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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Exploding Plastic Inevitable

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The gory details of selling your entire CD collection. By Matt Siblo

After 15 years, untold thousands spent and a constantly revised collection of lists protruding from my wallet, I came to the sobering decision to sell almost my entire CD collection. My reasons are not so much environmentally noble (although I will gladly accept pats on the back for my recently acquired plastic sensitivity) as they are pragmatic. Simply put, I could no longer chase the plastic ghost; I found myself unable to keep up. Times are tough, and since I’m as obstinate as any other collector type, I’d rather have nothing at all than a half-assed, incomplete lot. Thus began the arduous task of hocking an almost obsolete product (CDs) to a brand of specialty retailers swiftly on the verge of extinction (independent record stores). What follows is a bulleted recounting of the guilt-inducing experience of selling off my memories, one dollar at a time.

Modest Mouse’s “Bankrupt On Selling” from 1997’s The Lonesome Crowded West:

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Grandaddy Clause: Toyota

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.

toyota520Lytle: I probably owned five to 10 crappy, beater cars before I made my first chunk of money and was finally able to buy the first car I was really excited about. And that happened to be a ’93 Toyota pickup. I’ve driven nothing but Toyotas since. They make really efficient vehicles, the ergonomics are really smart, and I like the way they pretty much gave the people what they wanted.

MAGNET would like to add that, no, Toyota did not license Grandaddy’s music for a commercial. That was Honda:

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

Grandaddy Clause: Bota Box Wine

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.

wines_merlot_170x230Lytle: The winemaking world finally figured out they can sell more box wine if they make it taste good. From the taste tests I’ve done, usually on camping trips, I’ve narrowed it down to Bota. It makes sense on a number of levels. It’s really easy to recycle the packaging. The enemies of wine are air and light, so in a box it’s vacuum-sealed and hidden from the sun. Also, it takes away from the pressure of having to finish the whole box if all you want is one glass a night. You don’t have to wake up to a crappy-tasting bottle the next day. I’ve noticed their box designs are really boring, though, so I’m trying to get endorsed by a box-wine company so I can design their artwork.

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

It’s The Time Of The Season For A New Port O’Brien Single

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San Francisco’s Port O’Brien is working on the follow-up to 2008’s MAGNET-acclaimed All We Could Do Was Sing, due out this summer. But for those who just can’t bear the thought of a few more months without some new material, the band has announced that it will begin releasing a four-part single series created to coincide with each season. On February 17, the first part of the series, Winter, will be available for download and as a limited-edition seven-inch single. Winter‘s a-side, “The Whiskey Song,” is a cozy, hunkered-down acoustic tune with the added touch of a prominent singing saw that sounds eerily like a biting-cold wind whipping past a window. Jangly b-side “Is This Really What Its Come To?” is a bit more upbeat though no less chillingly claustrophobic. If nothing else, it will at least get O’Brienites through to spring. Tour dates after the jump.

“The Whiskey Song” from Winter:

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Cardinal Sins: Eric Matthews/Richard Davies Reunion Canceled Due To Eighth Deadly Vice, “Creative Differences”

cardinal2560From his undisclosed location amid the pine-scented backdrop of Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest, former Cardinal brainiac Eric Matthews has been kickin’ it freestyle for the last 15 years, with nary a gig and rarely a visit beyond the bubble to show for it, but with five solo albums to his credit since then and a sixth (Too Much World) expected in mid-2009. The sole Cardinal album resulting from the pairing of Matthews and Aussie-born singer/songwriter Richard Davies came fully formed into the world way back in 1994, and its pre-“baroque ‘n’ roll” borrowed from obscure legends such as the Left Banke while neatly prefiguring the onslaught of similarly minded ‘90s indie artists (Tindersticks, Divine Comedy, Clientele and, eventually, Elliott Smith) who sought to blend guitar-based rock with lushly arranged orchestration. Cardinal’s brief reign burned brightly, but its dissolution was swift and brutal (Matthews has described it as “a great soap opera that people will enjoy, but that I don’t find that enjoyable, actually”), assuring Cardinal a cult profile.

Cardinal’s “Her” (demo from 2008):
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/Her.mp3 

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Grandaddy Clause: Jeff Lynne

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.

Lytle: Everything Jeff Lynne has done—from the Idle Race, the Move, ELO, the Traveling Wilburys and even his current solo stuff—I love it. I love everything. One of my living and breathing heroes. He is one of the people I would love to meet. He seems like a totally charming man, a real stand-up guy.

ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” from 1979’s Discovery:

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

Philly Ex Post Facto: East Hundred

We’ve spent the past few weeks posting items from issue #80’s 15 In Philly feature, our 15th-anniversary spotlight of favorite music from MAGNET’s hometown. Guess what? It’s year 16. This week, we pay attention to the newcomers, make amends for the omissions and basically try to cover our asses. Because all beatdowns are local.

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On paper, East Hundred appears to be a prime candidate for Metallica-style band therapy sessions. The Philadelphia quintet contains brothers (guitarist Brooke and drummer Will Blair) as well as ex-lovers (Brooke and singer Beril Guceri), and its new full-length debut, Passenger, is a break-up album whose lyrics all but declare, “We shan’t work together again.” Consider, for example, Beril’s words on album track “Pony”: “Our love is the perfect shade of blue/If you’re heading out/Don’t think I’m coming with you.” The underlying sentiment of Passenger may be part Fleetwood Mac’s cut-and-run Rumours, part Marvin Gaye’s more reflective Here, My Dear, but the members of East Hundred insist their tangled personal relationships are a benefit.

“Plus Minus” from Passenger:

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Grandaddy Clause: Breathe Right Nasal Strips

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.

breath_h250Lytle: I used to have allergy problems, and I’ve suffered slightly from insomnia. Right now, I have this full-on arsenal: a cup of NyQuil, Breathe Right nasal strips, ear plugs and I’m sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic bed. I’m attempting this sensory-deprivation state of sleep with the Breathe Rights as my ace in the hole. I’ve thought about getting nasal surgery, but I can get 30 years’ worth of Breathe Rights for the money it would take to have the operation. And there’s no guarantee with surgery. You could end up with a mono-nostril.

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

Robyn Hitchcock Is Up To His Nex In Bonus Material

robynhitchcock250So if you weren’t excited enough about the new Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 album (out February 17)—and you should be, trust us—Yep Roc Records has made it all a little sweeter by offering a three-song bonus CD to “first fans” who pre-order Goodnight Oslo. The bonus disc includes “Up To Our Nex” (from the amazing 2008 Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married), “Nothing Makes Me Cry” (a b-side from 2006’s Ole! Tarantula) and “I Just Wanna Be Loved” (a new song with Grant Lee Phillips). Though Yep Roc is a little vague on the details (does “first fans” mean the first two? 10? 50?), it’s hard to knock any offer that promises a little more ‘cock. (Yes, yes we did.) Tour dates after the jump.

“I’m Falling” from Goodnight Oslo:
http://magnetmagazine.com/audio/ImFalling.mp3

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