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.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Mobley’s “Torch”

On April 27, Mobley will release Fresh Lies, Vol. I, the first in what he terms a career-long project. Through his songs, the Austin-based one-man band hopes to create an ongoing song cycle that explores his relationship with the United States. “Torch” is the second single from Fresh Lies, and it’s indicative of his catchy, melodic, genre-jumping pop. Says Mobley of the track, “One of my favorite things to do as a songwriter is to play with the tension between sonic moods and lyrical content. ‘Torch’ was really fun to make in that way. It’s probably one of the happiest-sounding things I’ve ever written. But it came to me at an incredibly low point in my personal life, so the lyrics are about as unabashedly melancholy as I’ve ever written. It deals with the mind-warping effects that result when passion burns hot and is extinguished abruptly.” We are proud to premiere “Torch” today on Check it out now, and be sure to catch Mobley live (dates below).

Feb 24 – The Roxy – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 2 – True/False Film Fest – Columbia, MO
Mar 3 – Rose Music Hall – Columbia, MO
Mar 9-18 – SXSW
Mar 20 – The Perch – El Paso, TX
Mar 22 – The Loading Dock – Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 23-24 – Treefort Music Festival – Boise, ID
Mar 27 – Lost Lake Lounge – Denver, CO
Mar 28 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
Mar 30 – Shipping and Receiving – Ft. Worth, TX
Mar 31 – Axelrad – Houston, TX

New Guided By Voices Live Album Out March 9

Back in December when we told you about the upcoming Guided By Voices album (Space Gun, March 23), we noted that Robert Pollard claimed it would be the only GBV album in 2018, to which we wrote, “Given his track record, we’re not gonna bet on that just yet.” Well, we were right. On March 9, GBV will release Ogre’s Trumpet, a limited-edition (1,000 on double vinyl, 1,000 on CD), 25-track live album recorded last August in Asbury Park, N.J. (Greetings, kids.) The set features a healthy dose of songs from last year’s How Do You Spell Heaven and August By Cake, as well as classics like “Motor Away,” “I Am A Scientist,” “Tractor Rape Chain,” “Game Of Pricks” and “Glad Girls” and a cover of the Monkees’ “Saturday’s Child.” Try before you buy: Check out the live versions of Heaven‘s “Steppenwolf Mausoleum” and Bee Thousand‘s “Gold Star For Robot Boy” right here, right now. Pre-order Ogre’s Trumpet here.

MAGNET Exclusive: Premiere Of Refrigerator’s “High Desert Lows”

It’s a tough lot, being the flagship band on a willfully obscure record label (in this case, indie-rock institution Shrimper), but Refrigerator’s never taken the easy path. The group has rarely toured, its albums are hard to find, and its jangly, off-kilter sound is more of a slow-burn obsession than love at first listen. Built around Allen Callaci’s blue-collar soulful voice, 11th album High Desert Lows (produced by Simon Joyner, who also plays and sings on the LP) shows the band in a blue period. These songs are mournful and searching, a withering waltz here, a cock-eyed folk ballad there. Swooning strings and twinkly pianos abound, but the general vibe is idiosyncratic Americana.

“I look at the album as a dog-eared, dime-store paperback short-story collection where the stories are not all directly connected but are loosely tied,” says Callaci. “The shadows of Prince, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, who were all lost as High Desert Lows was being put together, loom on the record like a storm cloud quietly wandering from horizon to horizon. Although High Desert Lows is one of the darker things we have done in our 27-plus years as a band, collaborating with Simon and the amazing musicians that call Omaha their home was one of the most mystic and joyous recording experiences I’ve ever been part of.”

High Desert Lows is out on Friday (you can preorder it here), and Refrigerator will celebrate its release on March 3 at the dA Center For The Performing Arts in Pomona, Calif., with a two-hour performance and an music-related art exhibit by guitarist (and Shrimper CEO) Dennis Callaci. In the meantime, you can stream High Desert Lows exclusively right here at Do so right now.

In The News: Voidz, Sword, Erasure, Frank Turner, A Hawk And A Hacksaw, Dead Meadow, Low Cut Connie, A Certain Ratio, Old Crow Medicine Show And More

