In The News: Paul McCartney, The Dig, Dirty Projectors, Villagers, Mirah, Gillian Welch, Circles Around The Sun, Salim Nourallah, Boz Scaggs And More

Roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour—step right this way. Paul McCartney is set to take you away on a musical journey that kicks off September 7 at Egypt Station. The Capitol Records-sponsored jaunt includes 14 brand-new stops, including exotic locales such as “I Don’t Know,” “Come On To Me,” “Happy With You,” “People Want Peace” and “Despite Repeated Warnings,” bookended by “Station I” and “Station II.” Greg Kurstin (Adele, Beck, Foo Fighters, et al) oversaw the production of McCartney’s first guided tour in five years, providing everything you need to have your satisfaction guaranteed. Consider this your invitation to make a reservation … If you bought the Dig‘s Moonlight Baby EP last month, you already have half of the band’s new album; Moonlight Baby will be combined with the forthcoming Afternoon With Caroline EP on October 19 as El Dig: A Year Of Music (or maybe just as Moonlight Baby / Afternoon With Caroline; it’s confusing) and released via Roll Call … Lamp Lit Prose is the eighth album from Dirty Projectors, and it will see a July 13 release on Domino … Go folk yourself with the new Villagers LP, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, out September 21, also on Domino … Understanding is Mirah‘s sixth solo album, out September 7 via Absolute Magnitude … The great Gillian Welch is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her Soul Journey with an audiophile-quality-vinyl reissue of the 2003 album, marking the first time the record is available as, uh, a record … Circles Around The Sun is guitarist Neal Casal (Ryan Adams, Beachwood Sparks, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Hard Working Americans), keyboardist Adam MacDougall (CRB, Black Crowes), bassist Dan Horne (Allah-Las, Cass McCombs, Jonathan Wilson) and drummer Mark Levy (Phil Lesh & Friends, Congress); the supergroup will release sophomore double album Let It Wander on August 17 via Rhino … Also seeing double is Salim Nourallah (Old 97’s, Damnwells, Rhett Miller, Deathray Davies), whose 21-track Somewhere South Of Sane is out September 28 on Palo Santo … Who’s the boz, you ask—well, it’s Boz Scaggs, of course, whose 19th solo album (by our count) Out Of The Blues is out July 27 on Concord … King Of The Road: A Tribute To Roger Miller (BMG, August 31) is, well, a tribute to legendary singer/songwriter Roger Miller, most popular for his song “King Of The Road”; the two-CD set features the likes of Ringo Starr, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, John Goodman,  Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam and Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Merle Haggard tackling the Miller songbook. (Fun fact: Like Miller, all those listed above have had careers in both music and acting.)

In The News: Death Cab For Cutie, Spiritualized, Jon Spencer, Brant Bjork, Mighty Mighty BossToneS, Houndmouth, James, Blitzen Trapper And More

It seems like just yesterday we had the brilliant Dave Eggers interview Death Cab For Cutie for the cover of MAGNET, but, kids, that was so three and half years ago. Back then, Trump had no chance of every becoming president. But luckily, on August 17 and thanks to the fine folks at Atlantic Records, we’ll have a new DCFC album to escape reality with. Thank You For Today is the ninth LP from Ben Gibbard and his band of renown, which now officially includes Dave Depper (Menomena, Fruit Bats, Corin Tucker, Ray Lamontagne) and Zac Rae (My Brightest Diamond, Fiona Apple, Lana Del Rey, Gnarls Barkley). Like Grammy-nominated predecessor Kintsugi, the 10-track Thank You For Today was produced by Rich Costey (Fiona Apple, Franz Ferdinand, Muse). Catch Death Cab live starting in August, cuties … Another former MAGNET cover star, Spiritualized, is back September 7 with And Nothing Hurt (Fat Possum), Jason “Spaceman” Pierce and Co.’s first LP since 2012’s Sweet Heart Sweet Light (a.k.a. The Huh? Album) … Blues Explosion frontman Jon Spencer, whose handsome mug has adorned the cover of MAGNET twice, will release his debut solo album, Spencer Sings The Hits!, this fall via In The Red … We wish Brant Bjork (Kyuss, Fu Manchu) luck with new album Mankind Woman (Heavy Psych Sounds, September 14), his 13th solo LP … It’s only taken Pram 11 years, but the British quartet is back with the July 20 release of Across The Meridian (Domino) … Big Rig just released While We’re At It, the 10th album from the Mighty Mighty BossToneS and their first in seven years … Merge is issuing Someday Everything Will Be Fine, the third LP from Spider Bags, on August 3 … Houndmouth will release third album (and Reprise debut) Golden Age on August 3 … There’s a new James album coming (so, we guess, she’s on top), and it’s called Living In Extraordinary Times and out August 3 through Infectious/BMG … Blitzen Trapper‘s Furr gets the 10th-anniversary reissue treatment on September 14 courtesy of Sub Pop … Soundtrack To The World’s End (Dead Frog), the Mommyheads‘ first album in six years, is due September 7 … Original Public Image Ltd bassist Jah Wobble is self-releasing Dream World on August 3 … On October 26, Decca/Sugar will issue Andrea Bocelli‘s first album of all-new material in 14 years.

MAGNET Fave The Green Pajamas To Play Last Show

When the Green Pajamas first started playing together, a gallon of gas cost 91 cents, a pack of cigarettes cost 82 cents, Ronald Reagan was in the middle of fighting the Second Cold War, the USA Today began publishing and Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the number-one album in the world. 36 years later, the Jeff Kelly-led cult band with more than 30 well-worth-seeking-out albums under its belt is playing its last show ever. This Friday, at Slim’s Last Chance in the band’s native Seattle, the Pajamas will take the stage for the final time with the promise of giving their devoted fans something special to remember them by.

Kelly and Co. say they’re leaving the door open for the possibility of new music being released under the Green Pajamas moniker, and he and his bandmates will continue on with their solo and group projects. Yet June 29, 2018, will remain a sad day for the small-but-loyal number of us who were lucky enough to have had the Pajamas and their music in our lives for so long.

Even though it’s time for bed, you can bet we’re gonna stay up extra late, ordering cognacs from Kim The Waitress, eating peppermint sticks, wearing our favorite Green Pajamas one last time and knowing this is where they disappear.

Read our 2009 Pajamas tour diary, the band’s 2012 guest-editing stint, Jeff and Suzanne Kelly’s 2014 guest-editing stint, our Q&A with Jeff …

Q&A With The Green Pajamas

… our feature on Susanne’s Fur For Fairies …

Fur For Fairies: Devil Down

… and, finally, our feature on both Jeff and Susanne:

Susanne And Jeff Kelly: Reckless Abandon

In The News (Reissues And Collections Edition): John Coltrane, U2, Phish, Grateful Dead, Nick Mason, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, J Balvin And More

