The Magician...and CTLG #4: Kill! Destroy!


When I head out, who the hell gun' mow yr grass? Simple question, but does it carry a simple answer? You can't just hire the grubby brat next door, nor the skinny fashionista screamo kid. The brat won't take care to ensure the job is done, and the screamo kid, although aesthetically minded, will avoid the labor as it may ruin his finely tuned hair-do whilst causing an increase in unwanted muscle mass (pushing the mower uphill). Although seemingly simplistic in theory, these small matters can get so convulted.

"The Magician", aka Nathan Moes, creates an ethereal world of melody based on this deceiving simplicity on his debut, tentatively titled "Who Will Mow The Grass When I'm Gone?". Considering the basic nature of the day's confrontations, we need to be forgiven for conceiding to the phrase, "I don't know"; a line The Magician confesses with accessible catchiness in the track "Indicator Stop Bath". The Magician seeks a certain serenity in light of confusion, which seems to manifest in his belief that relationships are paramount. If life (and the man!) is getting you down, at least you have friends (and sleep!). And yet, even these relationships may often experience the complexity of romance and the manifestation of ambiguity. Who will cut your grass when I'm gone, also, I was wondering if we're due for a DTR anytime soon?
The innocuously-poppy Belle & Sebastian infused vocals do well to help further the theme, as they create a safe and habitable environment, helping frame what is a deceivingly unassuming innocence dwelling throughout 'Who Will Mow Your Grass When I'm Gone". The album is full of what relates to friendship and romantic potential, but 'The Magician' also finds himself making light scratches on profundity as he sails through the song "Seven Seas" in search for a "bag of peas". In the song, The Magician confesses his failed search (alongside a failed pun), and yet, when he is "rotten to the core", he knows that his friends will "look inside [his] head, and put [themselves] there instead". It is only with a support network in which he will seek serenity, and in his failure, he paradoxically finds his 'peas' in the restoration offered him through community.

The Magician does an astute job throughout these songs, helping us remember how simplicity, in a turn, can actually be something soberingly difficult. We must keep this in mind as we run through our lives making "easy" decisions. "Who Will Mow Your Grass When I'm Gone?", well, maybe give the screamo kid a call. But don't count on him.

A simple quib for a very enjoyable disc.

Check out more of The Magician at www.myspace.com/themagicianmusic


Episode 4: Kill! Destroy!

Song - Artist (Label)

1. Time To Pretend - MGMT (Columbia)

2. Indicator Stop Bath - The Magician (unsigned)

3. 7th Son - Born Ruffians ( Warp)

4. Call It A Ritual - Wolf Parade (Sub Pop)

5. Breaker - Low (Kranky)

6. Ant Whale You & Me - The Magician (unsigned)

7. Suedehead - Morrissey (Sire)

8. Foam Hands - Destroyer (Merge)

9. Dashboard - Modest Mouse (Epic)

10. Another World - The Shaky Hands (Holocene)

11. Sailing to Byzantium - Liars (Mute)

12. Have You Seen In Your Dreams - Miracle Fortress (Secret City)

13. Hopscotch Willie - Steven Malkmus & The Jicks (Matador)

14. 4 Minute Warning - Radiohead (XL)

15. Orange Spider -mewithoutYou (Tooth and Nail)

16. Apartment Story - The National (Beggars Banquet)


CTLG Episode Three: Dance Spectaculasses

photograph courtesy of kristina solgaard van Bommel van Vloten

Please excuse the long period between now and the last episode, but the computer I am using doubles as a hunk of burning shit. This is the dance episode, featuring many horrid transitions between songs. Hey, if you'd be dealing with such a POS computer eventually you wouldn't care about the details either. Now that I am done brilliantly selling this fabulous episode, please enjoy!

PS. DO NOT FORGET...tickets for RADIOHEAD ft/ LIARS go on sale this saturday at 10am!

1. We Share Our Mother's Health - The Knife (Rabid)
2. Downtown Mayors Goodnight, Alley Kids Rule! - You Say Party! We Say Die! (Paperbag)
3. Knife (Cover of Grizzy Bear) - CSS (This song recorded with Warp)
4. Archangel - Burial (Hyperdub)
5. Innocuous - LCD Soundsystem (DFA)
6. Ready For the Floor - Hot Chip (EMI, Astralwerks, DFA)
7. Transmission - Joy Division (True North)
8. Da Funk/Daftendirekt - Daft Punk (EMI)
9. Sad Sad City - Ghostland Observatory (Trashy Moped)
10. Hold Up - Girl Talk (Illegal Art)
11. House of Jealous Lovers - The Rapture (Strummer/Universal)
12. Hurricane Jane - Black Kids (XL)
13. Big Time Sensuality (The Fluke Minimix) - Bjork (One Little Indian)
14. Three Weeks - Tiga (Turbo)
15. Life After Sundown - Glass Candy (Italians Do It Better)
16. Burning Down The House - Talking Heads (Sire)
17. Only This Moment - Royksopp (EMI)
*18. Computer (Fun 100/The Hand Split EP Version) - Fun 100 (Unsigned)
19. Idioteque - Radiohead (EMI)

*denotes local artists