The Voidz (formerly Julian Casablancas + The Voidz) return March 30 with Virtue, the band’s first album in almost four years, via Cult/RCA. Casablancas and Co. will be supporting the 15-track LP at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival in May, with more tour dates to be announced soon … Used Future is the sixth album from the Sword, produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Decemberists, First Aid Kit) and out March 23 on Razor & Tie … Erasure has joined forces with Brussels post-classical ensemble Echo Collective for World Beyond (Mute, March 9), a reworking of the duo’s most recent album, last year’s World Be GoneFrank Turner‘s latest, Be More Kind, is out via Xtra Mile/Polydor/Interscope on May 4 … Forest Bathing, the eighth album from A Hawk And A Hacksaw, is out April 13 on Living Music Duplication … Dead Meadow‘s The Nothing They Need is out March 2 on Xemu … On May 18, Contender will issue Low Cut Connie‘s Dirty Pictures (Part 2), the follow-up to last year’s—wait for it—Dirty Pictures (Part 1)Wooden Shjips‘ aptly titled fifth album, V., is due out May 25 on Thrill Jockey … Barrence Whitfield And The Savages are back with their fourth LP since reforming in 2010 after a quarter century out of the music biz: Soul Flowers Of Titan, out March 2 via Bloodshot … Chappo‘s third album, the John Vanderslice-produced Do It, is out February 23 on Votiv … On February 16, Pavement’s Scott Kannberg will see the reissue of three of his “solo” records by Nine Mile—Preston School Of Industry‘s All This Sounds Gas (2001) and Monsoon (2004) and Spiral StairsThe Real Feel (2009)—with extra tracks, b-sides and BBC sessions … ’90s indie-rock mainstay Sleepyhead gets the vinyl-reissue treatment April 13 courtesy of Drawing Room with Future Exhibit Goes Here, which compiles 1994’s Starduster and 1996’s Communist Love Songs … Part two of Mute’s three-year A Certain Ratio reissues campaign arrives April 27 with the release of 1990’s acr:mcr, 1982’s I’d Like To See You Again, 1989’s Good Together and 1992’s Up In Downsville … Cobb’s Corner: Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson) lent his studio magic to two upcoming albums by Grammy winners: Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Volunteer (Columbia, April 20) and the Oak Ridge Boys17th Avenue Revival (Lightning Rod, March 16).

In The News: Decemberists, Yo La Tengo, Tom Waits, Dr. Dog, Hot Snakes, of Montreal, Sea And Cake, Oneida, Josh Rouse, Mount Eerie And More

The Decemberists return March 16 with I’ll Be Your Girl (Capitol). Colin Meloy and Co. say they embraced influences such as Roxy Music and New Order on the album, produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Lana del Rey), and it definitely shows. The band kicks off a world tour in support of I’ll Be Your Girl on March 22 … Yo La Tengo (three MAGNET cover appearances) is back March 16 with There’s A Riot Going On (Matador), and since we’ve been happily living with it for the past couple months, we can tell you it’s one of the trio’s most adventurous to date … The first seven Tom Waits (two MAGNET cover appearances) albums—1973’s Closing Time, 1974’s Heart Of Saturday Night, 1975’s Nighthawks At The Diner, 1976’s Small Change, 1977’s Foreign Affairs, 1978’s Blue Valentine and 1980’s Heartattack & Vine—will be reissued on CD by Anti- on March 23; all will be also available on 180-gram vinyl, starting March 9 with Closing TimeCritical Equation is the new album from Dr. Dog (one MAGNET cover appearance), and it’s out April 27 on Thirty Tigers … The more things change, the more they remain the same: The last time MAGNET fave Hot Snakes released an album, there was a first-term madman in the White House and our Philadelphia Eagles were on their way to the Super Bowl; 14 years later, there’s a first-term madman in the White House, the Eagles are on their way to the Super Bowl, and Hot Snakes will issue Jericho Sirens on March 16 via Sub Pop … On March 9, Polyvinyl will release of Montreal‘s 15th album, White Is Relic/Irrealis MoodThe Sea And Cake is back May 11 with Any Day (Thrill Jockey), the band’s first album in six years … Also back for the first time since 2012 is Oneida; Romance is out March 9 via Joyful Noise … Mount Eerie follows last year’s stellar and heartbreaking A Crow Looked At Me with Now Only (P.W. Elverum & Sun, March 16) … Josh Rouse‘s Love In The Modern Age is out April 13 on Yep Roc … Violence is the sixth album from Editors, and Play It Again Sam will issue it March 9 … April 13 sees the return of Mouse On Mars via Dimensional People (Thrill Jockey), which features guest rodents such as Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Aaron and Bryce Dessner (National), Zach Condon (Beirut), Spank Rock, Swamp Dogg, Amanda Blank and Sam Amidon … Tracey Thorn‘s new record, Record, is out March 2 on Merge … Beasts Of Burgundy (Southern Broadcasting, March 23) is the first album from Squirrel Nut Zippers in 18 years … I Don’t Run, the sophomore album from Hinds, is out April 6 via Mom + Pop … Jukebox The Ghost‘s Off To The Races is out March 30 on Jukebox The Ghost/Caroline … Given the Damned has released a new album about every nine years over the past three decades, it’s not surprising Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and Co. return April 13 with Evil Spirits (Search And Destroy/Spinefarm) … Nonpareils (a.k.a. ex-Liar Aaron Hemphill) will release debut album Scented Pictures on April 6 via Mute … Field Report‘s Summertime Songs is out March 23 on Verve Forecast.