37 years ago today, The Haçienda club opened in Madchester. 15 years of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll and 24-hour party people later, it closed. Illustration for MAGNET by John Ritter, 2001. If you remember the Haçienda, you weren’t really there. Read our review of Manchester: North Of England: A Story Of Independent Music, Greater Manchester 1977-1993:
The National is back with eighth album I Am Easy To Find (4AD), which is part of a bigger project that includes a short film by director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners, Thumbsucker). The almost-hour-long LP features a number of female guest vocalists, including Sharon Van Etten, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and Kate Stables, as well as the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The band’s tour for the LP starts June 11 in MAGNET’s hometown of Philly, where Matt Berninger and Co. played a special, small-venue show last week … Also just released is the Head And The Heart‘s Living Mirage (Reprise/Warner Bros.), the Seattle sextet’s fourth LP … Keller Williams‘ 24th studio album, Add, is out May 31 … Chris Robinson Brotherhood just announced sixth album Servants Of The Sun (Silver Arrow), out June 14 … The Atom label has four releases from the Black Watch coming out June 21: a new album (Magic Johnson, which includes the Paper Boats EP), a greatest-hits comp (31 Years Of Obscurity: The Best Of The Black Watch: 1988-2019), a rarities comp (The Vinyl Years: 1988-1993) and an all-inclusive, limited-edition career retrospective (The Completed Works: 1988-2019, available only on a USB thumb drive) … Breeders bassist Josephine Wiggs has released We Fall (Sound Of Sinners), featuring Jon Mattock (Spacemen3, Spiritualized) … House And Land, whose self-titled debut was MAGNET’s number-25 album of 2017, returns with follow-up Across The Field, on June 14 via Thrill Jockey … Imperial Wax—a new band formed by the surviving members of the Fall—just issued debut album Gastwerk Saboteurs (Saustex) … Lacuna, Trixie Whitley‘s third studio LP, is out May 29 on Unday … Mark Mulcahy (Miracle Legion, Polaris) will release sixth solo album The Gus (Mezzotint) on June 7, featuring Rain Phoenix, J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) and others.