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The Swami Likes Mrs. Magician

Mrs. Magician have inked a deal with Swami Records to release a new full-length CD early next year. Swami, in South Park, is owned by John Reis of Rocket From The Crypt fame. Meanwhile, Grizzly Records released Mrs. Magician’s latest 7” on November 11.

Is Grizzly owner Edward John Binns (he goes by EJ) bummed he didn’t get the full-length deal? Not really.

“My main goal is to show people the advantages of my friend’s bands. I’m more stoked that they got the Swami deal.”

Binns says the 7”, titled Prescription Vision was issued in a limited pressing of only 500 discs and is being distributed via a number of local shops that still handle vinyl. “We wanted to do an exclusive,” says Binns by phone from Grizzly headquarters in North Claremont, “especially with the big news at Swami.”

Mrs. Magician is essentially the creative brainchild of Jacob Turnbloom. “He’s the major songwriter,” Binns says, “and he assembled an A-Team of musicians to play with him.” Turnbloom’s sidemen came from various of local indie bands including Bleasure Grave, Drug Wars, and Weather Box. “He’s been sending me demos now for a couple of years.” He describes Turnbloom’s music this way: “surfish garage pop. Jacob's music and lyrics contain a sense of clever genius. He's got an amazing '60s pop sensibility filtered through a contemporary satirical mindset."

Grizzly Records began as a college project in Philadelphia. A native San Diegan Binns, who currently performs in the Dudes says he went to school there in order to get as far away from his parents as was possible. “Also, Philadelphia has an amazing music scene. They all have basements there, and people there have house concerts. I saw Dead Milkmen with about ten other people.” But Binns missed the weather and when he returned to San Diego, he brought Grizzly operations back with him.

Since Grizzly as a label is less about profit and more about releasing product for Binns’ friends, he holds down a day job bartending at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club to help turn the nut. When talk turns to the Republican Presidential candidate who owns a summer home not far from the Beach and Tennis Club Binns, who has worked there since he was sixteen recalls a recent political fund raiser or some such event. “Those people,” he chuckles, “they’re not always very nice to the rest of us who live in lower San Diego.”

Mrs. Magician have no local gigs planned before the end of the year Binns says, but the Dudes will perform at the Soda Bar 12/28. Image

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Mrs. Magician have inked a deal with Swami Records to release a new full-length CD early next year. Swami, in South Park, is owned by John Reis of Rocket From The Crypt fame. Meanwhile, Grizzly Records released Mrs. Magician’s latest 7” on November 11.

Is Grizzly owner Edward John Binns (he goes by EJ) bummed he didn’t get the full-length deal? Not really.

“My main goal is to show people the advantages of my friend’s bands. I’m more stoked that they got the Swami deal.”

Binns says the 7”, titled Prescription Vision was issued in a limited pressing of only 500 discs and is being distributed via a number of local shops that still handle vinyl. “We wanted to do an exclusive,” says Binns by phone from Grizzly headquarters in North Claremont, “especially with the big news at Swami.”

Mrs. Magician is essentially the creative brainchild of Jacob Turnbloom. “He’s the major songwriter,” Binns says, “and he assembled an A-Team of musicians to play with him.” Turnbloom’s sidemen came from various of local indie bands including Bleasure Grave, Drug Wars, and Weather Box. “He’s been sending me demos now for a couple of years.” He describes Turnbloom’s music this way: “surfish garage pop. Jacob's music and lyrics contain a sense of clever genius. He's got an amazing '60s pop sensibility filtered through a contemporary satirical mindset."

Grizzly Records began as a college project in Philadelphia. A native San Diegan Binns, who currently performs in the Dudes says he went to school there in order to get as far away from his parents as was possible. “Also, Philadelphia has an amazing music scene. They all have basements there, and people there have house concerts. I saw Dead Milkmen with about ten other people.” But Binns missed the weather and when he returned to San Diego, he brought Grizzly operations back with him.

Since Grizzly as a label is less about profit and more about releasing product for Binns’ friends, he holds down a day job bartending at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club to help turn the nut. When talk turns to the Republican Presidential candidate who owns a summer home not far from the Beach and Tennis Club Binns, who has worked there since he was sixteen recalls a recent political fund raiser or some such event. “Those people,” he chuckles, “they’re not always very nice to the rest of us who live in lower San Diego.”

Mrs. Magician have no local gigs planned before the end of the year Binns says, but the Dudes will perform at the Soda Bar 12/28. Image

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