From The Desk Of The Album Leaf: Moog Music

AlbumLeafLogoPerils From The Sea is a collaboration between Jimmy LaValle of the Album Leaf and Mark Kozelek. It’s a set of long, somber songs that melds LaValle’s spacious, orchestral electronic instrumentation with Kozelek’s forthright and world-weary vocals. They’re transfixing, often beautiful, sometimes unsettling. The collaboration grew out of mutual admiration. Kozelek had seen LaValle play a few times, both in his old band Tristeza and the Album Leaf, and was impressed; and he is a fan, especially, of Torey’s Distraction, last year’s soundtrack album from the Album Leaf. LaValle will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him and Kozelek.

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LaValle: I’ve been working with Moog synthesizers for the last 20 years. They are on every one of my records in some way or another. I had the pleasure to contribute to the Moog documentary that follows Bob Moog (the creator of the synthesizer). Since then, I have been a part of the Moog family. They are a small company based in Asheville, N.C. I recently passed through on tour and just went to the factory and was welcomed with open arms. They treat their artists right, and even if you’re the slightest bit interested in the company, they’ll give a full tour of the factory where every Moog synthesizer that is sold in stores is made. That’s the company, now for the synthesizers. The Moog has shaped electronic music since the late ’60s. I have a go-to sound that I always use, and their sub bass is unreal. You might want to try out their newest synth, the Sub Phatty, to get a feel for its power. The family of Moog synthesizers are hands down, the most influential synthesizers created.

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In The News: Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Alicia Keys, Amos Lee, Sharon Jones And More

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The Smashing Pumpkins’ 1996 album The Aeroplane Flies High will be reissued by Virgin/UMe as four separate versions: a six-CD boxed set, a five-LP vinyl set and two digital configurations. This limited-edition release, due out July 23, will feature the remastered original tracks along with unreleased demos, alternate versions and live recordings along with extensive track-by-track notes by Billy Corgan … Hesitation Marks is the title of the new Nine Inch Nails album, which will be released by Columbia on September 3. The band will hit the road soon after for North American arena tour in support … On June 25, Alicia Keys’ appearance on VH1 Storytellers will be available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray … The fifth studio album by Amos Lee, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, is slated for an October 1 release via Blue Note … Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have announced that the release of Give The People What They Want and the band’s upcoming tour have been postponed due to Jones’ diagnosis of stage-one bile duct cancer … On July 17, Eric Copeland will issue his new solo album, Joke In The Hole, via DFA … Twenty years have passed since the release of Propagandhi’s How To Clean Everything. This milestone will be celebrated with a new edition, out August 20 via Fat Wreck Chords, which will include three outtakes and the rare HTCE demo … Sugar Hill will issue The Definitive Doc Watson, a two-disc anthology showcasing the work of Doc Watson, on July 16 … Higher! is a deluxe four-disc boxed set celebrating the career of Sly & The Family Stone, available from Epic/Legacy on August 27 … Aerosmith’s first live video release in nine years, Rock For The Rising Sun, will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and digital formats on July 23 via Eagle Rock … September 24 will mark the release of the new album from Sting, The Last Ship, via Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M. The album was inspired by his forthcoming play of the same name, which will debut on Broadway in 2014 … A new double album, Meet Me At The Edge Of The World, will be issued by Over The Rhine on September 3 via the band’s Great Speckled Dog label … Sony will issue the new Tedeschi Trucks Band album, Made Up Mind, on August 20 … Robbie Fulks’s first Bloodshot release since 2001, Gone Away Backward, will be out August 27 … Mixed Up is a track-for-track remix album of Puscifer’s sophomore album, Conditions Of My Parole, due out August 27.

—Emily Costantino

From The Desk Of The Album Leaf: DLB Electronics

AlbumLeafLogoPerils From The Sea is a collaboration between Jimmy LaValle of the Album Leaf and Mark Kozelek. It’s a set of long, somber songs that melds LaValle’s spacious, orchestral electronic instrumentation with Kozelek’s forthright and world-weary vocals. They’re transfixing, often beautiful, sometimes unsettling. The collaboration grew out of mutual admiration. Kozelek had seen LaValle play a few times, both in his old band Tristeza and the Album Leaf, and was impressed; and he is a fan, especially, of Torey’s Distraction, last year’s soundtrack album from the Album Leaf. LaValle will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new feature on him and Kozelek.

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LaValle: DLB Electronics is a boutique synthesizer, effects-pedals and electronic-instrument archive of David LeBleu from the Mercury Program, Textual and the Album Leaf. He has custom built pedals and a small modular synth system for me, and I couldn’t be happier. His systems are just as powerful as top-of-the-line (and price) systems. He’s hand made quite an impressive synth displayed on his website from scratch. The look of his product is very clean and slick. He created a delay pedal that has an amazing distortion option. He can custom build most any effects pedal to your liking. Check out his website. I highly recommend!

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Film At 11: Har Mar Superstar

Sean Matthew Tillmann, the brains and talent behind Har Mar Superstar, recently put out his follow-up to 2009’s Dark Touches via the Cult label. The long-awaited Bye Bye 17 consists of 10 groovy, hook-filled tracks. One of those songs is new single “Lady, You Shot Me,” which Tillman recently dropped a video for. Watch the clip below.