From The Desk Of The Album Leaf: “The Goonies”

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.

Goonies

LaValle: One of my favorite movies of all time. I was seven when it came out and maybe eight when I got it on VHS. I can watch this movie over and over again. There are so many little moments that crack me up that I can rewind and watch over and over again, especially of Chunk. Like, when Mouth makes him do the truffle shuffle to gain entry to the Walsh’s house. There’s a quick scene when the football gets kicked after the chicken is startled and lays an egg, Chunk follows the ball from left to right. It’s like a one-second cut or something ridiculously short. It happens so quick, and it’s so funny. Watch it again, and look for that part. The rest of the movie is a gem of course. Best childhood movie.

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From The Desk Of The Album Leaf: Vintage Mixers

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.

Tascam

LaValle: So you know when you go into an overpriced recording studio and you see this massive giant, beautiful mixing console that costs upward of $50k and ridiculously above and beyond?? Well, they sound amazing and most people can’t afford it!! But what you can afford is some genuine, vintage home-recording mixers from the likes of Tascam, Teac, Yamaha etc. … They are amazingly cheap and sound great. Use their mic pre’s to record drums if you only have a stereo in or are lacking inputs. I’m personally not into the cleanest recordings, so using these cheap affordable mixers creates very unique, cool sounding recordings. I used a Tascam M106 that I found on Craigslist for $50 to record drums on my last Album Leaf EP, Forward/Return. The proof is in that pudding.

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Film At 11: Casey Black

Casey Black, Nashville music artist and son of acclaimed songwriter Charlie Black, will be releasing Lay You In The Loam on June 18. This is Black’s fourth studio album, and it will be issued via CatBeach Music. We are proud to present the video premiere for new single “Fire Fire Fire Fire” today on magnetmagazine.com. Download it below.