28 years ago today, Temple Of The Dog (the current lineup of Pearl Jam with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell fronting) played its first and only full set during its initial run at Seattle Off Ramp Cafe. The fire was cookin’. The band’s only album (reissued in 2016) was our number-one hard-rock LP of that year:
Happy Veterans Day from Sufjan Stevens and MAGNET.
15 years ago today, Sun Kil Moon released Ghosts Of The Great Highway. In the clearing stands a boxer … Read our feature on Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle:
Happy Hallo Ween! Paint the town brown with Dean and Gene. Photo for MAGNET by Christian Lantry.
Thom Yorke’s Suspiria (Music For The Luca Guadagnino Film) is just that, 25 new compositions the Radiohead frontman wrote for the Oscar-nominated director’s remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 cult classic. It’s out October 26 on XL and features the London Contemporary Orchestra And Choir as well as Yorke’s son Noah on drums … Bought To Rot is the debut album from Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers, out November 9 courtesy of our friends at Bloodshot … John Lennon, Grateful Dead, Sparks, Amon Düül II, Funkadelic and War are among the artists paid tribute to on Ty Segall‘s new covers album, Fudge Sandwich (In The Red, October 26) … The Twilight Sad‘s fifth LP, It Won/t Be Like This All The Time, is out via the band’s new Rock Action label on January 18 … Black Velvet, Charles Bradley‘s fourth and final album, is out via Dunham/Daptone on November 9, four days after what would’ve been Bradley’s 70th birthday … Dionysus is the first LP from the legendary Dead Can Dance in six years, and it’s out November 2 on PIAS … Peter Bjorn And John return with their eighth full-length studio album, Darker Days, on October 19 … Number nine, number nine, number nine: On October 26, Saves The Day will release its ninth album, the nine-track 9, via Equal Vision … The hills are alive with Laibach‘s The Sound Of Music (Mute) on November 23 … Jeff Goldblum And The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra will release The Capitol Studios Sessions (Decca) on November 9, featuring guest vocalists Imelda May, Haley Reinhart and Sarah Silverman … On October 26, Domino will issue Julia Holter‘s Aviary … Beg Your Pardon, the third LP from MAGNET fave SAVAK, is out November 9 via Ernest Jenning … Evolution marks album number seven from Disturbed, out October 19 on Reprise … Mercy Union—featuring Jared Hart (Scandals) and Benny Horowitz (Gaslight Anthem)—will release its debut album, The Quarry (Mt. Crushmore), on October 19 … Mick Harvey & Christopher Richard Barker have collaborated on The Fall And Rise Of Edgar Bourchier And The Horrors Of War, out November 9 on Mute … Laura Gibson will release fifth album Goners on October 26 via Barsuk … Meg Baird And Mary Lattimore join forces for Ghost Forests, out November 9 on Three Lobed … Doug Paisley‘s Starter Home is out November 2 via No Quarter … On November 9, Easy Eye Sound will issue Mockingbird, the 14th album from bluegrass legends the Gibson Brothers.
