From The Desk Of Red Fang: Magic Garden

RedFangLogo“We’re a pretty dark band—I don’t see this record getting a lot of radio play.” There’s a warmth in the voice of Bryan Giles, guitarist for Portland, Ore., band Red Fang, that belies his group’s darkness. The band just released its third album, Whales And Leeches (Relapse), after a summer raging across the festivals and rock clubs of Europe. Through a series of hilarious viral videos and years of intensely cathartic, energetic shows, the group has earned a reputation as one of heavy music’s premier party bands—whether it wants that title or not. Giles will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Red Fang feature.

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Giles: I don’t frequent strip bars often, but if I’m in the mood, my favorite Portland spot is Magic Garden. The drinks aren’t crazy expensive, it’s very casual, and most folks are very friendly. The dancers are typically tattooed and have great taste in music. I went there a few years back for a Bloody Mary around noon, and a gal was stripping to Sleep’s “Holy Mountain.” Not too shabby.

From The Desk Of Red Fang: Noctiluca

RedFangLogo“We’re a pretty dark band—I don’t see this record getting a lot of radio play.” There’s a warmth in the voice of Bryan Giles, guitarist for Portland, Ore., band Red Fang, that belies his group’s darkness. The band just released its third album, Whales And Leeches (Relapse), after a summer raging across the festivals and rock clubs of Europe. Through a series of hilarious viral videos and years of intensely cathartic, energetic shows, the group has earned a reputation as one of heavy music’s premier party bands—whether it wants that title or not. Giles will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Red Fang feature.

Noctula

Giles: I first discovered noctiluca in San Diego while taking a late-night swim in the Pacific. It’s an organism that glows green or blue when agitated as a defense mechanism. It is so surreal to swim in it, your body becomes a glowing ghost. I later visited Vieques, an island near Puerto Rico where I swam in a bay that contains the highest concentration of it in the world. Trippy? Dood!

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MP3 At 3PM: The Julie Ruin

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With the success of critically acclaimed debut Run Fast, the Julie Ruin has been giving the riot-grrrl movement a revamping on its international tour. Feminist icon Kathleen Hanna and her bandmates are delivering smart punk jams to hungry fans all over the world, and now they’re letting you grab a copy of the YACHT remix of their “Right Home.” If you haven’t already caught the tour, you still have time. In the meantime, download “Right Home (YACHT Remix)” below.

“Right Home (YACHT Remix)” (download):

From The Desk Of Red Fang: Kuemmerling

RedFangLogo“We’re a pretty dark band—I don’t see this record getting a lot of radio play.” There’s a warmth in the voice of Bryan Giles, guitarist for Portland, Ore., band Red Fang, that belies his group’s darkness. The band just released its third album, Whales And Leeches (Relapse), after a summer raging across the festivals and rock clubs of Europe. Through a series of hilarious viral videos and years of intensely cathartic, energetic shows, the group has earned a reputation as one of heavy music’s premier party bands—whether it wants that title or not. Giles will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Red Fang feature.

Kuemmerling

Giles: Kuemmerling is a digestive liquor similar to Jägermeister tat I discovered last year in Germany. Served chilled in square airline bottles, the custom is to slam them on the bar before drinking. I think it may also be a custom to have at least four and have the bartender get drunk with you.

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