Film At 11: Dan Deacon

Check out the video for Dan Deacon‘s “Paddling Ghost,” off latest album Bromst (Carpark). Directed by Natalie Van Den Dungen, it features an eye-patched pirate ghost (who also happens to be paddling a boat, of course), a skeleton-devil pirate and an inexplicably juxtaposed, yarn-doll version of Deacon behind the joystick of a flying saucer. If you haven’t heard it already, the song picks and gathers some of the best parts of 2007’s Spiderman Of The Rings, like the vocal cacophony of “Wham City” and the frantic frenzy of “Okie Dokie.”

TiVo Party Tonight: George Jones, The Used

TIVOtheused5478Ever wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? Here are tonight’s notable performers:

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC): George Jones
One of the finest country singers and a man whose old stories of drinking and women rival Bukowski, Jones has released new best-of A Collection Of My Best Recollection in an exclusive partnership with Cracker Barrel. Since he’s on the small screen to promote the album, we guess he’ll either play his signature “He Stopped Lovin’ Her Today” or one of the previously unreleased tracks, “I Don’t Want To Know” or “I’m A Long Gone Daddy.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC): The Used
The Used performed a five-song mini-concert on Kimmel‘s outdoor stage last week that will be aired tonight. Here’s the video the band made of all 900 fans who showed up to see the show.

The Clean’s Simple Fix: Things That Get Hamish Kilgour Going

cleanlogoLike a sunnier version of the throbbing pulse of the Velvet Underground before it, the sound of the Clean, from Dunedin, New Zealand, refuses to go away. With a permanent cast that has remained the same for almost 30 years, brothers David and Hamish Kilgour and Robert Scott have survived the occasional band breakup, Hamish moving to New York, David releasing solo albums and Robert starting his own band, the Bats. With its most recent records (including the new Mister Pop on Merge), the Clean proves, once again, there is rock ‘n’ roll life after 40. The band members make music whenever they can assemble all the parts and remain a permanent fixture in the rock landscape. The Clean is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.

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Hamish Kilgour: Things that get me going:
1. The eco-green movement.
2. Food production and consumption equality.
3. Socialist/anarchist situationism and any form of self-empowerment and equality, along the lines of race, gender and class.
4. The current international music scene, with the Brooklyn scene as a micro/macrocosm.
5. Discovering cool films and music on YouTube.
6. Facebook connections.
7. The possibility of a bit of sanity and optimism about humanity in the new American regime after the murderers, torturers, thieves and robber-baron moron scum slithered off.

OK, is that cool? Or maybe I’m a little hot under my (blue) collar. Ho ho hah!

MP3 At 3PM: Pissed Jeans

pissedjeans2411Even though the guys in Pissed Jeans use the mundane aspects of everyday life as a muse, their music is anything but. The Allentown, Pa., quartet just put out its third LP, King Of Jeans (Sub Pop), and the band is finally getting the recognition it deserves—and has deserved—since its 2005 debut, Shallow. “Dream Smotherer” is Pissed Jeans at its best, and singer Matt Korvette’s lyrics about having a real nine-to-five are dead-on.

“Dream Smotherer” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/DreamSmotherer.mp3

MAGNET Heads To All Tomorrow’s Parties

ATPFor a certain type of fan, the migration of All Tomorrow’s Parties westward over the Atlantic has been a revelation. Unaccustomed to the small charm of a focused, boutique-style festival, American audiences have become inundated with sprawling monstrosities with 17 stages where every band that put out a record that year plays. In that sense, ATP New York is nothing if not deliberate. With the lineups cherry picked by various luminaries (this year, the Flaming Lips have the honors), the festival is outside the city limits nestled within the mountainous landscape and bygone glory of the Catskills, a vacation spot whose sheen has worn off considerably since Jackie Gleason last worked the rooms. Where else but New York could the resort hosting the festival, the charmingly decrepit Kutshers Country Club, seem chosen due to a vague sense of irony? It is with a brave face and incorruptible journalistic integrity that I will be delivering daily reports for MAGNET, acting as your eyes and ears on the ground in between what I hope to be an endless supply of bloody marys, bocce and my desperate attempts to befriend Jim Jarmusch. Also, I’m pretty sure bands are playing. I’ll be writing about them, too. 

—Matt Siblo

The Clean’s Simple Fix: Wolfgang Flür’s “I Was A Robot”

cleanlogoLike a sunnier version of the throbbing pulse of the Velvet Underground before it, the sound of the Clean, from Dunedin, New Zealand, refuses to go away. With a permanent cast that has remained the same for almost 30 years, brothers David and Hamish Kilgour and Robert Scott have survived the occasional band breakup, Hamish moving to New York, David releasing solo albums and Robert starting his own band, the Bats. With its most recent records (including the new Mister Pop on Merge), the Clean proves, once again, there is rock ‘n’ roll life after 40. The band members make music whenever they can assemble all the parts and remain a permanent fixture in the rock landscape. The Clean is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.

wolfgangflur550Robert Scott: I Was A Robot is the 2000 book by Kraftwerk drummer Wolfgang Flür. The drummer, the man on the inside, yet still on the outer. No one gets too close in this band. There are some great stories in here: the perils of early shows trying to synch up the rhythms with machines. Flür wasn’t treated well, which is a bit sad for a Kraftwerk fan.

Film At 11: Kissing Cousins

Hailing from Los Angeles, Kissing Cousins recently released their debut album, Pillar Of Salt (Velvet Blue Music). The 10-track LP, which follows four previous EPs by the female fivesome, was produced by Richard Swift. MAGNET is proud to present the premiere of the video for “Don’t Look Back,” which features actor Eric Stoltz.

TiVo Party Tonight: White Lies

TIVOwhitelies5344Ever wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? Here are tonight’s notable performers:

Jimmy Kimmel Live! (ABC): White Lies
To compare London’s White Lies to another band means making a grand leap from Joy Division to Arcade Fire. Tonight, they’ll be performing “Death,” from debut To Lose My Life. White Lies will be touring the U.S. with Kings of Leon this fall before a European tour. Be sure to check out the video for Crystal Castles’ remix of “Death.”

The Clean’s Simple Fix: “Let The Right One In”

cleanlogoLike a sunnier version of the throbbing pulse of the Velvet Underground before it, the sound of the Clean, from Dunedin, New Zealand, refuses to go away. With a permanent cast that has remained the same for almost 30 years, brothers David and Hamish Kilgour and Robert Scott have survived the occasional band breakup, Hamish moving to New York, David releasing solo albums and Robert starting his own band, the Bats. With its most recent records (including the new Mister Pop on Merge), the Clean proves, once again, there is rock ‘n’ roll life after 40. The band members make music whenever they can assemble all the parts and remain a permanent fixture in the rock landscape. The Clean is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our Q&A with them.

rightone545dRobert Scott: A beautiful Swedish movie about a vampire, 2008’s Let The Right One In is not a typical vampire movie in any sense. It is a fantastic portrayal of the dark Swedish night, snow swirling and screams in the locker rooms. Adapted from a book of the same name, it is visually stunning. See it if you get the chance. Video after the jump.

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