55 years ago John Coltrane and his classic quartet—bassist Jimmy Garrison, drummer Elvin Jones and pianist McCoy Tyner—recorded a full-on studio album, and when finished, Trane brought the reference tape home and never did anything with it. After the family of Contrane’s first wife, Naima, brought its existence to the attention of Impulse!, the label is releasing it June 29 as Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album, available as a standard seven-track CD or LP as well as a deluxe 14-track double CD or LP. Kids, as far as jazz history goes, this is a huge deal … On July 27, UMC/Island/Interscope will reissue three U2 albums on double vinyl: 1991’s landmark Achtung Baby, 1993’s Zooropa and 1998’s The Best Of 1980-1990Phish‘s The Baker’s Dozen: Live At Madison Square Garden documents the 13 shows and 26 unique sets the band performed a year ago at the NYC venue over 17 nights; it’s available in three formats: a three-CD or six-LP set (with 13 tracks hand-picked by the band) as well as the 36-CD The Complete Baker’s Dozen Box Set, which compiles all of the performances … The three-CD C89 (Cherry Red, July 27) follows C86, C87 and C88 in documenting in the incredibly vibrant ’80s indie scene across the pond, featuring tons of great bands you’ve never heard of as well as faves such as the Stone Roses, the La’s, the Telescopes, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine, Pooh Sticks and more … On June 29, Verve/UMe gives a slightly early 100th birthday gift to the legendary Leonard Bernstein via the two-CD Jazz Loves Bernstein featuring jazz greats—including Billie Holiday, Bill Evans, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Tormé, Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall—interpreting some of his classics … Rhino’s got the cure for your post-Labor Day blues September 7 with the Grateful Dead‘s Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: The Complete Recordings, a limited-edition 19-CD boxed set featuring six previously unreleased shows from Portland, Seattle and Vancouver; also available the same day is Pacific Northwest ’73-’74: Believe It If You Need It, a three-CD best-of from those shows … Eric B & Rakim‘s long out-of-print catalog will be out of print no longer July 13 thanks to UMe, which is releasing The Complete Collection 1987-1992, a 10-disc (eight LPs and two CDs) boxed set featuring the duo’s four albums—1987’s Paid In Full, 1988’s Follow The Leader, 1990’s Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em and 1992’s Don’t Sweat The Technique—plus two CDs of rare, vintage remixes … The next time you’re at a hipster party and someone mentions Japanese cult musician Haruomi Hosono (Yellow Magic Orchestra, Happy End), you don’t have to pretend to know who he is; Light In The Attic is reissuing five of his Japanese-only solo albums: 1978’s Paraiso, 1982’s Philharmony and 1989’s Omni Sight Seeing (August 10) and 1973’s Hosono House and 1978’s Cochin Moon (September 28) … Some trivia to impress your not-very-bright friends: Pink Floyd co-founder Nick Mason is the only constant member of the legendary band; Unattended Luggage (Warner Music, August 31) collects his three solo albums—1981’s Fictitious Sports, 1985’s Profiles and 1987’s White Of The Eye—as three-CD and three-LP sets … A remastered/expanded edition of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone‘s Etiquette (from 2006) is out July 13 via Orindal … Country Singer’s Prayer, Buck Owens’ final, unreleased Capitol album from 1975, will finally see the light of day August 17 on Omnivore … Afro-Cuban All StarsA Toda Cuba Le Gusta will be reissued on heavyweight vinyl on September 7 by World Circuit … On July 27, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe will reissue Styx‘s The Mission as a two-disc package including the original LP as well as a Blu-ray with the album mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound that has accompanying visuals for each track, a documentary and music videos; prior to that, on June 29, Eagle Rock will issue CD and Blue-ray versions of Tommy Shaw‘s Sing For The Day!, a performance by the singer/guitarist with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra featuring both Styx and solo material … You might know Latin superstar J Balvin from his collaborations with the likes of Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Pharrell and Major Lazer, but you can get to know him ever better with Bruuttal, a 26-track concert-film DVD out July 20 on Eagle Vision … On July 20, Craft Recordings will release five hip-hop albums on vinyl that were originally issued by the Delicious Vinyl between 1989 and 1995: Tone-Lōc‘s Lōc-ed After Dark, Young MC‘s Stone Cold Rhymin’, Masta Ace Incorporated‘s SlaughtaHouse and Sittin’ On Chrome and the Pharcyde‘s Labcabincalifornia.

Steve Albini Wins Seven Card Stud Event At 2018 World Series Of Poker

This just in from the What The Fuck? Department. Steve Albini, who’s recorded and engineered (he shuns the term “producer”) everyone ranging from Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Cheap Trick and the Stooges to the Breeders, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Low and Will Oldham, just won the 2018 World Series Of Poker $1,500 seven card stud event. We’ve long known the 55-year-old Albini was a stud in the minds of studio nerds worldwide, but we had no idea was equally well-endowed around the card table.

Albini (sporting a Cocaine Piss T-shirt) won $105,629, which at the standard rate he charges to record bands, would get you 117 days in the studio with him. That would never happen, of course, as he famously told Nirvana, “If a record takes more than a week to make, somebody’s fucking up.” And, plus, would you really want to spend 117 days with Steve Albini?

So, dude, incredible. Just one more thing you’re better at than the rest of us.

Read more on “always right” Albini in our current Breeders cover story by Elijah Wood:

Exclusive Cover Story Excerpt: The Breeders Interviewed By Actor Elijah Wood

In The News: Interpol, Nothing, M. Ward, Prince, Body/Head, Neil Finn And Liam Finn, Gringo Star, Ólafur Arnalds And More

