MP3 At 3PM: Lisa Germano

LisaGermanopinkdress526This delicate folk-tinged ballad makes a perfect soundtrack for the cool October weather. To get Lisa Germano, you’ve got to imagine a female Tom Waits with a gift for off-kilter piano chords and a frenemies bond with Björk. At once vulnerable and menaching, “Snow,” from new album Magic Neighbor (Young God), is a great introduction to Germano’s impressive catalog. Read our 1998 feature on her.

“Snow” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/Snow.mp3

Githead Makes MAGNET A Mix Tape

githead550Given the resumés of the members of Githead—guitarist Colin Newman (Wire), bassist Malka Spigel and drummer Max Franken (both Minimal Compact) and guitarist Robin Rimbaud (Scanner)—it’s not surprising the band so effortlessly mixes a pop sensibility with an experimental edge. New album Landing, Githead’s third since forming in 2004, is due out next month on the band’s swim ~ label, and it’s the best thing the quartet has done. Newman and Spigel, who are married, made MAGNET a mix tape of favorite songs.

“Landing” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/Landing.mp3

Ulrich Schnauss “On My Own”
In this decade all the best music is hard to define & pin down. Ulrich Schauss is proclaimed the king of “shoegaze electronica”, whatever that means. For us it’s warm, organic, wonky, beautiful and bears his own distinctive harmonic signature.
Mclusky “To Hell With Good Intentions”
From the sublime to the in your face. This is brutal and intelligent. A great blueprint for rock music. We saw them live quite a few times and they could be awesome. Pity they never got on well enough for it to last…
LFO “Simon From Sydney”
This album defined techno as music that is both physical and sophisticated and raised the bar in such a way that many are in LFO’s debt. It still sounds fresh today. We have been lucky enough to work with LFO’s Gez Varley with his super minimal G-Man project later in the 90’s.
Holy Fuck  – “Super Inuit”
Simply the best band we’ve seen live this year! They’ve been heralded the second coming of Krautrock (although technically they are at least the 3rd  🙂 Live they are exhilarating, the combination of a great rhythm section completely in synch with the machines is amazing to see but most of all they move a dancefloor like no other right now. We’ve never seen so many happy faces!
Kleenex -“Heidi’s Head”
Kleenex made the blueprint for everything a good girl band could be, wilful, naive, sophisticated, inexplicable and very girly. Who knows what the hell they are going on about but we like it!
Autolux – “Audience No. 2”
Sounds like a lot of things we like and combines old and new in a good way that retains something of it’s own identity. We we especially like the verse and the way that it’s really hard to pin down exactly when it’s from..
Blonde Redhead – “23”
Title track from their last album. This is something we listened to a lot. Kazu’s innocent sounding vocals and indecipherable lyrics set against all those swooning guitars is just gorgeous.. We know they’ve been working on the follow up and we can’t wait to hear it!
Lesbians on Exctacy –  “Tell Me Does She Love The Bass (remix)”
One of the best band names ever (and totally accurate as far as we know) and this has one of the best basslines ever. Thumping, sweaty, dirty and dead groovy!!
Bowery Electric  – “Fear Of Flying”
Bowery Electric had that amazing hypnotic quality that came of combining fantastic sheets of Lawrence’s atmospheric guitar with beats and basslines. Martha’s voice sounds ethereal. Could soundtrack any moving images…
Psapp – “Leaving In Coffins”
What is so fantastic about Psapp is the way that the music is totally abstract until the voice comes in, then it all makes sense. There is something so haunting about the line “you go & you don’t come back”. Touching & personal.
Skream – “Stagger”
Dubstep, unashamed and apologetic. Sounds simply awesome played out on a big sound system. You want to be in a sweaty club in Dalston. You have to be dead not to move to this!!
Aurelie – “Divisible By Three”
Made by a 17 year old Frank O’Donnell Smith and vastly more sophisticated than one might expect from one so young. One of the many things we have released on our label swim ~
Cluster & Eno – “Ho Renomo”
Has the magical quality of something not overworked. Has stylistic links with John Cale & Terry Riley’s “Church of Anthrax”. A very different sound to one normally associated with 1977….
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Ulrich Schnauss “On My Own”
In this decade, all the best music is hard to define and pin down. Ulrich Schauss is proclaimed the king of “shoegaze electronica,” whatever that means. For us, it’s warm, organic, wonky, beautiful and bears his own distinctive harmonic signature. Video