MAGNET-Approved New Releases That Are Out Now
All Them Witches Sleeping Through War (New West)
Atmosphere Mi Vida Local (Rhymesayers)
Current 93 The Light Is Leaving Us All (self-released)
Cursive Vitriola (15 Passenger)
Matthew Dear Bunny (Ghostly International)
The Dodos Certainty Waves (Polyvinyl)
Foxhole Well Kept Thing (Burnt Toast Vinyl)
Great Lake Swimmers The Waves, The Wake (Nettwerk)
Vince Guaraldi It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Craft)
High On Fire Electric Messiah (eOne)
José James Lean On Me (Blue Note)
Paul Kelly Nature (Cooking Vinyl)
Kinski Accustomed To Your Face (Kill Rock Stars)
Greg Laswell Next Time (self-released)
Loretta Lynn Wouldn’t It Be Great (Legacy)
Lynyrd Skynyrd Live In Atlantic City (earMUSIC)
Lyrics Born Quite A Life (Mobile Home)
Mount Eerie (after) (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
Marissa Nadler For My Crimes (Sacred Bones/Bella Union)
Graham Parker Cloud Symbols (100%)
Richard Reed Parry Quiet River Of Dust Vol. 1 (Anti-)
Suicidal Tendencies STill Cyco Punk After All These Years (Suicidal)
Moses Sumney Black In Deep Red, 2014 EP (Jagjaguwar)
Supersuckers Suck It (Acetate)
Swamp Dogg Love, Loss, And Auto-Tune (Joyful Noise)
Various Artists A Star Is Born Soundtrack (Interscope)
The Watson Twins DUO (self-released)
We Were Promised Jetpacks The More I Sleep The Less I Dream (self-released)
Rita Wilson Bigger Picture (Sing It Loud)
Come On Pilgrim…It’s Surfer Rosa (4AD) compiles the first two Pixies releases (1987 mini-album Come On Pilgrim and 1988’s Surfer Rosa); it’s out now (as three-CD and three-LP boxed sets) and later (in November on clear vinyl complete with a hardback book) … On October 26, Memento Mori (Anthology 1978-2018) celebrates 40 years of the great Barry Adamson; the 17-track compilation is available via Mute on CD and limited-edition double vinyl … Terry Callier‘s The New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier gets the 50th-anniversary treatment via Craft Recordings on October 19 with five previously unreleased tracks … Town Burned Down (ATO), recorded back in 1990, is the first official release from Adam’s House Cat, Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood’s pre-Drive-By Truckers band … We’ve never been shy about the love we house for House Of Love, and now our friends at Cherry Red have released a 30th-anniversary edition of the band’s self-titled debut (five-CD hardback edition and two-LP version) that’s been remastered and expanded with non-album tracks, demos, radio sessions, live material and more … Also on Cherry Red is Def Comms 86-18, a four-CD collection from Pop Will Eat Itself that includes tracks from all the band’s albums (including the “lost” one), remixes and rarities … acr:set (Mute) is a career-spanning compilation from A Certain Ratio with two new tracks, due October 12 … The Death Of Rock: Peter Holsapple Vs. Alex Chilton (Omnivore) compiles songs by Alex Chilton (Big Star) and Peter Holsapple (dB’s) recorded separately by the two gentleman 40 years ago at Memphis’ Sam Phillips Recording Service … Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey and songwriting partner JD Souther released a self-titled album in 1969 as Longbranch/Pennywhistle, and it’s just made its CD debut and return to vinyl thanks to Geffen/UMe … Whitesnake gets Unzipped on October 19 courtesy of Rhino, with a set of the hard-rock band’s acoustic and unplugged performance from the past two decades; it comes as a five-CD/DVD set, as well as a single CD, double CD and double LP.
MAGNET’s Hobart Rowland was there to document the third date of Pete Yorn’s intimate You & Me acoustic tour at Ardmore Music Hall outside Philadelphia. Warming up the room with a haunting spin on Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City,” Yorn went on to serenade the Thursday-night crowd with a set that favored tunes from his much-lauded 2001 debut, musicforthemorningafter (read our MAGNET Classics article on the making of this great LP here), and 2016’s unjustly overlooked ArrangingTime.
The requisite sing-alongs ensued during better-known tracks like “Life On A Chain” and “Strange Condition.” For diehards, numerous highlights included a taut version of “Undercover,” Yorn’s 2002 contribution to the Spider-Man soundtrack, propelled by an unexpected kick-drum pedal; “Precious Stone,” a standout from his 2010 collaboration with the Pixies’ Frank Black; and a beautiful take on “Bandstand In The Sky,” Yorn’s tribute to Jeff Buckley from 2006’s superb Nightcrawler.
Catch Yorn when he comes to a city near you. Tour dates below.
9/30 Gramercy Theatre, New York
10/2 Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, Conn.
10/3 Middle East, Cambridge, Mass.
