Wayback Wednesday: Devendra Banhart (2003)

Every Wednesday, we’re bringing you a classic MAGNET story on your favorite artists from before they were famous. This week, Devendra Banhart (issue #58, April 2003), written by John Darnielle (Mountain Goats).

“I’m terrible at guitar, though I play all the time, and I don’t think of myself as a writer, though I write all the goddamn time.” —Devendra Banhart

That was then, this is now-ish. Read our 2013 cover story:

Wayback Wednesday: Ty Segall (Ten Years After)

Hopefully, you’ve already read our review of Freedom’s Goblin, the great new Ty Segall album; if not, it’s here waiting for you.

Segall and White Fence will bring Joy to the world on July 20 via Drag City, and Segall is currently on tour in Europe, with a solo-acoustic series of gigs planned this fall in the U.S. So it’s the perfect Wednesday to head the Wayback Machine straight at this extremely prolific, 30-year-old Cali boy who’s responsible for more good-to-great music in just a decade than most rock ‘n’ roll lifers are in an entire career.

Last year, we asked superfan Fred Armisen to interview Segall for a MAGNET cover story, and after reading it, you’ll find it tough to figure out who’s the bigger music geek: Ty or Fred:

Photo for MAGNET by James Elliot Bailey

Exclusive Cover Story Excerpt: Ty Segall Interviewed By Fred Armisen

The year before that, Segall hit yet another home run with Emotion Mugger, even though he wore a really disturbing baby mask on tour for the album and started calling himself Sloppo:

Essential New Music: Ty Segall’s “Emotional Mugger”

Segall also plays drums in the hard-rocking’ Fuzz, which released its excellent sophomore album, II, in 2015:

Essential New Music: Fuzz’s “II”

The year prior to that, Segall’s Manipulator placed 14th on our list of the 25 best albums of 2014 …

MAGNET’s Top 25 Albums Of 2014

… and in 2012, Segall’s three releases that year—the solo Twins, Ty Segall Band’s Slaughterhouse and his collaboration with White Fence, Hair—combined to earn him the number-two spot in our top 25:

MAGNET’s Top 25 Albums Of 2012

Where Ty’s head goes, your head explodes.

Wayback Wednesday: Hallo, Ween!

We love all our MAGNET Feedback children equally, but we do have to say we’re particularly proud of our little Mickey for the job he did on his latest homework assignment. You probably know Mickey better by that name he insists on going by: Deaner. He’s that bad kid in the back of the class who drinks whiskey, smokes dope, plays his guitar way too loud and hangs out with that other troublemaker Aaron. Although we think Aaron (a.k.a. Deaner’s “brother” Gener) has cleaned up his act for good after his last semester in reform school.

So we decided to point our “Wayback Wachine” at Ween this Wednesday. Can we get an, “All hail Boognish,” ladies and gentlemen?

Note: The above cover has been out of print since you were still wearing short fancy pants, so scan courtesy of some dude on eBay selling the issue for $8.50. Worth every damn penny, Pandy. Cover photo for MAGNET by Christian Lantry.

First off, our career-overview feature spanning 1984-2007:

Ween: A Band Of Superbad Brothers

Next, our Over/Under from 2010:

The Over/Under: Ween

Number 40 in our 120 Reasons To Live: “Push Th’ Little Daisies”:

120 Reasons To Live: Ween

Our review of Deaner’s excellent debut solo LP:

Essential New Music: Dean Ween Group’s “The Deaner Album”

We asked avid angler Dean what the weirdest fish (or non-fish) he ever reeled in was. He responded:

Please Explain: Dean Ween

Last, but certainly not least, Mr. Aaron Freeman made our number-two album of 2014, so fuck you all:

MAGNET’s Top 25 Albums Of 2014

Wayback Wednesday: The Low Anthem (Through The Years)

Hopefully, you just read our brand-new feature on the Low Anthem. In case you didn’t, it’s here. Now, we’re taking a look back at a band MAGNET has embraced since we first encountered them more than a decade ago.

We named the band’s sophomore album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, the best album of 2009:

MAGNET’s Top 20 Albums Of 2009

Here’s what acclaimed novelist Rick Moody had to say about the Low Anthem in MAGNET:

From The Desk Of Rick Moody: The Low Anthem’s “Charlie Darwin”

Two years ago, frontman Ben Knox Miller talked about how the Low Anthem endured circumstances that would’ve ended lesser outfits:

The Low Anthem: Lonely Eyeland