Belle And Sebastian‘s Stuart Murdoch doesn’t just have a funny little frog in his throat—turns out he had a side project up his sleeve: God Help The Girl (Matador), out today. (Don’t despair, B&S fans. Murdoch’s blog promises a return to band work: “This is just what i did on my holidays. Term time will resume soon enough.”) Murdoch describes God Help The Girlas a story set to music: music that owes as much to ’60s girl groups as it does to B&S, on account of orchestral accompaniments and a whopping nine vocalists, some of whom were chosen from an online competition. That audition process is the subject of this video, set to “Funny Little Frog” (a song on both God Help The Girl and B&S’s most recent album, The Life Pursuit), sung by one of the winners, Brittany Stallings.
Cursive released its second video from Mama, I’m Swollen (Saddle Creek). Here’s “I Couldn’t Love You,” featuring actress Tania Raymonde (a.k.a. Ben Linus’ hot daughter on Lost) as a runaway bride. Read our Q&A with Cursive frontman Tim Kasher from March, and check out his subsequent posts as our guest editor.
Is “Boy Boy” the best gay-or-straight song since Josie Cotton’s “Johnny, Are You Queer?” Probably. Lissy Trullie looks like a Warhol Factory girl and sings like Siouxsie Sioux, but she’s still pining for a guy who might play for the other team. Trullie’s debut EP, Self-Taught Learner (American Myth), is out now.
The Anticon label is best known for its avant-garde and unconventional rap releases, but Why? has hinted at taking its hip hop into more rock-solid territory. Yoni Wolf and Co. recently announced the follow-up to 2008 breakthrough Alopecia, to be released sometime this fall. Check out the video for Alopecia‘s “A Sky For Shoeing Horses Under” and eagerly await Eskimo Snow, the next installment in the bizarre and intriguing saga that is Why?
MAGNET favorites the Delgados were a Scottish rock band that released five great studio albums (2000’s The Great Eastern, 2002’s Hate and 2004’s Universal Audio are the best of the bunch) before disbanding in 2005. They also started the Chemikal Underground label, which has put out records by the likes of Mogwai, Arab Strap and Aereogramme. Emma Pollock released her solo debut, Watch The Fireworks, in 2007, and now comes the first post-Delgados album from Alun Woodward. The self-titled debut by Lord Cut-Glass features Delgados drummer Paul Savage and is out Tuesday. MAGNET is proud to debut the video for “Look After Your Wife.”
Big Star released its first two albums back when vinyl was the only option and smoking pot wasn’t really a crime. To commemorate this week’s reissue of #1 Recordand Radio City (not to mention our Over/Under on the band, which resulted in death threats to the writer), here’s Big Star on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in 1993 performing “In The Street.”
Dave Douglas is a modern jazz trumpeter who’s played with John Zorn and collaborated with Tom Waits; he’s a multi-genre (he’s been involved with spoken-word and dance, klezmer and avant-garde), multimedia kind of guy. Filmmakers Jem Cohen (Fugazi’s Instrument) and Christoph Green (Wilco’s Ashes Of American Flags) made three shorts about Douglas and his band, Brass Ecstasy, working in the studio on Spirit Moves (Greenleaf, out today). The album features eight original compositions alongside arrangements of songs by Hank Williams, Rufus Wainwright and Otis Redding. MAGNET has been debuting a clip each Tuesday night—here’s part three:
There are so many reasons to love Petra Haden—former member of That Dog, creator of an a cappella version of The Who Sell Out, plus she once told us about how she went to Jane Fonda’s summer camp when she was a kid—that we refuse to be creeped out by the humans-in-tights landscape of this Toyota Prius commercial. Here Haden covers the Bellamy Brothers’ “Let Your Love Flow”; she’s currently working on another a cappella album. Last year, she made us a mix tape.
Here’s the video for “Circa,” a track off the lovely and not-to-be-forgotten 2008 album by Death Vessel, Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us. If you’re looking for a monster of folk, this is your Mothra.Which is easier to believe: that this track is sung by the male voice of Joel Thibodeau, or that the video features a cameo appearance by the now grown-up baby from Nirvana’s Nevermind cover?
This is for MAGNET’s four high-school readers. (We are sorry your parents got you a subscription. We know they mistook us for Alternative Press. But wasn’t it fun learning all about Ray Davies and the Kinks?) Below, comedian Eugene Mirman (Flight Of The Conchords, some upcoming Sub Pop stand-up album) gives the commencement speech to his alma mater, Lexington High School, in Massachusetts. Always remember these words: “Don’t forget to follow your dreams, unless your dreams are stupid.”