10/15 A&R Music Bar, Columbus
10/16 Hi-Fi Indy, Indianapolis
10/18 Taft Theatre, Cincinnati
10/20 Grog Shop, Cleveland
10/21 The Shelter, Detroit
10/23 Park West, Chicago
10/24 Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee
Former MAGNET cover star, Dinosaur Jr frontman and guitar god J Mascis will release third solo album Elastic Days on November 9 via Sub Pop. As with previous efforts, the dozen-track LP is mostly Mr. Mascis all by his lonesome, though Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion) and Zoë Randell (Luluc) stop by to lend their talents … The debut album from British buzz band Pale Waves is out September 14 via Dirty Hit/Interscope; catch them on their North American tour supporting My Mind Makes Noises starting in October while they’re still playing smaller venues … Iron & Wine follows up last years’s Beast Epic on August 31 with the six-song Weed Garden EP (Sub Pop), which features songs written at the same time as the tracks on the Grammy-nominated LP … Fucked Up has joined the already amazing Merge roster and will issue Dose Your Dreams on October 5; yes, it’s a double album and David makes an appearance … The same day, Merge is also issuing Fall Into The Sun by Swearin’ … Also on Rocktober 5, MAGNET fave Phosphorescent returns with C’est La Vie (Dead Oceans), Matthew Houck’s first proper record in half a decade … Please, 10/5, stop the madness—Kristin Hersh‘s Possible Dust Clouds is out on Fire that day as well … Calvin Johnson (Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic) has always been an outsider artist, so he’s issuing A Wonderful Beast (K)—his collaboration with Patrick Carney (Black Keys)—a week later on October 12 … My Morning Jacket axe master Carl Broemel will release third solo album Wished Out (Stocks In Asia/Thirty Tigers) on September 21 … Adult. has signed to Dais, which is releasing new album This Behavior on September 7 … The soundtrack to Blaze, the Ethan Hawke-directed/co-written biopic about infamous Texas songwriter Blaze Foley, is out September 21 on Light In The Attic, featuring acting newcomer Ben Dickey channeling the late Foley onscreen and in song… Whitey Ford’s House Of Pain is Everlast‘s first new album in seven years, out September 7 on Martyr Inc … Also on September 7, Secret Sun will issue Jesse Harris‘ Aquarelle … The Trip Home (Tiny E, September 28) is the new album from the Crystal Method and the first to feature only Scott Kirkland now that Ken Jordan has retired from music … Sleaford Mods‘ new self-titled EP is out September 14 on Rough Trade … Strange Conversation (Dame Productions, September 21) is the latest from Mandy Barnett, featuring songs written by the likes of Tom Waits, Lee Hazlewood, Neil Sedaka and Andre Williams as well as a duet with John Hiatt … Out now is Know. (Atlantic), Jason Mraz‘s first new album in almost five years … Also out now courtesy of Atlantic is Pretty Woman: The Musical (Original Broadway Cast Recording), featuring songs penned by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. OK, now we’re gonna cop a squat.
It’s been a decade since Elvis Costello & The Imposters released Momofuku and five years since Costello’s last new album, Roots collaboration Wise Up Ghost. But fear not Declan MacManus fans: Elvis and his Imposters return October 12 with Look Now (Concord). Costello penned nine of the dozen songs on his own, co-writing two with Burt Bacharach (kids, ask your grandparents), who plays piano on the LP, and one with Carole King (again, ask grandma and grandpa) … Former MAGNET cover star Yoko Ono‘s Warzone (Chimera, October 19) revisits and reimagines 13 of her songs from 1970-2009 … Willie Nelson‘s second studio album of the year is My Way (Legacy, September 14), a collection of Shotgun Willie interpreting standards and classics made famous by Frank Sinatra … If Willie can do Frank, Cher can do ABBA—and she does so September 28 with Dancing Queen (Warner Bros.), featuring covers of 10 songs by the hit-making Swedes … John Hiatt returns October 12 with The Eclipse Sessions (New West), his first new album in four years … Medeski Martin & Wood has teamed up with the jazz/improv Alarm Will Sound for Omnisphere, out September 14 on Indirecto … ZZ Top’s Billy F Gibbons is releasing his second solo album, The Big Bad Blues, on September 21 via Concord … Blood Red Roses is LP number 30 from Rod Stewart, out September 28 on Republic … And now for something completely different: Linda Thompson‘s My Mother Doesn’t Know I’m On The Stage (Omnivore, September 28) is an album of comedy, theatrical and popular songs from the music-hall scenes of the 18th and 19th centuries, featuring guest appearances by Colin Firth, Martha Wainwright, Jools Holland, Teddy Thompson, Justin Vivian Bond and more … Most of you know Ace Frehley via his guest-editing stint at MAGNET, but he actually was also a founding member of semi-popular band Kiss, which was inducted into something called the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame four years ago; on October 19, Frehley will release solo LP Spaceman via Entertainment One … Former Journey frontman Steve Perry is leaving Traces on October 5 via Fantasy; it’s just his third solo album in 34 years and first since 1994 … Bridges is Josh Groban‘s eighth studio LP, out September 21 courtesy of Reprise … Wayne Shorter is coming up on 60 years in the biz, and the 10-time Grammy winner is back with the ambitious Emanon (Blue Note), a triple album by his quartet (sometimes accompanied by a 34-piece orchestra) that comes with a graphic novel written by Shorter and Monica Sly and illustrated by Randy DuBurke … The Count Basie Orchestra will release All About That Basie (Concord Jazz, September 14), which features covers of songs written and/or made famous by Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Stevie Wonder, Adele, Joe Williams and more.
