Film At 11: Field Mouse

Back in the winter days of February, we gave away a free mp3 by Brooklyn dream-pop band Field Mouse titled “Tomorrow Is Yesterday.”  The band recently made a music video for that very same track, which was directed by Evan Savitt. Watch the clip for the Smashing Pumpkins-inspired track below.

From The Desk Of Houndmouth: Professional Basketball

HoundmouthLogoAfter high school, Matt Myers didn’t really feel like going away to college, so he stayed in New Albany and went to Indiana University Southeast, across the river from Louisville. He didn’t feel like concentrating on anything, so he majored in general studies with a minor in philosophy. Six years later, when the time came to graduate, he thought a little about working in a coffee shop, but he never got around to finding a job. After one last winery gig, he traded in the acoustic duo he had with Katie Toupin and went electric with drummer Shane Cody, an old friend who’d moved back to town. Cody called up bassist Zak Appleby, and something almost clicked. All they needed was for Toupin to join them on organ, and halfway through a session with too many dogs barking in the background, Houndmouth was born. Recorded over five days in the high heat of the Hoosier summer, From The Hills Below The City (Rough Trade) feels like the second coming of the Band, mixing folk, country and rock into a whole that’s bigger than the sum of its parts, with each member writing songs, switching back and forth between instruments, and taking a turn on lead vocals. Houndmouth will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

NBA

Toupin: I am among the few people I know who doesn’t enjoy college basketball as much as professional basketball. If I’m going to watch basketball, I want to see super human beings displaying extraordinary athletic ability. I don’t care about the “fundamentals.” If I liked that, I’d watch high-school players pass the ball around for an hour before doing a layup. I’m in it for the half-court dunks. I’m in it for biceps the size of my thighs. I’m in it purely for the entertainment. I don’t want to know what the players do on their off time. I just want to see them doing their job with all of the flare and pizazz muster-able to enhance my viewing experience.

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Normal History Vol. 222: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 29-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Inside. Outside. I built without doors, ended up on the outside when I’d sunk the final nail. Inside, inside, inside. I built a ladder without steps to climb up to the windows I’d set too high. Inside, inside, inside. I made a shovel to burrow down and in. Shaped the metal to appoint and hit solid rock. On the inside, on the outside, inside. I tried to peel back the wall with crowbar wrecking what I thought I’d finished. On the outside, outside, on this side.

“When You Build A House Without Doors,” from The Eagle & The Poodle (Matador, 1996; Smarten UP!, 2009) (download):

From The Desk Of Houndmouth: Getting Rid Of Television

HoundmouthLogoAfter high school, Matt Myers didn’t really feel like going away to college, so he stayed in New Albany and went to Indiana University Southeast, across the river from Louisville. He didn’t feel like concentrating on anything, so he majored in general studies with a minor in philosophy. Six years later, when the time came to graduate, he thought a little about working in a coffee shop, but he never got around to finding a job. After one last winery gig, he traded in the acoustic duo he had with Katie Toupin and went electric with drummer Shane Cody, an old friend who’d moved back to town. Cody called up bassist Zak Appleby, and something almost clicked. All they needed was for Toupin to join them on organ, and halfway through a session with too many dogs barking in the background, Houndmouth was born. Recorded over five days in the high heat of the Hoosier summer, From The Hills Below The City (Rough Trade) feels like the second coming of the Band, mixing folk, country and rock into a whole that’s bigger than the sum of its parts, with each member writing songs, switching back and forth between instruments, and taking a turn on lead vocals. Houndmouth will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on the band.

Snake

Toupin: A friend recently said to me, “I always make a draft before I type something. There’s no backspace on a typewriter like there is on an old-school computer.” Although statements like this are laughable, there’s something going on with this new-age hipness. Of course, this is all coming from someone who enjoys shopping at thrift stores, riding my vintage Peugeot 10-speed and smoking my additive-free cigarettes. But I set my limits. For instance, the truest hipster doesn’t have an iPhone, they have an Nokia. The kind of phone you can drop out of a helicopter without ever losing your high score in Snake. But I get it. There is a certain amount of mental and physical well being to be attained by this hip lifestyle. To not be connected 24/7 is a blissful thing. To be a human being living in reality. Going to the park and hearing the birds instead of a Facebook notification. To read a book instead of sitting in front of a TV. For this reason, I got rid of my TV about a year ago and only miss it when I want to hook up my N64 and dominate with Yoshi.

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