Break our your best suit and stock up on some top-quality hair product: Interpol is back after four years with sixth album Marauder, out August 24 via Matador. Produced by the one and only Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Spoon, Mogwai, MGMT, et al), the 13-track LP marks the first time the trio—then still a quartet—has worked with an outside producer since 2007’s Our Love To Admire. Kids, the powers that be think Marauder is gonna be big—so big that the Fab Three—Paul, Sam and Daniel—held a press conference in Mexico to announce it. Viva la Interpol … Speaking of new records by great producers, Dance On The Blacktop, the third album from Nothing, was produced by the mighty John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, Kurt Vile, et al) and is out August 24 on Relapse … As reported first by MAGNET on socials (we were at the Philly show that he announced this the day before), M. Ward self-released What A Wonderful Industry on Friday to surprised fans around the world … Prince‘s Piano & A Microphone 1983 is, well, an unreleased Prince album from 1983 featuring him alone with a piano and a microphone; the nine track, 35-minute LP is out September 21 on Prince Estate/Warner Bros. … Body/Head—Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, etc.) and guitarist Bill Nace (Vampire Belt, etc.)—is releasing sophomore album The Switch on July 13 via Matador … Father/son duo Neil Finn And Liam Finn make their album debut August 24 with Lightsleeper (Inertia/PIAS) … Sound the Alarm: Mike Peters and Co. have a new album, Equals, out June 29 via Twenty First Century … Back To The City is the fifth LP from Gringo Star, out Aug 24 on Nevado Music … The same day, Mercury KX is issuing Ólafur Arnaldsre:member … Dragon Inn 3 is Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin frontman Philip Dickey, whose Double Line debut is out August 17 on American Laundromat … Chains Are Broken is the Devil Makes Three‘s follow-up to 2013’s I’m A Stranger Here and is out August 24 via New West … The BlanksYellow Fading Glimmer (out July 6) is the band’s first album since 2005 debut Love You Too … Atlantic is releasing Spirit Animal‘s debut LP, Born Yesterday, on August 3 … Out June 15 on RCA is Christina Aguilera‘s sixth album, Liberation … Rick Astley‘s Beautiful Life is out July 20 on BMG … Spirit Of 75: Two men who have been alive for three-quarters of a century have new albums; Tony Joe White’s Bad Mouthin’ is out September 28 via Yep Roc, while Swamp Dogg‘s Love, Loss, And Auto-Tune hits stores two weeks prior on Joyful Noise and features vocals from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver).

Echo & The Bunnymen To Release “New” Studio Album In October

On October 5, Echo & The Bunnymen will release The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon (BMG), their first new studio album since 2014’s Meteorites. But there’s a catch: Only two of the 15 tracks (“The Somnanbulist” and “How Far?”) are “new”; the other baker’s dozen are reworkings of older songs from Ian McCulloch and Co.’s 40-year career.

So why are the Bunnymen revisting the old songs to learn and sing and taking them in a new direction? “I’m not doing this for anyone else,” says McCulloch. “I’m doing it, as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it.”

And as everyone know, Mac The Mouth, post-punk’s Chairman Of The Bored, has always done it his way.

The Bunnymen kick off a co-headlining tour with Violent Femmes on July 12. While you wait, read the Over/Under we did on them.

The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon track listing, live dates and official audio for “Seven Seas” below.

The Over/Under: Echo & The Bunnymen

The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon
1. “Bring on the Dancing Horses”
2. “The Somnambulist”
3. “Nothing Lasts Forever”
4. “Lips Like Sugar”
5. “Rescue”
6. “Rust”
7. “Angels & Devils”
8. “Bedbugs & Ballyhoo”
9. “Zimbo”
10. “Stars Are Stars”
11. “Seven Seas”
12. “Ocean Rain”
13. “The Cutter”
14. “How Far?”
15. “The Killing Moon”

Tour Dates
7/12 – San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center
7/13 – Austin, ACL Live Moody
7/14 – Houston, Revention Music Center
7/15 – Irving, TX, The Pavilion
7/17 – Nashville, Ryman Auditorium
7/18 – Atlanta, State Bank Amphitheater
7/20 – Lake Buena Vista, FL, House Of Blues
7/21 – St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
7/23 – Richmond, VA, The National
7/24 – Norfolk, VA, Norva
7/25 – Washington, D.C., The Anthem
8/11 – Waynesville, Ohio, Bellwether Music Festival

“Seven Seas”

In The News: Gorillaz, Ben Folds Five, Papa M, Kristin Hersh, Peter Holsapple, Oh, Weatherly, Shemekia Copeland And More