It’s been six years since Cat Power released Sun—which, according to Wikipedia, we called “easily her fullest-sounding, most animated record to date”; just fact-checked, and we did indeed say that (see kids, you can trust Wikipedia!), and we meant it, dammit—and now Chan Marshall is set to release Wanderer via Domino on October 5. Like with Sun, Marshall is again is the producer seat solo, and Wanderer also features guest appearances from Lana Del Rey and unnamed “longtime friends and compatriots.” Since we couldn’t find out who those were, we decided to guess. So we think they include Jude Law, Eddie Vedder, Yoko Ono and Michelle Obama. And we also think that Wanderer could easily be Cat Power’s fullest-sounding, most animated record to date … In the music-to-take-drugs-to department: Animal Collective has teamed up with art-science duo Coral Morphologic for Tangerine Reef (Domino, August 17), an audiovisual album commemorating the International Year Of The Reef. (Side note: Based on our walk to work each day, 2018 also seems to be the International Year Of The Reefer, in Philly at least.) … In The Blue Light (Sony, September 7) is the 14th studio album from Paul Simon, featuring new versions of some of Rhymin’ Simon’s favorite songs from his catalog with help from a bunch of musicians including the National’s Bryce Dessner … Not to be outdone done by his twin-brother National bandmate, Aaron Dessner has teamed up with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) for Big Red Machine, a 10-track LP out August 31 on PEOPLE/Jagjaguwar … Waxahatchee, the artist behind MAGNET’s album of the year in 2017, is back September 7 with the Great Thunder EP on Merge, seven songs that Katie Crutchfield wrote earlier in her career and decided to reimagine and re-record … Metric‘s seventh album is out September 21 via MMI/Crystal Math, but it has no title, track listing or album art yet; so you crazy kids are grounded until you turn that shit in, eh? … That same day, Thalia Zedek Band, aided by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) and the always wicked-cool Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), is back with Fighting Season (Thrill Jockey) … Negro Swan is the fourth album from Blood Orange (a.k.a. Devonté Hynes, of Lightspeed Champion and Test Icicles fame), due out August 24 on Domino … 13 Rivers (New West, September 14) is 13 new songs from Richard Thompson, recorded and produced by the living legend in just 10 days … Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna, Dean & Britta) and Cheval Sombre will release the self-described “western dreampop” Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre (we’re betting on a tie) via Double Feature on October 26 … Devotchka‘s This Night Falls Forever is out courtesy of Concord on August 24 … Lucy Wainwright Roche is self-releasing Little Beast on September 28 … Swingin’ Utters and Fat Wreck Chords are feeling the Peace And Love on August 31 … On October 19, Columbia will release Forever Neverland, the second LP from MØ … Eric Church‘s new album, Desperate Man, is out October 5 on EMI Nashville … Finally,The Rick And Morty Soundtrack is the, uh, soundtrack to Rick And Morty, featuring music by the show’s composer Ryan Elder alongside songs from Blonde Redhead, Mazzy Star, Belly and Chaos Chaos; the 24-track record is out via Sub Pop/Adult Swim on September 28 (as a CD and a double-LP set) and on November 23 (as a deluxe double-LP set that comes with LED lights, a poster, a patch, a sticker, a bonus seven-inch and MacGyver).