TiVo Party Tonight: George Jones, Brendan Benson

TIVObrendan5033Ever wonder what will happen during the last five minutes of late-night TV talk shows? Here are tonight’s notable performers:

The Late Show With David Letterman (CBS): 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): Brendan Benson
If you’re unfamiliar with him, Benson is that other guy from the Raconteurs. Not Jack White. But to put it that way would be like talking down to him. Benson is a Nashville dude, but totally into power pop, and he just released his fourth solo album, My Old, Familiar Friend (ATO). The LP has been described as “pure, unbridled joy in recorded form,” and we’re stoked to watch him play.

The Clean’s Simple Fix: “Handbook Of Australian New Zealand And Antarctic Birds”

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.

birdbookinsideRobert Scott: Well, I do have a certain fascination and love of our native birds. I try and paint them, too, and Handbook Of Australian, New Zealand & Antarctic Birds is very useful for this, as it is quite tricky getting out to draw them in the wild. I have made a few three-meter-tall moas, suitable for the garden. Other favorites are the takahe, kokako and kaka.

MP3 At 3PM: Port O’Brien

pob4468Port O’Brien kicks off its North American tour on September 18 in Portland, Ore. In the meantime, consider this mp3 of “My Will Is Good,” a spindly new number from third album Threadbare that’s reminiscent of latter-day Modest Mouse. The California-based Port O’Brien will release Threadbare on October 6 via TBD Records, and it’s full of mournful, orchestral and even spooky Americana. Read our 2008 feature on the band.

“My Will Is Good” (download):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/MyWillIsGood.mp3

The Clean’s Simple Fix: “The Wicker Man”

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.

wickermanorig1bRobert Scott: I love the weirdness of 1973’s The Wicker Man. The staunch Protestant cop can’t see past his own nose to realize what is going on. And, of course, the soundtrack and scenery are beautiful. Video after the jump.

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Take Cover! Richard Thompson Vs. Britney Spears

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: Richard Thompson takes on Britney Spears’ “Oops! … I Did It Again.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

The former Fairport Convention member and godfather of folk rock gives this performance with such a straight face, you question if his tongue is in his cheek or not. The jazz hands at the end might give him away.

The Cover:

The Original:

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The Clean’s Simple Fix: John Cale’s “Paris 1919”

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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Robert Scott: 1973’s Paris 1919 amazed me with its beauty and texture when I first heard it. Like a twisted baroque masterpiece. I guess John Cale is operating in an area where I want to be, and that’s why I connect with it so strongly. Video after the jump.

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Film At 11: Pronto

You might know Mikael Jorgensen from his day job: keyboardist of Wilco. But the Brooklyn-based musician also has his own band, Pronto, that recently released its debut album, All Is Golden (Contraphonic). MAGNET is proud to premiere the video for Golden opener “Listen Lover.” The video was recorded live at L.A.’s The Mint. Enjoy.

TiVo Party Tonight: John Fogerty, The Cure

TIVOjohnfogerty4574Ever 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): John Fogerty
Ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman Fogerty will appear on Fallon tonight, where he hints at performing “When Will I Be Loved” off The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again (Verve). While the album version of the song features Springsteen, we’re doubting the Boss shows up for the TV appearance.

Last Call With Carson Daly (NBC): The Cure
Rerun from June 4, check out the Cure performing one of their classic tunes, “Boys Don’t Cry.”

The Clean’s Simple Fix: Trees

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.

cabbagetree550David Kilgour: I’m very fond of trees, especially New Zealand’s Cordyline australis, commonly known as the cabbage tree.I think it could be a relation to the U.S.’s Joshua tree. Funnily enough, I think they are part of the lily family of plants. Due to overplanting, I’ve had to stop myself from planting them around our house.

MP3 At 3PM: Hope Sandoval

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Hope Sandoval is back after an eight-year hiatus alongside her Warm Inventions partner, My Bloody Valentine’s Colm Ó Cíosóig, to bring us her long-awaited sophomore album, Through The Devil Softly (Nettwerk). The band will embark on a tour across North America’s most intimate concert venues in support of the LP, out September 29. Through The Devil Softly is filled with dreamy, slow-like-honey tracks that feature Sandoval’s trademark ethereal vocals. Download “Trouble” below.

“Trouble” (download):