Mclusky “To Hell With Good Intentions”
From the sublime to the in-your-face. This is brutal and intelligent. A great blueprint for rock music. We saw them live quite a few times and they could be awesome. Pity they never got on well enough for it to last. Video

LFO “Simon From Sydney”
This album defined techno as music that is both physical and sophisticated and raised the bar in such a way that many are in LFO’s debt. It still sounds fresh today. We have been lucky enough to work with LFO’s Gez Varley with his super minimal G-Man project later in the ’90s. Video

Holy Fuck “Super Inuit”
Simply the best band we’ve seen live this year! They’ve been heralded the second coming of krautrock (although technically they are at least the third. 🙂 Live they are exhilarating: The combination of a great rhythm section completely in synch with the machines is amazing to see, but most of all, they move a dance floor like no other right now. We’ve never seen so many happy faces! Video

Kleenex “Heidi’s Head”
Kleenex made the blueprint for everything a good girl band could be: wilful, naive, sophisticated, inexplicable and very girly. Who knows what the hell they are going on about, but we like it!

Autolux “Audience No. 2”
Sounds like a lot of things we like and combines old and new in a good way that retains something of its own identity. We especially like the verse and the way that it’s really hard to pin down exactly when it’s from. Video

Blonde Redhead “23”
Title track from their last album. This is something we listened to a lot. Kazu’s innocent-sounding vocals and indecipherable lyrics set against all those swooning guitars is just gorgeous. We know they’ve been working on the follow-up, and we can’t wait to hear it! Video

Lesbians On Ecstasy “Tell Me Does She Love The Bass (Remix)”
One of the best band names ever (and totally accurate as far as we know), and this has one of the best basslines ever. Thumping, sweaty, dirty and dead groovy! Video

Bowery Electric “Fear Of Flying”
Bowery Electric had that amazing hypnotic quality that came of combining fantastic sheets of Lawrence’s atmospheric guitar with beats and basslines. Martha’s voice sounds ethereal. Could soundtrack any moving images. Video

Psapp “Leaving In Coffins”
What is so fantastic about Psapp is the way that the music is totally abstract until the voice comes in, then it all makes sense. There is something so haunting about the line “You go and you don’t come back.” Touching and personal. Video

Skream “Stagger”
Dubstep, unashamed and apologetic. Sounds simply awesome played out on a big sound system. You want to be in a sweaty club in Dalston. You have to be dead not to move to this! Video

Aurelie “Divisible By Three”
Made by 17-year-old Frank O’Donnell Smith and vastly more sophisticated than one might expect from one so young. One of the many things we have released on our swim ~ label.

Cluster & Eno “Ho Renomo”
Has the magical quality of something not overworked. Has stylistic links with John Cale & Terry Riley’s “Church Of Anthrax.” A very different sound to one normally associated with 1977. Video

Grant-Lee Phillips’ Happiness: “Tinker Bell”

grantleephillipsWhether it was as the guitarist who created the gothic-western landscape of Shiva Burlesque 20 years ago, the even bigger guitar sound of Grant Lee Buffalo that rode herd in the ’90s (while he screwed up his courage to get his feet wet as a singer) or his current solo career (a wonderfully diverse summation of most everything that’s come before), Grant-Lee Phillips has become a consummate musician. Little Moon (Yep Roc) is the kind of record you keep playing until the songs refuse to go away, even long after you’ve switched off the electronics. Phillips is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our Q&A with him.

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Phillips: Tinker Bell, Disney’s 2008 modern animated film, is my daughter’s favorite movie of all time, and I must admit that I like it, too. It plays on an endless loop in our house—and I also play it for my daughter. I like the message in the story: that girls can solve problems and claim their power in the world, and that they don’t need the kiss of a prince to do so. Too many fairy tales tend to fixate on romance, which is waaaay down the road, thank you. Dads, back me up. Tinker Bell is a world that exists among the twigs and the leaves and the little things, a place where kids spend a lot of time. Video after the jump.

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Film At 11: Wallpaper

Someone never got Jay Z’s message that autotune is dead. But not for Wallpaper, whose take on T-Pain style glitz is roughly as serious as your average Lonely Island video. Complete with bling, champagne and sunglasses inexplicably worn indoors, the video for “I Got Soul, I’m So Wasted,” from Doodoo Face (Eenie Meenie), has plenty of soul to spare.

TiVo Party Tonight: Phoenix, John Fogerty

TIVOPheonix461Ever wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? Here are tonight’s notable performers:

The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien (NBC): Phoenix
Rerun from September 15. Conan hosted Phoenix as the band kicked of its North American tour. The French quartet has been traveling worldwide since the successful release of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in May. The group performed “1901.”

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (NBC): John Fogerty
Rerun from September 8. Ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman Fogerty appeared on Fallon and performed “Change In The Weather” off The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (Verve).

Grant-Lee Phillips’ Happiness: Claude Debussy’s “Prélude Á L’Après-Midi D’un Faune”

grantleephillipsWhether it was as the guitarist who created the gothic-western landscape of Shiva Burlesque 20 years ago, the even bigger guitar sound of Grant Lee Buffalo that rode herd in the ’90s (while he screwed up his courage to get his feet wet as a singer) or his current solo career (a wonderfully diverse summation of most everything that’s come before), Grant-Lee Phillips has become a consummate musician. Little Moon (Yep Roc) is the kind of record you keep playing until the songs refuse to go away, even long after you’ve switched off the electronics. Phillips is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our Q&A with him.

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Phillips: “Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune” by Claude Debussy has been an obsession of mine for a few decades. Composed in 1894, it was far ahead of its time, and it’s still quite revolutionary to my simple ears. Short of filling your home up with a cloud of incense and sitting astride a giant toadstool with a hookah, nothing does it like Debussy armed with an oboe to spin your head around. Video after the jump.

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MP3 At 3PM: Dios

diosface4122This Los Angeles pop band is back with its third full-length, We Are Dios. “Stare At Wheel” embraces the dios ethos of ’90s alternative rock melded with a hefty dose of classic ’60s experimentation, and it does it all in a few minutes. Not too shabby.

“Stare At Wheel” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/StareAtWheel.mp3

Take Cover! Fischerspooner Vs. Wire

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: Fischerspooner takes on Wire’s “The 15th.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

Fischerspooner is usually known for its earnestly ironic electroclash, but here the band panders to the bearded, bespectacled indie set with a cover of Wire’s “The 15th.” A group notorious for its grand, choreographed glam productions eschews the eye makeup for sweaters, Chuck Taylors and vintage amps, reminding you that it’s all an act, even if not having an act is your act.

The Cover:

The Original:

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Grant-Lee Phillips’ Happiness: “The Hustler”

grantleephillipsWhether it was as the guitarist who created the gothic-western landscape of Shiva Burlesque 20 years ago, the even bigger guitar sound of Grant Lee Buffalo that rode herd in the ’90s (while he screwed up his courage to get his feet wet as a singer) or his current solo career (a wonderfully diverse summation of most everything that’s come before), Grant-Lee Phillips has become a consummate musician. Little Moon (Yep Roc) is the kind of record you keep playing until the songs refuse to go away, even long after you’ve switched off the electronics. Phillips is guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week, Read our Q&A with him.

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Phillips: The Hustler, starring Paul Newman, is one of the top films you have to see before you kick the bucket. Or at least before you decide to become a pool hustler, which could, in turn, lead to an untimely demise. I finally scratched this one off my list a few weeks ago. Newman is typically as smooth as he is charismatic. George C. Scott is a force to be reckoned with, and the imposing presence of Jackie Gleason looms extra large in the role of original pool playa Minnesota Fats. Some prefer the term “billiards.” It reminds of when a poor millionaire named Jed Clampett once took a gander at a billiards room. Referring to a stuffed moose head above the mantle, Jed declared, “Well, lookee there, Jethro. That must be one a’ them billy-ards.” Video after the jump.

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Film At 11: Fool’s Gold

Lewis Pesacov (Foreign Born) and Luke Top make up the core of Fool’s Gold, a Los Angeles-based music collective that blends various world-music influences with good ol’ American rock ‘n’ roll. African beats, Far Eastern hooks and Yiddish vocals bathed in California sunshine and electric guitars—this may be the West Coast’s answer to Vampire Weekend. Fool’s Gold is on tour supporting its self-titled debut album. Check out the video for “Suprise Hotel,” filmed on a hot day in L.A.; it represents “a typical summer day in the life of Fool’s Gold.” Looks like a pretty sweet life.