Magic Bullets (Podcast #218)

This week’s podcast showcases San Francisco’s Magic Bullets, whose second full length album, Magic Bullets, came out yesterday on Mon Amie Records. The band’s first record, a CHILD but in life yet a DOCTOR in love, came out in 2007, and introduced a refreshingly catchy jangle pop sound calling to mind bands like The Smiths, The Feelies, Talking Heads, and Orange Juice. Over the next several years, the Bullets focused on writing and recording, gaining an EP, but losing two band members to Girls. That setback aside, the Bullets are now back and, yes, they sound better than ever. Guitarist Corey Cunningham has crafted a batch of dynamic songs that showcase both a minimalist restraint and a broader array of tempos, feels, and sounds. Singer Phil Benson remains a magnetic vocal presence, delivering heartfelt thoughts on love and romance. Fans of indie pop, do check this album out.

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We sat down with the members of Magic Bullets recently to discuss their new album. We’ve also included four songs from their self-titled album in the episode.

Upcoming Shows:

Magic Bullets has a bunch of California shows over the next month. Full dates on their MySpace page.

Thursday, June 17th
with Sister Crayon (Benefit for Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy)
7pm, $10

Friday, July 9th
The Knockout
with Dreamdate and Wax Idols (Magic Bullets album release show)
9pm, $7


– Visit Magic Bullets on Facebook and MySpace, as well as at the band’s blog and on Twitter.

Magic Bullets is available from Mon Amie Records and on iTunes.

– You can currently stream Magic Bullets on Spinner.