From The Desk Of A.C. Newman: Farm Sanctuary

carlnewmanpresscrop41“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.

Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.

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Newman: Farm Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation center for farm animals; it’s a cause my wife and I support. I’m not a freaky vegetarian who wants to make sure animals are never killed or eaten, but I think it’s important that they’re treated humanely. Factory farms are pretty disgusting. Everybody loves animals, don’t they? I think it’s important for people to remember where their food comes from. Food isn’t just a magical thing that shows up. It’s weird to talk about; I don’t want to seem like a hippie. Nevertheless, it’s important.

Ryan Adams Says And Does Stuff So We’ll Write About Him

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January 16 was as busy a day in the life of Ryan Adams as ever. For a man who supposedly has a stockpile of hundreds of unreleased songs tucked away in his archive for a rainy day (god knows whether they’re any good, but that’s beside the point), “work rate” has never been an issue with Ryan Adams. It’s more a matter of direction for the Kid, and since voluntarily kicking his heroin/cocaine cocktail habit back in 2007, he’s appeared to be on what passes in Ryan Adams’ world as a socially acceptable, productive course of activity: He assembled the Cardinals, a terrific (and more importantly, stable) backing band, released several mediocre albums with occasional flashes of old brilliance and even announced plans for his first work of “soul poetry,” Infinity Blues (to be released later this year). But on that fateful Friday, our boy Ryan Adams got bizzay, but in a manner more befitting his old, substance-tainted lifestyle, telling the world in no particular order via his blog:
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15 In Philly: Philly Future

Spend 15 years in Philadelphia and you’ll figure out that things in MAGNET’s native city aren’t always sunny or bursting with brotherly love. But underneath the tough exterior are some pretty sweet sounds. In honor of our anniversary, we pay tribute to our hometown scene.

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Today’s installment: Philly Future, five bands—Shot X Shot, Tickley Feather, the Swimmers, Hoots & Hellmouth and Make A Rising—that just might define the shape of the local scene to come.

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From The Desk Of A.C. Newman: “Rock Of Love”

carlnewmanpresscrop41“There are maybe 10 or 12 things I could teach you,” sings Carl “A.C.” Newman on his new solo album, Get Guilty (Matador). “After that, well, you’re on your own.” This week, MAGNET lets the New Pornographers frontman steer our website toward 10 or 12 of his own favorite things in music, film, literature and life.

Read our verdict on the orchestral-pop case of Get Guilty and a Q&A deposition with Newman here.

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Newman: I’m not even sure I enjoy watching some of these VH-1 shows. I really think it’s an addiction. It’s like heroin crossed with a car accident. With Rock Of Love and Rock Of Love Charm School, you hate everybody on the show yet you watch it somehow. I hate being manipulated by them. I wish I could stop. It’s just too easy to relapse.

 

News Roundup: Vic Chesnutt, Elf Power, Dresden Dolls, Gomez, Mission Of Burma, Depeche Mode

orangetwinbAthens, Ga., scene mainstays Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power (both pictured) have hit the road in support of last year’s Dark Developments collaboration. The 37-date tour extends into spring and includes the March 11 R.E.M. tribute concert at New York City’s Carnegie Hall … On-hiatus Boston cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls played a one-off show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club on January 20 as part of the inauguration festivities for President Obama. (That’s fun to say.) For better or worse, the evening also featured a set by the Honey Brothers, Entourage star Adrian Grenier’s vanity project … Brooklyn/Great Britain band Gomez is releasing its sixth LP, A New Tide, on March 31. The record was created in studios in Chicago and Charlottesville, Va., with Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) manning the board … The post-punk legends in Mission Of Burma have released a Rhapsody-only EP, creatively titled Rhapsody Originals. The five tracks, including “Academy Fight Song,” come from the band’s 2008 CMJ performance … Depeche Mode checks in with its first album in four years, Sounds Of The Universe, on April 21. As with 2005’s Playing The Angel, multi-instrumentalist Martin Gore shares songwriting duties with frontman/suicide-attempt denier Dave Gahan … British indie band Comet Gain releases Broken Record Prayers on March 24. The album, which compiles singles from 1998-2008, includes six unreleased tracks; two of them (“Love Without Lies” and “Books Of California,” both from last year) will be reissued as a limited-edition seven-inch, playable on functional turntables … NYC songwriter Jesse Harris’ new album, Watching The Sky, drops on March 3. Norah Jones sings harmony on “It Will Stay With Us,” a tune Harris performed solo on the soundtrack to the 2007 Ethan Hawke film The Hottest State … After 10 years and six albums, Canada’s Buttless Chaps have decided to split. We don’t have anything to add—we just wanted to type “Buttless Chaps” again.

Comet Gain’s “Love Without Lies” from Broken Record Prayers: