All posts by Derek Phillips

New Ian Brown song: First World Problems

Video: Ian Brown – “First World Problems” From Ripples, due March 1 on Virgin EMI. Single out now on Black Koi. In June, 2017 Ian Brown teased an audience at what is to date, the Stone Roses’ last show. As things at Hampden Park in Glasgow came to a close, Brown reportedly said, “Don’t be sad … Continue reading New Ian Brown song: First World Problems

New Lower Leisure Class video: 7 x 7 = 49

Video: The Lower Leisure Class – “7 x 7 = 49” From Stories from the Lower Leisure Class, due November 9 on Leppotone. One of the luckiest things to ever happen to me was when Jake decided to go to Kalamazoo College. As his ne’er-do-well pal, I was not really in contention for higher education … Continue reading New Lower Leisure Class video: 7 x 7 = 49

New Jon Spencer video: I Got The Hits

Video: Jon Spencer – “I Got The Hits” Directed by Alex Italics. From Spencer Sings the Hits, due November 2 on In The Red Records. I love bands with a little attitude. I mean, this is rock and roll, man! There is NO room for pussy footin’. One of the things that first drew me … Continue reading New Jon Spencer video: I Got The Hits

New Quasar Wut-Wut video: Mandatory Days

Video: Quasar Wut-Wut – “Mandatory Days” From Digesting Mirror, out sometime this year (hopefully). We love Quasar Wut-Wut. A lot. So much that we dumped our early 2000’s fortune into launching a record label to put out their brilliant album, Taro Sound. And let me tell you, there was a time when websites like this … Continue reading New Quasar Wut-Wut video: Mandatory Days

New Richard Ashcroft video: Surprised by the Joy

Video: Richard Ashcroft – “Surprised by the Joy” Directed by Richard Ashcroft. From Natural Rebel, due October 19. Love is a hell of a thing. It can make fools of us all, even the absolute coolest mother fuckers. And let’s be clear, Richard Ashcroft is cool. He’s so cool that Oasis wants to be him. … Continue reading New Richard Ashcroft video: Surprised by the Joy

New Jeff Tweedy video: Some Birds

Video: Jeff Tweedy – “Some Birds” Directed by Seth Henrikson. From Warm, due November 20. Jeff Tweedy knows his audience. After all, he was once one of us. His only job outside of being in a band was as a record store clerk, so he understands well the things that set us off. The lead-off … Continue reading New Jeff Tweedy video: Some Birds

New Bandicoots video: Shady Lane

Video: The Bandicoots – “Shady Lane” Video by Austin Blackmore. Single out now. You know what they say about the 70s: If you remember them, you weren’t there. Well, this Hamilton, Ontario quartet was definitely not there and I’m not sure what they think the 70s where all about, but this ain’t it, despite the … Continue reading New Bandicoots video: Shady Lane

The Resolectrics – Open Seas

Any bluesman will tell you it’s a game of sleight of hand. They all employ little tricks that confound and surprise you, which is essential for keeping music that is based on simple structures and patterns exciting. The second album from Portland, Oregon’s The Resolectrics is a study in sleight of hand. One of my … Continue reading The Resolectrics – Open Seas

Godspeed, Bandit

It’s hard to describe just how unstoppable Burt Reynolds was at his peak in the late 70s, but here’s a quick (if somewhat disconnected) example: I had a babysitter when I was in elementary school whose dad was a Burt Reynolds impersonator. And he was good. He was a dead ringer and he’d even borrow … Continue reading Godspeed, Bandit

New Moody Little Sister video: I Got Soul

Video: Moody Little Sister – “I Got Soul” Single out now on 8 Ball Records. Full disclosure: I once washed dishes with Moody Little Sisters Rob Stroup and Naomi Hooley. We were up in Washington, at the foot of Mt. Adams where a group of musicians and friends would host an annual camping trip. The … Continue reading New Moody Little Sister video: I Got Soul