In The News: Leonard Cohen, My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, Death Cab For Cutie

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Legendary singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen will play his first U.S. show since 1993 on February 19 at New York City’s Beacon Theatre. Given this rare occurrence, the show is sold out, but Ticketmaster benevolently invites you to pay through the nose through one of its scalper partners. Cohen is also slated to play the Coachella festival in April … Another singer/songwriter, Miranda Lee Richards, will release her new album, Light Of X, February 10 on Nettwerk. The LP was produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Von Bondies) … In more singer/songwriter news, Justin Townes Earle’s second record, Midnight At The Movies, is out March 3 on Bloodshot. A four-month U.S. tour begins February 21 in Indianapolis … Just in case you were wondering what another singer/songwriter might be up to, Madeleine Peyroux’s spring tour begins March 6 in Albany, N.Y. Peyroux is donating $1 from each ticket sold on this jaunt to local charities through the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence … Americana heavyweights Dave Alvin, Calexico, Alejandro Escovedo, Los Lobos and others pay tribute to a fallen compadre with A Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute To The Songs Of Chris Gaffney, out March 31 on Yep Roc. Gaffney passed away in 2008 after battling liver cancer … Speaking of Yep Roc, X’s John Doe is teaming with the Sadies for the label’s Country Club, an album of country covers due April 14. In addition to songs by Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings and Roger Miller, the set includes three Sadies originals and a new tune from Doe and X partner Exene Cervenka … Grammy-nominated Death Cab For Cutie (pictured) announced a spring tour that will kick off March 7 in Miami and conclude May 6 in Atlanta. Support acts will be Cold War Kids, Matt Costa and Ra Ra Riot. Check local listings for which openers play in your city … My Morning Jacket has issued Live From Las Vegas, an iTunes-exclusive EP. The six songs are taken from a gig at the famous Palms Hotel And Casino and include the previously unreleased “Dear Wife” … Radiohead completists, mark March 24 on your calendars: Capitol/EMI is re-releasing the band’s first three studio efforts—1993’s Pablo Honey, 1995’s The Bends and 1997’s OK Computer—with plenty of extras. The “collectors edition” versions each feature a second disc of rarities, demos and live recordings, while the limited-edition “special collectors edition” packages also toss in a DVD and postcards … The intricate Seattle indie rockers in Minus The Bear take it down a notch with Acoustics (Suicide Squeeze), a seven-track acoustic (duh) EP of newly recorded versions of fan favorites, available February 17. Originally released last year as a tour-only CD, Acoustics is now a 5,000-copy, vinyl-only proposition, on baby-blue/crème wax for those of you who find that important.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ “Tower Of Song” from 1991’s I’m Your Fan: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen By…:
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Grandaddy Clause: A&E’s “Intervention”

jasonlogoeAfter the dissolution of beloved sci-fi pop outfit Grandaddy in 2006, frontman Jason Lytle left behind California’s blue suburban skies for the peace, quiet and sobriety of Montana. This week, Lytle re-emerges with news of a solo debut and a part-time seasonal job as guest editor for magnetmagazine.com.

Read our new Q&A with Lytle about his forthcoming album, Yours Truly, The Commuter (Anti-), here.

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Lytle: Intervention is a documentary series about real people on the verge of the destruction of themselves and their families. They’re told it’s a documentary made about them, but it’s all a build-up to this intervention that’s coming at the climax of the show. They walk into the room and everybody’s there. I started watching it when I was having problems, and it made me feel better about myself. Sometimes you think the people are gonna pull out of it, and you’re rooting for them. Then you find out that, with one week to go in rehab, they relapsed, they lost their whole family, and they wound up back on the street. It can be inspiring if they make it, but a real eye-opener if they don’t.

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Eight Days A Week: Kris Kristofferson

Of all the evergreen subjects covered by rock ‘n’ roll (girls, street fightin’, cruisin’, California, love, god), the days of the week hold their own in terms of the sheer number of good songs meant to fete the seven that exist. (Plus the weekend, of course: whether we’re livin’ for it, workin’ for it or taking a Tuesday point of view of it.) MAGNET’s Corey duBrowa presents the best songs written about each day of the week.

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:: SUNDAY: Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” (1970)
With all due respect to Morrissey’s “Every Day Is Like Sunday” (perhaps the oddest and most ill-considered song ever appropriated by NFL properties for the sole purpose of extolling the virtues of 300-pound men grinding each other into horseflesh on the gridiron each fall), it’s this song—a country-chart number-one for Johnny Cash penned by former Phi Beta Kappa/Rhodes scholar/U.S. Army captain Kris Kristofferson—that best captures the spirit of the day god supposedly rested. “Well I woke up Sunday morning, with no way to hold my head that didn’t hurt/And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad, so I had one more for dessert.”  Who among us hasn’t lived this moment? Perfect in every conceivable way.

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Grandaddy Clause: Skateboard Parks

jasonlogoeAfter the dissolution of beloved sci-fi pop outfit Grandaddy in 2006, frontman Jason Lytle left behind California’s blue suburban skies for the peace, quiet and sobriety of Montana. This week, Lytle re-emerges with news of a solo debut and a part-time seasonal job as guest editor for magnetmagazine.com.

