Where’s The Street Team?: 15 Years Of Failure

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MAGNET’s editors came up with the idea of a Where’s The Street Team? directed at one band for each of the 15 years the magazine has been in existence. Fifteen years? Yeah, right. I know full well that MAGNET was founded in 2003 for the express purpose of providing a vehicle for this column. I’m pretty sure the boardroom meeting went something like this: “Well, we need to surround Street Team with music coverage, features, reviews and such, just to give the reader a breather.” I’m a good sport, of course, so I went along with this whole “15th Anniversary Issue” applesauce.

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The Rosewood Thieves: Street Hassle

If you’re possessed with even a moderate level of curiosity about rock ‘n’ roll history, you’ll already be attuned to the Rosewood Thieves. Featuring the urgent rasp of frontman Erick Jordan, the rollicking Wurlitzer of Mackenzie Vernacchio and, above all, a timeless sense of melody, the New York band taps into all the best sounds from the heydays of John Lennon, T.Rex and the Byrds. Go ahead and tell Jordan his band sounds familiar. He won’t mind.

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The Kinks Get Boxed (Finally)

For many of us around the MAGNET office, there are four things we thought would make our lives complete: 1) the Phillies winning the World Series, 2) a Democrat back in the White House, 3) a Kinks boxed set featuring unreleased tracks from the glory days and 4) free beer for life. Well, be careful what you wish for. In less than a month’s time, the Phillies dismantled the Tampa Bay Rays for their first championship since 1980, Obama soundly kicked McCain’s ass, and Ray Davies announced the impending release of the first-ever Kinks boxed set. (No word yet on the free beer, unfortunately.)

According to Davies’ website, the six-CD, 138-track Picture Book will be on sale in the U.K. on December 8. (Davies’ U.S. publicist confirmed the box will get an American release sometime next year.) Davies also recently told BBC News that a full-scale Kinks reunion might be in the cards, but he has been saying that somewhat regularly since the band broke up in 1996, so we won’t hold our breaths. But here’s an idea: How about some kind of Dr. Pepper/Chinese Democracy deal sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery that will give every American a free 120 Minute IPA if the original Kinks get back together? Yes, we can!

To prepare for the release of Picture Book (check out the complete track listing after the jump), revisit the excellent interview that Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan did with Davies for MAGNET earlier this year.

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Lisa Germano Finishes New Album, Plays Again With Famous Friends

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Lisa Germano recently put the finishing touches on her ninth studio album. Magic Neighbor is due out next year on the Young God label, which issued her last LP, 2006’s In The Maybe World. Germano—who got her start playing violin with John Mellencamp and has collaborated with the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Iggy Pop and eels—will also take part in the making of the second album by Crowded House frontman Neil Finn’s 7 Worlds Collide. The project takes its name from the 2001 live CD Finn recorded with friends including Germano, Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, members of Radiohead and others. For the new 7 Worlds Collide LP, to be cut in December and January in Finn’s native New Zealand, Germano will be joined again by Marr and Phil Selway and Ed O’Brien of Radiohead, along with members of Wilco, Soul Coughing and others.

To read a revealing interview MAGNET did with Germano a decade ago, in which she details her ever-so-brief stint as a member of Smashing Pumpkins (she was fired via phone by the band’s tour manager), click here.