Nick Cave Curates Awesome Australian All Tomorrow’s Parties

nick08340Yeah, that Flaming Lips-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in New York in September will be wild and wacky (especially Dirty Three doing all of Ocean Songs). And the Breeders-curated ATP in the U.K. in May sounds intriguing (haven’t seen Throwing Muses live since 1991). But if MAGNET allowed for time off, we’d be on a plane this weekend to Australia for the ATP curated by The Man We Wish We Were: Nick Cave. Aside from Cave’s Bad Seeds, there’s Spiritualized, Robert Forster, Michael Gira, James “Blood” Ulmer, Bill Callahan, Dead Meadow, Silver Apples, Dirty Three (doing all of Ocean Songs; take that, Wayne Coyne), the Saints (doing all of (I’m) Stranded) and many more.

The current issue of MAGNET marks the second time Cave has been on the cover (you can order it here). The first was back in 2001, when writer Jonathan Valania traveled with Cave & The Bad Seeds to Denmark. Read it here.

“More News From Nowhere” from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!:

15 In Philly: Fishtown Folk

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.


Greg Weeks meanders around his kitchen like anyone else working at home; he checks his email while slowly sipping his coffee. But as Weeks descends the basement stairs, all traces of 21st-century life are left behind. His retrofitted recording space in the Tacony section of Philadelphia, Hexham Head studio, boasts an arsenal of decades-old analog equipment. It’s one of several hideouts for Weeks and his band of freak-folk gypsies, Espers (pictured).

“Mansfield And Cyclops” from Espers’ II:

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Wilco Finishes Live DVD, Works On New Album

wilco2007320On account of the mixed reception of Sky Blue Sky, Wilco had a much better ’08 than ’07. With a five-night, catalog-comprehensive homestay at Chicago’s Rivera Theatre, a summer tour across uncharted U.S. territories (Alaska, Wyoming, um, Delaware) and a fall run with Neil Young that culminated with two nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Wilco proved that there’s still a vibrant band behind Jeff Tweedy‘s hit-or-miss self-indulgent musings. Need more proof? Check out Ashes Of American Flags, the band’s first concert film/DVD, due in February. Produced by Trixie Films (which also did Tweedy’s solo concert film Sunken Treasure) and named after the noteworthy Yankee Hotel Foxtrot deep cut, Ashes Of American Flags includes material from Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, The Ryman in Nashville, among other cities and venues oozing with Americana. Wilco is back to work in its Chicago loft finishing a new studio album expected late spring. No track listing yet, but it’s safe to assume that some of the cuts escaped in summer set lists, most notably “One Wing” from Sunday evening at Lollapalooza. Tour dates after the jump.

“One Wing” live from Lollapalooza:

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Wrens Watch, Jan. 5, 2009

wrenswatch922We’ve been fans of New Jersey’s finest since even before their first album came out back in 1994, so let’s just say we’re used to sitting around waiting for them to take their sweet-ass time putting out new music. (Three albums in more than 14 years makes the Wrens about as prolific as Boston, which is kind of like being as tall as Danny DeVito.) Given their propensity for not even updating their website (the most recent entry is promoting a Charles Bissell solo show on December 11), we decided to take matters into our own hands to keep fans up to date with the latest Wrens news. Each week, we’ll check in with Bissell to find out just what exactly the quartet hasn’t been up to.

:: Wrens Watch, Jan. 5, 2009
MAGNET: Hello, Charles?
Mr. Bissell (Charles’ dad): No, this is Chuck’s old man.
Oh, hey, Mr. Bissell. We met at Wrens show in Philly once. Been friends with Charles for a long time now.
Charles doesn’t have friends. He’s fat and he’s stupid.
Uh, excuse me?
That’s from Throw Momma From The Train. Funny fucking movie. That Danny DeVito is from Asbury Park, you know? Funny as fuck on Taxi. You never saw DeVito in Throw Momma From The Train? Not artsy fartsy enough for you? What, you like those Jim McGreevey Brokeback Cowboy movies, do you? Fucking figures. That’s the kind of crowd Chuck’s band gets. It’s a fucking shame.
OK then. Well, is Charles around? I have to talk to him for this week’s Wrens Watch.
Is that that gay thing you do on the computer? I saw that one where you were talking shit about Chuck’s kid—my fucking grandson, mind you—on the computer. I should come over there right now and kick your ass for that shit.
Well, no offense, Mr. Bissell, but I can see where Charles gets his mouth from.
Is that so, pussy boy? Go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut. Call back here again, and I’ll kick your McGreevey ass. [Hangs up]

Check in next week to see what’s going on in the wild and wacky world of the Wrens.