Read our new Q&A with Lytle about his forthcoming album, Yours Truly, The Commuter (Anti-), here.

skateabovLytle: Skateboard parks are now everywhere, which is wonderful. That wasn’t always the case when I was growing up. A good day at the skate park includes gliding over transitions, popping over hips and doing long, smooth grinds. It’s like a grand journey, a perfect piece of music or an epic Italian meal. Skateboarding has remained a constant for since I was eight years old. It runs through my blood and is responsible for making me the person I am. It’s nice that I still have the ability to flow around, clear my mind and tap into something very familiar. I called my girlfriend last year from a skateboard park in Southern California and told her, “There’s about 15 guys here and guess who the youngest one is? Me!”

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Live Review: Lambchop, Columbus, OH, Jan. 25, 2009

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“I’m havin’ such a good time,” said Kurt Wagner, shortly into Lambchop’s 90-minute set at Ohio State University’s Wexner Center For The Arts, “I don’t wanna fuck it up.”

Wagner made the sheepish crack as much to break the silence as anything, since the initial atmosphere inside the Wexner’s black-box performance space was all about the gravity of High Art. The Center’s current exhibit was a collection of seminal Andy Warhol films and audio recordings, and the film theater was running a lauded documentary on venerable sculptor Louise Bourgeois through the weekend. So by the time Lambchop’s audience of fewer than 100 people made its way through the maze of hallways into the black box, we’d been shushed into the quiet respect that comes with wandering through spaces where you have to check your coats, cameras and pens at the door.

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John Martyn: 1948-2009

john-martyn98530Beloved John Martyn died January 29 at the age of 60. He was an incredibly talented musician who played acoustic and electric guitar with equal skill. He was also one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. His solo debut, London Conversation, was released in 1967 on Island Records, and along with Richard Thompson and Nick Drake, Martyn was associated with the late-’60s folk boom in England. During that time, he also made a couple of lovely recordings (Stormbringer and Road To Ruin) with his then-wife Beverly.

Martyn’s music evolved greatly, moving from delicate acoustic folk to shimmering folk jazz and even blistering psychedelic rock. His compositions have been covered by the likes of Eric Clapton, Beth Orton, Dr. John, Beck, Richie Havens, Morcheeba and the Black Crowes. Throughout his life, Martyn struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, suffered numerous injuries and endured other tragedies including the amputation of his right leg just below the knee.

“Solid Air” from 1973’s Solid Air:
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Grandaddy Clause: Ludwig Van Beethoven

jasonlogoeAfter the dissolution of beloved sci-fi pop outfit Grandaddy in 2006, frontman Jason Lytle left behind California’s blue suburban skies for the peace, quiet and sobriety of Montana. This week, Lytle re-emerges with news of a solo debut and a part-time seasonal job as guest editor for magnetmagazine.com.

Read our new Q&A with Lytle about his forthcoming album, Yours Truly, The Commuter (Anti-), here.

250px-beethovenLytle: I have felt my soul shudder and stir more while listening to Ludwig van Beethoven than any other composer. Primarily I like his adagios or his moodier, sad stuff. There’s a connection to the human condition that I hear in his music. This morning I woke up at 3:00 and decided to go on a walk. I walked three miles through the snow while it was two degrees outside, listening to Beethoven, the adagios pulled from different symphonies, on my iPod. Pretty incredible stuff. That Beethoven movie with Gary Oldman, Immortal Beloved, even though it’s riddled with plot holes, is one of my favorites and the closest I’ll ever get to spying on him.

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Grandaddy Clause: Tape Op

jasonlogoeAfter the dissolution of beloved sci-fi pop outfit Grandaddy in 2006, frontman Jason Lytle left behind California’s blue suburban skies for the peace, quiet and sobriety of Montana. This week, Lytle re-emerges with news of a solo debut and a part-time seasonal job as guest editor for magnetmagazine.com.

Read our new Q&A with Lytle about his forthcoming album, Yours Truly, The Commuter (Anti-), here.

tapeop68Lytle: Tape Op magazine pretty much bridges the gap between amateur home recordist and high-end studio. And it does it in an un-intimidating way. I’ve seen it grow from a black-and-white zine to a magazine with lots of ads, plenty of color, slicker paper and a larger format, yet it’s still pretty much the same. People who are in recording for the right reasons flock to it. What we have now is all these historically significant engineers commenting in the editorials, and you realize what a wonderful magazine this is. And the best thing is, it’s free.

For an in-depth piece on Lytle circa the end of Grandaddy, read our 2006 cover story here.

Fountains Of Wayne DVD Has Got It Going On

fountainsofwayne490NYC power-poppers (and L.L. Bean jingle-ists) Fountains Of Wayne are releasing their first-ever DVD, No Better Place: Live In Chicago (Shout! Factory), on February 24. The DVD includes a 16-song set shot at a 2005 Soundstage taping, plus a bonus in-studio acoustic performance. The quartet is also hitting the road for a series of full-band acoustic gigs that will reportedly feature songs from the album Fountains Of Wayne are currently recording. No Better Place tracklisting and tour dates after the jump.

Fountains Of Wayne’s 2002 cover of the Kinks’ “Better Things”:

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