Happy Labor Day From MAGNET, Billy Bragg, Wilco And, Of Course, Woody Guthrie

“I Guess I Planted”
I guess I planted some long lonesome seed of a song
Way down inside me long ago
And now I can’t remember when it was
But it joined up with the rest of them and grows
It’s such a little song it don’t compare
With all your big ones you hear everywhere
But when it dawns way in the back of your mind
The big ones are made up of the little kind
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
I can’t even start to look around me here
Without hearing this song
And seeing all of us first separated
Hurt apart and afraid
Hungry for the union
And so we kept on
Singing and working, fighting till we got it
And this is the big union song I guess I hear
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
We fought there at your place
We fought there on your ship
And I guess if you missed out on
The fight for our union
You missed out on one awful big step
Us people took
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now
Union song, union battled
All added up won us all what we got now

R.I.P. David Berman (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains)

R.I.P. David Berman (Silver Jews, Purple Mountains). Send in the clouds. Photo for MAGNET by Dennis Kleiman. Read our Silver Jews feature from 2008 …

… and our review of his book of illustrations:

Plus, three fellow musicians sings Berman’s praises in MAGNET: Lloyd Cole …

… The Veils …

… and Daniel Blumberg (Yuck, Hebronix):

Misfits Toy: Ahead Of His Band’s Reunion Show At Madison Square Garden, Jerry Only Shows Off His Action Figure

It was Halloween in July for Misfits fans. (And, really, who isn’t a Misfits fan?) First, the “Original Misfits”—Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Acey Slade and Dave Lombardo—have announced more reunion shows, including a “hometown Halloween” performance at Madison Square Garden on October 19 with Rancid and the Damned. And second, there’s a new ReAction figure of Only complete with his Devastator bass. To celebrate its release, Only did a signing at NYC’s legendary Forbidden Planet comic-book store for his rabid fans. MAGNET photographer Wes Orshoski was there and walked among them.