Who doesn’t love a song about a good, old-fashioned bridge collapse? Here’s “Aurora Bridge” from the Young Fresh Fellows’ 1987 album The Men Who Loved Music. A big thanks to Scott McCaughey for guest editing magnetmagazine.com this past week; we suggest spending the rest of the summer making a flow chart detailing McCaughey’s exploits with the Fellows, the Minus 5, R.E.M., Robyn Hitchcock and Tito Jackson. You never know. This site should be helpful.
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in the upcoming (500) Days Of Summer, which looks like it might actually be good. One scene references Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, who were the subjects of 1986’s pretty-cool Sid And Nancy. With the video below, Days director takes this idea one step further, with Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt re-enacting a scene from Sid And Nancy. The twist: Deschanel plays Vicious and Gordon-Levitt plays Spungen.
The last thing you want to watch before going to the dentist? 1976’s excellent Marathon Man, starring Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier and Roy Scheider. The same can be said about the new video from Julie Doiron (Eric’s Trip, Mt, Eerie). “Consolation Prize” is from Doiron’s I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day.
Anyone who has read MAGNET over the past 16 years knows the Clean is one of our perennial faves. For three decades, these New Zealand musicians—along with splinter groups the Bats, Bailter Space, the Mad Scene and others—have redefined indie rock. This is an in-store performance at NYC’s Other Music from 2007.
Back in January, it was high tides and green grass for Wavves, the fuzzed-out surf/punk (read: JAMC Jr.) duo of Nathan Williams and Ryan Ulsh. After the moderately hyped release of Wavvves on Fat Possum in February, the band toured, drank, smoked—all depicted in the video below for “No Hope Kids”—and then proceeded to melt down at a Spanish festival and cancel remaining tour dates. Drummer Ulsh is reported to have left the band, but Williams is soldiering on with Hella’s Zach Hill.
In January, producers Roger Greenawalt and David Barratt set out to record every Beatles song: on ukulele. The video for the Alan Cohen Experience’s “Your Mother Should Know” mixes Oedipus with Sarah Silverman, which to us seems like a match made in heaven. (But Silverman should know: She slept with God.)
Who doesn’t love Slayer? Sure, the band has been accused of being Nazi sympathizers and white supremacists over the years, but the same can be said for a lot of Republican politicians, and we’ve never seen Mike Huckabee rock nearly as hard as Tom Araya and the boys. (In fact, we’ve always thought of Araya as kindred spirit to the harmless Cliff Poncier, Matt Dillon’s character in 1992’s Singles.) Anyway, Slayer’s new album, World Painted Blood, is out later this summer. Here’s a look at the band in the studio.
Thanks to Moby for guest editing the MAGNET website all week. Now dig David Lynch’s video for “Shot In The Back Of The Head,” the first single from Moby’s Wait For Me.
Franz Nicolay—the keyboardist who ruined the Hold Steady with his E Street Band fetishism—released his solo debut, Major General (Fistolo), earlier this year and is planning to tour (August in the U.S., then fall dates with Mark Eitzel and Chuck Prophet). OK, maybe he didn’t “ruin” the Hold Steady. He took it in a direction that it wouldn’t have necessarily gone with the post-Lifter Puller core leadership. You people love to argue about this stuff. Here’s the video for Major General track “The World Is An Open Door.”
For the first time in what seems like many years, we’re feeling patriotic this Independence Day weekend. This country has been knocked back, but a change is gonna come. Here’s Bettye LaVette, a woman with a stanky blues voice, singing the Sam Cooke classic she performed at Obama’s inauguration.