Charmer

by The Linger Effect

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Newfoundland's Kent Burt makes his triumphant return to My Mean Magpie with the release of his first set of recordings in three years. Recorded in 2003 after the release of "Beautiful Machines" on Italy's Best Kept Secret cassette label, the album Charmer was slated for release on Ohio's The Unlike Label in early 2003. However, with the label's dissolve, Charmer was shelved and lay in limbo till it's release on My Mean Magpie.

Kent Burt wouldn't deny the label of "NewWave" that is so easily attached to his music. Uninterested in exploring the political rhetoric or machimo he associated with the early 90's "punk scene"—unrelated to punk as he understood it (Wire, Gang Of Four, the Fall)—Kent settled into writing pop songs. If not apparent by the end of the album, Kent makes his influences quite clear with the inclusion of a cover of "Haystack" by obscure Factory Records recording artist Kevin Hewick.

Charmer features the first collaborative effort on a Linger Effect release. From Conception Bay North, Newfoundland, via Montreal, Quebec, Stephen Andrew Guy (Good Kids Pretend They're Bad, The Get Out, Blainerunner, Tilton, The Vav) contributed lyrics and vocals on the appropriately titled "Stephen Song." Currently on sabbatical in Hungary, Stephen's most recent recorded output comes via Canadian Idol favourite Jenny Gear who covered "The Mirror In Mom's Room" on her debut CD.

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released February 1, 2005

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My Mean Magpie Toronto, Ontario

Founded in 1995, and steeped in the influences and traditions of Shrimper, Simple Machines, and Teen-Beat, My Mean Magpie released the cassette and CDR recordings of friends and like-minded acquaintances.

My Mean Magpie, is largely inactive these days, but will occasionally issue new releases and re-issues as time and interest allow.
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