MP3 At 3PM: The Black Watch

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Seventeen albums and counting, MAGNET faves the Black Watch just released The End Of When. This veteran indie-pop band, comprised of John Andrew Fredrick, Steven Schayer, Rick Woodard and Chris Rackard, formed in the late ’80s and have been pumping out brilliantly consistent tunes ever since. The first single off the album, “Meg,” is a hypnotic jam about Fredrick’s appreciation of a woman’s uniqueness and beauty. Download it below.

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From The Desk Of Tim Easton: Voting

TimEastonLogoTim Easton has been singing and writing songs since he was 14 years old. He never considered another career. After finishing college, Easton hit the road with his guitar and spent seven years singing and playing on European street corners. When he got back to Ohio, Easton joined the Haynes Boys, a roots-rock outfit that made one album before breaking up. Free again, Easton picked up his guitar and returned to the road, touching down long enough to make nine albums that earned him a loyal following with their blend of gritty roots-rock and heartfelt songwriting. Every LP took a slightly different approach and his latest, Not Cool, shows off his love of rockabilly and early R&B. Easton will be quest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

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Easton: Every time I hear that statistic about how only 50{e5d2c082e45b5ce38ac2ea5f0bdedb3901cc97dfa4ea5e625fd79a7c2dc9f191} of the population (in the States) actually votes, it just gets my blood boiling. I can rant with the best of them when it comes to conspiracy theories and how the government is inept and whatnot, but it just drives me batty that only half of us actually vote. Because of that sad fact, it stands to reason that around a quarter of us actually voted for the president, for example. That’s just ridiculous, and it begs to wonder if the Australian way of fining people who don’t participate isn’t the way to go. I know, I know, we are who we are and we don’t like people telling us not to smoke in restaurants or not walk around with a loaded gun all the time, but for the love of freedom can we not just register to vote? While you’re at it, get your lazy-ass friends to do the same. I truly believe this action could stall the complete downfall of our nation for at least another generation or two, because, let’s face it, they don’t get much work done in the capital now do they? Across the world over, millions have died for this right, yet we just carry on with our self-centered ways, not really giving a damn about how good we actually have it. It is also my belief that if every North American could visit the Third World, they might wake up a bit. Our corruption is so stealthy that it tucks right between the 6 o’clock news and a commercial, and the next thing you know you just don’t even react anymore.

Don’t spectate, participate.

From The Desk Of Tim Easton: Mitchell Deli

TimEastonLogoTim Easton has been singing and writing songs since he was 14 years old. He never considered another career. After finishing college, Easton hit the road with his guitar and spent seven years singing and playing on European street corners. When he got back to Ohio, Easton joined the Haynes Boys, a roots-rock outfit that made one album before breaking up. Free again, Easton picked up his guitar and returned to the road, touching down long enough to make nine albums that earned him a loyal following with their blend of gritty roots-rock and heartfelt songwriting. Every LP took a slightly different approach and his latest, Not Cool, shows off his love of rockabilly and early R&B. Easton will be quest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

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Easton: It’s a no brainer really. There are restaurants that go the extra mile to provide truly delicious food, and those that do their best but don’t quite maintain it. Food has become religion, etc., etc.—everybody knows this already. I didn’t even know what kale was when I went to school, and now I can whip it up five different ways. And I do it just to satisfy my family and guests but also myself. It’s prideful when you deliver a great meal. When I’m going out to spend money, I avoid places that use poison as much as possible. Sure, I’ve been to fast-food joints before, because I am a traveler, but probably the biggest letdown with my government is how they continually let us poison ourselves with bullshit food, and subsidize garbage and make it easy for lower income people to eat garbage and therefore get sick. When the steroid-injected chickens come home to roost on this situation, we will break the bank for sure.

What they do at Mitchell is the exact opposite: They fucking care! Fresh and local … and the dude who made your sandwich can sing better than Slim Whitman. (Mark Fredson from the band Lonely H.)

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Film At 11: Delorean

Delorean‘s “Destitute Time” is a radio-ready electro-pop jam. And the video is an absurdist take on breaking up. The song has a ton of momentum, but the clip is even more captivating, despite actually being a nonsensical string of clips. Watch the video for the Apar track below.

From The Desk Of Tim Easton: Joshua Tree

TimEastonLogoTim Easton has been singing and writing songs since he was 14 years old. He never considered another career. After finishing college, Easton hit the road with his guitar and spent seven years singing and playing on European street corners. When he got back to Ohio, Easton joined the Haynes Boys, a roots-rock outfit that made one album before breaking up. Free again, Easton picked up his guitar and returned to the road, touching down long enough to make nine albums that earned him a loyal following with their blend of gritty roots-rock and heartfelt songwriting. Every LP took a slightly different approach and his latest, Not Cool, shows off his love of rockabilly and early R&B. Easton will be quest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him.

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Easton: For any of the videos I made in Joshua Tree (“7th Wheel” and “Hwy 62 Love Song,” both links should be easy to find), there should have been a sign flashing on the screen that said “HE ACTUALLY LIVES HERE,” because for five years I did call the Hi-Mojave Desert my home. It’s a land of beauty and desolation, full of beautiful and wild strangers, weekend warriors, visual artists and the fringe of American escapist culture. There are also a lot of military families due to the proximity of the 29 Palms Marine Base, where they test explosions for war, which was probably the main thing, in addition to the birth of our daughter, which pushed my family to search for another place to live. The thought of explaining bombs to a child makes me sick to my stomach.

So many film scraps are made in the Hi-Desert that it’s certainly cliche to have a Joshua Tree in your film anymore. I want to see a realistic story filmed out there that doesn’t have a Joshua Tree in the shot. Just like I want to see a gritty, realistic drama about Alaska that doesn’t involve a bear or a mountain. I will work on this. In the meantime, visiting Joshua Tree should be on any traveler’s dream list, because you will have a fascinating time meeting the people there and walking with them on the surface of what often looks and feels like the moon. And then the real moon will come up over the rocks, and you will be blessed.

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