MP3 At 3PM: King Washington

KingWashington

After taking a brief break from the L.A. limelight, King Washington is back with more modern rock and retro soul than ever. The band’s new LP, The Overload, was just released and is a lyrically honest and authentic album. The first single, “Don’t Expect My Love,” pays homage to the days of Bowie and Queen, while still providing modern melodies and thrashing beats. Download it below.

“Don’t Expect My Love” (download):

From The Desk Of Soko: “Unloveable” By The Smiths

SokoLogoFrench actress/chanteuse Soko just issued her lo-fi, Leonard-Cohen-cryptic, English-language debut, I Thought I Was An Alien (Community Music), She also delighted in the method-acting process she went though for Alice Winocour’s new docudrama Augustine. Soko will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

TheSmiths

Soko: The song that goes through my head the most. When I face most situations in my life, “I know I’m unloveable, you don’t have to tell me,” and, “I wear black on the outside because black is how I feel on the inside,” are my favorite quotes! That’s my goth, emo, self-destructive side (that I share with Morrissey). I also share veganism and gayness with him. Yup, him and, so similar dang!

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From The Desk Of Soko: ’70s Farfisa (Huge Double-Decker Organ With Built-In Leslie)

SokoLogoFrench actress/chanteuse Soko just issued her lo-fi, Leonard-Cohen-cryptic, English-language debut, I Thought I Was An Alien (Community Music), She also delighted in the method-acting process she went though for Alice Winocour’s new docudrama Augustine. Soko will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

Farfisa

Soko: The one I have in Paris is my favorite organ I’ve ever played. I write most of my songs on it. As soon as I sit on it, I always come up with inspiring stuff that I want to turn into songs right away. It has the best drum-machine sounds ever, and amazing arpeggiators, too.

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Film At 11: Ariel Pink And Jorge Elbrecht

After the release of last year’s weird, deranged and hook-packed Mature Themes, it’s hard to tell if Ariel Pink is a serious songwriter, a goof-off hit-maker or living on another planet where his warped pop is top-40 stuff. Now, the lo-fi king is back at it on a seven-inch with Jorge Elbrecht. The video for “Hang On to Life” suggests the goof-ball theory. Just wait for the faded videos of dogs when he sings “screwed the pooch.” Watch it below.

From The Desk Of Soko: Spotify

SokoLogoFrench actress/chanteuse Soko just issued her lo-fi, Leonard-Cohen-cryptic, English-language debut, I Thought I Was An Alien (Community Music), She also delighted in the method-acting process she went though for Alice Winocour’s new docudrama Augustine. Soko will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on her.

Spotify

Soko: I know it’s starting to get very controversial to like it, especially if you are yourself a musician trying to survive in this crazy state of music-industry nightmare. But to be honest, since Spotify, I don’t even use iTunes anymore since I have Spotify. All I do all day is make playlists on there for every occasion possible, and it helps me discover a lot of little niche bands through the “related artists” tabs. I feel like thanks to that, my musical nerdness had improved a lot. Also, I pay for it, so there’s no commercials.

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