2D, Noodle and Russel Hobbs—along with pal Ace (subbing for Murdoc Niccals—”Free Murdoc!”)—are back June 29 with The Now Now (Warner Bros.). Grammy-winning and Guinness Book Of World Records-recognized Gorillaz have delivered 11 new songs, self-produced by the cartoon-crew think tank as well as humans Remi Kabaka (longtime Gorillaz collaborator) and James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco); we assume Damon Albarn also had his blurry fingerprints all over this, too. In October, Gorillaz will tour North America in support of the LP … On July 13, Real Gone will issue The Complete Sessions At West 54th by Ben Folds Five, available on CD and as a two-LP set; though only three tracks aired on the original PBS broadcast, there are 15 here, including a cover of the Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly” … Make room for daddy: Papa M is back August 17 with A Broke Moon Rises (Drag City) … Kristin Hersh returns October 5 with Possible Dust Clouds on Fire … What do R.E.M., Hootie & The Blowfish, John Hiatt, Indigo Girls, the Troggs, the Cowsills, Juliana Hatfield and Better Than Ezra have in common besides being included in the sentence you’re currently reading? Peter Holsapple (dB’s, Rittenhouse Square), who’s releasing Game Day—his first solo album in 21 years—July 27 via Omnivore … Lips Like Oxygen is the new one from Oh, Weatherly, out July 27 via Hopeless … On July 27, Willie Nile will release Children Of Paradise on his River House label … Alligator is issuing America’s Child by the great Shemekia Copeland on August 3, featuring guest appearances by Will Kimbrough (who also produced), John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Mary Gauthier, Rhiannon Giddens, J.D. Wilkes, Steve Cropper and more … Not only is Interscope/UMe releasing a remastered/expanded edition of Smash Mouth’s Fush Yu Mang, the band’s 1997 debut is coming paired with a newly recorded acoustic version of LP; the two-CD set is out June 29 … A two-CD special edition of the 1982 self-titled debut by the Lords Of The New Church is out July 20 on Blixa Sounds.

Pete Yorn And Scarlett Johansson: An Affair To Remember

Serge and Brigitte. Lee and Nancy. Lou and Nico. Pete and Scarlett.

Well, maybe Yorn and Johansson aren’t quite yet in that rarified air of legendary male/female duos, but if you thought 2009’s Break Up was a one-album fling, you don’t know Pete.

Yorn and Johansson have just released the Apart EP (Capitol), featuring four new songs and a reworking of “Tomorrow” (a standout from ArrangingTime, Yorn’s underrated 2016 LP). While not as essential as a proper Yorn release, Apart is further proof he’s a multi-talented, first-rate songwriter in it for the long haul. The EP’s first single is “Bad Dreams,” which has a trippy and terrific Sophie Muller-directed video:

We were immediately smitten with the then 27-year-old Yorn when he released his musicforthemorningafterdebut  in 2010. (At the time, Johansson was 16 and a relatively unknown actress starring in cult classic Ghost World, not the highest-grossing actress of all time in North America she is now.) Yorn’s debut stands up to this day, which is why we deemed the gold-selling album a MAGNET Classic last year:

MAGNET Classics: The Making Of Pete Yorn’s “Musicforthemorningafter”

As for the aforementioned ArrangingTime, upon its release, we said it showed Yorn to be a “power-pop genius on full display,” calling “Roses” an “instant classic.” (At the time, Johansson was playing Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow—for the fifth time—in Captain America: Civil War, the highest-grossing film of 2016.) ArrangingTime spent only one week on the Billboard album chart (at #63), but we loved it anyway:

Essential New Music: Pete Yorn’s “ArrangingTime”

Yorn’s never hid his hero worship for fellow Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen. In fact, he wears it proudly on his jean jacket’s raggedy sleeve. So it’s no surprise that back in 2010 (while Johansson was playing Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow—for the first time—in Iron Man 2, the third-highest-grossing film of the year), when we asked Yorn to be our boss for the week and guest edit our website, he wrote about, well, his boss: The Boss. At the time, Yorn was supporting his self-titled fifth album; it spent only one week on the Billboard album chart (at #66), but we loved the Frank Black-produced LP anyway. But back to Pete on who’s the boss:

Pete Yorn Is Thinking Of: Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness On The Edge Of Town”

Pete Yorn was the culmination of a very prolific two-year period for Yorn. In 2009, he released Back & Fourth, another solid effort that spent a full five weeks on the Billboard album chart and peaked at #32. At the time, Johansson was starring with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly and Bradley Cooper in He’s Just Not That Into You, which grossed more than $181 million worldwide. But she was also slumming it a little, gearing up for the release of Break Up with Yorn. (We’d be remiss if we didn’t tell you Break Up spent nine weeks on the Billboard album chart, peaking at #41; guess Scarlett gives Pete a little more Billboard stamina.) And what better a way for a rocker and a movie star to promote an album called Break Up than an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:

Film At 11: Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson

So Pete and Scarlett had a Break Up in 2009 and are Apart in 2018. Here’s hoping for Together in 2027. It can be the final installment in their musical Before trilogy.