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Rolling Stone Hot List Dec. 28, 2004

Lay Lady Lay is number 5 on the December 20th issue of Rolling Stone‘s Hot List:

Covering a Dylan classic is risky, but Norway’s Magnet succeed with a beautifully de-contrified orchestral version.

Categories: Lists, Magazines

Impose Magazine’s top records of 2004 Dec. 27, 2004

Diana Yee of Impose Magazine listed "On Your Side" as #1 of the top 5 albums of the year:

Finally making a US debut, Norwegian singer/musician Even (pronounced "Evan") Johansen brings a batch of fresh new sound that I haven’t heard in a while – especially for a solo act (aside from maybe British singer/musician Tom McRae, who has a completely different style from this guy). It’s hard to come by a release with such depth and meaning that one can connect to, and with so much bad music out there it makes Magnet’s release the lost golden ticket.

View other contributors’ lists at Impose Magazine.

Categories: Lists, On Your Side, Reviews

x-mas / new year’s q&a Dec. 24, 2004

Bt.no asked some musicians from Bergen questions about Christmas and the new year.

1) Hva ønsker du deg til jul?
2) Hva er den beste platen du kjøpte i 2004?
3) Hva er dine målsetninger for 2005?

Even «Magnet» Johansen:
– Det jeg ønsker meg aller mest er å bli kjæreste med Paris Hilton.
– Det er nok «Sleepwalking», samleplaten til inntekt for Kreftforeningen.
– Oi, den var vanskelig. Jeg håper at 2005 blir et like langt år som 2004.

Read the full article at bt.no.

Categories: Interviews

Loftet review + photo Dec. 24, 2004

Askøyværingen has a review and photo of Magnet’s performance at Loftet on December 17th.

Categories: Reviews, Tour

troubadour photos Dec. 22, 2004

Check out these great photos of Magnet at The Troubadour by Marc Goldstein.

Categories: Photos, Tour

"Minus EP" review Dec. 17, 2004

Read Fædrelandsvennen’s Minus EP review (4/6).

Categories: EPs, Reviews

request Magnet on KEXP Dec. 15, 2004

Request Magnet on KEXP! He’s doing well on KEXP’s Music Chart; let’s keep it that way. :)

Categories: Radio

Cherokee Studios photos Dec. 14, 2004

There are some new photos of Even and Jason Falkner taken at Cherokee Sudios in Los Angeles.

Categories: Photos

"Minus EP" reviews Dec. 9, 2004

Panorama.no reviews “Minus EP” and gives it 5/6. There are two more reviews for the EP from NRK’s Musikkmisjonen.

Categories: EPs, Reviews

The Daily Texan’s Top Records of 2004 Dec. 7, 2004

Tito Belis of The Daily Texan lists "On Your Side" as #1 of the top 5 records of 2004:

  1. Magnet – “On Your Side”
  2. Morrissey – “You are the Quarry”
  3. Interpol – “Antics”
  4. Madvillain – “Madvillainy”
  5. Rilo Kiley – “More Adventurous”

Read other editors’ lists at The Daily Texan.

Categories: Lists, On Your Side

Minus EP on Norwegian Singles Chart Dec. 6, 2004

Minus EP has entered at #8 on the Norwegian Singles Chart. See the full list at vg.no.

Categories: EPs, Lists

Tromsø concert article Dec. 4, 2004

There’s an article about Magnet’s performance in Tromsø at Utopia.com (written by Erik, who also took those photos).

Categories: Reviews, Tour

Magnet on TV Dec. 3, 2004

If you live in the US, remember to watch the Late Late Show tonight on CBS (12:35AM ET/PT ) to see Magnet perform. Also, "Lay lady Lay" will be played during episode 5 of The OC on Fox this Thursday. [from it’s a trap!]

Categories: TV

Tromsø tour photos Dec. 2, 2004

Photos from the November 25th show in Tromsø, Norway have been added to the photos page. Thanks to Erik for his contribution!

Categories: Photos, Tour

"Minus EP" reviews Dec. 2, 2004

Ba.no gives the Minus EP 5/6; read their review. There’s another review at aftenposten.no.

Categories: EPs, Reviews

thestranger.com "On Your Side" review Dec. 1, 2004

TheStranger.com has reviewed "On Your Side":

On his second album, Magnet (AKA Norwegian Evan Johansen) has refined his sound, taking an appealing step forward from his previous folktronica aesthetic. On Your Side showcases more intricate samples than his debut, hinting at moments of Notwist or Four Tet. The electronic accents don’t feel merely ornamental but are imbedded in compositions formed around serious pop craftsmanship.

Read the full review.

Categories: On Your Side, Reviews

Passport Approved radio show Dec. 1, 2004

Remember to listen to radio show Passport Approved this Saturday. Magnet will be interviewed and perform live. More information:

PASSPORT APPROVED now heard on KDLD “Indie 103.1FM” Los Angeles, KEDJ Phoenix, KNRK Portland, KRZQ Reno, KROG Medford/Ashland, OR and more radio stations to be announced shortly. International syndication of the radio program has begun…territories to be announced in the coming weeks. U.S. show contains weekly reciprocal contributions from Zane Lowe BBC Radio 1 U.K. and Byron Cooke Triple M Radio Australia and other international tastemaker radio programming contributors.


VERRA CRUZ – “Rise” (Crazeltown, U.K.)
BOY – “Up In This Town” (Maple, Canada)
TOM VEK – “C-C (You Set The Fire In Me)” (Tummy Touch, U.K.)


MAGNET – “Nothing Hurts Now” (Interview with Norwegian band)
MAGNET – “The Day We Left Town”


KASABIAN – “Processed Beats” (BMG, U.K.)


*JET (exclusive live Triple M acoustic session)
NINE BLACK ALPS – “Cosmopolitan” (Island, U.K.)
THE CRIMEA – “Miserablist Tango” (Double Dragon, U.K.)
WARREN SUICIDE – “Warren Suicide” (German Import)
ELEMENO P – “Verona” (Universal, New Zealand)


FRANK POPP ENSEMBLE – “Hip Teens Don’t Wear Blue Jeans” (AMV, Germany)
SKINNYMAN – “I’ll Be Surprised” (Low Life, U.K.)
THE RAKES – “Strasbourg” (City Rockers, U.K.)
SOULWAX – “Any Minute Now” (PIAS, Belgium)


THIRTEEN SENSES – “Into The Fire” (Vertigo, U.K.)
TEDDYBEARS STHLM – “Cobra Style (feat. Mad Cobra)” (Sony, Sweden)


DOGS – “London Bridge” (Island, U.K.)

*ZANE LOWE BBC RADIO 1, UK (20 Minute Segment)
GOLDIE LOOKIN CHAIN – “Guns Don’t Kill People Rappers Do” (Atlantic, U.K.)
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – “Tribulations” (EMI, U.K.)

Categories: Interviews, Radio

Thorvalds concert review Dec. 1, 2004

Check out a review of Magnet’s recent performance at Thorvalds at ranablad.no.

Categories: Reviews, Tour