively, into “one” concert, featuring a 25-minute “Dazed And Confused,” a 19-minute “Moby Dick” and a 21-minute jam with “Whole Lotta Love” at its cornerstone (“Stairway To Heaven” is a mere 9:36), as well as tracks from the then-unreleased Houses Of The Holy including “Over The Hills And Far Away” and “The Ocean” … George Harrison would’ve turned 75 on February 25, and to celebrate, Concord Music is reissuing 2003’s Concert For George (featuring performances from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, son Dhani Harrison and more—as a limited-edition deluxe boxed set (four LPs, two CDs, two DVDs and two Blu-rays), four-LP boxed set, two-CD/two-DVD set, two-CD/two-Blu-ray set and two-CD package … The Best Of The Grateful Dead Live (Rhino, March 23) picks 19 songs from the 2,318 shows the Grateful Dead played between 1965 and 1995 and collects them on two CDs; Volume One of Best will be released the same day on vinyl, with Volume Two coming at a later date … On February 9, MVD is reissuing the film Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs Of Bob Dylan on DVD, featuring performances and/or interviews with Bob Dylan, Aaron Neville, Shirley Caesar and more … Days Of Future Passed Live (out March 28 via Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu-ray and as a two-CD set) documents the Moody Blues performing their classic album live with a full orchestra … Also on Eagle Rock is the American Valhalla DVD, a documentary about Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme and Iggy Pop collaborating to create the latter’s Post Pop Depression that was directed by Homme and Andreas Neumann and features Anthony Bourdain; it’s out March 9 … On February 23, Craft is issuing remastered-LP editions of Isaac Hayes‘ seminal Hot Buttered Soul (1969), Shaft and Black Moses (both 1971 double albums) … Nina Simone shall be released—this year’s Rock And Roll inductee is the subject of two new collections: The 14-track Mood Indigo: The Complete Bethlehem Sessions (BMG/Bethlehem, February 9) compiles all six of Simone’s singles for the Bethlehem label from 1959 to 1962; the two-CD The Colpix Singles ($tateside, February 23) features 27 songs she recorded for Columbia Pictures Records around the same time, including the Simone-penned “Blackbird” and “I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl” … NRBQ‘s 1969 self-titled debut will be reissued on CD and LP via Omnivore on March 16 … The classic-rock godmothers in Fanny have reunited as Fanny Walked The Earth and will release an eponymous album—featuring memebers of the Go-Go’s, Bangles and Runaways—on March 2 via Blue Élan … Real Gone/Second Disc kick off their Johnny Mathis reissues series on March 6 with 1970’s Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head and Sings The Music Of Bacharach & Kaempfert, both with five bonus tracks … Detroit Rising: A Cosmic Jazz Funk Adventure, out March 30 on Down Jazz, features members of Parliament-Funkadelic along with musicians who’ve played with the likes of Miles Davis, Prince, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers; there will be funk … Parlophone is set to release Brave: Deluxe Edition, an expanded version of Marillion‘s 1994 double-LP concept album now available as a four-CD/Blu-ray set and five-LP package.